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Jenny Sahm | September 29, 1962 - November 07, 2019

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Frank LeComte | October 27, 1957 - April 09, 2019

Frank fought a brave 2-year battle with asbestos related cancer. In his last days, his home was filled to over flowing with family and friends, laughter and memories, delicious gifts of food and beverages. Thank you to all who came and/or called and made his time richer. And in the midst of the busyness, the Community Health - Palliative Care angels wove their way through with invaluable assistance – thank you. And another thank you to Elizabeth, whose caring presence on that last night will be remembered for a long time. Frank was able to die peacefully at home on April 9th surrounded by and cared for by his family. Frank would often say he had more of a family shrub than a family tree. It included siblings and step siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. Many held dear throughout his lifetime, especially his Aunt Jackie, Aunt Joyce and his Uncle Dan with whom he was recently reconnected. For his last chapter, he was survived by his wife of 31 years, Rebecca, their 2 sons, Josh (Megan and grandson Adam), and Caleb (Emily), his brother John (Cora), and their son Max (Jolene and great-nephew Ryder), and his dear sister Kathy (Albert,) who didn’t miss calling him and encouraging him every day of his 2 year battle! He’d had a special connection to Rebecca’s birth-daughter Tanya (Ryan) and dear family friend Isaac (Sarah). Frank had a hardworking entrepreneurial spirit and he enjoyed a wide variety of careers and interests. He had the privilege of teaming up with special craftsmen over his lifetime. When he chose to change careers at 50 and get his Class1 License, he again enjoyed the comradery of seasoned back road truckers whose mentorship was priceless to this ‘gray-bearded newbie’. He was a lucky man as he was able to share that new driving career with his son Josh; many a phone call back and forth of “You won’t believe what I just saw … or just did..!?!”. And he was also blessed to share a ‘trip of a lifetime’ motor cycle adventure with his son Caleb and brother John to the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2015. What a ride!! Frank is no longer plagued by Mesothelioma. (The disease he renamed, Meester-Thelioma - a selfish beast that kept on taking and gave nothing back.) Frank had a special, personal and simple faith; and he is Home now … off on his new adventure. He will be dearly missed! A Celebration of Frank’s life will be held at Shuswap Community Church on Saturday October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am.
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Ryan Dieter Hartmann | May 25, 1986 - September 01, 2019

It is with sadness to announce the passing of our son Ryan Dieter Hartmann on September 01, 2019. A private spiritual ceremony was held shortly after. Ryan lived his life to the fullest each and everyday. We honor Ryan’s memory by continuing to live our lives fully as he did. He touched many lives and will be dearly missed by family and friends. Rest in Peace, love you forever.
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George Jacob Woznica | March 09, 1938 - September 28, 2019

BBQ king, chocolate addict and woodworker extraordinaire, George Jacob Woznica, took his last breath on Saturday, September 28th, 2019, after a 9 month battle with cancer. George is survived by his loving wife, Marylou, his son, Joel (Tammy) and daughter, Jodi, along with 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, and many others who enjoyed bantering and joking with him. He was predeceased by his son, David, as well as his good friend, Mark, and buddy, Lorraine. Travelling was something George greatly enjoyed. Many memories were made during trips to Ontario to see family. He loved PEI as well and longed to see the ocean one more time. However, most of his time was spent here, in Salmon Arm, checking out the hardware store, popping in at Askew’s, dining at Yan’s and buying lottery tickets from the mall. George loved to chat with people and the conversation would almost always end in laughter. George loved the little things in life, coffee with lots of honey (to sweeten him up), watching hummingbirds feed, playing solitaire on his iPad, woodworking in his shop and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every night while enjoying some chocolate. George was known for his joking scowl and quick comebacks. He prided himself in being a humbug, but we all knew what a soft hearted and gentle man he truly was. He taught us much about life and love. He was appreciative, generous and loved with all his heart. He will be missed by all who knew him. Marylou and family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Weicker, Dr. Costello and the incredible palliative care nurses, who cared for George over the past few months and allowed him to stay at home where he wanted to be. In addition, thank you to Brenda & the many friends who have helped support George and the whole family through his illness and death. In respecting George’s wishes, there will be no formal service. There will be a drop in memorial open house in the Bowers Mountainview Common Room from 4-7pm on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in George’s memory, to Salmon Arm Community Palliative Care.
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Suzanne Willis Bennett | June 04, 1952 - August 19, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Suzanne (Suzie) Bennett (nee Ross) on August 19th at the age of 67 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Suzanne was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1952 to Dulcie (nee Jones) and Maitland Ross, the third of nine children, and raised on the family farm in Milestone, Saskatchewan. Upon high school graduation, she moved to Kamloops, B.C. where she began nursing college. Within a couple of years there, she met her husband (Bruce) on a chance bus trip from Salmon Arm to Kamloops and were married almost 42 years. Together, they raised four children in Burlington, Ontario, and now have six grandchildren in B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia. She was a well-respected and well-known ICU nurse, having spent approximately 25 years at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Ontario, and then in Salmon Arm, B.C. at Shuswap Lake General Hospital for 15 years, up until last year when she became ill. Suzanne was a selfless woman of many passions and endless compassion for others. Although nurse by profession, she was also a self-taught home-renovator, seamstress, gardener, long-distance runner, hiker, stock trader and reader. Suzie/Mom/Granny will be deeply missed and forever remembered for her soft, caring nature and incredible strength, determination and resiliency. Her legacy for taking care of those around you, creating and leaving things better and more beautiful than when you found them, continues to live on in her children and grandchildren. Suzanne leaves behind her husband (Bruce), children Sharon (Scott), Pamela (Esmeraldo), Diana (Chris), and George, grandchildren Maitland, Aidan, Liam, Margaret, Henry, Clare, sisters Rosemary, Shelley, Julie, brothers Robbie, Jim, George, mother-in-law Mae, sister-in-law Joan and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She is predeceased by her parents, sister Heather and brother Joel. A special thank you to Dr. Jeremy Sawatzky-Martens, Dr. Main, Dr. J.F. Chevalier, the doctors and nurses at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, and the nurses at Bastion Place for their kindness and care during Suzanne’s difficult last year. Another special thank you to Joyce, although retired, continues to live by ‘once a nurse, always a nurse’. Suzanne received the highest standard of care that she, herself, would have given to any of her patients and their families. Suzanne’s heart and soul were in the community of Salmon Arm – she loved it, and the beauty and bounty it offers. To honour her, benches will be placed in her name at McGuire Lake and Canoe Beach. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life is planned for October. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation or The Terry Fox Foundation, or just be kind to someone today.
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Anne Leyenhorst (nee Overeem) | February 17, 1935 - September 30, 2019

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Anne was born Feb. 17, 1935 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. She immigrated to Canada at the age of 18 to be married to her fiancé, Bart. That was the start of nearly 60 years of being an immigrant dairy farmer’s wife. She fulfilled her roles of wife, mother of 7, homemaker, and all around helper on the farm. Her husband died 6 years ago, two months short of their reaching sixty years of marriage. Anne died on September 30 in Bastion Place. She was ready to meet her Heavenly Father and passed away peacefully. Anne is survived by 7 children, 28 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
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Roxena Brenda Goodine | March 03, 1943 - September 23, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Roxena Brenda Goodine announce her passing on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, surrounded by her children and family. Born on March 3, 1943 in Fredericton NB to George and Melba (Mills) Goodine. Her career started at the University of New Brunswick in the Graphic Arts Department and continued in Sorrento and Chase BC with volunteering and owning her own business. Roxena concluded her career off in Politics as the Constituency Assistant for George Abbott. Roxena is survived by her cherished husband Mike Gilliss, her children Scott (Shirley) Fraser, Troy (Debbie) Fraser, Twila (Peter) Chick, Shane (Tracy) Fraser and Reginald Fraser. Step children Scott (Nicole) Gilliss and Lisa (Sebastian) Gilliss. She also leaves behind her joys in life 14 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren as well has her sister Vena Lewis, nieces, nephew and several cousins. A private dinner was held for Roxena for family and very close friends in Blind Bay, BC on Friday September 27,2019. A celebration of life will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick at a later date. For those who wish to make a donation in Roxena’s name my do so to any charitable organization of their choice.
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Gordon David Gustave Brown | November 05, 1938 - September 23, 2019

It is with deep sadness we announce Gordon’s passing after a long struggle with health issues. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Halina, his son Aaron and grandson Seth. He also leaves his brother Richard (Adeline), sisters, Ruth (Roy) Eldridge, Norma Brown, Cheryl (Mike) Rogers and sister-in-law Marilynn Brown and several nieces and nephews. Gordon is predeceased by his son Warren, his brother Vern and sister and brother-in-law Linda and Mike Vermette. Gordon was the third child of Richard and Mary Brown. He was born and raised in Mission and attended Mission High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Nanaimo Vocational School completing a heavy duty mechanics course and apprenticeship. He worked in this field for a number of years before returning to school to earn a B.Sc. and Teaching Degree from UBC. He spent the next 35 years teaching math and science in Coquitlam and Maple Ridge School Districts. He always made time for extra-curricular activities, coaching sports both in the school and in the community. Gordon and Halina moved to Salmon Arm in 2002 after he retired and very much enjoyed the community. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Hobbies included gardening, bridge, chess and golf. A hard working, kind gentle soul, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who will be forever loved and missed. Funeral Mass will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on October 2, 2019 at 11:00 am, Father George LaGrange, OMI, officiating. Refreshments following. Donations may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3 or to a charity of your choice.
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Blake Willard Lyons | February 06, 1941 - September 21, 2019

Blake Willard Lyons told his last joke September 21, 2019 in Salmon Arm, BC and was literally surrounded by his loving family. When remembering Blake, people recall the deep and abiding love he shared with his wife of 52 years, Maureen. He met her at a frat house party, asked her to come upstairs with him to look at his etchings, and the rest is history. Their four children Pamela (Edd), Tess (Charles), Graeme and Mandy (Donny) have been blessed to witness that model of a great marriage. Grandchildren Nathan, Joel, Seb, Jasper, Sela, Carys, Alex and Daniel have been known to ask, "Yuk. Why do MoMo and Grandad always kiss?" Born in Trail BC, Blake attended school - living in some place that apparently required him to walk five miles uphill to school and 5 more miles uphill back home. He graduated from Skeena High School in Terrace, and headed off to UBC. After meeting and marrying his dream bride Maureen, Blake moved the family to Edmonton and started working with the Alberta Civil Service Association, and later as a Labour Relations Consultant with the Alberta Hospital Association. In 1980, Blake packed up the wood panelled station wagon and took the family to Yellowknife, where he was Executive Director of the Northwest Territories Teachers Association (NWTTA), a position he held until 1999. Blake and Maureen lived in Yellowknife for 35 years and were heavily involved in the community during that time: Blake played hockey with the Canarctic Dusters and the WIMPS (Weekend Improvement for Mediocre Players). He served with the NWT Mental Health Association (1983-87), was President of the NWT Seniors Society, was a director of the 1990 Arctic Winter Games and was, at that time, Yellowknife's longest serving city counsellor (1988-2006). Blake also served as a Board Member for Arctic Energy Alliance from 2000-2005. Blake received an Award of Honour from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) where he served on the Board of Directors, and served as president for the NWT Association of Municipalities. He was a Director of Denedeh Investments Inc. and the Northern Employee Benefits Services. Blake chaired the FCM Municipal/Aboriginal Relations Committee. Blake volunteered with YK Daycare, YK Seniors' Society, NWT Seniors' Society and coached minor hockey. Yellowknife got to enjoy his impressive singing voice when he joined the 2000 Ptarmigan Ptheatrics production of The Music Man. He was also the Caribou Carnival Cop people loved to love. Blake's Irish skin always needed a hat, and his "I’m a Tip Top Pop" and then his beloved Tilley travelled with him to Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Singapore, China, the Philippines, the UK, Hawaii, Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Holland...etc. Blake paired these hats with Edmonton Oilers or Wade Hamer Memorial jerseys and an endless selection of orange shirts that all missed at least one button. Blake travelled the world but was always most grateful that he had the opportunity to visit and serve communities across the Northwest Territories. During those travels Blake picked up a lot of 'junque'. Despite Blake's love of holding garage sales, his family has no idea what to do with it. If you are in need of pins, keychains, spoons, computer carry cases and badges, please contact the family after an appropriate time has passed. This afternoon is fine. As his wardrobe will attest, Blake was not a slave to fashion, but he was old-fashioned. Doors were opened for ladies, he walked on the outside of the sidewalk, ladies were Miss and Mrs. He guarded confidences well, loved animals and walking outdoors, believed everyone had an interesting tale to share and always wanted to hear all sides of the story before giving an opinion. Blake loved languages and tried to speak the local language in the many countries he visited. A classic that will always be remembered occurred in Croatia where he managed to cram four languages into one sentence, "Stoppen! Un Forche, garcon, por favor." Blake loved a good joke, and will be remembered for his quick wit. Following his death, there was a private cremation; following Blake's request his ashes are being kept in an empty peanut butter jar (Smooth). The family asks that everyone raises a glass and tells a corny joke to someone who needs a smile. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NWT SPCA. We thank the many people who took time to write or visit Blake over the past months. Special love to Blake's sister Sharon Lyons, Jon and Ghislaine Ardagh, Karen and Grant Pryznyk, buddy Bob Jeppesen and Eunice Burrill, Helen Worley, Wendy Winslow and Robert Patterson, Nathan and Colleen DeBock, Trevor Kasteel, Ed and Sarah de Walle and the too-numerous-to-name friends and family who poured love into Blake and our family. We close with one of Blake's favourites: “May the road rise up to meet you May the wind always be at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.” Blake ~ beloved husband, father and friend. We love you, we will miss you, we thank you for all you sacrificed and gave to us.
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Jodie Wentworth | April 17, 1974 - September 15, 2019

With heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Jodie Wentworth. She passed away at her home in Salmon Arm Sunday morning, September 15, 2019 of unknown medical causes. Jodie was born in Salmon Arm April 17, 1974 to the proud parents, Joan and Gordon Dettelbach. She joined her brother Kevan and her sister Krista to provide endless love and entertainment to the family. Jodie was an accomplished Highland dancer, winning many awards and also earning her instructors certificate. She played in the school band and especially loved the trip to China. Jodie was an outstanding student and took all of her public schooling in Salmon Arm before attending UBC to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree. She then went on to Okanagan College in Kelowna to complete the UBC teachers training program. Her final step was to earn her Masters of Education through Gonzaga University’s Distant Education Program. During Josie’s years of study, she also worked at the Salmar Theater and Shuswap Optometric Center where she met and made many lasting friends. Teaching in the Salmon Arm School District for the past 20 years included MV Beattie, Bastion, South Broadview and finally Hillcrest. Jodie has a gentle, kind, positive way about her that certainly touched the lives of all her colleagues, students, parents and friends. She married Neil Wentworth of Kelowna, July 31, 1999 and a few years later a son Draven was born. A devoted caring mother, she spent all her spare time providing Draven with every opportunity to learn and have fun. Although Jodie and Neil went their separate ways, they continued to share in the parenting of Draven. Predeceasing Jodie was her mother, Joan, her grandparents, Eugene and Josephine Dettelbach and Al and Lois Philips. Jodie will be forever remembered by her son, Draven, father Gordon (Jan), brother Kevan (Narcena), sister Krista (Troy), Niece, Rachel, nephew, Kieran, aunt, Doreen (Harvey) and many cousins. She will also be remembered by Draven’s father, Neil (Joanna), his parents, Hedy and Dale, his brothers and their families as well as many other friends and students. In respecting the wishes of Jodie’s family, there will be no formal service. There will be a memorial open house at the Little Mountain Fieldhouse. 30th Street SE, Salmon Arm, BC on October 5th 2019, drop in from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
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