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A dedicated member of the club took on the project of transcribing from our local papers the following information..Thanks Ann

                                                                        1947 and 1948





M         Jim and Korky (Margaret) Grant were married November 6, 1947, in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, BC.  Matron of honour was Sally Ferrero and best man was William Carey.

            Jim arrived in Dawson Creek with his family in 1937, coming from Vancouver Island.  Korky came to Dawson Creek with her parents in 1943 from Calgary.

            Jim and Korky have lived in Little Prairie/Chetwynd since 1954.  They have five children, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

            Jim was a sawmill and logging contractor until his retirement in 1993.  Korky worked as a secretary/bookkeeper at Windrem and Chetwynd Secondary Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1994.


M         On June 10, 1948, Dougal and Rose Campbell were married in Kitscoty, Alberta.  They moved to Chetwynd, then called Little Prairie, in 1954.  The couple had six children: Ed, Bernice, Willy, Merv, Larry, and Lana.






D         Janice Hauber August 1, 1952 - December 2, 1975.










D         Formerly of Sunset Prairie, BC, passed away in his sleep in Penticton on June 18, 1980.  Funeral services will be conducted from Penticton Funeral Chapel on Friday, June 20 at 2 pm.  His loving wife Edith survives him, 4 daughters, Mrs. Dixie Fenton of Seba Beach, Alta, Mrs. Roxie Reeder of Penticton, Mrs. Genny Robinson of Greenwood, and Mrs. Marge Gunwall of Fort St. John.  Eleven grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, one sister Wanda Larson of Silverton, Oregon.





D      Amber Ray December 13, 1958 - December 2, 1981


1985 - 1989




D         In Memory of Dwain David McAvany              May 2, 1966 - August 31, 1985

Dwain David McAvany died on a cold, rainy August evening in 1985 only two months after we graduated.  Dwain was killed by a young man who was impaired.  I pray that his death was not in vain that maybe someone, somewhere stopped driving while drinking.

I remember how handsome he was in his tip hate and tuxedo...not everyone looks handsome in a tip hat.  I remember thinking how proud I was of him and maybe taking a small spark of his glory in knowing I played a little part in helping him get there, after all he did copy most of my book reports in English 11 and 12.

This end of July weekend we celebrated our ten-year reunion.  As celebrated together we wished Swain could have been there with us and we know in a way he was since he lives in the memories of those who knew and loved him.  Oh, how we yearn to see him again and we know we will, for now he's safe in heaven.

And so Dwain, my friend, until we meet again know that you are loved and never, never far from us.

            You are loved and fondly remembered.  Love the Grads of '85.

            Shannon Demeulemeester.


D         Willie Hauber- May 12, 1945 - July 16, 1985.


D         Kayla Mosher - March 29, 1985 - July 20, 1985.


D         Larry Disher - October 4, 1950 - December 4, 1985.


D         Manfred Asleson - October 12, 1906 - February 27, 1986.


D         Jim Moore - December 21, 1939 - June 8, 1986.


D         Waddy Gayse - August 17, 1950 - August 17, 1986.


D         Jim Tremblay - March 31, 1975 - July 20, 1987.


D         Clifford C. Roland - Passed away February 3, 1988


D         Julie Livingstone - June 22, 1955 - November 17, 1989.


D         Troy Hauber - November 26, 1969 - September 29, 1990.


D         Sharlene Guillet - June 25, 1951 - December 28, 1991.





D         Troy Hauber:  November 26, 1969-September 29, 1990






D         Walter Hauber - March 7, 1961 - July 1, 1992.


D         Ken Harris - October 5, 1938 - August 2, 1992.


D         Sandra Waters - June 16, 1977 - August 15, 1992.


D         Dwayne Garnet Pritchard - December 3, 1974 - August 15, 1992.


D         Lucille Dorosh (Melnychuk) - September 9, 1992.


D         Jane Martin - September 25, 1910 - September 13, 1992


D         Verna McKay - October 6, 1942 - April 9, 1992.





D         Brian Cupples - March 30, 1974 - September 23, 1993.


D         Clarence (Bill) Seidel - March 18, 1923 - November 1, 1993.


D         Farmer Grant - February 13, 1917 - November 20, 1993.


D         Mickey Loberg - May 9, 1975 - November 22, 1993.


B          A girl born to Michael and Elizabeth Konzelman on November 27, 1993.  Weight: 3480 grams.


M         Debbie and Butch (Mel) Curtis are originally from Miramichi, New Brunswick.  They first dated at the ages of 14 and 15.  In 1980, Butch's family moved to Chetwynd.  After several years, he returned to New Brunswick and the relationship rekindled.  In 1991, Butch asked for Debbie's hand in marriage over Christmas dinner.  Debbie accepted, and on July 3, 1993, these long-time sweethearts publicly professed their love for each other in St. Michael's Basilica, in Chatham, NB.  They moved to Chetwynd in July 1994, where presently butch works at Canfor and Debbie works at the Chetwynd Echo.  Their latest addition to the family is Chewy, a wolf/Malamute cross.






D                     W. A. (Bill) Robertson passed away January 1, 1994.


B          February 23, 1994 - Shelley Dawn Franke of Dawson Creek, BC, A boy, Brodyn Rylee Tyson Reil Franke, 7 pounds 8 ounces, 20 ¾ inches long.  Born in Grace Hospital, Vancouver, BC.


D         Keith Farrow - September 3, 1976 - February 13, 1994.


B          February 28, 1994 - Dawn and Brant Leer of Dawson Creek, BC.  A girl, Reid Dannen Marie, 7 pounds 5 ounces, 20 inches long.    


B          February 27, 1994, 12:28 am - Born to Ken and Debbie Gunderson, a girl, Jessica 

            Brooke, weighing 3445 grams (7 lbs. 9 oz ½ oz.).


D                     Dorothy Courtorielle passed away March 1, 1994.


B          March 18, 1994, 3:11 pm - Born to Don and Tamara Zenner, a boy, Brendon Julane, weighing 3135 grams.


B          March 30, 1994 - Born to Lorrie Renz and Derek Evans, a boy, Cody Brandon, weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces.


B          March 31, 1994, 3:15 am - Born to Sherry and Hale Hillton, a girl, weighing 7 lbs, 10 oz.


B          April 9, 1994, 1:27 am - Born to Tim and Jessie Shirley, a girl, Katrina Mary Lee, weighing 7 lbs, 7 0z.


B          April 9, 1994 - Cindy and Dennis Garvey of Chetwynd, BC, a girl, Meghan Louise.    5lbs 0 ½ oz, 20 inches long


M         We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our friends and family for celebrating our wedding day April 16, 1994 at Our Lady of the Peace Catholic Church with us as well as the wedding party.  We would also like to thank everyone for the gifts generously given on our special day.  Thank-you and God Bless all of you.  Steve and Rebekah Hallaert


D                     Winifred Mansel (Lysne) passed away April 23, 1994


B          May 8, 1994, 7:45 pm - Born to Calvin and Rowena Bryant, a girl, Shayla Rae, weighing 3250 grams.


B          May 11, 1994 - Born to Tammy Watson and Kevin Campbell, a boy, weighing 4195 grams.


D         Ralph E Larsen passed away May 14th, 1994.


M         Brandon Mosher would like to announce the marriage of his parents Curtis and Carrie Mosher.  He would also like to invite all their friends and family to join them on May 28, 1994 at 9:00pm at the Elks Hall to share in the celebration.


B          Born to Seila and Jordan Johnston, a boy, Mitchell David Samuel, June 10, 1994, 3650 grams.


B          Hailey Lynn - July 1, 1994 3505 grams.  Born to Gus and Melissa Dommasch.


M         Tim and Laura Caton would like to announce the marriage of their son Murray Caton to Christine Liefke on July 2, 1994 at Vernon, BC.  Friends and neighbours are invited to share in the celebrations on Friday, July 15, 1994 at the Jackfish Lake community Hall.


M         Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bedell would like to invite friends and family to an open wedding dance on July 30, 1994 at 9 pm at the Legion. (The band is Rock'n root Pickers)


B          August 4, 1994, 1:09 pm.  Born to Lisa Robertson and Marty Fowler, a girl, Kayce Louise Marie, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz.


B          August 13, 1994, 7:48 pm - Born to Rebecca Peltier, a girl, Sarah Jane Peltier, weighing 6 lbs, 7 ½ oz.


B          August 14, 1994, 1:33 pm - Born to Sawn Guillet and Dan Jolin, a boy, Quinton Lee Jolin weighing 8 lbs 10 oz.


B          August 17, 1994 - Born to Heidi and Marcus Ulrich, a boy, weighing 3250 grams.


D                     Jim Chatwood - December 24, 1914 - August 6, 1994

It is with regret that we announce the passing of one of our Directors: Mr. Jim Chatwood.  Jim had been a founding member of our organization since its inception on 1983.  His dedication, humor and insight will be missed by us all. 

The Board and Staff of the Tansi Friendship Centre Society, Chetwynd, BC.


D         Charles Stuart Binning - February 3, 1918 - August 19, 1994

            Friday, August 19, 1994, Charles Stuart Binning passed away peacefully in Chetwynd, BC at 76 years of age.  He was predeceased by his loving wife, Lenore and his two sisters, Maggie and Mable.  Left to mourn his passing are his children:  Carol (Norman Moorhouse), Fay (Archie Parent), Barbara (Ernest Desjarlais), Kenneth (Bernice), Anthony (Lynda), Lindsay, Timothy, Lana (Wes Heidt); also 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Charles was born in Vancouver on February 3, 1918.  His family moved from Coronation, Alberta to Spiritwood, Saskatchewan in 1923, where he met and married Lenore Arcand in 1940.  They farmed together in Spiritrwood and raised their family, until 1977, when they moved to make their home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Charles always welcomed people into his home with open arms.  He was very understanding and had a great sense of humor.  He lived independently up until late last year when he moved to Chetwynd to live with his daughter Carol.  The Funeral will be held on Thursday, August 25th, at 1:00 pm from St. Peter the Apostle Parish, 1121 Northumberland Drive, celebrated by Rev. Father Brad Bodnarchuk.  Friends are invited for visitation on Wednesday, August 24th from 7:30 to 9:00 at the Saskatoon Funeral Home, 338 4th Avenue North.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Sadly missed, you will always be remembered.  We love you Dad.

            Arrangements have been intrusted to the Saskatoon Funeral Home.


D         Maurice Frank Coss - August 31, 1932 - August 20, 1994

            Maurice was born on August 31, 1932 in Pine Falls, Manitoba.  His father, the late Albert Coss was originally from Manitoba.  His mother, Esther Champaigne Coss lives in Edmonton, Alberta.  Maurice left us with two sisters, and a brother and their families;  Eva Blouw (Tom) from Sardis, BC, Doris Morris (Bill) from Kaslo, BC and Leo Coss (Jeannette) of Leduc, Alberta.

            Maurice attended school in St. Vital, Manitoba until grade 8, and then quit to go to work as a delivery boy at the age of 14.  He became a strong worker and did his best to make a life for himself and the ones he loved.

            Along the way he met Irene Bessette and on September 26, 1952 made her his wife.  The couple carried on the journey of life bringing four children into the world.  Terry Victor Coss (Judy), Carlene Esther Savoie (Ted) and Debra Louise Coss, all of Prince George, BC, and Maurice Lee Coss (Norma) of Chetwynd, BC.  Over the years, Maurice was given seven grandchildren, Shari Savoie, Lawnie and Brandy Coss, Raelene and Tanis Coss and Joshua and Kevin Coss.  Throughout the years, Maurice adopted many more children and grandchildren.  Many of them called him Dad and Grandpa from the first day they met.  In the last ten years of his life, he brought to his family a special couple and their son.  Morris and Sally Paquette and Dillon.  Maurice loved this family as his own, as do the rest of us.

            Maurice was well loved by everyone he met, leaving a trail of love and friendship behind.  His co-workers for 29 years at Canfor were touched by his presence until 1989 when he retired.  The community of Chetwynd in which he resided in since 1958, all grew to love and respect him over the years.

            Maurice was a wonderful human being who was loved by everyone.  He shared the wealth of his spirit with us all.  We all have experienced his strength, charm and caring, as a son, brother, husband, father and friend.  He was one of God's finest creations and he has left us all with a legacy of love and memories.

            Maurice Frank Coss we will miss you but your spirit will live on.


D         Clifford Olson - March 14, 1935 - August 2, 1994

            Clifford Olson, a former resident of Willow Flats, and most recently of Quesnel, BC died in Kamloops hospital of complications following surgery.

            Clifford was born in Sprague, Man. on March 14, 1935, youngest son of Florence and Reuben Olson.  He was educated at Golden Branch and Sprague High School.  Clifford was employed by C.A.E. on the D.E.W. lines by C.N. Telegraphs, and most recently my West Coast Energy.  Clifford's family and friends will best remember him for his love of the outdoors, his interest in hunting and fishing and for his musical talents, which he so joyously shared with others.  Clifford was actively involved in community projects, coaching Little League, Baseball and was especially involved in the Chetwynd Rod and Gun Club, of which he was an honourary member.

            Funeral services ere held at Chetwynd Elks Hall with Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  Burial in Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.

            If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Chetwynd Rod and Gun Club, c/o Larry Nichol, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 to assist in conservation projects, gun safety and education.

            Pallbearers were Gunnar Norberg, Axel Lindquist, Reynold Herman, Harold Tricker, Lorne Christopherson, and Lorne Proctor.  Honorary pallbearers were Ed Mills, Dale Lind, and Lawrence Lindstrom, Clifford's cousins.

            He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, sons Ken Olson (friend Cheryl Williams), Rob Olson; daughters Sharon Martin (Harvey), Arlene Spencer (Merv), and Shannon Olson (friend Sale Swanton), grandchildren Suzann and Rebecca Martin and Curtis Spencer, Clifford's mother Florence Olson of Thompson, Man., brother Don Olson and wife Gertrude, of Winnepeg, sisters Doreen Lindquist and husband Axel of Thompson, and Delphie Norberg and husband Gunnar of Meadows, Man., also many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family as well as brothers and sisters-in-saw.  Clifford was predeceased by his father, Reuben Olson in 1965, and son Gordon in 1980.

            A special thank you to everyone who helped in our time of need.  Your friendship is greatly appreciated.

            A special thank you to Wayne and Paula Scott and Calvin and Laurie Martin who moved from their homes for us.

            A special thank you to Bill Evans for officiating and to the Martin family for the lunch.

                                                   Dorothy Olson and Family.

B          September 3, 1994 - John and Shelly Balfour of Dawson Creek, BC, a girl, Mallory Katharine, 8 lbs. 12 oz., 21.5 inches long.


M         Alan and Alberta Paul wee married in Chetwynd on September 3, 1994.  They still reside here and now have three children, Kenneth, Melissa and William.


B          September 6, 1994 - Matt and Janyn Dormuth of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Thomas John Renee Dormuth, 8 lbs, 10 oz., 20 inches long.


B          September 11, 1994 - Andrew and Michelle Blair of Dawson Creek, BC., a boy, Jackson Allan, 9 lbs. 3 oz, 21 ½ inches long.


D                     Victor Embree - December 30, 1913 - September 12, 1994

Victor Martin Embree was born to Joseph and Margaret (Gore) Embree in St. Boswells, Saskatchewan.  The family pioneered a homestead in St. Boswells with seven brothers:  Charlie, Donald, Eugene, Jim, Joe, Rupert, Tom, and two sisters, Winnie and Irene.

Life on the farm was the usual, hard work and going without.  But he spoke of barn dances, harvesting time, ball games, growing up with his brothers, and neighboring school kids.

He went, like everybody else in the 1939-1945 years, to war, to defend democracy.  Serving in the Canadian Navy, he saw the world from the deck of a ship, speaking of Africa and England.  But like veterans everywhere, his words were few about these dark years.

He married Katherine Higgs on September 7, 1945, and moved her to Emberville, Saskatchewan.  He acquired land under the Veterans Act, built a home and began to have children:  Fern, Faye, Barry, David and their little sister, Lindsay.  Life on the farm was hard.

We remember standard things, bears and the sheep, hiding in the cellar, snakes in the manure pile.  Fern did burn down the haystack, although it took her 40 years to admit it.  Fanny and Buttons, our two horses, and Barry getting run over by the stone boat, Faye eating the rotten pork, she attacked it before Mom could stop her, she was sick for days.

Mom found the farm life hard.  She was not used to this form of tortured living, and I think Dad was tired of it too.  So, as the story goes, he went for a ride to British Columbia.  He found work that paid real money, and then sent for his family

Bob Nicholson and Tom Embree pulled into the yard one day, loaded us all up and move us to a beautiful little prairie nestled in the foothills of the mountains.  They all came; The Campbells, the Gerstels, the Westgates, the Pfanners and the Berlingers, to a new land and a new life.  They built a community hall, the library, the post office; the PGE (railroad) was coming through.  British Columbia was growing and prosperity was everywhere.

Our Dad figured in all of this.  He carpentered on the buildings, did the plumbing, put the roofs on, and hand witched the wells.  He met a lot of people and made many friends.

After these years in growing in this community, he became a carpenter with the PGE and worked for the B&B, traveling to remote locations.

Barry and I would look forward to the summers when he took us with him in the boxcars.  We fished in some pretty remote places, all through the Caribou country and along the Fraser River.  With just a few red devils and fly hooks and a little help from Dad, and in the evening the stories all the crazy railroaders and their antics.  I cherish those memories of all those years of Barry and my Dad.

You taught us how to throw a baseball and make sure we had gloves.  Later, you taught us how to build our own houses and plant our own gardens.  You shared with us and gave to each one of us one of your many talents.  Your love of fine music was passed to us all, and your granddaughter Valerie Jean was given the gift to play.

When we became teenagers, we were elusive and strange to you.  We quit going in the boxcars, the girls started leaving for better schooling.  Barry and I were into motorcycles.  They were faster years and memories are few.

But then we all started marrying and grandchildren started to come.  We started to settle down.  Christmases were spent together again, and the land at Haler was purchased.  Gardening became another of your pastimes.

You then had more responsibilities and more parenting to do.  Rebekah, Laura, Valerie, Susie, Jason, Justin, Paige, David, Leslie, Carrie, and Jimmie were your little helpers in the garden.  You helped us beyond words in babysitting them to adulthood.  And through all this and all those years, you were always there for us; you were like a pillar Dad, standing tall and strong, impervious to life's buffeting.

The one thing, Dad that you never lacked was friends.  There was not one person who would pass up a trip to the four acres to smell the flowers and look at the beautiful gardens.

We know that you walk in the most beautiful of gardens now.  You will be sadly missed by all of your friends, but most of all by your family.  Never to be forgotten.

We love you.


B          September 14, 1994 - Korry Robertson and Shannon Freeman, a girl, Brittny Paige Freeman-Robertson, 7 lbs 15 oz., 20 inches long.


B          September 23, 1994 - Nick and Rhonda Koch of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Greer Lucas Koch, 8 lbs, 6 oz., 22 inches long.


D         Annette Florence Girard April 19, 1957 - September 17, 1994 and husband Timothy Alex Wood - December 14, 1956 - September 17, 1994.  They were killed in an accident when a roller ran over their parked car at a road stoppage for road construction.

            Annette was born, second child to Marcel and Colette Girard at Dawson Creek, BC.  She attended school in Chetwynd from grade 1 until she graduated from Chetwynd Senior Secondary School in 1975.  Annette and Tim were married on September 13, 1975, at our Lady of Peace Church here in Chetwynd.  Tim and Annette had two children, Christopher and Danielle.  Annette was within months of achieving her goal of becoming a teacher.

            Tim was born on December 14, 1956 in Pouce Coupe, BC.  He was the sixth child of Ken and Phyllis Wood.  Tim's schooling was done in Chetwynd, and during his early teens, he met Annette for the first time.  Tim left school in grade 10 as he thought a pay cheque was better than a schoolbook.  On January 7, 1974, Tim joined the original Chetwynd Forest Industries and continued on when West Fraser Mills purchased CFI.  Tim advanced quickly, first as a foreman and then a superintendent at Chetwynd Mill Planer, then as a superintendent at Quesnel Laminators, and finally at Fraser Lake as a planer superintendent.

            These notes are taken from a clipping put in the paper by Wanda and Dale Tremblay.


B          Jake Walker, born September 19, 1994 to Rick Davis and Tracy Gerry, weighing 9 lbs. 3 oz.


B          Dr. Alexander and Laura Revelas are pleaded to announce the birth of their baby girl, Anja, on September 20, 1994.


M         On September 20, 1994, in Oahu, Hawaii, Lisa Guillet, daughter of Ernest Guillet and Dianne Widdicome, was given in marriage by her son Colbie Guillet to Bryan Breault, son of Stan and Mary Breault of Dawson Creek, BC.

            Lisa's maid of honour was Darcy Major of Chetwynd.  Bryan's best man was Boyd Hudson of Dawson Creek.  Twenty guests helped to celebrate this happy occasion in Oahu, Hawaii.

            On October 7, 1994, at the Elk's Hall, Dawson Creek, a wedding dance was held with 225 people in attendance to help the happy couple celebrate their special day at home.  Lisa, Bryan and Colbie will continue to reside in Dawson Creek, BC.


B          September 20, 1994 - Dennis and Robbee Cameron of Tumbler Ridge, a girl, Jessica Nadine Cameron, 7 lbs 10 oz.


B          Colby James Huchison, born September 21, 1994 to Duncan Huchison and Alicia Wilson, weighing 7 lbs, 3 oz. 


B          September 24, 1994 - Ken and Patricia Tschiedel of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Ryley Mitchell Tschiedel, 8 lbs 13 oz, 20 ¾ inches long.


B          September 24, 1994 - Stacey Commandeur and Danielle Last of Grande Prairie, Alberta, a boy, Trystan Micheal, 8 lbs, 13 0z.


B          September 27, 1994 - Darrel Darow and Helen May of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Nicholos Shayden Darow, 6 lbs 15 oz, 19 ¾ inches long.


B          Stew Grant has a party - Friends and relatives gathered at the Senior's Hall in Chetwynd on October 1 to help Stew Grant celebrate his 70th birthday.  Guests arrived from Vancouver Island, Surrey, Richmond, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Groundbirch and Dawson Creek.  Balloons, Birthday cake, food, fall decorations, cards and good wishes were served up during the busy day.

            Stew was born in Highgate, Saskatchewan, on September 29, 1924, son of Allan and Ethel Grant.  The family arrived in Dawson Creek in 1937.

            Stew served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII.  He married Corky Fraser in Dawson Creek in 1947.  The have four children, Lynette, Diane, Cheryl and Sandra, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

            After the war, Stew drove truck, worked on oil rigs but finally settled into the sawmill/logging business of Grant Bros. Logging Ltd.  with his brothers, Farmer and Jim.  Since 1981 and after Grant Bros. Retired, Stew and Corky have lived at the ranch in Lone Prairie.  At present, they run 100 head of horses and Stew put up 1200 round bales of hat this summer.

            The Peace River country is Stew's home, so he has no plans to leave.


B          A baby boy, October 2, 1994, 3560 grams to Candace and Don Clouthier.


B          A baby boy (Blake), October 2, 1994, 3675 grams, born to Holly Shilling and Jason Rand.


B          A baby girl, October 5, 1994 Nadine Leigh McKenney, 8 lbs. 13 oz., born to Paul and Tanny McKenney


D                     Elizabeth Ann Deswiage passed away October 6, 1994.


B          October 9, 1994 - Pat MacDonald and Mike Finkle of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Charles Atticus Finkle, 10 lbs, 22 inches long.



B          October 11, 1994, Tristan Marie, 8 lbs, born to Bill and Sheri Kennedy (another sister for Cara and Hailey)


B          October 1, 1994 - Born to Natalie Laboucan and Kenneth Dobb, a girl, Taylor Louise Laboucan, 8 lbs. 90z.


B          October 14, 1994 - Kim and Curtis Bilan of Tumbler Ridge, BC, a girl, Brady-Ann Sophia Bilan, 6 lbs, 20 z. 20½ inches long.


B          October 22, 1994, 7:17 pm - Born to Troy and Darla Keen, a girl, Payton Lynn Keen, weighing 6 lbs. 5 oz.


B          October 26, 1994 - Born to Marline Johnson and Darrly Grove, a boy, Sean, 9 lb 2 oz.


B          October 31, 1994, 7:05pm - Born to Marilyn and Bill Lamoureux, a girl, Danielle Elizabeth Georgina, 6 lbs 10 oz.


B          October 31, 1994, 11:55 pm - Born to Brad and Gwen McKay, a girl Kierra Elizabeth McKay, 7 lb 8 oz.


B          November 11, 1994, 3:25 am - Born to Noreen Brown and Robert Telford, a boy, 4025 grams.


B          November 13, 1994, 3:15 am - Born to Carmen and Roland Gansevles, a girl, Kaylin Carmen, 8 lbs 4.9 oz.


B          November 21, 1994 - Born to Richard and Lisa Martin, a boy, Keenan Alexander, 8 lb 2 ½ oz.


B          November 24, 1994, 6:44am - Born to Jade Noskiye and Kent McInnis, a girl, Paige Nicole Louise Noskiye, 3170 grams.


B          November 30, 1994, 12:18 - Born to Kym and Bryan Desjarlais, a girl, Shayna Elayne, 4245 grams.


B          November 27, 1994 - Gordon and Robin Johnsen, a boy Gordon Nicholas Johnsen, 8 lbs 4 oz, 20 inches long, a brother for Lesly.


A         A 50th wedding anniversary open house is for Malcolm and Jean Grout of Sunset Prairie, BC.  It will be held on Saturday, December 3, 1994 from 1:00 to 5:00 at Senior Citizens Hall on McKellar Avenue in Dawson Creek.  Everyone is welcome, no gifts please.


B          December 6, 1994 - Carson Robert Leslie, 6 lbs. 14.5 oz., was born to Kevin and Michelle Landon.


B          December 7, 1994, 10:35pm - Born to Kim and Joe Harroff, a boy, Tommy-Joe, 8 lb 5 oz.


A         Happy 40th!!!  Jack and Margaret Hannam have been happily married for 40 years, as of December 11, 1994.  Jack and Margaret were married in Regina, Saskatchewan - Jack was born in Pouce Coupe and raised in Progress, Margaret was raised in Saskatchewan. In 1955, the Hannam's moved from Saskatchewan to progress - from there ranched and farmed for thirty years.  In the spring of 1988 the Hannam's moved to Chetwynd.  Presently Jack is the Rural Director of the Peace River Regional district's Electoral Area "E" - hi office is in Chetwynd in the Uniglobe Travel building.  Margaret is quite active in the community with the Pine Valley Seniors, the Heritage Society and is a member of the Executive at the Legion.  Along with all of this, Margaret also volunteers in her husband's office.  Margaret says that she answers phones, types, and files and helps out with anything that needs to be done.  Congratulations Jack and Margaret!!


B          December 22, 1994, 3:20 am - Born to Wanda Drover and Tim Ross, a girl, 1960 grams.


B          December 22, 1994 - To Shawn and Chantal Dennis of Tumbler Ridge, BC, a boy, Shieran Thomas, 7 lbs 6 oz, 21 ½ inches long, a brother for Shaedon.


B          December 26, 1994 - Born to Andrea and Lawrence Giroux, a girl, 3100 grams.


B          December 29, 1994 - Born to Judith and Christopher Breckenridge, a boy, Matthew Robert, 3480 grams.





D         Merlin Ray - October 26, 1922 - January 17, 1995.


B          February 12, 1995 - Born to Brandy Vburke (?) and Dan Baker, a girl, Kya Marie Baker arrived at 4:46 am, 7 lbs 5 oz, 19 ¾ inches long.


B          February 15, 1995 - Born to Edna and Shane Larsen, currently of Regina Saskatchewan, a boy, 7 lb 7 oz.


B          February 16, 1995 - Born to Scott and Kathy Beattie of Tumbler Ridge, BC, a boy, Darien Gray Beattie, 10 lbs, a brother for Kyle, Erin and Bryce.


B          March 7, 1995 - Wes and Annette Beaulieu, a boy Frank Wesley Beaulieu, 8 lbs 10 oz, 20 ¾ inches long.


B          March 10, 1995, 4:23 pm - Born in Prince George to Eileen and David Deswiage, a girl, Olivia Victoria Anne, 8 lb 10 oz.  The proud grandfather is Larry Deswiage of Chetwynd.


B          March 12, 1995, 7:35am - Born to Cassie and Corey Froese, a girl, Carsey Taylor, 2785 grams.


B          March 17, 1995 - Born to Elizabeth and Wayne Lefebvre (?) of Bonanza, Alberta, a girl, Kylee Morgan, 6 lbs 15 oz, 20 inches long, a sister for Chelsea Victoria.


B          March 17, 1995, 6:55 am - Born to Tamara and Steven Wuschenny, a boy, Dylan James, 6 lbs 1 oz.


B          March 25, 1995, 8:26 pm - Born in Prince George to Elaine Webb and Harian Davis, a girl, Kylie Lynn Marie David, 7 lb.


B          March 27, 1995 - Born to Trevor Hingley and Lorna Merrick of Dawson Creek, BC, a girl, Jessica Faye, 7 lbs 5 oz, 20 inches long.


B          March 28, 1995, 8:26 pm. - Born to Tom and Diane Kirkby, a girl, Jamie Constance, 5 lb 15 oz, a new sister for Kristie, Brett and Amer.


B          March 29, 1995 - Born to Todd and Bonnie McCallum of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Ryan Anthony, 8 lbs 11 oz, 22 inches long, a brother for Jason.


B          April 1, 1995 - Gary and Leanne (?) welcome Baby David James.


B          April 12, 1995 - Born to Roxanne and John Turner, a girl, Quinn Roxanne, 8 lb 5 oz.


B          April 14, 1995, 5:31 am - Born to Dawn and Brad Measor, a girl, Sherry Lynn, 2970 grams.


B          April 15, 1995, 3:08 am in Prince George, BC, born to Rebecca Brown and Brent Spencer, a girl Jordan Annette Spencer, 20 inches long, 8 lb 6 ½ oz.


B          April 16, 1995 - Born to Donna Grey, a girl, Santana Marie Grey, 7 lb 1 oz.


B          April 28, 1995, Fort St. General Hospital - Born to Brian Findlay and Katrina Brogdon, a girl, Olivia Elise Brogdon Findlay, 9 lb 14 oz.


D         Poem was in the Chetwynd Echo, Monday, May 15, 1995 - 4 in memory of Richard Roy Walker.


D         Leroy Bedell- (Born August 8, 1974).At approximately 1:50 am, May 21, 1995, a pickup driven by Leroy Bedell, 20, of Chetwynd, was west bound on Highway 97 near the top of Wabi Hill.  His vehicle struck the rear of a super B train tractor unit hauling a load of sulphur.

Leroy Bedell was pronounced dead at the Chetwynd Hospital.  The driver of a sulphur truck, Normand Perrault, 43, also of Chetwynd, received a minor neck injury but was not taken to the hospital.

The accident is still under investigation.


B          May 26, 1995 - Angela Connelly and Paul Dunsmore of Dawson Creek, a boy, Austin Leo Connelly, 7 lbs 15 oz. 21 ¼ inches long.


B          May 30, 1995 - Brian and Terri Lekei of Dawson Creek, BC, a girl, Madelaine Maureen Lekei, 7 lbs 4 oz, 20 inches long.


B          June 8, 1995 - Stacy and Jennifer Pshyk, a girl, Jordan Kayla, 8 lbs 3 ½ oz,


B          June 13, 1995 - Lyle and Diana Grunewald of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Mayson Pierce Grunewald, 9 lbs 8 oz, 20 inches long.


B          June 17, 1995 - Isabelle and Richard Labonne of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Francois Labonne, 8 lbs 9 oz, 20 inches long.


B          June 21, 1995 - Deanne Ennis and Eugene Schmidt, a boy, Mathew Robert, weighing 3770 grams


B          June 21, 1995 - Kevin and Kitty Freeborn, a girl, 3445 grams.


B          June 22, 1995 - Born to Barry and Sandra McCurdy, a boy, Liam John, 8 lbs 7 ½ oz.


B          June 22, 1995 - Born to Cathy Clarke and Chris Leishman, a girl, 3645 grams.


B          July 25, 1995 - Born to Vicky Cameron and Peter Greyeyes, a boy, 3775 grams.


B          July 28, 1995 - Born to Arthur and Pauline Walker, a girl, Brooke Walker, 8 lbs 10 oz.


D         Marion Marjorie Shirley - August 13, 1936 - July 28, 1995.  Marion was the first born to Robert Warren and Mary Inglebright at Kerrobert, Saskatchewan where they operated a family farm.  About the time of World War II, Warren and his family sold out and moved to a farm near Duncan, BC where Marian began her schooling at Fairbridge School.

            She was a good student, popular with her schoolmates and did very well in track and field with a special aptitude for tumbling (now called gymnastics).  While growing up, she was her father's right hand man, helping with the farm work and operated the tractor when needed.

            Marian completed her schooling and graduated high school in Duncan.  Shortly thereafter she began work at the Bank of Montreal in Duncan where she met and eventually married Bob Shirley in 1957.

            As a young married couple, they moved many times, seeking a place to put down their roots.  Him the eldest was born in Vancouver, followed by Lynn, who was born in Duncan, followed by Tim, who was born in New Westminster.

            The family moved from McKenzie to Chetwynd where they have put down their roots and the children (except Jim, who lives in Vancouver) continue to live and raise their families.

            Marian's first love was her family to whom she was completely devoted.  They too were devoted to her, as was so amply demonstrated these past several months.

            Her children fondly remember their mother's red Volkswagen station wagon, which every summer during their growing years would be loaded up with everybody and would head south to visit friends and relatives, scattered from Prince George to Duncan - thereby keeping in touch with the family network of friends and relatives (which is a most valuable asset to any family). 

            Marian raised her children to have a fine set of values and rules to live by.  She was a people person, and had an intuitive and moral perspective of life and lived accordingly, being a fine example to her family and all who knew her.  Even now the fruits of her example is evident in the lives of her children and grandchildren.  There could be no higher praise of anyone's life than the fact that the Community was mad a better place because Marian was there.

            Another happy memory was the time the red Volkswagen was loaded with the Shirley children and others participating in the ski races in Fort St. John.  All was going well until they came to a V in the road and Marian inquired which way to go.  Rod Hansen said left, son Jim said right.  Again Marian inquired "Which way?" and again Rod said left and Jim said right.  Marian exclaimed, "Oh you boys!" and went straight ahead into the snow bank.  George Schreiber carrying more ski racers and following behind pulled the car out and all proceeded to the ski hill for a good day of racing and fun.

            Marian was very well liked and respected in her work place at Canfor where she worked for many years to present.  She worked very hard doing janitorial work, quality control work as well as aircraft maintenance work.  She was a great asset to the people she worked with and to her employer.

            Marian had a great memory for birthdays so when anyone who worked in the dry kiln lumber yard area had a birthday, a birthday cake would appear at coffee time in celebration of the event - the cake often was from Marian's own kitchen.

            She found time in her busy life to be one of the major contributors to the administration and operation of the Chetwynd Ski Club, where her children became competent skiers, as well as active in other sports, always with full support of their Mom.

            She was a great person to have as a friend, being most considerate, kind and true - she was indeed special to many people as she was to all who worked with her.  Her advice was always helpful to the one in need.

            Marian was predeceased by: her father, Robert Warren Inglebright, her infant son, John, her father in law Thomas Shirley and her mother in law Anne Marie Smith.

            Marian leaves to mourn her son Jim, her daughter Lynn and husband Dwan and tow grandchildren, her son Tim and his wife Jessie and two grandchildren, her daughter Ellen and her husband Matt and two grandchildren, her mother Mary Inglebright, her sisters Helen, Lorraine and their families, her former husband and friend, Bob Shirley as well as a host of relatives and friends who will miss her so very much.

            Donations can be made to the Chetwynd Hospital c/o Palliative Care.


M         Mark Movold and Margaret White were married in Chetwynd, BC on August 12, 1995.  Mark moved to Chetwynd in 1979 from Texada, BC.  Margaret moved to Chetwynd in August, 1990 from Grande Prairie, Alberta.  They met in February of 1991.  Currently Mark is an operator for Talisman Energy and Margaret is the Publisher at the Chetwynd Echo.


M         Lorne Platt and Sydney Dotson were married in Chemainus, BC on august 12th, 1995.  Sydney graduated from Chetwynd Secondary School in 1990 and Met Lorne when they were life guarding at the Chetwynd pool.

            Lorne is currently studying education at Malaspina University College.  Sydney received her degree in education from the University of Victoria and is currently teaching music at Bench Elementary School in Cowichan Bay.  They reside in Ladysmith, BC.


D         Spencer Hauber - July 7, 1977 - September 2, 1995


D         George Kinsman Best:  After a life well-lived George was ready for a rest.  He died on September 17, 1995 in Coquitlam, BC.  A Nova Scotian, he was born in Boston, Mass. in 1899.  With his beloved wife Jane, George enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, cooking, canning, gardening and spending time with family and friends.  During the past 96 years George witnessed and adapted to many changes in the world.  He was a reader and a learner who met life's challenges with spirit and intelligence.  The many people who knew him through the years in Ontario, in the army, and at the Best Store in Qualicum marveled at his energy.  George was a hard worker who loved building and fixing things.  He spent his retirement years in Parksville.  George will be remembered for his sense of humour, storytelling, singing, dancing and enthusiasm for a game of cribbage.  George is fondly remembered by his sons: Gordon (June), Haggersville, Ontario, Jimmy, Chetwynd, BC, Allan, Savant Lake, Ontario, George (Julie), Darsmouth, Nova Scotia, and his daughters Mary Pat Johnson (Clare), Coquitlum, BC, and Colleen Politano (Leon), Victoria, BC as well as his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives, friends and his faithful Schnauzer K.C.

            His wife Elina in 1934, his son Calvin in 1935 and his wife Janet predeceased him in 1986.  Following cremation, George's ashes will be taken to Parksville to rest with his wife Janet.  At his request there will be no service but his family would like you to pause at four o'clock one afternoon, raise a glass, and recall your fondest memory of George.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation to a charity of their choice.


B          September 11, 1995 - Janine Spenst and Dan Burke, of Chetwynd, BC, a boy, Matthew Patrick Burke, 9lbs 5oz, and 21.5 inches long.


B          September 24, 1994 - Ken and Patricia Tschiedel of Dawson Creek, BC, a boy, Ryley Mitchell Tschiedel, 8 lbs 13 oz, 20 ¾ inches long.


D         Roberta (Bobbie) Larsen 1929-1995:  Roberta Irene Larsen was born on April 23, 1929 in Innisfree, Alberta.  She passed away peacefully on July 17, 1995.  A Chetwynd resident since 1974 when she moved from Dawson Creek with her husband Ralph and son Shane.

            Bobbie was predeceased by her loving husband Ralph.  She is survived by daughter Sandi and husband Nick Cebuliak of Faro, YT, sons Shane and wife Edna Larsen of Regina, Sk, Wayne and wife Pat Larsen of Legal, AB, brother David Allen of Sechelt, BC, sisters Leslie and husband Stan McKeever of Clairmont, AB, Betty and Edwin Anderson of Edmonton, AB Louise and Keith Craig of Lillooet, BC, Sharon and Herb Bonik of Athabasca, AB, Martha McCauley of Edmonton, AB, grandchildren Jason Mitchell of Victoria, Corky Mitchell of Faro, YT, Alexander Larsen of Regina, SK, Mary Larsen, Lorene Larsen of Edmonton, AB, Kelly Larsen of Edmonton, AB, David Larsen of Legal, AB, great-grandchildren Amy and Sara Larsen of Edmonton, AB, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

            Funeral, Order of Divine Service, was held in Chetwynd, Legion Hall on July 22, 1995, with Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  A Eulogy was given by Pat Borton, a family tribute by son Shane Larsen, daughter Sandi Cebuliak placed beret.  Hymn solo by Mary Wootton and Marie Moore.  Pallbearers were Pat Borton, Clay Collins, Leo Sabulsky, Albert Flett, Cyril Ternent, Scotty Brewster.  Honourary pallbearers were Harold Amundsen, Wink Wheeler, and Roy Cochrane.  Ushers were Ian Campbell and Neil Widdicombe.  Cremation followed.  Lunch was served at the Legion Hall.  The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made in Bobbie's name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


B          September 26, 1995 - Les and Susan Comeau are pleased to announce the birth of Keagan George, 7 lbs 12 oz, a brother for Connor and Cole.


B          October 10,1995 - Born to Rob and Clare Park of Dawson Creek, BC, a girl, Jennifer Teresa, 7 lbs, 10 oz. 20 inches long.


B          Born to Miranda McMahon and Doug Apsassin, a boy, Bowdie Robert, born November 13, 1995, 6 lbs 5 oz.


D         Jean Burbee, a long time resident of Chetwynd, passed away in Fort St. John December 7, 1995, at the age of 73.  The Burbees moved to Chetwynd about 1958, where they farmed 12 miles west of town.  In about 1964 they moved into town and Bob worked for the Department of Highways.  Jean was predeceased by her husband Bob in 1982, and in 1984 moved to Fort St. John to be near some of her children.  She leaves to mourn son Kenneth, daughter Eleanor and son-n-law Ralph Marshall, all of Fort St. John, and son Ronnie of Prince George.


D         Dorothy Braaten passed away December 16, 1995.  She was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan, September 25, 1935, to Frank and Ella Bachman.

            She completed her schooling in Vanguard, then she went to work in Calgary, Alberta.  She later moved to Prince Rupert where she spent a couple of years before returning to Vanguard.  Dorothy married Vern Braaten on December 8, 1956 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and moved to Dawson Creek where Vern was employed by Imperial Oil Explorations. Dorothy spent some years working for McLellan and Lundeen as a legal secretary, then later for the city of Dawson Creek as the senior secretary for the city clerk.  In 1966, Dorothy changed her career to that of mother to sons Mark and Blake.  Dorothy was an active member of the Sons of Norway, and served for many years as social director.  The family was transferred to Edmonton and developed acreage at Spruce Grove, where Vern worked for Imperial Oil Limited, and Dorothy worked for the town of Stoney Plain.  The family returned to Dawson Creek and later moved to Chetwynd.  While there, Dorothy worked in the family business as well as later Manager of the Chetwynd Legion.  Dorothy was a busy mother and a great supporter of her children as well as their friends.  She made time for either a visit, a confidential counseling session or cooking a turkey dinner for a hockey team.  She enjoyed cheering on the home team or going camping with the kids, (and there were usually some extra kids along).  After the family had finished their schooling, Dorothy made yet another career change, this time as a cook.  She excelled and enjoyed cooking and continued doing this for some years.  She was fondly referred to as "Mom" by most of the crew's that she cooked for.  Dorothy had many favourite pastimes but especially a good game of cards, and of course, visiting her grandchildren.  Dorothy fought a three-year battle with cancer.  Although she lost the battle she never lost her dignity or her ability to make close and sincere friendships.  Dorothy will be missed by many, but most of all by her family.  She leaves to mourn: Her husband Vern, sons Mark and Blake, daughters-in-law Joanne and Diane, grand-daughters Allysa, Alanah and Haley, brothers Jim and Bob, and many cousins in North Dakota and other parts of the United States and Canada.


B          December 21, 1995 - Clara and Terry LePretre are pleased to announce the birth of George Edward Paul, 11 lbs 13 oz.


D         Susan Marie Piper:  Mrs. Susan Marie (Susie) Piper passed away in the Gateby Intermediate Care Facility on Thursday, December 21st, 1995 at the age of 86 years.  She will be lovingly remembered by two sons and daughters-in-law: Frank and Patricia Piper of Venice, Florida and Ronald and Gerda Piper of Vernon, BC. two daughters and sons-in-law; Marjorie and Russell Robinson of Dawson Creek, BC and Grace and Bud McLane of Vernon, BC, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, three sisters and brothers-in-law; Diana and Albert Hanson of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Edna (John) Harris, of Prince George, BC and Cora and Hans Jurgens of Vernon, BC. and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband; Frank Forrest Piper, one grandson; Bruce Piper, four brothers and one sister.  Susie was a Life Member of the Order of the Royal Purple and moved to Vernon in 1976 from Chetwynd, BC.  Cremation preceded a Memorial Service, which will be held at a later date.  As an expression of Sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Susie Piper to the Vernon Rest home Association, 3506-30th Ave, Vernon, BC, V1T 2E4.  Cremation arrangements have been made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd, 5606- 27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 8Z5. (1-604-542-1187).


D         Dalton Leonard Temple- September 30, 1922 - December 23, 1995.  Dalton Leonard Temple was born on Sept. 30, 1922 the first child and only son of Leonard William Temple and Elsie Helen Litke.  He is survived by one sister Donna and was predeceased by his parents and another sister Bea.

In 1946 he met Joan Lapidge through a Young People's Group at St.Augustine's Anglican Church in Marpole and they were married in that church in April 1948.  This spring they would have celebrated their 48th anniversary.

In October 1949 Dal rejoined the Air Force and he and Joan spent the next seven years traveling around Eastern Canada...during his tour of duty he had the privilege of being Commanding Officer of RCAF Station Frobisher Bay.

            During this period his eldest son Vance was born in 1952 in Ottawa, his daughter Valerie was born in Goose Bay, Labrador in 1954 and his second son Mark was born in Trenton in 1955.

            With three little children he decided it was time to settle down in one place and so the family moved home to Vancouver.  Dal went back to University.  In 1959 his second daughter Marci was born and his youngest son Owen was born in 1968.

            Dal was ready to start a teaching career but he was given a job by the Federal Government as an Employment counselor and remained with that Department until 1981 when he retired after 31 years of service with the Government of Canada.

            Although well established in Vancouver in a home they had lived in for 26 years, Dal decided he wanted to live in a quiet little town away from the mad rush of city life.  He and Joan chose Chetwynd because it had looked so pretty as they drove down the hill on their way to Prince George in 1978.  And so in August 1981 they moved up here with their son Owen.

            Dal always said he didn't retire and move up here to vegetate and that he was still very capable of working at something.  And he did get involved, first with the village, and then with the Chamber of Commerce.  Later he went to High School where he worked as a hall monitor and filled in as a substitute teacher when asked to do so.  Dal always enjoyed working with young people and his years at the High School gave him much happiness.

            In 1984 Dal was appointed the Marriage Commissioner for Chetwynd and area and over the years has united many of the local couples in marriage.

            Dal loved this area of the South Peace and particularly the proximity of Moberly Lake so that he could pack up his fishing van, boat and motor and spend some time on the water.  WE have to admit that his track record for catching fish was very poor but his enjoyment was great.

            He loved his children very much and did his best to give them a good start in life.  He was very happy to have seen them all this year.  And while two of them are not present today they are with us in their thoughts and prayers.

            Dal became active with the Masons and Eastern Star both in Chetwynd and Dawson Creek and also with the Elks in Chetwynd.  He held important offices in all those organizations.

            Dal was first and foremost a military man and all one had to do was see him walk down the street or across the hall and you could almost here the military band playing with him.

            He passed away at home December 23, 1995.  Dal will be lovingly remembered, by family and the many friends he has made during his life.


B          December 25, 1995 - Teresa Rose and Glen Morrow are pleased to announce the birth of Kandra Lee, 6 lbs, 12 oz.


B          December 28, 1995 - Born to Monique and Gary Drinkall, a boy, Tyler Glen, 3680 grams.


B          December 29, 1995 - Born to Annette Savard and Brad Campbell, a girl, 4525 grams.








B         Nina Willow is Chetwynd's 1996 New Year's baby.  She was born to mother Nellie Garbitt and father Robert Napoleon.  Nina Willow was born January 2, 1996, weighing 8 lbs 14 oz. at 8:40 pm.( Picture in the Chetwynd Echo).


B         January 3, 1996 - Brooke Shannon Rogiers born to Ron and Nadine Rogiers and proud sister Rebecca on January 3rd at 4:32 pm in Edmonton, Alberta. 7 lbs 13 oz.


B         January 19, 1996  - Phillip and Judy Clavier of Sunset Prairie, BC, a boy, Quentin John. 6lbs 7oz, 19 ½ inches long.


D        Merlin Ray passed away at Chetwynd, British Columbia at the age of 73 years, on      January 17th, 1996.  He was born on October 26th, 1922 in Halcourt, Alberta.

            Memorial Service was held at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Chetwynd, BC on Saturday, January 20th, 1996 at 1:30 pm.  Pastor Bill Evans of the Baptist Church officiated.

            Merlin is survived by his loving wife Jean Ray, son Darrell Ray of Chetwynd, BC, daughters; Sharon (Bob) Potter of Hudson's Hope, BC, Margie (Pete) Labby of Chase, BC and Sandy (Lyle) Paul of Chetwynd, BC, brothers; Mel (Isabel) Ray of Beaverlodge, Alberta, Bob (Elsie) Ray of Beaverlodge, Alberta, sister Jean Lock of Beaverlodge, Alberta and thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

            He was predeceased by his daughter Amber Ray in 1981 and one grandson Tyler Labby in 1990.

            Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Services and Crematorium Dawson Creek, BC.


B         Brandon Myles Murfitt born to Clint and Murfitt and Laura Watson on January 25, 1996. 330 grams.


B         Ken and Janet Gibbs are pleased to announce the birth of Joanna Mae on January 28, 1996. 6 lbs 10 oz.


B         Amy Julia Beattie born to Alvina Cardinal and Darcy Beattie on January 30, 1996, 7 lbs 15 oz.


M         Butch and Darlene Gerry were high school sweethearts.  They married February 8, 1971.  This year they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary.  Butch and Darlene are spending their 1st honeymoon in Hawaii.


D         Stew Grant was born in Highgate, Saskatchewan September 29, 1924, to Allan and Ethel Grant.  He passed away in Chetwynd February 13, 1996 after a courageous battle with cancer.

            Stew leaves to mourn, his wife of 48 years, Corky Grant; four daughters, Lynnette, Diane (Jim); Cheryl (Bill); and Sandra; grandchildren Michael, Deanna (Sean), Danielle (Keith), Lori (Todd) and Taryn; three great grandson, Jordon, Ryan and Bryce; his mother, Ethel Grant; brothers Jim (Korky) and Bob; sisters Sis or Ellen (Jack), Margaret (John) and June (Bob); many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

            Stew was predeceased by his father, Allan, in 1954; his brothers Gerald in 1992 and Farmer in 1993.

            Stew left Highgate with his family 1928 when they moved to Sidney on Vancouver Island.  Their move to the Peace River country was in 1937 where Stew worked at the family livery stable and wood delivery business.  He joined the Royal Canadian Arm Force in 1943 and was discharged in 1945.  Stew drove truck on the Alaska Highway and worked in the bush as a faller.  He married Corky Fraser on March 2, 1947.  Stew and his brother, Farmer, went into the sawmill business in 1950.  For the next 30 years he managed the sawmill and logging operations for Grant Bros. Logging Ltd.  In 1980 the company retired.  The next year, Stew and Corky moved to the ranch in Lone Prairie where Stew ranched and farmed until 1995.  Stew and Corky built a new home in Chetwynd and moved in October 1995.

            Stew was a great family man who enjoyed his grandchildren and their children immensely.  He will be missed.

            Funeral services were held February 17, 1996 in the elk's Hall with Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  The Eulogy was given by Earl Lindsey.  Pallbearers were Shane Patterson, Danny LaGreca, Jimmy Grant, Jason LaGreca, Jack Berg and Lonny Hilton.  Honourary pallbearers were Donald Grant, Tommy Watcher, Ted Parker, Jim Eason, Robbie Berg, Mick LaGreca, Ralph Todd, Don Kelly, Johnnie Dokkie, Joe Nichols, Simon Redhead and Benny Smith.  Cremation followed at Raynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium in Dawson Creek.

            For those friends who would like a copy of the eulogy, please contact the family.  The Canadian Cancer Society is accepting donations in memory of the late Stewart Grant.


D         Donna Olive Solveig Bettin.  Born at Yorkton, Saskatchewan on September 1, 1939.  Passed away February 22, 1996, Chetwynd, BC.

            Our family will always remember Donna and her smile as a loving mother, wife and grandmother.  Donna will also be remembered by everyone who knew her as one who loved life, flowers, gardening, collecting dolls, cherubs, reading to her grandchildren and traveling.  Donna also enjoyed life as a "Born again Christian".  Donna was involved in several activities where she was able to promote Christianity and work with women.  Most recently she was involved with an Inter-church Christian Women's group and with the Chetwynd Gospel Tabernacle Women's Missionary Group.


B         February 23, 1996 - Born to David and Juliet Sawchuck, a boy, 8 lbs 3 oz.


B         February 29, 1996 - Tatiana Marie, a girl, born to Jacie and Gerry Morand. 8 lbs 1 oz


B         March 4, 1996 - Wain Rose and Jackie Graham of Chetwynd BC, a girl, Brianna Megan Rose, 9lbs 1oz, 19 inches long.


B         April 9, 1996 - Jess and Ann Bassett of Sunset Prairie, BC, a boy, Theran Joseph Bassett. 7lbs 10 1/2 oz, 20 inches long, a brother for Colin and Haley.


D         Bill Hauber - September 15, 1916 - April 22, 1996.


B         April 25, 1996 - Shania Janel, a girl, born to Sharon and Wilbert Rice at 7:24 pm. 8 lbs 3 oz.


B         April 29, 1996 - James and Shari Uhrich, of Dawson Creek, a boy, Dustin Cole. 8 lbs 14.5oz. 54 cm long.


D         Christopher Landerkin Lenfesty, age 25; presumed drowned at Kamloops, BC on May 2, 1996.  He was born September 30, 1970 in Regina, Sk.  His schooling was taken in Regina, Trail and Chetwynd.  Chris was a very talented cartoonist and a natural drummer.  He is survived by; his parents, Marjorie and Chuck Lenfesty (Chetwynd); his brothers: Jason and Marcella and niece, Taylor and nephew, Joel (Grande Prairie, AB), Kurt and Lillia (Waterloo, Ontario), Evan and Nichole and Niece, Alexandra (Calgary, AB), Omar and Alison (Waterloo, Ontario), Dale and niece, Robyn (Castlegar), Richard (Castlegar), Anthony (Kitimat); his sisters Pamela and Dirk Wendland and niece, Tanya and nephew, Martin (Trail), Azure (Calgary, AB), and Claudene and Shaun Shaver and niece, Tashina (Kitimat), his grandmother, Lota Harvey (Penticton) and many other relatives.  A memorial service will be held in Trail, BC on Saturday, June 1, 1996 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to any organization, which supports the prevention of substance abuse or supports those who are trying to quit or maintain a substance free life.


M         To all our family and friends: please accept this as your invitation

            Leah, Shawn, Lyndon and Jaycie Request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their parents Charmaine Marie Mosher and Myrin James Toews on Saturday, the fourth of May, 1996 at seven o'clock in the evening at the Elks Hall, Chetwynd, BC. 


B         May 6, 1996 - Joe and Jennifer Singer of Gordondale, Alberta, a boy, Dylan Joseph, 9 lbs, 6½ oz, 22 inches long.


B         May 9, 1996 - Richard Mineault and Sheri Napier of Pouce Coupe, a girl, Dannielle Kelly Napier. 7lbs 14 oz, 21 inches long.


B         Trey Anthony Nichol born to Brandon (BJ) Nichol and Tara Willis on May 19, 1996, in Calgary. 7lbs11oz.


B        Jennifer and Lawrence Reeves are pleased to announce the birth of Ashley Anne,   a sister for Megan on May 24, 1996 at 3:00 am. 7lbs 11oz.


B         Cheryl Lenardon Dyer and Eric Dyer are pleased to announce the birth of Leah Grace Dyer, a girl, May 26, 1996. 7lbs 110z.


B         A girl, Sierra Kayla Maria, born to David and Eileen Deswiage, on May 31, 1996 in Dawson Creek. 7lbs 12oz.




D         Danielle Kettner - November 18, 1995 - June 10, 1996


B         June 17, 1996 - Bryce Daniel McAvany, a boy, born to Terra Cupples and Danny McAvany at 12:56. 6lbs 12oz.


B         June 20, 1996 - A girl, Heather Joann Kind, born to Joanna Atwood and Dale E. Kind at 7:23 am. 7lbs 11oz.


M         Frank and Liz Campbell - Frank and Liz Cambell met 43 years ago in Little Prairie, which is now Chetwynd.  There was only one store, a post office located inside the store, a garage where one could fix a tire or buy some oil, a restaurant, and a gas pump where you had to manually pump the gas before you could put it into the vehicle.

            The little town was so small, we all knew our neighbours.

            The wages weren't very high at the sawmills and planer mills in and around the area but everyone was glad to have a job and worked very hard at it.

            We were married June 27, 1955 in Dawson Creek.  The rounds were gravel then so it took a lot longer to go back and forth.  After the church service we drove back to Little Prairie for an outdoor reception, where friends and relatives from as far away as Saskatchewan greeted us.  Later on that evening we had a dance in Uncle Stan and Aunt Bea's garage.  The weather cooperated.


B         June 30, 1996 - Born to Annie Coulter, a boy, Brady Austen Douglas. 8 lbs11oz.


B         Alex and Laura Revelas are proud to announce the safe arrival of their baby boy Alexander Lawrence who was born on July 3, 1996.


B         July 5, 1996 - Sonya Graham of Sunset Prairie, BC, a girl, Kalinda Loraine, 7lbs 10oz, 20 ¼ inches long.


B         July 7, 1996 - Chaeryn Noh Davison born to Haeyoung Noh and Rick Davison, a girl, at 7:24 pm at the Fort St. John General Hospital. 8 lbs 4 oz.


B         July 22, 1966 - Brent and Dorothy (Dodie) Haney of Dawson Creek, a boy, Dalton Zachary Micheal. 9 lbs 5oz. 38 ½ inches long.


O         In memory of Douglas Byron MacMillan (June 23, 1944 - July 23, 1996) .


B         Alyssa Mary Anne Fowler born to Tabatha Fowler and Jeff Webb on August 1, 1996 at 11:10pm in Fort St. John.  7 lbs 14oz.


A         Sixty-five years of marriage - Chetwynd couple celebrate wedding anniversary:

            Things have changed over the past 65 years.  The world is connected by the Internet, most homes have a computer and humans fly into space once a month aboard the space shuttle.  But, one thing that has remained constant is Fred and Mary Courtoreille's love for each other.

            The love story began in September of 1930 at Jackfish Lake.

            The world was wallowing in the Depression of the Dirty 30's, there were few white people in what was to become Chetwynd and Mary, then 16 and originally from Sturgeon Lake, was visiting her grandparents in the Jackfish Lake area and decided to attend a dance.  At that dance was Fred Courtoreille, a youthful 18 years old.  "He was looking at me all the time.  I knew he was up to something," said Mary with a chuckle as she remembered that first encounter.  "I was anxious to marry her.  She was a nice looking girl," said husband Fred.  But marriage would have to wait.  "We were too young.  My Mom didn't want us to marry," said Mary.

            During the next year, Fred, who was working as a hunting guide, was asked by an American doctor, who he had just taken on a trip, if he wanted to travel back to the United States with him and learn English.

            "He said he was excited to start with, but then he went back to the camp and began to think about it," remembers Mary.  "Somebody else will get Mary, so I changed my mind," adds Fred.

            "I was laughing at him I said you might meet another girl.  He said, I don't want any other girl but you," said Mary as she recalled Fred's remarks at the time.


B         Jennifer Brertton and Steven LePretre are pleased to announce the birth of Joselyn Alexandra on August 7, 1996 at 9:28 pm.  7 lbs12oz.


B         Jade Noskiye and Kent McInnis are pleased to announce the birth of Cody Lorne on August 10, 1996 at 10:36 am.  8 lbs 5 oz.


B         Lyndon Lee Anderson born to Amanda Garbitt and Brandon Anderson on August 24, 1996 at 4:54 am in Fort St. John Hospital. 6 lbs 7 oz.


D         James Alan Harding was born at home in Widnes, an industrial town in NW Lancashire on the 25th of March 1923, and 5 years after WWI.  He was the second of five children born to Harry Harding a carpenter and builder and to our mother Margaret Seddon whose family were money-careful Methodists - in chapel three times on Sundays - They didn't much approve of Harry who was a chain- smoker and his father who visited the pubs.

            Alan shoed early a dislike of school by one morning faking an illness from which eh could not be aroused - it fooled Granddad Harding and he called the Doctor - no telephones in those days.  Alan managed to sustain the hoax 'til about lunchtime, when possibly the smell of food was irresistible and he "awoke" - he was successful in missing school for the rest of the day.  Alan was therefore happy to leave school at 14 and entered a large factory I.C.I. as an apprentice instrument mechanic.  It was then he realized what schooling was for and in the next three years studied at high-school one a week and progressed to a National Certificate in Engineering.  He would possibly have gone on to University but there was a strong pull - flying.

            In 1942 he was accepted for pilot training, which he received in the UK and in Kinston, Ontario.  He always had a soft spot for Canada after his 6 months here.  During his 21 years in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy he flew every type of land and carrier based aircraft fixed wing and helicopter.  He made his way upwards slowly as a Petty Officer then a Chief Petty Officer Pilot.  Then was given the rank of Lieutenant.  Though he was instructing Officers with senior rank to himself because of his extensive flying experience.  It is not easy to bring a heavy fighter aircraft on to a carrier with the deck moving up and down, 20 or 30 feet.

            In his later years in the Navy he flew Sr. Government and Military Officers in fixed-wing planes and helicopters.  On one occasion he piloted Earl Mountbatten in a helicopter from London to a south Coast Naval Base 150 miles away in thick fog, which had grounded all aircraft in the South of England.

            Alan used a new Decca Navigation System to fly over the fog to a point 200 yards off shore from the base he lowered down through the fog 'till he saw the waves and turned towards the shore, hopped over the wall of the base and landed on the croquet lawn to spontaneous applause by the assembled naval dignitaries.  Earl Mountbatten sent him a thank you note.

            When he left the Navy in 1963 he bought a country pub in Scotland but again flying pulled him back, first to Libya and then Malaysia and Indonesia, where he worked 'till 1985.

            In about 1980, he met and married a Malaysian but was devastated when she developed cancer.  In search of a cure he made the trip alone to an Indian Holy Man, in south India.  From a throng of people seeking cures he went forward with a picture of his wife Lulu - the holy man waved aside the picture and pointed to Alan.  Alan stayed for six months and began his study of the Hindu religion, which became his spiritual guide and comfort over subsequent years.

            Alan was 65 and refusing to retire when he came to Chetwynd in 1988 at my invitation to teach us how to use the computer the Government was obliging us to buy.  He did that and more.  He used his considerable managerial skills to build up Mountain View Medical Clinic and extended it in 1992 in spite of developing lymphoma cancer the previous year.

            From his favourite seat in the waiting room he would greet patients, play with the kids on the floor and give advice to all.

            Then there was golf - this ran like a gold thread through his life from Scotland via Malaysia to Moberly Lake.  This exercise of Newton's Law of Motion refreshed him even when his game was down.

            One of his last sounds last summer was a person triumph - he won the Club Championship whilst on chemotherapy for a recurrence of his cancer.  He said modestly as he came home with an armful of prizes - "it was a very popular win".

            Flyer, philosopher, fearless user of 20th century technology. Alan was a caring human being, in harmony with all people of all races of all colours and of all ages.


M         On August 31, 1996 family and friends gathered in Chetwynd to celebrate Louis and Henriette Ethier's 60th Wedding Anniversary, which is a milestone of achievement.  They were both active members in the church and community for 23 years or more and have made many friends in Chetwynd.

            Family and friends came from Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec.

            Congratulations from your 6 children, 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

            May God grant you Health, Love and Happiness for many years to come.  Thank you for caring and the beautiful love that makes all the difference in the world.

            Thanks to: the Elks and royal Purple for the hall and wonderful supper and lunch; to everyone who attended; and the grandchildren; Gerald, Richard, Roger, Denis and Michael for supplying the music.


B         Bria Bernice born to Susan and Thomas Jezersek on September 2, 1996 at 4:25. 8lbs3oz.  A special thank you to nurses Adele and Stephanie.


B         Emily Mae born to tom and Patty Burk on September 9, 1996. 7lbs 4oz.


B         Brendan Wesley born to Dan Bellavance and Cheryl Dukes on September 20, 1996.  8 lbs15.5oz.


B         Chelsea Anne born to Gus and Melissa Dommasch on September 20, 1996 at 7:35, a sister for Hailey.  7.7 lbs.


B         Angela Thorne and Scott Thornton are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their daughter, Courtney Mikayla, at the Price George Regional Hospital on September 23, 1996 at 9:00 pm.  She weighed in at 7 lbs 6oz. and is 20 inches long.  Proud grandparents are Jo Ann and John Thorne of Tumbler Ridge and Fran and Bruce Thorton of Price George.


B         (about September 23, date not mentioned) - Murray Isaac. Born to Murray and Kathy Swanson, 8 lbs 13 oz., a brother for Tara, Ashley and Rianne.


M         Taken from the Chetwynd Echo - First Annual Bridal Edition, February 13, 1996.

            John and Vera Lekavy:  John proposed to me in June 1950, and in July all the crops in Saskatchewan froze.  John felt like backing out of the wedding, but we went ahead anyway and we were married October 5th, 1950.  I made my own wedding dress.

            The night of the wedding dance it rained, so John didn't just carry me over the threshold, he had to carry me all the way from his three ton Fargo truck.

            The following year twin boys were born to us, they only lived for two weeks.

            The third year the snow came early in October.  The farmers weren't quite finished with their combining, so whatever wasn't swathed, and standing up, they combined in November in the snow after the ground froze.

            One winter, to have a little extra income we worked in the Margo Hotel, John as a bartender and bouncer, and I to clean rooms and do a little cooking.

            There were good times too.  We had three more children born there, Bonnie, Jim and Ritch.

            The farmers started a Snowplow Club, bought a big snow blower, mounted it on John's tractor and he did the snow plowing for a small wage.

            The winter of 1961-2 there was so much snow, that I mentioned in front of a fellow that we should sell out and move to BC.

            The guy took us up on it, and next thing we knew we were selling.  I was thinking of warmer climates, but John heard about all the land opening up in Chetwynd.

            It wasn't all good times here either, but that's another story.  One good thing here was we had another daughter Melanie.  She was the New Year's Baby in the Peace River country in 1964.


D         Wallace Fenneman - October 8, 1937 - October 20, 1996.


B         Steve and Rebekah Hallaert are proud to announce the birth of their baby daughter Kierra Rebekah weighing 8lbs130z, a sister for Braden, born in Dawson Creek General Hospital on October 23, 1996 at 12:15pm.


D         Jean Ray - January 4, 1921 - October 31, 1996.


B         Ben Michael Lister born to Laura and Gerry Lister on November 6, 1996 at 8:15 am, 7lbs 7.74oz.


B         Carmen and Roland Gansevles are pleased to announce the birth of Kase Roland Gansevles on November 12, 1996 at 4:45pm, 8lbs 3oz.


B         Penny Desjarlais and Corey Edward are pleased to announce the birth of Cordell Marvin Edwards on November 16, 1996 at 1:31am, 6 lbs 12oz.


B         Jade Desjarlais and Clayton Davis are pleased to announce the birth of Sebastian Drake Davis Desjarlais on November 16, 1996 at 11:55 pm, 7 lbs 8 oz.


B         Makayla Dawn Tonn born to Don and Dawn Marie Tonn on November 22, 1996 at 6:18 am. 7lbs2 oz.


D         In loving memory of Faye Nikirk - May 1, 1940-November 24, 1997.

            Love Lives On.  Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone.  Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in our heart.  We Love You and Miss You

            Gordon, Les (Karen), Doug (Glenda), Brenda, Ken (Lorna), Shelley (Frank) and families.


B         Brodie Anthony Lee born December 6, 1996 to Laurelle Martin and Jon Watson. 6 lbs5oz.


B         Sara Ray born to Shawn and Sharon Norris on December 11, 1996 at 9:03 pm. 7 lbs 1oz., a sister for Ashley and Tyler.



Chetwynd 1996 Graduation Supplement, July 2, 1996 - Chetwynd Echo

            Rowena Askew                                                           

            Bobbi-Joe Atchison    

            Cali-Ann Bestward

            Cory Betts

            Melissa Bice

            Shelly Bottemiller

            Ronda Bratt

            Johanne Bremmer

            Sarah Calahasen

            Crystal Campen

            Juanita Correa

            Tara Deck

            Dianne Demeulemeester

            Pamela Derhousoff

            Stacy Disher

            Taryn Dokkie

            Michelle Fontaine

            Colleen Ganson

            Suzanne Gardiner

            Mandy Gauthier

            Terry Geuder

            Blake Haley

            Becky Hauber

            Dave Hawco

            Carmen Hudson

            Robert Jenson

            Fred Johnson

            Steve Johnson

            Tara-Lynne Jones

            Christina Knowles

            Sarah Lalonde

            Stuart MacTavish        

            Wynita Marshall

            Tara Martin

            Spike McFeeters

            Cheryl Mix

            Tammy Morton

            Todd Nelson

            Deana Nielson

            Cody Norris

            Laura Nunweiller

            Gordon Pruden

            Rhonda Rae

            Derek Ray

            Kurt Richter

            Janell Sampson

            Steve Sampson

            Jared Schapansky

            Clayton Sheen

            Tanya Sullivan

            Joe Swain

            David Tocher

            Wanda Walsh

            Troy Weaver

            Heather Wice

            Danielle Wood

            Crystal Yagos

            Carrie Young







D      Violet Hauber:  Violet was born October 10, 1922 in Cudworth, Sask.  She grew up on a farm with her parents, Walter and Verna Schmidt, three sisters, and two brothers.  Violet had many fond memories of her younger years with her sister Irene and often reminisced about the harmless pranks they played together, instigated of course, by Irene.  Violet loved to dance and considered it be one of her most favourite pastimes.

         When Violet was about seventeen, a young fellow from a neighbouring farm caught her eye, and she said later, whenever this young Bill Hauber came to her parents place to buy tractor parts, she would stop her berry picking to say hello.  One time Bill asked Violet to a dance, and anyone who knew Bill and Violet, knows the rest is history.

         Violet's parents didn't approve of young William Hauber and went to great lengths to keep them apart.  However, Violet knew Bill was the man for her, so on June 1, 1942, and in a wedding dress that Bill bought for her, they were married.  The only member of Violets family to attend her wedding was her sister Irene.  Violet never let her family's absence dampen her spirits because from the moment she and Bill were wed, he became and stayed the most important person in her life for 53 years and then some.

         Violet and Bill lived with mother Matty Hauber for the first seven years they were married.  Not a cross word was spoken between the two women during that time.  They shared a mutual respect for each other and common bond in their love for Bill.

         Over the course of 25 years, Violet had thirteen children, beginning with Johnny in 1943 and ending with Sharon in 1966.  In between were the twins, Eddy and Albert (an event that brought Violet's parents back into her life as if they had never left).  Then there was Willie, Dolores, Agatha, George, Bob, Joe, Ralph, Helen, and Walter.

         After leaving Cudworth to make a home in Red Deer, Bill and Violet then decided to move their ever-growing family to Progress, BC.  There they farmed and raised their family until 1989 when they semi retired and moved to Pouce Coupe into a house that Bill and Violet built together.  Soon after retiring Bill and Violet decided they weren't quite ready to retire full time, so they bought and cleared a ¼ section next to the home place at Progress, just to keep themselves busy.

         Over the course of their lives Bill and Violet had their share of tragedies; they lost their son Willie in 1985 and their son Walter in 1992.  They overcame their pain and loss by the comfort they received from each other.  Together, Bill and Violet could weather any storm.  Some may feel this eulogy sounds as though it's about Bill and Violet Hauber, I suppose that's true, they were in fact like one person, you never mentioned one without thinking of the other.  They made a life together that many of us only dream about.

         In April 1996, Bill suffered a stroke and passed away shortly after.  For the first time in 53 years, Violet was alone without her Bill.  Violet stayed at their home in Pouce for a few months, however, the memories became too hard for her to bear, so she moved to Chetwynd, to be closer to some of their children.  Violet had a history of medical problems that she just didn't have time for.  She was the kind of lady tat didn't indulge herself; she was a sweet lady who never complained or made a fuss over her illness or herself.

         Violet received enjoyment out of the simplest thing in life, like a game of rummy after supper, reading a good western, or crocheting an afghan.  She loved to sit and visit, and anyone who's ever had a conversation with Violet will remember her laughter.  She enjoyed talks with her girls and visits with her boys, even if she was just sitting back listening while they talked amongst themselves.  If anyone were to sum up the kind of person that Violet was, they'd have to say she was a 'Grand Lady'.

         Violet passed away on Jan. 2, 1997 at home in Lone Prairie, where she wanted to be when the time came.  Violet never doubted for a moment she was going home to be with her Bill.

         Violet is survived by three sister, Irene, Thelma and Mary; two brothers, John and Lester; seven sons, John, Ed, Albert, George, Bob, Joe, and Ralph; four daughters, Dolores, Agatha, Helen, and Sharon; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


D      Richard Wegh - July 4, 1897 - January 6, 1998

         Richard died peacefully at the home of his daughter, Freda Hauser, where h had lived the last year of his life.  He was born in Austria, migrated to Saskatchewan in 1927, to Alberta in 1937, and finally, to Kelowna in 1961.

         His wife, Anelie, predeceased him after 75 years of marriage in January 1997, and by his granddaughter, Janice Hauser in 1975.  He will be sadly missed.  Left to mourn are his daughters; Claudine (Allan) Gronvall, Kelowna; Fred (Ben) Hauser, Chetwynd, and son, Raymond of Arizona, and by seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

         Memorial service was held in Chetwynd on Jan.9, 1998 and graveside servid3e was held in Kelowna Jan. 13, 1998, where he was laid to rest next to his wife.


B      January 24, 1997 - Calvin Berg and Kelly Head of Chetwynd, a girl, Tyesha Fay, 5lbs2oz, 19 inches long.


B      Kayleigh Irene, born to David and Marlo Glennie on January 25, 1997, 7 lbs 9.6 oz.


B      Chinyew Hope Anumba born January 27, 1997.


B      Rahel Deanna born to Heidi and Markus Ulrich on January 29, 1997. 8 lbs.


B      Justin Samuel Berlinger born January 29, 1997.


B      February 6, 1997 - Kip Nielsen and Amy Stenbraaten of Sunset Prairie, BC, a boy, Kaleb Joshua Nielsen, 7lbs14oz. 20 inches long.


B      Lisa Robertson and Marty Fowler are pleased to announce the birth of Jesey May Marie on February 11, 1997 at 7:45am, 3305 grams.


B      Taelor Rebecca Apsassin born February 13, 1997.


B      Lewis Nathaniel Robert Donkersley born February 14, 1997.


B      Shay Gladys Garbitt born February 19, 1997.


B      Landon Rye Shannon born to Kyle Shannon and Sandy Keller on February 22, 1997 at 9:32. 8 lbs 14 oz.


D      Keith Irving Reiswig was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta on November 7, 1940, to Ruth and Irving Reiswig of Peoria, Alberta.  He was the oldest of six children with two younger sisters and three younger brothers.  Keith was raised in the small farming community of Peoria.  He soon met Helen Rodzuk and they married on December 10, 1962.  Soon after, their family was made complete when their sons, first Doug and then Kendel, were born.  Keith and Helen and family eventually settled and made their home in Chetwynd BC in 1970.  Here Keith established a successful trucking business and became a volunteer member of the auxiliary police.  Keith remained in Chetwynd unto 1995 when he moved to Hythe, Alberta where he passed away February 22, 1977.  Services were held for Keith in Grande Prairie, Alberta with Lew Wiegel officiating.  He was then laid to rest in Peoria, Alberta.  Keith will be remembered for his most precious qualities: his laugher, mischievous humour, vibrance, generous heart, and love of his family and friends.  Keith was predeceased by his brother, Rollie and now he says good-bye to his family; Helen, Doug, Kendel and Kim; his parents, Irving and Ruth; his siblings, Karen, Reg, Lacey and Bernie; and numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


D      Sig Schilling passed away at the Chetwynd and District Hospital on February 26, 1997. 

         A funeral service conducted by Pastor Bill Evans was held on Saturday, March 1, 1997, at 1pm at the Elks Hall in Chetwynd, followed by interment in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Sharon Siller rendered beautiful solos, and long time family friend Delbert Gerry gave the eulogy.

         Sig Schilling was born in Bad Berka, Germany, September 24, 1921 to Amo and Helene Schilling.  In 1929, when Sig was eight years old, his family immigrated to Canada to a homestead in northern Saskatchewan.  The area became known as the Independent School District and was located about 15 miles from the town of Loon Lake - which had the nearest store, post office, and a small outpost hospital.  The district had no school for a number of years, and then the Lutheran Church started a ministry there.  The minister was also a teacher and the church was used as a school.  Sig was 15 when he quit school to go to work; by this time he had only two and a half years of schooling.

         This was a farming district and at that time there was no big equipment to open the land - just real hard work.  Sig farmed with his parents and then drove truck for a number of years.  He served three years in the Canadian army and, when discharged, returned to the farm and some more trucking.

         In March, 1949, Sig married Jean Doehle.  They had three children: Bob was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Pinkie and Elsie were born in Dawson Creek.

         Between 1949 and 1955 Sig and his young family spent their winters in the BC Peace area where Sig was employed in logging and trucking, returning to the farm in Saskatchewan every spring.

         Sig moved his family to Chetwynd in December of 1955.  At the time he was driving truck for his brother, Walter.  Later, Sig worked on the construction of the Chetwynd hotel and when it was finished, became their first maintenance man.  During this time he was also the first employee of BC Hydro.  Later, when BC Gas (then Inland Natural Gas) opened their office, he became their first branch manager - as well as service man and meter reader.  A package deal!!  After 12 years of that, he quit and started his own business, Sig's Plumbing and Heating, which he operated until one year ago when he was no longer able to work.

         His parents, an infant brother, and his youngest brother, Walter, predeceased Sig.

         Sig leaves to mourn his loving wife Jean; son Bob (Lorna), daughters; Pinkie (George) Neagele and Elsie (Ian) Ross; grandchildren; Rhonda and Neil Schilling, Tim (Wanda) Ross, Jeana Ross, Sarah and David Neagele; great-grandchildren; Brendan and Marti Ross; one brother George of Chetwynd; sisters Margaret Vidal of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, and Lottie (Vern) Moore of Loon River, Saskatchewan; numerous nieces and nephews.

         Expressions of sympathy were made by way of donations to the Chetwynd Hospital Palliative Care Society.

         Funeral arrangements were entrusted to: Bergeron Funeral Services and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, BC.


B      Dean and Kimberly Beattie are proud to announce the arrival of their new son Liam Dean, a little brother for Justin.  Liam was born on March 4, 1997 in the Fort St. John General Hospital. 8 lbs 11 0z, 21 ½ inches long.


B      Qulla Shae Apsassin born to Miranda McMahon and Doug Apsassin on March 7, 1997 at 1:10 pm. 6 lbs 9 oz.


B      Tamara Andrea Berg born to Melanie Cervo and Craig Berg on March 11, 1997 at 5:28 pm. 8 lbs 7 oz.


B      Stephen and Donna Fieber wish to announce the birth of their son Austin Douglas, born on March 11, 1197 in Fort St. John General Hospital. 9 lbs 8 oz., 21 inches long, a brother for Mitchell.


B      Heida Metta Solrun Johnson born March 19, 1997.


B      Tristen Thomas Scanian Soloshy born March 30, 1997.


D      Trent Asleson - April 5, 1962 - April 1, 1997.


B      Dre Anthony  Anderson born April 14, 1997.


B      Chloe Lynn Petre born April 21,1997.


B      Jerrette Hauck born April 26, 1997.


B      May 6, 1997 - Jim Green and Donna Brown of Sunset Prairie, BC, a girl, Skylar Lee Green. 6lbs9oz, 19 ½ inches long, a sister for Jesse.


B      Kaylee Danae Gerstel born May 9, 1997.


B      Mackenzie John born to Cindy and Dennis Garvey on June 6, 1997 at 3:53 pm. D7 lbs 3 oz., a new little brother for Meghan


B      Aften Michele Bice born July 5, 1997.


D      Lloyd Charles Campbell - December 1, 1940 - July 14, 1997


B      Riley Ryan Iwanciwski born to Ryan and Sheila Iwanciwski on July 15, 1997 at 9:07 pm. 2995 grams.


B      Colin Daniel Boyd born August 3, 1997


B      August 6, 1997 - Elizabeth Williams and Derald Gauthier of Chetwynd, a boy, Payton Michael Myron Gauthier, 8lbs, 11 ½oz, 20 inches long.


B      August 22, 1997 - Jennifer Willey and Jamie Tremblay of Chetwynd, BC, a girl, Tatum Rae Tremblay, 10lbs6oz, 59 cms.


B      Ricky Davis Jr. born August 26, 1997.


D      Aaron Hauber - November 5, 1978 - September 2, 1997.


B      Brooke Sandra MacMillan born to Danny MacMillan and Stacy Waters on September 3, 1997 at 7:05 am. 7.67 lbs.


B      September 9, 1997 - Sarah and Thor Pruckl of Chetwynd, a boy, James Geoffrey Franz Pruckl.  7lbs8oz, 20.5 inches long.


B      Matthew James Kaden Apsassin born September 25, 1997.


B      Shayden George Swain born October 1, 1997.


B      Tanisha Shainee Agnes Llewellyn born October 4, 1997.


B      Carlee Moreen Westgate born October 7, 1997.


A      Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration - Jim and Korky Grant (1947 - 1997)

         Open House 1pm to 5 pm at the Legion Hall in Chetwynd, BC on Sunday, October 12, 1997.


D      Shane Gary Guaale - May 21, 1969 - October 14, 1997.


B      Cassidy Mary McAvany born November 6, 1997.


B      Kayu Napoleon born November 10, 1997.


B      Tess Angeline Courtorielle born November 19, 1997.


D      Faye Nikirk - May 1, 1940 - November 24, 1997.


A      On November 6, 1947, in Vancouver, BC. Jim Grant and Korky Kirkman were united in marriage.  Nov, 50 years later, they are marking their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

         Celebrations were held in Chetwynd last month for Jim and Korky.  A family dinner had relatives from the local area, Calgary, Vancouver and William Lake in attendance.  Sponsored by their five children, Ruth, Donald, Anne, Susan and Julia, their 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, an open house at the Legion on Oct. 12th, saw hundreds of well wishers on hand to congratulate the Grants.  Presentation s by Mayor Lasser on behalf of the District of Chetwynd and by Tim Caton for the Peace River Regional District were made to the Grants in recognition of their many contributions to the community in their 42 years of residence in Little Prairie/Chetwynd.

         The Grants were pleased to receive congratulatory letters from the governor General, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the opposition, the Lieut, Governor of BC, the Premier and local politicians.

         Jim and Korky moved to Vernon last year, but the ties of Home keep them returning to Chetwynd on a regular basis.


B      November 24, 1997 - Todd and Ina Roland of Chetwynd, a boy, Cameron Mitchell, 7lbs 14oz, 20 ¼ inches long.


B      Bretton Dino Robert Napoleon born December 9, 1997.


B      Hayden Todd Grotkowski born December 11, 1997.


B      Daniel Kevin Martell born December 17, 1997.


D      Judith (Judy) Ann Belcourt, a resident of Rycroft, Alberta, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 20, 1997 at the age of 44 years.  Judy was born in Grouard, Alberta on June 9, 1953.

         She leaves to mourn her husband, Cliff, father Pat Courtoreille, her daughter, Corrina, sons: Sam and Dale and grandchildren; Michael and Tanya.  Also left are her brothers: Peter (Karen), Paul, Alvin, Brian, And Frankie, and her sisters: Sharon (Ed), Susan, Diana (Allen) and Cheyenne.  Judy was pre-deceased by her mother Florence Courtoreille on January 28, 1990.

         A wake was held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chetwynd, BC on Monday, December 29, 1997 at 7:30 pm.  The funeral service was held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Chetwynd, BC on Tuesday, December 30, 1997 at 10:00 am, Father Joe Curcio officiating.

         Memorial donations may be made to the Charity of ones Choice.  The family would like to thank each and everyone for your kindness, help and support through the loss of our dear Judy.  May God bless you all and peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

         Funeral arrangements by Olivers Grande prairie Funeral Chapel.


D      Andy Ardon Roderick Jeglum - November 26, 1978 - December 21, 1997

         Andy passed away suddenly in an avalanche near Chetwynd, BC. on December 21, 1997 at the age of 19 years.  Obituary in the Chetwynd Echo - Tuesday, January 27, 1998.  Funeral services were held from St. Andrew's United Church, Lacombe on Friday, January 2, 1998 at 1:30pm,Interment followed in the Westling Cemetery.  If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Andy Jeglum Trust Fund established to educate youth about avalanche awareness, c/o the Treasury Branch, Lacombe, AB. or to the charity of the donors choice.


B      Bronwen Carith Stanyer born September 22, 1997.


D      Vince Hauber - April 7, 1975 - December 25, 1997.






B         Marissa Shelby Nichol born January 16, 1998.


B         Abigail Spenst born January 20, 1998.


D         Johnny Hauber - March 28, 1943 - January 22, 1998.


B         Cody Daniel James Murfitt born January 31, 1998.


B         Kiana Paige Gauthier born February 19, 1998.


B         Katelynn Hitchcock born February 26, 1998.


B         J.J. Stimpson born March 4, 1998.


B         Trisha Marian Dalke born March 31, 1998.


B         John Alan Grant Paul born April 18, 1998.


M         In memory of  John Lehner: May 2, 1998.


D         Ernie Guillet Jr. - October 3, 1964 - May 6, 1998.


B         Sydney Lynn Verkerk born May 9, 1998.


D         Doreen Harris:  Once again our family is saying good-bye to someone we love.      Today that person is our Mom.  We don't understand why she had to leave us so soon, but we suppose it's because she is so special, and they need her in heaven.

            Mom was born in Chelan, Sask., on March 10, 1930.  She was the youngest of a family of six, three brothers and two sisters, her favorite being Darlene.

            Moving with her family to the west coast when she was a toddler, our Mom enjoyed all the benefits of growing up the youngest.  Being so well raised helped her decide she would take good care of her own family one day, especially her children; Sharon, born in 1956, Kari, born in 1967, and Richard, born in 1969, and her husband Ken, the love of her life.

            The happiest day of her life and ours was the day she married Kenny Harris, in December of 1974, and we became a family, a family that would embrace much love and happiness and draw strength from, through the difficult times.

            Mom took great pride in being a Gramma, and she had great stories to share with others about the grandkids, Kim, Brenda, Vince and Spencer and Alicia.

            In August of 1992, her world and ours came crashing down, when our Dad succumbed to cancer.

            For a long time, our Mom was lost without her wonderful Kenny, but she never let her sorrow prevent her from being there for us.  She worked with us to keep our Dad's memory alive, and slowly she began to make a life for herself down in Mission, making many new friends and sharing quality time as dearest Aunty with George, Deb, Tereasa and Karo.  We can't say enough about her, but the tree of us would like to share a few memories.

            Lilacs are one my favorite flowers not just because of their beautiful fragrance, but because the colour of lilacs remind me of the color of my Mom's eyes.

            Mom's favorite colour happened to be lilac.  Some might argue that Doreen's eyes were blue or gray, but to me they were lilac, especially when she wore a certain blouse I remember her in.  The saying, "the eyes are the window of the soul" applied to Mom.

            She was a tall woman with endless legs and I remember as a child when shopping with her I sometimes lost her and all I had to do was look up above the store shelves and I could see her bobbing along.  There were few women as tall as Mom when I was young.

            I remember the grandkids when they were young having pretend slides down her legs.  They would laugh and say "one more Gramma, just one more".

            Mom inspired many people with her art and she would always include us kids or grandkids or anyone else who may be visiting.  I will always remember her beautiful, graceful hands.  Her handwriting always reflected her elegance and beauty inside and out.  Both Mom and Dad were inspirational parents.  As kids we could always walk into unknown territory in our lives and know we had support and love of our parents behind us.

            Mom and Dad's relationship was as strong as any mountain.  The strength of their marriage has inspired each of us to never settle for second best in the area of love.  We were witness to a magical love between two people that would go to the ends of the earth for each other.  Even though there is a deep will of sadness that I feel for the loss of Mom.  I can hear a whispering in my heart that is the music of her and all the wonderful memories she has left with us.

            There is no other way to describe our Mom, unless you have met her, her hopes and dreams as ell as her aspirations have carried on in each and everyone of s. through the pride, independence, honesty and the most important thing of all, the ability to stick together no matter the outcome.  This woman was not only our confidant but also our teacher, the one who has given us the ability to succeed at whatever we set out sings on, through her steady appraisals she has given us the confidence to achieve our goals.  Mom was not only our mother but also our friend and I am quite happy to have had such a good Mom and friend.  Knowing that she isn't with us physically but realizing that she lives in each of us day by day is going to be comforting to know.  I strongly believe that her spirit and guidance will be divided amongst us kids and her friends and family and will be the very foundation we will come to rely on throughout our lifetime.

            I am as reluctant to say good-bye to Mom as Kari and Richard.

            I will miss her laughter at my crummy jokes, and teasing her about cheating when she beat me at Rummy.  I will miss the excitement in her voice when she's found a winning Bingo scratch ticket, when she won a whopping 13 bucks at the slots in Lethbridge.

            I know that I'll never share a bowl of War-won-ton soup at the Stagecoach again without thinking of her.

            I'll miss her beautiful hands while playing cards, and thinking if I could only grow such lovely nails as Mom.  I'm going to miss having people downtown ask me where she is, what she's up to and when will she be coming for a visit next.  I will forever be lost without her friendship.  I will miss her reassuring presence through tragedy, as I am right at this moment.  I will also miss the smell of her hair and the warmth of her hug and the safe, happy feeling I would get when she first stepped off the bus.  And I will remember always, the last, the last hug and the tears and promise to call as she stepped on the bus to go back home.

            We know in our hears, she has gone to a special place, where she has found her wonderful Kenny, and her grandsons she loved so much, Vince and Spencer.  They are all together, no one is alone anymore, and they will be laughing and crying and sharing memories, with us and for us, just like we are here.  And as long as we are alive and strong, we keep them alive and strong in our hears and in the hearts of those we share our memories with.

            Our Mom left this world for a better one on May 13, 1998 peacefully in her sleep while traveling from her home in Chetwynd to her home in Mission, BC.

            She has left behind to celebrate her life; her daughter Sharon and son in law Bob (Hauber) of Lone Prairie, BC; her daughter Kari from Sydney, Australia; her son Richard of Chetwynd; three remaining grandkids; Kim Oslanski (Troy) of Mirror, Alberta; Brenda Hauber of Williams Lake, BC and Alicia Elden of Sydney, Australia.  She also leaves behind a great number of kids, big and little that called her Gramma or aunty they are too numerous to mention, but you all know who you are.  Also her sister Darlene of Kamloops, BC; her brother Lorne of Surrey; sister in law, Catherine Anderson (Ben) of Dawson Creek; Elsie Walsh of Kelowna; and Kay Swanburg (Orville) of Cherry Point, Alberta.  Brothers in law, Tommy Harris (Dorothy) of Campbell River; Stan Harris (Marilyn) of Groundbirch; Wayne Harris (Pauline) of Groundbirch and mother in law Gladyse Harris of Pouce Coupe.  Lifelong friends Max and Toni Morin and Many nieces and nephew and friends.

            Waiting for her in heaven are her parents Helen and Archibald Stein, her husband Kenny Harris and her grandsons Vince and Spence Hauber.  To the moon and back, Mom we love you forever.


B         Taylor Lee Chuckree born to Del and Kelli Chuckree on May 21, 1998 at 4:11am. 8 lbs 6 oz.


B         Talia-Lynn Ducharme born May 29, 1998.


D         Craig James Beattie: Craig passed away suddenly in Chetwynd, BC on May 31, 1998 at 22 years of age.  He was born June 6, 1975 in Vancouver, BC.

            There are not enough words or time to tell you about the great joy that was Craig.

            Craig was the first born of Dwayne and Ann Beattie.  He was the first grandchild for both Dwayne and Ann's parents and so he was the first of our next generation.  Craig was special and created a lot of excitement when he was born.  In fact he was so adorable that all of us wanted our very own Craig.  Craig was raised in a loving environment surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends, but mainly his parents, Dwayne and Ann, brothers Kris and Alan who all loved Craig very much and whom he loved very much.

            Craig was active, always on the go.  He was involved in baseball, volleyball, hockey, air cadets, and his beloved motorcycle.  He became a lifeguard and worked at the pool.  He worked in the bush legging with his dad and brothers and later on, horse logged with his Mom, brothers and grandfather Pete.

            Craig graduated from Chetwynd Senior Secondary in 1993, it was there that he met a beautiful girl named Leanne and fell in love.

            Craig obtained a Forest Technician's Certificate from the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC.  He was working with the Ministry of Forests, managing silviculture crews.

            When Craig broke his arm he told Leanne to go shopping, to spare the boredom while he waited to have his arm casted.  Leanne bought Craig a chain and gave it to him when she returned.  Craig thanked her profusely, saying that he didn't deserve such a gift.  That was the way he was, ever given and never gave a second thought to anything he gave away.

            Most telling of Craig's character was one day when he was going sleding with one of his uncles.  They were late in getting away.  Craig made his uncle who really didn't want to waste anymore time, go up to the hospital before they left town.  You see, it was his Mother's birthday and Craig insisted on stopping to see his mother and wish her a happy birthday before he left.

            Craig's smile was the window to his soul, through which it's light, shone and brightened the lives of those who knew him.  We suffer the loss because we loved and cared for Craig, but Craig goes on.  For death is only for the physical body.  Dying means only that we discard our body and step from one room into another.

            Craig left on his biggest journey.  We should take comfort in the works of John (Bible) "If you should miss me - I am not really gone, just transformed, freed from the frail cloak of my physical body.  But I will see you again and your heart will rejoice."

            It is said that life is eternal and love is immortal and death is only a horizon and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

            There are many memories I have of Craig, his wild blonde curly hair, Craig driving the yellow Vega, but most of all I will remember his smile.

            Craig was dearly loved and he loved life.  He showed that through his smile and then shared it with everyone.

            Look around you and see the effect of that smile, that love of life and the sharing of that love.

            We can be sure that Craig goes on.

A beautiful life came to a sudden end

He died, as he lived, everyone's friend

He was always thoughtful, loving and kind

What a precious memory he left behind.


He left us suddenly, his thoughts unknown

But he left us memories we are proud to have known

Treasure him, God in you garden of rest

For in our world he was one of the best.


M         Barbie (Hauber) and Shawn invite you to Come Celebrate our Wedding.  Everyone Welcome.  Saturday, June 13, 1998 at the Cottonwood Hall, Recreation Centre from 9 pm to 1 am.  Music by: Wendy Hudson.


B         Justus Elizabeth Irving born June 18, 1998.


B         Reagan Elizabeth May Neuls born June 24, 1998.


B         Bohdi Hale Disher born July 3, 1998.


B         Marc Benjamin, born to Lorne and Sydney Platt of Ladysmith, BC, at the Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan BC on July 3, 1998. 7 lbs 14 oz.


A         On June 18, friends and family witnessed the renewal of marriage vows between Patsy Ann Currier and William Paul Kurjata.

            Pastor Bill Evans officiated at the Service, held at the Baptist Church in Chetwynd.

            Patsy was escorted down the aisle by her father, Victor Currier.

            Bea Kurjata was at the piano, as the couple reaffirmed the vows that they made 25 years ago.

            A delightful afternoon tea was served later at the home of Patsy's sister, Irish McKone.

            On the afternoon of June 20, family and friends gathered at Harv's Resort on the shores of Moberly Lake to wish the couple well.

            Following an afternoon of visiting, a barbecue supper was served.

            Emcee LeRoy Rossler called upon Stan Kurjata to propose a toast to his parents, then asked quest to reminisce Will (Buzz) and Pat's life together.

            Buzz responded with memories of their early life, and sincere thanks from both of them to everyone in attendance.

            The evening continued with socializing, guitar music, singing and campfires.  Some guests opted to camp overnight at the lakeshore.

            Out of town guests included bob and Louise Radunze of Stoney Plan, Alberta; Terry Martin of Fort St. James, BC; Joan and ken Newby of Drayton Valley, Alberta; Dr. Carl Gill of Penticton, BC; Ruth Kurjata of Summerland, BC; Ted and Lena Kurjata of Meadow Lake, Sask.; Julius and Leath Kurjata of St. Walburg, Sask.; John Naylor of Mervin, Sask.; Doreen Graff of Lloydminster, Sask.; Lionel Naylor of Wilkie, Sask.; Madeline Kurjata of Dawson Creek, BC; LeRoy and Cathy Vossler of Vanderhoof, BC; Gus and Barb Arseneault of Guy, Alberta; Paul, Jackie and Naomi Kurjata of Dawson Creek, BC; Leo Arseneault of Red Deer, Alberta; Kevin Wagner of Vanderhoof, BC; Frank and Arlene Kurjata of Dawson Creek; Carla and Andy Smith of Sinclair Mills, BC; Brad Wagner and Nikki and Danielle of Edmonton, Alberta; Remi Arseneault of Reed Deer, Alberta.


A         45th Wedding Anniversary - June 27, 1998 - Ron and Lois Allen

            May we express our most sincere appreciation and gratitude for all those that attended and made our anniversary celebration so special and memorable.  I was indeed an unforgettable occasion to be together with family and friends from near and far.  A special thanks to all or our out of town guests as well as our daughter, Heather, Terry, Cindy and Lisa and our grandchildren, Erin, Brittany and Chase.

            Thank you again, Ron and Lois.                 


D         Derek Gordon Evans, resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away in

            Chetwynd, BC on July 13, 1998 at 27 years of age.  He was born in Prince

            Rupert, BC on January 5, 1971.

            Funeral Service was held on Monday, July 20, 1998 at 2:00 pm at the Baptist Church, in Chetwynd, with Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  Cremation followed.

            Derek will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Lorrie, his children Shannon and Cody; his parents Gordon (Pauline) Evans and Sonia Evans; his brother Richard Evans; and sister Leah Evans; his numerous Aunts and Uncles and his friends.

            "You were at ease when you closed your eyes, You took the highway to the sky, Watch over those you left behind, As you drive through each and every sunrise to find Eternal Peace, On that highway in the sky."


B         July 16, 1998 - Howard and Nicky Moody of Moberly Lake, BC, a boy, Ben Remington Moody.  8 pounds 2 ounces, and 20 ½ inches long.


B         Kenna Marie LaVerne Fowler born July 29, 1998.


B         Kelsey Marie Hallaert born July 29, 1998.


M         Gladys Listhaeghe of Chetwynd, BC, is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Dallas Marie to Glenn Allan, son of Umberto Ferraro of White Rock, BC.

            The ceremony will take place July 25, 1998 at Our Lady of Good Council Ramon Catholic Church, in Surrey, BC.


E         Bob and Karen Rempel announce the engagement of their daughter, Alison Rempel to Dale Benke, son of Kurt Benke of Wildwood, Alberta.  The wedding will take place on Saturday, August 1, 1998.


A         When Betty Fund met Bill Beers; little did she know that in 1998 they would be celebrating their 60th anniversary.

            "I met Bill at his girlfriend's place," she said.

            And the rest is history.

            On August 7, Betty and Bill Beers will celebrate their wedding anniversary in Chetwynd.  The couple lives near the town and some of their close friends at the Tamarack Room at the Rec. Centre.

            "We will be traveling to Washington to celebrate with family at the beginning of August," Bill said.

            The Beers moved to Chetwynd from Washington about 31 years ago and have two children, Cathy who lives in Dallas and Terry who lives in Auburn, Washington.

            "We have six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and by September, we'll have five great-great-grandchildren," says Betty.

            Bill worked as a rancher in Lone Prairie, a welder, and as a forester before retiring.

            In their retirement, the Beers go to Rose Prairie, just north of Fort St. John, to a Christian Camp every summer.  In fact, they leave this week for a two or three week stay at the camp.

            In summing up the last 60 years, Bill said that handling the ups and downs was the key and most people don't because they become consumed in them.

            The celebrations are two-fold, not only is it their wedding anniversary, but Betty will also be celebrating her 80th birthday.

            The Chetwynd Echo would like to congratulate the Beers on their incredible achievement.


D         Gloria Moore - December 31, 1949 - August 6, 1998.


E         The parents of Clint Ostrem and Tania Cooke would like to announce the engagement of their children.  Wedding to take place August 12, 1998.


B         Taylor May Bedell born August 17, 1998.


E         Ron and Gloria Millsap are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Christopher Dean Millsap to Marilyn Tenille Harper.  Wedding to take place August 22, 1998 in Chetwynd, BC.


B         Robert Matthew Lauder born September 10, 1998.


B         Tristan Skylar Deanne Robertson born September 15, 1998.


B         Nadine Victoria Young born September 15, 1998.


B         Reagan Myles Jonathan Vig born October 2, 1998.


D         Everett Longsteet:  Everett Longstreet, resident of Lone Prairie, BC passed away in Chetwynd, BC on October 5, 1998 at 81 years of age.  He was born on March 11, 1917 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba to parents Frank and Isobella Longstreet.  He was the tenth child out of family of 15 children.

            He was commonly known as "Slim" to many of his friends.

            He grew up on a farm at Bagot, Manitoba.  In the early 1950's he left the farm to work on the pipeline from Alberta to Ontario.  In the late 50's Everett came to Chetwynd and went to work for the Olsen Brothers, Gordon Moore and others.

            In 1964, Everett bought land in Lone Prairie and called it home from there after.

            Everett enjoyed the quietness here and only went to town when absolutely necessary.  He enjoyed raising his horses, hay fields and grain.  His horses were all his pets, along with the many deer that hung around his place.

            Many stories were told of his first years spent in Lone Prairie.  Hid only way of travel was on foot or horseback.  He like to reminisce of the good times he had riding his horse "Dusty" across the valley to his good friend.  Farmer Grant to exchange books.

            With living in the "Blueberry Patch" he enjoyed all the visitors who would drop in come blueberry time.  His coffee pot was always on.

            Everett liked to keep track from year to year of which birds arrived first in the spring, the first snowfall, green leaves and many more.  He could always tell you if they were early or late coming.

            He looked forward to the visits from his grandchildren and families.

            Everett was predeceased by his mother and father, four sisters: Clare, Eleanor, Daisy, Kathleen and six brothers; Fredrick, John (Jack), Frank, George (Ames) and Stewart.

            He leaves to mourn one son Terry (Judy), Deanna and Laura, Dale, Dustin, Cole and Raymond, two sisters, Grace and Marion, three brothers, James (Jim), Allan and Raymond.


D         How do you describe a man, who went from candles to electricity, telegraph to cable modems, horses to space shuttles.  He lived through both world wars and the great depression.

            Ernie Pfanner was born in Dorinbirn, Austria in 1908, the youngest of seven children.

            As a young man he enjoyed cross-country cycling, and skiing, both of which he represented Austria in competitions.

            Ernie left Europe with a Master Baker's Diploma, which to our knowledge he never used again.

            Ernie immigrated to Canada along with a group of other young men from Austria in 1928 and spent the next 20 years in Saskatchewan.  He homesteaded up in the Meadow Lake area; in fact the site of his homestead is now a provincial park.

            In 1948 Ernie was asked by William Campbell to help him move out to the land he had in BC.  When Ernie hit the tip of the Wabi Hill, he saw the little prairie with the snow-capped mountains; he knew he had found a new home.

            Ernie went into business with William in Little Prairie's first store and post office.  His next endeavor was the Texaco gas station; he then became one of the owners of Little Prairie Light and Power Company.  He also ran a freight business from Dawson Creek to Chetwynd as there was no road to Prince George.

            As he had one of the only vehicles in Little Prairie he often ran as an ambulance service, traveling to Dawson Creek.  He even had a baby born in the back of his truck.

            In the late 50's Ernie sold the gas station back to Texaco, with his earnings he decided to return to Europe for the first time in nearly 30 years.

            He traveled to New York first to see his sister, and then traveled on the Queen Mary to Europe.  On this voyage he met Emma Hienzer, and after a whirlwind shipboard romance Ernie and Emma were engaged, and later married in Dawson Creek on September 2, 1957.

            Soon after Emma and Ernie started a family having three children, Carla, Grace and Ernest Jr., who were his pride and joy for the rest of his life.

            After being Post Master for 18 years Ernie retired in January 1973.  Emma sadly passed away in November 1973 after a lengthy illness.

            Ernie's time was spent over the next few years acting as both Mom and Dad, running children to figure skating, hockey, or whatever else was needed.

            In April 1975, Ernie married Met Vogel.  Ernie and Meta enjoyed 23 years together.

            Meta during the last years never left Ernie's side, always there for him, looking after him, which allowed Ernie to enjoy his home to the very end.

            Ernie was a friend, a mentor, a confidant and a wonderful Father.

            He taught the children young about setting goals, he also told them that they could be or do anything they wanted, they just have to work hard and persevere.

            Ernie set personal goals for himself, he wanted to live long enough to see his children graduate, and he not only saw them graduate, but he also saw his oldest grandchild Crystal graduate.  He was not able to attend the ceremonies but was very proud of her accomplishments.

            He was able to enjoy all his grandchildren being born, and seeing them grow.  Ernie's final goal was to see his 90th birthday, which he did.  His love of life is what kept him young to garden, collect firewood, and fishing. Ernie was very proud of his garden, which was the envy of all the green thumbs in Chetwynd, especially his apple trees.

            Hauling firewood for the fireplaces was another passion for Ernie.  Try to find a standing birch on the Lone Prairie road.

            He built the house with two fireplaces and hauled firewood home in the backseat of the car for many years.  How many men do you know that get a new Huskavarna chain saw for their 75th birthday.

            Ernie's love for fishing carried on throughout his life, just a couple of months ago he was out fishing at Carp Lake with Ernest and his sons, he caught his limit and came home with a smile on his face.

            Ernie carried himself with an Old World charm that was unique to him.  Whether he was wearing his coveralls or a suit he always carried himself with pride and dignity.

            In remembering Ernie, you cannot forget his civic accomplishments; 14 years on town council, including two terms as Mayor, 15 years on the School Board as well as numerous other boards and commissions.  If there was a job in the community that needed to be done Ernie was there to do it.

            Ernie is survived by: wife Meta Pfanner, children Carl (Stan) Savinkoff, Grace (Bret) Cox, Ernest (Laurie) Pfanner and grandchildren Cyrstal, Twyla, Nicole, Michelle, Jonathon, Tyler and Leah.

            Funeral services were held October 14, 1998.  He is at rest overlooking his favourite mountains.


B         October 14, 1998 - Walter and Marge MacFarlane of Chetwynd, BC, a girl, Haley Mae MacFarlane, 7lbs 1oz, 20 inches long.


B         Kacey Keutzer born October 16, 1998.


B         Robert Morgan Rashke born October 17, 1998.


B         October 18, 1998 - Lorena Steeves and Shawn Proctor of Chetwynd, BC, a girl, Shauna Marie Proctor. 6lbs 8oz, 20 ¼ inches long, a sister for Leahya.


B         Teagan Jessie-Lee Rylett born October 29, 1998.


B         November 9, 1998 - Shawn and Sharon Norris of Chetwynd, BC, a girl, Casey Dawn Jessie Norris. 7lbs7oz.


B         Tommy Lance Harrington born November 25, 1998.


B         Elys Milissa Kinkead born December 12, 1998.






B         September 11, 1999. - Born to Judi James and Dennis McKay of Edmonton, Alberta, a girl, McKendra Robin McKay. 6 lbs 10 oz, 19 ½ inches long.


B         September 16, 1999 - Born to LeeAnne Ollenberger and Mike Millar of Dawson Creek, a boy, Skylar Joseph Ollenberger. 8 lbs 7.7 oz., 21 ½ inches long.


B         September 19, 1999 - Born to Jessica Gustafson and Jason Supernault of Dawson Creek, a boy, Trayden Gary Supernault. 6 lbs 12 oz, 20 inches long.


B         September 19, 1999 - Born to Edda Berthold and Wayne Greenwood of Dawson Creek, a boy, Kristopher Wayne, a brother for Kolten. 7 lbs 9 oz, 19.25 inches long,


D         Evelyn Wagoner, a long time resident of Lone Prairie, BC passed away on September 25th, 2005 in Dawson Creek, at the age of 71 years.   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 1st, at 11:00 am from the Elks Hall in Chetwynd, BC; Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  Interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  For friends so wishing donations may be made in memory of Evelyn to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation. 

            Memorial arrangements are under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek.


B         September 25, 1999 - Born to Marcus and Karen Mitton of Dawson Creek, a boy, Keel Jacob Mitton, 7 lbs 5 oz. 19 ½ inches long.


B         September 27, 1999 - Born to Jack and Christal Linklater of Dawson Creek, a girl, Cassity Hope, a sister for Jeremy, Justin, and Corbin. 10 lbs ½ oz, 21 ½ inches long.


D         Elsie June Dragoo:  Elsie was born in Anacortes, Washington on April 8, 1919.  She came to Canada as a baby with her parents Charles and Sarah Slee.  She resided in Surrey for 50 years then moved to Chetwynd and was a resident there for 15 years.  Elsie passed away on May 24, 1999.  Two sons and two daughters, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren survive her.  She also leaves to mourn one sister Adelaide Montpellier of Chase and one brother Harry Davis of Castlegar.  Three sisters predecease her.  There was a memorial service for Elsie on Saturday, May 29th at 4 pm from the Chetwynd Baptist Church.


B         August 4, 1999 - Born to Elaina Tuttle and Chris Quin of Dawson Creek, a girl, Abbygayle Quin. 8 lbs 7 oz, 20 inches long


B         August 9, 1999 - Born to Jay Butler and Kristy Harcourt of Dawson Creek, a girl Baylen Anne butler. 8 lbs 6 oz, 19 ¾ inches long.




O         Clair Macavany:  August 10, 1929 - June 4, 2001


D         Krista and Simone Gammon: October 1972-2001



M       In memory of Gary Robert Cragg: August 30, 1939 - May 19, 2002.


D       Bill Cardinal:  1923- September 5, 2002


D       Ray Cunningham: August 12, 1934-April 17, 2002  



                                                     2003 and 2004


          D         Darin Neuls: December 1964-July 2003


          D         Sharon Hauber: August 10, 1956-August 17, 2004


D         In loving memory of Suzanne (Sue) Teslyk - November 12, 1963 - October 31, 2004.  Sometimes on quiet mornings, and now and then on star filled nights, we get to thinking of all the days gone by.  There are beautiful, touching, happy/sad times when we find we have to turn away and brush a tear from our eyes.  A tear that comes from a loving place where our thanks is so full that it overflows from having a daughter and sister like you.  Always in our hearts... Love: Dad, Christ, Kathy, Ken, Elliot, Allyson, John, Trisha, Christina, Carla, Rick, all your family and friends near and far.


D         Mary Deak:  August 16, 1934-November 1, 2004


M         Danny Mosher:  August 29, 1958 - September 27, 2004.





       E       All of the following excerpts were taken from the Chetwynd Echo paper.


E         Fair Share announcement:  Chetwynd's portion of the funding equaled out to be $1,120,000.


D         Dean Christopherson:  August 10, 1930-April 8, 2005.


M         In memory of Dave Lawson:  November 16, 1942 - April 19, 2005


E         May 6, 7, 8th was the trade show dates.  Sixty-three businesses and 19 home based businesses hosted booths in the fair.


O         Gordon A Roberts:  November 18, 1923 - May 22, 2005.


E         Chetwynd's first-ever and first-annual chainsaw carving competition was held in June, and competitors travelled from all across the continent to participate.  Chetwynd local Ken Sheen accepted the 2nd place prize for his creation in the event.  The event was held from June 2nd to 5th.


M         Alvina Maria Cardinal - April 24, 1965 to June 18, 2005. (Chetwynd Echo, July 10, 2009)


E         The Jordan Thrill World Circus was in the Chetwynd community in July, and hundred of Chetwynd kids couldn't get enough of the cuddly animals.


E         Former Echo editor recognized for editorial:  Denise Everett captured 1st place in the International Association of Fir Fighters 2005 Media Awards, for her story "Help stop our heroes from dying".  The International Association of Fir Fighter Local 255 president, Scott Wilcox of Calgary, Alberta, submitted her column for the "Best Editorial or Column" category.


E         Chetwynd goalie garners gold:  Ryan Hecker, a local Chetwynd Secondary School (CSS) student, competed in the Prague-hosted Czech Challenger Hockey Cup for a second consecutive go this summer.  This time, the teenager returned home with a gold medal, as his U-17 Team Canada Polar Bears captured 1st place in the tournament.


E         Rodeo Champion in Chetwynd:  On August 12, 2005, Chetwynd teenager and veteran rodeo competitor Hallie McKee earned the distinction of "2005 Breakaway Roping Champion" at the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals, held in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  This honour was the perfect way to end off her sophomore rodeo season, which included numerous 1st place finishes in her two favourite events: Breakaway Roping and Goat Tying.


E         On Sept. 18, 76 individuals of the Chetwynd community participated in the annual Terry fox Run.


D         Evelyn Wagoner - December 2, 1933- September 25, 2005


D         Mitchell Thomas Armer: 1990-2005

            Mitchell was born to Tom and Susan Armer in White Rock, BC on April 23, 1990.  He was a baby brother to Kirk and Danny.  He left us too early on October 3, 2005.

            He was a son to Tom and Susan; a brother to Kirk, Danny, Jessica and Jo-Anna; a grandson to Max Kirkman, Deirdre Armer-Rooney; a nephew to numerous uncles and aunts.  He was a cousin to many and a friend to many more.

            Mitchell was predeceased by his "Nan" Anne Kirkman nee Johnson.

            Memorial donations in memory of Mitchell may be made to the Hardesty Memorial Tree Fund, Lakewood Golf Course or the Hardisty Minor Hockey Association, c/o Gina Alexander, PO Box 1512, Chetwynd, BC, and V1C 1J0.

            Mitch - You have been taken from us too early.  We will miss your smile, kindness, loving nature and all you were able to share with us and everyone you have touched.  We love you always.


E         A large transport vehicle that was traveling south on Highway 97 on September 6 crashed off of the road and into the Pine River - Chetwynds's main water supply.


E         Chetwynd Secondary Student Patrick Paquette was named the 2005 Youth Citizen of the Year at Chetwynd's Civic Awards night in October. 


D         Glen Joseph Hewitt - May 2, 1945 - October 7, 2005, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a long struggle with Mesothelioma.  He leaves to morn his wife of 35 years Karen (nee Dunaway), son Michael (Pam) of Fort Nelson, daughter Christine (Bijan), and Granddaughter Laetitia of Chilliwack, brothers Gerry (Linda) and Larry of Calgary and sister Lucy (Dave) Hewitt-Henderson of Toronto, Father-in-law Edwin (Bill) and brother-in-law Kevin (Carol) Dunaway of Victoria, many nieces and nephews. His parents Gordon and Cecile Hewitt and Mother-in-law Jean Dunaway predeceased Glen.  He was respected and loved by all that knew him and he will be sorely missed.

            A celebration of Life will be held in Glen's memory November 12, 2005 at the Long House in Williams Lake, BC at 11 am.

            At Glen's request in lieu of flowers a trust fund has been set up for his Granddaughter.  Donations may be made in his memory at any Toronto Dominion Bank Branch.  #0600 Account #6306590 Karen Hewitt in trust for Laetitia Macede.


D         Dorothy Lilian Parslow - November 17, 1914-October 16, 2005 - A memorial service was held on October 21, 2005 at the Chetwynd Shared Ministry Church in Chetwynd British Columbia. Reverend Mary Parslow officiated.  Interment followed at the Brookside Cemetery in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.  A memorial service will be held on October 30, 2005 at 3 pm at the Heritage Heights Social Room in Dawson Creek.


E         Christine Norhagen, a six-time women's Olympic Freestyle Wrestling champion - a recent inductee into Canada's Wrestling Hall of Fame - was in Chetwynd in November, to speak to local students about the importance of making informed and educated life decisions.


A         Chetwynd is now Debt -free.  At the District Council meeting on Tuesday, November 2, 2005, Mayor Saugstad provide attendees with the following announcement:  "I am pleased to announce that Chetwynd is now debt-free for the first time since borrowing began after we were incorporated as a Village in 1962.  Not only that, we have saved over $700,000 by retiring our debts ahead of time.  After consultations with the Ministry, our Auditors Council made the decision to retire our outstanding debentures of $1,487,374 seven years earlier than the due date.  This resulted in a one-time payment to the Municipal Finance Authority of some $778,374, which was made last month.  The funds to make the payment became available when Council decided to amend the capital budget and bring in some Development Cost Charges that were collected over 20 years ago.  These were allocated for their intended purposes, which then freed up some Fairshare funding already included in the capital budget.  This Fairshare funding plus some of the proceeds from the property sales we have made recently provided the cash we required to pay up the debt.  I am very pleased and proud to now do the customary and traditional mortgage burning. (photo was in the paper.)


O         Larry William Gagnon - May 10, 1938-November 10, 2005 - It is with great sadness that the Family of Larry William Gagnon announces his sudden passing.  He left his mark in this world as a loving husband and best friend for 47 years to his wife Louise.  He was a loving and devoted Father to his three children Cheryl (Dennis), Brenda (Randy), and Darren (Tracey) and three grandchildren (Corbin, Tyler and Eilene).  He was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, the second oldest of six children. To William and Mae Gagnon.  Larry leaves behind his four brothers and sister:  Leonard and Marlene Gagnon; Jimmy and Darlene Gagnon; Andrew and Della Gagnon; Norman and Diane Gagnon; and Pearl Brenner. Larry also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Larry spent 30 years in the truck-logging industry in Northern BC where he leaves behind many dear friends and colleagues.  In 1994, Larry began a new life and career in Kamloops, BC, with his wife Louise as owners of Koroll Frame and Steering.  Larry was well respected in the business community and can count his many customers as friends.  Larry spent his leisure time with family and friends camping, snowmobiling, boating and he hosted many memorable backyard pool parties.  Family and friends paid their respects on Tuesday, November 15th at the Kamloops Funeral Home.  A celebration of his life was held on Wednesday, November 16th at the Westsyde Fellowship Church.  Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Gideon Bibles in memory of Larry Gagnon.


D         Shayla Amber Glover 1989-2005 - Shayla was born to Keith and Denise on September 15th 1989 in Dawson Creek, BC.  She was a big mukachap baby with the puffiest cheeks you ever seen.  When Shayla was born, her Mom was recovering from surgery and couldn't lift or carry her, so when Denise finally held her precious daughter, Shayla let out a big "Wawaaaaaah" as if to say "the nurse left me all alone".  She was a crybaby from the start.  Shayla grew into a healthy happy "tomboy".  The moment you heard her laugh your heart would lift and a smile would come to your face.  She was Keith and Denise's little baby, getting spoiled rotten.  Shayla was a person with many names, such as Shayla Vee, Shane, Little One, Shay and Telus.  Her Dad gave her that one because she was always on the phone.  As she grew older she would sometimes come down the stairs and announce, "I'm going anorexic today".  They would give her a smirk and tell her to eat her breakfast.  One thing for sure, Shayla was not shy.  She had no hesitation about walking up to a stranger to ask a question.  Shayla cared deeply for the people in her life, including cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and loving friends, which ranged from kids to elders and people of all faces.  If you were feeling bad, she would manage to make you feel better.  Shayla loved camping and in her mind life was always an adventure, whether it be riding horsed, lying around watching movies or talking about boys on the phone.  She loved music.  She always had a plan, not just any plan but a Shayla plan.  No matter what the circumstances she would find something to do.  Shayla had a great sense of fashion and loved to dress up, which usually was made up of other people's clothes.  In all the years that Shayla has been in our lives, her laugh will be remembered.  She touched so many hearts in so many different ways, and her memory will not be forgotten.  Shyla was sadly taken from us on November 5, 2005 at the age of 16 years.  A wake was held on Friday November 11th at 7:00 pm from the SFN Multi Plex in Moberly Lake, BC.  A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 am, interment followed in the Lakeview Cemetery at Moberly Lake, BC.


D         Merle Albert Hunder (1949-2005) - Merle Albert Hunder was born on August 8, 1949.  His family lived on a farm just out of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan until he was five years old.  In 1954 he moved with his three younger siblings, Mom, Dad and Uncle Allie to a farm outside of Pouce Coupe.  Here eight more children were born, making Merle the oldest of twelve.  When Merle started school in Pouce Coupe he was picked up by taxi.  Many of us remember Max Miller, the taxi driver.  Later he also attended Notre Dame Catholic School.  Merle's first job was working at the Grain elevators in Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek.  In the seventies he went to work north of Fort Nelson for the Department of Highways.  He wad known to everyone on the highways as "Tiny".  In 1980 he moved to Chetwynd and worked for the Department of Highways until he was injured on the job.  Merle bought a home and settled in Chetwynd.  At this time he was married for a few years.  He enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing, and he loved animals especially dogs.  His last dog was "Cisco".  Merle also enjoyed children and his many nieces and nephews.  He would always have a treat for them.  His hobbies were coin collecting and working with leather.  He made wallets, belts, purses and pictures with frames.  Cooking was also one of Merle's favourite past times.  He was known to think Big, buy Big and cook Big.  Merle passed away in Chetwynd on November 15, 2005.  Merle was predeceased by his Dad Albert, uncle Allie, three brothers; Gorden, Murray and Brent, and his brother in law Brian Weipert.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his Mom Margaret, three sisters; Sharon, Dixie (Leonard), Gwen (Larry), five brothers; Myles (Gale), Barry (Marg), Glen (Cathy), Randy (marlin) and Reg (Chris), many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins.  The family would like to thank Brian, Merle's roommate, for being a good friend.  Merle's family and friends bid you farewell.  A funeral service was held on November 19, 2005 at Bergeron's Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.  Officiated by Father Tom Shymko.  Interment followed in the Riverview Cemetery, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia.


D         Lannie Martin (1944-2005) - Lannie was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba on January 12, 1944, the seventh son and the ninth child of Julius and Jane Martin. Lannie soon became the apple of his sister Dodi's eye.  She thought he was a "cute little bugger".  Lannie became big brother to two more sisters and 5 brothers before the family moved to Grand Rapids, Manitoba, where Lannie went to work on the dam and helped to support the family.  Eventually Lannie moved to Lone Prairie, BC and worked on "The Ranch" of his brother in laws Harve and his sister Darlene.  Lannie took to the cowboy lifestyle with a natural zeal and soon became somewhat of a local cowboy.  When he traded a grizzly bear hide for a six-shooter to complement his large black Stetson he was all decked out for the local environment.  In 1967 Lannie started work in Chetwynd with the BC Rail.  In 1968 he transferred to FSJ where in 1969 he met his future bride, Marie.  After a short courtship Marie fell victim to the Martin charm and they were married in 1969.  Lannie and Marie moved into their 8 x 24 love nest.  It was such a wonderful mobile home, that several of Lannie's brothers moved in and joined them in What a Martin was a very spacious accommodation.  Soon the family expanded with the arrival of Jane and then Nicole and soon after even Terry moved out.  Lannie continued to work with BC Rail and within 4 years he moved his family to a bigger house with running water.  No brothers but one niece.  During this time Lannie became Uncle Lannie, #1 hunter and fisherman.  The truth of this was evident with all the family fish feasts and numerous trips to Charlie Lake.  Lannie loved taking his family and friends fishing and showing his knowledge and skill in catching the Charlie Lake Walleye.  In 1986m, the family moved up north to Fort Nelson where Lannie continued to work with BC Rail as a terminal supervisor until his retirement in 1999.  It was during this time in Fort Nelson when Lannie discovered the elusive lure of chasing elk and the Mad Man of Minnaker was born.  His friendship with his hunting buddies, Tom and Cliff, was a bond that he held onto until the end.  When Tom passed on during on of their hunting excursions, Lannie and Cliff were devastated and their friendship grew even stronger.  In 1999, when Lannie and Marie moved to the Crowsnest Pass, he still continued to chase elk with his brother Vern, but it was the Minnaker and Fort Nelson that he talked about longingly.  In June 2004, Lannie and Marie moved to Marsden, Sask, lured I am sure by Tom and Nicole and stories of monstrous deer and millions of geese.  It was at Marsden that the family learned of Lannie's illness, which quickly took him from us.  He was cared for to the end by Marie and the children.  Before his passing, Lannie did get out to hunt geese and in part, ensured a place in the " Martin hall of fame" by single handedly taking two elk down in one day legally.  Lannie is predeceased by his father and mother Julius and Jane Martin.  Those left to lovingly remember him and continue his stories are his wife Marie, daughters Jane (Delbert), Nicole (Tom), grandchildren Brooke, Rylyn, Matthew (April), David and great grandson Malachi.  Brother and sisters: Ed (Theresa), Bob, Don, Vern (Joan), Barry (Gail), Darlene (Harv), Dodie (Bob), Brian (Joan), Terry, Richard (Lydia), Janis (Brian), Bev (Leonard), Calvin (Laurie), Allan (Karen), Harvey (Sharon) and sister in law Velma.  Father in law Her (Margeuritte), mother in law Beryl, sisters in law Judy (Ted), Elaine, Cynthia, Brothers in law Wayne (Cathy), Dwight numerous nieces and nephews.  Lannie passed away November 26, 2005.  A memorial service to celebrate Lannie's life was held in Marden, Saskatchewan, December 2, 2005.


A         Tuesday Dec. 6 the new council will officially commence their three-year term.  The councilors are: Mayor Evan Saugstad, Brenda Maisey, Merlin Nichols, Bob Nicholson, Laverne Norris, Greg Lay and Joanne Roberts.


A         December 2, 2005 - Chetwynd Echo - "My Peace Country Home," a locally created 32-minute documentary on the history of Chetwynd and the surrounding Peace region, was launched at the Little Prairie School on Tuesday, Nov. 29. 


A         Dr. Charles Jago, president of the University of Northern British Columbia, presented Gloria Milsap with the Leader in Knowledge Achievement award at the Northern BC Today's Woman awards banquet in Price, George.  Millsap is an Applied Business Technology instructor on the Chetwynd campus of Northern Lights College. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, December 9, 2005).


D         A memorial service was held on Friday, December 9th at 2 pm in the Cottonwood Hall at the Chetwynd Rec Centre in Chetwynd.  Interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Marilyn Peats started work with the District of Chetwynd on September 23, 1990, at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre.  Her first jobs were with the Skate Patrol and helping with the Recreation programs and casual maintenance.  On August 14, 1995, she became a full-time employee with the Maintenance Dept.  Marilyn was a diligent and hard worker who took great pride in her work.  She was especially skilled and known for her work in setting up the halls.  You always knew that if Marilyn did it because it was done right.  She always had a great sense of humour and wit about her.  She was known as a prankster, and enjoyed playing jokes on all of her fellow employees.  Recently, Marilyn was honoured at a luncheon by her fellow employees, where she was given her 15-year diamond earrings, which she never removed.  Marilyn will be greatly missed by all of her fellow employees, staff, family and friends.


B         To Kalib Marshall and Kelly Albin of Chetwynd, a girl, Alessandra, born December 12, 2005 in Fort St. John, BC.  She was 55 cm and weighted 8 pounds and 13 ounces.


D         Richard Noskiye (1964-2005) - Richard, youngest in a family of 12, was born to Robert and Iva Noskiye on February 25th, 1964 in Dawson Creek.  He grew up and took his schooling in Chetwynd.  It was when he was in high school in the early 80's that he met his soul mate Terri-Lynn.  A daughter, Tara was born to the couple of February 17th, 1986 and another daughter, Crystal on October 3rd, 1989.  Finally, on November 30th, 1997, after many years of togetherness Richard and Terry-Lynn were married.  Richard was well known for his mechanical abilities and for his collection of cars.  He started off by repairing bikes and gradually worked into repairing and selling cars.  At one time he bought a beat up red Mustang for $200 and ended up selling it for $10,000.  Richard led an active lifestyle with a keen interest in sports.  He enjoyed curling and was an avid golfer.  He was very competitive and spent much of his free time honing his skills at the various sports he was involved in.  But first and foremost in Richard's life were his wife and daughters.  He loved to spend time with his family.  Richard passed away suddenly on December 21st, 2005 in Chetwynd, BC at the age of 41 years.  He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife, Terry-Lynn; daughters Tara and Crystal; brothers Jay, Graham, Ernie, Brian, sisters, Darlene, Pearl and Sandra, and many friends.  A funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 28th, 2005 at 11:00 am from Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Pastor Bill Evans officiated.  Interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


O         Les Wood (1933-2005) - Leslie Duane Wood was born at Sneaton Sask., on August 6, 1933.  He was one of a family of 10 children.  In 1944, after the best crop he's ever had was wiped out by a hailstorm, Les's father packed up the family and moved them to the Peace River country.  The first day in Dawson Creek Les and his Dad and brothers went to work loading box cars with lumber.  It was very hard work but between them they made $27.00 for one days work.  That was a lot of money at the time.  In 1953, Ethel Courorielle left Moberly Lake to work in Dawson Creek where she met Les Wood and two years later in 1955 they were married.  In 1957 they moved their family to Chetwynd where Les worked for the Fort St. John lumber company loading boxcars.  He was reported to be the best loader lumberman that the company had.  1963 saw Les working for Chase Westgate as a faller.  Trees hit him on three different occasions.  He had to go on compensation for two years to gain back his health and strength.  He was a tough man.  The family was on the move again in 1965, this time to Yale and Agasszi where he worked clearing power lines from the lower mainland to the Bennett Dam.  In 1974, Les moved his family back to Chetwynd where he opened a Taxi business, tried horse logging and finally settled on contracting to the oil companies. He enjoyed contracting seismic, pipelines, and other clearing projects.  He had sizable crews who he paid well and was able to supervise complex situations to the satisfaction of his employers.  When it came to accomplishing his goals, he was a determined, some might say stubborn.  Life in the Wood family was anything but quiet during those hectic years with the grandchildren, constant nagging of the phones and busy work schedules.  While in the hospital and heavily sedated, just a couple of days before he passed away, Les asked Ethel if the "crews were working".  Apart from being dedicated to his work, Les was most definitely first and foremost a family man. He cherished his family and spared no effort to make things better for them.  Les and Ethel had a family of 7 children: Penny, Richard, Dale, Bev, Mary, Mick and Doug.  He had 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  A memorial was held at 11 am Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd, Father David John officiated. (Chetwynd Echo).



A       Lone Prairie residents up in arms over the 47 wind towers proposed for their area to go through the community pastures, grazing leases and tenures.  They have concerns with the proposed Mountain Wartenbe Wind Farm financed by Dokie Wind Energy and BC Hydro.  Meetings were planned through the Peace area.


D       Richard Victor Lloyd (1961-2006) - Taken from 2 excerpts from the Chetwynd Echo - Richard was born in Berwyn, Alberta and grew up in Fort St. John.  He worked as a gas jockey at Tompkins Esso during high school.  He graduated from North Peace High School in 1979.  He then went to work as a swamper on the rigs and servicing trucks in the oil patch.  Thereafter Rich journeyed off to Prince George and worked for a while before coming to Chetwynd.  Rich settled into his job at BC Rail for 19 years.  Rich's second love after Dana was his Chevelle car.  He loved baseball, hockey, sledding, and camping.  Rich lived life to the fullest.  He brought out the child in all of us.  He lived a hundred years worth of life into his 44 years.  A long time resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on January 24, 2006, at the age of 44 years.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Legion Hall.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate; interment will follow in the Tuscola Mountain Cemetery.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Richard to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Room or to the Chetwynd Legion Hall - Branch # 258. 


D       Warner Harold Wilson passed away at Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake on Feb. 14, 2006 at the age of 88, following a brief illness.

          Warner will be greatly missed by his wife and partner of almost 57 years, Iola.  Also surviving are sons, Gary of Alaska, Steven of Spokane, Daniel of McLeese Lake and daughters Debra of Sorrento and Rebecca of Pincher Creek.  Warner also leaves 25 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

          Warner was born in Port Orchard, Washington on Feb. 7, 1918.  He served in the Naval Marines during wartime.  Following his service, he finished university with a teacher's degree; he taught in the US until 1966.  He moved to Chetwynd, as a school librarian and went on to teach from 1966 to 1982.

          During the summer break, the family spent time traveling in both Canada and the US doing missionary work.  Retirement was also a busy time, as Iola and Warner made several trips overseas together.  In 1991, they moved to Sicamous and lived there until 2 years ago, when they moved to McLeese Lake to reside with son, Daniel and wife Sue.

          A private family service has been held in Williams Lake for family members, with cremation to follow.

          If so desired, donations in memory of Warner Wilson may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC, Suite 300, 828 West 8th Ave. Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2.


B       Congratulations to Mike Johnson and Natalie Ducharme on the birth of your baby girl Jocelyne Elle.  Born: Wednesday February 15, 2006, weighing 9 lbs 4 oz.  Born in Bonniville, Alberta.


D       Memorial Service - Lorne Dalke, a longtime resident of Chetwynd, BC, formerly of Dawson Creek, passed away on March 31st, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 72 years.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 8th, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre, Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  For friends so wishing donations may be made in memory of Lorne to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation Extended Care.  Arrangements are under the care of Raynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, BC.


O       Mary Runzer: January 1950 - April 2006


D       Elizabeth Joan Adey - Joan Adey, of Chetwynd, BC passed away at the home of her daughter in Comox surrounded by her children on April 4, 2006.  Born at Powell River, BC May 4, 1937, where her father had a dairy farm, Joan moved with her family to Comox Valley about 1947.  Her father dairy farmed in Dove Creek and finally Merville, moved to Dawson Creek in 1952 where her father worked on building the railroad.  She met her first husband there and they married in 1955.  They had 5 children, 4 born in Dawson Creek and 1 in Fort St. John in 1962, and then moved back to Courtenay.  Joan worked as distributor for the Province paper and had her own drapery business.  After a divorce from her first husband, she married again and had her 6th child, born in Cumberland.  After her 2nd divorce Joan obtained her Class 1 drivers license.  She drove truck for Island Ready Mix.  In 1977 she and 4 of her children moved back north to Chetwynd, BC.  She drove truck at Tumbler Ridge and around the Chetwynd area.  In 1997 she started her own trucking company, "The Waterhole", delivering drinking water to the gas plants and residents of the area.  She continued to do this until her illness forced her to stop about a month ago.

                   Joan could do so many things and what she did she did well.  She was a beautiful sewer, incredible cook, and had a very green thumb.  Gardening was a favourite love, and the birds were attracted to the seeds in her gardens.  She recently took a short course in painting and her first creation was amazing.  Joan was predeceased by her parents Frank and Betty Adey and a grandson David Bowes.  She is survived by her children Vicki Major (Philip Prophet) of Courtenay, BC, Randy (Kathy) Major, Patty (Scott) Wagoner of Maricopa, Arizona, Kathy (Don) McQueen of Comox, BC, Rob (Tracey) Major of Progress, BC, Chris (Cara) Weldon of Chetwynd, BC.  Also by her sisters Ann Colbow, Linda (Fred) Lefley of Courtenay, BC, Lorna Hutton of Campbell River, BC and brothers David (Gayle) Adey of Merville, BC and Ken Adey of Courtenay, BC.  Joan is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren who will sadly miss their "Gonny".

                   A funeral service was held on Monday, April 10, 2006 at Piercy's Funeral Home in Courtenay, BC.  Cremation followed with interment in the Courtenay Civic Cemetery.

                   A memorial Service was held on Saturday April 15, 2006 at 2 pm at eh Legion Hall in Chetwynd.

                   For friends so wishing donations may be made in memory of Joan to the Canadian Cancer Society or by planting a flower in her memory.

                   Arrangements were made under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, BC.


D       Eulogy presented by: Bev Charbonneau

Ed Livingstone was the youngest of four children born to Mona and John Livingstone on December 18th, 1967.  Ed had three older siblings, Bill, Laura and Bob.  Ed grew up in Chetwynd, attended Windrom Elementary for grades one to seven and graduated from Chetwynd Secondary in 1985 with his grade 12 diploma.

          Over the years Ed's family grew with the addition of several nieces and nephews, Ellen, Archie, Jamie, Jordy, Anita and John Paul.  Ed was also Great Uncle Ed to Ellen's children Julie Ann and Morgan.

          Ed's passion for learning and keen intelligence directed much of his life.  After graduating from high school Ed continued his education at Grande Prairie Regional College pursuing computer studies.  In 1900  Ed graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Computer Information Systems. He worked for several years in the computer industry when he lived in Calgary. In the fall of 2000 he decided to pursue other interests, and enrolled in the Business Management program at Northern Lights College on the Fort St. John Campus.  In April 2003 Ed received his Business Management Certificate and in April 2004 completed his Diploma in Business Management in Accounting. Ed was on the honour roll each year he attended College.  His academic capabilities were described as remarkable.  He received several scholarships and awards in recognition of his high academic achievements.  In March 2001 he received the Institute of Chartered Accountants Award, in 2002 the Northern Institute of Resource Studies Award, was nominated for the Governor Generals medal and in April 2004 received the Certified General Accountants Continuing Education Award.

          Ed was an important part of the College community. He was elected treasurer of the Student Council on the Fort St. John Campus.  In October 2002 he was elected by his fellow students to serve on the College Board.  Ed also served two terms as an elected student representative of the College Education Council.  Ed always sought justice.  He stood up for what he believed in.  We admired and respected him for that.

          In February 2004 Ed joined the Staff of Scott Wisdahl, Inc, Certified General Accountant.  Scott supported Ed in his pursuit of the Certified General Accountants designation.  Ed was a member of the Fort St. John Toastmasters.  He often delivered his speeches without notes he had an amazing memory.

          Ed was a truly good man.  He faces life with a courage that was sincerely admired.

          Ed passed away in Fort St. John, BC on Wednesday February 15, 2006 at the age of 38.

          Ed was predeceased by his parents Mona and John and his nephew John Paul. 

          A funeral service was held on Wednesday February 22, at 2:00 pm from the Baptist Church in Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.

          Funeral arrangements were under the care of Raynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, BC.


D       Helen Crowle (1919-2006) - Helen was born in Spuzzum, BC, on October 11, 1919.  As a young woman, she moved to Revelstoke, BC where she met and later married Roy.  Together, they raised three children, Ron, Marilyn, and Ken.

          In 1965, Roy went to work with BC Hydro and the family made the first of several moves, first to Chetwynd, then to Watchan on the Arrow Lakes, and later to Hudson's Hope, where they remained until Roy's retirement.  Their love of friends and family prompted them to move back to Chetwynd where they bought a house and called it home.

          Following Roy's death in 1995, Helen remained in the home she lovingly referred to as "the house that Roy bought for me" until she could no longer care for herself.  She passed away peacefully on April 4, 2006 in Dawson Creek, BC at the age of 86 years.

          Helen is survived by her daughter Marilyn (Marvin), son Ken (Ellen), sister Annie Acre, grandchildren Bill, Teresa, Susan, Chris, Allan, and Shannon, great grandchildren Corey, Brittany, Stevie, Jesse, James, Aaron, Meagan, Halley, Mark, James, and Daxton.

          Helen was predeceased by her husband Roy, son Ron, sisters Elizabeth and Nancy, and brothers Moses and Ernie.

          On behalf of my family, I would like to express my absolute appreciation to the wonderful staff at Peace River Haven and Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek where my Mom spent her final years.

          I would also like to thank all or our loving friends who came together to make the celebration of Helen's life and Mass a truly beautiful event. (Ken Crowle).

          A funeral service was held on Monday April 10th, 2006 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd.  Father David John officiated. Interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


A       Friends and Family of Nolan Embree and Vicki Currier are invited to a Wedding Dance on April 8, 2006 at 9:00 pm at the Rec Center in the Cottonwood Hall. Midnight Lunch included.


D       Hugh John Thomson, known to everyone as "Jack", was a long time resident of Chetwynd, BC.  Jack passed away suddenly in Dawson Creek on April 12, 2006 at the age of 70 years.

          Jack was born on the farm in Morin Creek Saskatchewan, on February 10th, 1936 to Alfred and Birdie Thomson.  Alfred was a hard working farmer and Birdie was a schoolteacher.  Jack was the second youngest child of five.  He was quickly introduced to his older brother and sisters, as a "Little Bushwacher" is interesting how that first introduction had such an impact on his life.

          In 1957 Jack met Eva Mary Livingstone, the jewel of his life, they were wed and quickly began a family of their own.  The first child was Louise, born in 1957; the second child was Donna, born in 1959, and Ronald in 1964.

          In 1958 Jack began steady work with the Fort St. John Lumber company, which eventually became Canfor.  He began his career and ended his career with the same company 40 years later in 1998.  Over those 40 years Jack became a master at road construction and retired as the Road Construction Superintendent.  Wow.. 40 years.

          I remember Jack as the Fred Astaire... Man, could that guy dance.

          Many of you will remember Jack for his Love to Curl.  He was competitive but he always knew how to make it fun and how to have fun when it was done.  I think if you looked up the definition of "bonspieling" in the dictionary you would see his name and photo.  It was more than just a game, it was a place to build friends, it was a place to build the community and it was a place to build family.

          I will always remember watching Dad, Sonny, Ron and Frank win the Alberta Provincial Elks Championship in Grande Prairie, earning the right to attend the Canadian Championship in Saskatoon.  Curling also lead to golf, where Jack was very active.  He brought the same competitiveness, passion and fun to the game.  He and Eva would spend many days on the local courses or traveling around to play other courses.  In the last few years he looked forward to the annual golf trip to Kamloops with the boys.  "Iron Jack" as he became known will be missed for his humor, thoughtfulness, and hitting it down the middle when it counts.

          So what did Big Jack Teach Us?  Live Life, Love Life.  Jack's memory lives in my heart and the heart of my mother, my sister Donna and the grandchildren, Kris, Kendal, Liam and Carly...and the hearts of many of you.  He will be missed...but never forgotten.

          (Eulogy Presented by Jack's son Ron Thomson.)  A funeral Service was held on Monday April 17th, 2006 at 2:00 pm, at the Chetwynd Rec Centre.  Pastor Bill Evans officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements were under the care of Raynar's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek.


A       Ken Sheen of Pine River Chainsaw Carvings of Chetwynd, will be on hand all three days of the trade show in Fort St. John demonstrating his artistry at chainsaw carving.


B       Kyle Joseph Provan - Born to Travis Provan and Michelle Dutour of Chetwynd, BC.  Kyle was 51 cm long, weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was born at 9:36am on April 19, 2006.


A       Northeast News- April 19- The Northern BC Guides Association and private individuals have paid for signs, now posted along Highway 29 voicing opposition to the proposed Site C Dam.


M       In memory of Evelyn Lehner: April 21, 2006.


E       Karen Jukes, Kathy Swanson, Laura Filgate, Luisa Surerus and Bev Wice took part in the Vancouver Sun Run (10 km) to help raise funds for Raise-a-Reader literacy initiatives and the Vancouver Sun International Track Classic for amateur athletics.  It was held on April 23, 2006.


D       Funeral Announcement: Beverly A Higgins passes away on May 5th, 2006 in Prince George, BC at the age of 46 Years.  A funeral Service will be held on Friday May 12th at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Prince George.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate; interment will follow in the Prince George Cemetery.


D       Jessie Mildred Reid (Campbell) - A long time former resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on May 6, 2006 in Salmon Arm, BC after a lengthy illness.  Jessie was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on July 3, 1926.  Jessie was predeceased by four of her eight children: son Pat, infant daughter Robin, and daughters Beverly and Shannon.  She leaves to mourn her passing, loving husband Bill, her remaining children and their families; Heather Middlestead (Glen), Dan Embree (Ruth), April Barnestson (Kerry), and Rob Lodge.  Her extended family includes Bill Reid (Cindy), Rob Reid (Joanne), Kathy Hobbins (Pat) and Cindy Biussonette (Mark).  She liked to say "there was always room for one more".  Roy Cunningham became a part of the family in 1961 and to him she will always be "Mom".

          Her many grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss her as well as numerous friends and relatives.

          The family wished to thank the Home Care and Palliative Care organizations in Salmon Arm, BC as well as a special thank-you to the Hospice Society.  Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Salmon Arm on Sunday, May 14 at 1:30 pm.  Interment to follow at the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery in Chetwynd at a later date.  For friends wishing, donations may be made in Jessie's memory in the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation or Palliative Care Society.


B       Aaliyna Victoria Knott - born May 8, 2006 weighing in at 8 lbs-13 oz.  Proud parents are Sonia Knott and Jesse Harrington.


D       Memorial Service for Lawrence Joseph Eckel, a long time resident of Chetwynd, BC passed away on May 9, 2006 in Dawson Creek, at the age of 78.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, may 15, 2006 at 2:00 pm at eh Chetwynd Catholic Church.  Father David John will officiate.  For friends so wishing donations may be made in Memory of Lawrence to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation Extended Care. 


D       Raymond Fowler (Rimfire): Ray was born in Laglace, Alberta on Aug.4, 1925 to Hector and Leila Fowler.  Ray was the 4th born in a family of 8 children, Lindsey, Doc, Cecil, Ray, Bill, Ron, Merle, and Bud and was predeceased by Lindsey and Doc.

          In the early forties Ray joined the Canadian army and was stationed as a guard for the concentration camps.  He never made it over seas.  Ray was a great boxer and did quite well at boxing while in the army.

          During the 1950's Ray drove chuck wagon in Calgary with Ralph Innocence.  All his life Ray loved horses, rodeos, team roping, driving teams and working with young horses.

          Ray and Laverne married in 1958, they lived in Hythe and ran a trucking business until the early 60's when they moved, with their 3 oldest boys Kevin, Rick and Marty, to Chetwynd where Tara and Clint later joined the family.  Ray worked for Chase Westgate in the bush and then took a job as a Millwright with Canfor where he stayed until 1970.  He then worked for Lorne Dalke, where he remained until his retirement.

          Ray was a man of great faith, and it was not a faith based on rules and regulation or external observances, but a faith that permeated his whole being and based on an honest love of God and neighbours and a strong desire to do what was right and honourable.  Ray would always reach out to a stranger and be willing to share whatever he had with someone in need.

          When it came to family you would no find a more loyal father, grandfather, or husband.  Ray was proud of all his children and his 16 grandchildren.  His family was the center of his life and he was never shy when it came to bragging about them or something they'd done.

          Through everything Ray remained a positive person, who was always willing to help others and seldom complained.  He believed he'd had a good life and was thankful for all that he had.

          It was his time to leave us and go join Laverne and other family and friends.

          Ray was predeceased by his mother Lilia, stepmother Annie, father Hector, brothers, Allan, Lindsay, Delmer (Doc), sister in law Lilly, brother in law Fred.

          He is survived by his sons, Kevin (Karen), Rick (Jackie), Marty (Lisa), Clint (Jolene), daughter Tara (Darrell), Grandchildren: Niki, Chris, Cheylayne, Koel, Ryan, Bradly, Kayce, Jescy, Kenna, Luke, Cole, Hayden, McKenzie, Broden, Alexa, and Kale.  Brothers Cecil (Stella), Bill (Mary), Ron (Eileen), Bud (Shari), and Sister: Meryl and his dear mother in law and good friend Granny Ivor, many Nieces and nephews and good friends.

          A memorial service was held on Friday May 19, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd, BC.  Father David John officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


A       There is a go ahead for the Motor cross club to get a new track just outside of town.  Everyone is looking forward to that.


A       On Tuesday past (May 2, 2006), Council approved Terasen Utility Service's contract to supply and install water meters in Chetwynd.

          (Chetwynd Echo, May 5, 2006). 


E       May 12, 2006 Echo paper - Former Chetwynd resident, John Barrington, is currently trying to make a difference in Afghanistan, as a member of the Canadian Army (1 PPCLI C Company).  He joined the Canadian Army in July of 2001.


A       Award-Winning conservationist and wilderness photographer, Wayne Sawchuck, a Chetwynd native, has published a new book: Muskwa-Kechika: The Alaska Highway's Great Canadian Wilderness. (Chetwynd Echo, June 2, 2006).


D       Leroy (Bud) August Bertram was born March 20, 1923 at Colome, South Dakota, USA to August and Ida Bertram.  Bud entered eternal rest June 30, 2006 at Hythe Continue Care Center, at the age of 83.  In 1926 they moved to the Peace River country and settle west of Saskatoon Mountain with his parents, older sister Viola and younger brother Bernard, three uncles and some neighbours.  He started school at Bush Lake, later Mount Saskatoon at the age of seven and finished grade eight at the age of twelve.  As a young boy in school he tied a Pack Rat to the teachers desk, however it back fired on him when he reached into his own desk after recess and there it was, the rat alive and ready to fight.  He drove his first team when he was five to help his father pull stumps.  Bud was taught to hunt and trap by a neighbour "Dell Rose", a French Canadian Trapper at the young age of twelve.  Bud started at a young age harvesting and driving a bundle team.  In 1`937 to 1938 Bud volunteered to work on the cleaning and building Monkman Pass road.  At the age of sixteen he did his first logging for Art and Raymond Erickson.  Skidding and falling was paid to in lumber.  He did many odd jobs.  Bud joined the Army in Edmonton, trained in Grande Prairie.  Then went on to Camp Borden, Ontario and Delbert, Nova Scotia.  Then he was shipped out to Halifax, NS on the Queen Elizabeth.  He served in France and was wounded and discharged on March 1944.  Bud married Barb Bolin on October 24, 1944 in Grande Prairie.  They had three children: Wayne married Vi Cartier, Pat married Hank Blew and Mona married Reg Willis.  The following also will also carry Bud's memory are his six Grandchildren: Michelle, Tina, Shawna, Darren, Tara, Cam and his eleven Great Grandchildren.  Bud and Barb enthusiasm and love for children also took them down the path to raising many foster children.  Bud worked and owned many sawmills in the 40's and 50's. Lee Borden's, Hommy's, Lossing's, Stewart Lake, Fort St. John Lumber, mile 73, 92 and mile 110 on the Alaska Highway.  Last but not least, Cruissed Timber, for the government and lumber companies.  Bud didn't stop there.  He built lumber roads and hauled lumber.  He had a guiding outfit with Bud and Harold Fellers in the Monkman Pass area in the early sixties.  Homesteaded Feller Heights in '64, created "Old Baldy Ranch" for cattle and later registered Percheron Horses.  Bud was an active member in the BC Cattleman's Assoc., brand inspected for the BC and Alberta.  He also worked at Patterson's Auction Mart and Farm Sales, helped with community pastures.  He was involved in starting the BC Percheron Assoc. of which he was also a Director: he was also a founder member of the Peace Draft Horse Pulling Assoc.  Bud and Barb pulled and log skidded local shows in the following places: Edmonton, IPE Armstrong, Kamloops, Smithers, Prince George, Quesnel and Vanderhoof.  Barb won many Cart classes and kept records of weights for the pulls.  Bud put the peace area on the map with Dancer and Tucker, won the Alberta Provincial pull in Edmonton and BC Provincial pull in Smithers.  He helped start the pulling at IPE Armstrong, Beaverlodge in 2003.  Bud goes to meet those who have gone before him; His loving wife Barb and his parents.  Bud will be remembered by all that knew him in the Peace River area, for the Legacy he leaves behind.  Good Bye old friend.

          A funeral service in Recognition of Bud's life was held on Wednesday July 5th, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Hythe, Alberta.  Rev. Gary Henderson officiated.  After the interment at the Hythe Cemetery, friends were invited to further share this day with Bud's family at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall. 


D       Judy Lee Hall - Judy was born on June 23, 1941 in Saint Paul Minnesota to Ken and Dorothy Elton.

          Judy met James Hall in the winter of 1960 and they married on July 28th, 1962.

          They moved to Toronto and then to Edmonton in 1967.  In 1980 they bought a house in Haylakes and in 1995 they moved once more to Chetwynd, which James and Judy referred to as Gods country.  In between all this moving Judy and James started their family.  They opened up their hearts to four children, Jason born on March 6, 1967, Stacey born Sept. 24, 1968, Kelly born on July 2, 1977 and Melodie born on July 24th, 1978 sadly Melodie passed away in 1989.

          You see we were store bought, each of us hand picked you could say, each of us chosen to be a son or a daughter.

          With this we each received a gift, a mother like no other.  She had a heart of gold, a soul so beautiful it would make you weep and yet she had more love than you could ever imagine.  With all this love Judy and James did the only thing they could.  They shared their hearts and home to countless other children who needed them, for 35 years they were foster parents.

          Judy was involved in many things she loved to take her walks, singing with the choir, being a hockey Mom, meeting with her ladies, writing numerous letters to her family, friends and especially her Grandchildren.  She liked watching old western movies with a good bowl of popcorn, and staying up all night with her Grandchildren talking about life, imparting her wisdom to them.

          On May 15, 2006 Judy's battle ended when god called her home.  We will all miss her dearly God Bless.

          A funeral service was held on Saturday May 20th, 2006 at 2:00 pm at the Legion Hall in Chetwynd.  Rev. Mary Parslow officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


D       Kyle Faron Johnston 1988 - 2006 -Kyle Faron Johnston of Grande Prairie, Alberta formerly of Chetwynd, BC passed away suddenly on May 21, 2006 at the age of 18 years.

          Kyle was born on Feb 22, 1988 in Chetwynd.  Kyle was the type of guy who loved taking pleasure irritating somebody to his fullest, we call this being a 'pest', however, Kyle thought of it more as being unbeaten.  This made us feel special in a certain kind of way.  We all know that he at least was thinking of us, even when he was being a turkey and getting adverse pleasure in bugging us.  Some of the best memories we have were growing up when we were altogether out at Kyle's place on Dokie Road.  Whether we were fishing, swimming at the river, sledding in the snow in his back yard or cruising around in the big burgundy Astra with Tom at the wheel.  We always seemed to have good times.  We all knew that one day Kyle was going to become a heavy-duty mechanic and support us all with his money, but hey.  As far as we knew that was top-secret right.  Even Kyle didn't know our intentions.  Kyle had a deep appreciation for vehicles and the mechanics.  He was always offroading or quadding seems like.  Will was always there to get him out.  Kyle loved video games. 

          Kyle always had a friend or two wherever he went.  He had the most unique and amazing laugh.  I'm sure that added to the reasons why people always wanted to be around him.  He had an amazing personality, always trying to act macho in front of everyone.  He would always tell us whenever we were feeling down "Oman up woman".  Kyle was a great friend, brother and cousin.  Kyle was good to his Mom and Dad and treated all people with respect.  There was never a dull moment with Kyle in the room.

          From all your friends in Chetwynd, Grande Prairie and anywhere else, we will all miss you very much.  We will especially miss your smiley face and your baby blue eyes.  We will miss you in all the pictures yet to come from family gatherings and friendly celebrations.  We are happy and honoured that you were a part of our lives.  Although we spent a short time together, it was a great time.  You will always be in our hearts and memories.

          Eulogy Presented by: Mary-Beth VanHee and Curtis Tetz.

          A funeral service was held on Friday May 26th, at 2:00 pm at the Legion Hall in Chetwynd, Bev Dunsmore officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.

          Funeral arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, BC.


D       Elsie Reta Farris - A pioneer of Lone Prairie and East Pine and a Midwest City resident Elsie Reta Farris, 82 passed away, Tuesday June 13 following a brief but courageous fight against lung cancer.  She was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Eston, Saskatchewan to Mabel and Wellington Warren.  She was very proud of her Canadian heritage.  Elsie met her husband, Elmer Lee Farris, at a dance while he worked on the Alaska Highway with the US Army.  They were married in Dawson Creek and while Elmer was stationed at the Panama Canal, Elsie came to live with her in laws in Shawnee.  She suffered many losses in her life and family.  In 1939 when she was 13 her parents, three younger sisters, Jean, Pearl and Babe as well as three nephews were all lost to a flood on the Murray River.  Also preceding her in death were husband Elmer; sister Ethyl Lamonte and Edna Parr; brothers Alan Warren and Bert Warren; son in law Bill Anderson.

          Elsie is survived by one sister and brother in law Edith and David Knowles; three loving children and their spouses: Preston and Carol Farris, Gloria Anderson, Bruce and Amy Farris; seven grandchildren and spouses, Holly and Jay Reeves, Todd and Jenny Farris, Heather and Derek Feagans, Teal and Scott Williams, Cora and Dustin Davis, Caleb and Shiloh; eight great-grandchildren Kodi and Lauren Reeves, Caitlin, Braden and Anna Marie Farris, Will Feagans, Max and Addison Williams.

          They all cherished their special time with 'GG'.

          Elsie loved to work in her gardens and tend to her fishpond.  She was loving, independent, strong and had a great sense of humour.  Her family was everything to her and all she needed in life.  Elsie's family would like to recognize all of the wonderful and caring nephews, nieces, neighbours, close friends and Carter Hospice for the wonderful attention and care during her final days.  They all wrapped her in their arms and hearts.  Her smile and quick wit will be greatly missed.  We will love you forever Elsie and you will always be in our hearts.  A service to celebrate Elsie's life was held at the Blackburn Chapel Cemetery.


A       Please join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Austin and Virginia Beattie on Friday, June 16, 2006 at 7:00 pm in the Cottonwood Hall at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre.  Bring your favourite stories of times with Austin and Virginia to share.  Wishing well - No gifts please.


A       Brian Ruth of Pennsylvania captured 1st place in the second annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship, held last weekend.


A       Art and Karen Buckley are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kari to Paul Walsh, son of Brian and Ann Walsh of Prince George.


A       A new subdivision has been approved for Chetwynd.  It will be located on the east side of the community in the vicinity of the present West Wind RV Park. (Chetwynd Echo, June 30, 2006)


A       July 3, 2006: Threat from forest fires forces evacuation of Tumbler Ridge.  4,000 people were evacuated to Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and surrounding area.  This evacuation was a mandatory order.


A       Lillea Jamie Fay Hills born to Alaric Hills and Jade Desjarlais on July 9, 2006, weighing 7-lbs.12 oz.


D       Jo Elshof - Long time resident of Chetwynd, Jo Elshop passed away in his hometown of Dommelen, Holland on July 3, 2006 at 75 years of age.  Jo and Christa spent 18 years in Chetwynd with their daughter Marianne.  During their stay Jo made many friends and always had a smile or a joke for every person he met.

          He learned to curl in Chetwynd and really enjoyed the sport and the friends he made there, so curling became his second passion.  Soccer was always his first, so shortly after moving to Chetwynd he was a soccer trainer for the youth for many years.

          Jo and his wife Christa moved back to Holland in May 2004 to spend their remaining years with their children and grandchildren.

          He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

          He leaves behind his wife Christa, 6 children, 16 grandchildren and his great-grandson Ethan.


A       Chetwynd has four new official victim service workers in the community, and Hudson's Hope has attained the services of two.

          (Chetwynd Echo, July 14, 2006)


A       Dokie Wind Energy wins major contract: Aug.4, 2006 (Chetwynd Echo) - This project is about 40 km west of Chetwynd and north of Highway 97.  DWE plans to construct it's Wind Operations and Maintenance Center in Chetwynd, and will work with Northern Lights College to develop renewable energy training programs for its employees.


B       It's a girl.  Kali Ann Smith born to Karley Smith on August 29, 2006, weighing in at 7lbs.14 oz.


A       There are some changes to the Block Parent Program in Chetwynd.  As of March 31 the RCMP have pulled their support.  The program lacks enough volunteers, RCMP to do the screening and the lack of block parents.


D       A memorial service was held for Luise Dumlich (September 16, 1939 - October 8, 2006) at the Progress Church, October 23, 2006.

          Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Luise by way of a donation to: Chetwynd Hospice Palliative Care Society, Box 771, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0.


D       Wally Camcel Gayse was born on September 1, 1922 to Victor and Heleana Gayse, the fourth child of five.  Papa was raised by his mother and stepfather Charlie Vandicastial.  His first 10 years were spent in Hardesty, Alberta then the family moved to Big Prairie, Alberta where he had some schooling and then went to work farming.

          These are portions of the Obituary from the Chetwynd Echo, Friday, October 27, 2006: He served for about 4 years in the 2nd World War driving a Sherman Tank.  At the close of the war he was in Italy.  With his Veteran's Land Cheque he bought a lumber truck and worked around High Prairie, where he met his wife Delphine Montaginus Big Charles (Nana) in 1946.   After 13 years and 11 children they moved to Chetwynd.  The family included Gene, Waddy, Judy, Darlene, Linda, Jimmy, Roxy, Cathy, Tommy, David, Patty.

          Wally passed away on Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 in Chetwynd, BC at the age of 84.  Wally was predeceased by his mother, Heleana in 1957, his stepfather Charlie in 1969, his son Waddy in 1986, his sister Mary in 1986 and his sister Camella in 2001.  Wally is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Delphine, 10 children: Gene and Linda, Judy and Carl, Darlene and Jim, Linda and Glen, Cathy, Tommy, Jimmy and Shirley, David and Laurie, Roxy and Roy and Patty and Diane.

          The eulogy was presented by Grandchildren: Rick Davis and Trina Gayse.  A funeral was held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 11:00 am at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Chetwynd, pastor Bill Evans officiated: interment was in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


A       November 3, 2006 - Massive snowstorm strands 12 CFI workers.  A massive search effort manage to rescue 40 forestry workers - including 13 from Chetwynd Forest Industries - stranded by a freak snowstorm near the Kakwa Wildland Provincial Park area.  The old timers around here say they've never seen anything like it, a drought all summer, then four-and-a -half feet of snow.


D       (in part) Randi Jayne Wilson- Randy was born in Chetwynd BC on Saturday, September 10th, 1988 to Leanne McFeeters and Dave Wilson.  She was sadly taken from us on Sunday, October 22nd, 2006 at the age of 18 years.  She was the youngest of three children along with her sister Darnelle and her brother Colen.  Randi's life was spent mostly in the Chetwynd and Groundbirch area.

          They say we are remembered for not the things we do in life but the footprints that we leave in people's hearts.  Well if Randy's shoe size was any indication, her footprints will forever be remembered.  I as well as you know that Randi's 18 years with us was not nearly long enough for any of us, but the life that she did share was always filled with smiles and laughter.

          Randi had a passion not only for people but also for animals.  She was a part of 4H for the better part of 4 years and was a blue ribbon winner with her sheep almost everywhere she went.

          She was predeceased by her grandfather Allan and her great grandmother Marceline.

          Randy is survived by her mother Leanne, her father Dave and step mother Wanda.  Her sister Darnelle and brother Colen, her grand parents Mildred, Harvey, Cindy, Helen and Nancy.  Her uncles and aunties and countless cousins, family and friends.

          Eulogy presented by Randy's uncle, Spike McFeeters.

          A wake was held on Friday, October 27th, 2006 at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Chetwynd.

          A funeral service was held on Saturday, October 28th, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd, BC.  Father David John officiating.


D       Mildred Nichols -1913-2006 (The complete obituary is in the Chetwynd Echo, Friday November 24, 2006):  Mildred passed away on October 26, 2006.  She came here from Canora, Saskatchewan some 57 years ago to Big Lake.  Mom, the last of her generation in our family, lost her husband after only 30 years of marriage, 17 of which she spent caring for him.  Her youngest son, Ira, died in a logging accident in 1971: her first-born, Lorne, in 1998, as the result of complications of an earlier industrial accident.  Surviving are Merlin (Mirja) with their daughter Patricia (Steve Brousson) and their children, Ryan, Danae and Caitlyn; Jim (Evelyn) with their children Albert (Melissa), Susan (James Clark) with their children, Brittany, Kyralyn and James, William (Lindsay) and Elaine; Gladys (Ed Sukow) with their children John (Salla) and Juli; Lorne's children Karen and Jackie and Irs's posthumous son Jared Sawchuk (Cindy) and their baby daughter Rachel.

          Mildred passed away on October 26th, 2006 in Chetwynd at the age of 93 years.  A funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 31st, at 2:oo pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Chetwynd.  Pastor Ed Sukow officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


B       It's a boy: Roger Tyler Ingles of Chetwynd.  Born: November 6, 2006 Parents: Brennan and Jessica Ingles, Stats: 21 inches, 8 lbs. 9 0z.


D       Cathy Gayse- June 21, 1957-November 10, 2006 (Complete obituary in The Chetwynd Echo, Friday, November 24, 2006 edition):

          Cathy Ann Gayse was born in Dawson Creek, BC to Wally and Delphine Gayse.  Cathy was the seventh child of eleven being the elder of her twin, Roxy.  Cathy was predeceased by her brother Waddy in August of 1986 and her father Wally in October 2006.  She is survived by her mother Delphine, 4 sisters and their husbands, Judy and Carl, Darlene and Jim, Roxy and Roy, and Linda and Glen, 5 brothers and their wives, Gene and Linda, Jimmy and Shirley, Tommy, David and Laurie, and Patty and Diane and all of their families which include 26 nieces and nephews and 19 great nieces and great nephews and many friends.

          Eulogy presented by Cathy's nephew, Rick Davis

          Cathy passed away on November 10th in Prince George, BC at the age of 49 years.

          An interment service was held on Wednesday, November 15th, at 1:00 pm at the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.

          A memorial service was held on Wednesday, November 15th, at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Chetwynd.  Pastor Bill Evans officiating.


D       William John Herman (1928-2006):  William John Herman a long time resident of Chetwynd and area, passed away on November 22, 2006 at the Pouce Coupe Care Home at the age of 78.

          William was born June 24, 1928 in Westlock, Alberta.  The youngest of five children born to Eli and Fanny Herman.  Bill was predeceased by his father Eli in 1956, sister Ann in 1991, mother Fanny in 1999 and brother Don in 2001.

          Bill was married in 1953 and is survived by children Wilma (Trent) Kelvin, Barry (Brenda) Chetwynd, Dianna (Victor) Dawson Creek, Lavonne (Wes) Fort Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan.  Dads' marriage ended in 1978 and over the next several years his long battle with Alcohol addiction led him away from his family and friends, he knew his 9 grandchildren when they were very young, and we missed him at birthdays, graduations, their weddings, celebrating the births of his 8 great grandchildren, Christmas and all the family gatherings.

          He had a wonderful sense of humour, which he maintained right to the end.  We have many wonderful memories of water fights, making ice cream, skating on the rinks he made us, getting Christmas trees, piling in the car at the last moment to head off on a holiday somewhere to see relatives.  He always lent a hand if you needed him on some project or other.  We have missed him, and although he returned to us just months before his death we take comfort from that, and that we were given the opportunity to be with him once more and to say goodbye.

          "The chains of habits are generally too small to be felt until they are to strong to be broken" by Samuel Johnson. 

          Bill was cremated and interment  will be held at a lter date.


D       Colleen Warne (February 14, 1948-November 30, 2006)

          With profound sadness we announce the passing of Colleen Warne, an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and Girl Guide leader.  After a courageous battle with cancer Colleen passed away peacefully Thursday.  Sadly missed by her loving husband Brent, daughter Jody, son Sean, son-in-law Andre and grandchildren Michelle, Ben and Abby.  Colleen will be forever fondly remembered by her family, friends, pets and those girls she touched as a guider.  A private family interment will be followed by a celebration of her life at the family home in Brentwood Bay, BC, In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the BC Cancer Foundation.


D       On December 9, 2006 Dr. Don Parkin lost his battle with cancer.  His funeral was held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Nanaimo, on Thursday December 14.  He was a doctor in the Chetwynd Medical Clinic.  Several of his eulogies were given in the Chetwynd paper on Friday, December 22, 2006.


D       Harold John Thompson, a long time resident of Mt. Lemoray and Chetwynd, BC passed away on December 13, 2006 at the Chetwynd Hospital at the age of 81.

          Harold was born October 4, 1925 on the family farm south of Star City, Saskatchewan.  He was the fourth child, of six children born to Tommy and Marie Thompson, and two older sisters Dorothy and Florence and his Nephew Howard.  Harold never married and had no children.  He is survived by an older sister Lyla, of Penticton, a younger twin sister Helen, and Harold of Salmon Arm, his youngest sister Elaine (Babe) of Redding, California, and many nieces and nephews.

          He is also survived by his adopted family Steve and Simone and their son Bernard, Connie Leblanc and their three children Brianna, Robyn and Matthew.  Harold left home at a very early age to join the Canadian Armed Forces.  He was deployed overseas.  After returning home, he spent some time working in a gold mine as a crew boss in Haiti.  Harold worked in the North West Territory in a diamond mine, he also worked as a logger, farmer, and had various jobs around the Peace area.

          Harold was known by many of his family and friends a  "true Gentleman".

          One of Harold's favourite past times was going on hunting and fishing trips with various friends around the Mt. Lemoray area.  He always had a local kid (or 3) in tow, and would spoil them with treats until they grew up and moved on.  Harold loved to garden, he was very proud of the fact that he was always the first to have fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and had an endless supply for everyone.  He still had fresh tomatoes on his plant the day he left us.  Another past time was watching baseball (the blue jays); he always knew their stats and was not afraid to wager a friendly bet.

          Harold was cremated, and at his request there will be no memorial service.  His remains will be laid to rest at his favourite place at a later time.

          For friend so wishing donations may be made in memory of Harold to the Chetwynd Society for Community Living.

          Funeral arrangements under the care of Reynars Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Dawson Creek.


O       Mary Melnychuck - Mary was born on Tuesday, September 26, 1922 in Ituna, Saskatchewan on the parents farm.  She walked this earth for 30,769 days.  Mary married Steven Melnychuk on May 28, 1942 and together they raised seven children.  Mary worked hard at raising the family and even took on odd jobs when times needed.  Mary loved her family very much, she was always one to give you a big hug and kiss when you came to visit and when you were leaving.  She loved it when the grandchildren came to visit, or when they were camping and fishing with everyone.  They even once made a trip to Alaska, a gift for their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  They made many trip to Sask. to visit relatives.  Mary was a long time member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the ladies Auxilliary of Our Lady Of Peace Catholic Church.  Baba was everyones name for Mary, even to young children that were not her grandchildren.  She bakes a lot, did a lot of canning and made craft gifts for family and friends.  Baba kept up her Ukrainian heritage by celebrating Christmas Eve the traditional way of twelve meatless dishes, candlelight and midnight mass.  She also kept the tradition of having special food blessed for Easter.  Baba and Gigo still spoke Ukrainian to each other so we would not know what they were saying.  Baba and Gigo moved to their hobby farm after Gigo retired from Canfor.  On their hobby farm they had cats, dogs, planted a few hundred trees, a garden and many flowerbeds.  They planted crops of hay and bailed it every year until they moved into Dawson Creek in their early eighties.  In the late 90's Baba developed the disease of Dementia and it eventually robbed her of all her memory and finally took a toll on her body, those hugs and kisses she loved to give was one of the things she did not forget.  When she was visited in the home she still loved to hug, the staff at the home always said they knew they would get a hug at work from Baba.  Now she has gone to be with our beloved Lucille.  We will all miss this special woman called Baba.  Mary passed away on Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 at Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek, BC at the age of 84.  A funeral service was held on Thursday December 28th, 2006 at 3:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd.  Fr. Tom Shymko officiated, interment followed in the Lower Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery. (Regional Advertiser, January 17, 2007)


O       Lars Harold Borgun - Lars Harold Borgun know to all as Harold was born on April 10th, 1926 in the small community of Hulet BC, just outside of Vanderhoof.  He was the youngest boy of four children born to Lars and Martha.  Harold was raised on a farm, helping with all the chores and he often reminded us how easy we all had it.  He would tell us stories as only he could about how he had to do all of his work then eat breakfast and then walk 3 mils to school.  When he was 16 years old he set off to join the army.  After a short time away he was needed back on the farm to help out his father and brother.  There he learned everything that he needed to go out on his own.  Over the years Harold had a few different jobs, he was a truck driver, equipment operator, and worked in the mill in Mackenzie.  Through out his life he always resided in BC.  Through his ventures he met his wife Peggy and in 1973 they were married.  Along the way they had 3 little girls, Sheri, Joy, and Darlene, along with Peggy's two children Jerry and Karen.  Harold eventually settled in Chetwynd in 1975 and worked in the area until he was unable to do so.  He would come to live with his oldest daughter Sheri after being diagnosed with diabetes.  While there, he focused his energy on his family and he took great pride in having the best lawn on the street.  He had numerous grand children who he loved to spend time with, whether it was going to a fair or just a drive to burn the carbon out of his car.  Which he won by the way, just in case he didn't tell you.  Harold always had a pot of coffee on and was ready to take anyone on in a game of crib, or give a ride home to anyone who needed it for 5 bucks.  Harold was predeceased by his mother Martha, father Lars, Brothers Lloyd, Bud and sister Dolly, and wife Peggy. He is survived by his daughters Sheri, Joy and Darlene, stepchildren Jerry and Karen and all of their families.  Harold passed away on December 28th, 2006 in Chetwynd, BC at the age of 80 years.  A memorial service was held on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11:00 am at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Chetwynd, Pastor Bill Evans officiated.  Interment will be at a later date. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday Jan. 19, 2007)























Some births from Chetwynd in 2006



Hannah Jean Tureski, born Jan. 10 to Corey Turieski and Marilynn Bremner



          Cayden Uchenna Lindstrom, born Feb. 3, to Patricia Lindstrom



          Teagan Katrina Warncke, born March 21 at 8 lbs/7 oz. to Carson and Theresa Warnche



Darby Rose Redfearn, born April 19 to Shauna Carmichael and Duncan Redfearn


Devyn Lanae Jenson, born April 26 at 7 lbs/10 oz. to BJ and Kylie Jenson

Lyndon Hilton, born April 29, at 8 lbs/5 oz. to Crystal and Lonny Hilton



          Deaken Tower, born May 1 at 7 lbs/10 oz. to Blaine and Ashley Tower


          Michael Jerry Daniel Templeton, born May 9 at 9 lbs/11 oz. to Vanessa LePrentre and Max Templeton


          Bryce Ganson, born May 25 at 7 lbs/10 oz. to Danny and Theresa Ganson



          Jorin Asini Desjarlais, born June 26 at 8 lbs/11 oz. to Rocky and Lorisha Desjarlais



          Carter William Dunn, born July 8 at 7 lbs/4.5 oz. to Gina and Danny Dunn


          Caydence Michelle Sampson, born July 9 at 7 lbs/1 oz to Brian and Carla Sampson


          Lillia Jamie Fay Hills, born July 9 at 7 lbs/6 oz to Alaric Hills and Jade Desjarlais


          Myah Wasisquan Napoleon-Gerouard, born July 26 at 6 lbs/6 oz. to Kelli Gerouard



          Tristan Franklin, born August 3, at 7 lbs/11 oz. to Crystal and Jeff Franklin


          Owen Daniel Rowsell, born August 6, at 11 lbs/ 6 oz. to Justin and Murina Rowsell


          Logan Mackenzie Nicholson, born on August 8, at 9 lbs/2 oz. to Eric and Jan Nicholson



Morgan Lynn Keutzer, born Sept. 2, at 8 lbs/2 oz. to Justin and Rosemary Keutzer


Abigail Hope Fuller, born Sept. 3, at 8 lbs/6 oz. to Jeanna Mosher and Chip Fuller


Charissa Dawn Mounsey, born Sept 6, at 8 lbs/11 oz. to Jason and Kelly Mounsey


Ireland Bassendowski, born Sept. 15, at 6 lbs/8 oz. to Diane and Clay Bassendowski


Sienna Brooke Ritcher, born Sept. 27, at 9 lbs/10 oz. to Swayne and Crystal Ritcher



          Kaitlyn Sandra Eason, born October 3, at 5 lbs/2 oz. to Jamie and Sandy Eason



          Kaelyn Grace Slobrekken, born Nov. 5, at 6 lbs/1 oz to Thomas Solbrekken and Sarah Laws


          Nora Mary Westlund, born Nov. 14 to Alison and Chris Westlund


          Cassidy Alexis Derhousoff, born Nov. 28, at 8 lbs/3 oz. to Alisha Derhousoff and Bud Lightburn



          Alyssa Paige Mayer, born Dec. 17, at 7 lbs/10 oz. to Brandy Nichols and Brody Mayer


          Mason Lloyd Stender, born Dec. 30, at 6 lbs/2 oz. to Leah and Jonathan Stender


          Cole James Stender, born Dec. 30, at 7 lbs. to Leah and Jonathan Stender.



D         Madeline (Mudd) Campbell - Nov.24, 1938 - Jan. 13, 2007


D         Detlef Gerhard Meier (Jerry) 1949-2007:  Jerry was born in Hanover, Germany on June 14, 1949 and passed away in the Chetwynd Hospital Feb. 23, 2007 of Cancer.  He is survived by his son Bradlay and caregiver Belen.


A         Students from grade 10 to 12 took a trip to Europe during spring break (March 9-21), covering a lot of ground in short period of time!  They visited Germany, Italy (Rome, Pisa, Assisi, Florence, Vatican City), Monoco, and France (Niece Paris).  The chaperons: Krissy Nelson, Ms. Beth Jacques, Mrs. Weaver, Mr. Chmelyk, Carol Norris, Rhonda Rashke.  Students: Kristin Stevens, Jesse Gayse, Charmaine Gilles, Elena Norris, Elena Nikolitsas, Jonathon Phanner, Robyn Klassen, T J Rounthwaite, Justin Beattie, Michelle Cox, Taylor Young, Leighton Hernstedt, Chris Kersy, Shane Simpson, Janell Rashke, Allie Auger, Bailey Courtorielle, Thea Adolf, Elizabeth Grant, Cora Demarce. (Coffee Talk Express, March 30)


O         Robert Morris Willis (1924 - 2007):  Bob was born, the middle child, to William and Alice Willis in Maryfield, Sask, on May 27, 1924.  He passed away in the Chetwynd hospital on March 22, 2007, at the age of 83, after an eleven-month battle with cancer.  Bob moved with his parents, older sister, and younger brother, to the family homestead in Sunset Prairie, BC in 1930.  In 1941, when he was 17 years old, Bob joined the army and fought in WW11 until 1945.  Upon his return he married Beth Bedell from Arras, BC, bought a farm in Sunset Prairie and proceeded to raise his two children, Fay and Reg.  Full of the pioneer spirit, Bob and Beth laid claim to the Graveyard Flat, working to make the homestead a home.  After selling the farm in Sunset Prairie, Bob and Beth moved to the new homestead in Jackfish Lake area in 1974.  For the next 33 years they continued to improve their land and lived a comfortable, happy life.  On October 12, 2007 Bob and Beth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  During his illness, Bob was able to be at his home until the last 24 days, which he spent in the Chetwynd Hospital, with his family by his side.  Surviving, along with his wife, Beth, are 2 children, Fay Asleson (Wayne), Reg Willis (Mona), four grandchildren, Carmen Gansevles, Clint Asleson, Tara Nichol, and Cam Willis, along with 6 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother, Charles Willis, still residing on the family farm in Sunset Prairie, BC.  Bob is predeceased by his parents and older sister, Grace Pepper of Victoria, BC.  With respect to Bob's wished no formal funeral service will be held.  His ashes will be buried on Graveyard Flat where he worked so hard to make a home.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Bob to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation or to the Chetwynd Public Library.


O         George Gauthier a long time resident of Moberly Lake, B.C. passed away on March 17th, 2007 in Chetwynd, B.C. at the age of 74 years.

A wake will be held on Friday, March 23rd, at 7:00 pm at the SFN Administration Building in Moberly Lake.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 24th, at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. David John will officiate; interment will follow in the Lake View Cemetery.


O         Kathy Bertelsen a long time resident of Chetwynd, B.C. Passed away on March 20th, 2007 in Chetwynd, at the age of 49 years.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, at 3:00 pm at Our Lady Of Peace Catholic Church, Pastor Bill Evans will officiate. Interment will be at a later date. Memories of Kathy presented by: Corky Weightman

Kathy was predeased by her father Ernest Redenback and nephew Richard Redenback.  She is survived by her loving husband Clint, their children Chris and Kayla, her mother Margaret (Adolf) Bredefeld, Brothers Rob (Heather) Redenbach, Tim (Deb) Redenbach, Sisters Sharon (Micki) Hustak, Judy Ketola, Jennifer Neuls, Sheila (Ryan) Neuls, her mother-in-law and father-in-law Jens (Eleen) Bertelsen, many nieces, and nephews. 


O         Pam Bagg a resident of Chetwynd, B.C. passed away on March 31st, 2007 in Chetwynd, at the age of 53 years.  Pam was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on October 21, 1953.  She attended school in Chetwynd and Fort ST. John where she met the love of her life and later married Ed Bagg.  They were fortunate to have 2 children, Wade and Tanya, who with their respective spouses presented them with 6 grandchildren (Cassidy, Mitchell, Brett, Austin, Shafin and Travis.

            In December 2001 - Pam organized a campaign to sell "Love Thy Neighbour" T-shirts to raise $24,000, which went to a relief fund for widows and children victims of the 911 attack in New York.  In 2003 - Pam was named Chetwynd's Citizen of the Year, in 2004/5, Pam became President of the Rotary Club - "Service above Self" is the Rotary Motto - She lived the motto every day.  Pam was the Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life co-coordinator and raised substantial sums of money for a number of years.  She was also an emergency responder of the Canadian Cancer Society.  Pam was a founder and active participant in the Chetwynd Citizens on Patrol.  She was a founder and facilitator with the Community Justice Forum, an organization that brings the offender and the victim face to face with the object of keeping the offender out of jail.  She was also an active member of the Jack Fish Community Association and was a major organizer for their New Years Eve Party and Fund Raiser.  She also was a serious rider at one time and went right along with husband Ed and his love of Calf roping.  I am sure that any horse she ever rode knew exactly when to walk, trot, and lope and if she said "Whoa" there was no misunderstanding.

            A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 5th at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Rec Centre, Pastor, Bill Evans will officiate; Interment will be at a later date. 

Memorial arrangements are under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, B.C.


O         Victor Henry Currier, son of Esther and Henry Currier, a longtime resident of Chetwynd, B.C. Passed away on April 9th, 2007 in Chetwynd, at the age of 81 years.  Vic was a Teamster and a Bronc Man.  He was also known for his veterinary skills and was often called upon by many for his knowledge although he didn't have official papers. He is survived by his loving wife Pear, his 6 children, Patsy, Mona, Frank, Gail, Norma, Irish and their spouses.  Vic is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, his sisters Clara Mae and Mary and his brother Wesley and many nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 14th at 3:00 pm at the Baptist Church in Chetwynd (Elks Hall), Pastor Bill Evans will officiate, Cremation to follow, Interment will be at a later date.


O         Michael A LaGreca:  May 30, 1945 - April 11, 2007.  Mick was born, the third child, to Leonard and Irene LaGreca in Meadow Lake, Sask, on Wednesday, May 30, 1945.  When he moved to Chetwynd he met his future wife, Ruth Grand and they married on July 10, 1967.  Mike was a trucker who worked on many different jobs over the years: Grizzly Valley Pipeline, Pine River Gas Plant, Chetwynd Redi Mix, Back Ventures and His last job at 3 Nations Ventures (Tembec Pulp).  Surviving, along with his wife Ruth of 39 years are: Children- Danny (Roxanne), Jason (Mandy), Shannon, Grandchildren- Lindsey, Jordan and Rylee, Brothers- Virgil (Pat), twin brother Dick (Julie), Wayne (Carol), Sisters- Lenora (Mitch), Gayle (Archie), Judy (Leonard), Twin sisters Wanda (Larry) and Wendy (Bill) plus nieces and nephews.  He passed away in the Chetwynd Hospital on April 11, 2007, at the age of 61, after a short battle with cancer.  Mick was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Irene LaGreca.  Ruth and the family thank their friends for the many trays of food and flowers and for their sympathies.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mick's memory by donations to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation, Box 121, Chetwynd, BC         V0C 1J0.


O         Anna Lorraine Low (married Dick Cusack) a longtime resident of Chetwynd, B.C. Passed away on April 13th, 2007 in Chetwynd, at the age of 77 years.

A prayer service will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, at 2:00 pm Fr. Michael Anyasoro will officiate; Cremation will follow; interment will be at a later date.

For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Lorraine to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation.


O         Terri Pshyk a resident of Chetwynd, B.C. Passed away on April 24th, 2007 U of A Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 36 years.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28th, at 1:00 pm at the Chetwynd Rec Centre, Pastor Bill Evans will officiate; interment will be at a later date.

For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Terri to the Canadian Cancer Society.


O         Vern Victor Taylor a longtime resident of Chetwynd, B.C. Vernon was born January 20, 1950 in Hythe, Alberta and passed away on May 1st, 2007 in Chetwynd, at the age of 57 years.  Vern was very active in the Fire Department.  He joined the department in 1986 and attended over 20 years of Monday night practices, fir and rescue calls, hose laying competitions and family events.  He was promoted through the ranks and became the Deputy Fire Chief 11 years ago.  Vern's commitment, loyalty and his attentiveness resulted in his being named Fireman of the Year in 2003 and again last year .The Eulogy was presented by Leo Sabulsky. Vern leaves to mourn his loving wife Joan (Eby), whom he married October 9, 1971, son Greg (Jennifer), daughter Beverly (Scott), grandchildren Allan, Victoria and Michael, his mother Lois, his sisters and their spouses, Judy (Dwayne), Terry (Donald), Sylvia (Norm), Louise (Gary), brothers Clifford and Ray, Brothers-in-law, Lorne (Margo) and Gerald, Sisters-in-laws Barbara and Linda, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.  His father, "Joe" predeceased Vern many years ago.  He was also predeceased by his brother-in-law Edmund Eby and his sister-in-law Marg Eby.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5th, at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Pastor Bill Evans will officiate; interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.

For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Vern to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation,  (Palliative Quiet Room).


M         Marylou Marie Cardinal - August 8, 1959 to May 2, 2007.


O         William Vermunt a longtime resident of Moberly Lake, B.C. Passed away n May 12th, 2007 at Moberly Lake, at the age of 70 years.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 21st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd, B.C.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 21st, at 1:00 pm Fr. David John will officiate; interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


M         In memory of Austin Joseph Davis: January 24, 1936 - May 13, 2007.


D         Scott Lawrence Houley: (December 13, 1978 - May 19, 2007).


B         Brinley Carollyn Harvey: born June 1, 2007 to Jamie and Krista Harvey, weighing 7 lbs 3 oz, 19 ¾ inches long.


B         Rylan Jarret Bissett: born to Jarret and Shantel Bissett on June 20, 2007, weighting 7 lbs 4 oz, and was 19 ¾ inches long.


O         Alice Mary Gauthier was born on Feb. 3, 1937 in Wabasca, Alberta.  She was the youngest daughter of Sophie and William Auger.  Her sisters were Mary Agnes, Hilda (who died at age 16) and Madeline.  Her only brother, Pat, died in 1975.  Alice was raised in the bush country around the lake, which is now settled and known as Wabasca.  At that time this area was treed, with family cabins spotted here and there.  Alice met her future husband, Don Grubjesic in the 1960's.  Their son Nick was born in 1962, and Jerry was born in 1963.  Dawson Creek was where they had made their home.  When Nick was about five years old, the family moved to Beryl Prairie where Nick started school, then to Lynx Creek in 1966.  In 1975 Alice and Don separated and Alice supported herself by cleaning at the dam and she also worked at the Clearview Motel in Hudson's Hope.  Alice was a devoted and loving grandmother to Nicholas, Donny, Autumn, Taylor, Tyler, Brandon and Kristen, and to countless others, whether they were related to her or not.  Alice met George Gauthier in the early 1980'sand they spent many years doing things they both loved: hunting, trapping and horseback riding, picking medicine, fishing, camping and making dry meat and moose hides.  Alice was best known for her moccasins.  She operated a little craft store out of a cabin behind their house for about twenty years.  After George passed away on March 17, 2007, the date of their 15th wedding anniversary, Alice was lonely and missed him very much.  While travelling to her nephew's wedding on June 21st, Alice became very sick and had to be taken by ambulance from Whitecourt to intensive care at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.  Jerry and his daughter Kristin sat at her side through out her last days.  Nick, young Nicholas and Donny were also with her when she passed, as well as extended family from Wabasca.  Aunty Madeline was a great source of comfort and strength as Alice's condition worsened.  Alice passed away on June 26, 2007 at the age of 70 years.  Alice will be remembered for her strong personality, her friendliness, loyalty, love of family, friends and animals, and her trademark smile.  It is very sad to lose her, but she is with her loved ones now.  Mussi Cho.  Eulogy presented by Lynn Chisholm.  A wake was held on July 3rd, at 7:00 pm at the SFN Admin Building in Moberly Lake, BC.  Funeral services were held on July 4th, 2007 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd, Fr. David John officiated, interment followed in the Lake View Cemetery at Moberly Lake, BC.


B         Lindsey Michelle Collins: born to Mike and Jamie Collins on July 6, 2007, weighing 7 lb 1 oz and was 48 cm long.


B         Fynn Patrick Vanheddegan: born to Fred VanHeddegan and Lucy Redfearn on July 7, 2007, weighing 6 lbs 12 oz and was 20 inches long.


B         Xavier Sebastian Gendran: born July 10, 2007 to Greg and Tammy Gendran, weighing 1 lb 5 oz and was 21 inches long.


O         George Nixon Mounsey  1919 ~ 2007

George Nixon Mounsey, a long time resident of Chetwynd, B.C. suddenly passed away on July 11, 2007 in the Dawson Creek & District Hospital, at the age 88.

George was born on June 1, 1919 in England to George and Isabella Mounsey, the oldest of 5 children. George grew up in Sunset Prairie, B.C., with his family and then later he moved to Chetwynd, B.C. to make that his home with his good friend and partner, Betty Mickle.

George greatly enjoyed a good conversation with his friends and family. Never forgetting to ask how their families were doing and what they were doing. What a caring heart and good memory he had!

George also enjoyed watching base ball games on TV, telling a good story and his sweets. He was often seen at gatherings truly enjoying a plate full of desserts.

George was a very strong willed man. At 88 years old he still mowed his lawns, snow blowed his driveway in the winter and was often seen shovelling the snow off his roof.

You most definitely couldn't inconvenient anyone!

George was predeceased by: his sister Dorothy, brother Frank, and their parents.
George will be sadly missed by his long time partner Betty Mickle, sister Jean Groat, brother Jack, son Steve and his two daughters, sister in-law Ella Mounsey as well as many nieces, nephews and their families.

With respect to George's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.

For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of George to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation.

Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, B.C.


O         Francis Dufresne a long-time resident of Chetwynd, B.C. passed away on July 31st, 2007 at the age of 66 years.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 4th, at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. David John will officiate. Interment will be at a later date.

For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Francis to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation.

Francis was born on March 15th, 1941 in Westlock, Alberta.  The second child born to parents Jean and Cecile Dufresne.  Francis grew up in Girouxville and at the young age of 14 arrived in Chetwynd area where he started working in the logging industry with Peter and Paul Demuelemister, with whom he worked for many years.  In 1962 Francis married Myrna Gonwick and soon their first two children Debbie and Doug arrived.  The family settled in Moberly Lake in 1965, homesteading on Boucher Lake road.  Francis continued to work in the logging industry but also was developing the ranch in this spare time.  The family welcomed another child Christine, during these ranch years.  About 1976 Francis bought his first CAT, a D7E.  This allowed him to do more work locally and spend more time with his family.  Francis continued on many road-working projects for West Fraser and other companies and became highly skilled as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic.  Francis started ranching in the late 60's and carried on through the years developing his heard to peak of about 270 head by the late 90's, all the while continuing with his contract work.  In 2005 Francis sold the F-Bar D Ranch, staying on as ranch manager up to the time of his death on July 31, 2007.  Thank you to all of you who came to share and celebrate the life of our Dad, who he was as a man and a father and to thank him for all that he has given us.  We are filled with fond memories of him and we will forever remember him with pride for all that he accomplished in his life, the honesty, integrity and honour with which he carried himself.  He was a man who did things his own way and in his own time.  He did what he knew to be right, spoke his mind, and didn't make excuses.  Many knew him for his generosity and willingness to help his neighbours, and to him you were his neighbour no matter where you lived.  He was a man that expressed his emotions in few words, but hose of you who knew him well know jus how big his heart was.  Our Dad loved his work, and his life moved with the tempo of the seasons.  But above all else he loved his family.  He taught us to be strong, work hard and have self-respect.  These gifts will always be with us, and we will pass them on to our won children.  Dad, we miss you, love you and we are proud of you.  We hope that you have found peace.  Francis leaves behind his Children, Debbie, Doug and Chrissy, eight grandchildren, Sister Jean, Brother Andy and their family and many friends.


O         E Roy Cochrane:  May 14, 1923 - August 10, 2007:  In loving memory of E Roy Cochrane, husband and father, who passed away in Lethbridge on August 10, 2007.  Roy was born in Colchester, NC, May 14, 1923.  He served in Canada's Air Force during World War ll with the 409th Squadron.  From 1952, he served in the regular Army's Judge Advocate General Branch and retired as Major in 1960.  Roy obtained his LLB from Halifax's Dalhousie University in 1951 after completing undergrad studies at Mount Allison University in NB.  Roy met his beautiful wife June Gallon, a flight nurse with the Royal Canadian Air Force, while they were both stationed in Cold Lake, AB.  In 1960 Roy and June went on an adventure to California, and settled in San Francisco until 1963.  Back in Canada, Roy practiced law in Lacombe and Camrose, Alberta and Fort St. John and Chetwynd, BC.  He helped countless people in their times of difficulty, was generous, humble and always enjoyed a good joke.  He was an inspiration to all of us.  Roy will be sadly missed by June, daughter Susie, son Rob and dog Tony.  There will be no service at the request of the family.


O         Harvey Charles Evans:  Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba on September 5th, 1934, passed away quietly at the Chetwynd and District hospital on Friday, August 3, 2007 at the age of 72.  A memorial service was held for Harvey at the Elks Hall in Chetwynd, BC, at 1 pm on August 8, 2007 and was officiated by Pastor Bill Evans, a good friend of Harvey's.  Pastor Bill introduced the Harvey that he had come to know, then the doors of the hall were opened and a helicopter flew by the hall several times and then hovered over the hall to honour a fellow pilot.  Dodo from Buffalo Air took the family by surprise and reminded us all just how many lives Harvey touched.  The Pastor was followed by a eulogy delivered by Harvey's brother, Douglas Evans.  Ross Roberts and Robyn Schreiber provided music and sang.  Harvey was born in Manitoba but moved into the Chetwynd area in 1961 and brought with him a young family.  Harvey lived his dream of flying and managed to see many other countries but he always called this God's Country, now he really is in God's Country.  Harvey was survived by his wife of 51 years, Darlene Evans, his sons: Robert, wife Jean, Douglas, wife Anne, James and John, his daughter Laurel, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  The friends and family of Harvey would like to extend a most heartfelt thank you to the hospital staff that treated our father with such dignity and respect while having to put up with us hovering about.  We would also like to extend a well-earned thank you to Ross Roberts of "grumpy old men" who provided the music and helped Robyn to honour his grandfather in song.  A huge hug and thank you to Dodo at Buffalo Air for the salute.  It was inspirational.  There are many others who helped us and we would like to thank everyone, including Bergeron Funeral Services for all the caring "deeds gone done".  So we hold our hearts and tell ourselves you're in God's hands today as one final time with teary eyes we watch you fly away.


B         Aiden Bryce Fowler: born to Tanya Fowler on August 15, 2007, weighing 7 lbs 13.9 oz.


O         In Memory of Pearl Margaret Currier 1930 - 2007:  Pearl was born on February 14th, 1930 in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan.  Her mother Annie Catherine Zane was a Russian immigrant and her father William Mooney was born in Dauthin, Manitoba.  Pearl was one of the early pioneers in the Jackfish Lake area.  After separating from her first husband, Pearl and Vic Currier started their life together, and raising their family at Bond Siding.  Pearl passed away on August 6th, 2007 in Chetwynd, BC at the age of 77 years.  Her husband, Vic, predeceased her on April 9th, 2007.  Pearl leaves behind her four children from her first marriage, Shirley, Marilyn, Johnny and Joan.  Pearl and Victors children, Patsy (Buzz), Gail (Dalton), Norma (Wayne), Mona (Bryne), Frank (Shelly), Irish (Bill).  Twenty Grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren.  A memorial service was held on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 1:00 pm at the Baptist Church in Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans officiated.  Pearl and her husband Vic were laid to rest together in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery in Chetwynd, BC.  Memorial arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium.


D         Rev. John Greenwood:  January 3, 1939 - September 5, 2007.


B         Reighan Faye Pohl:  Born September 17, 2007 to Bob and Wendy Pohl, weighing 7 lbs 11 oz. and 20.5 inches long.


O         Albert Byron German of Chetwynd, BC passed away peacefully in the Dawson Creek Hospital September 10, 2007.  Byron was 84 years old.  Born September 20, 1922 in Hanna Alberta, he was the son of Christopher George German and Trella Ione (Woodle) German.  Byron spent his youth and teenage years in Hanna.  At the age of 18 he met Audrey Elizabeth Annie Davidson (Peggy) and they married one year later on Nov. 8, 1941.  Through the years Byron farmed, ran a dairy and ranched buying and selling cattle.  In 1962 he moved to Calgary where he sold Real Estate for approximately 3 years.  Then Byron took an interest in pipeline work and became a pipeline inspector until retirement.  Byron is survived by his wife Peggy German of 66 years and their 4 children: Larry German (Thelma), Dixie Hardy (Alvin), Betty Milligan and Carol Furlotte (Roger).  Byron is also survived by seven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.  A celebration and reception of Byron's life was held on September 13, 2007 at 2:00 pm from Reynar's Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, BC.  Interment will be at a later date in Hanna, Alberta.  Byron will be deeply missed as a husband, father, grandfather, great grand father, great great grandfather and friend. 


O         Mary Cryingman, also known as Mary Cryman, was born at West Moberly in a teepee to Daniel and Maria Cryman.  She was one of the last original members of the Beaver Band.  Mary raised her 2 children Pat and Lillian on her own on the West end reserve, she made her living by trapping, selling furs and making moccasins.  She was considered a true pioneer, who lived her life through many hard times, times that our generation only read about or see in movies.  She lived a simple life, was quiet and very shy but proud of who she was.  Mary didn't like the noisy world around her, not even in her home.  Grandma didn't own a TV or a radio, therefore company or entertainment for her was walking through the old trail behind her house to visit Molly and Maxi.  Most evenings Grandma would sit under a coal oil lamp and bead her moccasins.  She also made her own moose hides behind a small wooded area with a slight smoked fire burning under a shaded spruce tree.  Mary kept her woodstove burning all the time, which is where she did all her cooking, even though in later years she had an electric stove, she never used it.  In 1978 Mary lost her only son Pat, and that devastated her, from then on she was devoted to her only living child, Lillian.  Mary resided at the West end reserve till April of 2006, when she moved into the Chetwynd Care Home.  Mary loved her stay there; often we would find her in her room with Auntie Mary Ghostkeeper, holding hands... I am sure Auntie Mary will miss her.  Mary passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on September 21, 2007 in Chetwynd, BC.  Thank God for giving grandma a good long life.  Grandma leaves to morn, her daughter Lillian (Oliver) - Grandchildren: Norma (Rick); Derald (Liz); Geraldine (Ray); Lucy (Norman); Stella (John); Myron; Ronda (Glen)- Great Grandchildren: Nicole (Warren); Lisa (Adrian); Patrick; Christopher, Dustin; Payton, Melanie (Todd); Falon; Amanda, Timber, Kaylynn; Crystal (Josh); Tyson; Lacie; Allie and Courtney.  Great Great Grandchildren: Riley and Ryan; Colby and Oliver; Aaliyah and Talya; Reece and Ethan.  A prayer service was held on Thursday, September 27th, at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd, BC.  A funeral service was held on Friday, September 28th, at 11:00 am Fr David John officiated, interment followed in the West Moberly Cemetery.


O         Louis Lucier:  March 15, 1948 - October 21. 2007


O         Wilfred Frances Whiting.  Wilf was born at home near Paradise Hills, Sask. on March 21st, 1927.  He was raised on the farm with his 10 siblings.  When he left he went on a journey working in the oil patch and developed his skills and knowledge to become a Tool Push.  He was a foreman on the WAC Bennett Dam, set up a small business supplying firewood and garden tractor work, a Heavy Equipment operator, truck driver and most recently worked for Taylor Dunnage.  Wilf was a hard worker and he was at his best when he was busy, you could see this because he was happy.  He enjoyed helping people, and would neglect his own priorities to help others.  Everyone has a special time of the year they enjoy, and his was looking forward to the hunting season, packing up the truck and trailer, and most importantly not forgetting his cook, Gladys.  Wilf's favourite sport was watching hockey, whether it was on TV or going to the local arena to cheer on his favourite teams his grandsons played on.  He seldom missed one of their games.  He also had some musical talents that a lot of people were not aware of.  But his children have fond memories of him playing the harmonica and trying to teach them to play.  Wilf loved animals and enjoyed spending time with his horses and dogs.  There was never a dull moment; he always had a story to tell.  Wilf was married to Margaret Myers for 18 years, they had 3 children; Rena, Lyle and Carrie.  You could tell he loved his children very much by the way he spoke of them, he was very proud of them and their accomplishments.  He had seven grandchildren and one great grandchild from his first marriage and inherited 3 stepchildren - Vernon, Venessa and Vance and five grandchildren with his second marriage of 16 years to Gladys Brown (Durney).  During the later years of his life Wilf spent a lot of time raising his grandson Tyrell, snowmobiling, triking, hockey, hunting and trying to get Tyrell to stay in school and leave the girls alone.  Wilf did not like to complicate things, he liked to keep things simple, if he had something to say, he just said it the way he saw it.  There was no beating around the bush.  If people were offended by his mannerism, then they did not really know who he was, because that was not his intention.  He liked to get along with everyone, but was not going to agree with something that he did not believe in.  Wilf passed away at the Fort St. John Hospital on November 8, 2007 at the age of 70 years.  A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 4:00 pm from Reynars Funeral Chapel.  Pastor Bill Evans officiated.  Interment will be at a later date. 


B         Aayla Jade Larsen: born to Chris and Naomi Larsen on November 17, 2007, weighing 7 lbs 14 oz and was 47 cm long.


O         Werner Weig - Werner was born on September 5th, 1940 in Nurnberg, Germany.  He passed away on December 6, 2007 in Chetwynd, BC at the age of 67 years. Werner loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, and travelling.  He will be sadly missed by his only daughter Karen Weig, granddaughter Ashleigh Crowther and friends.  Good-bye Dad, may the fish be plentiful and your next journey be peaceful.  Special thanks to Dr. Dejager and the nurses at the Chetwynd Hospital.   A celebration of Werner's life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements were under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium, Dawson Creek, BC.


A         Chetwynd sawmill closing:  Dec. 7, 2007 announcement in paper:  Canfor Corp. Canada's largest lumber producer, is closing another West Coast sawmill - this one in Chetwynd, BC affecting 188 employees.  The sawmill will close after log supplies are used up and the finished products shipped.  This is expected to occur by late January or early February.


O         LeaAnne Michelle Gagnon:  Beloved fiancée to James Maurer, Loving daughter to Glenda Wagar and Darcy Gagnon (Susan Slater), Dear granddaughter to Ruth and Glen Wagar, and Marlene and Leonard Gagnon, Sister to Jennifer (Andrew) Maurer, Alex Gagnon, Samantha Gagnon and Ashley Daye, Aunt to Destiny, Patience and Cole Maurer, Paige and Trinity Doyle and Autumn Eithier, Niece to Joanne (Rick) Neighbour and Leola (Craig) Brooks, Cousin to Travis, Kalvin, Brandy, Cody and Dylan.  LeaAnne passed away on December 15, 2007 in Fort St. John, British Columbia at 20 years of age.  She was born on December 17, 1986 in Chetwynd, British Columbia.  Funeral Service:  at 2:00 pm Friday, December 21, 2007 at Pine Valley Exhibition Park, Chetwynd, BC.  Officiated by Keith Maurer.  Eulogy and DVD presentation:  Jennifer, Alex, Sam and James.  Pallbearers:  Alex Gagnon, Andrew Maurer, Travis Neighbour, James Maurer, Colby Wagar, Kalvin Neighbour, and Ryan Collins.  Interment to follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery, Chetwynd, BC.  Following the service the family invites you to join them for refreshments in the Pine Valley Exhibition Park.  Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of LeaAnne by way of a donation to the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" c/o Peace Country Barrel Racing Association, Box 1148, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1V0.  Notes on LeaAnne:  LeaAnne was the second child born to Glenda and Darcy Gagnon in Chetwynd, sister to Jennifer:  Siblings Alex and Samantha arrived in due time.  LeanAnne grew up alongside the Pine River and attended kindergarten in Dokkie School.  She attended Pouce Coupe Elementary for a short time and then went to Devereaux School for grades 1 to 7.  LeaAnne graduated through Central and finally South Peace Senior Secondary School in 2006.  LeaAnne was always a very hard worker and often covered for her siblings, doing their chores as well as her own.  She raised numerous animals from the ordinary cats and dogs to horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, mice, rats and hedgehogs.  She loved her turtles and nurtured all forms of life.  LeanAnne learned to train horses:  just like she learned to walk. She was a natural.  She spent many months with Dee Butterfield perfecting that beautiful barrel run that would take her to the NFR finals.  She was dedicated and determined.  We know she would have made it.  She trained horses in Chetwynd for a few years and made a lot of owners very happy with their horses.  She is one of few people who could make a horse run the barrels without a bridle or saddle.  LeaAnne was very responsible and caring person.  She became a role model very early, respecting elders and rules, and presenting a very positive attitude towards life and everything that came in her path.  She was soon to be engaged to her partner, James Maurer, and would have been the perfect wife.  She was proud of their first apartment and kept it and her car meticulously clean.  LeaAnne passed tragically in a car accident on December 15, 2007, north of Fort St. John on route to spend her birthday with James.  She was loved by many people and will be greatly missed by friends and relative alike.


B         Tylen Elton Tureski: born to Cory Tureski and Marilynn Bremner on December 19, 2007, weighing 8 lbs 3 oz.



B         Jan. 1, 2008- birth of Kenton Hall Hunter (4 pounds) to Garrett and Leanna Hunter. Grandparents are Alexander and Sharlene Hunter.


A         2008 New Years Baby - First time parents Romaldi and Julie-Ann Camarillo welcome Kendrick Adriel at 6:49 on January 3, 2008.


D         Jan. 20, 2008: Robbie Berg - A long time resident of Groundbirch, passed away Jan. 20, 2008 in Dawson Creek at 81 years old.  A memorial service will be held on Jan. 25, 2008 at 2 pm from the Reynars Funeral Chapel, Pastor Lee Stephenson will officiate.  Interment at a later date.  Donations to the Groundbirch Historical Society would be appreciated.


O         Edith Annie Squires (1911-2008):  Edith passed away Jan. 22, 2008 at the age of 96 years in Chetwynd, during her stay at the Palliative Care Unit.  Predeceased by her husband Oswin (Pat).  She is survived by children Ruby (Wayne), Patricia (Raymond), Ken (Helen), Kelly (Irene), Gwendolyn (Ed) and 9 grandchildren.  No funeral service is to be held.  Internment at Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery Jan. 25, 2008.  Donations can be made to the Chetwynd Palliative Care or Public Library.


D         Jan. 23, 2008: Patricia Florence Mowbray passed away peacefully in Edmonton.  Pat was a long time resident of Chetwynd and is survived by husband Robert, son Allan (Anna) of Calgary, daughter Susan (Brian) of Vancouver, 4 grandchildren: Breanna, Alexander, Charlie and Hazel, mother Gladys Brown of Tofield, Alberta, brother Kenneth (Charlotte) of Tofield, sister Sandra (Everett) of Edmonton.  Services will be at the Baptist Church, Chetwynd at 2 pm on Sat. Feb. 2, 2008.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.


B         Haidyn Ranelle Collins - January 25, 2008 - 7 lbs 13 oz * 19 Inches  Parents:  David and Tara Collins (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Timber Vinck - February 18, 2008 * 8 lbs 4 oz, Parents:  Tanis and Trevor Vinck (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         A son, Thallen John Van Dijk was born to Chris and Dianne Van Dijk on Feb. 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm.  He weighed 11 pounds, 12 oz.


O         Menno Toews (Aug.24, 1943 - March 4, 2008):  Menno was a long time resident of Chetwynd.  He passed away on Mar. 4, 2008 in Chetwynd at the age of 64.  Funeral service is to be held on Sat. Mar. 8, 2008 at 2 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church.  Visitation is from 11:3- to 1:30.  Pastor Bill Evan to officiate.  Internment is to follow at the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Friends wishing can donate to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation in Menno's memory.


D         Ron Verkerk, a long time resident of Lone Prairie, BC, passed away on Mar. 6, 2008 in Chetwynd at the age of 69 years.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, Mar. 10 at 2 pm. from the Chetwynd Baptist Church.  Pastor Bill Evans to officiate.  Internment will follow at the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Friends so wishing can donate to Chetwynd Hospital Foundation in memory of Ron.



B         Born to Alden and Mary-Beth Leslie, a boy, Joseph Omega Leslie, on March 7, 2008, weighing 8 pounds, 8 oz.  He was born in Dawson Creek.


E         An end of an Era.  The last grapple of logs was fed into Chetwynd Canfor on March 13, 2008 at 1:45.


A         Herb and Phyllis Neuls celebrate their 60th Anniversary on Mar.24, 2008.


B         Congratulations to Zeb and Chrissy on the birth of their baby girl, Paige Annabell, born March 25, 2008, weighing 8 lbs 6 oz.


M         Congratulations to Michael and Jody-May on their wedding in Mexico, March 25, 2008.


A         Stacey Wilson and Mitch Loberg engagement was announced.


B         Tony and Christian Spenst, a son, Cooper, born on March 30, 2008, weighing 7 lbs 15 oz., a brother for Connor and Gavin. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27. 2009)


B         Trinity Tasia Powell - April 1, 2008 * 7 lbs 11 oz * 19 inches, Parents:  Todd and Leiann Powell (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Born on April 4, 2008 in Dawson Creek, Daniel Brian Sampson, weighing 7 lbs 11 oz, a brother for Caydence Sampson. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


O         Vernon Russell Howes (1939 - 2008):  Vern was a long time resident of Chetwynd.  He passed away at Peace River Haven, Pouce Coupe on Feb. 18, 2008.  He was born to James and Eva Howes on April 6, 1939 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  Wife Marie, daughters Evelyn and Theresa and sons Ken, Wayne, and Richard survive him.  By Vern's request there will be no formal funeral service.  Donations of sympathy can be made at Peace River Haven in his memory.


B         Born to Valerie Goulet and Chris Kaminesky, a girl, Arionna Theresa Lee Kaminesky on April 7, 2008.


B         Ninah Lyn Brown, born April 7, 2008, weighing 8 lbs 9 oz, parents: Rusty Brown and Clorrisa Bigfoot.


B         Kristin Eden Weesemat was born to Tina Belcourt and John Weesemat on April 8, 2008, weighing 7 lb 10 oz.


B         Congratulations to Nathan Scott and Emma Franks on the birth of Baby Breeze, on April 14, 2008, weighing 5 lbs 13 oz.


O         Delossa Yuvonne Berg (1935 - 2008):  Yvonne was born to Frank and Irene Madden on August 24, 1935 in Upper Cut Bank District, BC.  She was a long time resident of Groundbirch.  Yyonne had just moved into Rotary Village in Dawson Creek.  She passed away suddenly on May 10, 2008 at 72 years.  Yyonne was predeaced by husband Doug in 2002.  She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by daughter Iris Reynolds and Esther (Doug) Field, her grandchildren Alisha, Amie, Crystal (Ashley), Allison (Brad) and Melissa, 2 great grandchildren: Carbon and Ava, 3 sisters: Billie, Blondie (Stu) and Frankie (Ray) and many other family members and friends.  With respect to Yyonne's wishes there will be no formal funeral or memorial service.  For friends wishing, donations may be made in memory of Yvonne to the Groundbirch Historical Society.


O         A memorial service for Jack Young, a long time resident of Chetwynd passed away May 14, 2008 at 81 years.  A memorial service will be held May 22, 2008 at 1 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd.  Pastor Bill Evans to officiate.  Interment to be at a later date.  Friends wishing can make a donation in Jack's memory to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation.


O         Annie Davis, a long time resident of Moberly Lake, was taken from us on April 17, 2008 at 46 years old.  A wake will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7 pm at the SFN Administration Building.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 11 am.  Father David John will officiate.  Interment to follow at Lake View Cemetery.


O         Mass of Christian Burial for Ed Kelly, a long time resident of Bonanza, AB, formerly of Chetwynd, passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2008 at the age of 73 years.  A prayer service will be held on Monday April 21, 2008 at 7 pm from Reynars Funeral Chapel.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday April 22, 2008 at 11 am at Notre Dame Catholic Church.  Father Michael Anyason will officiate.  Interment to follow at Rolla Cemetery.  For friends so wishing donations may be made in memory of Ed to the Laurie Marking Endowment Fund, Northern Lights College.


B         Congratulations to Teresa and Devinder on the birth of their baby boy Amryn, born April 25, 2008.


O         Betty Schilling, resident of Dawson Creek, passed away on Monday April 28, 2008 at 74 years.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday May 4, 2008 at 3 pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, 10200  -17th Street in Dawson Creek.  Pastor Gary Henderson will officiate.  Expressions of Sympathy may be made in memory of Betty to the South Peace Hospice Palliative Care Society, Room 101816-103rd Ave in Dawson Creek, V1G 2G7.


B         Lolben Lahoda - May 1, 2008 * 8 lbs 11 oz.  Parents:  Jackalynn and Mike Lahoda (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


A         Kayla Tricker and Trevor Norris were married May 3, 2008 in Lethbridge, AB.


B         Congratulations to Justin and Jennifer Emmelkamp on the birth of their baby boy Kelso Curtis (about May 14, 2008), weighing 8 lbs 9 oz. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Congratulations to Moe and Shelley Back on the birth of their girl Emma Rose Roberta on May 18, 2008, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009).


B         Congratulations to Murina, Justin and Big brother Owen on the birth of Hollyn Ellise Rowsell, born May 20, 2008, weighing 9 lbs 10 oz. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


E         John Blue and Miranda Davis engagement announced.


B         Sheigh Leneise Siemens, born May 28, 2008, weighing 7 lb 10 oz, to Chris and Elisha, and sister Payden.


B         Congratulations to Eric and Jen Dawborn on their baby boy, Griffin Boyd Dawborn, born June 1, 2008, weighing 8 lb 3 oz.


O         Rita Helen Rohel (Otatoskis), a long time resident of Moberly Lake, passed away June 2, 2008 at University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton at age 54.  Rita is survived by husband Ralph Rohel, children: Nancy Fowler (Wayne), Travis Fowler, Conrad Davis (Tammy), Nevada R, Grandchildren: Ashton, Paige and Corbin, Brothers and Sisters: Violet (Mike), Rufus, Angie, Donald, Ben (Loretta), Madeline (Don), Bonnie (Jack), Mother -in-law: Marie Rohel and Memere, (Delima Blandin) and an extended family. A wake will be held on June 6, 2008 at 7 pm at SFN Admin Building at Moberly Lake.  The Funeral service is June 7, 2008 at 10 am at SFN Admin Building with Father David John officiating.  Interment will be at the Lake View Cemetery.


B         Congratulations to Trevor and Raelene on the birth of their "dirt biker" Carson James Morton, born June 4, 2008, weighing 8 lb 10 oz.


O         Len McAvany, a long time former resident of Chetwynd, passed away in Prince George on June 10, 2008.  At his request there will be no service.  For friends so wishing, expressions of sympathy can be sent to Ursala McAvany, #209-1870 Gorse Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 1G6.


O         Clifford Howard Alfred Napoleon, born October 13, 1940 at Moberly Lake, to Felix and Eva Napoleon.  Clifford passed away June 13, 2008 at the age of 67.  He is predeceased by his parents, brothers: William (Bill), Roger (Ross) and John, Sisters: Gertie Gauthier, Mary Kezer and Rose Napoleon.  He will be forever loved by sisters Victoria Davis and Margaret Brown, Girls: McIvina and Melva, baby: Tanya and numerous relatives.  Funeral services were on June 21 at 1 pm at the Saulteau First Nations Community Hall.  Father David John officiated.  Interment was at the Lake View Cemetery.


M         A memorial service for Terrance Dean Armstrong (1963 - 2007) will be June 17, 2008 at the Senior's Hall in Chetwynd.  The service will be at 4 pm.  Interment to be at the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


B         Congratulations to Troy and Brittany on the birth of their baby boy Grayson Bradey Weaver on June 19, 2008, weighing 7 lb 9 oz. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Sakara Ree Alexina Simpson - June 20, 2008 * 5 lbs 11 oz  Parents:  Bobbie Cardinal and Julian Simpson (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Ella Rae Strachan, born July 10, 2008 in Dawson Creek, to Tara and Kelly Strachan.


B         Congratulations to Kyle and Jen Brocke on the birth of their son Joshua David Brocke, born July 29, 2008, weighing 7 lbs 9 oz, in Prince George, BC.


O         In loving memory of Cindy Shellie Ann Bridges who was born November 28, 1961 in Dawson Creek.  Cindy passed away on August 1, 2008 in Chetwynd at the age of 46.  With respect to Cindy's wishes there will be no funeral service.


O         There will be a memorial service for Elaine Tureski, a long time resident of Chetwynd, on August 9, 2008.  She married husband Willie on May 21, 1977 and then they moved to Chetwynd.  Elaine passed away on August 6, 2008 at the age of 61.  The service will be at the Chetwynd Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  Interment will be at a later date.  For friends so wishing, donations can be made to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation in memory of Elaine.        


D         Mildred Desjarlais - (February 15, 1943- September 4, 2008) a long-time resident of Chetwynd, BC passed away on Thursday, September 4th, 2008 in Vancouver, BC at the age of 65.  A funeral service will be on Wednesday, September 10th at 11:00 am at our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. David John will officiate; interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.


D         Bertha Doris Letendre  (February 15, 1927 - September 6, 2008): A long-time resident of Moberly Lake, BC passed away on Saturday September 6, 2008 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 81 years.  A wake will be held on Friday September 12th, 2008 at 7:00 pm at Saulteau First Nations Hall, Moberly Lake, BC.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday September 13th, 2008 at 11:00 am at Saulteau First Nations Hall, Moberly Lake, BC.  Fr. David John will officiate; interment will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery Moberly Lake, BC.


B         James Robert William Lodge, born to Jesse Lodge and Christina Collins, on September 8, 2008, at the Dawson Creek Hospital.


B         Courtenay Mazie, born September 9, 2008, to Wendy Richardson and Jordan Hopton, in Quesnel.  Courtenay weighed 7 lbs, 8 oz.  A sister to Chloe.


O         JR Weaver:  JR was born in Northumberland County, New Brunswick on December 23rd, 1944 to Hartley and Christine Weaver.  JR is the oldest of 6 children: Eugene, Rick, Allan, Laurie and Brenda.  JR found his way to Mackenzie, BC in 1974.  While driving truck from Mackenzie to Prince George, he happened to stop at McLeod Lake and met Kathy.  It was love at first sight.  JR and Kathy wee married in 1976 and moved to Chetwynd to be closer to Kathy's family.  In 1978, JR began driving logging truck for Len, Kathy's Dad.  Kathy's family soon became JR's.  Len and Ursula were always there to lend a supportive hand.  JR had such an easy-going way about him.  At family gatherings, he would have everyone smiling and laughing at his stories and jokes.  In 1978 Troy was born, he was the first son for Kathy and JR and the first grandson on both sides.  In 1981 Kristal came along and she instantly wrapped her Daddy's heart around her finger.  JR's family was the most important thing in the world to him.  He loved spending time at home with them, or going for drives and teaching the kids everything he knew about hunting, fishing and the outdoors.  JR loved country music and could tell you the name of the song, as well as the artist and some little tidbits about them.  In 2005, JR was diagnosed with cancer.  In 2006 JR underwent surgery and in May of that year the family got the news that he was cancer free, the next day JR was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.  This was the start of some very hard times for the family, but in JR's style, he kept a smile on his face and never once complained.  He was often heard telling his family "you have to play the hand you are dealt".  In the spring of 2007, Kathy and JR sold their home, bought a motor home and headed back to the east coast for one last visit.  JR loved seeing all his old buddies and spending time with his sister.  JR was the happiest when the kids joined them on their trip.  JR was able to show them the old homestead and told them many stories of growing up along the famous Miramichi River.  After this trip, JR's health declined very quickly.  They were able to find a room at Rotary Manor in Dawson Creek and JR was so fortunate to have the great staff there that treated him with dignity and kindness.  JR will be remembered as a gentle man with a ready smile and a joke to share.  A private family internment was held on September 13th, 2008 at 11:00 am at the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery, Chetwynd, BC.  A Celebration of JR's life was held on September 13th, 2008 at 2:00 pm at the Legion Hall in Chetwynd, BC.


B         Daylin Faye Spenst - September 17, 2008 * 6 lbs 9 oz Parents: Joe and Jessie Spenst. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


O         Beverley Roland:  Beverley Dean Roland (nee Brown) was born October 5, 1931 in Vulcan, AB to Wayne Benjamin Brown and Zella Myrtle Brown.  She passed away September 17, 2008 in Fort. St. John hospital at the age of 76.  Bev was second oldest in a family of six children and is survived by her sister Genevieve, brothers Bill and Dale.  Bev grew up in Dawson Creek, attending school at South Peace Secondary.  As teenager she worked at the vogue theatre in the ticket office as well as the Rexall Corner Drug store and Dawson Creek Co-op before getting married.  Bev first met Cliff Roland when she was in grade 5.  When Bev was in grade 12, they started going together and became engages.  They married on October 27, 1951.  After they married, they moved to Edmonton where they had their first child Mike later moving back to Dawson Creek where they had their second child Terry.  Sometime after, the family moved and lived along the Alaska Highway during which time Cliff and Bev had three more children, Todd, Shane and Gary.  Finally in 1967 they moved to their family to Chetwynd where many of the family still reside.  Cliff passed away after a brief illness in February 1988, in Prince George Hospital.  Some of Bev's favorite pass times in her many years included: watching her grandchildren play hockey, coffee times with her friends...Florence Corcoran, Teresa Bernard, Peg Stubberfield, Marion Lillico, Marion Hoover, Eileen Bertleson, and Many more, curling and bonspieling with Cliff.  Bev was a loving, caring and generous person who was always willing to help others.  Shopping trips into town took a while as she would always stop and chat with old friends she would run into.  We are going to miss her more than words can say...she formed the keystone, the heart and soul of our family.


B         Congratulations to Jacinda Davis and Frank Blue on the birth of your little boy Jesiza Harry Davis, September 21, 2008.  Jacinda, I am truly amazed that you were able to deliver that cute little boy all y yourself in your own home.  Good job sister, Love Natasha.


D         Lawrence Bertram (Ted) Parker: June 6, 1932-September, 2008


O         Agnes Lemay Douglas (nee Strandberg):  On September 14, 2008 Agnes Lemay Douglas, also known as Ag or Aggie to her friends and family, at the age of 80 passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side at the Moog and Friends Hospice House in Penticton, BC, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She is survived by daughters: Linda (Hugh) MacLeod of Toronto, Sharon (Vern) Sullivan of Chetwynd, Tammy (Dan) Westgate of Penticton and Jackie (Rick) Fowler of Chetwynd.  She had 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  A memorial service was held on Friday, September 19th, 2008. at 2 pm at the Baptist Church in Chetwynd, Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  A private family internment was held in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery, Chetwynd, BC.  Pallbearers were all Agnes' grandchildren. 


B         Congratulations to Kirt and Jaylene on the birth of your new son Jackson James on September 24, 2008, weighing 8 lbs, 2 oz.


O         Gordon Harry Blair (1955 - 2008):  Gordon was born on September 29th, 1955 in Calgary, Alberta.  He passed away on September 9, 2008 in Chetwynd, BC at the age of 52.  A private internment service was held on September 17th at 2 pm in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery with Pastor Don Harris officiating.  Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Ethel and Reg Blair, daughter Felicia Blair, four brother and four sisters.  Gordon is survived by his daughter, Angela Blair, Grandsons: Domonic and Kale Blair, his sister, Roxy Blair, brother, Dale Blair, nephews: Joseph and Sanino Ceraldi, Jay-De Gauthier, Isaiah and Uriah Davis nieces: Miranda, Natasha, Jacinda and Jamine Davis.


O         Clinton Albert Magistad:  On Saturday, September 20, 2008 Mr. Clinton Albert Magistad of Ethel Lake, Alberta passed away at the age of 44 years.  Clinton is lovingly survived by his wife: Liz of Ethel Lake, Alberta; parents: Charles and Barbara Magistad of Ardmore, Alberta; three brothers: Lyle (Sandra) Magistad and their daughter: Kayla of Two Hills, AB, Wade Magistad and children, Jasmine and Jeremy of Ardmore, AB; Darren Magistad and children, Rachel and Travis of Ardmore, AB; mother-in-law: Eva Ganske of Ardmore, AB; his puppies: Yogy and Storm; his kitties: Cleo, Pattie; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins and other relatives.  Clinton was predeceased by his paternal grandparents: Gladys and Martin Magistad; maternal grandparents: Sally and Albert McDonald; father in law: Patrick Ganske; his puppies: Angel, Worf: kittie: Roxy.  A funeral service was held on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Ardmore Community Hall, Ardmore, AB with Lynn Skarsen as Master of Ceremonies.  Eulogist was Sharon Styles.  Honorary pallbearers were all his friends and cousins.  Pallbearers were: Lyle Magistad, Wade Magistad, Darren Magistad, Darrell Shideler, Norman Ganske, Stefan Topilnyckyj.  Memorial tributes in memory of Clinton may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at 10985-124th Street, Edmonton, AB, T5M 0H9.



B         Congratulations to Jacinda David and Frank Blue on the birth of their boy Jesiza Harry Davis on September 21, 2008.


B         Congratulations to Sarah Davies and Steve Rainey on the birth of Jake Brahm Rainey on September 27, 2008.  Jake weighed 7 lbs, 11 oz. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Congratulations to Dale and Denise Freisen on the birth of their baby boy, Alexander Dale Freisen, 8 pounds 3 oz. on September 29, 2008.


B         Congratulations to Brock and Melissa Crothers on the birth of their baby girl Parker Rose Crothers on October 3, 2008, weighing 8 lbs, 6 oz. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Congratulations to Leslie Davis and Tamara Fulton on the birth of Jayden James Davis on October 4, 2008, weighing in at 7 lbs, 10 oz. in Dawson Creek, BC.


M         October 16, 2008 - Ross and Mary Jane Barton are pleased to announce the marriage of their son Josiah, to Lisa Gagel of Prince George, BC.


A         Dawson Creek mayor, Calvin Kruk died on Sunday, October 19, following a brief battle with lung cancer.  He was 43 years old.  He leaves a legacy that includes the completion of the city's new multiplex facility.


O         Jim Kennedy, a long-time resident of Chetwynd, passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2008 in Prince George, BC. at the age of 80 years.  A funeral service will be held on October 29, 2008 at 2 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church, Pastor Bill Evans will officiate; Interment will be at a later date.  Visitation will be held on October 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Jim to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

            Notes about Jim Stewart Kennedy:  Jim was raised around McLennan, Alberta and worked on the NAR Railway and then as a hydro lineman in Fairview, Alberta.  Jim and Olga moved their family to Chetwynd in 1966 where Jim worked for BC rail until he retired in 1993.  Jim and Joyce were married on April 18, 1986 in Chetwynd and moved to Prince George in 2006.  Jim enjoyed being an active member of the community of Chetwynd with the Elks Club, Shriners, Masons, Eastern Star and also volunteering at the recycling depot.  Jim also loved sitting in his lazy boy chair knitting for craft fairs and his family and friends, many of us own a pair of "papa" socks, mitts, toques and sweaters.  Jim's passion for beekeeping kept family and friends with endless sweetness.  Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Joyce and children Shirley (Ray) Langley of Williams Lake, Linda (Joe) Waldner of Prince George, Donna Dziwenko (Dale) of Chetwynd, Patsy (Sohan) Sangha of Chetwynd, Debbie (Ward) Edwards of Prince George, Bill (Donna) Kennedy of Prince George, Stepchildren: Marti (Richard) Shollenburg of Yellowknife, Jean (Bob) Evans of Burns Lake, brother Ken (Judy) Kennedy of Edmonton, 12 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 1 step great-grandchild.  Jim was predeceased by his father and mother, William and Florence Kennedy, first wife, Olga Kennedy (Zesko) sister Helen Dodds, brothers-in-law Henry Dodds and Paul Zesko.


M         Lana and Dwayne Parchuk: married in October, 2008.


B         November 5, 2008, 7 lbs. 15 oz, 20 inches.  Congratulations to Gordy and Jennifer Pruden on your baby boy James Jolee Pruden, a new brother for Jadyn and Linden. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Summer Diamond Davis - November 5, 2008 * 8 lbs * 20 inches  Parent: Jasmine Davis (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


D         Celebration of life: Anne Christensen Sweeney, a well loved member of the Chetwynd community passed away suddenly on Monday November 10, 2008.  A celebration of Anne's life will be held on Sunday November 16th, 2008 at 2 pm at the Chetwynd Fellowship Baptist Church, Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  For Friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Anne to the BC Cancer Society. (Coffee Talk Express)


B         Congratulations to Dan and Mindy Currie on the birth of your twins Trew Alexander and Jordan Leanne on November 16, 2008.


B         Congratulations to Kim and Walter on the birth of your baby girl, Lunah, on November 20, 2008, weighing 8 lbs 4 oz.  A sister for Waterfall.  (Coffee Talk Express)


B         Kira-Lynn Helen Davis - November 22, 2008 * 7 lbs 7 oz * 48 cm  Parent: Jennifer Waters (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


B         Chase Victor Lawrence Kurjata - November 24, 2008 * 8 lbs 5 oz * 19 inches* Parents: Meagan and PJ Kurjata. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 27, 2009)


O         Tibor Csorba, known to everyone as Ted, was born on February 19, 1936 in Tura, Hungary.  Ted left Hungary after the Hungarian revolution in 1957.  The story he told was that due to the invasion of his country by the Russian Military he decided to leave as it changed the face of the country and standard of living forever.  He left his parent's house during the night with a bog of food that his mother left for him, as she was the only one that knew he was leaving.  Ted, with a small group of others, made his way to the Austrian border, where he gave a border guard his watch and a small amount of money to let him pass into Austria.  From Austria he traveled to Italy and then to England before his final destination, Canada.  Ted worked in the mines in the Yukon around Whitehorse area.  He took out his Canadian citizenship papers at Elsa in the Yukon Territories in 1963. Ted left the Yukon with two other Hungarian friends Steve Timar and Frank Nagy for an unknown destination.  They found out that the PGE Railway was looking for workers and they all ended up working for the railway at Mt. Lemory.  Ted continued to work for the railway in and around the Chetwynd area until the early 80's.  He then went to work at IGA in the bakery for then owner, Dean Westgate.  Ted continued to work for the new owners Kim and Donna Stewart until his retirement June 15, 2000.   Ted talked a bit about his family back in Hungary but was afraid to go back as there was a good chance he would be arrested for leaving the country the way he did.  This fear remained in effect until the end of the Cold War in 1989.  By that time Ted said that it was so long since he had been to Hungary that he no longer had any desire to go back.  He, for his own reasons, did not keep in touch with his family back in Hungary.  Te4d loved to watch all kinds of sports.  His favourite team was the Toronto Maple Leafs.  The player he disliked the most was Wayne Gretsky.  Ted would quit watching various professional sports every so often due to some underdog team winning a game or a match that they should not have.  He would say it was fixed.  Ted Passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in Vancouver, BC, at the age of 72 years.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. David John officiated.  Interment was held in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Fro friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Ted to the Pine Valley Seniors Association Assisted Living Housing Fund. (Coffee Talk Express.)


O         Mass of Christian Burial for Oliver Gauthier, a long time resident of Moberly Lake, BC, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 in Chetwynd, BC, at the age of 79.  A prayer service will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2008, at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Chetwynd.  A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.  Fr. David John will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Lake View Cemetery, Moberly Lake, BC.  (Coffee Talk Express)


O         Kenneth Douglas Allan Watson, better known as Kenny was born in Abbotsford, BC, on February 11, 1944 at 10:57 am to Charles Allan Watson II and Kathleen Ruth Watson (nee Maxted).  Kenny's younger years were spent on the Watson Family farm where many skills at farming were taught.  As he became a young man it seems his shenanigans became too much for his parents to handle, so whether he was old enough or not, his father sent him to the army form some much needed refinement and education.  His recollection of his education was learning how to order beer in different languages, how to drive trucks and the jury is out still on the refinement issue.  After his adventures in the army, he moved to Chetwynd around 1965 to find work.  Kenny's love of driving gave him the opportunity to work for many companies and men he respected in the Chetwynd area, to name a few:  Aim Trucking, Jack Young, Charlie Lasser, Lou Surerus, Patty Gayse, and Less Wood.  Driving was not just a way to make money; it was the adventure and chance to experience new logging.  Although logging was not his truck of choice he did attempt this new experience with gusto.  Mind you, this experience only happened once, much to the relief of the Young's who owned the truck and to the Lasser family who almost lost the home they thought Kenny wanted to make a drive thru out of.  I believe this was his only accident in the history of his driving record.  Along with many memories, Papa will be remembered for "Na Nu Na Nu", the famous "Pull My Finger", and giving each of his grandchildren a special nickname.  Kenny is predeceased by his Parents;  Allan and Ruth Watson and his stepson, Kiven Greg Kruger.  His is survived by his children:  Trudy (Howard) Logan, Calvin (Roxie) Napoleon, Adina (Eugene) Napoleon, Linda (Les) Haggard, Tammy Watson, Alana Watson, Jon (Laurelle) Watson.  Grandchildren:  Clayton, Erica (Bernard), Michael, Matthew, Tyron Sochan, Nathan (Emily), Frankie, Kaylin and Krystina, Ashley and Christopher, Jamie and Emily, Tyler, Brodie and Kyana.  Great-grandchildren:  Damien, Skyler, Nicola, Mathew, Mary, Dyllan.  Brothers; Raymond and Norman, Sisters; Lavina, Linda, Laureen, Leone, Lillabeth and the many nieces and nephews, family and friends that will miss Kenny, but each was left with cherished memories that can be held close to their hearts.  Kenny was taken from us on December 18, 2008 at the age of 64 years.  A memorial service was held on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans Officiated.  Interment will be held at a later date.  (Coffee Talk Express)


B         Welcome Baby Daniel Joseph Benjamin Edwards, born December 19, 2008, weighing 6 lbs 9 oz.  Proud parents are Ginette and Lapierre and Jake Edwards. (Coffee Talk Express)


A         Congratulations to Deana Barrington and Jeris Peats on your engagement December 24, 2008. ( Coffee Talk Express).


O         Florence Irene Embree (1927 - 2008):  Florence Irene (Slager) Embree was born on December 1, 1927 in Swift Current, Sask., to John and Deborah Slager.  The family moved in the early 1930's to Becon Hill, Sask., where her first notable achievement was to get lost (at five years old).  She went to School in Beacon Hill and later worked as a practical nurse in Kitimat, BC then at the Cross Cancer Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.  She helped her brother, Bill, on his mink ranch in 1948-1949 then worked again as a practical nurse at the hospital in Goodsoil, Sask. While there as a night nurse she had the honour of helping Mrs. Joe Bender deliver her first baby.  This was the first birth that she helped with while on her own.  Florence married Joseph Embree on July 7, 1953 on the family farm in Emberville, Sask.  Two weeks later Joe was shipped to Germany.  He returned in 1955 and on May 9, 1956 the couple moved to Little Prairie, BC.  Florence worked for the first doctor in Little Prairie, Dr. Christianson, she kept books for Campbell's store, worked for the local post office for roughly two years and then in the office at IGA for roughly five years.  Florence was known for her beautiful handiwork, jams and baking, and she and Joe both enjoyed gardening.  Florence passed away on December 25, 2008 in Chetwynd, at the age of 81 years.  Her parents, John and Deborah, her brothers; Jake, Carl, Bill, Ernie, David and Paul, and her sisters Clara, Frances and Agnes predecease her.  She is survived by her husband Joe, son Michael, daughter Michelle (Ken) Wykes, her grandchildren Serena, Ben, Katie, Joe and Amanda, her great-granddaughter Gigi, her sister Eunice and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  All of who enjoyed dropping in to their second home for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat.  Florence's family has chosen to hold a memorial service later this year. (Coffee Talk Express)


O         Celebration of Life for James Evans, a long-time resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on December 25, 2008 in Chetwynd, at the age of 43 years.  A celebration of James' life will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2009, at 1:00 pm from Reynars Funeral Chapel, 1300 - 102 Ave., Dawson Creek, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate:  interment will be at a later date.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of James to Ducks Unlimited Canada.  (Coffee Talk Express). (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, January 30, 2008)


D         Brick Hoover (1955 - 2008):  Brick was a long time resident of Chetwynd who passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 28, 2008, at the age of 53 years.  The family of Brick would like to thank Pastor Bill, Marlene Peck, Janice Sabulsky, the Ambulance attendants, the Police, Neal Meyers, Ross Roberts, Barry Kelm, Reynars Funeral Home, our wonderful family, the many friends that sent food, flowers and their prayers or stopped by the house.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for making Brick's life story one to remember. (Coffee Talk Express)





A         Linda Nichols is pleased to announce the engagement of her son, Zachary Daniel to Katie Marie, daughter of July Hogberg.  Wedding to take place July 2010. (Coffee Talk Express)


B         Our New Year's Baby:  January 5, 2009 was at 2:10 pm, weighing 7 lbs 12 oz, 20 ¾ inches long.  The proud parents are Jason and Kelli Mounsey, another sister for Taylor, Makenzie and Charissa.


O         Trudy Melnychuck, (1949 - 2009), a long time resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 2, 2009, in Chetwynd, at the age of 59 years.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  Trudy is survived by her husband: Nester, Son: Nester Jr., Daughter: Melody (Brian) Rondeau, Grandchildren: Tyrel April, Dusty April, Jordan Rondeau, Brother: Ron (Glenda) Deziel, Sisters: Arvis (Albert) Rosendahl, Yvonne (Ron) Donkersley and many nieces and nephews.  With respect to the family's wishes, a memorial service will be held in the spring.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Trudy to the PALLIATIVE care, Chetwynd Hospital. (Coffee Talk Express)


A         Black Monday for Tembec and West Fraser Employees - About 300 people are expected to be out of work after Tembec shut down its pulp mill in Chetwynd on Monday.  The company handed out pink slips to all 180 of its employees, including union and management positions.  Another 120 employees at suppliers of the company are also expected to be left in the cold.  "The Challenge we've got with Chetwynd is that the high yield pulp market is so volatile right now that we could not put a specific date on a restart for that mill," said Richard Fahey, vice-president of communications for Tembec.  Despite the indefinite nature of the closure, Tembec insists the closure is temporary and the mill will reopen, though it is not known whether that will be sooner or later. (Chetwynd Echo, Friday, February 6, 2009)


D         Celebration Service for A Floyd Dokkie (June 5, 1948 - January 7, 2009):  The family of A Floyd Dokkie welcomes you to join us for the celebration service in commemoration of Floyd's life and accomplishments.  Friday, January 16, 2009 at the Baptist Church, Chetwynd, BC.  The viewing is at 10 am and the service will follow at 11 am.  Join the family at the Baptist Church following the service for the Celebration Feast.


D         Mass of Christian Burial for Rachel Plante, a pioneer of Chetywnd, BC, passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2009 in Chetwynd, at the age of 99 ½ years.  A prayer service will be held on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. David John will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium.


B         Proud Grandparents Jeff and Kathy Hecker would like to congratulate Ricky and Dallas Munch on the birth of their beautiful baby Regan Renette, January 14, 2009, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, 191/2 inches long. (Coffee Talk Express, January 30, 2009)


B         Eva Maria Jensen - Napoleon, born January 19, 2009, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces. (Coffee Talk Express, February 4, 2009)


D         Bill Rose, a long time resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on January 27, 2009, in Chetwynd, at the age of 71 years.  A funeral service will be held on February 3, 2009, at 1:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Bill to The Chetwynd Seniors Assisted Living Housing Fund - Pine Valley Senor Association. (Coffee Talk Express, February 2, 2009).


O         Bill Rose was born in Meadow Lake, Sask. on August 3, 1937.  He passed away on January 27, 2009 in the Chetwynd Hospital.  Bill spent his younger years in Sundre, Alberta where he worked guiding for outfitter, Phil Temple.  Off seasons, he rodeo'ed and Saddle Bronc was his sport.  In 1965, Bill met and married Cheryl Johnson from Bearberry, Alberta.  From there, it was journey to the north country (Whitehorse) where the first three of four children were born.  He worked in mines hauling for Ron Holloucay and for land surveyors by old Croue.  He made the first cat trail into the town of Farrow for White Hosford and Impey.  It was there he met his long time friend Garry Elliott and they spent all their time together hunting and exploring the north.  I am sure they are busy doing the same now.  Bill did not like modern times.  He lived many years behind Jackfish Lake on a farm and always had people visiting, even though the road was impassable most times.  People lived differently then, with little stress and could enjoy the surroundings they lived in.  Times were harder but good.  Bill leaves to mourn his wife of 43 years, Cheryl; daughter Teresa, granddaughter Kendra; three sons; Jimmie (Tina), grandsons Connor and Cain of Rocky Mountain House; Hank (Nicole), grandchildren Baily and Rhys of Chetwynd; and Victor (Fern), granddaughters Kendra and Macee of Sunset Prairie.


O         Etienne (Steve) was born to Hercule and Josephine LeBlanc on August 16, 1928.  He was the fourth child and first son of seven.  He was born and raised on the family farm in Dormremy, Saskatchewan.  Steve was a busy child and as the stories are told he was a bit mischievous.  Steve learned and loved to play the fiddle.  Steve met Simone Detillieux on his sister Angel's farm and they married on June 16, 1959.  They went to BC for their honeymoon and fell in love with it.  They returned to Saskatchewan to work with family, but knew in their hearts that they would return.  In 1964 they purchased Mt. LeMoray Lodge, where they built a restaurant, garage, and a gas station with a towing and recovery business.  Steve also never left his farming roots; He had a farm there as well.  Steve, with his good friend Harold Thompson built most of the structures at Mt LeMoray by hand.  In 1966 their son Bernard was born.  Without having a hospital in Chetwynd, they raced to Dawson Creek to have him.  On the way the engine in the truck was blown at East Pine.  Steve asked the Post Mistress in Arras for a ride to Dawson.  She was not keen on it, so he asked her how she felt about delivering Simone's baby.  Needless to say she gave them a ride to the hospital, and fifteen minutes later Bernie was born.  When the garage burnt in 1980, it was a sad day for Steve.  He lost a lot of his prize possessions and many projects that he always had on the go.  Shortly thereafter he took his first job with Peace Country Maintenance, where he worked proudly for eight years.  He retired from them at age 65, regretfully.  It was at PCM that Steve met his good friend Bill Lamoureux; He thought so much of him that he introduced him to his niece Marilyn and they later married.  Around 1985 Steve and Simone decided to close their family business and embark on other adventures.  Those adventures led them back to Saskatchewan where they farmed with family.  They traveled back and forth from BC during the farming season.  In 1999 Bernard married Connie Folster.  They started their family right away.  Steve was a very proud papa.  Papa, You've gone to greener pastures, but you will forever be in our hearts.  Steve was preceded by his parents:  Hercule and Josephine LeBlanc, his brother: Cyprien LeBlanc and his sisters:  Hortense Cottin, Angel Chicoine and Adelaide LeBlanc.  His loving Wife, Simone, Son, Bernard and Connie and Grandchildren Brianna, Robyn and Matthew will forever miss him.  A funeral Mass was held on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. David John officiated.  Interment was held in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  (Coffee Talk Express, February 25, 2009).


O         Leon Silas Curtis passed away peacefully, on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the Dawson Creek Hospital, BC, at the age of 73 years.  Leon was born in Doyles Brook (Chelmsford), NB, he was the son of the late Silas and Margaret (Gallan) Curtis.  He lived his early years in Cains River and Blissfield.  He was an all-around woodsman, logger, trapper, fly fisherman and guide of the Cains and Miramichi Rivers with a well known reputation for his famous fly casting and gifted shills in reading the waters where the salmon lay.  Leon leaves to cherish his memory, eleven children, Leon Junior (Linda), Floyd (Cindy), Theresa (Sheldon), Patricia, Pamela (Peter), Gerald (Lynn), Melvin (Debbie), Kenny (Donna), Jamie (Theresa), Troy and Jason, three sisters Winifred Sprague, Nora Macleod, Betty Rodd (Harold), two brothers, Tom (Elva) and Dorwin.  Twenty eight grandchildren, Douglas, Nicholas, Deanna, Jessie, David, Sarah, Colton, Linda, Melissa, Adam, Chris, Sondra, Wayne, Nicholas, Jennifer, Justin, Jeremy, Cory, Sylvia, Josh, Alisha, Jessica, Jerry, Joshua, Dawn, Blair, Madison, Alyssa and twelve great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents, son Malcom and two sisters Phyllis Peterson and Louise Mowbray.  A Funeral Service will be held on June 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm at the Upper Blackville United Baptist Church, in Upper Blackville, New Brunswick.   (Coffee Talk Express: March 11, 2009).


O         Jean Ann Darlene Evans, a resident of Tomslake, BC, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 70 years of age.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Jean, may be made by way of donation to the Peace River Haven Foundation.  (Coffee Talk Express, March 4, 2009).


O         Mass of Christian Burial for Sid Calliou, a life-long resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2009, in Chetwynd at the age of 45 years.  A prayer of service will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, in Chetwynd, BC.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Fr. David John will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Funeral Arrangements are under the car of Reynars Funeral Home& Crematorium. (Coffee Talk Express, March 4, 2009).


D         Betty May McLaren was born October 10, 1933 in Athabasca, Alberta.  She passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on February 24, 2009 at the age of 75.  Betty grew up in the Athabasca and Colinton area until the age of 16, when she then moved to Calgary to live with her sister.  It was here in Calgary where she started her first job at a dry cleaner.  She was also a nanny and a waitress.  Betty met her soul mate Wilder McLaren in 1955.  They moved into the Chetwynd area in 1956, where Wilder worked in the sawmill industry and Betty cooked in camps.  Later on they settled down with their 9 children on Dokkie Road.  Wilder worked for Canfor and Betty went back to waiting tables for many years, Working at Roundel, The Blue Sky, Yips, and the Dragon Palace.  She was also a member of the Legion Ladies Auxilliary, for 44 years.  Betty's family was always #1 in her heart.  She liked nothing better than having a houseful of kids, grandkids, family, and friends.  She loved to have everyone around the table enjoying a huge meal she had prepared.  Betty's hobbies included playing bingo with her bingo buddies, picking berries to make her famous strawberry shortcakes and curling.  Betty was predeceased by her husband Wilder, her parents Harold and Ruby Wedge, brothers Harry and Gerald, and sisters Mavis, Mabel, and Eunice.  She leaves to mourn; her sister June, her brothers Mark and David, stepsister Annie and step brother Les, her children, Bev (Len), Brenda (Joe), Tommy (Joy), George (Diane), Debbie (Barry), Tammy (Robert), Timmy, Brent and her 24 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, and as well many nieces, nephews and friends.  A funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church.  Pastor Bill Evans officiated.  Interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Betty to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, 938 West 28th Ave., Vancouver, BC, V5Z4H4.  She will be missed by all whose hearts she has touched. (Coffee Talk Express, Friday, March 20, 2009)


O         Dorothy Still was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick, on April 20, 1927 to Robert and Clara Malcomn.  Dorothy grew up around the Calgary area.  As a young lady, searching for adventure, she travelled to the Peace River Country where she met a young construction worker by the name of George Still.  Together they settled in Pouce Coupe and raised three children, Georgina, Bobby and Maxine.  When George had the opportunity to work closer to home they moved to Dawson Creek and had one more child, Margaret.  Before any of the children were born, Dorothy travelled the Alaska Highway to be with George as he worked on building the highway.  In fact she was one of the first women to drive the highway.  With children starting to arrive they bought a house in Dawson Creek, which still stands today. Mom went to work at the little confectionary called Jack and Jill's.  When the older children had grown, they moved to Mount LeMoray with their young daughter.  George became Dept of Highways Foreman and Dorothy cooked at the Lodge and BCR camp for many years.  In 1973, they moved to Kootneys where Dorothy had 2 restaurants.  Upon retiring she became very involved with painting a doing crafts.  She suffered a stroke in 2003 and youngest daughter Margaret moved her home to live with her family until the last year where she resided at the Long Term Care Home in Chetwynd until her passing.  Her parents, her husband, George, daughters; Georgina Drouin and Maxine Lonfat, son Bobby Still, grandson Wayne Drouin and Companion Joe Joss predeceased Dorothy.  Her Daughter Margie, son in law Gary Grant, son in law Dennis Lonfat, grandchildren; Alain and Shawn Sullivan, Allan and Angie Grant, Mandy and Jarret Ray, Ed Lonfat, Sue Drouin, Jeff, Stephen and Diane Still and eleven Great Grandchildren and many friends survive her.  With respect to Dorothy's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held at this time.  A private family interment will be held in the mountains in the spring.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Dorothy to the Chetwynd Senior Assisted Living Housing Fund, Pine Valley Seniors Association. (Coffee Talk Express, February 25, 2009).


O         Funeral Service for Molly (Mary) Desjarlais, a long time resident of Moberly Lake, BC, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2009 in Pouce Coupe at the age of 92 years.  A wake will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 7:00pm at the Saulteau First Nations Administrations Building, Moberly Lake, BC.  A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 9:00 am at the Saulteau First Nations Administration Building.  Fr. David John will officiate; interment will follow in the West Moberly First Nations Cemetery.  For friends so wishing donations may be made in memory of Molly to the Chetwynd Senior Assisted Living Housing Fund or to the Peace River Haven, Pouce Coupe, BC.  With respect to Molly's wishes, no flowers please.  (Coffee Talk Express, March 6, 2009). 


O         Bob McNabb:  November 21, 1933 - March 2, 2009 (Coffee Talk Express: March 16, 2009).


O         Bill Waters, a long time resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on March 6, 2009, in Chetwynd at the age of 64 years.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Lower Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Bill to the Chetwynd Senior Assisted Living Housing Fund Pine Valley Senior Association. (Coffee Talk Express, Friday, March 13, 2009)


O         Sydney Clifford Calliou was born April 1, 1963, in Dawson Creek, to Edward and Lena Calliou.  He was the sixth of seven children.  Sid grew up in Chetwynd.  He worked as a skidder operator, as well as other machinery.  He enjoyed working on vehicles with his uncle Rene Stoney.  Sid also loved to go mushroom picking with his family and friends.  Sid was a father of two children, Jeffery Toth and Shayna Sydney Prescott.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends.  If you knew Sid at all, chances are you received at least one middle of the night phone call.  He was always well groomed and his friend's say that his smile could get him whatever he wanted.  Left to cherish Sid's memory is his children, Jeffery and Shayna; his mother, Lena; brother, Ron; sisters, Shirley (Bruce), Dorcus (Wes) and Rhonda; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and many friends.  A Prayer Service was held on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.  Fr. David John officiated.  Interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  (Coffee Talk Express:  March 23, 2009).


F          Funeral Mass for Marvin W. Phillips - A resident of Dawson Creek, BC., formerly of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on March 17, 2009 in Dawson Creek at the age of 74 years.  A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm at the Notre Dame Catholic Church.  A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Notre Dame Catholic Church, Fr. Michael Anyasoro will officiate.  Interment will be held at a later date.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Marvin to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Funeral Arrangements are under the care of Reynars Funeral Home and Crematorium. (Coffee Talk Express, Friday, March 20, 2009).


F          Walter Nichols, a life long resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on March 22, 2009 in the Dawson Creek Hospital, at the age of 38 years.  A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church, Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Walter to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.  (Coffee Talk Express; March 25, 2009).  Walter Joseph Nichols was born on January 11, 1971 in Dawson Creek, BC.  He was the first of 4 children born to Joe and Brenda Nichols.  Walter grew up in Chetwynd and attended Don Titus and Chetwynd Secondary School.  Walter had a love of music and movies, an amazing sense of humour and an incredibly infectious smile.  He was always able to get the cutest little dance partners.  Walter's younger years were spent on the family farm located off Jackfish Road.  It was here that he learned to hunt and fish, how to skin a rabbit, clean a partridge, skin moose and deer and help with haying.  This was the season he loved.  Even after leaving the farm, he helped Frankie Campbell with haying.  Walter thoroughly loved the outdoors.  Later, when the family moved to town and the outdoor life wasn't so much fun anymore, he began new endeavors.  He enrolled at the Northern Lights College where he successfully completed courses in upgrading, First Aid, H2S, Alive and the written component of the Class 1 Driving Course.  Two years ago, Walter was able to get his class 5 drivers license, he was really proud of this accomplishment.  Walter was always willing to help anyone in need, no matter how big or small the job may have been.  He was always willing.  Things didn't always come easy for Walter, most of the goals he set for himself, he accomplished through sheer determination.  It might take him a few tries, but he never gave up on his dreams.  He thrived in the face of adversity.  The lesson Walter leaves with us is quite simple; set a goal, work at it, never give up.  Walter passed away on March 22, 2009 in Dawson Creek at the age of 389 years.  A Funeral Service was held on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church.  Pastor Bill Evans officiated.  Interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  Walter leaves to mourn his parents, Joe and Brenda Nichols, brother Jason (Darlene), sisters Jennifer (Murray) and Bianca (Jay) and their families, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends of all ages.  Those whose lives he touches will sadly miss Walter.  For Friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Walter to the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.  (Coffee Talk Express:  April 8, 2009)


O         Margaret Pauline Shields passed away peacefully at the Chetwynd Hospital on March 24, 2009 at the age of 81.  Pauline, the fourth child of five, was born in Aylesford, Nova Scotia to James and Sophia Holland, (nee Sanford) on December 18, 1927.  She graduated as an RN at the Victoria Hospital in Halifax, NS.  She served in the Canadian Forces Medical services at the 4th Fighter wing in Europe and RCAF Stn. Comox.  Pauline met and married Roger in 1964 when they were both officers at RCAF Stn Comox.  The family moved to Chetwynd in 1970 and Pauline become one of the first employees of the Chetwynd Hospital that opened in 1971.  She started as Head Nurse and in 1980 was promoted to Director of Nursing, then retired in 1992.  She liked to cook, especially Seafood Chowder; (sherry included) for New Years Day.  Above all she loved fishing and hockey.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Roger, sons Coin (Holly), Douglas (Melanie), sisters Peggy Blakely (Herb), Gwen Marshall (Alex) and brother Douglas and granddaughter Paige.  She was predeceased by her parents, brother Russell and sister-in-law Barbara.  Her ashes will be wafted at Peggy's Cove, NS, Bijou Falls, BC and her favorite fishing hole south of Chetwynd, BC.  Those so wishing may make a donation to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation in memory of Pauline.  With respect to Pauline's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. (Coffee Talk Express:  April 1, 2009).


O         Memorial Service for Rocky Curbello, a resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on March 27, 2009, in Chetwynd at the age of 60 years.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Doreen Greenwood will officiate.  Interment will be at a later date.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Rocky to the Canadian Cancer Society.  (Coffee Talk Express:  April 1, 2009).


O         Celebration of Life for Gerret (Red) Westerlaken, a 30-year resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away in Edmonton, Alberta on March 29, 2009, from a short battle with lung cancer.  A celebration of life will be held Easter Monday, April 13, 2009 at 2 pm at the Chetwynd Fellowship Baptist Church, 4817 - 53rd Street, Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  Lunch to follow at the Baptist Church Hall.   (Coffee Talk Express: April 8, 2009).


O         Clara Biggar, mother to Karen Buckley, passed away on April 8, 2009 in Chetwynd, BC at the age of 79 years.          A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church, Pastor Bill Evans will officiate.  Interment will be held at a later date.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Clara to the Pine Valley Seniors Association - Assisted Living Housing Fund.  (Coffee Talk Express: April 15, 2009)


B         Tyson would like to announce the arrival of his baby brother Cyrus Daniel Del Wood, born April 28, 2009.  The proud parents are Derek Wood and Tami McIvor.


O         Mary Jo Watson.  It is with great sadness, the family of Mary Joyce Watson; announce her passing on April 30th, 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer.  Mary Jo is survived by her loving husband, Norman, her two sons, Shale (Shelley) and Jade, and grandchildren Michael, Jeremy, Isabelle, Erica, Slade and Jessica and her faithful dog Texie.  She is also survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers all of Alberta.  Mary Jo worked as an LPN for 40 years; the last 30 being at Chetwynd Hospital.  A special thank you to all her friends and co0workdrs who gave her exceptional care for the past 2 ½ months.  Your kindness will never be forgotten.  Thank you Dr. Venter for all the years of care.  Also thanks to Pastor Bill for his visits, words of encouragement and rides in the handi-van.  With respect to Mary Jo's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held.  A private family gathering was held on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Reynars Funeral Chapel.  Cremation will follow; Interment will be held at a later date.


B         It's a Boy:  Dennis and Brittany MacTavish announce the arrival of Grae Dennis MacTavish, born May 16, 2009, weighing 9 pounds, 6 oz.  This is a brother for Mya.


O         Dennis Wood (December 1, 1950 - May 29, 2009):  A former long time resident of Chetwynd, BC, passed away on May 29, 2009 in North Battleford, Sask. at the age of 58 years.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 6, 2009 at 1PM at the Royal Canadian Legion, Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans will officiate. (Coffee Talk Express:  June 5, 2009).


O         Percy Biggar: April 27, 1927 to June 2, 2009 - Percy was born in Canwood, Saskatchewan on April 27, 1927 to Margaret and Percy Biggar.  With only a grade five education, he left home at an early age and headed for BC.  He found work bu9lding sawmills and stayed with this type of employment for most of his life.  He spent most of his time in and around New Westminister.  In those years, Percy got married and had seven children, Mervin, David, Norma, Terry, Percy, Gary and Leslie.  In 1970, Percy met Clara Sater and on September 11, 1971 they were married.  They managed an apartment building for a few years and in 1992 he retired.  In 1993, he and Clara moved to Chetwynd to live close to Clara's daughter and family.  They remained here for sixteen years.  In 2005, Percy suffered a stroke and had to be hospitalized then was moved to reside at Rotary Manor in Dawson Cree until his passing in June.  Percy was predeceased by his wife of 37 years Clara Biggar, his parents Margaret and Percy Biggar, two brothers Ralph and Arnold and three sisters Elvira, Verda and Rhonda.  He leaves behind his children Mervin, David, Norma, Terry, Percy, Gary and Leslie, also three brothers Terry, Mervin, Larry and three brothers Terry, Mervin, Larry and three sisters Ven, Bella and Sharon as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Another family link is missing.  No service, interment at a later dates. (Coffee Talk Express, July 8, 2009)


O         Roy Elmer Bedell - Roy was born on January 13, 1947 in Dawson Creek, BC to Edward (Ted) and Dorthy Bedell.  Roy was predeceased by his Father Edward in 1979; Brother Gary in 1969; Nephews Lloyd Bedell in 1966; Leroy Bedell in 1995.  The family moved to East Pine in 1951 where Roy and his older brother Gary, and younger brother Glen attended school; their younger brother Dale was born here in 1959.  It was around this time that Roy and Glen began to spend time in Lone Prairie breaking horses for Guy Ireland.  The family moved to Chetwynd in 1962; another brother Terry was born in 1964 shortly before the family moved to the acreage at Sundance Lake in 1966.  In 1973 Roy bought property in Lone Prairie, ht stated his farm with one small bay mare named Peggy that had been given to him by his Dad.  He also acquired a black gelding named Coronel; together they made many miles.  In 1976 Roy bought 25 yearling heifers and kept them until 1980 when he traded all of them for a place up in the Murray River called Fish Creek; he also acquired Don's trap line.  Many packhorse trips were made to Fish Creek with friends and family.  In 1989 Roy and Roxy started their life together.  Roxy's two children Tanya and Bobby took an instant liking to Roy and he, in turn, was very fond of them.  Roy was very proud to have his first granddaughter, Tesha.  Roy introduced Roxy to a whole new lifestyle, which she loved.  Roy taught her how to ride and before long he had her signed up for a roping school.  Roy and Roxy roped together as a team whenever they could.  Roy was the header and Roxy the heeler.  Roy won trophies and always won just enough money to keep him and Roxy roping.  Roy and Roxy were married on August 26, 2000.  Anything was great as long as they did it together.  It was a wonderful life.  When Roy's second granddaughter Tristan was born he was very proud.  His dream was to make his girls the best cowgirls in the country.  Roy's horses, his land, and his family were his life.  He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, trapping, doctoring, mechanics, building, fencing, cutting trails, running the cat, farming, working the land, breaking horsed to drive, ride and pace - he loved it all.  Roy was an honest and fair person, the fairest person one could hope to meet. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.  Roy passed away on June 5, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 62 years.  Thursday, June 11, 2009 - There will be a Funeral Service for the late Roy Bedell of Chetwynd, BC, on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm in Chetwynd, at the Pine Valley Exhibition Park, which is the Indoor Rodeo Arena in Rodeo Subdivision. ( Coffee Talk Express, June 26, 2009)


O         William Rex Ball - William was born in Greenfield Par, Quebec on December 6, 1923 to Harry and Eileen Ball.  As a young man Bill served in the Second World War.  When he returned Bill wanted to explore Canada, which then brought him to the Peace River region in 1958.  Bill worked many different jobs such as construction on the Bennett Dam, Western Supplies, and he also owned his own Janitorial Company for a number of years, but his main passion was the farm in Farmington, BC that he started to build in 1965.  Bill met the love of his life Sharon, in Hudson's Hope VC on July 1, 1968 in which they spent the next 41 years together.  In 1971, Bill and Sharon adopted the Auger children, four boys and one girl and raised all of them until they left home.  Dad had many good attributes, he taught his children what hard work was, but also encouraged us to stay in school and always supported us in whatever we took on in life.  Dad loved the animals and taught many people how to ride and train horses.  Bill enjoyed the farm so much that he waited until the age of 74 to retire.  He made the decision to sell the farm and moved to a property just outside of Dawson Creek.  He loved and cared deeply for his family right to the end.  He also loved his nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Bill leaves to mourns; Wife: Sharon Ball, Sisters; Blanche Stephens and Doreen Rees, Sons; Glenn (Rhonda) Auger, Wayne Auger, Joe Auger (Heidi), Dean Auger and Daughter: Janet Auger.  He also leaves to mourn mine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.  William Rex Ball passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on June 28, 2009.  Predeceased by his parents Harry and Eileen Ball and Brothers Ernie and Jack Ball.  With respect to Bill's wishes no funeral service will be held.  For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Bill to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S W Suite 202C, Lilburn, GA 3047. (Coffee Talk Express, July 6, 2009)


O         Joe Jon Shutty was born on July 1, 1930 to John and Mary Shutty in Shutty Bench, BC.  He passed away on September 5, 2009 in Chetwynd at the age of 79 years.  Joe was educated in both Shutty bench and Kalso, BC.  He met his soul mate, Mildred Mary Kaupp from New Dayton, Alberta in 1951 and they were married in 1953.  Joe drove freight truck for Kaslo Motor Transport until 1956 when they moved to Salmo, BC, where he worked for his brother tin law Bob Rotter.  In 1961, they moved back to Kaslo again and worked for Kalso Motor Transport.  In 1966 he started working for the Liquor Control Board in Nelson, BC, then Golden, BC and ended up in Hudson's Hope, BC where he retired in 1988.  After retiring they spent 3 years in Victoria, returned to Hudson's Hope and then settled in Chetwynd in 1996.  Joe loved camping, fly fishing, and being around people.  He was kind, gentle and had a contagious laugh.  He will always be remembered for his smile.  He is survived by his Mildred of 56 years, 3 sons: John (Luanne), Myron (Jane), Jared (Claire), 2 daughters, Josephine (Eric Stanley) Melissa (Clint Millsap), 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, sister Mary Rotter and Betty Isaacs and many nieces and nephews.  With respect to Joe's wishes, Joe was laid to rest on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:00 am with his Mother and Father in the Kaslo Cemetery, Laslo, BC.


O         Memorial Service for Michael Redfearn, known to many as "Mike" or Mick Redfearn", resident of Chetwynd, BC, who passed away on Wednesday July 29, 2009 in his 61st year.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Legion Hall, Chetwynd, BC.  Expressions of sympathy may be made by way of donation to ' Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia', The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, 310-1682 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4S6.  (Coffee Talk Express, August 7, 2009)


B         A girl, Arianna Catherine-Dawn White, born to Bruce White and Crystal Munn.  Born: August 19, 2009, weighing 8 pounds, 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. (Coffee Talk Express, September 4, 2009)


O         Sheila Margaret Gerstel (Robinson) - On September 14, 2009, Sheila passed away peacefully surrounded by family, in Grande Prairie, AB at the age of 77 years.  Sheila was born on March 20, 1932 in Eston, Saskatchewan to Henry Charles Robinson and Ivy May Pope.  She was raised on the family farm northeast of Eston.  She married Martin Gerstel on July 23, 1952 in Eston.  They lived in Eston for a few months but then moved to Pierceland, Saskatchewan for one year.  After that, they lived in Vanderhoof, BC for five years and finally moved to Chetwynd, BC where she lived until her passing.  She will be lovingly remembered by her long time companion, Norman Moorhouse; her seven children: Carfrey (Cindy) of Dawson Creek, Aubrey (Carrie); Joseph (Sandra); Joanne Roberts (Ross), Janice Malcolm (George) of Grande Prairie, AB; Norby (Shannon) of Stony Plain, Ab; Rowena Bryant (Dave Bennett) of Prince George, BC; nineteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; her brother Fred Robinson of Eston, Sask. and her sister Florence Nelson of Salmon Arm, BC as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Martin Gerstel (1992); her brothers, John and Harvey; and her sister Marion.  Sheila's memorial service will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Chetwynd, BC with Pastor Bill Evans officiating.  Interment will follow at the new section of Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  A lunch will follow at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.  Her family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Schreve, the nurses and the laboratory technicians of the Chetwynd General Hospital for all their kindness and support towards Sheila.  Donations can be made in her memory to the BC Lung Association 1-800-665-5864.


O         Funeral Announcement for Jean Marcel Francois Guenette:  Better know as Marcel Guenette, resident of Willow Valley, BC, passed away on September 21, 2009 at 78 years of age.  A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Chetwynd, BC.  (Coffee Talk Express: September 25, 2009).


  • Luther Chew - November 11, 1920 to September 25, 2009 - Luther was born on November 11, 1920 in Canton, China.  He spent his early school years in boarding school in Shanghai.  In 1929, Luther and his mother left China and moved to Portland, Oregon.  Luther passed away on September 25, 2009, at the age of 88, in Chetwynd, BC.  As a young man, Luther served in the 11th Airborne Division 468.  He surveyed a portion of the Alaska Highway.  He went on to take part in the New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon campaigns and was awarded the following decorations:  Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Service Star, American Theatre Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal and finally the Bronze Service Arrowhead Presidential unit Citation.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in May 1946 as a Staff Sergeant.  Later on, he put himself through university where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Librarianship.  He then went on to work at the Washington State University in Wenatchee before coming to Canada, where he was a librarian of UBC in Vancouver, and then at Selkirk College library in Castlegar.  After his retirement from Selkirk he moved to the coast, and spent time at Desolation Sound near Lund, before settling in Courtney on Vancouver Island.  In 2005 he moved north to Chetwynd.  Luther had a passion for the outdoors and always talked about "living off the grid".  He had a keen sense of humor, his hobbies included writing short poems, listening to the CBC Radio and staying up to date with the latest government scandals.  A Memorial service was held in memory of Luther on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Fellowship Baptist Church in Chetwynd, BC.  Pastor Bill Evans officiated.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Luther may be made to the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation, Box 121, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1V0,  (Coffee Talk Express, October 9, 2009)


O         Robert Wayne Keutzer - Bob was born at Meadowlands, Minnesota on April 6, 1925 to William and Anna Keutzer joining his four-year old sister, Virginia.  In 1930 they moved out to Hillsborough, Oregon and then in 1935 on to Deer Island, Oregon where he lived for most of the next thirty-two years.  His father had no notion that he would be anything but a carpenter, but in 1941 at the age of 16 he hired on at Deer Island Stock ranch.  He worked there most of the next 25 years.  In 1944, he was drafted into the US Army.  He spent his over sea's time at Guam, the Philippines and in Japan.  He drove truck and was involved with building bridges.  When he got out of the Army he returned to the ranch where his job was waiting him.  He entered amateur rodeos all over Oregon and Washington for several years.  In 1948, he and Zieg, his best friend for many years, took off for California where they rode for the Tajon Ranch.  They liked the experience of working for a bigger outfit but there was someone pulling him back to the Deer Island Ranch.  Wilma and Bob were married April 8, 1950.  Their first son, Jack, came along in November 1951 and Bill in October 1954.  In 1957 a buddy told him to bring his horse over to Canada and see how he liked team roping.  That's when it all started.  It has been an important part of his life ever since.  In 1967, he, his Dad and a couple of buddies made the trip to Canada to see if they might like the change.  He found a piece of land in Lone Prairie to his likin'.  They sold their small place at Deer Island and loaded all their belongings in four trucks and headed north.  They arrived in Lone Prairie August 19, 1967.  He enjoyed raising his own cattle and for 15 years he drove the Lone Prairie school bus.  He enjoyed many great experiences in his life such as being invited to go on the great California Ranchero Visitors trail ride, canoeing the Bowron Lakes and the good deep sea fishin' trip with young Zimmerman.  All his rodeo buddies have on before and I sure would like to think that they are sharing some great memories together again.  Bob is predeceased by his father, mother and his beloved sister, Virginia.  He is survived by his loving wife, Wilma of 59 years, sons Jack (Brenda), Bill (Holly), six grandchildren, Les (Alison), Clint (Tammy), Jody (Cody), Justin (Rosemary), Kaila and Kacy, great Grandchildren Cassidy, Wyatt, Morgan, Austin, Brooklyn, Clay, Taggart and Cole.  Many nieces and nephews.  He lived a happy and adventurous life.  He was taken from us on October 27, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta.  A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm at the Chetwynd Baptist Church, Pastor Don Harris officiated, interment followed in the Tuscoola Mountain Cemetery.  (Coffee Talk Express, November 13, 2009)