1938 - 2008
Herbert Barney Norden was born in Brooks, Alberta April 7th, 1938. He was the firstborn son of Herman and Dora Norden who emigrated to Canada from Germany. He had two younger brothers, Harro ( more affectionately known as Whitey) and Karl Heinz.
Herb loved the prairie and it never gave up it's hold on his heart. He had wonderful memories of the time spent riding lease in the British Block herding cattle and developing his interest in roping and rodeo.
When Herb was 18 he applied for to join the B.C. Forest Service. He was hired and stationed in Pouce Coupe, B.C. He worked for the forest service for 36 years retiring in 1993. At his retirement dinner he said that he'd always enjoyed his job and rarely woke up not wanting to go to work
In the summer of 1958, Herb met his future wife, Doris Doonan. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married November 29th, 1958. Herb & Doris were best friends and celebrated their 50th Anniversary this past summer.
They had three daughters,Rhoda Marie in 1959, Myrna Lynn in 1961 and Dorothy Helene in 1962. They also took into their family a number of foster children, three of whom became permanent and treasured members of the family; Penny St. Pierre, Georgie Brown and Dan Reno.
Herb had a well developed sense of humor and loved to tease & torment his grandchildren. Lance Haney, Tyler Haney, Brennan Stone, Cody Reitsma, Dana Stone, Kelsey Reitsma, Ben Reitsma, Becka Reno, Tayte St Pierre, Desmond Reno, Dana St Pierre & Triston Reno- were a source of great joy and pride and he always enjoyed having them around. More recently Herb & Doris have been blessed with the birth of two new Great Grandsons; Jackson & Asher Haney.
Herb was a quiet person who valued his privacy and didn't mind spending time alone. He hated crowds and didn't much enjoy large social gatherings, preferring to visit with smaller groups of family and friends. He particularly enjoyed the company and companionship of his sons-in law Gerald Reitsma (Dorothy), Colin Stone (Rhoda) & Bill Jacobsen (Myrna) .
Herb was a founding member of the Rope and Saddle Club in Dawson Creek and served on the executive for years. He was also involved in the organization of the rodeo portion of the the Annual Dawson Creek Fall Fair and Rodeo for many years. Many summers were spent going to rodeos and jackpot ropings around the Peace. He competed in both calf roping and team roping with Stan Johns and Denis Short as well as other rodeo friends.
Herb lost his battle with cancer December 12, 2008 at Dawson Creek District Hospital with his family at his side. He was predeceased by his Father Herman in 1962, his brother Karl-Heinz in 1986, his brother Whitey in 1987 and his Mother Dora, in 1999.
Herb will be forever missed and lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
A memorial service was held on December 16, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Peggy Bergeron.
a resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, longtime resident of Tomslake passed away on Monday, December 15, 2008.
As per Berta's wishes she was cremated and will be inurned into the Tomslake Columbarium.
No service will be held.
Roddy Lee De Jong "Rod"
1966 - 2008
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 2:00pm at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Officiated by Alan Broadway
GLENN ERIC IRELAND
1916 - 2008
Glenn Ireland, resident of Dawson Creek, and formerly of the Rolla area, passed away in Dawson Creek hospital on November 29, 2008 at the age of 92 years.
Glenn was born August 6th, 1916 at Willmar, SK,fifth child of Charles and Laura Ireland.He started school and received all his education in the towns of Willmar and South Arcola. He lived with his family in that area until 1934 when he and his parents and brother Raymond moved to the Sunrise Valley district in the Peace River area of BC. His brother Bill was already in BC and they lived with him on his homestead for some time. In 1938, he met Belva Towerin the town of Rolla and they were married therein 1941.
Glenn and Belva moved to Coleman Creek and farmed there until 1973. They had five children and raised them from birth through high school and marriage in the Coleman Creek district. Glenn always liked his in-laws and his brother-in-law George Tower was his special friend.
Over the years Glenn and Belva did a lot of travelling and camping. They visited the various places that life took their children.
Glenn was a member of the Farmers Institute, and when his children were ready to join the 4-H club, he became a leader. In later years, he belonged to and supported the South Peace Historical Society.
Glenn farmed at Coleman Creek until 1973, when son Terry took over the land and they moved to Dawson Creek. He worked as an inspector for the crop insurance. He also worked for the city of Dawson Creek, spent some time working for the Parks Department, as well as the Historical Society in the maintenance department. He was a very handy fellow and could fix anything. He was a good builder and loved to involve his kids and grandkids in his latest project. There were lots of interesting gadgets and things to play with made in these sessions. Glenn was a kind and goodhearted man and he will be missed.
Glenn was predeceased by his parents, all his siblings, daughter-in-law, Sharon Ireland, grandson Arden Irelandand son-in-law Garry Lutz.
He is survived by his loving wife Belva, sons: Lorne (Gail), Dale (Hazel), Terry (Cheryl) ; daughters: Lois Lutz, Margaret (Smokee) Miller; former daughter-in-law Marlene Ireland;grandchildren: Terry (Lindsay) Ireland, Laurel (Wayne) Dahlen, Clint (Valerie) Ireland, Glenn (Darlene) Ireland, Connie (Darrin) Loiselle, Mathew Ireland, Cody Ireland, Jerod (Ashley) Ireland, Christina Holtom (Koyne Loiselle), Matthew (Sherri) Lutz, Anita (Stuart) Kruse, Dudley (Lynn) Miller, Rae Lynn (Dean) Johnson; great-grandchildren: Sidney Ireland, Jodanna Dahlen, Kristina Dahlen, Adam Ireland, J.D. Ireland, Kelsey Ireland, Gregory Loiselle, Danica Loiselle, Shelby Ireland, Dayne Holtom, Dallas Holtom, Jacob Holtom, Megan Lutz, Courtney Lutz,Justin Kruse, Shane Kruse, Amanda Kruse, Jennifer Miller, Darren Miller, Darwin Miller, Bailey Miller, Brittany Miller, Brody Miller, Layton Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Tanner Johnson and Teyler Johnson.
A Memorial service was held on December 6, 2008 at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Reverend Marilyn Carroll. Inurnment of the urn followed in the Rolla Cemetery.
March 30, 1925 to November 18, 2008.
Marion was born in Claresholm, Alberta to Stephen and Annie Backus. In 1930 along with children Malcolm, Leonard, George, Marion and Madeline moved to Cherry Point, Alberta. Marion was raised on the family farm and took her schooling in the Cherry Point area. Marion married Duncan Cranston in 1955. In 1957 twin boys Jackie Ross and Duncan Walter were born premature and lived for only a short time. Sons, Larry was born in 1958 and Arley in 1962. Marion and Duncan lived in Fort St John and continued to operate a small farm at Cherry Point. Marion’s mother Annie came to live with the Cranston family for several years until illness required her to move to the Pouce Coupe Care Home.
Marion was a gifted cook and anyone who came to visit never left hungry. She worked as a cook with the Ft St John Dormitory as well as the original Northwoods and Pioneer Inn.
Duncan passed away in 1985 shortly after Marion had retired. She spent many hours enjoying her grandchildren and volunteering with the Legion’s Lady Auxiliary.
Marion met a true friend and companion in Tud Southwick and they spent many years together travelling and camping until Tud’s passing in 2005.
Marion was very independent and enjoyed life. She was very straight forward and would tell you exactly what her thoughts and expectations were. Her sense of humor was well known and her saying of “Bathe my Lips” or her “Mule meat” joke would bring a chuckle to all her friends.
Marion was predeceased by her parents Stephen and Annie, twin boys Jackie and Duncan, brothers Malcolm (Myrtle), George, sister Madeline (Tommy Hoffman), husband Duncan, brother-in-laws Earl, Clarence (Hilda), Stuart, sister in law Marion (Cedric Anderson) and companion Tud Southwick.
Marion is survived by son Larry (Patricia), Mark and Michael, son Arley (Karen) Dana, Barbara and Blain, brother Leonard (Gladys) Backus, Sylvia Cranston, Keith (Nellie) Cranston plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Marion passed away on November 18, 2008 in the Fort St. John Hospital following a brief illness.
1924 - 2009
Duncan Robert James Irvine, or Dunc, as he was usually called, was born on June 1st, 1924, in Wellwood Manitoba. He was the middle child in a family of three children – Warren, Duncan and Barbara. When he was three years old his parents moved to the Peace River country, living first in Beaverlodge and then on a farm just north of Albright. Dunc attended the country school of North Beaverlodge Elementary and later graduated from Beaverlodge High School. As World War 2 was in progress at that time, he joined the RCAF and became a pilot. He flew Lancaster bombers over Europe for a total of 34 missions. After discharge, he lived in Vancouver and attended university for one year - however, he found the curriculum boring and didn’t return.
His parents had bought a small country store in Arras and while Dunc was there he met Julia Wangler, the love of his life. They were married on November 24, 1949 and had five children, Darlene, Teddy, Diane, Donna and Terry. Unfortunately, they lost Teddy when he was three years old as he was struck by a car. In 1956 they moved to Dawson Creek and Dunc opened a Cockshutt dealership. He sold this dealership in the late 60’s and, in the early 70’s, bought a ¾ section farm in the East Pouce area. Duncan and Julie remained on the farm until 1999 when they moved to the community of Fire Side Glenn.
Duncan was an entrepreneur. He enjoyed farming, truck driving and managing his farm implement dealership. He loved flying and owned three different airplanes, flying throughout Western Canada to visit friends and family, often stopping to fish along the way.
He was also an avid sportsman. He enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and boating. He excelled as a marksman and was gifted with luck at cards, fishing and life. With his first attempt at fly fishing, he caught the “catch of the day”, a 15 pound Steelhead after a mere 6 casts….at least that’s the story as Duncan told it!
Duncan had a sharp wit and a great sense of humour (sometimes at the expense of others) . One family friend, Sharon, has a childhood memory of seeing her beloved Scottie dog being chased out of the garden by Julie with a broom. Duncan came home as the “saga” was ending and saw Sharon’s distressed face. He gave her a wink and eyeing the broom, said “you should see her when she’s riding that thing”! Of course Sharon didn’t quiet understand the joke at the time, but she remembers her parents laughing and enjoying the comment.
One of Dunc’s favourite labels for family and friends was “Bonehead”.
Just recently, sitting across the table from his daughter, Dunc asked “what are you looking at”, to which she gave the usual reply---a bonehead” and without missing a beat he replied, “there’s no mirror behind me”.
Rich foods and deserts were Dunc’s weakness. Desserts were hidden to ensure he ate his dinner first. His son in law, Jim, remembers going on a fishing trip with him and after a long drive in the motor home, he turned around and drove many miles back to the grocery store because he forgot to buy cream for the peaches.
Duncan’s middle years were full of happy times with family and friends. There was dancing at East Pouce Hall, frequent card games, and fishing. In 1999 Julie and Duncan celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. However, in 2006 progressive dementia led to his admission to Rotary Manor where he was well cared for and loved by the staff. Duncan passed away just two days short of his 85th birthday on May 29 in Dawson Creek. He was always there for his family and could be relied on in any situation. He will be remembered for his love of his family, his loyalty, his generosity, and his quick wit.
A Prayer Service was held for Duncan on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 also at Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church with refreshments following the internment at Brookside Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Duncan by way of donation to the “Alzheimer Society of British Columbia” 9005 – Lyman Drive, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, V1G 3N1.
Gail Jean Olsen (nee Morin)
Gail Jean Morin was born in Dawson Creek on Feb 23 1949. The girl with the big smile and a mischievous attitude was the fourth child, of eleven, to parents Leo and Evelyn Morin. Gail was raised in the Progress area, started school at the Progress School, then went on to the Dawson Creek South Peace High School.
Gary Olsen was hanging around the Morin farm with Gail’s brother Max, when Gail decided Gary was the man of her dreams and they were wed at the United Church August 28 1964. Gary and Gail had 2 boys, Wes and Rick. Gail went to Northern Lights College after having the 2 boys and took office administration.
Over the years Gail worked at the Groundbirch Store, Slowinsky Winters Accounting, Finning and Northern Metallic. Gail then managed Northern Janitorial and Safety before going on to open Northern Safety and Welding Supply. Opening Northern Safety and Welding Supply was an especially proud moment in Gail’s life.
Gail enjoyed riding. She was very fashion conscious and made lots of clothes for herself, almost all of the boy’s clothes, several wedding dresses and lots of clothes for the grandkids. Gail also wrote poems and Gary and Rick found a whole box of them when they were going through her things.
Gail also decorated cakes. Several of the ladies from around the community, had Gail do their hair. She was a good cook and enjoyed entertaining and also did a lot of work on her yard and flower beds.
Gail was very social and had many good friends. She was especially proud of her boys Wes and Rick and her grandchildren Jesse, Gabby, Alex, Alyson and Dustin. Family was very important to Gail and she spoke of her mom and dad and siblings a great deal.
Gail passed away May 15, 2009 after an extended battle with cancer.
Gail was predeceased by her Mother Evelyn, Dad Leo and brother Roy.
Gail is survived by her husband Gary, sons Wes (Nicole) and Rick (Paola), grandchildren Jesse, Gabriella, Alexandra, Alyson and Dustin, siblings: Max (Marie) Morin, Shirley (Roger) McPherson, Leonard Morin, Judy (Doug) Bentley, Wayne (Elaine) Morin, Fay (Dale) Graff, Terry (Lenny) Piper, Kelly (Kathy) Morin, and Penny ( Ed) Heaton, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial Tea to celebrate Gail’s life was held on May 22, 2009 at the Macleod Hall, Groundbirch, British Columbia. Eulogy read by Mac Leask. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Gail by way of a donation to the Canadian Kidney Foundation Suite 320-1600 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, Box 2361, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4T9.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
John Edward Mounsey
John Edward Mounsey, also known as Jack, was born to George and Isabella Mounsey in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia on August 1, 1923.
Jack is predeceased by his parents George and Isabelle, sister Dorothy Dunn, brothers Frank Mounsey and George Mounsey. John is survived by his children Ray (Nancy) Mounsey, Ron Mounsey and Lynn Huot, all of Victoria, British Columbia, granddaughter Kelly Huot (Thomas) of London, England, and grandson Mark Mounsey of Victoria, BC, sister Jean Groat and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack passed away on May 17, 2009 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at 85 years of age. A Celebration of life service was held on May 23, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. A private family inurnment was held in the Sunset Prairie Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Jack by way of donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 105 – 490 Quebec Street, Prince George, B.C., V2L 5N5.
Ethan Alexander Dyck
Ethan Alexander Dyck passed away on May 13, 2009 at 25 days old.
A Memorial Service for Ethan was held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 18, 2009 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, B.C. and was Officiated by Pastor Michael Gladish.