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    Rita Rizzardo

    Saturday, 21 Mar 2015

    Rita (nee Pellizzari) was born in San Zenone, Treviso, Italy. She married Luigi in 1948. They both worked in Italy and Switzerland before immigrating to Canada, with two young boys on October, 1953, settling and working in Berthierville, Quebec. In early 1956 Rita and Luigi moved to Vancouver, by train with a newborn and
    two toddlers. Rita was quite resourceful and was able to contribute to the family by not only being a fantastic mom and wife, but she made all the kids’ clothes, took on boarders, and developed a fantastic vegetable garden.
    Rita passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She is survived by her sons Frank (Almerina), Marc (Vicky), daughter Lorraine (Dennis), daughter-in-law Linda (Larry), sister-in-law Antonietta, brother-in-law Pedro, 12 grand- children: Greg, Michelle (Trevor), Simon (Candice), Aaron (Shirin), Bryan (Anna), Tyson,(Vion) Diane, Beth, Kate, Nico, Ryan, Hannah; 8 great grand-children: Luca, Cora, Nolan, Bryson, Alicia, Arianna, Hunter and Rilo. All have brought great joy and a smile to her face. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Luigi; Roger, her eldest son; her siblings: Virginia, Angelo and Giacomo; and her two step- sisters Angelina and Anna.
    She has spent the past few years living at the Florentine Senior’s Residence in Merritt, BC. where she and Luigi received excellent care.
    Prayers will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Vancouver, BC on Friday, March 27 at 5pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11am at St. Francis of Assisi church. There will be a reception following internment at Ocean View Cemetery. The reception will be announced after the church service.
    In lieu of flowers Rita specified she would prefer a donation to either; To the BC Children’s hospital or the Arthritis Society of BC.

  • Hans Horst Maier

    Friday, 20 Mar 2015

    Born 10th Feb. 1937 Schwetzingen, Germany
    Passed away 20th March, 2015 Merritt, B.C.
    Beloved , Husband, Father and Grandfather.
    Survived by loving wife of 56 years - Helene, Son, Fritz (Linda), Daughters; Petra (Murray), Susanne (Todd), grandchildren; Jennifer, Curtis, Kristen, Justin, Kelsey, Clint, Rikki and Wacey
    A life well lived. Hans touched many lives along the way. He will be sorely missed.
    In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
    Service will be held at St. Michaels Anglican Church at 2:00 pm on Friday March 27, 2015

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    Millie Mitchell

    Sunday, 15 Mar 2015

    We are sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death of Millie Mitchell on
    Sunday March 15, at the age
    of 83. Millie is survived by her
    family, Roy Mitchell (Judy),
    Laurie Smith (Alan), Glen
    Mitchell (Lynda), as well as
    Sharon Fisher, her loving
    grandchildren, Stephen,
    Kevan, Megan, Trevor,
    Courtenay, Roxanne, Thea,
    and 4 great grandsons. In
    addition Millie will be missed by her extended McDonald family, the Lalli family, her many friends and neighbours in town and In the local First Nations, and her two dogs. She loved her family, her friends and the town of Merritt. Millie lived a busy, colourful life. She was at times a travel agent, a driving instructor, a constituent worker for Harry Lalli, and in the past several years, she was “Grandma” of Grandma’s Kitchen at the Merritt Market. She was very proud to receive the best home based business award last year. Millie was remarkable for her intelligence and her energy, and she was well known for her involvement and support of many worthy causes. In fact, she died trying to make a difference for the Nicola Valley. Millie’s family would like to thank her friend Clara, the police, the doctors and staff at NVGH for their efforts to save her, and to express our gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of kind thoughts from this wonderful community. We would also like to thank her neighbour George Croaker for his friendship and care for Millie. A celebration of Millie’s extra ordinary life will be planned in April. Please watch for an announcement of the time and place, which is yet to be determined. Flowers are gratefully declined, but if you wish, a donation to the Angel Animal Shelter or to any group that works to help others or the environment could be made in her name.

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    Donald Bob aka Bushman

    Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015

    We would like to extend our appreciation to each and every one who stood by us for right from the start: To all our aunties, uncles, numerous friends and family. Helping with all the arrangements, pamphlets, and food/ money donations etc. all that hard work that goes along with preparations; which in turn is in honor
    of our loved one who has passed away onto what he called it “The Other Side”.
    We would like to thank Uncle Gilbert Bob: for allowing us to have the service at his house.
    Michael and Jackie Smithers for helping us with everything and ensuring we didn’t miss a beat.
    Malcolm Smithers for helping with fire watch and wherever possible
    Florence Smithers for helping our mom cook and helping wherever possible as well.
    Violet Moors and Christine Bob and Colin Shuter for cleaning and helping wherever they can as well.
    The above mentioned are our Uncle and cousins that we grew up with as neighbors.
    We would like to thank Coldwater Band for their support and allowing us to use the band hall and other facilities for our dad’s service.
    The cooks and cooks helpers: Patsy Charters, Audrey George, Kathrine Dick, Rhonda Edwards, Dominique, Chow Spahan and Sue Seymour and many others who helped by either cooking at home or donating food throughout the pelec (meals).
    Our aunties Marty Aspinall, Vernita Helin and cousin Deloris Charters: for preparing the Eulogy and Pamphlets a lot of work for our family tree.
    Sorry if we missed anyone as we have many other family/friends too numerous to write down and our dad had many Logging, Hunting, Fishing Buddies as well and friends too. We thank you for everything much appreciated and we will forever hold you in our hearts.
    Tekm e nk’seytkn kt All out Relations
    Thank you from
    Tricia Bob, Fran Bob, Ilya Bob, Vanessa Bob, Kyle Bob, Clint Bob and Donavan Bob and all his grandchildren

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    Gallaher Joan

    Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015

    Mrs. Joan Gallaher (nee Gillis), passed away peacefully at Kamloops on March 10th 2015 at age 94 years. She will be remembered by her loving sons; Robert Gallaher of
    Kamloops, B.C., Donald Gallaher of Black Diamond, Alberta, and Patrick Gallaher of Oakville, Ontario, as well as grandchildren; Sheila, Kelly, Ryan, Jessica and Matthew, great grandchildren; Rachel, Riley, Kayla and Porschea, nieces and nephews, as well as many friends and relatives. She is predeceased by her husband; Douglas, sisters; Sheila, Monica and Mary, as well as brothers; John, Donald, Peter and Robert. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral Kamloops with Father Andrew L’Heureux as Celebrant. Should friends desire, donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society. Special thanks to all of the nurses and staff at Kamloops Senior Village, Lilac Manor and Royal Inland Hospital for taking such good care of our Mother these past few years. Your kindness to her was very evident in all of our visits.
    On line condolences may be expressed at www. schoeningfuneralservice.com.
    Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454.

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    Richard Thomas (Dick) Griffiths

    Monday, 09 Mar 2015

    We are saddened by the passing of our dear father, grandfather , great grandfather and husband on March 9th,
    Survived by his loving wife of
    61 years, Muriel, 6 Sons Kevin, Ken (Debbie), Kraig (Heather), Tracy (Elizabeth), Ric and Robert. 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by mother, Elsie, father James and 4 brothers.
    It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye, his journey in this life is over, but we are thankful that he is resting peacefully after a long and tough battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s. Our memories will help ease the pain of our loss. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. If so desired, a donation can be made to The Coquhihalla Gills House in memory of Dick.

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    Henry (Harry) Kroeker

    Monday, 02 Mar 2015

    With great sadness we announce the passing of Harry Kroeker.
    Lovingly survived by his wife Marlene of 54 years. Also survived by his daughter Jana (Darcy). sons Don (Elizabeth), Dave (Corrina), Mike (Sharon), Dan (Trina), Tim (Rita) and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. We love you because you first loved us. There will be a Celebration of Life for Harry at 3:00pm on March 7th at the Crossroads Community Church.

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    Grant Leroy Angman

    Saturday, 28 Feb 2015

    Born in Ashcroft, BC. Grant was the oldest of three children born to Edward and Signe Angman. He was raised in Lillooet, BC, where he eventually married his teenage sweetheart and wife of 54 years, Faye (Becker) on October 16, 1960. Grant and Faye continued to reside in Lillooet where their daughter, Shelley, and two sons, Ryan and Darren were born. In 1965 Grant began working for BC Hydro. After several moves the family eventually settled in Merritt, BC in 1976. As the years passed his children left home and began to contribute grandchildren whom Grant loved to spoil and brag about. Grant continued to work for BC Hydro until his retirement in 1999. Grant enjoyed the extra leisure time afforded by retirement to spend even more time with family and for golfing with his numerous close friends. Grant enjoyed curling, golfing, and fly-fishing, but first and foremost in his life was family. He was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. He gave every bit of himself to his family and was actively involved in the lives of his children and granddaughters. His grand- daughters were his world and while they were with him you could often hear the words “you are the greatest grandpa in the whole wide room.”
    In 2012, while recovering from a broken neck and back, Grant was diagnosed with cancer. He fought hard, always hoping for the best, but eventually he succumbed to the disease and passed away with Faye at his side on February 28, 2015 at 74 years of age.
    Grant was predeceased by his parents Edward and Signe along with his sister in-law Lois and brother in-law Wayne. He is survived by his wife Faye; his children Shelley, Ryan (Torie) and Darren (Connie); his brothers Lyle and Wayne (Pauline); his sister in-law Terry; his 4 grandchildren, Lauren, Nicole, Camryn and Caylee; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Grant also amassed a large gathering of good friends in his life which is a testament to the incredible man he was. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
    A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on March 14, 2015 at the Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church in Merritt with Lutheran Pastor Gordon Heselton officiating. A further Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM on April 11, 2015 at the Merritt Golf and Country Club.
    The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Cancer Clinic at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and Gillis House in Merritt for their kindness, compassion and dedication extended to Grant while he was in their care.
    In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Cancer Foundation.

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    May Matthias

    Saturday, 28 Feb 2015

    It is with great sadness
    that we announce the
    passing of May Adele
    Matthias (April 21st,
    1917) on February 28th
    2015 in Merritt BC. She
    is predeceased by her
    husband (Tom) and her
    son (Jim) and mourned
    by her sons (Ken and
    Tom) and a multitude
    of grandchildren, great-
    grandchildren, and great
    great-grandchildren, who
    miss her greatly. She is
    remembered as a nurse’s
    aid in Fort St John and Hope as well as an active Scout Leader and Cub Master for many years. She loved flowers, crafts, quilting and creating beautiful porcelain dolls. She was an active part of the community through her ceramics shop where she taught many the joy of painting and creating ceramics in both Merritt and Kelowna. She was also involved in the Woman’s Institute for a multitude of years and always enjoyed running their table at the Fall Fair where their work was displayed.
    A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

  • Gloria Margaret Pearl Frank (Cowan)

    Friday, 27 Feb 2015

    It is with sad and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother and sister, Gloria Frank, in the Intensive Care Unit at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, following a very brief illness. Predeceased by her parents, Germaine and Steve Cowan, she is survived by her son, Jerry and sister, Bonnie Cowan, both of Merritt, as well as other family members in the Lower Mainland.
    Gloria came to Merritt in 1996, following the death of her mother. She was active in Merritt Hospice for quite some time and touched the lives of many people. Hers was a gentle spirit. She worked hard at being a good wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
    There will be no service by request. Gloria will be cremated and her ashes interred at Saint Theresa's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Kelowna, BC.
    Those wishing to remember Gloria may wish to make a donation to their favourite charity.
    We wish you peace and rest, Gloria. God saw how
    tired you were and He took you home. May you abide in God's love always.
    All our relations.