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    Peter Anthony Arduini

    Monday, 16 Feb 2015

    It is with regret we announce the passing of long time Merritt resident, Peter Anthony Arduini at the age of 66 years on Monday, February 16,2015. Peter is survived by his
    loving wife Dee and daughter Erinn (Todd). Also missing their Nonno are granddaughter, Rory, grandson, Nickolas, all of Merritt and step-granddaughter, Chaylene of Saskatchewan. Peter was born and raised in Kamloops, BC and was the 4th of 14 children born to Victor and Patricia Arduini. He is survived by his 8 brothers and 5 sisters, Greg (Leslie), Vicki (Jack), Tim (Marti), Paul (Sylvia), James (Emma) Tom (Jan), Mary (Bob), David (Marianne), Christopher (Mo), Teresa (Sam), Vincent (Stephanie) Catherine (Jen), and Monica (Chuck) and their families. An extended family lives throughout BC, Alberta and Ontario. He is predeceased by his parents.
    Peter was a self-employed businessman - involved for much of his life with the family owned shoe business and later as a trusted realtor in the Merritt area. He was an avid outdoorsman, from riding his horse, Bump, to hunting and fishing in all his favorite local haunts. More recently he took up the game of golf again. Coffee with “the boys” was an important daily routine. With retirement Peter began traveling with Dee - the most memorable time being a trip to Italy. Over the years he became a wonderful cook and truly loved to entertain family and friends. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. He reveled in their accomplishments. Nonno could always be counted on. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Peter lived life to its fullest and he will continue to live on in our hearts.
    A prayer vigil will be held on Friday, February 20th at 7:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church in Merritt. The Celebration of Life Mass will take place on Saturday, February 21st at 11:00 am with Father Andy officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Merritt, BC. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of choice. Condolences may also be expressed at www. merrittfuneralchapel.com

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    Blanche Swain

    Sunday, 15 Feb 2015

    It is with great sadness that
    we announce the passing of
    our mother Blanche on Sunday,
    Feb. 15 at the Coquihalla Gillis House at the age of 84.
    Left to mourn her passing are her three daughters: Joanne Stasko, Rena Jones, Jacqueline Spence and her four loving grandchildren: Lynne, Justin, Tyler and Jordynn.
    Predeceased by her loving husband George Swain, and son Gary Spence.
    Funeral will be held, Sunday, Feb. 23 with Father Andy officiating. Interment to follow at Catholic Church Hall.
    In leu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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    Audrey C L Emery

    Friday, 13 Feb 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Audrey Emery (formerly of Richmond, BC) On February 13,2015.
    She is survived by her daughter Nancy Neuman (Erik) and their daughters Tracy Nessinis (Nick), their children Christine and Andrew, Denise
    and her son Tyler.
    She is also survived by her son Gary Emery (Lorraine) and
    their daughter Brooke Wilhelmson (Brent), son Morgan and his son Jordan.
    She was predeceased by both of her parents, ex- husband, bother Roland and his wife Bea.
    Thank you to Dr. Bester and the wonderful staff at Gillis House, who kept Mom happy, entertained and comfortable and for that we are eternally grateful.
    Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Merritt Gillis House, 3451 Voght St., Merritt, BC VIK lC6 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association in memory of Audrey Emery.

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    Martha Margaret (Marie) Stephenson

    Sunday, 08 Feb 2015

    Marie passed away peacefully at Overlander Extended Care in Kamloops.
    She is survived by her husband Bert of 33 years, also stepchildren Trish (Gary), Ray (Jodie) and Randy. Sisters Marie (Jules), Annette (Willy), May (Micho), Dora and Betty Ann. Brothers Edward, Phillip (Jo Ann), Henry, Sister In-Law Mona and Daughter In-Law Ruth. 7 grandchildren and 1 great grand child.
    Predeceased by stepson Roger, her mother Helen, father Harry and 8 siblings.
    A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. The Family would like to thank all of the care givers that helped Marie through her journey of dementia.

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    Gurnam Kaur Sekhon

    Saturday, 07 Feb 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the head of the Sekhon Family in Merritt, BC.
    Baddi Baybayji was a strong, caring, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. One of six siblings, she moved from India to Merritt in April 1968 at 38 years of age with her husband Late Naurang Singh Sekhon and 7 children - sons Late Gurmel (Harinder), Darshan (Kuldip), Harbans (Balwinder), Harcharan (Jaswinder), Swarn (Nina) and daughters Gurmel (Hardip) and Manjit (Balbir).
    She is survived by 16 grand children, 18 great- grand children and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.
    The viewing service is Friday February 13 at 1:00pm at Merritt Civic Centre with crematorium service 3:30pm at Kamloops Hillside Cemetery followed by Bhog service 5:30pm at Merritt Sikh Temple.

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    Mohan Lal Chhabra

    Thursday, 05 Feb 2015

    Mohan Lal Chhabra passed away peacefully while visiting his motherland of India on February 5th, 2015. He was born on Feb 8th, 1938 to Dolit Ram and Sham Kaur, in the village of Sodhi Nagar. He was the 2nd youngest of six children. Our dad enjoyed 77 years of his life to the fullest everyday until his last breath. He was very passionate
    about learning and teaching. His teaching career helped many through his wisdom and passion. Dad leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Nirmal Chhabra, three sons: Ravinder (Anju), Manoj (Rupa), Rajnish (Nitu) and two daughters: Sumati (Manjit) and Babita (Sean) and 12 beautiful grandchildren: Gagandeep, Candace(Amrinder), Anthony, Saavin, Sonia, Vishal, Meghn, Amit, Rahul, Sumeeti, Riya and Diya. He will be missed dearly by everyone.
    Funeral service will be held on Febuary 14th, 2015 in the city of Merritt at 10:00am, at 2975 Clapperton Avenue Merritt, BC. Cremation service to be held in Kamloops after the funeral service in Merritt.

  • Raymond Alexander Rusk

    Thursday, 05 Feb 2015

    Raymond passed away suddenly at Royal Inland Hospital on February 5th, 2015.
    He is lovingly survived by his companion of 19 years, Linda Monkman and his daughter Jessie (Darrin) Hanslip of Lake Manitoba.
    A Celebration of Life will be held on February 14th at the Adelphi Hotel at 12:30PM.

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    James David Murdock

    Friday, 30 Jan 2015

    Jim passed away peacefully
    surrounded by family after a hard
    fought battle with cancer at the
    North Okanagan Hospice House
    in Vernon, BC. Jim loved his family,
    his friends, the outdoors and all animals that came into his life.
    Jim is survived and will be sadly missed by his siblings: Heather (Gordon); Alan (Dian); Dan (Rhonda); Bonnie (Doug) and many special nieces, nephews and cousins.
    The family would like to thank Jim’s wonderful caring friends and the staff at the North Okanagan Hospice House for their excellent care and compassion towards Jim.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vernon Hospice House.

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    Jeanne Marie Rausch

    Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015

    Jeanne Rausch of Merritt, British Columbia passed away peacefully on January 21st, 2015 at the age of 92.
    Lovingly remembered by her
    son, Wayne (Ginette), grand children Jocelyne Baker (Philip - deceased), Audrey Kilmartin (Jason), great grand children Mara, Brooke, Graham, Gregory Baker, Zetta and Seth Kilmartin, sisters Yvonne Boulianne, Denise Desy, Irene Bourgeois, sister in law Dorothy Rausch, brother in law Ken Rausch (Isabelle), nieces and nephews and too many good friends to mention.
    She is predeceased by her parents Joseph and Marie Anne Duperreault, husband Alfred Rausch, sister Laura Sanders and brothers Lucien,Damien, Gaston,Gerard, Joseph, Alban, Cleos, Leopold, Marcel Duperreault, sister in laws Martha , Adele, Bertha and brother in laws, William and Samuel Rausch
    Mom had a great love for her family and was very sociable. She enjoyed many different activities including: golf, playing cards, guitar and music, bowling, floor curling. She was a member of the Old Time Fiddlers,Catholic Women’s League and she volunteered wherever she could.
    The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses, support staff and the staff at Gillis House who provided such good and compassionate care.
    A funeral service was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Merritt on Friday January 23th, 2015 with Interment following at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Merritt.
    Merritt Funeral Chapel • 250-378-2141

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    Conor O’Rourke

    Sunday, 18 Jan 2015

    Conor O’Rourke, 76, of Merritt, BC passed away peacefully following a short illness Sunday, January 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Conor was born January 31, 1938 in Hull, England. He proudly served in the British military in the mid-1950s as a member of the Cold Stream guards where he was a respected NCO. Thereafter, he crafted a distinguished 45 year career as an RN/RPN working within the British Health Care system, BC Health Care, and the Federal Corrections Service. Conor married the love of his life Jean on January 28, 1961. They raised three children Kevin, Tracy & Julie and they immigrated to Canada in 1973. In their life together Conor and Jean enjoyed many memorable vacations in Canada, the United States, England, Australia, Asia, Eu- rope and Mexico. Conor and Jean were also snowbirds with many friends in Yuma, Arizona. Most of all, Conor will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Conor is sur- vived by siblings Noreen and Gerald of Halifax, England, brother Peter (Lynn) of Sydney, Australia, son Kevin (Ernestine), daughters Tracy (Robert) and Julie (Glenn), grandchil- dren; Kassandra & Brittany, Lucas & Justin, Gabriel & Grady; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Michael & Margaret and siblings Michael, Peggy and Joan. A Celebration of Conor’s life will be held February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Best Western Hotel – The Chapel Room, 32281 Lougheed Highway, Mission, BC. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society at www.cancer.ca. Condolences and remembrances of Conor may be left on-line for the family at: www.firstmemorialkamloops.ca Arrangements entrusted to:
    First Memorial Funeral Services Kamloops, BC
    (250) 554-2429