• Gordon Muchowski

    Monday, 15 Jun 2015

    It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Gordon John Muchowski with family by his side at McKenney Creek hospice on June 15, 2015. His valiant fight against cancer and its effects came to an end with the same dignity and strength he showed throughout his life. Predeceased by his father in law Walter (Moose) Martin, his father John (Jack) Muchowski, loving wife Pat Muchowski, mother in law Verona Martin, and brother Roy Muchowski.
    Gordon is servived by his 4 children.Memorial Service to be held June 27 at 2:00pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. 2302 Jackson St. Merritt, BC. Luncheon to fellow at the church hall. In lieu of flowers donations to BC Cancer Society or Variety Club.

  • Marjorie Bryant

    Saturday, 13 Jun 2015

    Marjorie Bryant
    passed away peacefully in Merritt, B.C.
    on June 13, 2015 at the age of 84.
    She was predeceased by her husband Leslie J Bryant. She is survived by her two daughters, Val McLeod (Gordon), Lila Rupp( Andy) and her siblings Eva Ianson (Alfred), Betty Edwards (Al), Arthur Nicklin (Arlene), Caroline Anderson (Nelson), and Grace Finnigan (Albert) A Celebration of Life Luncheon will be held
    at noon on July 11th, 2015
    at the ranch in Aspen Grove.

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    Coral-Ann Fairfield

    Monday, 08 Jun 2015

    Mrs.Coral-Ann Fairfield
    passed-away peacefully
    at home on the evening of
    Monday, June 8th, 2015 at the age of 55.
    Born and raised in Merritt and known to many as a local musician with a beautiful voice and wonderful outgoing personality.
    Coral-Ann is lovingly remembered by her husband Mike, her son Brandon, daughter-in-law Sofia and grandaughter Valentina. She leaves behind her grandmother Mary, mother Irene, brothers David and Mike, sister-in-law Dannie. Parents Paul & Margaret Fairfield and Angela Dorans. Nieces & nephews, as well as many friends and relatives. Coral-Ann is predeceased by her father John Mohoruk.
    A “Celebration of Coral-Ann’s Life” will take place at the Merritt Desert Inn on Saturday, June 20th at 2:00pm. There will not be a formal service (at her request), but rather an opportunity for friends and family to get together. This will be a potluck, so please bring something. We want to provide lot’s of opportunity for people to share. And...for all you musician friends, that also means a song or two.
    Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Merritt Soup Kitchen. c/o Marg Davis 1310 Walnut Ave., Merritt V1K 1L3 ph 250-378-6700

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    Noreen Johanson

    Monday, 08 Jun 2015

    It is with great sadness that we Announce the sudden passing of our Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. Mom was the youngest child of Scottish settlers, Neil and Janet Graham and grew up on
    a farm near Dundurn, Saskatchewan.
    She was predeceased by her husband Carl in 2001 and her five siblings, Douglas, Edward and William Graham and her two sisters Ellen Boyko
    and Gertrude O’Leary.
    In 1970 Mom and Dad purchased a small
    laundromat in Merritt and eventually expanded the business to include drycleaning. They ran Merritt Coin Laundry and Drycleaning for over 21 years. The business was sold in 1991 and in their retirement years mom and dad spent time at their lot at Nicola Lake as well as winters spent in Arizona. Mom loved playing cards, board games and doing crafts and was always up for a good debate.
    She is survived by her three children; Dianne Walker (Tom), Carla Johanson (Wayne Simms) and Debbie Edmond (Bill) as well as her grandchildren Chandra Bonthoux, Brandie Guzyk, Stephen Guzyk (Lisa), Nicole and Kyle Edmond and her great grandchildren Lane, Gaven and Branson Weisse, Matthius Guzyk and Lacee Freeman. She also leaves behind more extended family in both Canada and Sweden.
    Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 1PM at the United Church in Merritt, B.C. In lieu of flowers those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Mom to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be forwarded through www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
    Schoening Funeral Service 250-374-1454

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    JRG (Ron) Edwards

    Thursday, 04 Jun 2015

    JRG (Ron) Edwards, 89, of Merritt / Powell River, passed away peacefully, June 4, 2015 at the Merritt Hospital.
    Ron was born in Vancouver, March 10, 1926 to Frederick and Margret Edwards. Ron spent most of his youth living with his mother in Sechelt where he attended school and would frequently visit his father and brother who resided in Vancouver.
    Ron had many adventures in his life. He enlisted in the Second World War and spent time overseas doing aerial surveillance of U boat activity. Soon after his return to Canada, Ron enlisted once again but this time for the Korean War where he worked as a paymaster.
    Ron’s civilian life took him to Yellowknife where he was employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company. While there, he met a nurse and the love of his life: Denise Lindsey. Ron and Denise were married and settled in Powell River where they were happily married for over 60 years. His passions in life included hunting, fishing, boating and military history. Ron was a published authority on First World War Machine Gun infantries.
    Ron is predeceased by his loving wife Denise and brother Mardin who was killed in the Second World War. Ron is survived by two God Sons: Alan Mackay-Smith of Merritt and Derek Nelson of Sechelt.
    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Vancouver Island Military Museum, 100 Cameron Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9R 0C8

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    Wilma Elaine King

    Saturday, 30 May 2015

    Born in Blaine Lake,
    Saskatchewan to Welsh
    and French Metis parents,
    Elaine was a spirited
    woman who always
    placed her family,
    extended family and
    friend’s needs before
    her own. She will be remembered as warm, inviting, very social and accepting of all she met. Her wisdom, great sense of humour, laughter and strength will be missed. Predeceased by her husband Lloyd and daughter Peggy. She leaves behind her children Robert, Shirley and Pauline, sons-in-law Terry, Paul and Rick; her grandchildren Michael (Krista), Brian (Vanessa), Kenneth, Mallory (Kory), James (Robyn), Desiree (Michael), Krystal (Michael) and her great-grandchildren Naish, Victoria, Ollie and Kingston. A big thank you to everyone for their visits, thoughts and prayers.
    In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Lung Association or Kamloops Hospice.
    A Celebration of life will be held on Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 2:00pm at First Memorial Funeral Home, #8-177 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops.

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    Albert Ivan Loxton

    Thursday, 28 May 2015

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Albert Ivan Loxton on May 28, 2015 after a lengthy illness at Merritt Hospital in Merritt, British Columbia.
    He leaves to mourn his friend and soul mate Coral, four sons, Shawn, Corey (Ceili) of Calgary, Alberta, Randy of Merritt, BC, Brandon (Christine) of Calgary Alberta, one
    step son Chris of Calgary Alberta, two step daughters Larissia of Calgary Alberta, Leslie (Brian) of Vancouver BC, and six grandchildren. AI is also survived by his mother Edna Laplante, five brothers George (Melanie), Harvey (Mabel), Rick (Paula), Thomas, Dennis all from Powassan Ontario, six sisters Mary Vester (Mickey), Joyce Loxton, Kathy Busch (Glen), Ruth Lagassie (Richard) of Powassan On., Caroline Robinson of Kingsville On., Joan Lagassie (Dennis) of Powassan On., several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. AI was predeceased by his father George (1971).
    As per AI’s wishes, no funeral service will be held at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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    Oswald (Ossi) Elsaesser

    Wednesday, 27 May 2015

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ossi Elsaesser, peacefully, May 27, 2015.
    Ossi was born on September 5, 1932 in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1954, crossing over to Canada on board the Arosa Star, where he met his future wife to be, Hildegard, disembarking at Quebec City. He made his way to Toronto where he worked a few months before moving on to Vancouver where he and Hilde were married in 1955. Their first daughter, of eight children, was born in Burnaby after which the family moved to Williams Lake, where two sons were born, and Prince George where one more daughter was born. During that time Ossi worked in the printing business. The family settled long term in Merritt in 1960 where three more sons and one more daughter were born. Ossi purchased the Merritt Herald in 1960, which he ran for 30 years until he retired in 1990. During that time Ossi worked hard to build up the business that included a thriving print shop and stationery store as well as the community’s weekly newspaper. Recently, in November, 2014, Ossi and Hilde moved to Coquitlam to be nearer to their children. Ossi enjoyed being involved in the background in politics, coaching soccer, playing chess and golf, and most of all spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
    Ossi will be sadly missed by his wife of 60 years, Hildegard (nee Bangert). Ossi is predeceased by one son, Eike, and leaves behind seven children: Angela (John) Beers, Ole (Jodi) Elsaesser, Iris (Alan) Balson, Martin (Joanne) Elsaesser, Fred (Christine) Elsaesser, Désirée Jackson, and Peter (Jennifer) Elsaesser. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren: Amanda, Emily, Connor, Hayley, Natalee, Tyas, Braxton, Dion, Abagail, Eric, Owen, Willem, Callum, Rosemary, Braeden, Evan, and Joel; as well as 5 great grandchildren: Kaylee, Morgan, Jackson, Hallie, and Anna. Ossi is also survived by one brother, Rolf, who has one daughter and two sons, Andrea, Uwe and Kai. Ossi is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Rosa (nee Benzinger) Elsaesser.
    No service by request.

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    Phyllis Elizabeth McCusker

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015

    Phyllis passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 20, 2015 in Merritt BC
    in her 91st year. She will
    be lovingly remembered
    by her husband Frank of
    68 years. Phyllis will also
    be sadly missed by her
    daughter Lois (Dave)
    Alexander of Fairview AB;
    grandchildren Jeff (Nyree)
    Alexander of Williams Lake BC, Mindi (Shawn) Forsyth of Fairview AB and Jody (Josh) Hostetler of Nanton, AB; her great grandchildren Haley, Mackenna & Ethan Alexander, Jordana & Madison Forsyth, and Macgregor, Faith, Kianna, Quinn, Brielle &, Anya Hostetler; sister-in-law Sylvia Dow of Portland Oregon; great nephew Torin Don-Walhood; nieces Elaine Wilson & Sue (Dan) Walhood. She is pre-deceased by her Son Chuck McCusker, her brother Robert and nephew Donald Dow. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday May 29 at 1pm at Nicola Evangelical Free Church, Merritt BC with Pastor Narayan Mitra presiding. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship in the Fireside Room.
    Should Friends desire, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Association of British Columbia.
    Condolences may be expressed at
    Service arrangements entrusted to Merritt Funeral Chapel (250)378-2141

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    Myrna Marie Ham

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Mom. Myrna passed away peacefully May 20, 2015. She
    will be sadly missed by her family and friends. She was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on January 17, 1939. She will be lovingly remembered by her hus- band of 58 years, Mike and four children Cheryl, Dawn, Mike (Debbie) and Tara (Brent); grandchil- dren Jadine, Jason, Bryton, Justin (Amy), Aleisha, Leah, Shayne, Blayne and Madison; great grand- children Jeremy, Hayley, Trent and Braylan; her sisters Vi and Lavern and her former sons in law Tony, Roger and Reagan.
    Myrna and Mike enjoyed many winters in Ari- zona and many summers were spent fishing near Logan Lake. She was very proud of all her grand- children and great grandchildren.
    No service by request. A family gathering will take place.
    Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
    Special thanks to Dr. Soderberg and the staff on 7 North at the Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC
    You will never be forgotten
    We pledge to you today
    Your memory is within our hearts And that’s where you shall stay.