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Kohnert, Otto Thursday, 13 Feb 2014
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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Otto Kohnert on February 13, 2014 at the Marjorie Willoughby Hospice Home in Kamloops.
He was married to Elli (Hoehre), father to Mona (Bryan), Nikki and David (Shannon), grandfather to Brock (Tammy), Derit, Josh (Delrae), Adam, Katlin, and John (Sarah). Otto had recently become great grand father to Brayden, Mia and Izabella. He was predeceased by his son Ralph (Cindy), his grandson Andreas, and his brother Lutz.
Otto was born July 4, 1930. In 1953 he left his parents Ilse and Hans, brothers Ulf (Trudel), Gerd (Heidrun) his sisters Inge (Wolfgang) and Irmgard (Guenter) in Germany when he immigrated to Canada with the sponsorship of Johnny Uppenborn.
In 1954 Elli (Hoehre) his fiancé arrived from Germany; they were married in 1955, and raised their four children on a five acre property in Darfield, B.C. After building their third home, in 1991, Otto and Elli moved to Barriere. Otto, a journeyman carpenter/cabinet maker, worked initially at the Fadear Creek Sawmill, and then for Turner Construction of Kamloops for several years. Following that, Otto held the position as Maintenance Man of School District 24 for more than 20 years.
His purpose in life, as he saw it, was to care and provide for his family and without question; he fulfilled this role with complete dedication. He left a lasting legacy of his warm nature, the aptitude for his trade and a lasting love for his family.
Otto also participated in community development through the former Board of Trade. He joined his wife Elli in environmental activism, and in helping to protect Wells Gray Park was closest to his heart. Otto had many interests and hobbies, including coffee time with friends and having lively philosophical and political discussion with them.
Otto’s love of the outdoor life, born out of a deep respect for the natural world, equaled that of Elli’s, and this led them to devote most of their free time to hiking, skiing, canoeing, and camping. Together they climbed mountains and crossed rivers, strengthening the everlasting bond between them.
Otto will long be remembered for his infectious smile, quick wit, ability to fix almost anything, and strong dedication to his purpose in life.
A celebration of life service for Otto will held at the Church of St Paul Annex in Barriere, on February 23, at 3:00 p.m. Although flowers would be wonderful, preference is that donations and gifts be directed to the Barriere Hospice Association care of Jane Milburn.
Simpson, Peter James Sunday, 19 Jan 2014
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April 9, 1954 – January 19, 2014
On January 19th Pete passed away peacefully in Kamloops Hospice with Pam at his side. He was a beloved husband of 36 years and best friend to Pam, a wonderful father to Matt, Corrie and Katelyn, a lucky father-in-law to his daughter and son-in-laws Jan, Barclay and Joe – and the best Grandpa/Pa to Emily, Luke, Maddie and Lilli. He will also be missed and lovingly remembered by his brother, extended family and dear friends.
A memorial service will be held in the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall, Barriere, Saturday. January 25, 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice in Kamloops, or the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society.
Smith, Ronald William Friday, 10 Jan 2014
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February 11, 1937 – January 10, 2014
The world lost a gentle man and a gentleman when Ron left this earth. Ron was born in New Westminster, grew up in Murrayville, and lived in the Lower Mainland until 1990. In 1990 Ron moved to Fawn Lake Resort and in 1995 he came to Barriere. Ron truly loved the community and spent countless hours volunteering on many projects. Ron loved to golf at Chinook Cove with the OFC’s and was also an active curler.
Ron is survived by his wife Virginia, daughter Diane (Don) Hamm, stepsons Robert and Ron Feist (Nicki), 3 grandchildren, his brother John (Adrienne) Smith, and his favorite Aunt Mary Scruton as well as nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his Mother, Father, and sister Carol Fleming.
A Celebration of Life will be held April 5, 2014, in the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall, Barriere, B.C., time to be announced.
Danczak, Miles Henry Sunday, 22 Dec 2013
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March 1, 1956 – December 22, 2013
It is with profound sadness that the family of Miles Danczak announce his passing on December 22, 2013, at the age of 57 with his loving family at his side.
Miles was the oldest of five children born to Henry and Del Danczak, and grew up in Barriere, B.C., a place that he loved and was truly home to him.
Miles worked for the Department of Highways until 1989 when layoffs forced him to have to leave his beloved Barriere and seek work elsewhere; and so Miles moved himself and his three young children to Quesnel where he started work for Westfraser Mills in May 1989.
Miles made many friends during his 24 years there, and many of you were like family to him. Miles loved the Toronto Maple Leafs, and riding his bike; you can’t think of either of these things without thinking of him!
Miles was always out riding his bike, and took many trips with the boys going to places like Ontario, Alaska, all over B.C. and into the United States. He always said he felt so free and alive when he was on his bike.
In 2008 Miles met Kathy, and together they took many bike trips, both sharing in the joy and freedom of it!
Miles and Kathy married in October 2011, and it was just four short months later that Miles was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Miles fought a courageous battle, and we were all determined he would beat the odds, but it must be true what they say about God only taking the best, because no finer man was there!
Miles was predeceased by his father Henry Danczak in 1983, and he is survived by his mother Del Danczak, wife Kathy Danczak, children Michelle (James) Szabolcsi, Tyler Danczak, Leanne (Blair) Danczak, siblings Tony (Trish) Danczak, Kelly (Darcy) Danczak, Karen (Brian) Pilkington, Tracey (Bruce) McDonald, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial tea was held on December 29, 2013.
Miles’ wish was to be buried back “home” in Barriere, and sometime this year (date to be determined) Miles will take his final ride by bike from Quesnel to Barriere. Anyone wishing to join the ride/convoy is welcome and a service will take place at that time in Barriere.
Jensen, Myrna Dora Monday, 16 Dec 2013
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December 9, 1943 – December 16, 2013
After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Myrna Dora Jensen of Barriere BC. Myrna passed away on December 16, 2013, with family at her side.
Myrna is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Vagn Jensen, her son Stewart Jensen and her daughter Corene Jensen, her grandchildren Laurel and Barrett and her special little dog Lacey.
Myrna was born on December 9, 1943, in New Westminster, B.C. Mom lived a very full and and happy life, but unfortunately, it was a life that ended far too soon. Myrna was an avid gardener and had the amazing ability to grow the best flower and vegetable gardens around.
Mom treasured going South every winter with her husband Vagn and their dog Lacey in their RV. Mom also enjoyed camping, boating and pretty much anything to do in the outdoors especially if it was during a warm, sunny day.
Mom loved her family dearly. She was the core and the strength of our small family and we will miss her more than words can express.
At Myrna’s request, there will not be a service. The family will hold a private celebration of life in the future to honour our Mother and best friend. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff at the Kamloops Hospice House.
We would also like to thank the Barriere Lion’s Club for their generous support as well as the Barriere Community Quilters for the lovely quilt that was made for Mom.
Mom, there are no good-byes because you will be in all of our memories forever and ever...
Hoffer, Peter Albert Friday, 06 Dec 2013
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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Pete, on Dec. 6, 2013, at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C.  Born in Holland on Dec. 15, 1951, Pete was just shy of his 62nd birthday.  Having spent many enjoyable years with his wife, Vicki, raising their sons, Spencer and Darren on the Sunshine Coast in Halfmoon Bay, he retired from the Boilermakers #359, and moved to their summer home in Barriere, B.C.
An avid fisherman, and true outdoorsman, Pete loved their family camping trips throughout western Canada and the States; their winter home being in Yuma, Arizona.  Pete’s daily treks to pick up ‘cans for recycling’ along the highways (and ditches) of Sechelt and Barriere, were a well know sight... and a favourite pastime (gas money to be made, you know).  His wood chopping warmed many a house in Sechelt over the years and carried right along in Barriere.  Many a ‘tale’ could be told by his best buddies, Sandy Matthew and Pierre Beauregard.
Pete will be dearly missed by his loving family - wife of 37 years, Vicki, sons, Spencer (Darcy), Darren (Deanna); grandchildren, whom he absolutely adored, Alexandra, Jacob, Jessica and Caitlyn, all of Ft. MacMurray, Alberta, as well as his ‘adopted son’ Ryan and Natalie) Anderson of Campbell River, B.C.  Predeceased by his father, Cornelius, Peter is also survived by his mom, Vera (Abbotsford), brothers Louis (Wendy), John (Gabrielle), Tony Gail), Fred, sisters Margaret (Terry), Brigette (Grodon), Gail (Todd), and Diane (Jan); and many inlaws, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.  Pete will be missed also, by so many dear friends in the Sechelt area and Barriere, as well as Yuma, Arizona.
At Pete’s request, there will be no funeral service at this time.  Instead, a celebration of life will follow in the summertime.  If any so desire, please consider a donation to the Cancer Society or Children’s Hospital, in lieu of flowers.
Ascroft (nee Judd), Pamela Elizabeth Friday, 29 Nov 2013
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Pamela Elizabeth Ascroft of Louis Creek, British Columbia, passed away at the age of 81 at Royal Inland Hospital on November 29, 2013.
She is survived by her husband, John Ascroft, Louis Creek, B.C.; son, George (Wendy) Ascroft, Victoria, B.C.; daughter, Pamela (Steven) Miller, Boca Raton, Florida; brother-in-law, Lawrence Beaulne, Vancouver, B.C.; sister-in-law, Beryl Judd, Lethbridge, AB.; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, a large extended family and many friends.
Pamela was predeceased by her parents, George and Vivien Judd, Vancouver, B.C.; sister, Barbara Beaulne, Vancouver, B.C.; brother, Richard Judd, Lethbridge, AB.
Pamela was born in Vancouver, B.C., on May 30, 1932. She received her diploma from The Association of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) for performers and teachers with the highest academic standing awarded by The Royal Conservatory, a member of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Pamela spent 45 years in the music business in Vancouver.
Pamela was a loving and generous person who touched countless lives with her wisdom and her listening heart.
There will be a private family gathering and donations can be made to Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 2T1. Service arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, B.C., 250-672-1999.
Moore, Mary Elzbeth Eleanore Monday, 25 Nov 2013
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Eleanore Moore passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on November 25, 2013, joining her parents, brother, daughter and son. Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, on October 31, 1921, she is survived by her husband Keith Moore; daughters, Shirley McCaffrey and Lynne Piercy; stepchildren Gerry (Jan) Moore, Gordon Moore, Trevor Moore and Sherry (Phil) Braithwaite; fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A born teacher, Eleanore graduated from St. Joseph's Convent High School at 16 years of age and after taking a stenographer's course, attended Normal (teaching) School in Saskatoon, SK. Eleanore began her teaching career near Rosetown in a one room school with eight grades, with duties that included lighting the stove in the morning and doing the janitorial work. She married Maurice Piercy, father to Lynne, in 1942. Six years later Maurice was killed in an industrial accident while working for Sask Hydro. Eleanore then married a returning war veteran, Jack Clark and over the next few years Kathy, David and Shirley were born. To subsidize their farming income Eleanore worked as a teller in the Toronto Dominion Bank.
In 1965 the family moved to Salmon Arm, BC and she formed a partnership in a dress shop “Lenore’s Fashions” with her sister-in-law, which she sold in 1970. Divorced in 1973, she returned to teaching elementary school in Salmon Arm and eventually transferred to Barriere, BC where she met and married the love of her life, Keith Moore, and became stepmother to his four children. A member of the Barriere Legion Branch 242 Ladies Auxiliary, she and Keith had many enjoyable times there. In 1975 they moved to Revelstoke where she taught school until retiring in 1985. An avid reader and learner, she continued to take courses from Cariboo College and the University of British Columbia throughout her teaching career.
From 1986 to 1988, Eleanore and Keith operated a bed and breakfast at Mara Lake, BC until their trip across Canada. In 1991 they returned to Barriere, where they spent many happy years watching their family grow with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A very special lady with a kind heart, she loved to help children learn. She was always there with words of encouragement, sage advice or a comforting hug. A wonderful cook, she wrote a cooking column in Kamloops Today and published a family cookbook that is cherished by all who have one. She embodied the Spirit of Christmas; her parcels filled with baking, homemade jams and knitted slippers were truly treasured. Eleanore had a wicked sense of humour and her family and friends have many, many wonderful memories of times filled with laughter. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Diagnosed with dementia, Eleanore lived the last eight years of her life at Overlander Extended Care in Kamloops. In May she and Keith celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and they recently celebrated their 92nd birthdays together. The family would like to thank the staff of Overlander Extended Care for their loving care of Eleanore. No service will be held at this time. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army ( in memory of Eleanore Moore.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 250-672-1999. Condolences may be expressed at

Burton, Lawrence Allan Monday, 11 Nov 2013
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Lawrence Allan Burton, age 55, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013. He was born on January 1, 1958, in Vancouver, B.C.
He was a longtime resident of the North Thompson, growing up in Kamloops and spending much of his adult life in Little Fort. Larry spent his most recent years living in Lillooet, B.C., with his wife Margaret.
Larry is survived by his wife Margaret Rochon; two daughters, Chloe Burton and Carly Burton; one brother, Ralph Burton (Leslie Wells); and one sister, Sharon Brucker (Herb). He also leaves behind nieces and nephews; Connor (Mandy and wee Avery), Molly, Kelly, Lisa, Shelly, and John. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Daisy Burton and Alfred Burton; and one sister, Carole Morrison.
Larry attended Valleyview Junior High School and Kamloops Sr. Secondary in Kamloops, B.C.
Following high school he went on to work in the Forest Industry, a vocation that allowed him to spend the majority of his time in the outdoors and in the wilderness, where he felt most at home.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in his garden. Larry had a great love of music, which he shared with his friends and family.
He was also an avid reader, and known for his quick wit and sense of humor. He had a way of finding the humor in any situation, and even in his final days, continued to bring smiles and laughter to his loved ones.
A funeral service was held at the Little Fort community cemetery on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Larry’s memory, may make donations to the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society, P.O. Box 43, Little Fort B.C., V0E 2C0.
Larry’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for your support and kind thoughts, throughout his journey.
Spooner, Jean Friday, 20 Sep 2013
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Jean Spooner was born in Maple Creek Saskatchewan, as the eldest daughter of Ruth and Jesse Crawford on October 11, 1923.
She passed away on September 20, 2013, just 3 weeks shy of her 90th birthday.
She was predeceased by her parents and both her sisters, Eleanor and Mae. Her loving husband, Mel, predeceased her in 2010. She is survived by her four children: Ken (Marlene), Donna, Pat (Carolyn) and Marilyn (Gerry); three step children: Roy (Laurie), Marty and Melody, 26 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and her little dog, Tracy, who was her great companion after Mel’s death and provided her with a lot of pleasure.
Jean was a resident of Barriere for many years until Mel’s death. After he died she moved to Kamloops to the Shores Retirement Residence and for the last year she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Gerry. She often said that the time she spent with Marilyn and Gerry was the happiest year she had had since Mel’s death.
A Memorial Service for Jean Spooner will be held at the Barriere Senior’s Centre on September 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke fund or a charity of your choice. The service may be seen on-line and condolences sent to the family at Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 250-672-1999.
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