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Maura Dower | December 31, 1958 - December 03, 2019

Maura Theresa Dower passed away at her home in Revelstoke on December 3, 2019 at the age of 60 years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Revelstoke on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Cecil Nunez celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Revelstoke Humane Society, P.O. Box 340, Revelstoke, B.C., V0E 2S0, in memory of Maura. Maura was born in New Hyde Park, New York, U.S.A. on December 31, 1958. In her early years she enjoyed Jones Beach on Long Island, and was an avid swimmer. Maura spent her younger years working a block from Madison Square Gardens. In Revelstoke she worked at Nanimahoo Art Gallery and volunteered with the Red Cross. Maura was an R.N. with a big heart. She enjoyed hiking, walking her dog McDougal and spending time with friends. Maura was a voracious reader and a great conversationalist. Maura was predeceased by her parents Joe and Theresa Dower. She is survived by her husband Dale Dusang; sister Ellen (J.J.) Goldsmith of Orlando, Florida, brothers; Larry Dower of Long Island, N.Y. and Tom Dower of New York, N.Y, her faithful dog McDougal and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Gerda Winter | March 27, 1932 - December 02, 2019

On December 2, 2019 Gerda Winter passed away peacefully, surrounded by her immediate family. She is survived by her daughter Andrea, her son Norman, her grandson Leif, and, in Germany, her siblings: Manfreid Schoenig, Malice Novak and Friedhelm Schoenig. Gerda was born in Wattenscheid, Germany on March 27, 1932. Early in the Second World War she was moved to Eastern Germany where she lived with foster parents for a time. She had an active childhood and would often recount stories of skiing in the Alps. It is assumed that after the war she completed a business assistant degree or certificate. In 1956 Gerda started corresponding with Fred Winter and on October 1, 1957 they married. The new couple soon returned to Flin Flon, Manitoba to start a new life together and raise a family. They had a passion for x-country skiing and spent many hours volunteering for the local club. Gerda was well renowned at local gatherings for her delicious meals and mouthwatering pastries. She spent her time raising her family and working part time at the local newspaper, The Daily Reminder. Summers were spent at the cottage where she enjoyed swimming and gardening. In 1994 Fred and Gerda moved to Salmon Arm, B.C. to be closer to family. While in B.C. they engaged in x-country skiing, swimming, dancing and gardening. A Memorial Service will be held at Brandon Bowers Funeral Home in Revelstoke, B.C. on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or The Salvation Army.
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Andy Vanryckeghem | January 07, 1929 - November 25, 2019

Andre Roger Vanryckeghem January 7, 1929 – November 25, 2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Vanryckeghem at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the age of 90 years. There will be no service as per Andy’s request. Andy was born in Roeselare, Belgium to Achiel and Martha Vanryckeghem. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 25. He became a Canadian Citizen on February 19, 1958. Andy married Shirley Wyld on September 17, 1966. They moved to Revelstoke in 1968 and he worked as a machine operator at Mica Dam. Andy was the owner of Alpine Trailer Towing. He moved many camps, mobile homes and houseboats throughout his many years. He was a hard worker and loved his job and loved driving his truck. Andy didn’t stop working and driving his truck until the age of 87, when he finally retired. We are very proud of the man our dad was, and his work ethic. Andy was predeceased by his wife Shirley on July 12, 2019. He is survived by his children Brenda (Grant) Ross, Wendy (Rick) Leibel and Stephen (Nerissa) Vanryckeghem; his grandchildren Josh, Sarah, Alexis, Naomi, Dennon, Alysha, Mitchel, Mackenzie, Caleb and Lydia as well as his sister Simone Bessem. Andy’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Natalia, all the Home Care Workers and the Nurses at Queen Victoria Hospital for their exceptional care they gave our dad for the past year.
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Leonard Sulz | October 11, 1932 - November 19, 2019

Mr. Leonard George Sulz passed away at his home in Malakwa on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at the age of 87 years. A Celebration of Life, for the late Len Sulz will be held from the Malakwa School on Wednesday, December 11th at 2 pm. Len was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on October 11, 1932 to George and Martha Sulz. He was raised on the family farm in both Shuler and Lousana, Alberta. Due to family hardship, Len went to work at an early age. The farm life was hard but satisfying for Len and his family. He learned to ride a horse at a young age and that lead to some time following the rodeo circuit. His foray into rodeo was a great adventure but ultimately hard on his body. After numerous broken bones including his back, Len opted for a more sedate work environment. He worked for CN Rail during the day and then drove truck in the evenings, picking up grain from farmers, delivering to the elevator, and then travelling onto the coal mine and returning to the farmer with a load of coal. With the family’s move to Medicine Hat, Len continued to drive truck part time and then found work at Dominion Glass in Redcliff. His work in the glass industry led him to British Columbia in 1969 and onto Consumers Glass in Lavington. He and his family took up residence in nearby Vernon. After the dissolution of his first marriage, Len married Joleyne Platzer in July 1976 and added another son to his two existing children. Len and Joleyne resided in Armstrong, B.C. and Trochu, Alberta before settling in Malakwa 15 years ago. Len’s hobbies included farming, gardening, bowling, baseball, woodworking, camping, hunting and fishing as well as playing his guitar. He also served as the Revelstoke Farmer’s Market Manager for a term. Len was predeceased by parents George & Martha Sulz, brother Bill, infant sister Olinda, brother-in-law, Lorne Bohnet; parents-in-law Bertha and Steve Platzer; sister-in-law Theresa Platzer and brother-in-law Roy Platzer. He is survived by his wife Joleyne of Malakwa; three children: Gary (Chrissie) of Revelstoke, Cheryl (Larry) Wehren of Targetville, N.B. & Stephen (Ji-Seon) of Delta; six grandchildren: Scott (Aimée) Sulz of South Surrey, Nathan (Amber) Sulz of Vernon, Jared Sulz of Courtenay, Christopher (Christina) Sulz of Moncton, N.B., Claire Platzer of Delta & Aiden Platzer of Delta; seven great grandchildren: Elijah, Annalise, Samuel, Jacob, Kylie, Bryden, Kaleb and Kiera; three sisters: Doreen Bohnet of Calgary, Edna (Barry) Deering of Medicine Hat & Vivian (Ron) Grover of Medicine Hat; sister-in-law Lillian Sulz of Medicine Hat; brothers-in-law Danny Platzer of Sicamous and Ben (Dolly) Platzer of Kamloops; sisters-in-law: Donna Platzer of Kenai, Alaska, Sharon Platzer of Winlaw, B.C., Judy Platzer of Sicamous and Kathy (Kevin) Platzer of Sicamous as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements are in the care of his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Chrissie Sulz; Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.
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Wolfgang Schlemmer | February 17, 1947 - November 18, 2019

Wolfgang Hans Schlemmer passed away at Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke on November 18, 2019 at the age of 72 years. There will be no formal service by Wolf’s own request. Wolf was born in Füssen, Germany on February 17, 1947 to Kurt and Eva Schlemmer. An enthusiastic explorer of life, Wolf was a world traveler, mountain climber, skier, kayaker, pilot, parachutist, and author. Wolf and his wife Monika moved to Revelstoke with their family in 1999 when they purchased the KOA campground east of town. He loved exploring the mountains and lakes around Revelstoke and instilled his passion for adventure in his family by taking them on hiking and camping trips. Often those trips would end with Wolf playing his guitar around the campfire in the evening. Wolf’s love for adventure came in second only to the fierce love he had for his wife, kids, and grandkids. For Wolf, family was everything. Wolf was predeceased by his parents Kurt and Eva Schlemmer. He is survived by his wife Monika of Revelstoke and his children: Patrick Schlemmer of Revelstoke, Daniel (Stefanie) Schlemmer of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Julia (Chris) Gauer of Revelstoke, and Kilian (Alicia) Schlemmer of Halifax, Nova Scotia; his grandchildren: Raphael, Ella, Jayden, Bria and Finley; his brother Gerhard (Ulrike) Schlemmer of Germany; his mother-in-law Gertraud John of Germany, as well as many nieces, nephews, and numerous close friends. Wolf’s family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Queen Victoria Hospital for their compassionate care and service.
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Betty Sanders | May 01, 1932 - November 16, 2019

May 1, 1932 - November 16, 2019 Betty Joyce Sanders passed away at Mt. Cartier Court in Revelstoke on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Born in Vancouver, she came to Revelstoke as a baby and remained there until her passing. Betty was predeceased by her half-brothers Gordon and Bob Schindler and her long-time companion, George Kalanchy. She is survived by her half-brother David Schindler and several cousins. She will also be missed by members of her Kalanchy family (Fran, Greg and numerous Kalanchy children who knew her as Nana). Betty was raised in Revelstoke by her grandparents. She finished high school and soon after married Kenneth George. In her twenties, Betty assumed responsibility for raising her three cousins (aged six and four years), Allan, Anne and Gary Ross. In her late years, she was an avid gardener. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time at the Kalanchy’s cabin on Kalamalka Lake. Betty spent her final years at Mt. Cartier Court which provided her with many opportunities to show her social side. She was always happy and smiling. Betty’s family would like to thank the staff at Mt. Cartier Court and Dr. Rennie for the excellent care they provided to Betty. At Betty’s request there will be no service.
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Glen McGregor | April 25, 1930 - November 14, 2019

Wilfred “Glen” McGregor passed away at Mount Cartier Court on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at the age of 89 years. A Funeral Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, P.O. Box 1618, Revelstoke, B.C. V0E 2S0, in memory of Glen. Glen was born on the family farm near Pratt, Manitoba on April 25, 1930 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since the early 1950’s. Glen was a CPR conductor for 38 years, retiring on February 1, 1989. Glen was a member of the Nordic Ski Club and groomed for the Moonlight Ski and helped with building back-country cabins. He was also a member of the Revelstoke Search & Rescue, Friends of the National Parks, Silvertips Senior Ball team and participated in the Senior Games, winning Gold medals for running. Glen enjoyed riding his bike around town and always had a wave and a smile for all. He especially loved to play with his grandchildren and taught many of them to ride their bikes, and left his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with many positive fond memories. Glen is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan of Revelstoke; three children: Cindy Crawford (Kevin) of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Barbara McGregor (Trent) of Revelstoke and Keith McGregor (Mary)of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; eight grandchildren: Heather, David, Luci, Louie, Kerrie, Riley, Kaitlynn and Lucas and 17 great grandchildren.
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Steve Bender | August 20, 1947 - November 08, 2019

Stephen John “Steve” Bender passed away at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at the age of 72 years. There will be no formal service by his own request. Steve was born in Kitchener, Ontario on August 20th, 1947 to Ruth and Alfred Bender. He studied broadcasting at Conestoga College that began a lifelong love of broadcasting on both radio and television. Steve’s first broadcasting job was in Wingham Ontario. He then worked for CTV and CKKW radio in Kitchener, as well as CFCO CTV in Chatham, Ontario and freelance for CFCA FM radio in Toronto. He was an all-night D.J. and a radio talk show host for 10 years in Kitchener, Ontario. Steve hosted “Bender Beat”; a two-minute documentary of local issues on the televised six o’clock news. Further in his career Steve worked for Revelstoke’s CKCR radio. He loved jogging and skiing and was an active Ski Friend at Chicopee Ski Club, helping new skiers to learn the sport. He wrote a story in 1991 that was featured in Ski Canada Magazine. In 1992 Steve, his wife, Adelheid, and daughter Heidi moved to Revelstoke. He quickly became involved in the community as a member of Rotary from 1992-2019 and serving on Revelstoke City council from 2008-2014. Steve was the first Administrator of the Forestry Museum working with Bob Clarke and Adelheid until 2008 when he retired. After retirement he worked at Home Hardware part time and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of woodworking, plumbing and wiring, Steve helped raise money for many charities including Big Brothers while working in broadcasting in Kitchener-Waterloo. Steve was predeceased by his parents and parents-in-law. He is survived by his wife Adelheid; daughter Heidi (Chris) Swanson of Revelstoke; his brother Paul (Cate) Bender of Waterloo, Ontario; his niece Elizabeth (Jim) of Waterloo, Ontario and grand dog Cosmo. Steve is also survived by his nephews Sean (Rachel), Adam (Jennifer), Scott (Grace) Meyer, Brandon (Marybeth) Nikel and Colin (Michelle) Nikel, and niece Cheryl (David) Hayman.
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Marion Jones | June 03, 1928 - November 06, 2019

Marion Grace Jones passed away at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 at the age of 91 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Revelstoke United Church on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend David Cooke officiating. Marion was born in Chapleau, Ontario on June 3, 1928 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1945. She was an active member of the Order of The Eastern Star since 1951, The Revelstoke United Church and the Senior Citizen’s Association. Marion was a former Girl Guide leader and sang in the Senior’s Choir. She enjoyed curling, cross-country skiing, bowling, golfing, swimming and skating, along with baking and knitting. Marion especially enjoyed watching curling and hockey on the television. She loved the time she spent every summer at the family property on Slocan Lake (Valhalla) for 32 years. When not at the lake, they liked touring Canada and the USA. Marion was predeceased by her husband Con, parents Bill and Norma Sinfield, her twin sister Margaret McMahon and her sister Ruth Melnyk. She is survived by her son Kent (Laurie) of Revelstoke; grandchildren: Trevor (Andrea) Lenzi of Revelstoke, Tanya (Justin) Haskett of Cochrane, Alberta and Jeff (Sarah) Lenzi of Revelstoke; great grandchildren: Ethan, Caleb, Cole, Eden, Arlo and Grayson, her grand dog Sydney, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Revelstoke United Church or the Revelstoke Senior Citizen’s Association, in memory of Marion. Marion’s family would like to thank Dr. Johnson and the staff of Queen Victoria Hospital for the wonderful care given to Marion.
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Roy Scott | June 07, 1935 - November 05, 2019

Roy E Scott born June 7th, 1935 in New Westminster, British Columbia, passed away on November 5th, 2019 at age 84 in his home-town, Revelstoke, BC. Roy was a man who loved nature and was most alive when being a part of it. Fishing, boating, hunting and golf kept Roy connected to nature. His career path led him through working for several shoe stores and at one stage managed two different locations in the interior of BC. Driving every weekend to one location and back to the other. This was a challenge to say the least which compelled his decision to move to Revelstoke, where he and his wife, Marion, made their home and lived their lives. Revelstoke provided the perfect place for Roy to live the way he loved. Even if that meant snow plowing five feet of snow each year! His passion for hunting and the knowledge he gained hunting bears made him a perfect hunting guide for other grizzly hunters. He enjoyed recounting some of the harrowing stories of the hunts he led. Roy also loved a good wager. But only when he felt the odds were in his favour! Yes, Roy knew when a bet was good. He was born with a poker face. Whether the bet be for a game of curling, a bowling match or betting on golf teams in the Revelstoke Golf Club tournaments. Being the club captain for several years gave Roy an insider’s look at all the players and these insights fuelled his competitive edge when betting. He was a solitary man who was filled with conviction in his views and beliefs. He was selective in whom he let get close to him and was a sincere, faithful, loyal husband and friend. While he may never forget people he felt did him wrong, he had an equally timeless love for those he held dear to his heart. Roy was a quiet, reserved man who chose his words carefully. If he gave an answer to a question asked of him you could be sure he had considered it in depth before speaking. You learned to be patient in waiting for a response. Those who were close to him respected his thoughtfulness and allowed him all the time he needed. And this is truly what can be said of Roy in how he conducted himself, how he lived his life and in how he passed away: he took all the time he needed. For those of us who loved him we’re glad he did. He and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Roy’s parents were Gladys Lillian Scott and Jonathon William Scott. His surviving relatives are his two brothers Frederick Earl Scott and Bruce Sherwood Scott, his nephews Wade Pearse and Thomas Pearse and his niece, Dawn Macpherson. A memorial service will be held at Roy’s home in Revelstoke in late spring 2020. This will be announced in the local paper and shared with other local friends who will spread the word as well. To honour the memory of Roy instead of giving flowers it would be greatly appreciated to donate any amount desired to one of these charities: Revelstoke Hospice Society, Box 3133, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0 or BC Cancer Society, http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/donate.
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