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Donna Inkster | August 24, 1931 - January 22, 2020

Donna Kathleen Inkster passed away at Mount Cartier Court, Revelstoke on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at the age of 88 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Donna’s own request. Donna was born in Huntsville, Ontario on August 24, 1931 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1973. As a young lady Donna loved the time she spent as a telephone operator with her mother working at her dad's company in Huntsville Ontario. Donna spent many years moving around Canada with her husband and family from one construction job to another. After moving to Revelstoke they bought and operated the Revel Inn grocery store and Mount Begbie Motel for 6 years. She was then partner and bookkeeper for East End Auto Body and Columbia Towing. Donna especially enjoyed helping with the Shriners Bingo and traveling. Donna’s kids and grand children were an important part of her life. Donna was predeceased by her husband Kip in 2001. She is survived by her four children: Michael (Elaine) of Abbotsford, Crystal (Peter) Davis of Nakusp, Andrew (Kathy) of Revelstoke and Scott of Revelstoke: seven grandchildren; Jeff (Lyn), Michelle (Mike), Brianne, Drew (Chris), Shaina, Dylan and Lenelle; three great grandchildren; Maddac, Ferris, Maddison and her sister-in-law Doris Inkster of Michigan, USA. The family would like to thank Dr. Brown and all the staff at Cartier Court for their care and kindness to Donna.
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Dorothy "Peaches" Caponero | May 14, 1939 - January 21, 2020

Dorothy Ella “Peaches” Caponero passed away at Mount Cartier Court on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the age of 80 years. There will be no formal funeral service by Dorothy’s own request. Dorothy was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan on May 14, 1939 and had been a resident of Revelstoke for the past 30 years. She was an avid 25-year member of the Black Powder Shooting Club. Dorothy was a great gardener and flower arranger. She enjoyed baking and playing the spoons. Dorothy loved to sing and was a wonderful singer. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Larry Caponero, her older sister Anne Liefke and her older brother Alf Fester. She is survived by her son Mike (Trish) Chabot of Coldstream; granddaughter Tori Chabot; her twin sister Doris Grant of Kelowna and a her very special niece Leanne Busslinger of Vernon.
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Anne Kocherkewych | December 20, 1948 - January 05, 2020

Anne Marie Kocherkewych passed away at St. Paul’s General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., on January 5, 2020 at the age of 72 years. A funeral service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 510 MacKenzie Ave, Revelstoke, on January 17th at 11:00 a.m. Father Andrzej Wasylinko of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kamloops will Officiate. Reception and interment to follow. In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Home for Mercy Ozorowych of Holy Eucharist Cathedral 408 5th Avenue, New Westminster, B.C., V3L 1S2 C: 604-704-5889 Anne’s numerous world travels included several trips to Ukraine. Her bucket list included living in Ukraine and volunteering at the orphanage. She loved travelling, children and animals.
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Domenic Marcoffio | December 05, 1934 - January 03, 2020

Domenic Marcoffio passed away at Queen Victoria Hospital, Revelstoke on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 with his loving wife by his side, at the age of 85 years. Prayers will be recited from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Tuesday evening, January 14th at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday morning, January 15th at 10:30 a.m. with Father Cecil Nunez celebrant. Pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus. Burial will follow in the family plot of Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. Domenic was born in Sepino, Italy on December 5, 1934 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1972, moving here after living in Field for 22 years. He was a Yard Foreman for C.P. Rail for many years. Domenic was a hard-working man who enjoyed gardening, going for walks, being with his family, and the occasional game of bocce. Domenic was predeceased by his parents and his brother. He is survived by his wife Annette of Revelstoke; two children: Joe (Melissa) of Revelstoke and Lucia (Brad) of Calgary; five grandchildren: Rhoda, Max, Ben, Kristiane and Nathan; one sister Christina (Nunzio) of Hartford, Connecticut as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
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Sydney Thompson | May 18, 1954 - January 03, 2020

Sydney Thompson left this world on January 3, 2020 at the age of 65. It is with great happiness and relief for her, but with sadness for her friends and family that we have to say goodbye to a wonderful woman. Syd was predeceased by her mother Mary Thompson in 2014. She will forever be remembered by her loving sister Peg (Michael) Jones of Victoria, cousins and many friends. Sydney was raised in Revelstoke, lived for a time during her teens in Prince George, returning to live and work in Revelstoke before leaving for Vancouver. After Sydney was diagnosed with MS she returned to Revelstoke where she has remained for the past 22 years. Sydney loved her dog Osa, and wherever you saw Syd, Osa was with her, until Osa’s passing in 2016. Her sense of humour had no bounds and she has always brought laughter and joy to those who knew and loved her. While she was still able, she was an avid reader and always a lover of music and movies. She lived life on her terms, even through the stages of MS as it took away her physical abilities. Syd never lost control of what she wanted and how she chose to live and did so right to the very end. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all who have supported and enhanced Syd’s quality of life over the years. Those who were with her to the very end, her friend and advisor Maria Stagliano, friends and caregivers Barb Bjorge and Angie Threatful, her physician, Dr. Kate McCarroll, nurse practitioner Ann-Marie Gill, all the staff at the Cottages and all the caregivers throughout the years. A Funeral Service will be held at a later date. This will be announced in the local paper and shared with other local friends who will spread the word as well.
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Carol Kolt | February 15, 1957 - December 31, 2019

Carol Ann Kolt passed away at Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke on December 31, 2019 at the age of 62 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Edmonton later this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Shuswap/Revelstoke Branch, Box 3275, 433 Hudson Ave N.E., Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 4S1, in memory of Carol. Carol was born in Edmonton, Alberta on February 15, 1957. She was one of eight children born to John and Margaret Kozicki. After growing up in Edmonton Carol moved to British Columbia in her twenties with her young family. She loved animals. Carol had a passion for making and sharing her family-famous perogies. In her younger years, Carol was known for her love of bowling and attended many bowling tournaments. She was known to spend her free time scouring antique shops looking for the perfect find for her home. Carol was predeceased by her parents, five siblings and a nephew. She is survived by her partner Joe Palczer; children; Valene, Carlene, Kaitlynn and Damian, grandchildren; Brayden, Samuel and Jaicob and siblings; Cathy and Allan.
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Ethel McCracken | October 02, 1926 - December 25, 2019

Ethel McCracken passed away peacefully at Mt Cartier Court the evening of December 25th, 2019 after a courageous battle with vascular dementia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Revelstoke Commuity Foundation, Ethel McCracken Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 189, Revelstoke, B.C., V0E 2S0. Ethel was born in Fredericton Junction New Brunswick and was the youngest surviving child in the family of eleven children (Arthur, Larry, Harvey, Helen, Vance, Charlie, Lloyd, James, Joey (Myrtle) and baby Margaret) born to Loretta (Brawn) and Arthur McCracken. She was affectionately nicknamed Essie by her siblings. Ethel enjoyed adventure! When in High School during 1942, her sister Helen who was a nurse came home from a ski trip in the Laurentian Mountains with a broken leg and told Ethel about a new profession called an X-Ray Technician. Ethel immediately knew that this was going to be her future career. She mentioned this career choice to one of her uncles and he said she would never find work and to do something else. Ethel moved to St. John New Brunswick in 1944 to study X-Ray at St. Joseph’s Hospital. It was here that she answered her first telephone call and it was here that she learned that World War 2 was over and that her three brothers and sister who were serving would be coming home alive. As the 79th person registered as a Radiological Technician in all of Canada, her future dreams of travel and adventure began. Ethel worked in St. John NB, Fairville NB, Perth Ontario and then her and her sister Joey (nurse) moved to Montreal to live with their sister Helen and family. From there Ethel and Joey moved to Calgary Alberta to experience some of the real excitement out west. Her sister Joey often told of the high level of respect that the Doctors who worked with Ethel had for her skill, ability and precision in always getting the exact angle needed for the perfect X-Ray and never “wasting an X-Ray film”. She met and married Cecil Gurley in Calgary and their son, Reg was born there in 1954. They moved on to Jaffray, Vernon and finally Revelstoke with Ethel always working in X-Ray. Once Ethel set foot in Revelstoke in 1960, she said she was never leaving this beautiful community and the spectacular Mt Begbie. Linda joined the family in 1962. Her love for Revelstoke continued with Reg and Linda raising their families in the community close to Nana. Ethel believed in owning property and did very well with her choices. She re-started her personal life in Revelstoke twice with saving and purchasing homes for her family and eventually settling into her duplex on Maley Road. From 1960 to 1968, Ethel worked part time and on call at the old Queen Victoria Hospital. When Linda went to Kindergarten, Ethel took a full-time position. By 1970 she was Head X-Ray technician and opened the new and state of the art X-Ray Department at the new QVH in 1971. Ethel retired from QVH in 1991. She was always modest about her successful 30 + year career in Revelstoke. Many long time Revelstokians will remember Ethel for her excellent care in an emergency situation. “Take a deep breath and hold it”. Ethel’s absolute pride and joy began with the arrival of her grandchildren. First with Ryan Buhler, Kyle Buhler, Leslie Ann Gurley, Eric Gurley and later Linda and Alan Chell’s blended family grandchildren Mary Chell and Richard Chell. She became affectionately called Nana for the next 36 years of her life. Nana said she didn’t think it could get any better! But it did with the arrival of her Great Grandchildren: Mary and her husband Steve’s children David and Lauryn Kline; Richard and Michelle’s children Braeden and Leila Chell; Leslie Ann and Kazu’s children Maika and Amane Takinami and Kyle and Brianna’s children Briar and Ember Buhler. Her life was full of mutual love and affection. Travel! Oh how Ethel loved to travel! She explored over 40 countries, 9 Canadian provinces and one territory and almost all of the USA states in her lifetime. She would return from one trip and start saving immediately for the next one. Ireland, tracing her McCracken roots was one of her favourite countries, visiting there multiple times. Also in the best trip category were Russia, China, Greece, Turkey and Egypt. In her last decade of life, Ethel was content at her condo at Selkirk Gardens reading and tending her incredible patio garden. She had, and made, many close friends there and those years were truly enjoyable. Her travels continued but only within Canada to return to her beloved childhood home of New Brunswick multiple times to visit her siblings and 22 nieces and nephews. These trips were treasured memories, filled with laughter and love plus an adventure story or two. When the time came that the disease of dementia required Ethel to have a higher level of care, her family felt very fortunate that Mt Cartier Court “Cottages” was “10 minutes” from her children’s homes and that the family knew most of the MCC staff. She moved into the Cottages in October 2017. Family were able to visit her nearly every single day of the 2 years and 2 months Ethel lived there. She also loved hearing of her granddaughter Leslie Ann’s life in Japan and loved seeing these family members every year. Nana was also introduced to FaceTime to stay in touch with her family in Japan. After her first Facetime experience at Christmas a few years ago, Ethel said “isn’t that remarkable! I wonder what my mother would think of that?”. Through her dementia journey, Dr Courtenay Rennie was always there with us and we are eternally grateful! Ethel’s end of life journey was supported by nursing and care professionals who took care of us with their knowledge, skills and love. Thank you. Ethel’s family were able to have two full days of “a Christmas miracle” when she woke up lucid and fully cognitive just before her passing. Each family member had the time to talk and share memories with Nana, hold her hand, see her blow kisses to the great grandchildren and see the joy and love in her eyes when family were visiting. We said goodbye to Nana after having our family Christmas dinner and being able to describe the joy of the evening to her. She slipped away peacefully at 9:10 pm on Christmas night. Please, each Christmas night, join our family and raise your glass of white wine, slightly dry with lots of ice.... oh, maybe just half a glass.... and remember our Ethel, Mom, Nana. The family are having a private Celebration of Life and Ethel will have one more trip Down East to Fredericton Junction in the summer of 2020 to be with her mother and father.
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Gerald Livesey | March 29, 1938 - December 20, 2019

Jerry Livesey, 81, passed away on December 20th, 2019. Fittingly, he was engaged in an outdoor activity which was a hallmark of his physically active life. If you knew Jerry, we invite you to join us at a Celebration of Life on Tuesday, January 7th at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Begbie Brewing Co., 2155 Oak Dr, Revelstoke, B.C. For directions visit their website at www.mt-begbie.com. Jerry was most comfortable in jeans, and he'd appreciate it if you come as you are. *A separate Ontario service will be held in July for Jerry’s numerous Ontario family and friends. Jerry was born in Kingsville, Ontario to a family with 13 kids! He enlisted in the Air Force, was stationed in Germany, sailed from Canada to the Bahamas, and worked on the Arctic Circle's DEW line - all before marrying the love of his life, Frieda. He then passionately enjoyed working for BC Hydro while he raised his family, first at a post in what he called the "valley paradise" of Shalalth BC, and later in Revelstoke from 1986 until his retirement in 2018 at the age of 80! Jerry loved outdoor adventures, including biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and paragliding. He was enthralled by electronics projects, playing the piano, labeling things, listening to classical music, drinking local beers and listening to CBC radio. He is survived by his wife Frieda; daughter Laura (Rod); son Brian and brothers Lawrence and Alan. We would love to hear a story or joke about the time you shared together either online at or by joining us at his celebration of life.
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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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