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Karl Krezdorn | October 16, 1937 - June 19, 2020

Karl Otto Krezdorn passed away peacefully at Golden and District Hospital on Friday, June 19, 2020 at the age of 82 years. Karl was born in Sigmaringen, Germany on October 16, 1937 to Otto and Wilhelmine Krezdorn. Working in the lumber business gave him the opportunity to travel the world. Karl moved to Canada in 1981 and Jutta followed in 1982. They were married in 100 Mile House and settled into Canadian life. In 1982 Karl became a Canadian Citizen. Karl was offered a job working for a veneer making company and he and Jutta moved to Parson in 1997. Soon after Karl and Jutta developed the Rocky Mountain Honey Farm. They continued to sell their honey at farmer’s markets in Invermere until 2013 and Golden until 2017. Karl was predeceased by his parents Otto and Wilhelmine Krezdorn. He is survived by his wife Jutta Krezdorn of Parson, B.C., son Bengt Krezdorn and family of Germany, daughters; Charline, Sandra and Leticia of Calgary, Alberta, stepson; Uwe (Melanie) Klikar, sisters; Hannelore Schleu and family of Florida and Jutta Michelsen and family of Germany and brothers; Eberhard Krezdorn and family of Germany and Rolf Krezdorn and family of Scotland.
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Wendy Pecora | April 27, 1941 - June 06, 2020

Wendy Pecora, a well-loved and active member of the community, passed away suddenly on June 6, 2020. She came to Golden 60 years ago from Salmon Arm, to start a teaching career in Parson and then continuing in Golden. After starting a family and becoming a full-time mother, she opened The Hobby House, which she operated for nearly 20 years, and where she also taught ceramics. Wendy was an active community volunteer. Along with many other activities, she participated in and organized events for the Sacred Heart Parish, including teaching catechism; she played the trombone in the Purcell Mountain Orchestra; and was a long serving board member of the Golden Family Centre. She was a long-time member of the Golden Lions Club, holding a variety of executive roles, and organizing numerous Club activities. She received several awards, including the prestigious Melvin Jones Lions International Award recognizing her service to the Lions and her community. Wendy was very skilled and creative enjoying many crafts, always trying different artistic endeavours, and after attempting to teach her children, realized great joy in the success she found with teaching her grandchildren. She was a whiz at Sudoku, and also loved gardening, crocheting, knitting, sewing and baking with her grandchildren. Wendy is survived by her husband Orlando of 58 years. Her children; Talea (Scottie), Michael (Linda), and Thyra (Kristof); her grandchildren; Sierra, Vincent, Clare and Adam. She is also survived by her siblings Jane (Eric), Dick (Brenda), Ed (Lois), Ron (Sue), and many nieces and nephews. Wendy was predeceased by her parents William and Ursula Hunter. She was kind, generous, and selfless, never wanting to be the centre of attention so it is fitting that she was remembered at a private service, held at Sacred Heart Parish on Friday, June 12, 2020, followed by a Christian burial, officiated by Father Joseph Kizhakethottathil, MST. But we will gather for a celebration of her life at a later date. The family appreciate all the support we have received. Donations to the Golden Lions Club can be made in Wendy’s memory at the Golden CIBC.
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Florence Muir | October 19, 1926 - June 03, 2020

Florence Muir passed away in Durand Manor, Golden B.C. on June 3, 2020 at the age of 93 years. There will be no formal funeral service at her own request. Florence was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on October 19, 1926 to Erma and Nick Martin. In 1966 Florence and her young family moved from Hendon, Saskatchewan to Golden, B.C. She worked for a time at Nicholson Store and later volunteered at the secondhand store. Florence was active in the Golden Seniors Center and enjoyed bowling, bingo, crocheting and knitting. Florence was predeceased by her parents Erma and Nick Martin, her brother Wilfred Martin, and her son Thomas Muir. She is survived by her daughter Brenda Muir of Golden, sister Irene Nygren of Kelowna and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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Jeanette Elliott | June 04, 1936 - May 16, 2020

Jeanette (Jan) Elliott, 83, passed away peacefully in Golden, B.C., with her daughter Elaine by her side. Jan was the youngest of nine children born to Karl and Molly Steinhauer. She was predeceased by her six sisters; Pauline, Matilda, Martha, Esther, Edna, and Rita and two brothers; Edward and Henry. Jan married the love of her life Ralph (Duke) Elliott in Edmonton in 1958. They welcomed their three daughters, then moved to Golden in 1968 where their son was later born. Jan was predeceased by her husband Duke. She is survived by her four children: Karen (Rod), Elaine, Christine (James), and Douglas (Leona). Jan will also be missed dearly by 11 grandchildren; Jeanette, Jacqueline (Wes), Katherine (Will), Collin, Travis, Ainsley (Carson), Frank, Jenna (Brandon), Amy, Melissa (Mitchell), and Kylie (Zach) and eight great grandchildren; Terrence (Rachel), Tristan, Sylas, Lucas, Tia, Sofia, Eli and Piper. Jan was a dedicated Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother who was the happiest when surrounded by her family. Our family will always be stronger because of Mom’s loving ways. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate to Durand Manor in Jan’s memory at https://www.ekfh.ca/ or by cheque made out to East Kootenay Foundation for Health, directed to Durand Manor Fund, 13 24th Ave N., Cranbrook, B.C., V2C 3H9.
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Roy Phillip Bechthold | October 21, 1941 - May 19, 2020

Roy Bechthold, a lifelong resident of Golden, B.C., passed away peacefully on May 19th at his home due to heart failure. Roy was in his 78th year. When Roy was born his parents, Richard (Dick) Bechthold and Gerda Hedberg were homesteaders in the Moberly area. Roy’s grandparents, Nels and Edla Hedberg were among the first homesteaders in Moberly settling in the area in 1913. Roy was the only child of Dick and Gerda. Roy spent his early childhood years in Moberly and his fondness of the mountains and the pioneer lifestyle was a lifelong passion. When Roy was about 12 yrs old the family moved into town so he would be close to school. Roy married Bernice Shewaga from Revelstoke in 1961 and the young couple settled in Nicholson, a few miles south of Golden. Roy and Bernice had three sons, Rick, Robin and Jason. For most of his career of 30 years, Roy was an equipment operator for the highways department. Over his lifetime Roy had varied hobbies and interests, including trapping, fishing, berry picking, shooting muzzle loader rifles, knife making, dark room photography, wedding and nature photography, woodworking, ridding quads and computer publishing. Roy was self-taught and he seemed to master most endeavours he embraced. Roy was a history buff, and he was most fond of western Canadian, local and family histories. For a short time he worked for the Golden Museum when the museum was starting up. Roy also enjoyed the poetry of Robert Service and he mastered the reciting of some of Service’s most famous works. Roy leaves behind his wife Bernice of 59 years, his sons Rick (Ina), Robin, Jason (Bonnie), grandsons Rem (Tania), Ron (Mai), Kent, Dustin, granddaughter Sammi (Matt) and four great-grandsons. A private family funeral service was held at the Hindman Bower Funeral Home in Golden, BC on Saturday, May 23, 2020. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Golden Museum in memory of Roy.
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Robert Bruce "Bob" Henderson | June 11, 1950 - May 14, 2020

On May 14, 2020 Bob passed away peacefully at home with his loving family following a stoic battle with cancer. Bob was born in Golden, BC. He was the oldest of four boys: Gord (Wendy), Wayne (Lori), and Allen, born to Bruce and Jean. Bob’s life was full of what mattered most to him: family, friends, and physical activity. During his high school years, he met his best friend and soul mate, Karen. They enjoyed more than fifty years together. Bob and Karen worked hard to build a strong family. They had five children: Shannon (Chris), Jennifer (Lance), Richard, Tyson, and Amanda (Troy). He enjoyed watching his family grow to include ten grandchildren: Zoey, Elise, Molly, Treyden, Teagan, Heidi, Ryann, Hunter, Ellis and Callie. He often commented on how much he appreciated how different they each were. Bob had an extremely rewarding career as a teacher, where he had a profound impact on youth. He just knew how to connect! In his early teaching years, he taught Physical Education and Mathematics in Fernie and Terrace, BC. He thrived most while teaching at The Senior Alternate Program in Salmon Arm until his retirement in 2009. Throughout his career, he coached a wide range of school and community sports. As a coach he had the ideal combination of athleticism, people skills and competitive drive. Bob was an extremely hard working, capable man. During the summers and into his retirement he worked various physical jobs: carpentry, logging, forestry, lumber mills, and the oil industry. Bob was truly a “jack of all trades”; he believed in doing it himself. Along with Karen, their wonderful friends, and Bob’s brothers and their wives, he enjoyed many motorcycle adventures, sports “leagues”, and social events. Bob was often the facilitator of these activities, which always included games, competition, humour, and a good dose of harassment. Bob loved to tease. Most of all he loved pranks. Bob never believed in following the rules simply for the sake of it. He found the perfect balance between risk-taking and stability. One of Bob’s greatest strengths was his ability to bring people together. He worked hard to keep his family together, to maintain connections with extended family, and to connect with friends and co-workers. So many of us can draw on a piece of ourselves that Bob influenced. What a legacy! Bob was predeceased by his parents, Bruce and Jean, and his son Tyson. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to “St. Paul’s Sinus Centre” through St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Phone: 604-682-8206, Web: www.helpstpauls.com Due to current regulations, a small gathering to honour Bob will be held in the future.
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Nora Jean Pilkonis | January 31, 1945 - April 09, 2020

Nora Jean Smith-Pilkonis (née Hayes), passed away peacefully at her home in Enderby, BC on Thursday, April 9th, 2020. She was born in Yelm, WA at the old homestead on January 31st, 1945, to Gano Solomon Hayes and Elizabeth Anne Hayes (née Nasner). She graduated from Yelm High School in 1963, before marrying her first husband (now deceased) Jerald W. Smith of Kellogg, ID. She is survived by her five children Bryan Smith of Mission, BC; Brenda Smith of Golden, BC; Cassandra Stadfeld of Enderby, BC; Mauri Ellingson of Okanogan, WA; Erin Smith of Golden, BC; their spouses and her beloved 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Nora most enjoyed spending her time outside nurturing her garden and petting her cats. In winter she’d often be found engrossed in a fictional novel or playing crib and laughing with friends and family. A Celebration of Life will be held at her home the third weekend in July 2020 (pending the US border being opened). Those who knew her can gather, grieve, love, and laugh at stories of her life… Interment in the Golden Cemetery will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter or the SPCA.
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Clayton Benjamin Mitchell | May 04, 1943 - March 11, 2020

Clayton “Ben” Mitchell Passed away peacefully in his home, March 11, 2020 at the age of 76. Preceded in death by his parents Dorita Dishan, Dennis Dishan (step-father), Ben Mitchell Sr. and Mabel Mitchell (step-mother). Survived by his wife Sheila of 57 years, sons Steven (Myrna) Mitchell, Ken (Elsa) Mitchell, Lance (Stacey) Mitchell and daughter Wendy Mitchell, 8 grand children, 12 great-grand children and brothers Rick Dishan and Brad Dishan. For many years he was an avid hunter, enjoyed family camping and fishing trips. In his retirement he took up golf, pool and cribbage participating in tournaments. He enjoyed every minute spent with his grandchildren.
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Kenneth Thompson | December 22, 1940 - February 10, 2020

Long time Golden resident and beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle Kenneth (Ken) Thompson passed away peacefully at the Golden Hospital on February 10, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Golden. A private family interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to remember Ken may make a donation, in his memory to The East Kootney Foundation For Health, option Golden and District Hospital at https://www.ekfh.ca/ Ken was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, seventh of nine children born to parents Harry and Hilda (Morton) Thompson. Ken grew up on the family farm in St. Stephen where he developed a strong work ethic along with his above-honest disposition; traits which remained with Ken throughout his life. Ken left school and moved out west to join his brother Jack, Fred and Harry in Banff. He worked at the Banff Springs Golf course for a time and then moved to Parson where he worked at the Crestbrook Mill. Some of his lifelong friendships were forged during this time and were still strong until the time of his death. Also, during this time, he met his wife Maureen. Ken and Maureen moved to Prince George and were married in 1963. They returned to Parson and had two children; Catherine and Kenneth Jr. In 1973 they moved to Donald and when the mill closed they built a house and moved to Golden. Ken took his Saw Filer Apprenticeship at BCIT and worked at the trade for many years in the lumber industry. Ken liked telling stories about the interesting characters he had encounters with over the years and his favorite hobby was cutting wood. Ken was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need and supported several charities. Ken Thompson was very special to all who knew him and will be greatly missed. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the very dedicated and caring staff and the Golden Hospital; especially, Linda, Kristen and Tracy.
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R. Wayne Manzer | November 27, 1947 - January 20, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Raymond (Wayne) Manzer in Golden on January 20, 2020. Wayne was born on Vancouver Island and grew up in the cities of Vancouver and Winnipeg. His travels as a young man took him to Montreal, to Northern Manitoba where he worked in a mining camp, and then in a variety of jobs until he landed up in Golden to work on the Sue Fire of 1971. Wayne’s love of the mountains and the outdoor life was perfectly matched to the Columbia Valley. He lived and worked in Golden for nearly 50 years. His careers included tree planting, creating and managing his company “Rainbow Painting”, and working as an assistant teacher in both Project Adamant and the Alternate School where he developed a life skills program for the students and introduced them to outdoor adventures in canoeing, camping and hiking. He began working for CMH in the new Bobbie Burns Lodge in the winter of 1981/82 as the maintenance man and the following year pursued a career in massage therapy. He was instrumental in establishing and managing a massage program throughout CMH for the next ten years. During this time he also worked as a summer heli-hiking guide which he claimed was one of the most rewarding jobs he ever had. Wayne established his massage practice in Golden in 1991 and spent another 20 years constantly learning, healing and sharing his knowledge with clients and health care professionals. Wayne loved music and dancing; he also took lessons in singing and performed several times in public. He appreciated and supported the arts program and attended endless dances, performances and movies. His involvement in the community as a volunteer, board member or supporter was extensive. The Food bank, the Family Centre, Kicking Horse Culture, Wildsight, the Seva Foundation, and of course, the Nordic Centre were among Wayne’s favorite causes. From the time that the Nordic Centre was only a barricade and an outhouse on the road, Wayne supported the vision of a world class lodge with all the amenities offering incredible skate and classic cross-country ski trails. He helped develop that vision and went on to establish a rental and lesson program, as well as to help in planning and creating a snowshoe trail at Dawn Mountain. He was so happy to share his passion for skiing with anyone who showed up. A decade ago, on a whim he travelled to Prince Edward Island and was captivated by the beauty of the people and the solitude of the ocean and the red sand beaches. He spent many happy days there in a little cottage where he and Grace would hide out for long summer days. Even though he was from “away”, he made many close friends and was accepted as a member into the community. Wayne’s cancer diagnosis changed his direction, but not his determination. He never missed an opportunity to meet new people, try the latest and greatest of anything, and share stories of his lifetime of adventures. Wayne leaves a legacy of learning, of giving, and inspiring others to be a better version of themselves. He was loved by many and will be sadly missed by his friends and extended family, especially the children now grown; Jessica (Steven), Jeffrey (Nora) and Taylor (Samantha), but most of all by his loving partner and cherished companion, Grace. Wayne’s wish was to be cremated and spread at many of his Sacred Places so you will probably meet him on your journeys one day. A Memorial Service for Wayne will be held on Saturday February 29th at 2pm in the Baptist Church in Golden. A reception will follow.
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