Entered into the rest of the Lord on May 23. He will be dearly missed by his Bethesda Community and friends. A graveside service will be held on June 25, 2020 at the Mount Lehman Cemetery, located in the 29000 block of Taylor Road, Abbotsford. The service will be live streamed on the Ancient Burials Facebook page as well. May he rest in Peace.
December 10, 1983 - May 23, 2020 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our kind, generous, funny and lovable son, Alexander Hall.
Alex is survived by his parents, Ross and Susan, special confidante and very supportive and loving sister, Jennifer, brothers Steve (Tracey) and Denny (Nikki) and many aunties, uncles, cousins and other extended family.
Alex loved his family, his many true and loyal friends but mostly his darling daughter Zeyla, who was the light and joy of his life. Alex will be forever missed and loved. We are left with a huge hole in our hearts. Rest easy, lovely Boy.
Perhaps at a later time when it is safe, friends and family may be able to say goodbye together.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Alex's name may be made to Connaught Heights Elementary School, New Westminster. You may also go to https://newwestschools.ca/contact-us/donations/ then click on New Westminster School Online Donations. Select Connaught Heights and the amount. You may also issue a cheque payable to SD40 New Westminster and include the school name and in memory of Alex Hall. A charity of your choice is also an honourable way to remember Alex and just as greatly appreciated.
Mary Thielmann (Hildebrandt) passed away peacefully, and as gracefully as she lived her life, on Tuesday, May 14, 2020 in Menno Home in Abbotsford, BC. Her family was able to be with her - a person at a time - during her last 8 days on earth. What a priceless gift this was!
Mary was born on March 26, 1931, in Einlage, Ukraine. She was the third daughter born to Anna (Dyck) and Heinrich Hildebrandt after Annie and Erna, and was followed by her brother, Henry. Mary’s childhood and education were unpredictable and disrupted by World War 2. Her first two school years were in the Russian language, and then continued very sporadically in German when the German army moved in. Her family fled Ukraine, making their way to Germany. Ten months later they were moved to Poland and lived there until the beginning of 1945 when, at night, they heard a knock on their window and were warned to leave because the Russian soldiers were moving in. God protected them, and they were able to escape to Venigerode, Germany. The Russians took this area over later on, but after some time the family was able to move into the “American” zone. From there, they boarded a ship bound for Canada and made the 10-day voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, immigrating to Canada. It was the spring of 1948. Mary began a new chapter in her life - in a land of freedom - as a 17 year old girl settling in Chilliwack BC with her family.
Mary and Albert Thielmann met in Chilliwack, although she had first seen Albert on the street below her window in Germany, and Albert had seen her onboard the ship to Canada. They were married on September 19, 1954 and began their life together in Vancouver and then Burnaby where their family grew to three sons and two daughters. Mary loved being a mother and fully enjoyed her children, often referring to all of them as her blessings.
Their church community was a very important part of family life. Mary and Albert never lost the wonder of this new found freedom they now had in Canada to freely gather together in churches to worship God. Bible reading and worship songs no longer had to be kept top secret as they had throughout their young lives in communist Russia. They became invested members of 43rd MB Church in Vancouver and then helped form the new church plant of Willingdon MB Church in Burnaby. Central Heights Church became their church family when Mary and Albert realized their vision of a country property and moved to Mt. Lehman BC in 1978.
Mary was often found outside maintaining the many garden areas in the yard, or picking up hazelnuts during harvest season in the hazelnut orchard they had planted. The kitchen was the other place she could be found, cooking, baking, canning or dehydrating something. Her bread, and hazelnut cake and squares were welcomed gifts and favourites with people in the community as she was sure to pack up something from her kitchen to share with others. She cared about all the people she met and looked for ways to “reach out" to them in some tangible warm-hearted way.
Mary and Albert adored each other. They were business partners, traveling companions who travelled extensively world-wide, shared an intimate spiritual relationship, and opened their home to countless overnight visitors or guests at their table during their 53 years of marriage. When Albert passed away in 2007, Mary continued living in Mt Lehman until four years ago when it became necessary for her to move into long term care.
Mary’s relationships with God, family, friends and neighbours were her passion. She fully embraced her life as the expression of God’s goodness. She always declared her trust in the Lord in every situation. Mary Thielmann did not complain or criticize, but expressed love and blessing to all. This gift of love is her legacy to her family and all who knew her.
When Mary was asked by a granddaughter to write a legacy letter, she wrote this note by hand and signed it:
We have a great God. God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, God the Holy Spirit. My prayer and wish is that all our descendants would love God, obey God and serve God. Love, Grandma Mary Thielmann
This prayer includes and will extend beyond the family she now leaves behind: Marv(Heather), Bruno(Sharon), Al(Deb), Marianne(Bruce) Konrad, Evy(Steve) Klassen, 17 grandchildren + 11 grandchildren-in-love, 22 great- grandchildren plus 3 on the way.
She also leaves behind her sister Erna Hildebrand, and brother Henry(Janet) Hildebrandt and her beloved nieces and nephews. A garden memorial will be held in Mt. Lehman for the family on Saturday afternoon, May 30th, 2020, with the burial following at Maclure Road Mennonite Cemetery in Abbotsford.
William John Mast (Bill) born August 6, 1935 passed away May 11, 2020 of natural causes. Bill was born in Vancouver and raised in Wells by William Sr. and Margaret (nee Percival) Mast with his brother Ron. Bill enjoyed the outdoors and loved the warmth of the sun. He had many long- term friends (the annual Kinsmen Picnic was always a joy) and new friends as he was a very warm and caring person. He worked many jobs in his young life and enjoyed the time he spent with the Salmon Commission. After developing epilepsy he needed to work closer to home and joined the Liquor Distribution Branch where he stayed for over 30 years. He married Eleanore Lorraine Robson (nee: Nordstrand) and took on her children, Mark and Holly, as his own. His daughter Jennifer came along and was the light of his life. Bill, Eleanore and the kids always had many pets and even bred Ocicats. The family also fostered many children over the 25 years that they were foster parents. This was difficult and sometimes rewarding work. Bill, surprisingly, survived 11 years since Eleanore’s death and missed her terribly. He also is survived by his grandchildren Amanda, Cameron, Carson and Connor and his great grand children, Tienna and Arianna. The ability to stay home until the end was important to Bill. He and the family would like to thank the following people: Jane, from Home Instead for her friendship and kind and loving care for the past years, the warmandcapablesta attheMedicine Shoppe, Dr. Andres Bredenkamp, Barb and Denise who went above and beyond medical care and treated Bill like a good friend. Bill had complicated medical needs and it took a team to keep him home. Come Share Society, Fraser Health Home Care and his daughter Holly rounded out the team. Bill was happy and well cared for until the end of his time here.
Those we love never really leave us, they live on in the joy and warmth they brought into our lives. Bill was a good man and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Rachel Folster or “Rae” and lovingly known as “Mama” to many, passed away early Monday, March 30th, 2020 at home, exactly as she had wanted. She leaves behind the pride and joy of her life, her four children: Christine, Linda, Sandra and David, her 13 grandchildren Jason, Cameron, Alexis, Mitchell, Samantha, Sydney, Katherine, Daniel, Adam, Maya and Noah, and her sisters Margaret, Yvonne, Rose and Sally. She is predeceased by her sisters Janet and Tilly and her grandchild, Shoshana. Rachel “Shayla” Lilian Cohen, the middle child of seven girls, was born April 27, 1933 in Cairo, Egypt to Shehata and Zakea Cohen and emigrated to Eastern Canada at the age of 24. Rae was a remarkable human being, with a bright smile emphasized by her trademark lipstick, a natural charisma and approachability that caused both women and men, young and old, friends and strangers, to gravitate toward her, and an elegant and vibrant sense of style. She was a strong, kind-hearted, gentle, witty, curious and intelligent woman with a grateful heart and an enormous capacity for loving others. The latter being her special gift.
With just a grade two education she taught herself shorthand and to type more than 100 words a minute and we would ask her to type for us just so we could watch how fast she was! Highly competent and possessing a strong work ethic, Rae was always highly respected in the workplace. After moving to British Columbia Canada, she secured a position at United Way of the Lower Mainland where she served as an advocate for her community both professionally and personally, while single-handedly raising her children.
Upon retiring, Rae busied herself with gardening and spoiling her grandchildren. She loved to learn and was part of writing and public speaking groups, she volunteered on various strata councils and was an active and dedicated member of St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Andrea Folster for regularly checking in on Mom and weekly visits with grandchildren, dedicated caregivers Leila Reshid, Richard Moreau, Kailey Henderson, Kelsey Friesen, her health care team Dr. Meera Anand, Loretta Melonson, Greg and Jennifer Bay and Cindy Gilray, her niece Carol Lange, Belinda van der Zweep, Owen Barclay, Carmen and Amila Attara, Karen Tyrell, Jackie Green, Lynn LaRose, the Vancouver Thunderbird Chorus and Second Inversion Quartet, The Jammers, especially Ray, Bud, Gordon, Mary, Gloria, Daniel and Cindy, and so many others who enriched Mom’s life and allowed her to enrich theirs.
With heartfelt gratitude, we also wish to thank the people of St. Herman’s, Holy Nativity and St. John of Shanghai parishes, who’ve prayed faithfully for Mom throughout her 13 year battle with Alzheimer’s both in services and at home, as well as visited, forming bonds of friendship with Rae and looking beyond the symptoms of her illness to the extraordinary and whole person inside. In particular Father Lawrence Farley, Father Justin Hewlett, Father Richard Rene, Deacon Zacchaeus and Julia Green, Krista Ganes, Christa Price, Sid Ketel, Tammy Armstrong, Deanna Chattaway, Sister Angelina, Monica Olteanu, Christina Cribb, Herman Campbell, Maria Campbell, Susan Stavrakis, Kai and Theresia Lerche, Dr. Ed Hartley and Svitlana Gryshchenko.
1986 – 2020 With deepest sorrow we announce the passing of Ryan Marshall on March 7, 2020. Ryan is survived by his loving fiancée Amanda Radford, parents Janet (Peter) and Scott, sister Tara (Steven), extended family, and many great friends and coworkers.
Ryan was a one-of-a-kind gentleman who adored his fiancée and their little pup Bailey-boops. He loved to spoil his two girls.
An electrician by trade, he enjoyed helping his loved ones with various home improvements. Home Depot was his happy place, and the KMS flyer was his reading material of choice.
Artistic and creative, Ryan tried his hand at ballroom dancing, jewellery making, cake decorating, ceramics, and arduino (amazing light displays). He loved all kinds of music from classical to grunge, especially the Beatles, and felt a special connection to Ringo.
Ryan travelled to many places around the world. A highlight was visiting Denmark to celebrate his heritage, meet relatives, and sample all the good Danish beers.
Ryan will be remembered for his unique sense of humor, combining shock value, obscure movie quotes, and goofiness. This made him a favourite with kids, except when he scared them by dressing up as Santa.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. To be notified of the details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the BCSPCA.
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Dimitra, passed away at the age of 93.
Dimitra was born in Athens, Greece on October 26, 1926. She grew up in an orphanage where she made lifelong friends. It was during the time in the orphanage that she had decided she, herself wanted to help children and she worked towards becoming a pediatric nurse. This caring nature and love for children was evident to all that were blessed with her presence, except for the kids that were blessed with a needle in the arm.
Dimitra met the love of her life Apostolos Neochoritis in 1949 and they married in December of 1955. Together they had three children, Eleni, Dimitri, and Vasiliki. Dimitra and Apostolos opened a little tavern in Votanikos, Athens where they could spend time with their friends, dance on tables, and enjoy life.
Dimitra moved to Canada with her granddaughter Dimitra in 1997 to join her daughter Eleni and her family. Dimitra lived her remaining years in Canada where she enjoyed her artwork, knitting, playing bingo, and watching all her Greek soap operas.
Dimitra was preceded in death by her husband Apostolos, and her children Dimitri and Vasiliki. She is survived by her daughter Eleni, her grandchildren Panagiotis (Eleni), Dimitra (Larry) and Apostolos, her great-grandchildren Larry and Riley and her many nieces and nephews"