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"
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Merl on Monday of this week. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday February 15, 2020 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm at the St. Andrews Heritage Church Hall, 22279 116 Ave, Maple Ridge. Merl will be returned to Nipawin, Saskatchewan for burial in the family plot in the Mabel Hill Cemetery.
Born April 1st, 1960 and passed January 28th, 2020. Predeceased by his father Samuel Edgar and his mother, Irene Diane. Leaves to mourn his loving wife Diane of 36 years, his son Samuel James (Nikki), his daughter Sonia (Simon), his 4 grandchildren: Brooklynn, Cali, Austin, Angelina, many brother in-laws and sister in-laws.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 15, 2020 at 1:00pm in the Aldergrove Legion, 26607 Fraser Hwy, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3L1