Elizabeth Marie (Betty) Toews
May 15, 1942 – February 7, 2015
Elizabeth Marie (Betty) Toews (nee Kronewitt) passed away peacefully on February 7, 2015 in Whitehorse, Yukon. She was born in Fairview, Alberta on May 15, 1942 to parents, Peter and Frances Kronewitt, the second of three girls. Betty was a nurse at Grande Prairie Hospital which was where she met Vern, the love of her life. They married July 8, 1961.
In the early years of their marriage, Betty and Vern lived in numerous places throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories before settling in Whitehorse in 1972.
Betty and Vern had three daughters, Susan Toews (Chris), Frances Graham (Ken) and Michelle Christensen-Toews (Paul). Betty loved music, playing the piano and accordion although unable to read a note of sheet music, as well as remembering the words to any song even when her memory faded.
Despite the challenges from living with multiple sclerosis for over 49 years, Betty remained positive, gentle and kind – an incredibly social person, she loved interacting with people. We will all miss how her smile and laugh brightened the room.
Betty was predeceased by Vern in 2010. She leaves to honour her memory her sisters Katherine and Pat; daughters, Susan, Frances and Michelle; grandchildren Lenette, Tristian, Dena and Davis; six great grandchildren, as well as many extended relatives and friends.
Special thanks to Dr. Quong and the staff at Copper Ridge, for their many years of exceptional care. Also, thank you to Hospice Yukon for the loving care and support provided as Betty became more palliative. A mass celebrating Betty’s life will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 406 Steele Street, Whitehorse at 10:00 am on Friday, February 20th, after which she will be buried next to Vern in the Haines Junction Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at www.heritagenorth.ca. Flowers are gratefully declined, but those who wish to do so may make a donation to the MS Society.
Lori Ann Dolan & Margaret Chatten
May 25, 1973 - January 2, 2015 February 26, 1946 - January 2, 2015
A picture is worth a thousand words and their smiles are worth a thousand more.
It is with great sadness that we heard about the sudden passing of our friends, (John’s wife) Margaret and their daughter Lori in a vehicle accident around Revelstoke, BC on January 2nd.
Margaret and John Chatten moved to the Yukon, from Ontario in 1970 and left in 2008 for retirement to Burstall, SK. It was in the Yukon, where their 3 children (Dan, Paul and Lori) grew up, and enjoyed their lives together: camping, fishing, square-dancing, hiking and building homes together.
They spent 2 years up in Inuvik, NWT. Most of their time in the North was spent in Whitehorse, YT. We can remember these 2 beautiful women and remember they are gone, or we can cherish their memory and let it live on.
A CELEBRATION of LIFE service will be held at Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre (the Grey Mountain Room)
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 2:00pm.
John Chatten, together with a gathering of friends will commemorate Margaret and Lori’s lives with an open mike available to share memories and stories.
You are invited to bring yours.
Robert (Bob) James Anderson
August 24, 1933 ~ January 9, 2015
Bob Anderson of Teslin Yukon passed away peacefully in the Whitehorse General Hospital Friday, January 9, 2015 at the age of 81.
Cherished by his dearly beloved wife Sharron and his children Rob (Tess), Patty (Bruce), Kim (Mark), Kathy (Mark) and Rob (Shawna), his brother Tom (Theo), numerous grandchildren, great - grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by his Father, Mother Helen Louise Rogers (Lennie), Sister Pat Snow, Brother-in-law Doug Snow and his grandson Bradley Anderson.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday January 17, 2015 in the Tom Dewhurst Recreational Complex in Teslin, YT at 2PM. Please join us as we celebrate his life!
Janet Louise Couture (Moisan)
March 5, 1930 – January 9, 2015
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and beloved friend.
On January 9, 2015, God called one of his angels to be by his side. Janet Louise Couture (Moisan) passed away at the Whitehorse General Hospital surrounded by family members and loving husband of 64 years. Born on March 5, 1930, in Gibbons, Alberta, Janet moved to the Yukon in 1954 with her family and resided in Watson Lake and Faro before settling in Whitehorse.
Janet was the second youngest of six children, born to the late Elzear and Adeline Moisan; predeceased by her siblings, sisters Lillian Bazinet, Cecille Allinson, brothers Lucien and Wilfred Moisan. She is survived by her loving husband, JR (Rudy) Couture; daughters, Judith Couture, Wendolyn Callahan (Kip), and Glenda Power (Bill); 5 grandchildren, Kristofer Temple (Stephanie), Garrett Temple, Kip Callahan (Tania Pope), Krista Power and Jody Power (John Minder); and great grandchildren, twins Nash and Logan Temple. She is also survived by her youngest sister, Clarisse Gill of High Prairie, Alberta and numerous nieces and nephews in Alberta.
Janet was a remarkable woman who lived a remarkable life. Through all of Janet’s accomplishments and passions, her family was always her greatest achievement and nothing in this world made her more proud. Though her passing leaves behind an unmeasurable amount of emptiness in our hearts, it is her strength, courage, faith and love that shines through us all during this time. Janet will be so inconceivably missed by her family and friends.
A viewing will be held at the Heritage North Funeral Home (412 Cook Street) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. A funeral and celebration of life will be held for Janet at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cathedral on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 starting at 2:00 p.m. Reception will follow at the CYO Hall (downstairs of the Church).
The family wishes to extend their thanks and sincere appreciation to Doctors P.J. Anderson and A. Poole, the nurses of the Surgical Ward, the EMS and support staff of the Whitehorse General Hospital, for their professional and compassionate care and attention of Janet.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maryhouse, 506 Cook Street.
Wyatt, Martha “Elaine” (nee Richie) aged 57, a resident of Carmacks, Yukon Territory (YT), passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Whitehorse General Hospital on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, after a courageous fight against cancer. Elaine was born February 22, 1957 to Ben and the late Margaret Richie (2012) in Chatham, Ontario. Beloved wife and best friend of Mark C. Wyatt and loving Mom to Mark’s children, Colleen Saur of Kelowna, BC, Jason and Juanita Wyatt and Shauna and Dave Jacobs all of Whitehorse, YT . She will forever be missed by her grandchildren Alexandra, Cassidy, Kiara, Alexander and Sara.
Lovingly remembered by her siblings; Michael (Elsa) Richie, Karen (Harry) Ellis and Jane (Randy) Kovar of Chatham; and from Victoria Marsha Richie and the late David Quinlan (2013). Also in Ontario are niece and nephews Jordan (Kate), Jesse, Megan (TJ), Robert (Corin), Tom (Stephanie) and their son Ben.
Plus many aunts, uncles, cousins and childhood friends from South Western Ontario.
An adventurous soul, Elaine left Chatham seeking her place in the world; living in Sudbury and the Toronto area, before venturing west to Vancouver where she graduated from Langara College majoring in Criminology. In 1991 Elaine's wanderlust brought her to Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, where she fell in love with the vast, majestic and rugged landscape of mountains, alpine lakes, forests and most of all, her soul mate Mark. Elaine and Mark continued their life's journey together, moving to Whitehorse (1992), Inuvik, Northwest Territories (1993) and then in 1995 they hung their hat permanently, relocating southward to Carmacks, where they enjoyed their love for the pristine outdoors; hunting, fishing and spending time at their log cabin on Little Salmon Lake with their loyal canine, Rocky.
Elaine had the respect of the Elders and was a fierce champion of all youth. Passionate, caring, determined and always a straight shooter, Elaine found her niche and purpose when she entered the political arena. With her ability to see the "big-picture" combined with her no nonsense direct approach, Elaine after being elected to Carmacks Municipal Council in October 2003 serving 3 years, and in April 2006 she became acting Mayor and was officially elected as Mayor in October 2006, until the time of her passing. Elaine’s love of the Yukon and her vision for its future, propelled her to run for the Yukon Territorial Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). Likewise, she was instrumental in bringing the "Voice of the North" to the Provincial/Territorial and Federal government tables, as President of the Association of Yukon Communities (AYC). Likewise, most recently Elaine had been recognized and awarded the prestigious Hanseatic award, nominated by her Peers, for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of Yukon municipal government. Elaine was also a humble recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, as well as beloved Mayor of Carmacks, Elaine will forever be loved and remembered. Her legacy lives on.
Our heartfelt thanks for the compassionate care received by the Whitehorse General Hospital staff, doctors, nurses, First Nation Health Alliance and the palliative care team.
In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to Hospice Yukon, 409 Jarvis St, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 2H4.
A celebration of Elaine's life and spirit will be held on December 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Carmacks Recreation/Community Center.
Patricia Anne Parker (nee Campbell)
April 12,1953 to August 14,2014
It is with great sadness that we announce that Patricia passed away peacefully in Whitehorse on August 14, 2014. Trish recently retired from the Yukon Government after 22 years of service where she was known for her bright smile and loving manner by all that knew her. She will be deeply missed by her family in the Yukon and Ontario and by her many friends she made over her lifetime.
A private celebration to honor Trish’s life was held recently held at Marsh Lake.
Trish was predeceased by her mother and father, John and Kathleen Campbell and her younger brother Patrick.
She leaves behind her two sons, Shayne of Whitehorse (Renée), Jamie of Ontario (Jen) and little grandson Isaiah.
Trish held a special place in her heart for her beloved pets Cheyenne, Scooter, Kelly and Wease.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter.
Leonard Jacob Hiebert
September 7, 1937 - October 20, 2014
On Monday October 20, 2014, Len started his journey home after a lengthy and strong illness with ALS.
He is survived by his wife Gayle, sisters Marieanne & Betty, along with his three children, two step children, and numerous other family members.
He is predeceased by his parents David and Tina, brother Albert, and sister Elsie.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for the outstanding care and compassion he received while residing at Copper Ridge Place.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you make a donation in Len’s name to the ALS society of B.C./ Yukon.
Our sincere thanks for all the care and support in our time of need. He will be greatly missed by all.
Michael Bruce Laforet
July 10, 1940 – October 18, 2014
“Black Mike” Laforet has exited the Yukon for the final time, after a prolonged and valiant battle against C.O.P.D. and emphysema. He first came to the Yukon in May of 1966, with partner Jim Winberg, to prospect for gold in the Tombstone Mountains. This was a major departure from his previous history, where he had made his mark in Olympic-style wrestling, the Martial arts and as a Military Policeman. He had also succeeded in the business of advertising, with newspapers, radio, and National ad agencies. Old-timers may remember Mike from seven years as the bouncer at the old Whitehorse Inn, working with “The Canucks.” Those were different and exciting times, but he could brag that he never started a fight, and never lost one. He also made his mark, for six years, with a weekly column, “The Sourdough Sage” in the Yukon News, as well as a daily morning feature on CBC Northern Service. He then left the Yukon for two years to accept a position as Chairman of the Communications Department for a prominent Ontario college.
Back in the Yukon, Mike began a new career when he opened “Black Mike’s Gold Mines” on a promising property 20 miles south of Whitehorse. For 15 years, he entertained and educated Yukon visitors about the importance and history of Yukon placer mining. During this time, he was called on by fellow placer miners to champion their fight against the bureaucracy. This led to the bi-weekly newspaper, “The Placer Mining Times,” where Mike was both editor and Publisher. When he married a pretty Swedish girl on August 17, 1980, the event was called the “Social Event of the Season” by local media. Black Mike had been divorced since 1985, and had, long ago, lost touch with family members, once based in Brampton, Ontario. Mike was especially proud of his 30-year membership in Whitehorse Toastmasters, where he excelled at training newcomers in the areas of “Using humor in Public Speaking,” and in the effective evaluation techniques.
In recent years, Mike was featured in the local media, now and then. After two seasons on the Whitehorse Trolley, telling his jokes and sharing our history, Mike made news. Sometimes he would write biting and funny Letters To The Editor, defending the rights of the placer miners against excessive bureaucracy. He told friends he had once been the emcee at a totally nude beach wedding, and he noted, “Boy, you could sure tell who the Best Man was.”
As a tough old guy, he wasn’t afraid of death. He kept busy everyday, creating Water Licenses and Y.E.S.A.B. applications for old placer mining buddies. His long-time friend, Jim Robb, defines his as “definitely one of our colorful five-percent.”
The Yukon is a somewhat lesser place today, as the likes of “Black Mike” Laforet will be missed.
Caroline Rose McCarthy
August 9, 1946 - September 24, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carloline McCarthy. Caroline passed away on September 24, 2014 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
A funeral service for Carol will take place on Monday September 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, located on Fourth Avenue and Steele Street.
A reception will follow the service at the CYO hall located in the basement of Sacred Heart.
Robert Leslie Boisvert "Les"
June 2, 1953
September 9, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Les Boisvert at the age of 61. Les was the loving husband of Gloria for 41 & 1/2 years, father of Kathleen (Tyson) of Whitehorse and Roberta of Whitehorse, and a grandfather to his greatest joys in life, Michelle, Taylor, Kent, Isaac, and Benjamin.
We welcome everyone to help the family celebrate his life at the Grey Mountain Room in the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The family requests in lieu of flowers a donation can be made to: Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute @ http://www.parkinsons.ubc.ca
click on the Donate Now link.
The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Cindy Breitkreutz, Dr. Stephanie Buchanan, Dr. Armando Heredia, and Dr. Rebecca Barnes. As well as the staff of the Medical Unit of Whitehorse General Hospital.