Claude joined our Lord and Saviour in heaven on August 6, 2015, peacefully in his sleep. He leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years, Libby Dulac and their children Marcel (Elodie) Dulac and Claire (Blaine) Richter and their grandchildren Jared, Joshua, Jacob, Eden, Ethny, Elisha Dulac and Mikaelle Richter. Claude was born in France and met his wife Libby in England in 1969; they married in 1970. They followed their dreams of Canada immigrating in 1973 and discovered that Edmonton wasn’t far enough North... so they drove up the Alaska Highway to Whitehorse. After a year in Mayo where Marcel was born, they moved to the community of their dreams out in Haines Junction. There, Claude worked for the liquor store and after Claire was born he switched careers over to his dream job working in Kluane National Park developing the beautiful trails we have today. Claude’s passion for God, his green thumb, his love of the outdoors and his grandchildren defined who he was. Claude served the Lord through his lay leadership in the Catholic Church and with his generosity throughout the community.
The Funeral will take place At Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Haines
Junction at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 12th.
Burial immediately following at the Village of Haines Junction Cemetery. Reception
to follow, at their home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mary House (Whitehorse), the Salvation Army (Whitehorse), or Mary’s Meals (www.marysmeals.ca).
Donald Gordon, aka “Ducky” was born on December 1, 1968 in Whitehorse, Yukon to parents Caroline Gordon and Patrick Johnny.
Ducky spent his life in the Yukon, and loved to go hunting and fishing. The most important things to him were his family and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday July 3, 2015, 2:00 pm at the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, located on Fourth Avenue & Elliott Street. Interment will take place following the service at Kwanlin Dun Cemetery, located on Long Lake Road. A potlatch will be at Nakwataku
Potlatch House at 5:00 pm.
August 2, 1939 - June 8, 2015
Doreen Jessie Karhut (Nee Hood) passed away very unexpectedly and peacefully on June 8 2015 in Whitehorse Yukon. Doreen was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 2, 1939 to parents, William Kirkwood Hood and Margaret Doreen Hood.
Doreen was the oldest of William’s four children. Margaret Louise Hood who passed away in 2005, Sheila Jean Jensen of Discovery Bay, California and David John Hood of Calgary, Alberta the son of William Hood and his second wife Zoe Hood.
Doreen is the mother of three children, James William Karhut of Yellowknife Northwest Territories, Norman David Karhut of Whitehorse Yukon and Teresa Jean Clements (Karhut) of Whitehorse Yukon. She is the grandmother of three grandchildren. Shantay Elise Karhut of Whitehorse Yukon daughter of Teresa Clements, Stephanie Leeanne Karhut of Yellowknife Northwest Territories daughter of James Karhut, and Cort Cardinal who just recently passed away in May of 2015 son of Norman Karhut.
Doreen, Stan and family traveled north to Whitehorse for the first time in the late sixties for a family visit with Hank and Pam Karr, then a few years later decided to relocate to Whitehorse but with a couple of moves back to Vancouver Doreen made Whitehorse her permanent home in 1972.
After working at different Hotel’s as a front desk clerk and also worked as the dispatcher for Black Top Cabs, she was hired on with CN Communications in 1973 as a Toll Operator then moved up to Chief Operator and then Manager of Operator Services for number of years. Then had a few other positions and then retired with Northwestel Inc. in 1999.
After retirement Doreen loved to travel with her granddaughter Shantay and took many trips down south on Greyhound as she felt she had nothing but time and they could do the driving as she looked out the window at the picturesque scenery.
Doreen spent the last year and a bit living at Copper Ridge with Dementia. She loved and couldn’t wait to go out on different outings with in Whitehorse, but if you asked her, she went to Vancouver. We would like to thank all the staff at Copper Ridge for making her comfortable and especially Nancy (for all those trips to Vancouver).
Our mother, grandmother and friend will be so sadly missed. If Dor was your friend you were a friend for life, even if she did give you that look. So raise your glass for a toast to Dor.
Doreen did not wish to have a service, a family viewing was held on June 12, 2015 and a poem reading on June 17, 2015 at the Whitehorse Crematorium.
There will be a memorial held next year in White Rock, British Columbia on her birthday August 2, 2016.
The family would like to thank everyone so very much for the well wishes and condolences.
Karl Joseph Gruber
December 17, 1937 - November 27, 2014
Karl Gruber, loving husband, “Papa,” “Opa,” brother and uncle passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Karl was born in Austria to Joseph and Franziska Gruber and is survived by his sister Erna.
The lure of adventure and hunting brought Karl to Canada in 1965. He worked for his sponsor, Canadian Forest Products in Vancouver, B.C. moving on to home construction in Prince George where he met and married Jenny Jakumeit. The two of them were inseparable.
They worked together building homes and had two children, Karl and Tonya. They went on to build and run the Bavarian Inn in Kamloops, where Karl made use of his natural cooking talent. The Lure drew them further north to the Yukon, operating a gravel crusher, along the Alaska, and North Klondike Highways where flakes of gold found coming off the end of the crusher changed their focus. They were involved in staking and exploring many mining properties. One of the largest nuggets found in the last 100 years came from their placer claim on Squaw Creek, B.C. They continued with other businesses, co-owning and running the Airline Inn, developing the cabin community that became known as “GruberVille,” building and running the Takhini Gas Station, and developing the Green Acres farm that became their home.
It would bring smile to some of us or cringes to others remembering all the equipment, gadgets, and tools he would accumulate along the way, and the crazy choices of clothes and hats he would wear!
Karl loved to share stories of his childhood in Austria. There are so many amazing tales from his experiences and most of which were hilarious as he was a very mischievous young boy. We will continue to share these stories with pride, humor, and smiles, and at the same time miss the loud hardy laugh that came with each story!
Karl was a champion cyclist in Austria and he continued to ride when time allowed and he passed the love of cycling and sports to his wife and children. Amazing memories will be cherished of his cycling career in Austria, the whole family sponsoring and taking part in the Chilkat International Relay race many times (The Takhini Gassers) and riding up and down the Hot Springs road often visiting with neighbors.
Karl loved his family and was truly happy when everyone gathered together for a nice meal, drinks, and good hardy laughs. He always had a twinkle in his eye and made everyone he encountered feel special. Karl had a love for um pa-pa music, yodelling, and in his youth playing the Spanish guitar.
Karl passed on truly amazing gifts to his family and they will proudly carry on his legacy, passion, courage, determination, and entrepreneurship. Karl will be fondly remembered as a loving, caring, gentle, and a generous person.
He will be greatly missed by his loving family Jenny, Karl & Kelly, Tonya & Brian, and grandchildren Zander, Hudson, and Jenna.
Trygve Oddvar Bakke
March 2, 1932 – February 27, 2015
“Upon the wings of an eagle may your spirit soar as you journey on your way.”
Trygve Sr. is survived by his son Trygve Bakke Jr., grandson Tryg Charlie Bakke, and daughter Jennifer Bakke.
A Celebration of Life will be held on March 21, 2015 at 2:00pm at St.Elias Convention Center in Haines Junction, Yukon.
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.