Margaret Jane Lindstrom

March 28, 2014


March 24th, 2014


Hanzel is reunited with his “sweetie” and beloved wife at last.  Margaret passed away in her 94th year after a life well lived and well loved.    Predeceased by Hanzel, her parents William and Johanna, brother Gordon, and sister Marjorie, as well as the many siblings of Hans Lindstrom.  She will be dearly missed by her daughters Jeannette (John) Nienaber and Patricia (Larry) Linton and her five grandchildren Ryan, Darren and Sean Lucas, and Hayley and Brett Linton.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A native Victorian, she loved her city and took great pleasure in nature and being in the outdoors.  She appreciated the lovely parks and walkways of Victoria through all stages of her life.  She often stopped to admire the flowers, birds, ocean and sky, and always encouraged us to live in gratitude for the beauty around us.  An avid swimmer, traveller, and lifetime member of Royal Colwood Golf Club, she and Hanzel enjoyed a full and active life, sharing wonderful adventures together and forging many lasting friendships.   Margaret loved to read and was a skilled and passionate bridge player.   She relished live theatre and the symphony and supported these venues throughout her life.  Her bright, intelligent and sweet nature touched the lives of many, and she was a wonderful hostess.  People were always welcome in our home.  Our mother was always positive in the face of adversity, and used to say “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.   She overcame the many physical setbacks and health challenges presented to her with a fierce determination and a strong will, which were always laced with grace and dignity.   Her positive attitude and infectious sense of humour provided a role model that is a legacy to all she encountered in life.  She was a passionate mother, wife and grandmother who loved us all unconditionally.  Mom took endless interest and pleasure in the growth and development of her children and grandchildren.  She treasured time spent to nurture her personal relationships with each of them.  She always encouraged them to be the best they could be, and joyously shared in all of their individual experiences and achievements.  She had the gift of making each one of them feel important.  We celebrate Mom’s life and know she is now free to soar with Dad amongst the eagles.

We are immensely grateful for the loving care and attention she received from the staff during the past two years at Mount St. Mary Hospital, particularly her special caregivers in Burdett House.

No public service at Mom’s request.  The family will hold a private service and gathering at a later date.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Donations may be made to Mount St. Mary Hospital Foundation or the charity of one’s choice in Mom’s name.

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Ethel May Johnson

March 27, 2014

Ethel passed March 25, 2014 at the age of 78. Ethel was born in Pelly, Saskatchewan to John and Mary who owned a farm nearby.  Along with her three brothers, Lloyd (deceased), Michael (Mary-Anne), David (Kathy) and her sister, Terry (Rick), Ethel enjoyed the rural prairie life. Soon after leaving school, she followed her brother, Lloyd’s footsteps and joined the military. Eventually, Ethel was stationed in 2 Wing France, where she met and married Carl F. Johnson. Carl was also in the Air Force and worked in the same hospital as Ethel. With their two children, Dennis and Karen, they lived in Germany and several places in Canada before settling down in Victoria in 1986. Ethel and Carl were happily married for more than 51 years.  She will always be remembered as a loving mother, wife and sister, as well as a selfless, charitable person who always put others first. She enjoyed music, reading and her crosswords. She brought so much cheer to all occasions and holidays, especially Christmas, her favorite time of all.  It is with such deep sorrow that we announce her passing after a brief, but incredibly brave battle with cancer. Thank you Pippa (Mom’s “other beautiful daughter”), for the comfort and friendship you gave Ethel through the years and at the end. Ethel also leaves to mourn many friends, cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to name. MOM, you will always remain with us, in the people we have become, in our thoughts, in our laughter, in our tears and in our hearts. Thank you for a lifetime of amazing memories. We could not have been two more fortunate people. We knew we were loved and we couldn’t have loved you more. We would like to give a very special thank you to the incredible team in the ICU at the Victoria General Hospital.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Walter Peter Bondi Bondesen

March 27, 2014

July 30, 1920 – March 26, 2014

Died peacefully at Selkirk Place.  Walter was predeceased by his son, Mark in 2010.  Dad will be fondly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Joan; son, Jim (Carmen); daughter, Kerry (Norm) Wiens; 6 grandchildren, Sam (Leslie), Shelley (Pat), Brett (Tracy), Matthew (Nicole), Ashley and Danny and 6 ½ great-grandchildren.

Dad, although physically challenged in his later years remained a ray of sunshine to all his caregivers. We extend many thanks to all the Selkirk Staff for their care and compassion.

No service by request.

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Vera “Eileen” Beatty (nee Crowther)

March 27, 2014

Passed away peacefully at Saanich Peninsula Hospital on March 14, 2014 at the age of 89 years.   She was born in Victoria on February 27, 1925.  Predeceased by her husband, Walter and lovingly remembered by her son, Watty; grand-daughter, Jessica; sister, Joan; brother-in-law, Ted; niece, Sandra and nephews, Jim, Joe and Ian.  A special thanks to the staff of Saanich Peninsula Hospital, the Emergency Room, Acute Care Ward and Extended Care Unit.  Also, a special thanks to Dr. Jim Forrester.

Condolences for the family may be offered below.  Flowers are gratefully declined.

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Hilda Selena Dash

March 26, 2014

Hilda was born in Woodstock, Ontario on December 30.1920 and passed away in Victoria, BC on March 25, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband, Alex of 60+ years.  She is survived by her son, David (Deb); step-granddaughter, Tamara (David) and great-granddaughter, Serena; grandson, Jarrett (Gail) and step-grandchildren, Tia, Sabrina, Jacenta and step-great-grandchildren, Max, Kiera, Sage and Zach.  She had a life well lived and also leaves behind many family members including nieces and nephews.  She was a person always up for any social occasion and positive to be around.  She will be missed by so many family and friends.

No service at her request.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Shirley Rose Seixas (Dowell)

March 25, 2014

Born in 1926 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Died peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on March 24th, 2014. Mom will be remembered by her children, Greg Dowell (Laura), Ellen Parkinson (Rick) and Carolyn Dowell; her grandchildren, Brock, Brian and Graeme Dowell; Roy and Rebecca Parkinson.  Predeceased by her husband Don Seixas and son, Brian Dowell.

Private family gathering. No service by request.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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Naida Edith Stokes

March 21, 2014

Naida was born on September 13, 1921 in Molson, WA and passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014 in Victoria, BC.  She was predeceased by her husband, Alvin and son, Rod. Remembered by her; sons, Barry (Pauline), Darryl (Maggie), Dean (Jill) and Ken; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  A celebration of Naida’s life will be held at Sequoia Gardens Memorial, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria BC on Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 1pm.



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Vera Joyce Watts

March 21, 2014


 Joyce’s journey started near the Welsh border and ended at hospice in Victoria on March 12th.  After growing up in Birmingham, Joyce chose a nursing career, training in London during the war and later learning midwifery.  She delivered babies in Edinburgh before emigrating to Rhodesia to teach midwifery skills to the local nurses in Bulawayo.  In Africa, Joyce met and married Doug, a marriage that would last over 55 years until his passing in 2008.  Leaving Africa for Canada, Joyce and Doug arrived to an Edmonton winter.  In 1957, they settled in Victoria, their home for the rest of their lives.  Joyce was kept busy with four active children, an old house, a very large garden, and her duties as the wife of an alderman/mayor.  This left little time for herself, although she enjoyed gardening, wine making, reading or just chatting over a cup of tea.  Once the children started to leave home, Doug and Joyce found time to travel, visiting England, Europe, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.  Doug’s recurring health problems meant Joyce spent many years helping him as his health declined.  Just as she had always been there for her children, she was there for Doug.  After his passing in 2008, she moved into the Glenshiel where she enjoyed outings and cards with her pals, and visits from family and friends.

Joyce is survived by her children Sheilagh (Eric), Brian (Louise), Ralph (Eda) and Linda (Dave), her granddaughters Hailey (Matt), Lindsay (Ben) and Kelsey, and her great-grandson Kelly.  She leaves family and friends in the UK and other parts of the world.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel at St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin Street at 1pm on Monday, March 31st .  A short reception will follow.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite charity.

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Mary Monica Pollard (nee Hopwood)

March 19, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mary in Victoria, BC on March 16, 2014.  She was born in Vancouver on August 6, 1932.  Mary was predeceased by her mother, Monica; her father, Thomas John; brother, Brian and infant daughter, Cherie Marie.  She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Ernest; daughter, Renee Mosi (Andrew); sons, Ryan (Crystal) and John; 4 beloved grandchildren, Julia, Liam, Kai and Noah; twin sister, Eileen Evans (Laurie); sister, Deirdre Thorsen (Jorgen); brothers, Farrell and Brendan (Colleen) and family members, Delia, Jean and Leone as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.  Mary grew up in Vancouver and Nelson (1943-46) and graduated from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1950 and St. Paul’s Hospital as an RN in 1954.  Mary’s sense of adventure led her to practice nursing in Montreal, New York and finally California where she worked until 1968 when she moved to Victoria to be married after meeting Ernest on a blind date.  Mary loved her family above all else and was dedicated to her husband, Ernest.  Mary loved being a mother and grandmother, was a wonderful cook, an expert crossword puzzle solver and a martini lover.  She will be remembered for her determination, independence and unwillingness to give up even under the most difficult circumstances.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 12 Noon at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 2060 Haultain Street in Victoria, BC. followed by a reception in the church hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Vancouver Island Kidney Patients’ Association in memory of Mary would be appreciated.  Our family is grateful to the first responders who tended to Mary and the staff and doctors, especially, Dr. Antonsen, in the renal unit at RJH who provided care over the last 3 years.  Finally, we would like to thank Marcela for her care and companionship.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

“The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal”…Cicero

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Rudolph Warren Triffo

March 18, 2014

September 13, 1943 – March 11, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father and papa after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Rudy leaves behind his loving wife Sheila of 47 years, his two daughters Marcie (Randy Unger) and Sandy, and three grandchildren Sarah, Spencer and Naomi. Rudy was born and raised in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in Engineering in 1966. After many years of civil engineering he moved on to home building, which was his joy. His memory will be held in the highest regard, by his family, friends and coworkers as a well liked, honest and patient man, but most of all for his great sense of humour and quick wit.

A memorial service (reception to follow) will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 1:15pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 798 Goldstream Ave, Victoria, BC (Langford, BC). In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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