David Giesbrecht peacefully passed away into the presence of Jesus at Bevan Lodge, Abbotsford, on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 at the age of 87 years. He was born in Kuban, Russia, immigrated to Canada via Mexico as a child, and settled in Yarrow, where he farmed and supported the physical needs of his family, church, and his community for 70 years.

David is predeceased by his wife Lydia in 1994; and one grandchild.

He is survived by his seven sons and their wives, John (Elsie), Ralph (Shirley), Robert (Shirley), Victor (Bonnie), Gerald (Rene), Philip (Heidi), and Harold (Nancy); 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five brothers and sisters.

Public viewing will be held in Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church, 41991 Central Rd., Yarrow on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 at 9 a.m. with a funeral service at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Yarrow Cemetery. Pastor Ron Braun, officiating.

In David’s memory, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, a Relief and Development Agency.

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Lorraine Hooker passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 at Chilliwack General Hospital.

She is survived by her husband Verdun; daughters, Diana McCavera and Joanne Marshall; and grandchildren, Megan, Eben and Spencer.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002 at Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home in Chilliwack.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, or the Arthritis Society.


Ralph Joseph

PLEASE NOTE: Time of the memorial service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 at Woodlawn Funeral Home.


John Blois

John Blois Rich passed away peacefully into the presence of his Lord on October 13, 2002, after a brief stay at the Menno Hospital in Abbotsford.

John is mourned by his wife Katherina (nee Dosso) also residing at the Menno Hospital; and her brother and sisters and their families. John was born in Red Deer, Alta., July 15, 1923 where he spent many years farming. Retiring from farming, he first concentrated his efforts in the Red Deer and Sunny Brook Farm Museums, then upon marrying Kay Dosso in 1978, and moving to Chilliwack, he continued his museum interests at the Atchelitz site. A memorial service with Pastor Werner Froese officiating was held at the Eden Mennonite Church, Chilliwack on October 17, 2002.

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