Erika Barbara Veninsky passed away at Mt. Cartier Court Extended Care, Revelstoke on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at the age of 76 years. Prayers were recited from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Revelstoke on Wednesday evening, October 1st, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday morning, October 2nd with Father Aaron de Dios celebrant. Interment followed in the family plot of Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Vernon. Pallbearers were Wally Veninsky, Ron Veninsky, Barry Ozero, John Prescott, Ron Holoday and Hans Mohr. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 202 – 1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 3H5 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon, 729 Victoria Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2R5, in memory of Erika.
Erika was born in Mies, Germany on June 4, 1938 and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1971. She will be well remembered as the owner of Malone’s Confectionary for many years. Work and family were important to Erika and she was a well-respected business woman. Erika’s pride and joy in life were her grandchildren and each one was her favourite.
Erika was predeceased by her husband Walter in 1987; two daughters: Cindy Veninsky in 1983 and Barbara Veninsky in 1990 and two brothers: Frank Knobel and John Roch. She is survived by three children: Lil Lafreniere of Revelstoke, Ron (Kari) Veninsky of Prince George and Wally Veninsky (Karen Matthews) of Revelstoke; nine grandchildren: Robert Lafreniere of Calgary, Lisa Lafreniere of Toronto, David (Kim) Lafreniere of Revelstoke, Andy Lafreniere of Calgary, Katie Lafreniere of Calgary, Ronni Veninsky of Prince George, Jesse Veninsky of Prince George, Samantha Veninsky of Revelstoke and Zach Veninsky of Revelstoke as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Erika’s family by viewing her obituary at www.brandonbowersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.