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Swiss club members obituaries

Rose Odermatt

The executive and the members of the Interior Swiss Club extend our sympathy to the family of Rose Odermatt.


Rene August Cordonier


Rene August Cordonier passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 19, 2016. Dad was born in the small village of Lens, Switzerland on April 25, 1929.

Rene spent his childhood working in the family vineyards and farmlands and in his late teens he apprenticed at a local garage and started his lifelong interest in all things mechanical. As a young man of 21, he left home on a grand adventure accompanied by his best friend Gerard Mudry.

They traveled to Canada to work with Rene’s uncle’s John and Peter, and dads mechanical ability enabled him to operate and manage John’s portable sawmill.

While Dads physical size and language could work against him, his ability to have an arm wrestle to set the record straight never let him down.

In 1955 Rene traveled back to Switzerland and not long after that he started dating the love of his life Josiane Praplan. Rene and Josie were married on October 2, 1957 and were married for over 58 years!

In 1959, with his wife and their newborn son Alain in tow, their Canadian adventure was renewed. Once back in Canada, the family continued to grow with the addition of Francois in 1960, Ernest in 1962, and then Marc in 1967. As with this, also grew new traditions of camping holidays, Swiss picnics, skiing, and annual trips to the Okanagan to pick fruit to can for the winter, enjoyed by both children and grandchildren.

No matter what else was happening in Rene’s life it was apparent that family and community were extremely important, as attested by his involvement as a leader with the Cubs and Scouts, President of the Swiss Society, coaching and refereeing soccer, and involvement with the church.

Any errands around town typically took 2 to 3 times longer than it should as he could scarcely leave the house without running into friends or acquaintances never really knew Rene until you heard the words” let me put it this way “or “believe you me” as he offered you some of his advice....

Dad instilled the value of hard work as everyone was expected to pitch in and help around the house and garden. Some of the strongest lessons taught by Dad can be summed up as “you don’t always get what you want, but you do get what you need.” Work ethic and loyalty carried him well as he was a valued employee for Dairyland, delivering milk for over 30 years, and then upon his retirement he drove and maintained the school bus for Saint Ann’s Academy.

Dad eventually retired (for real this time) to pursue those activities which he loved most including skiing, gardening, choir and volunteering at his church.

He continued to enjoy all of these activities well into his 80’s.

It is with heavy hearts but also with overwhelming Pride that we bid “adieu” to a wonderful man. Rene August Cordonier is survived by his loving wife Josiane, his four children Alain, Francois (Donna), Ernest (Teri), Marc (Cindy), seven grandchildren Kirsten, Kelsie, Chad, Taylor, Eric, Liz and Jill and one great-grandchild Nixon, three sisters Jan, Bertha, Helene and predeceased by his two brothers Pierre and Francois. Rene lived a very full and productive life!!

We are truly thankful for the care of our father that Dr. Miranda Du Preez administered and to all of the wonderful folks that work at Gemstone, for their kind and genuine care of Rene.

Prayers will be recited at Holy Family Parish, 2797 Sunset Drive at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016.

The Funeral Mass will be in the church on Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Father Fred Weisbeck Celebrant.

Friends are invited to join the family for a reception to follow.

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Buff, Rudy

Friday, 06 Jun 2014

Buff, Rudy

January 4, 1925 – June 6, 2014
We regret to announce the passing of Rudy Buff Sr. on June 6, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Phyllis, son John, daughter Shirley, parents Henry & Clara, brothers Peter, Kurt and Herbie. He is survived by his sister Elfie Mobbs, daughter Christine (John) Danks, son Rudy (Laverne) Buff, daughter-in-law Susan Buff, 8 grandchildren Christopher, Michael, Kiley, Tyler, Stacey, Ryan, Karin and Jonathan; 6 great-grandchildren Kaden, Amya, Jake, Kaylee, Emry and Amelia. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Rudy was born in Switzerland, January 4, 1925 and arrived in Canada in 1935. He was a member of the RCA in WWII at which time he met and married wife Phyllis Lloyd in England April 10, 1946. They returned to Wonnack, BC where they started their family and later moved to Westwold where Rudy worked in the family business, Buff Lumber Co until it was destroyed by fire in 1979.
Rudy and Phyllis had moved the family to Kamloops in 1966; he later moved to Vernon. In 2002 he moved to Salmon Arm to his daughter Christine’s home.
Rudy was an active member of The Swiss Society and The Royal Canadian Legion. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and walking. He always looked forward to spending time with family and friends whether it was sharing a glass of his homemade wine, a meal at the family table or rooting for one of his favourite sports teams.
He will be missed by us all.
The family would like to thank Dr. Keith Hepburn and the staff at Mt. Ida Mews Care Home for the excellent care and support provided over the last 1 ½ yrs.
A Celebration of Rudy’s Life will be held Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 1 pm at the Glen Eden Hall in Salmon Arm.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. 250-833-1129.
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Mary Claluna
was born on December 7th, 1933 in Fluelen, Switzerland and passed away on February 12th, 2014 at the Pleasant Valley Manor in Armstrong, B.C. at the age of 80 years.
Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children, Adriana (Ossie) Venasse of Whitehorse, Yukon, Guido (Sandy) Claluna of Vernon, B.C. and Nilda (Joe) Wiebe of Edmonton, Alberta; four grandchildren, Kean, Antonia, Ben and Lance; and numerous extended family members in Switzerland. She was preceded in death by her husband Arno (Arnie) Claluna on July 16th, 2008.
Mary came to Canada from Switzerland in 1956, settling first in Brampton, Ontario. The following year she moved to B.C., residing in various spots in the North Okanagan and finally made her permanent home in Lavington where she resided since 1961. Mary stayed at home and was a very loving and devoted wife and mother. When her husband went to work for B.C. Hydro each day, Mary was left to be the primary caretaker of the family farm – a place she loved to be. Following the death of her husband, Mary was unable to remain on the farm because of health issues and eventually needed full time care. She then became a resident of Pleasant Valley Manor and was taken care of with such love and respect during her time there.
Cremation preceded a Celebration Of Mary’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with Mr. Joel Haberstock officiating. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Mary to the Pleasant Valley Manor, 3800 Patten Drive, Armstrong, B.C. V0E 1B2.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5