Schoening Funeral Service

513 Seymour Street Kamloops, BC


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    Marie-Helene Gauthier


    Since 2000 Marie-Helene has provided compassionate care to families in the Kamloops and Merritt areas. Marie-Helene earned her degree in funeral service from College de Rosemont in Montreal in 1990. She is proud to be a part of our team, guiding you through one of the most personal times in life. Marie-Helene enjoys mountain biking, skiing and camping with her husband and 3 children.

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    Sara Lawson


    Sara has been a funeral director and embalmer at Henderson's Fraser Valley Funeral Home since November 2000; she became location manager in 2006. Sara serves the families of Abbotsford with professionalism and compassion.

    When she is not at the funeral home, Sara enjoys time with her husband and 2 children. She is involved with the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with the Rotary Club of Abbotsford.

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    Joanne Gertrude Burnell

    Funeral Director

    Joanne and her family moved to Kamloops in 1991, where she attended Thompson Rivers University and obtained an accounting diploma. After taking an office position in a funeral home the summer of 1992, Joanne says, "The rest is history." Joanne obtained her license as a funeral director and has served in the industry since that 1st office position. She enjoys her job guiding and supporting families while planning a fitting service for their loved one.

    Joanne was born in Mission, British Columbia, to dairy farming parents. While still young, she and her siblings milked cows, fed calves and learned to operate a tractors. As a Mission High School graduate, she worked as a milker on various farms throughout Vancouver Island where she met her husband. Joanne and her husband have a grown daughter.

    Joanne and her husband are members of the Kamloops Blazer Booster Club (Western Hockey League), and the 2 volunteer at games on a regular basis. She has also held various executive positions within the club over the years. They are also members of the Kamloops HOG (Harley Owners Group) Chapter where Joanne serves as treasurer. Joanne and her husband enjoy taking trips throughout British Columbia, Alberta and the United States on their Harley bikes.

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    Glen Edward Peter

    Funeral Director

    A native of Estevan, Saskatchewan, Glen was introduced to funeral service in high school by a friend who washed cars and did maintenance at a local funeral home. When the friend moved on to do something else, Glen took over his position.

    After high school graduation, Glen attended a 2-year apprenticeship program for funeral service and earned his funeral director’s license in 1972. That same year, he moved to British Columbia and began working in Maple Ridge before joining the team at Schoening’s in 1974. "Funeral service has been good to me, and I enjoy it immensely. It’s a people-helping profession, and I intend to be involved as long as my health permits," he says.

    Glen and his wife have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. When he’s not working, Glen likes to read, relax and go glamping with his wife in their motorhome.