Schoening Funeral Service

513 Seymour Street Kamloops, BC V2C2G8


  • Marie-Helene Gauthier

    Assistant Manager

    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 three children.

  • Sara Lawson


    Sara relocated to Kamloops from Abbotsford where she served grieving families as a funeral director since 2000. With over 20 years experience, she now serves as our location manager and is motivated by the opportunity to positively impact those who are grieving. 

    Passionate about giving back to the community, Sara has a long history as a bereavement companion, is past-president of her Rotary club and has enjoyed her time volunteering on many community boards, including the Chamber of Commerce.

    Sara is happy to call Kamloops home and enjoys her off-time in the outdoors with her husband and 2 children.

  • Joanne Gertrude Burnell

    Funeral Director

    Joanne was born in Mission, British Columbia, to dairy farming parents. While still young, she and her sister and brother helped to milk the cows and feed the calves. Joanne learned to operate a tractor long before acquiring a driver’s license. 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 family moved to Kamloops in 1991 for her husband's work. At this time she attended Thompson Rivers University and obtained an accounting diploma. In the summer of 1992 she was given an office job in a funeral home and, as Joanne says, "The rest is history." Joanne obtained her license as a funeral director and has served in the industry since that first office position. She enjoys her job guiding and supporting families while planning a fitting service for their loved one.

    Joanne and her husband are members of the Kamloops Blazer Booster Club (Western Hockey League) and the two 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.

  • Rick McArthur

    Funeral Director

    Rick joined our team after he and his wife moved to Kamloops from the Fraser Valley. An engaged member of the community, Rick supports Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops Symphony and The Art Gallery. He is a member of the Kamloops Paddlewheelers Lions Club and a volunteer for the Wildlife Express Miniature Train at the British Columbia Wildlife Park. He stays active and fit with slo-pitch softball, hockey and curling.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Heather Vincent

    Funeral Director