OBITUARY

Mrs. Georgette Mary Anne Belanger Bewza

July 26, 1925December 1, 2013
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GEORGETTE BEWZA 1925-2013

Our much-loved mother, nana and gran-nana Georgette Bewza passed away peacefully after a short illness at Jackson House, Ashcroft, BC on December 1, 2013. Predeceased by her husband Stanley, and brothers Armand, Rene and Joe Belanger, Georgette will be sadly missed by son Raymond Bewza of Ashcroft, daughters Helen Bewza of Kamloops and Barbara Hassall (Dale) of Campbell River. She was devoted to her grandchildren Aaron, Michael (Karen), Jill, Suzanne (Shane), Ian (Krysta), Cameron (Aisling), Leah (Dave), Sarah and Michael, and took great delight in great grandchildren Enger, Kaleb, Preston, Priscilla, Alyse, Chelsea and Dawson. Also mourning Georgette are her remaining seven brothers and sisters and many, many nieces and nephews. Her absence will be keenly felt by her dear friend William Munro and his children and grandchildren who treasured their “Auntie Georgette”. Georgette was an honorable and gracious lady, admired for her generosity and “can do” attitude. She was a pioneer and an artist combined, talented bread and pie baker, tomato juice and perogy maker, seamstress, woodworker, quilter and gardener. One had to get up very early for a project with Nana, or the fruit would be picked, jars sterilized and jam already cooking. She regularly and effortlessly produced family dinners for twenty-five from her garden, larder and freezer. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Kitshoff and the caring staff at Jackson House for their kindness and compassion throughout Georgette’s two and a half years of residence there. A celebration of Georgette’s life will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Ashcroft River Inn. Should friends desire, donations in Georgette’s memory may be made to Jackson House or a charity of your choice.

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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 7, 2013
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Mrs. Georgette Mary Anne Belanger Bewza

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Michael Bewza

December 12, 2013

Georgette Bewza was truly a great pioneer. She had the ability and the drive to accomplish many things. She was a good carpenter and a very good gardener. Her tomato plants were some of the best producers. Georgette did a lot of canning and was always very busy, but still had time to help other people. The Perogy Gang met at Georgette's house and made thousands of perogies for the curling bonspiels at Ashcroft. The community was very fortunate to have such an active person amongst them.

I had the honour of being the Best Man at Stan and Georgette's wedding. I have always admired Georgette's ability to get things done, and her kindness to other people. May God Bless her and keep her, for she has earned a very nice place in heaven.

Don Munro

December 12, 2013

Georgette was a very, very kind and special lady, as we all know. You just do not come across people with qualities like this very often. Your Mom was like a Mother to my sister Karen and was loved by our whole family.

I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking of the celebration of Georgette's life, with the 15 hour time difference from Thailand to Ashcroft. Sorry to see such a wonderful person pass away!!

Mo & Rick Duggan

December 12, 2013

So sorry to hear the sad news about Georgette. She was very warm, generous and gracious on the occasions we were lucky enough to be her guests. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Bewza family.

Bonnie & Lanny Krog

December 12, 2013

Georgette was a wonderful person and, as you know, she'll be missed by many people. You and your family are so fortunate to have all the great memories of her. She'll live forever in your hearts. Take care

Jean Bewza-Sharkey

December 11, 2013

I met Georgette when the Bewza Brothers (Stanley, John and Pete) made trips to our farm in Manitoba. Weddings, funerals, help at harvest time, you could always count on their devoted support.

Georgette was such a blessing ! Such a kind and gentle presence. If the kitchen floor needed freshening, she took care of it. She was a great help with meal preparations, especially if the threshing gang of about 10 people just pulled into the farm. Then there was lunch to take out to the men in the field and supper to prepare.

I attended Stanley and Georgette's 50th wedding anniversary and thanked them personally for all those trips to Manitoba. It was a beautiful party. I got to meet the rest of the Family and hear more stories about Georgette. One story was that all the neighbours' children got free haircuts.

I was home for about two weeks from the 50th anniversary party when a package arrived from Ashcroft. I had purchased a lovely lamp during my travels and Georgette sent a gorgeous vase to match it. The vase sits in my livingroom and will always be cherished.

A special person remembered and a beautiful life honoured.

With Love,

December 4, 2013

I fondly remember Uncle Stanley and Aunty Georgette coming to visit us at the farm when I was growing up. They always brought cases of fresh fruit from the Okanagan, cherries, peaches, apricots which my mom would preserve and put away to be enjoyed in the winter. I so looked forward to playing with my cousins. My earliest memory of Aunty Georgette is watching her brush and braid Helen and Barb's long hair every morning. Then she would tie big bows at the ends of each braid. The bows always matched their dresses. To a tomboy like me who had short hair and only wore pants that was totally amazing. They were so pretty they looked like big dolls. I eventually learned how to braid on my horse's tails. Aunty Georgette was probably the most creative person I've every known. I have never seen a craft room as extensive as hers. I treasure the doll she made and gave to my mother. I use the Christmas tree skirt that she gave me every year. She always had something to give me whenever I visited her, a housecoat, jars of home canned salmon and fruit, clothes from her store. So generous. We'll miss you Aunty. Carol Shust (Macahon) Shoal Lake, Manitoba

Dennis Saito

December 4, 2013

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Georgette & Stanley

FROM THE FAMILY

On the farm, but only 8 of 11 children, 1940