It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joseph Franciscus Kalfics at age 78.
He was born on October 11, 1943,
in Heerlen, Holland. He came to Canada in 1956. He left this world peaceful with his family at his side on September 4, 2022. Joe was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Joyce. Joseph leaves behind his daughters Sherie (Cameron) Loring and Nickie (Robert) LaSaga, both will miss him dearly. He was deceased by both his parents, Gerda and Joseph Kalfics and his youngest brother Frankie. His 2 remaining sisters Anna Fulop and Kathy (John) Aartsen will mourn with us. He was loved by all his grandchildren Jordan (Shannon), Jared (Shaylene), Brendan, Mirranda (Ricky), Caila, Cherrise, Bryson (Theresa), Baylie (Colin), Kaycie (Steven) and Julian.

Merritt has been his home since 1967. Joe loved his community and his church. He was a Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus at the Sacred Heart Parish. He made lifelong friends that will remember his sense of humor, wisdom, and his incredible stories.

Joseph’s heart was broken after losing his lifelong love last year. Their one wish was to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary which will be April 7, 2023. Joe’s health was declining, and his body was tired, thankfully Our Heavenly Father took his home to rest and be with his wife to have their “Last Waltz” together.

So many hearts are feeling sadness because he was here and was loved.

Messages of condolences can be expressed to the family online at Kamloops Funeral Home.

Catholic Service will be held at the Sacred Heart Parish, Merritt BC on October 8,2022 at 11:00am. Reception and Interment to follow.

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Joyce McKinley, age 92, peacefully passed away on August 15, 2022 in Kamloops, BC. She was born on May 7, 1930 in Montreal, Quebec to her parents, Bill and Dorothy Kilgour. She and her sister (Sandy) spent their early childhood years in Montreal before the family moved to Toronto for a short period of time. After returning to Montreal, they resided next door to an Associated Gospel Church. While attending this church, Joyce accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour. In the late 1940’s, the family moved to Winnipeg and Joyce began working at the T. Eaton Company. It was there she met a handsome young man, John McKinley. After two years of dating, they were married on July 7, 1951. Joyce was a stay-at-home mom raising their two children, David and Brenda, in Winnipeg. Later she worked with V.O.N. and then in electrical/hardware stores. After making Winnipeg home for over 60 years, Joyce and John moved to Kamloops in July 2010.


Joyce loved people and nature. Her curious and engaging spirit sparked her interest in many household pets, outdoor birds, flowers, gardening and activities like biking and picking berries with John and friends. Another one of her favourite past-times included traveling throughout Canada, United States (including Alaska) and the Philippines. She enjoyed hosting people in the home where they could enjoy excellent cooking and baking, playing table games, and lively conversation with laughter. For many years, Joyce actively participated in a ladies’ missions group and chaired the Christian Women’s Club in Winnipeg.  More recently, she enjoyed attending Summit Drive Church and then the Friday church services led by Pastor Harry Bicknell at the Chartwell Ridgepointe Residence.


Joyce is survived by her husband, John; her two children, David (Laura) and Brenda (Grant); five grandchildren—Karen (Mel) and Nancy McKinley; Caleb (Jess) Joshua (Chelsea), and Bethany Del Begio and four great-grandchildren (Eliya and Benjamin, Noelle and Hailey). Joyce is also survived by her sister, Sandy Spaulding, and many nieces and nephews. Her love for people and radiant smile is and will be sorely missed. We do know that our Mom, Grandma and Great-grandma is now with Jesus and we look forward to the day when we will see her in heaven with her Saviour.

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July 8, 1956 – August 3, 2022


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Patrick.

Charlie is survived by his Mother Cathy Patrick. His Brother Gary Patrick and Two sisters Gloria (Terry) Pearson and Ann Tucker. His Two daughters Katie (Chris) and Nikki (Jesse). His Three Grandchildren Hunter, Wyatt and Nikki. Charlie is predeceased by his father Robert Patrick.

There will be a funeral service being held on September 10, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the Kamloops Funeral Home on 285 Fortune Drive. This is for anyone who would like to come and show their respects.

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It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Milynda Ann Sawka on Wednesday August 31, 2022 in Kamloops, BC.

Although joining her mom Pauline and her trusted companion Sweetie in heaven, she will be greatly missed by her father Ken, brother Andre, sister in-law Jessica, her niece Addisyn and her numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Milynda was born on March 28, 1971 to proud parents Ken and Pauline.  In her childhood Milynda had a love of bowling and even participated in the provincial games. Once she was done school she worked numerous jobs such as the Bunmaster and a hairdressers before beginning her long career at the YMCA in Kamloops.  Nothing made her prouder than her job at the Y where she worked for over 20 years.
Once she retired from the Y it was time to look after her dad Ken as her mom had passed away. She loved holidays with her family, her Disney movies, stringing music on her guitar and finally working around her last home at the Hamlets of Westsyde.   If you knew Milynda, you knew she took her work very seriously.   You would often see her out and about in her wheelchair doing her daily duties in the halls.  We are deeply grateful to all the staff at Hamlets for the care and attention they gave to her once the Hamlets became her home.

Special thanks to Father Andrzej Wasylinko.

Milynda’s Celebration of Life will be held at 10 am on Friday September 9, 2022 in the Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive.

Public Viewing will be Thursday Sept 8th at 7 pm in the Funeral Home.
There will be a graveside service at Hillside Cemetery, followed by reception (lunch) back at the Kamloops Funeral Home.





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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donna Rose Swiatkewich/Romaniuk. On Wednesday August 31 she unfortunately lost a very hard fought battle with cancer.

Donna was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario to Elsie and Frank. Who eventually moved to Kamloops where she grew up and graduated from Norkam Secondary. After marriage Donna moved to The Pas, Manitoba then to Winnipeg before eventually making her way back to Kamloops in 1994.

As a mother Donna was know for being a very crafty lady. She loved volunteering wherever her kids went.  Teaching Sunday school, lunch hour supervision, even sewing for the Sosna Ukrainian dancers. She loved all forms of creativity sewing, knitting, crochet, beading and embroidery. All of this leading her to open Donna’s yarn and craft centre here in Kamloops, BC. Even when her battle was getting hard her crafting kept her going.

We would like to thank Royal inland hospital for their care and support to the teams at 4 north, 6 north, Cancer care and ICU who helped her fight as hard as she wanted.

She is lovingly remembered by both her Parents, Frank and Elsie Swiatkewich. Her 3 children Olesia, Dorothy (Doug) and Robert. Predeceased by her grandparents and her younger brothers Robert and Michael.

The Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints, 1044 8th St., Kamloops.  The Funeral Service is Wednesday, September 7 at 10 am in the Church. Following the Service, Donna will be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery.

If desired in lieu of flowers donations in Donna’s name to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.

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