Passed away at the Kelowna Hospice House on August 6, 2017 at the age of 85. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Frank; sons: Duncan (Carolyn), Loren (Diana); daughter Kelly (Dennis) Schwab; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Colleen will be remembered for her commitment and dedication to her family and her love of hockey. She will be missed. There will be a private family service.
Colleen was born on September 7, 1931 in Standard, Alberta, and raised in Edmonton, where she completed her education. Anxious for a new adventure, she and her girlfriend moved to Vancouver, BC, where she met the love of her life, Frank. They were married in 1953 in Vancouver.
Frank’s work in the Navy took them to the San Francisco Bay area, where they settled and had their first two children, Duncan and Loren. After Frank left the Navy, they moved to Garberville, CA, where their third child, Kelly, was born.
In 1963, the family moved to Nakusp, BC, where Colleen worked as a bookkeeper for the local accounting firm and Frank opened a logging business. Frank and Colleen always supported each other’s careers, so when a new business opportunity presented itself in 1971, they packed up once again, and moved their family to Cranbrook, BC. Colleen’s outgoing nature and humour helped her make friends wherever she went, and keep them for life.
Education was always important to Colleen. She insisted on seeing all her kids through high school before she and Frank pursued opportunities that took them throughout northern BC. In 1989 they moved to Kelowna, where Colleen – an avid hockey fan – became one of the Kelowna Rockets’ biggest supporters. She was part of a devout cheering section of friends, that enjoyed nearly three decades of games and friendship.
Although a huge hockey fan, her biggest love was her family. Colleen was our anchor and compass; guiding and mentoring her children and grandchildren. She could always be found supporting her grandchildren at their school and sporting events. She was seen by many as a second mother and grandmother… and loved by all.
After a long and wonderful life, Colleen passed away on August 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Our love and thanks goes out to all who supported Colleen and our entire family during this trying time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, www.hospicecoha.org. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or to share a memory, please scroll down this page to the area called “share your condolences.”
The service for SCHROFF, Colleen is scheduled for There will be a private family service.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.