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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Joseph Kristalowich.  He is cherished and dearly missed by Tena, his best friend and devoted wife of forty years as well as siblings Teeni Yanick, Sophie Cowell, Michael Kristalowich, Frank Fiarchuk, Nick Fiarchuk, Tom Fiarchuk and many nieces and nephews.

Walter was born March 3rd 1948 on a farm in Elphinstone, Manitoba to Rose and Adolph Kristalowich.  He moved to Kelowna in 1973, met the love of his life at a dance and spent his 35 year career at Crown Packaging. He was a long-standing member of the Snowmobile Club – one of his greatest passions.

Walter had a wonderful way with people and made lifelong friends wherever he went.  Always a joke at hand and a laugh waiting to be shared.  He will be deeply missed by all the lives he touched.

A special thank you to Dr. Susan Ellard and Dr. Larry Bobyn.

The Funeral service will take place on Friday, June 5th 2015 at 1pm at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Children’s Hospital www.bcchf.ca. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for KRISTALOWICH, Walter Joseph is scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Shirley Rochon says:

    Our condolences and sadness go out to you. The two of you were truly one, and it was always a happy opportunity to meet up and share news of the day. Frenchie was connected to you both over the years of snowmobiling, and your experiences were always interesting stories to be told. May you hold your special memories and continue to relate those to us. Walter was a special person, as recognized by all, and our hearts go out to you in this difficult time.
    Armand (Frenchie) & Shirley Rochon.

  • ken & judy evers says:

    We are so very sorry to hear about Walter’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.

  • Lorne Olynic says:

    Tina, we extend our sincere condolences to you and your family members. I worked with Walter for many years and enjoyed many stories and laughs with him. He suffered for many years but he suffers no more. Take comfort in knowing he can now rest in peace. Tina, take care of yourself.

  • Chris Block says:

    Tena, Walter was such a great guy. He will be missed by all. I remember so many snowmobiling trips. My favorite , I had a brand new sled in the fall of 03, close enough to use the command start for my truck Walter pulled right in-front of my broken down skidoo and tied on a rope.With pride he towed me 55 feet.

  • Kim and Darin says:

    Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this difficult time Tena. It was great to have known such a wonderful man.

    Kim and Darin Bodnar

  • Larry & Jacquie says:

    We want to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to all family members and friends who are grieving at this time. Please find comfort in what it says at John 5:28&29 about the resurrection that will happen soon, as promised in Isaiah 33:24, Job 14:14, 15, and the earth will be filled with happy, healthy people who will never get sick, grow old, or pass away ever again. May these verses bring you comfort.

  • Barry and Brenda Morris says:

    Our sincere condolences to Walters family, Barry and Walter worked at crown same time,Hugs to you All at this difficult time.

  • Domenic and Lina Rampone says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with you

    Domenic rampone

  • Mel and Anne Campbell says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. Our thoughts are with you as we remember the life of a very good man. Walter will be missed.
    Mel and Anne Campbell

  • Guy & Irene Lafrance says:

    With deepest sympathy, thinking of you at this time of loss, and wishing you comfort and healing in the days ahead. Guy & Irene Old Time Fiddlers. (Great memories of Walter at the tractor pull on Benevolin)

  • Gail Fortney says:

    Dear Tena,
    So sorry and saddened to hear the news of Walter’s passing. He was a courageous & brave man. Please know I care & understand the loss of a loved one.
    With caring thoughts and friendship,
    Gail Fortney & Albert Albrecht

  • Bill and Brenda Martinson says:

    We send you our heartfelt condolences, Tena and family! We think of you often and remember our many conversations on the Greenway. Walter was an amazing man!
    Brenda and Bill

  • Bill Varon says:

    So sad to hear of Walter’s passing. I will miss the many encounters and conversations we had along the greenway trail. Walter’s courage and determination remain an inspiration to Stacey and I.

    Bill Varon

  • Robert Fiume says:

    Tena and family, thinking of you at this difficult time. I enjoyed getting to know Walter and especially will remember our ride when the trail was dedicated in his name. Had a great chat with him that day. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Peter & Anne Zazuliak says:

    Our sincerest condolences, Tena. Peter used to really enjoy his chats with Walter at the fence when they worked side by side a few years ago.
    We know there will be a great void in your life but hope the many memories and support of your family and friends will bring you some comfort at this difficult time.

  • Capri Valley Lanes says:

    Tena, All of us at the bowling center are saddened to hear about Walter’s passing. He was such a nice man. We always enjoyed seeing him come in with his big smile. We are thinking of you. Sending you big hugs. Unfortunately we were out of town last week or I would have come to the funeral and given you a big hug.
    Ruby, Bryan & Staff

  • Skip Ratel says:

    Tena & family, Diane and I were saddened to hear of Walter’s passing, memories of snowmobile club functions, with you both came flooding back. We’ve lost too many friends and family to cancer and pray that soon there is a real cure. Skip Ratel

  • Brett Coupal says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tena. Walter may you have endless powder filled meadows to explore and sunshine filled days ahead. Ride in peace and be free. Was always a privilege to go riding with you over the last 30 years. Jerry and Brett Coupal. Kelowna, B.C.

  • Rod Gawiuk says:

    Tena and family,
    Very sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. I have many good memories of working with Walter back in Elphinstone running heavy equipment as well as snowmobiling in the Horod hills. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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