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KRISTENSEN (nee Henkel), Mrs. Ruth

After a long and full life, Mrs. Ruth Kristensen passed away at her home on March 29th, 2019.

Born in Poland, Ruth came to Canada at the age of three with her parents, where they settled in Trochu, AB. In adulthood, Ruth moved to Calgary to work, where she met her husband Gunnar (Kris) Kristensen. Together they retired in 1989 to Kelowna, BC where they enjoyed life to the fullest.

Her enthusiasm and energy were evident in all she did. She most enjoyed the time spent with family and friends singing, painting, working in her garden or playing a simple game of bingo.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lydia and Ludwig Henkel, her husband, Gunnar (Kris) Kristensen, her brother Edward, and his wife, Phillppina. She leaves to mourn her passing, her son, Douglas, Tina, and granddaughter Rebecca, brothers Charles (Edna), and Erwin (Donna) and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC with reception to follow. In lieu of flower donations may be made to KGH Foundation, www.kghfoundation.com.  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.”

Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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In lieu of flower donations may be made to KGH Foundation Link: www.kghfoundation.com


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The service for KRISTENSEN (nee Henkel), Mrs. Ruth is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 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 Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • John Lees says:

    Our condolences and our prayers go out to you.
    The Lees’

  • David and Tavia Burke and family says:

    Doug, Tina, and Rebecca, our heartfelt condolences and sympathy for your loss. Our support and prayers to you during this time.

  • Denise Richter says:

    Ruth was an inspiration in our Garden Club. So sorry to learn of her passing.

  • Rosemary Botner says:

    Ruth was a Life Member of the Kelowna Garden Club and until very recently was an active volunteer. An inspiration! She will be sadly missed

  • Corey Longeway says:

    Sorry to hear about Auntie Ruths passing, My memories are her family meals, her smile and that her eyes lite up when she did and she always put family first. ❤ xo

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