We Remember

McKernan, Ilse (Elsie)

— April 13, 2012


Elsie went peacefully into the presence of her Lord at 63 years of age on April 13, 2012 with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was predeceased by Anna Huber, her loving mother.  She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her two sons  Matthew (Debbie) of Laval, Quebec  and Nathan; her three grandchildren Samuel, Alexandre, and Clara who were her pride and joy; the father of her children Brian McKernan; her father Joe Huber and her siblings Ingrid (Gene) Sivorot, Hilde (Terry) Schneider, and Joe (Kirsten) Huber; and a large extended family.

Elsie was born in Austria and immigrated to Canada with her parents as a baby.  Her life was filled with faith, family, and a love of knowledge.  She worked as a Librarian while raising her family in Prince George and later as a teacher at Immaculata High School in Kelowna.  Upon retirement, she pursued her love of travel and adventure.  She had a deep and abiding faith, loved the arts in all forms, was a student of history, a gifted linguist, a food enthusiast, and a hard working philanthropist.  She will always be remembered for lighting up any room with her glowing smile and joyful laugh.

A Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, April 18th at 10:30am.  Both services will take place at Immaculate Conception Church, 839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC.  As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to may make a donation to the St Vincent de Paul Society c/o Immaculate Conception Church or Helping Hands for Hospice: 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6 in Elsie’s name.



Prayer Service
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

Immaculate Conception Church

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St Vincent de Paul Society c/o Immaculate Conception Church or Helping Hands for Hospice: 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6


Service Information

Service Details

The prayer service for McKernan, Ilse (Elsie) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm at located at 839 Sutherland Ave., , .

The service for McKernan, Ilse (Elsie) is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:30 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Immaculate Conception Church

839 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC


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  • Leo & Loretta McKernan says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Elsie. Elsie was a kind and wonderful person, God Bless her.

  • Gloria Brubacher says:

    I was saddened to learn of Ilse’s passing. She did have such a bright and beautiful smile and it was a pleasure to get to know her. May the Lord comfort each one of you during this time of sorrow.

  • elizabeth abbott says:

    My deepest sympathy to all Elsie`s family. What a wonderful friend she was to me personally. The memory of her kindness, wisdom, humour and generosity will never fade.

    Remembering her in prayer and in gratitude for the gift of her life, and sharing in your loss, Elizabeth Abbott, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec

  • Patti & Sam DiMaria says:

    May knowing you’re in the hearts and thoughts of others help you through your time of sorrow.
    God Bless

  • Julie An-Jager (friend of Matt & Deb) says:

    May the Beauty of her life someday overwhelm the pain of her (physical) absence, until you reunite. To my Montreal friends, Matthew and Debbie, you’ve already long honoured her by likewise having channelled the Love she faithfully passed onto you.

  • Marilou Desjardins says:

    Matthew, je voudrais t’offrir à toi et toute ta famille mes plus profondes sympathies.
    Ce sont certainement des moments très difficiles et je vous souhaite tout le courage possible.
    Que votre chère maman repose en paix après tant de souffrances. Mes pensées sont avec vous.

  • Dennis Cocar says:

    We were saddened when we learned of Elsie’s passing.I will always remember our fun times as children on College Ave in Regina and the great times both our families shared together. We will remember Elsie in prayer

  • Lyle & Dodie Bennett says:

    We send our love and prayers.

  • Jack&Suzanne says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Elsie’s family and friends.

    Spending time with her in PEI was an opportunity to enjoy first-hand the hospitality and graciousness of a consummate travel guide. She had a wonderful laugh and sharp sense of humor.

    She was dear friend whom we shall never find the likes of again.

  • Pat and Rosemarie McKernan says:

    The world is a little less today with Elise not with us. She was a wonderful mother and special friend.

    Elsie will be with us forever in our hearts and thoughts.

    Pat and Rosemarie McKernan

  • Elaine Johnston says:

    I was sad to see Elsie’s death in the paper today and want to share how much I appreciated her volunteer work at Project Literacy.Elsie was such a talented, uplifting person.One of my favorite memories was Elsie and her learner drinking tea from fancy cups, while they had their lesson.She was a treasure and we share your loss.

  • Eric Boulé says:


    My deepest sympathy to you and all your family members. We are thinking of you here in Montreal and wish you the very best together.

    Eric Boulé

  • Eleanor and Bob Tardi says:

    We extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all Elsie’s family. May she rest peacefully in God’s arms. Eleanor and Bob Tardi

  • Mitra Sharafi says:

    Matthew and Deb,

    I am so very very sorry to learn this sad news. I remember your mom’s smiling presence at our youth orchestra rehearsals two decades ago, and I remember being so impressed by her dedication to your musical education especially, Matthew. Please accept our deepest condolences. We are thinking of all of you.

    with very best wishes from Wisconsin,
    Mitra and Jean-Luc

  • Frieda Gross says:

    My deepest sympathy to Elsie’s family, she will be sorely missed. Elsie was such a wonderful person. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Louise Myshak says:

    Elsie’s death has left an emptiness in our hearts. Please know that we share in your grief and support you in your sorrow. “Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal” Thomas Moore

  • Lilian Huygens says:

    To Elsie’s family with deepest condolences.
    I am truly deeply saddened by her passing and I’m very sorry for your loss.
    Elsie was my French teacher at SLR.
    I enjoyed her classes very much.
    How proud she was of her grandchildren! And the joy we shared when her little granddaughter was born! I two have one granddaughter
    among all the boys.
    Rest in peace dear Elsie, I’ll always fondly remember your kind sweet smile.

  • Katja Oldendorf says:

    My hearfelt condolences to all of you during this difficult time. I remember Elsie dearly from my Prestige days.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Katja Oldendorf

  • Rose Sowa says:

    My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Rose Sowa

  • Myriam et Sébastien says:

    Nos pensées et nos prières vous accompagnent. Nous sommes là pour vous. N’hésitez pas.
    Myriam et Sébastien

  • Ralph & Carolyn Romans says:

    Our sincere condolance in the passing of your mother. She was our friend & neighbour and she will be greatly missed.We will always have very fond memories of her beautiful smile and kind heart.
    Ralph & Carolyn

  • Elaine Johnston says:

    Elsie, so many times I’ve thought of coming to say hi. If only I had sonner. I’m saddened that I took for granted that you would not always be here, so that I may say, hello. I was absolutely shocked by the news of your passing. If there is one final thing I could say to you, it would be: Thank You. Thank you for all of your compassion and dedication for others. I hope that you understood, atleast in part, the impressive impact you’ve had in my life, and the lives of countless others.
    I would like to tell your family that I’m very sorry for their loss.
    I am forever grateful to Project Literacy for bringing you into my life.
    Wherever you are now, I’m sure that it is a brighter place than before your arrival.Lisa Blackmore

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