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September 9, 1915 — June 10, 2015

Born in Nelson, BC on September 9, 1915, passed away peacefully in Kelowna on June 10, 2015 at the age of 99. Bennie is survived by his son Bernie (Ev), daughter Vivienne Hyssop (Norm), step-daughter Darlene Fisher, step-son Ron Fisher (Marlene), seven grandchildren (Lynn, Monte, Brad, Jason, Cheryl, Terri, and Kevin), eleven great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Bennie was predeceased by his first wife Georgina, his second wife Mary, his sister Yvonne Stangherlin, his grandson Donnie Hyssop and great grandson Devon. Bennie spent his first 86 years in Nelson, served in WWII in the RCAF and worked for the CP Express for 38 years. An avid fisherman and photographer, Bennie was well known in the Kootenays for his musical prowess on the piano with his various dance bands. Bennie and Mary moved to Kelowna in 2001. His warm smile and piano playing will be deeply missed by family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC with Father Sebastian as Celebrant. Following a reception at the ICC parish hall, an Interment will be held at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

Immaculate Conception Church

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The service for MONTELEONE, Bennie is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:00 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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    My deepest condolences to the Monteleone family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you


  • Heidi & Mark Peacock says:

    Thinking of you at this time of loss Bennie & Monteleone Family, May loving memories help you through this time of sorrow.
    Regards Mark, Heidi & Andrew Peacock

  • Patty Randall and Cesare Maniago says:

    Bernie, Ev, Viv and Norm and families…We are sending very warm thoughts to you today. Your father was unique in so many ways, surrounded by a loving, growing family, still vibrant with his music…and from what you have told us, he understood always the value of a smile. Imagine, at close to 100, he was part of less than one percent of our country… a long life full of memories for all of you to share. Our condolences, Patty Randall and Cesare Maniago

  • Joy Oxenham says:

    Bernie, Ev, Brad & Jason,
    Bennie will be greatly missed, he nearly made 100 years but his time was up. I really enjoyed seeing family visit him here at Sandalwood during his playing and singing times here. May you be comforted to know that many care and my prayers are with you at this time.–Joy Oxenham

  • Paulette/Craog Smith says:

    To the entire family we send our condolences. Bennie was a wonderful addition to our family when he married Mary many years ago. Always considered him a favourite uncle. Will miss his cheerful face and pleasant mannerism not to mention his piano playing. We were always glad we were able to see him each summer on our way to our cottage near Fernie. Will miss him. Sorry we can’t make the funeral but you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Paulette and Craig Smith and the entire Girou family.

  • John Neufeld says:

    To Bernie & Ev Monteleone;I’m sending my condolences on the passing of your father,Bernie.Take care!Bernie & Ev,Brad,Jason – all of you has been in my prayers,thoughts since September1985. A lot of hugs;John Neufeld

  • Julie, Mark & Savannah Roseborough says:

    Our hearts are breaking for your loss. Bennie was a great fellow… and he raised a great family. We hope the sweet memories you have of him will comfort you and stay with you always.

    Julie, Mark and Savannah Roseborough

  • Len, Linda (Taschuk) Waege & Family says:

    Our condolences to the Monteleone Family at this time of sorry. Remember all the great memories that will help ease the sorry.

  • Pam Neid says:

    Bernie and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of your dad. What a wonderful long life he had. So many memories for you all. My condolences to your family.
    Pam Neid

  • Penny Baker says:

    To Viv, Bernie and Families:
    How wonderful you had your Dad in your lives till now…lots of memories for all to treasure. Love, Penny and Marvyn Baker

  • Brenda Appel says:

    To Bernie, Ev and Family Thinking of you at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Brenda and Jack Appel and Eleanor Bulach

  • Domenic and Lina Rampone says:

    our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Domenic and Lina Rampone

  • Cheryl McNaughton says:

    Bernie,Ev & family,
    We are saddened to hear of Bennie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Warm wishes, Cheryl McNaughton & Alex Fong

  • Dale & Melody Forsythe says:

    Bernie, Ev, Brad, Jason..
    I really thought that Bennie would make the magic 100 mark and be entertaining everyone to celebrate his birthday but like his friend,Mac,my dad, he fell a little short. He brought a lot of happiness into many a heart with his music and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  • The Perrott Family says:

    Bernie & Ev –
    May time ease the sorrow you feel and leave only loving memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Brenda and Al Perrott,
    John Perrott and Jerrold Perrott
    (Springvalley Secondary Friends)

  • Low / Senger Family says:

    On behalf of Lois Low, Judy and Tom Senger. Please accept are deepest condolences. To lose the patriach of the family is to lose the soul. God bless.

  • Jack and Barbara Burton says:

    So sorry to hear of your dads passing
    Thinking you at this sad time

    Barb,Jack Burton

  • Kevin Judd says:

    Dear Bernie, Ev & Family,

    I offer my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


    Kevin Judd

  • Art & Trish (Shutty) Kleinsmith says:

    Darlene and family, How wonderful that you had Bennie with you for so long. I remember him every day as I have enjoyed all the pictures of our family he took so lovingly. (And his magic fingers during our wedding)! We will remember him in our prayers.
    Art & Trish Kleinsmith

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