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ORAVA, Louise (Goldsmith)

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

The Orava and Goldsmith families are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of our beloved Louise Goldsmith Orava, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many.  Louise left us too soon on Thursday, February 14, after a sudden and tough-fought illness.

We will miss her deeply loving, adventurous and creative spirit, which live on in her husband Norm, sons Scott (Ginni) of Gilbert, AZ and Steve (Randi) of Arlington, VA, 6 adoring grandchildren (Kasey, Keaton, Jadyn, Jaxon, Jace, and Jagger) and even in her somewhat wild cat, Grace.  She was also survived by her brother Robert Goldsmith (Sheila) of Kelowna, BC, brother-in-law Bob (Raija) Orava of New Westminster, BC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Louise was a Lady of the Lake Princess in 1955, graduated from KSS and St. Paul’s School of Nursing in Vancouver, BC.  She will be remembered for her kindness and loving care for others.  She excelled in her profession, was an avid bridge player, gardener, and world traveler.  African overlanding, safaris, and the Big Cats held a special place in her heart.

A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross, British Columbia/Yukon Office, 3400 Lake City Way, Burnaby, BC, V5A 4Y2.

A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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  • Chris Cloutier says:

    My deepest sympathies on your loss.

  • Michele and Mitch Cole says:

    Dear Steve,
    Mitch and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time. You are very much in our hearts and thoughts.
    Love, Michele, Mitch, Lilly and Trevor

  • Carol & Carl Zanon says:

    Dear Norman
    Carol and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Louise. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We wish to attend a celebration of her life.

  • Brendan Walsh says:

    Thoughts and Prayers with you Mr. Orava, Steve & Scott, during this time. Fond memories of Louise during our high school days with Steve in Rapid City.
    Condolences – Brendan Walsh

  • Regina Lewis says:

    Norm: I was sorry to hear about your wife. It has been a long time since we were at SDSM&T. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Regie

  • Kati Pap-Dévényi says:

    Dear Norman
    We met her only once but her humour and cheerfulness was unforgetable and the best of out trip to Canada.
    Kati and Sándor Dévényi from Finland

  • George Gladfelter says:

    Dear Norman,
    I am very sorry to learn of your loss. I pray that you will receive consolation and peace.

  • Lynn Krauss says:

    The Dow Corning/Hemlock team sends our condolences to you and your family.

  • Bev Rodrigo, nee Goss says:

    To the Family,
    I was a classmate of Louise’s and I want to let you know she was a very special person with a ready smile and a great sense of humor. I will miss her and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Bev.

  • Bob & Barbara Gartner says:

    Norm & family members: we were saddened to hear of the passing of Louise. She was a wonderful lady with a smile that lit the room. Have fond memories of our boating adventures on Pactola as well as school activities.

  • Gail Radies ( Duke) says:

    Dear Norm & Family

    I was so saddened to hear of Louise’s passing. Such a fun, loving person. All of her classmates at S.P.H. will feel a great loss. She is in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Jeannine (Bonthoux) Vass says:

    I was a nursing classmate of Louise’s… A sad time for all—Louise was a fun loving gal and will be sorely missed when we gather again. Thoughts and paryers are with you all.

  • Don and Cherie Brown says:

    Dear Norm, Scott, Steve and Family,
    We were so very sorry to read of your loss of Louise. It was always enjoyable to be with her and she always called it like she saw it, never at a loss for words. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you as we know how much you will miss her!

    • Norm says:

      Oh,so many memorieswith you guys. Many thanks for your kind sentiments. A huge void but I had my boys around me when needed. Life requires that you step around or over that void, I guess. I do love her so much. I get really mad at her sometimes for leaving me — as if she had a choice!!

      Love to you both,

  • Karen Zundel says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. All the times I talked with her through AWU functions she was so warm and gracious, funny and bright. My thoughts are with you.

  • Fernand Marquis says:

    Dear Norm,
    I am very sorry and saddened to hear from Sid of the passing away of Louise. I remember her kindness and vibrance from Rapid, as if it was yesterday. Please accept my heartfelt condolences as my Prayers are with you and your Family.

  • Carrol & Joan Krause says:

    Norm, we were very sorry to learn of Louise’s death. We enjoyed our friedship with both of you. We saw the announcement in the R.C. Journal

  • Carrol & Joan Krause says:

    Norm, we express our sympathy on the loss of Louise. We enjoyed the time that we shared with you and Louise. We read the announcement in the Rapid City Journal.

  • Dick & Nancy Gowen says:

    Our sincere sympathy to you, Scott and Steve and their families. Louise was a warm,caring person who will be missed very much by all who knew her.

  • Jerry & Sharon Reid says:

    Norm and family,

    Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Amanda Bain says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember her easy laugh and quick smile, as well as her wonderful company during bbq’s in the back yard.

    My thoughts are with you,
    Amanda Bain

  • Ken & Diane Ketel says:

    Norm, Scott and Steve,
    We will always remember Louise for her great smile and wit, and your home that made classmates feel secure at a very important time. For that we are very grateful.

    Ken & Diane Ketel

  • Lyle & Dorothy Feisel says:

    Norm: We’ve just learned of your loss. We’re remembering great times with the two of you while we were at SDSM&T. We’re now in St. Michaels, MD, on the Chesapeake Bay. Our best wishes to you and your family.

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