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PETKAU, Elaine Lorene (nee Politeski)

Elaine Petkau RN passed away August 6, 2018 at the Central Okanagan Hospice House in her 83rd year.  She is survived by her husband Wilfred, sons Keith (Wendy) and Gregory (Mary); daughter Danna Ramsay (Allan); brother Daniel (Pamela); six grandchildren; one great grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her daughter Marie, her parents and sister Linda.  In 1953 Elaine entered the nursing program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Lethbridge, AB.  After graduating in 1956 she continued working at St. Michael’s Hospital and it was there that she met her future husband, Wilfred, an RCMP officer.  They married in 1957 and were transferred to Burnaby, BC, spending the next 25 years in the Vancouver area.  The children were born during this period and she also worked at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.  Moving to Kelowna in 1982, she took up employment at the Kelowna General Hospital and retired in 1995.  As a hobby she loved knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching.  She was an avid bowler and a regular at Capri Bowling Lanes until medical issues made her stop in April 2016.  A special thanks to the staff at Hospice House for their compassion and kindness.  A Memorial service will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 am from Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation in Elaine’s memory to Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

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The service for PETKAU, Elaine Lorene (nee Politeski) is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2018 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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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Debbie and Russ Gilchrist says:

    Elaine was an amazing roll model for all of us. She taught me to be strong and stand up for my beliefs . She will be sadly missed but forever in our thoughts . Hugs to all

  • BrendaLee says:

    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, mother in law, grandmother & great grandmother. Aunt Elaine was a kind gentle soul with more patience than most. She will be missed!
    May memories make your heart smile. 💜BrendaLee

  • Bob P)etkau says:

    Condolence to THE Petkau family.
    Appreciate Elaines kindness and love. She always has such a beautiful smile.

  • Dave and Rona Hamilton says:

    Wilf and Family – We are so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. May you and your family find peace as you reflect on her life and memories she has given you. Best wishes Dave and Rona Hamilton

  • Keith Petkau says:

    Thinking of you now and forever. Thank you for always being there. Love you.

  • Jan Schmitz says:

    Though my memories of Elaine are mostly those from our childhood, there are very pleasant. My condolences to you and your family Wilf.

  • June Sanbrooks says:

    Hi Wilf, I am so sorry to hear about Elaine. We bowled together for several years.

    – June Sanbrooks

  • Greg Petkau says:

    Good bye for now someday I will be with you again. Love your son Greg

  • Ruby & Bryan Sargeant says:

    Our deepest condolences from the Owners & Staff of Capri Lanes. We have known Elaine for many, many years. She was an awesome bowler, but we remember her most for hew beautiful, genuine smile that would light up the place. She cared deeply for her family & friends. We & the bowling league members have missed Elaine for the last few years as her health would not allow her to bowl and we are very sad to know we won’t be seeing her infectious smile again. Rest in Peace Elaine. We are blessed to have known you.
    Bryan, Ruby & staff of Capri Lanes

  • Nancy Jansen/Al Harbour says:

    Wilf & Family, Offering our sincere condolences and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the love and support that surrounds you. God Bless.

  • Woody & Barb Aschenbrenner says:

    Wilf thinking about you and the family. Our prayers and thoughts heading your way

  • Sherry Mude says:

    I have loved Elaine since meeting her. I was happy when my Uncle Wilf married that beautiful lady and then watched her grow more beautiful with every year. She was a wise, intelligent and funny lady. May she be at peace now.

  • Sherry Mude says:

    So many will be missing this beautiful lady. She was a beautiful, intelligent and funny lady.
    Elaine…..you are at peace now.

  • Violet & Les Holmes says:

    Dear Wilf and family,
    Heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You and Elaine have been wonderful friends since the 1950’s in Burnaby and we will truly miss her.
    Blessings & love to you all,
    Violet & Les

  • Larry & Louise Proke says:

    Dear Wilf and Family. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with all of you.

  • Gary and Dianne Walker says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you, Wilf and all the family. We are remembering happier times when we were all much younger.

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