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STELZER, Virginia

With great sadness the family of Virginia Stelzer announces her passing on January 9, 2019 at the age of 76. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Fred of 55 years marriage, daughter Linda (Russell) King, grandchildren Griffin and Ashley, sister Diana (Paul) Shepel, sister Elsie (Ernie) Klut and brother David (Dianna) Hawirko and numerous nieces and nephews. A service of remembrance will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15th at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the BC Cancer Agency, 399 Royal Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3 www.bccancer.bc.ca.

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1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15th at

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The service for STELZER, Virginia is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15th at . 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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  • Dave & Dianna Hawirko says:

    Dear Fred & Family
    We are so heartbroken for your loss of Virginia (sister, sister-in-law, Aunty & godmother). Our heartfelt sympathy, prayers and thoughts are with you, Linda (Russ), Griffin & Ashley. During this time of sorrow and forever, treasure all the moments you all shared with Virginia (beloved wife, mother and grandmother). She will be dearly missed by us all.
    All our love
    Dave & Dianna Hawirko
    Jason & Melissa

  • Dave & Dianna Hawirko says:

    Dear Fred, Linda (Russ), Griffin & Ashley,
    We are so sorry, touched and heart-broken by the loss of Virginia (sister, sister-in-law, Aunty & Godmother). Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow and journey in life. Virginia will be dearly missed by us all. God Bless.
    Dave & Dianna Hawirko
    Jason & Melissa Hawirko

  • Leanne Shepel says:

    I have so many fond memories of Auntie Ginny; from weekend fun at Granny & Grandpa’s, family Christmas’ to holidays taken together. One that comes to mind and always brings a smile to my face; is that one time our families spent winter break in Palm Springs together. We tried hard to tan our pale Canadian skin and ended up with a burn instead. Auntie Ginny told us that putting vinegar on a burn would soothe our skin and turn it into a nice golden tan. Well, of course, we wanted to return home with this “golden tan”. With no vinegar in sight, we turned to pickle juice! We dabbed that pickle juice all over hoping for the elusive golden tan. We smelled like we worked in the Bick’s pickle factory but dammit we were going to have a tan!
    Sending light, love and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. Will miss you, Auntie.

  • Carol and Chris Chirico says:

    I will always remember what an amazing and kind lady Auntie Ginny was. It was an honor to call her my aunt and I have many fond memories of her. Our family holiday dinners, camping trips, and summer backyard BBQ’s. Aunty made the best Christmas cookies ever. Loved her little crescent shaped shortbreads rolled in sugar. They were made with love and a special treat coming only from Auntie Ginny. Uncle Fred, Linda, Russ, Griffin and Ashley, may you all find peace in the beautiful memories of the love you shared with her. May those memories comfort you now and in the days ahead.
    With deepest sympathy,

    Carol and Chris Chirico

  • Paul and Diana Shepel says:

    Our family chain is broken,
    And nothing seems the same,
    Another link went missing,
    The day God called her name.

    Our dear Virginia will be missed more than words can say. We will always remember her as the calm, gentle lady who quietly went about doing what had to be done even in the excitement and sometimes chaos of Mom’s Christmas Day kitchen. She never needed fanfare or great pat on the back; she just knew what needed doing and did it. I always admired her for that and she will remain my role model forever.

    Our hearts go out to you Fred, Linda, Griffin, Ashley, and Russ as we make our way through the very difficult journey ahead….our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Paul and Diana

  • Leanne Shepel says:


  • Leanne Shepel says:

    Beautiful smile

  • Todd S says:

    Still very much lost for the right words to express my profound emptiness in having to contemplate the news. Memories of growing up had my Aunty Ginni a quiet but always there staple of solid character and immense creativity. I only wish I would have had more time to express my respect for her unfailing influence on my own values.
    Respectfully, Always,
    Todd, Ksenia and London Shepel

  • David and Lynnette Klut says:

    We are deeply heart broken with your loss. Auntie Ginny will be greatly missed. We have lots of fond memories of the times we spent together. 💔
    Love always David, Lynnette, Serena, Brooklyn, and Davlynn Klut

  • Marnie and Bill Vivian says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the service of Virginia. It was truly beautiful. All the comments you made about mom were so true. The days we worked together at the library, she was so dedicated and kept to herself with a little smile. Other part-time never believed there was a Virginia as she worked in the a.m. They finally met her and the favorite saying was “yes there really is a Virginia”. She was a wonderful person – soft and loving and would never hurt a soul. Cancer is a vicious disease and takes the ones we love at the wrong time. You have some wonderful memories to see you through difficult times. Enjoy them all. Love to all of you. Our arms are around you sharing our love and best wishes. Love you all. Marnie, Bill, Robert, David and Murray

  • Danny Klut says:

    I have lots of great memories of Auntie Ginny – especially at the family Christmas gatherings over all the years gone by.
    I will always remember the wonderful hospitality that Auntie Ginny and Uncle Fred provided when I stayed at their home for a couple of months, when I was working in Edmonton in 1990. I would walk through the door after work and she would always greet me with a smile, a friendly warm “Hello” and ask how my day went. Then she would listen intently.
    There were a couple of times when I forgot to prepare my lunch the evening before the next work day. When I woke up the next morning, there would be a note on the kitchen counter saying she noticed that I didn’t have any lunch prepared, that she made some sandwiches for me and they were in the fridge, ready to take to work. She was very kind and generous – always thinking of other people.
    I will miss her very much. My sincerest sympathy to Uncle Fred, Linda, Russ, Griffin & Ashley

  • Sheila and Rene Giroux says:

    Dear Fred and Family,
    It’s hard to understand why good people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of such
    well-lived life. May the prayers of your friends and family , and the strength of your faith be the “wings” that will lift up your spirits now. We’re sending our deepest condolence, and warmest thoughts and prayers are there with you. God Bless You. Sheila & Rene

  • Dave and Angela Coffin says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very heartbreaking time. Virginia was a very special person and will be greatly missed.

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