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Balahura, Elaine

Date of Death: October 10, 2018

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LOIS ELAINE BALAHURA

Elaine Balahura passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on October 10, 2018. Elaine was born on August 15, 1930 in Provost, Alberta to Alice and Louis Schneider. The family moved to Nelson in 1947 where Elaine finished high school.  She met Gus, the love of her life, in 1949 and they married on September 1, 1950. They had two children, Michael in 1954 and Donna in 1956.

Elaine worked at Mann’s Drugs starting in 1947 and continued to work there for many years until it closed downtown whereupon she moved to Shopper’s Drug Mart in the local mall. She was a Brownie leader, active with the Parent-Teacher Association, as well as a volunteer with all the other organizations or activities that involved  her children.  Elaine was very active in the church, first at Fairview United then at Nelson United where she was a member of 56 unit. She was secretary for the unit for many years as well as making all the pastry for their pie sales and contributing muffins for teas and bazaars. Elaine enjoyed sewing and this also was passed on to the church for bazaars and teas.

As well as sewing for her church and family, Elaine loved reading and working in the garden especially with the flowers. She spent 30 years travelling to Honolulu, Hawaii with Gus and staying at their favourite hotel – The Royal Grove. She met many new friends there that she enjoyed seeing every year as she and Gus escaped from the snowy winters.

Elaine loved all her family but especially her grandchildren of whom she was very proud.

Elaine is survived by her husband of 68 years, Gus and her children Michael (Brenda) and daughter Donna (Richard), grandchildren Brent (Marcie), Marissa (Jeremy), Justin (Lindsay) and Danielle (Darcy), great-grandchildren Audrey, Austin, and Autumn Roberts, Elaine and Malcolm Kraus, and Cadence Balahura, as well as two brothers, Frank and Bill Schneider. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Alice and Louis Schneider.

The family would like to thank Doctors McKechnie, Maytom and McKay as well as the staff at the Vancouver Eye Care Centre and the staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital.

The service will take place at Nelson United Church on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital or H.E.L.P. Honduras, a Rotary health, education and literacy project (www.helphonduras.ca).

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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Wendall Clifford
Relation: Fellow railroader.

My sincerest condolences to you & yours Gus.

From: Cindy Schug
Relation: Cousin

So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of the visits to provost and the 1 time at Nelson with my mom and dad.
Hugs, Cindy Schug

From: Ruth &Barry McCauley
Relation: Spent time with Elaine & family in Hawaii.

Fond memories of our times together at the Royal Grove, Honolulu, Hawaii.

From: Pam Schneider
Relation: Elaine was my Dad’s cousin.

Elaine will be remembered as a dear, sweet woman, someone to look up to and try to emulate. She was from a generation of people who knew the value of family – what having family meant, where we come from and what family can create as we move through life.

From: Johan Mason
Relation: Co-worker at Shoppers

We will miss you, Elaine,every time I was in the mall I expected to see you and Gus having your coffee.

From: Cathy Stevely (Parkins)

Gus, Mike, Donna, and Families:
Our sincere condolences. Mom and Dad often spoke fondly of the many good times they had with you in Nelson and Reno.
From: Cathy and Ron Stevely and Donna Parkins

From: Greg Corbett
Relation: Aquaintance

Gus, Mike, Donna, and families, so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you at this time.

From: Ava B Schneider
Relation: Family

Gus, Mike Brenda, Donna Richard, and families.
I will miss Elaine, her welcoming smile, her laugh, and thoughtfulness and generosity to my family through the years.. Oh and mustn’t forget those wonderful lemon bars… My thoughts are with you all… Love Ava

From: John and Carol Prochaska
Relation: Co-Members at Nelson United Church, Nelson, B.C.

How grateful we are to God for your love and presence over much of the past 9 years since moving to Nelson. On Sunday mornings sitting behind us at worship you often “had our backs” literally, as well as spiritually. Even now we can feel your warmth, joy and caring. We “have your back” too.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 20, 2018
Beginning at 11:00am

Location:
Nelson United Church

The service will take place at Nelson United Church on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 11:00 am.

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kootenay Lake Hospital or H.E.L.P. Honduras, a Rotary health, education and literacy project (www.helphonduras.ca).

Thank You Notice

The family would like to thank Doctors McKechnie, Maytom and McKay as well as the staff at the Vancouver Eye Care Centre and the staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital.

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