March 2015

Smienk, Anna Jacoba (nee Sprenger)

We are saddened to announce the passing of Anna Jacoba Smienk (Sprenger) on March 7, 2015 at Nelson General Hospital. Anna was born in Amsterdam on August 15, 1931 to Anna and Johannes Sprenger and was one of five children. She married the love of her life, Geurt on October 29, 1953 in Putten, the Netherlands. Three children were born before moving to Canada in November 1960. Geurt and Anna built up a greenhouse business in Coalhurst, Alberta but moved to Nelson in 1973 with their now five children. Redfish Greenhouse was born and Geurt and Anna’s adventure in the Kootenays began.

Wilford Elroy Sand

Wilford Elroy Sand

September 15, 1930 – February 27, 2015

“A man of few words, but when he spoke his words were always worth listening to.”

Dad passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his home in Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson, BC. He was the oldest of three children born to Bill and Elsie Sand (nee Bird) of Kyle, Sask.

Russell (Russ) Vernon Browell

Russell Vernon Browell

Born March 19, 1929

Passed February 25, 2015

Russ passed away peacefully at Kootenay Lake Hospital on Wednesday February 25, 2015 after a brief illness.  He was born and raised in Canyon BC.  He began his career as a heavy equipment operator for the Department of Highways in 1947. 

Dorothy Kathleen (Rowe) Cote


Born January 24, 1917 Died February 20, 2015.

 Mother, Grandmother, Great and Great Great Grandmother.