It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful father, Art Hoberg on May 31, 2011. After a long and disabling illness, Art died peacefully with family and close friends at his bedside.

Art was born December 16, 1941 in Fawcett, Alberta to Loren and Helen Hoberg. Along with his ten brothers and sisters, Art was raised on farms in Northern Alberta, and held fond memories of his childhood.

As a young man, Art left the prairies of Alberta for the mountains of British Columbia. He first moved to Vancouver where he worked and married, then later moved to the Okanagan where his two daughters were born. His career path saw him with such positions as psychiatric nurse, counselor in camps and group homes for troubled youth, and as an alcohol and drug counselor. Art’s passion for helping others also reached into his personal life where he was an active supporter of Amnesty International, Foster Parents Plan, Doctors Without Borders and other worthy organizations.

Art had an irrepressible sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family and friends. Two of dad’s greatest passions were cooking and gardening. He was extremely well read and his insatiable appetite for knowledge led to a rather large and eclectic collection of books.

Art was an intelligent, wise and funny soul, who could always be counted on to stop whatever he was doing to listen to us. We love you dad and will miss you every day.

Art will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his daughters Risa (Don) Eyers, Davida (Jed) Hoberg, and their mother Sandie Hoberg, as well as his ten brothers and sisters, Mary Dubois, Ethel (Norm) James, Lorna (Roy) Zacharuk, Mildred (Peter) Chekowski, Muriel (George) Broder, Barbara Hoberg, Gerald (Helen) Hoberg, Dennis (Sylvia) Hoberg, Phillip (Susan) Hoberg, Helen (Rod) Mills, two grandsons (Cohen and Dixon), 38 nieces and nephews, his many friends as well as his extended family.

A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Tea Room of the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, 4303 Pleasant Valley Road, on Friday, June 10 at 2p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Amnesty International or Doctors Without Borders.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff on 3 West at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and to the amazing staff at North Okanagan Hospice House for their support.

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