Verna GANZEVELD

GANZEVELD, Verna May

March 31, 1916 – June 28, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Verna or Grandma ‘G’ as she was lovingly called by most. Our grandma was a truly remarkable woman, as many of you know. She was one of those women who had an inner strength that helped her to survive through many hardships and losses and still come out a “winner”. She had a great love and respect for the outdoors and wildlife, except for the large rattlesnake that decided to call her flowerbed home at Adventure Bay and was quickly ‘taken care of’ by grandma. She has been a great role model for all of us. Her greatest love was children – she truly loved them as they loved her. Her greatest passion in later years has been her cooking and baking. Hundreds of bags of cookies as well as cakes & pies made there way home with all who came to visit her. She would have been quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting and reading if her eyes had not failed her in recent years. At the age of 94 she was still very proud of her vegetable garden and flower baskets. Even as ill as she was the past few weeks, Grandma was still looking forward to getting strawberries at the Farmer’s Market and going home to make jam and homemade bread for the grandchildren.

Verna was born to Clarence & Irma Price on March 30, 1916 in Ramsey, Alberta. Her parents had come to Alberta from Wyoming with horses and wagon shortly before she was born. She had two younger brothers who predeceased her, Fay and Richard (Dick). The family came to Vernon when she was very young and homesteaded on the West Side of Okanagan Lake, the Commonage, and then at Silver Star.

Grandma married Fernando (Ferd) Cover when she was a young girl in the ‘dirty thirties’ and they homesteaded near Bardolph Lake, & Silver Star and later moved to Lumby and finally Vernon which became their home. They had four children, Darwin, Raymond, Marjorie and Jerry. Jerry passed away when he was a little boy. The grandchildren have many fond memories of staying with grandma and grandpa at there home on 29th Street. Ferd died suddenly when he was in his early fifties.

Grandma later married Engel Ganzeveld and they lived at Adventure Bay on Okanagan Lake and then moved to Husband Drive overlooking Kalamalka Lake. Engel also had a great love and respect for the outdoors and the two of them spent many happy hours traveling the backtrails of the Okanagan cutting firewood, picking huckleberries, and just enjoying being in the great outdoors. Her extended family too was included in a great many of these adventures. Engel, as well, was taken from her too quickly.

Grandma is survived by her sons Darwin (Fuji), Raymond (Dawn), Marjorie (Ted) and by 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren.

As per her request, there will be no services.

Happy trails Grandma ‘G’– we are all going to miss you!