Elsie Savinkoff of Winlaw, B.C. passed away March 3, 2017 in Nelson, B.C. Elsie was born in Grand Forks, B.C., June 13, 1932 to Mike and Fanny Stoochnoff. She is survived by her son Wayne, granddaughters Alexandra and Raya, sisters Helen Maass, Mary Borisenkoff and Margaret Kesic, numerous nieces and nephews and her very good friend Fred Wishlow.

Elsie was predeceased by her parents, her husband Andrew and sons Kenny, age 14 and Raymond, age 35 as well as sister Jane Sofonoff and brothers Mike and Bill (Willy) Stoochnoff.

Throughout her life Elsie worked hard. At age 14, when her father was killed in a truck accident, Elsie left school to go to work so she could help support her family.

At age 22, she married Andrew Savinkoff and they settled in Winlaw, B.C. where she raised her boys and many many crops of vegetables in her substantial garden. As her children got older Elsie started working retail, then eventually became a home support worker, all the while tending to her large garden and canning and processing food for her family.

Elsie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all. She was kindhearted, warm and a happy person who was giving and generous to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the first responders, ambulance drivers, doctors and nurses for their care. Thank you also to the Castlegar Funeral Chapel, Appledale ladies cooking group, singers, gravesite attendants, pall bearers and Sid Malakoff, officiant. Thank you for those who sent flowers, sympathy cards and contributed to the meal and helped with the cleanup. Elsie was laid to rest at Perry’s Siding Cemetery, Winlaw on March 10, 2017.

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