On December 8, 1946 a baby girl was born to Philip and Nancy Plotnikoff in Grand Forks, B.C. Kathaleen enjoyed growing up with her mom and dad, older brother and sister, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins in the small village of Koolekovka. The family then moved to a new home in Almond Gardens. After the passing of mother Nancy, the family became a blended family with new mom Polly, brother Fred, sister Nina. A few years later sister Elena joined the family.
Living on the farm was really tough work and Kathaleen would wonder off to the far garden and would take a nap when she got tired. Thank goodness for the family dog Skipper, who of course would be napping with her. He would jump up and down when Dad would call for her.
Kathaleen left home at a very young age. She set her sights at becoming a great cook. She headed to Oliver where she got a job at one of the local restaurants and after gaining the experience she needed, moved to the Kootenay area where she met her husband Cyril. Her cooking experience landed her a job at the Fire Side Restaurant where she worked for many years before taking a position at Selkirk College. Being so young minded and warm hearted, this was a great fit for her as the students looked forward to seeing her smiling face.
Kathaleen retired after many years of hard work and moved to Grand Forks to be near her dad and sister. She also joined the Grand Forks Hospital Auxillary where she enjoyed volunteering. Kathaleen’s love for her family and friends was unending and she would always greet you with the biggest smile and hugest hug and always part with her favorite phrase of “I wove you”.
Kathaleen was taken from her pain on December 23, 2015 when she passed away in Boundary Hospital. Kathaleen was predeceased by her brother George, mother Nancy, grandparents, mother Polly and father Philip. She is survived by her brother Philip, Judy Plotnikoff and family, sister Violet, Bill Savitskoff and family, sister Elena, Dan Arishenkoff and family, Brother, Fred Zibin and family and sister Nina, Steve Babakaiff and family.
Kathaleen will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends. She will remain “Forever Young” in our hearts. Rest well our dear sister.