It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Vera Semenoff of Grand Forks, B.C. Vera passed away in the loving presence of family at Hardy View Lodge, on February 16, 2012, at age 81. Born in Lundbreck, Alberta, on February 15, 1931, to Peter and Helen Salekin.

As a young woman on a visit to Grand Forks, she met a young man, Pat Semenoff, son of Peter and Mary Semenoff. After a short courtship they were married on April 17, 1949. They lived in Coleman, Alberta, for a few years and later settled in Grand Forks to raise their two children, Elaine and Wally.

Vera was a lifelong member of the USCC. She actively participated in the ladies cooking groups, ladies choirs and was always willing to help and contribute when called to serve in all related functions.

Vera retired in 1989 after completing 25 years of service working for School District #12 as custodian for the John Hutton School. She was a conscientious employee who took great pride in keeping the school clean and tidy.

Vera’s most treasured joys and concerns in her life were her children and her granddaughter, Cosette. She loved her garden and the abundance that it provided. Her love of family was evident in her affection and support of family members as well as her delicious home cooked family dinners. Her hospitality, generosity and gentle nature was extended to all who knew her and it was her gift to all of us.

Vera is survived by her daughter Elaine (John) Sookochoff of Grand Forks, son Wally (Valarie) Semenoff of Christina Lake, granddaughter Cosette (Mark) Kempston and great-granddaughter Kiana Kempston of Kelowna. She also leaves behind her brother Larry (Margaret) Salekin, niece Lynn (Chris) Parno of Airdrie, Alta., nephew Anthony Salekin of Calgary, Alta., nephew Don Salekin of Grand Forks, as well as extended family members and friends.

A funeral service was held at the USCC Community Centre on Monday, February 20, 2012 . Grand Forks Funeral Home had care of arrangements.

Vera will be sadly missed by her family, her relatives and friends. We will keep and cherish her memory in our hearts forever. May she rest in peace in God’s heavenly kingdom. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to the USCC or the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.

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