ARNFINNSON, GERTRUDE DELORES (nee HUPPIE)
January 16, 1924 – June 13, 2017
Gertie passed away peacefully at “The Pines”
(Kimberley Special Care Home) with her niece
Rochelle by her side on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 93
years of age.
Gertie was born in Grandin, AB. She met the love of
her life Dori Arnfi nnson near Lac La Biche, AB, and
they were married in 1941. They moved to Kimberley
in the late 1940’s spent a few years camping, and
then bought a cabin at St. Marys Lake. She loved to
sing, strum the banjo, play the spoons, and in later
years, she was happy just to sit and listen to music.
Quite a few nephews, nieces and friends stayed with
Gertie and Dori in the house on DeWolfe Avenue in
the early years, and have fond memories of that time.
Gertie loved to play bridge, crib and bingo, and even
made the odd trip to the casino. She was also a
lifetime member of the Catholic Women’s League of
Sacred Heart Church in Kimberley.
Gertie was predeceased by her husband Dori,
children Darryl and Barbara, parents Maxime and
Gabrielle Huppie, her sisters Irene Schumacher,
Doreen Bowness and Mildred Gairdner, her brother
Peter, grand daughter-in-law Gina Gauthier and her
great-great-granddaughter Aleiya. She is survived by
her brother Tommy, 3 grandchildren Maxine (Ron)
Jewell, Darryl Gauthier and Barry Gauthier, 9 greatgrandchildren,
and 10 great-great grandchildren,
numerous nephews and nieces, and special niece
A service for Gertie will be held in August 2017. In lieu
of flowers donations can be made to the Kimberley
Special Care Home, 386 – 2nd Avenue, Kimberley, BC,
A very special THANK YOU to the Pines for the
wonderful care they gave Gertie; in her words… It was
“beaver dam good.”
Arrangements entrusted to
McPherson Funeral Service.
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