Laura May Godderis

Laura May Godderis

Laura May Godderis (nee Bulkot)

May 2, 1922 – Sept. 24, 2016

The family of Laura are saddened to announce her passing. We know she has been lifted to a place she believed in, the last of her generation to join the family members gone before. While there is sadness here, there will be a party in


For 94 years Laura was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was predeceased by her parents Basil and Mary Bulkot; husband Art Godderis (passed away in a tragic accident in 1969); all her sisters Kata Anderson, Annie Lancaster, Staffie Citra, and Mary Dunbar; her brothers-in-law;

son-in-law Bill Shewchuk; and her nieces Barbie Lancaster and Angela Paulson (née Anderson).

She is survived by her daughter Lynne Shewchuk; her son Rick Godderis (Joan); her grandsons Jonathan Shewchuk and Steven Shewchuk (great granddaughter Amanda); her granddaughters Amy Godderis and Rebecca Godderis (Rob); step-grandsons Jeff Boeda (Jennifer with great granddaughters Sophie and Penny),

Tim Boeda, Brad Boeda (Eugenia with great grandsons Dax, Cale, and Reid), and many nieces and nephews.

Laura was a gentle, kind and caring soul. A much loved and involved community member as a teacher, in their family businesses, The Van Horne Grocery and the Kootnee Motel/Store/Trailer Court (where the Heritage Inn now exists), as an x-ray technician at the old Cranbrook Hospital, and as a clerk for 6 years at the Cranbrook Public Library. She was a faithful volunteer for St. Mary’s Catholic Women’s League for 50+ years, a member of St. Mary’s Choir, and an active member of the Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary for 33 years (20 of them in the Hospital Gift Shop). The Auxiliary honored her with a life membership.

We wish to thank the staff at Joseph Creek Village for their cheerful attention and caring assistance to Mom for the past 5 years. Thank you to Dr. Lenz for your caring for Mom for over 40

years and to all the hospital doctors and staff who helped with compassion through her recent health trials. And thank you to Ken for your inspiration.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Laura’s memory to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health – MRI Campaign, c/o East Kootenay Regional Hospital, 13 – 24th Avenue North,

Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 3H9.

Prayers for Laura will be held at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and her funeral service on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:00 am at Christ The Servant Catholic Church in Cranbrook.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

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May 2, 1922 – September 24, 2016

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