Bernadine Helen Stockbrugger
Dec. 4, 1944-Sept. 18, 2009
Bernadine Helen Roath was born in Penticton, BC on Dec. 4, 1944, the second youngest of six girls.
Bernie (for short) and her family moved from Penticton around the age of 15 to Port Coquitlam. It was there she met and later married Edward Stockbrugger in October 1966. They soon called the town of Port Hardy home, with approximately 40 years of marriage producing three daughters.
Bernadine held a number of job titles over the years, aside from raising her family and being a devoted wife. She has been a psychiatric nurse’s aide, hospital cook, babysitter, custodian and warehouseman at Island Copper Mine, not to mention working ten years as a night auditor.
Despite the fact that she worked full time for much of her adult life, Bernadine enjoyed playing the piano, organ and accordian and being actively involved in the Public Health Commission, the Lioness Club; as well, she canvassed tirelessly for the Arthritis Society and dedicated much of her time to The Royal Canadian Legion #237.
She became ill in 2007, after her husband’s death in 2006, but her will to survive and her determination to make the most of her time left gave her two more years on Earth to meet her youngest grandchild and to cross off a few more things on her To Do list.
Left to mourn their profound loss and to honour Bernie’s memory are her daughters Mandie (Gil) Snow, Debi (Jean-Luc) Haché and Heather (Bill) Lawler; her granddaughter Kali-lyn Samantha Snow; her grandson Samuel Edward Haché; her sister Jeannine (Bob) Nishiguchi and numerous relatives and extended family as well as several friends.