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Elizabeth Minns

August 23, 1914 - January 27, 2010


Long time Oliver resident, Elizabeth Minns was suddenly taken from us on Wednesday, January 27th. Elizabeth was born in Transylvania, Hungary. While her parents immigrated to Canada in 1924, it would be five years later when Elizabeth joined them. The family started out in Rutland, B.C. and then settled in the Oliver area. Elizabeth was employed for many years at the Oliver Sawmill Office and the Oliver Co-op Packing house until her retirement in 1979. She started a new career that spanned from 1980 to 1990 writing a weekly column for the Oliver Chronicle.

Elizabeth was involved in numerous board positions and charities over the years and was a spirited community supporter for the growth and development of Oliver. She was well known for her caring and giving nature. She took on each new cause or interest with passion and conviction to see it through. She was also responsible for helping many relatives in Europe over the years as well as any worthy family cause or trip to which she could contribute. She was instrumental in bridging the gap between relatives in Canada and Europe and introducing them to the Canadian way of life.

Elizabeth was an active member of the Canadian Red Cross during World War II – participating in fundraising, canning peaches and making jam to be shipped overseas to the soldiers, as well as sewing and knitting for them.

Meals on wheels were fortunate to have Elizabeth as one of their delivery drivers. She referred to herself as “a mother bird taking food to her fledglings”.

Elizabeth’s famous “Wasp Nest” recipe won her “Readers Recipe of the Month” in B.C. Woman to Woman Magazine and $50 prize money.

In 1957, Elizabeth met and married John Kangyal and found she had gained a large extended family, as well as a husband. In particular she adored and was close to her new sister-in-law, Julia Matiz, who predeceased her in 1989. Elizabeth is survived by Julia’s daughter, Jolane Hoornaert of Kelowna, and Jolane’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who all considered Elizabeth as their own family. She is also survived by
Relatives in the White Rock and Vancouver area.

In 1988 at the age of 74, she embarked on a new challenge and published a cookbook, called “Two Homelands Two Kitchens” – the cookbook with a difference. She was thrilled to be able to preserve John’s best recipes in ”John’s Corner” in the book by shadowing him with her pencil and notebook. John predeceased her in 1991.

Elizabeth wrote a column for the Oliver Chronicle for ten years and in 2006, at the age of 91 published a second book with her collection of articles entitled “Don’s Chronicle” which she dedicated to the Editor-in-Chief and owner of the weekly Chronicle, Don Somerville. Many historical stories of Oliver and family are documented in her articles and all proceeds from the book go toward the Honest John Oliver Fund.

Elizabeth is survived by her second husband, George Minns, a long time family friend who she married in 1992 They enjoyed traveling to many destinations and visiting family members while they were able to health wise.

In 2009, Elizabeth had the honor of being the only original member of her beloved congregation at Christ the King Catholic Church at its 75th anniversary celebration. She was also pleased to welcome her grand niece, Georgette, from Hungary this past August and share stories of her homeland and extended relatives.

Elizabeth’s ability to maintain contacts and correspondence with friends and relatives over the years is a testament to her deep love and caring nature for those whom she knew. Her interest in people, animals (especially her beloved cats,) her church, local and world events continued to her last days, as did her deep faith in God and her love for the Catholic Church. Her table and bookshelf are full of prayers and inspirational messages that she noted and collected.

“Aunt Elizabeth” as she was affectionately known, will be dearly missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and dear friends across Canada, the United States, Hungary and elsewhere in Europe. She was also affectionately known as “Grandma” to George’s Grandson and is also survived by George’s children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of Elizabeth’s favorite charities:
Save a Family Plan, PO Box 3622, London, ON. N6A 4L4

Prayers will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, Oliver, B.C. at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2nd.

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Church.
Lunch will be served after the service.

Cremation and interment arrangements in care of Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium. Interment will be at the Oliver Cemetery on Thursday.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Lynne da Costa (nee Pinske)
Relation: A very cherished old family friend

Elizabeth was very instrumental in getting my previous in-laws established in Oliver…Bless her soul…She was present at my wedding shower, my wedding and also at a shower given for my first born in 1982…..Thank you Lord for her presence… our world was a better place because of her…God Bless her and take care of her…until we meet again…it was an honor to meet and know you…xoxox

From: George & Diane Karpinsky
Relation: good friend

I will miss Elizabeth very much.She was not only a customer of mine for 30 years but a very dear friend. Elizabeth was a caring and loving person and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
Love leaves a memory no one can steal

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 3, 2010
Beginning at 11:00am

Christ the King Catholic Church
35060 - 107th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday February 3, 2010 at Christ the King Catholic Church. A reception will be held in the church lower parish hall following the mass.

35060 - 107th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0


Date & Time:
February 2, 2010
Beginning at 7:00pm

Christ the King Catholic Church
35060 - 107th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

Prayers will be held at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday February 2, 2010 at Christ the King Catholic Church.

35060 - 107th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

Memorial Gifts

Memorial Gifts may be sent directly to:
Save a Family Plan
Po Box 3622
London, ON
N6A 4L4

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