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Thelma Detjen

April 29, 1931 - March 6, 2016


Thelma Detjen passed away at the Penticton Hospital in the early hours of Sunday, March 6, 2016 from complications following surgery.

She is survived by her son Stewart (Shauna), granddaughter Jennifer, great-grandchildren Kaiden and Kiera; nieces Sandi (Adam), Joe-Ann (Richard), Karen, Lee; nephews Gordon (Connie), Glen (Gwen), and Brad (Bette) Willson.

Thelma was predeceased by her father Herman and mother Gertrude (Brent), brothers Joseph, Eugene and Frederick, niece Colleen, and long time partner Gordon Willson.

Thelma was born in Summerland, B.C., and spent her early years at Faulder and Shingle Creek Ranch, moving to Okanagan Falls in 1943 with her mother and brothers.

From lambs to horses, Thelma loved all animals, from her early days on the ranch raising orphaned lambs, and in her later years with her involvement in horse racing.

She enjoyed a 35-year career at the Revenue Canada office in Penticton, retiring in 1992. This allowed Thelma more time to commit to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Heritage Society, Housing Society, Women’s Institute and any other project that improved the life and welfare of Okanagan Falls residents.

Thelma will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 12:00 p.m, at Okanagan Falls Cemetery.  All are invited to attend a Tea to follow at 1:00 pm in the Okanagan Falls School in celebration of Thelma’s Life.

In keeping with Thelma’s sense of community, we ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made towards any charitable organization benefitting the citizens of Okanagan Falls.

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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.



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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Joyce Dyck
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Sorry Stewart and Shawna to hear of the loss of your mother. My sympathy is with you. Joyce

From: Helen Hudson
Relation: Work

I was so sorry to read of Thelma’s passing. She was my boss when I first started at Rev Can. She was firm but fair. In the years since we have met here and there and talked about the old times. I was glad that Thelma could spend more time helping out in her community when she retired. Rest in Peace Thelma. My sympathies to her Family.

From: Joy Harrison
Relation: co-worker

I knew Thelma from working at Revenue Canada. I transferred to Penticton from Winnipeg in 1985. For the first little while I had little contact with anyone outside the three person unit I worked in. Then, I received a promotion which required a lot of travel, and the service of letter perfect legal documents. I got to know Thelma’s kindness, patience and compassion during those few days a month when all documents had to be prepared in the office. She was a generous person and I really needed her understanding during that time of my work life. I ended up on medical leave for stress related illness, and returned to work after nearly a year away. It was a time of huge change and transition in the department , in the late 80’s and early 90’s as we switched from paper to computers. That spelled the end of the “steno pool”, and the beginning of each worker doing their own letters via the computer system. I was privileged to be part of a retrospective of women/technology skit that was put on for her retirement party. It was lots of fun and laughter. She was a great person and will be missed. God Bless you and all of her family. Joy Harrison

From: Mavis Reynolds
Relation: Friend at Rev Canada

Sorry to hear of your recent loss. I knew her in Rev Canada many years ago. She was a good person & had quite the sense of humor. We used to have some good talks together. Will miss her

From: Sandra Walker
Relation: Friend

Condolences to you Stewart and Shauna on the passing of Thelma. She was very passionate about improving the quality of life of those who live in Okanagan Falls and I am grateful for that – thank you Thelma!

From: Dan & Sylvia Schnurr
Relation: Friend

Our condolences to all the Detjen family. We have known Thelma for many years. She was a beautiful, thoughtful and caring lady, who was very dedicated to her family, and very passionate about the well being of all her neighbours and friends in Okanagan Falls. She will be greatly missed.

From: Jerri Ide
Relation: Through the Ladies Auxilary,Br. #40-Penticton

We were at the tea today, to honor Thelma’s Life. What a life she led.
Always thinking of others. Doing what she could to make Okanagan
Falls a better place. We had a laughable time at all our Conventions
with Thelma’s sense of humour. A great Lady…she will be missed
by all the Ladies Auxiliaries.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 19, 2016
Beginning at 1:00pm

Okanagan Falls School
1141 Cedar Street
Okanagan Falls, BC Canada

A graveside service will take place at 12:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery followed by a tea to celebrate Thelma”s life at 1:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls School.

1141 Cedar Street
Okanagan Falls, BC Canada

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The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

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