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Louise Starke

January 3, 1950 - May 13, 2012


LOUISE M STARKE. ( née Orton)
Jan 3, 1950 – May 13, 2012 ( mothers day)

I need to tell you of the passing of my best friend, partner and lover, Louise Starke. She was born in Dawson Creek to Margaret and Cyril Orton. She has two sisters Debbie (nephew Charles / niece Chassie) and Patricia ( nephew Jerico Dalton). Brother Don and wife Nellie Starke (nieces Colleen and Heather Starke). We have two children, Donna Marie Louise Starke with grandson Adrian Richard Clifford Vanderstap and Steven Richard Clifford Starke with grandson Jeffery James Starke.
Louise did her schooling in Lethbridge with the completion of her RN degree in 1971. She married me ( Richard) later that year. Louise had many passions – nursing being one. She loved to plan and direct such events as travel, celebrations, dress up parties, shopping trips, and spa weekends. She lived life to the fullest. She devoted herself to her family and being a Nana was a very important part of this. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. I would also like to give a heartfelt thank you Dr. Brian Bass, nurses on 3 West of the Cowichan District Hospital as well as the many home care nurses and attached associates for all of the professional care and assistance during Louise’s brief illness, particularly Mary Doris , Jane and Marg for all of their support over the last week.
A celebration of life will be held at the Christian Reformed Church, 930 Trunk Road, Duncan BC on Saturday May 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. This service will also be shown live broadcast at www.hwwallacecbc.com at Louise’s obituary. In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Duncan volunteer fire department historical society of the charity of your choice.

The greatest gift that will come to a man in this world is a woman”s heart. – Rick Starke.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Brenda Reid
Relation: Friend

Rick and family,sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are of you and your family. God bless you all. Brenda and Allan

From: Marjie Lalonde
Relation: co-worker at the red balloon

Louise was a joy to be around and always lived life to the fullest. I am incredibly sad not to be able to see her smile again, and I send my most heartfelt condolences to her beloved Rick and family.

From: Franciscan Poor Clares
Relation: Friend

Dear Rick and family

All of us here at St. Clare’s Monastery send our prayers and condolences to you on the death Louise.

The sisters remember her coming to the monastery last year as a nurse who helped us with one of our terminally ill sisters. She was a very caring and compassionate person.

Rick, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sr. Margaret and all the Poor Clare Sisters

From: Linda and Rick Boksteyn
Relation: sister of Nellie

So very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Louise. Nellie and Don always shared wonderful stories about Louise. May your wonderful memories of Louise sustain and comfort you and your family.
LInda and Rick Boksteyn,
Medicine Hat, Alberta

From: Coni Long
Relation: Friend

Sadly I say goodbye to my amazing friend of over 32 years, who was always there for me, stood up with me at our wedding, one of the strongest women I know, an inspiration to me, an encourager, listener, a great personality, an unforgettable character… I could go on and on. I will always remember your laugh, your smiling face, your generosity, acts of goodness, and your tremendous courage. You will be forever in my heart and you’ll always be my best friend. Your memory is our keepsake. xoxo

From: Walter and Coni and family
Relation: Family friends

Our hearts are breaking over the loss of our dear friend Louise and our hearts hurt for Rick, Donna, Steve, Adrian and Jeffrey. We have many, many wonderful memories of Louise and will miss her smiling face. She loved a party, people, family, friends, social gatherings, surprises, dressing up, laughing, music, dancing, Christmas, good food, holidays, travel, the outdoors, cooking, reading, upside down Christmas trees, gargoyles, dinasaurs, Star Wars, nursing, cats, shopping, red shoes, good movies, skating, acts of goodness, etc. – she loved life and lived it every day. She was an inspiration and will be forever in our hearts. Our love and condolescences to all who loved Louise.

From: Janice
Relation: Louise was my Mother's Nurse

I just want to say what an amazing nurse Louise was. We were truly blessed to have her for Home Visits during my mothers illness.
Louise’s love of life and career shined through and helped us with our challenges we faced. She was an amazing woman! I will always remember how she touched my life! my thoughts are with you.

From: Jim Smith
Relation: Family

Rick, Donna, Steve:

Our family is so sad to hear the sudden passing of Louise. Louise and Rick have always been so good to me and particularly to my parents the last few years. Rick and Louise have always been so supportive and Louise has helped me with her knowledge of healthcare with my parents and recent medical issues. Louise is appreciated for the good work she has done and I will be forever grateful for everything she has helped my family with over the years.

Jim Smith (Cousin to Rick & Louise)
Alvin Smith (Uncle to Rick & Louise)
Dariel Smith (Aunt to Rick & Louise)

From: Krista Englund
Relation: Friend ('neice')

Along with all those who also loved her, I am deeply saddened by Louise’s passing, but am so grateful to have had her in my life. She was an incredible lady – strong, independent, loving and full of life – someone that I looked up to and connected with. She and her beloved family – Rick, Donna and Adrian, Steve and now Jeffrey – were there for all my big moments in life (graduation, wedding) and small (summer holidays, dinner for a starving student, shopping trips). I have SO many wonderful memories of Louise and her family – and so many things will bring Louise into my heart – Saxer’s beach, hot tubs, Star Wars, toys, dressing up, shopping, corvettes (she let me drive hers to my grad dinner!), Las Vegas, long walks and talks, etc. I loved her adventurous spirit and feel so privileged to have been a part of the surprise she planned for my mother’s 60th birthday in Las Vegas. Her spirit lives on in her children and grandchildren – and I look forward to reminiscing about the wonderful memories that Louise helped us to create and making new ones in the future.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 19, 2012
Beginning at 2:00pm

Christian Reformed Church
930 Trunk Road
Duncan, BC Canada

930 Trunk Road
Duncan, BC Canada

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