John Francis Stadler
July 3, 1915 – May 2, 2008
John Francis Stadler passed away peacefully May 2, 2008 at the age of 92. He was born in Bangor, Sask. on July 3, 1915 and married Catherine Helen Hanis on April 29, 1940. They made their home and began to raise a famiy in Esterhazy,
Sask. In the early 50s they moved to BC; first residing in Creston, then Robson
in 1953. John was always puttering, grew splendid peaches and never seemed to be at a loss as to how to fix anything about the home. He loved to fish and summer Sundays almost always found the family picnicing at Syringa, Deer Park or Renata. After a day of frolicking on the beach, the family would find their way to Tulip Creek or some favorite spot along the river so he could enjoy this past-time.
John was a good father with a strong sense of family. He did not hesitate to share his knowledge of fixing things when his children showed a desire to learn.
John worked for Waldies sawmill for many years and remained within the industry until his retirement. With children all
gone from home, he and Catherine sold the family home in Robson and moved to Castlegar. After a few different homes,
they bought a house next to St.Rita’s Parish and enjoyed being “keeper of the key” for the Parish. John soon filled the yard with grapevines and began to make wine as a hobby.
When Cathering passed away in 2001, John moved to Castlewood Village. He enjoyed his independence and no matter the weather, he would be seen scooting uptown on his “cadillac” to buy his lotto tickets. When his health began to fail he moved to Talarico Place, where he maintained his sense of humour and delighted in teasing the staff.
He will be missed by many. He is survived by his brother, Joe (Rose) Stadler of Osoyoos, Children; Laurel (Rick) Edwards, Grand Forks; David Stadler, Castlegar; Judith (John) Gallant, Chilliwack and Lloyd (Christine) Stadler, Burnaby; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. They would have loved to keep him forever, but he has earned his rest so will live on in their hearts and memories.