Laverne Bondaroff, loving mother, outstanding nurse, partner and friend passed away peacefully at her home in Castlegar, B.C., on October 29th, 2015. She was loved and will be missed.
Laverne was born in Brilliant B.C., and grew up in Robson with her parents Sam and Helen Gleboff, (nee Ogloff), her brother John and her sister Natalie.
Laverne graduated from the School of Nursing at The Royal Columbian Hospital in New WestMinister in 1963 and held a lengthy, successful career at the Castlegar Hospital until her retirement in 2000.
Laverne met and married George Bondaroff, also of Castlegar, in 1963 and began their married life in Montreal. In 1966, George and Laverne moved back to Castlegar where they had two children and owned and operated GLS Electronics until 1984. During this time, Laverne also worked as an Emergency nurse, but over the years worked on the Main Floor, ICU and her favorite, Maternity where she shared in the births of many local family’s children and is most fondly remembered for that. Laverne finished her nursing career as an Extended Care Nurse at Tallirico Place in Castlegar. She was honored with the Castlegar Community Excellence of Service award for her outstanding commitment and service to her community. Many Castlegar residents knew Laverne and revered her as an amazing nurse, friend and community member.
In 2005, Laverne began a loving union with Dr. Waldo Yule. They shared many interests including a love of travel, books, gardening, and their many grandchildren. They shared happy years together and Waldo was by her side to the end.
Laverne is survived by her caring husband Dr. Waldo Yule, her sister Natalie Evin, her two children Sean and Tracey and her grandchildren Seth, Parker, Shara, Morgan and Ashton. Laverne will be desperately missed by her family and many friends.
Services will be held at the United Church in Castlegar on Novmember 14th beginning at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.