October 8th 1939 – January 21, 2010
Tina was born October 8th 1939 in Glade to Fred and Helen Kooznetsoff.
She was the oldest of four children, a
caring sister to Fred, George and Harry.
At a young age, life placed her in the role of the care giver that would play out many times in her life. She started her education at the small brick community school which was located below the railroad tracks beside the old warehouses by the original Glade
“Kooznetsoff” store. She then went on to Tarrys Elementary School and Stanley Humphries High School in Castlegar. Growing up on a farm, Tina helped her parents with berry picking, gardening,
and tending to domestic animals.
As a young women, Tina was interested in
continuing her education and in 1958-59 enrolled in secretarial courses at Trail Business College. She soon left the Kootenay area to explore new horizons in Calgary, Alta. and worked as a secretary
for the Calgary Department of Highways from 1960-65. She then moved to Vancouver and worked for Molson Brewery for three years. Tina returned to Calgary and began a very busy part of her life. To expand her knowledge base, she enrolled in courses at Mount Royal College. At the same time she worked as a bilingual secretary at the University of Calgary in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, where she also studied Sociology and Russian. In 1975 she again moved to Vancouver and took a
position as an accounts payable clerk at Kerr and Kerr Real Estate. She was soon back studying and in 1976 completed a medical terminology course at the Vancouver Vocational Institute. She began a new job as an admitting clerk at St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Department. Tina was a hard working, dedicated member of the Emergency team. She worked there for many years until she retired in 2000. She moved back to the Kootenays and spent the last ten years on the family