Obituaries 2016

In Mem footer







 Katie Derhousoff Katie Derhousoff1936 – 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the heart and soul of our family, Katie Derhousoff.

With loving members of her family at her side, Katie passed peacefully on April 6, 2016, at the Kootenay Lake District Hospital, in Nelson, BC.

She was born Kate Edward Antifaeff, on July 27, 1936, in Glade, BC to Edward Peter Antifaeff, and his wife, Helen (Wasilenkoff) Antifaeff, both of  Blewett, BC.

Raised in Blewett with her two brothers, and one sister, Katie often spoke of her happy childhood where she learned the importance of hard work, love of family, and keeping with family beliefs and traditions.

On March 5, 1955, she married the love of her life, John Derhousoff. Together, they also made their home in Blewett where they raised two daughters, Marlene and Joyce, and their son John.

Katie was famous for welcoming everyone into her home. Her many visitors never left hungry. She loved to garden and harvest her many fruits and vegetables for both canning and her delicious homemade meals and desserts. She always had a fridge full of borscht and other delicious foods.

The most important thing in Katie’s life was her family.  Along with her own three children, she and John were blessed with three grandchildren, which she help raise, and later three great-grandchildren. To each, she was the best Baba ever. She often baby sat those who lived nearby and never got tired of telling stories about what she and the little ones were doing all day long. She was so thankful that she was part of their lives.

 In 1989, however, tragedy struck as Katie and John’s youngest child, 25 year old John Derhousoff Jr., went missing, never to seen or heard from again. She often said her life was never the same after that day, always wondering, and never truly knowing, what had really happened to her young son.

Katie liked to sew, knit, and crochet. She would often give away her various creations as gifts during the Christmas holidays and for birthdays. Also, Katie loved playing the accordion, which she had been playing since she was a young girl. Family members, on their special day, would always look forward to hearing her play the “Happy Birthday” song.

Katie was preceded in death by both of her parents, Edward and Helen Antifaeff, by her loving husband John, by her brother Mike Antifaeff and his wife Elizabeth, by her sister Helen (Antifaeff) Tagami and her husband Suyeo, and by her brother John Antifaeff and his wife Leda.

Katie is survived by her daughter Marlene Derhousoff, of Blewett, and by Marlene’s partner in life, Ed Argatoff, of Shoreacres, BC, and by Katie’s daughter Joyce {Derhousoff} Tucker, of Deer Park, Washington, and her husband Dan Tucker, and by her special friend Bill.

Katie is also survived by her three Grandsons (Joyce’s Sons), and by their children, Katie’s three Great-Grandchildren.  They are Jason Nazaroff of Bonnington, BC, his wife Patty, and their sons Mason and Carter, Mark Nazaroff, and his partner in life, Jessica Litt, both of Kelowna, BC, and Kevin Nazaroff of Surrey, BC, his wife Samantha, and their daughter Claire Katie. Additionally, Katie is survived by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives, as well as her many friends and neighbors.

Katie fought a courageous battle with thyroid cancer for over 15 years. The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and staff at The Kootenay Lake District Hospital, in Nelson, the Home and Community Care Nurses (Blue Team, including Margo – now retired), the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, and the BC Cancer Center in Kelowna, all of whom took such good care of Katie over the years.

In the summer of 2015, Katie’s health had declined to where she had to leave her beloved home in Blewett. We would also like to send our appreciation and thanks to the staff of the Mountain Lakes Assisted Living Community in Nelson for their tireless care and support.

Services will be held for Katie on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 10:00am, at the Thompson Funeral Chapel in Nelson, BC.  Afterward, she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband John at the Doukhobor Cemetery in Shoreacres, BC. A buffet luncheon to celebrate Katie’s life will follow at 2:00pm at the Hume Hotel in Nelson.

The family asks that donations be made in Katie’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society.


John John Denisoff Jr.

January Denisoff, John F rec

Sadly the family of John John Denisoff Jr. of Glade wishes to announce his unexpected passing at the Castlegar Urgent Care Centre on Saturday, January 9, 2016, blessed with 83 years of life.

John was born in Glade on June 29, 1932 to parents Polly and John Denisoff and lived in Glade his entire life. On December 18, 1954, he married Elsie Nichivalodoff and they raised three children. John spent much of his life operating a skidder in the forest industry. In his younger years he was an avid fisherman and he enjoyed playing a guitar and a harmonica. He also liked operating his tractor.

John was predeceased by his grandson Shawn Ryan Girard, his brother Nick and his sister Olga.

Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife of 61 years Elsie; his son Dan (Sue) and their daughters Ashley and Niki; his daughter Deb (Rob) Girard and their daughters Melanie (Shawn) Loxton and Jennifer Girard; his daughter Jane (Gerald) Gulka and their sons Reece (Jaelyn) and great-granddaughter, Charlette Lena and Logan Gulka; his brother Steve (Vera) Denisoff; his sister Nettie Denisoff and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held at Castlegar Funeral Chapel on Thursday, January 14, 2016 followed by interment in the Glade Cemetery.
Arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.


 Melanie Makortoff

January Makortoff, Melanie

Melanie was born March 23rd, 1966 to a very young mother who was compelled to give her up for adoption as she had no means to support her. It was a blessing to Joseph and Laura Makortoff
who were able to take her to their home when she was just 11 days old.

They had already adopted a son Raymond 20 months earlier so this now completed their family.
The adoptions took place in Vancouver BC and then when Melanie was only 5 weeks old Joe and Laura decided to move to Grand Forks. Joe and Laura felt that instead of raising the children in the city, they would give them the opportunity to grow up with more freedom and space offered in a rural setting. They came to reside on the small farm that Laura had jointly inherited with her brother Sergei.

As the children grew they each were gifted with their own ponies and this is where Melanie learned to love animals and being in the outdoors. She was a very happy child and she especially gravitated to her father, following him everywhere on the farm. When Joe became terminally ill and pasted away in 1980 she was devastated, which was the starting point of difficult times for Melanie. Later as an adult she and her mother became very close. Melanie had a very good sense of humour and they shared a lot of laughter together. The last 3 months she resided with her mother in Castlegar and even while dealing with extremely painful health conditions, managed to find humour in these trying times.

She was a multi talented person and could repair almost anything be it mechanical or electrical.
Melanie was also very artistic and prior to her recent illness she specialized in
tattoo work completing many original designs.

Melanie passed away suddenly on January 2 2016. She leaves behind her elderly mother Laura Makortoff, her aunt Nellie Relkoff, six Makortoff cousins and four Relkoff cousins. There are numerous other family relatives and friends including her beloved friend and companion Heather Coupland. Also her pride and joy pet poodle, Aries, who is now lost without her. Melanie was predeceased by father Joseph in 1980, brother Raymond in 1997, uncle Sergei in 1995, as well as both Makortoff and Relkoff grandparents of whom
she only got to meet and get to know grandmother Molly Makortoff.

May she rest in peace in God’s heavenly kingdom and free from all bodily pain.

Arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.
Submitted by mother Laura Makortoff


Peter Kinakin

January Kinakin, Pete front photo

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Pete Kinakin. Pete was born
January 10th, 1924 to John and Polly Kinakin of Thrums, BC. He passed away at Kootenay Boundary
Regional Hospital on January 6th at the age of 91.

Pete and his wife Florence were residents of Castlegar their entire lives where he worked at Westar until
his retirement in 1984. As a younger man, Pete enjoyed fishing, crossword puzzles, gardening and
spending time with his family. He was also an avid fan of the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Blue

Pete was predeceased by his parents John and Polly, his wife Florence, his son Wayne and his brothers
Mike and Walter.

He will be sadly missed by his son Lorne, his daughter Evelyn, son-in-law Dan, daughter-in-law Barb and
grandchildren Scott and Stacey, Lori and Hugh, Courtney and Lyle, Jocelyn and Dyne, greatgranddaughter
Anastasia, brother George and Violet, sister Lucy and John and sister-in-law Mabel.

The service was held January 13th, 2016 at the Brilliant Cultural Centre with internment at the Park
Memorial Cemetery.

We would like to express our sincere thanks for your kind words and support. A very special thank-you to
the staff and residents at Castlewood for their friendship and tender care of our Dad for the final years of
his life. We would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital,
Doctor Lesperance for her years of care, Bill Strilaeff and staff at the Castlegar Funeral Chapel, and last but
not least Peter Zaytsoff for your care and guidance during this difficult time.
The Kinakin Family.



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