Born in Cromwell MB, May 29, 1912. The fifth child of Wojciech & Julia (Bukowski) Przednowek, Bertha died in Campbell River, BC, September 30, 2005, age 93.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert Kemp in 1993 and by three sisters, Mary (Mike) Szajewski, Josephine (Bill) Schultz, Stella (George) Enright and four brothers Mike, John (Erna), Tony (Irene), and Cas (Irene) Przednowek. She is survived by one sister Katie Shack (London, Ontario) and two sisters-in-law Thelma Norberg (Cumberland BC) and Irene Przednowek (Vancouver).
Bertha was a pure and beautiful spirit both inside and out, and although she had no children of her own, she loved and was truly loved by her many nieces and nephews: the Enrights in Alberta and Manitoba, Szajewskis and Schultz’s in Manitoba, the Shacks in Ontario, Przednoweks in Ontario, Manitoba, BC and Australia, and the Norbergs in BC.
Bertha was raised in Cromwell MB attending the Ladywood School and church. She eventually made her way out to the West Coast and there she married Albert Kemp on February 19, 1955 in Vancouver. They retired to Campbell River in 1966 and devoted their time to gardening, fishing, Reno trips and world cruises.
Bertha was an exceptional cook and fed the patrons of the Stanely Park Pavillion and the patients of Campbell River General Hospital for many years. It’s not often that hospital meals are good, but she made sure hers were! Her family dinners were unsurpassed and we all remember them well. Bertha was a longtime member of the OAP and the Catholic Women’s League.
Our sincere thanks are extended to the Home Care Nurses, Larwood Supportive Living and Willow Point Adult Care Societies, Cumberland and Yucalta Lodge Intermediate Care Facilities, Drs. Smit, Wood and Helmer. To all of you, your exceptional care in the last few years of Bertha’s life was constant and unwavering, and we truly appreciate it.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00pm, Thursday, October 6 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 34 S. Alder St. Campbell River, Father W. McDonald officiating, followed by internment at Elk Falls Memorial Cemetery, Highway 28, Campbell River.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation, 381 Second Avenue, Campbell River, BC V9W 3V1 would be greatly appreciated.
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