It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Linnea Ruth Lanstrom on the 29th of December 2011.
Linnea was born in Powell River, British Columbia on May 29, 1947. She grew up there, graduating from Max Cameron High School before moving on to UBC to pursue her teaching career. Upon finishing, she started teaching in Saskatoon before moving back to BC, where she held positions in various places such as 150 Mile House and Cassiar before settling in the Bulkley Valley.
Linnea was full of love and laughter, with an enthusiasm for life that spilled over into everything she did. She was a devoted mother who spent countless hours supporting her family’s endeavors. Various local charities and community groups benefitted from her passion, dedication, and her incredible ability to organize. As well, Linnea involved herself in the world community, from sponsoring children for over 25 years to providing loans to women in third world countries. Her compassion knew no bounds.
Since retiring from teaching in 2004, she continued her involvement with the BCTF and the school district while working with Charlene Watts. Linnea was predeceased by her mother, father, and husband Lorne. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Brad (Melanie, Emily, Ben) and Blaine (Stephanie), step-children Andrea (Ronan) and Cameron (Anne, Lily, Leif), sister Diane (Mike), nephews Dean (Michelle, Aidan, Mya) and Marc, as well as numerous friends.
A Service of Remembrance was held for Linnea and her friend Charlene on Saturday, January 7th at the Smithers Senior Secondary School. In lieu of flowers donations to the Friends of the Smithers Public Library would be appreciated and can be made at the Bulkley Valley Credit Union in Smithers.