It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful mother, Catherine Mary MONICA Grunder in Vernon Jubilee Hospital, November 21, 2015, a month after a tragic fall.

Daughters Karen (Larry) Shoemaker, Janette Forest and Donna Grunder, and grandsons Cole Shoemaker, Jesse Forest, and Brock and Quinn Van Gylswyk are left to mourn the passing of this kind hearted, gracious and generous lady who added so much to their lives. 

Born May 23, 1927 to Sara Elizabeth and John Lamb of Carlisle, England, she was a daughter for a family of two sons, Bobby and Alan. In 1953, she travelled to Victoria, B.C. and met Edward Grunder. Married a year later, they spent the next 58 years together until Ed’s death in 2013. An active, devoted couple they enjoyed bowling, curling, camping, and travelling with friends and family.

Monica was a family person. We have fond memories of delicious Yorkshire pudding on Sundays and waiting for her much anticipated Christmas cake. Mom encouraged our individual interests whether they be music, athletics, animals or art. She was a talented knitter and wonderful seamstress, creating countless skating and Halloween costumes over the years. Trained as a hairdresser in England, we daughters have many memories of perms, sitting under the hair dryer, pin curls and manicures.

Monica spent years working in various departments in Eaton’s, first in downtown Victoria and then at Tillicum Mall. Her skills of organizing and managing others led to an enjoyable and long career with this company.

We find peace in the knowledge Mom is no longer

in pain and will once again be united with her beloved Ed. 

You were a blessing, Mom, and will be forever in our hearts. A Celebration of Life will be held in Victoria Spring 2016.  

Vernon Morning Star

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