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We have provided funeral services to the people of Yukon and Northern B.C. since 1993. Our commitment to you is that we at Heritage North Funeral Home will care for your loved ones with complete dignity & respect. We will care for your family in the same manner that we expect our family to be cared for.

It is our honour to be here to serve you.

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Doreen Jessie Karhut (Nee Hood) passed away very unexpectedly and peacefully on June 8 2015 in Whitehorse Yukon. Doreen was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 2, 1939 to parents, William Kirkwood Hood and Margaret Doreen Hood.
Doreen was the oldest of William’s four children. Margaret Louise Hood who passed away in 2005, Sheila Jean Jensen of Discovery Bay, California and David John Hood of Calgary, Alberta the son of William Hood and his second wife Zoe Hood.

Doreen is the mother of three children, James William Karhut of Yellowknife Northwest Territories, Norman David Karhut of Whitehorse Yukon and Teresa Jean Clements (Karhut) of Whitehorse Yukon. She is the grandmother of three grandchildren. Shantay Elise Karhut of Whitehorse Yukon daughter of Teresa Clements, Stephanie Leeanne Karhut of Yellowknife Northwest Territories daughter of James Karhut, and Cort Cardinal who just recently passed away in May of 2015 son of Norman Karhut.
Doreen, Stan and family traveled north to Whitehorse for the first time in the late sixties for a family visit with Hank and Pam Karr, then a few years later decided to relocate to Whitehorse but with a couple of moves back to Vancouver Doreen made Whitehorse her permanent home in 1972.

After working at different Hotel’s as a front desk clerk and also worked as the dispatcher for Black Top Cabs, she was hired on with CN Communications in 1973 as a Toll Operator then moved up to Chief Operator and then Manager of Operator Services for number of years. Then had a few other positions and then retired with Northwestel Inc. in 1999.

After retirement Doreen loved to travel with her granddaughter Shantay and took many trips down south on Greyhound as she felt she had nothing but time and they could do the driving as she looked out the window at the picturesque scenery.
Doreen spent the last year and a bit living at Copper Ridge with Dementia. She loved and couldn’t wait to go out on different outings with in Whitehorse, but if you asked her, she went to Vancouver. We would like to thank all the staff at Copper Ridge for making her comfortable and especially Nancy (for all those trips to Vancouver).

Our mother, grandmother and friend will be so sadly missed. If Dor was your friend you were a friend for life, even if she did give you that look. So raise your glass for a toast to Dor.

Doreen did not wish to have a service, a family viewing was held on June 12, 2015 and a poem reading on June 17, 2015 at the Whitehorse Crematorium.

There will be a memorial held next year in White Rock, British Columbia on her birthday August 2, 2016.

The family would like to thank everyone so very much for the well wishes and condolences.
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Karl Joseph Gruber
December 17, 1937 - November 27, 2014

Karl Gruber, loving husband, “Papa,” “Opa,” brother and uncle passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Karl was born in Austria to Joseph and Franziska Gruber and is survived by his sister Erna.

The lure of adventure and hunting brought Karl to Canada in 1965. He worked for his sponsor, Canadian Forest Products in Vancouver, B.C. moving on to home construction in Prince George where he met and married Jenny Jakumeit. The two of them were inseparable.
They worked together building homes and had two children, Karl and Tonya. They went on to build and run the Bavarian Inn in Kamloops, where Karl made use of his natural cooking talent. The Lure drew them further north to the Yukon, operating a gravel crusher, along the Alaska, and North Klondike Highways where flakes of gold found coming off the end of the crusher changed their focus. They were involved in staking and exploring many mining properties. One of the largest nuggets found in the last 100 years came from their placer claim on Squaw Creek, B.C. They continued with other businesses, co-owning and running the Airline Inn, developing the cabin community that became known as “GruberVille,” building and running the Takhini Gas Station, and developing the Green Acres farm that became their home.

It would bring smile to some of us or cringes to others remembering all the equipment, gadgets, and tools he would accumulate along the way, and the crazy choices of clothes and hats he would wear!

Karl loved to share stories of his childhood in Austria. There are so many amazing tales from his experiences and most of which were hilarious as he was a very mischievous young boy. We will continue to share these stories with pride, humor, and smiles, and at the same time miss the loud hardy laugh that came with each story!

Karl was a champion cyclist in Austria and he continued to ride when time allowed and he passed the love of cycling and sports to his wife and children. Amazing memories will be cherished of his cycling career in Austria, the whole family sponsoring and taking part in the Chilkat International Relay race many times (The Takhini Gassers) and riding up and down the Hot Springs road often visiting with neighbors.

Karl loved his family and was truly happy when everyone gathered together for a nice meal, drinks, and good hardy laughs. He always had a twinkle in his eye and made everyone he encountered feel special. Karl had a love for um pa-pa music, yodelling, and in his youth playing the Spanish guitar.

Karl passed on truly amazing gifts to his family and they will proudly carry on his legacy, passion, courage, determination, and entrepreneurship. Karl will be fondly remembered as a loving, caring, gentle, and a generous person.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family Jenny, Karl & Kelly, Tonya & Brian, and grandchildren Zander, Hudson, and Jenna.
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