Ingeborg Adelheid Rainer, born Sept. 6, 1915, passed away Dec. 22, 2002, on the family farm at Darfield, B.C.
Inge was a true pioneer of the North Thompson Valley, born and raised on the Boulder Mountain Road homestead where she developed a love for animals and nature which she expressed through her gifted art work.
On Oct. 1, 1936, she married her loving husband Karl Julius Rainer. Together they moved to Darfield where they started a farm, now known as Lindquist Dairy. Hard work and determination enabled them to expand their acreage and dairy herd.
Daughter Anita was born in 1943, followed by Linda in 1946 and finally Karl Jr., in 1958. At the time of her husband’s passing from cancer in 1976, Karl Jr. took over the farm with Inge’s support, guidance and wisdom.
Inge was a charter member of the North Thompson Fall Fair and an active exhibitor throughout her life. She was also a member of the Darfield Community Club and Darfield Players Club and a volunteer for the Cancer Society. In her later years she was also involved with the Barriere Seniors Center.
She enjoyed the later part of her life, watching her grandchildren grow and instilling in them her love of nature and animals. Valuing an active and independent lifestyle, she enjoyed helping around the farm, gardening and taking care of her chickens, wild birds and farm cats.
Always adventurous, she embarked on a number of travels with various family and friends. Inge also enjoyed her trips to town for an evening play, reading a good book, knitting, watching M.A.S.H. and listening to CBC Radio. Her door was always open for a visit with friends and family, if it meant playing a good game of cards or just chatting over a cup of coffee. She will always be remembered in our hearts, wearing her gum boots and a warm smile.
She will be forever remembered and loved by her brothers Manne (Geordie) Salle and Hans (Inez) Salle; by her children Anita Donnelly, Linda (Vito) Pavlovic, and Karl (Debbie) Rainer. She will also be remembered and cherished by her grandchildren Robert and Bruce Donnelly, Dennis (Bonnie), Vickie-Lynn, and Melissa Pavlovic; Ben, Dustin and Kurtis Rainer, and her great grandson Adam Donnelly.
Family and friends take comfort in knowing that she has now joined her loving husband of forty years, Karl, who passed away on Aug. 28, 1976, and is now reunited with her parents, Ernst and Emma Salle, brothers Bruno and Volkmar and sisters Herta and Ulli.
Family, friends and neighbours packed the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall Saturday afternoon, Dec. 28, to celebrate her life; nephew Ed Salle led that remembrance and the fair association and Barriere Seniors catered the tea which followed.
A heart-felt thank-you to the many friends who took the time to fill Inge’s final years with love and support.