Donna Briggeman

It is with great regret that the family of Donna Briggeman announces her passing. Donna passed away peacefully on September 15 surrounded by her family at Rosewood Village Care Home.

Donna was born in Trail in 1932 to Frank and Muriel Sindell. She is survived by her brother Frank Sindell (Phyllis), of North Vancouver, 3 children; Janice of Vancouver, Alan (Tara) of Trail and David (Crystal) of Trail and 5 grandchildren; Chris (Katrina), Tegan (Adam), Kylee (Dan), Jesse (Teagan) and Kelsea. Donna was predeceased in 2011 by her loving husband Raymond Briggeman.

Donna grew up and attended school in Trail until graduation in 1950. In 1955 she married Raymond William Briggeman also from Trail and they settled in Glenmerry.

Donna was a member of the Trail Art Club, exhibiting her paintings in the annual fall art shows and she served as Secretary to the Trail and District Art Centre Society. She was also involved in many associations and groups including the I.O.D.E., the Jaycettes, the St.Andrews Altar Guild, St. Andrew’s Senior Choir and the Square Dance Association. Donna was elected as Trail’s first Female Alderperson in 1978 and held the office until 1982 being voted in for 2 terms.

After Ray retired in 1984, they spent 10 years summering at Christina Lake and wintering in Lake Havasu, Arizona. In the fall of 2001, they moved to Waneta Village in Trail.

Donna was an avid bridge player, artist, a proud Trailite and a most loving, kind and patient mom and gram. She will be deeply missed by her children and grandchildren and by the many friends that she made over the years.

An Open House to celebrate Donna’s life will be held at Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services in “Carberry’s Chapel” at 1298 Pine Ave, Trail, BC from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 26. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ is entrusted with the arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Donna’s name may be made to the MS Society of Canada, West Kootenay Division, P.O. Box 202, Balfour, British Columbia V0G 1C0 or the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, Suite 330 – 409 Granville Street British Columbia V6C 1T2

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca


Your condolences will be approved within one business day. You will need a valid Facebook account. Please email us if you have any questions.