It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elsie Shorthouse (nee Dalla Lana) on Sept. 30, 2013 at Columbia View Lodge in Trail B.C.
Elsie was born in Kamloops B.C. May 1, 1923 to Eugenio (Secondo) and Margarita Dalla Lana. In 1925, after a long train ride, the family moved to Trail. Their first home was on LeRose St., followed by Eugenio purchasing a boarding house on Glover Rd. Many of the boarding house residents were members of the Maple Leaf Band. In 1931, Elsie’s father helped build the IVO DL building in downtown Trail, which then became their home. Elsie owned and operated D’Lanas Beauty Salon from 1947-1958. On August 29, 1946, Elsie married Fred Shorthouse and they built a house in Glenmerry. Elsie and Fred had two daughters Alix and Patrice.
Elsie will be remembered for many things; one being a talented athlete, as she excelled in golf and curling. Elsie was a member of the Rossland Trail Country Club and the Trail Curling Club, for many years. She enjoyed her time competing in golf tournaments, B.C. Summer Games and curling bonspiels.
Elsie took pride in showing up her daughters and nephews on the golf course right up until her mid-80’s. She also had a bit of a competitive streak and enjoyed ‘skunking’ her grandchildren in a game of crib…even after she had to be reminded about some of the rules. Her latest past time was playing solitaire on an iPad with a cool beer in her hand. In addition, Elsie enjoyed spending time at Kootenay Lake with her children and grandchildren. The past couple of years, Elsie lived a Columbia View Lodge enjoying the company and the many outings. The family would like to thank the staff for the wonderful care and companionship shown to Elsie.
Elsie was predeceased by her husband Fred (2011), sister Lida Buccini (2011), brother in law Freddie Buccini (2008) and nephew Chris Buccini (2013). She will be remembered by her daughters Alix of Edmonton, and Patti (Joe) of Trail B.C., grandchildren Jeffrey, Jason, and Michael of Edmonton, Braedon and Marliese of Trail B.C., brother Ivo (Mary) of Edmonton, sister in law Grace of Port Moody and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no funeral as Elsie requested. The family will have a memorial gathering in the spring. Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation (Columbia View Lodge Recreation Dept.) at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca