Lyona Berndt (nee Robinson)

Lyona Berndt (nee Robinson)

April 21, 1925 – October 5, 2012

The family of Lyona Berndt sadly announces her passing at the FW Green Memorial Home in Cranbrook, BC after an eight year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Lyona was born in Dome Creek, BC and lived her entire life in British Columbia. She married Floyd Berndt in 1946 and they moved from the Prince George area to the Trail area in 1953. Lyona was the Postmaster in the Montrose Post Office for many years, and was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Castlegar and the United Church in Fruitvale. She will be fondly remembered for her baking, particularly her delicious apple pies, her wonderful large garden and her love of walking.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Monica & Lionel Baker of Cranbrook; her grandsons Kirsh (Nicole) of Calgary, AB, Dave (Shawna) of Anaconda, Montana. Also surviving, are her four great grandchildren, Melissa, Sienna, Amanda, and Maxton, her sister Myrtle Triol of Nelson, her sister-in-law Jean Robinson of Penticton, her brother & sister-in-law, Willis & Hazel Emde of Midale Saskatchewan, as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Floyd in 1985, her parents Harry & Martha Robinson, 10 siblings, sister and brother-in-laws.

Lyona moved to Cranbrook in 2005 and enjoyed her many trips to Montana, Calgary and Saskatchewan to visit relatives. One of her fondest memories was her trip to Ireland in 2007 with her daughter Monica and her niece Gayle Butler of Kimberley.

The family would like to give special thanks to the following for their personal attention, care, and love given to Lyona by the FW Green nursing staff, kitchen crew, cleaning crew, and recreation program workers. Your kindness did not go unnoticed, and will not be forgotten, also thanks to Dr. Witten and to Bernice Yurkoski .

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date with interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the: Alzheimer’s Society of BC, #300, 828 W 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2 ; or by phone at: 1-800-667—3742 or online at:

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson’s Funeral Services.

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