Hege Wik

WIK, Hege

Born June 28, 1905, passed away peacefully in Qualicum Beach, September 29, 2004. Her loving husband Ostein in 1985, her beloved daughters Greta in 1978 and Christine in 2002 and several sisters precede her. Her daughter Elisabeth (Betty) McKean (Graeme) and son Olaf (Sig) Wik (Marian) fondly remember her. Hege is also remembered by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandson, all of whom have been touched by her gentleness and kindness. Our “little grandma”, “cookie grandma” was the epitome of selflessness and she brought joy to our hearts with her love and inspired us with her indomitable inner strength and courage. She was a Grandmother’s Grandma always doting on the grandchildren with such care and patience she will be truly missed. Hege was born in Norway and immigrated to Canada in 1925 with her husband. Always self reliant and resourceful, she did not shrink from undertaking this journey without knowing what to expect. She taught herself how to speak English and adopted her new home and culture eagerly. Always believing in opportunity she instilled in her family the same keen outlook and enthusiasm for trying new things and taking on new endeavours. She raised her children in hard times to be hard working self-starters but they remember good times and had the comfort of having their mother to look up to, a unifying force. As her children grew up and had families of their own she took a job at GF Strong and remained in Vancouver while her husband went ahead to Parksville to build their retirement home. She and Ostein embraced retirement, enjoyed their garden and she took up pottery. A very active and healthy person she insisted on gathering and chopping her own wood to keep her kitchen stove burning year round. Adored by family and friends Hege was always giving and at the same time independent. She had a great laugh, good sense of humour and loved to cook and bake, sew and knit. She may be best known for her favoured cinnamon buns, cabbage rolls, salt pork, cookies and cakes, and special recipe beachcomber bread! We will always love you, Grandma. We know that you are waiting for us with a warm stove and a good cup of tea. At Hege’s request there will be no service. The family will celebrate her life at a private gathering. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (248-5859) in care of arrangements.