Sarah Annie Prokop RN, peacefully passed away on Wednesday March 15th.
Survived by the love of her life Ernie, children Brent (Gwyn), Darren (Adriana), Lee-Anne (Sean), grandchildren Ilana, Max & Archie, Alexia & Saskia, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and relatives.
Beloved daughter of the late Theodore and Esther (“Cooksey) Wasmund of Bancroft, Ontario and dear sister to Webster and Gunnar (Audrey), both deceased, and Bert (Birgit) who lives in Milton, Ontario.
Sarah was first raised on the family farm in Monteagle, Ontario, where she attended a one-room school for her first year in public school and obtained a sound foundation in rural communal living. The family moved to Bancroft where she completed her public and high school education, after which Sarah graduated from the Ottawa Civil Hospital Nursing Program in 1965. In Ottawa, Sarah met and married Ernie Prokop, an RCMP officer and they launched a fulfilling 52 year journey beginning in the friendly, but cooler interior of Saskatchewan. After stops in Alberta they settled in Kelowna in 1977 and embarked on a successful career of Interior Decorating & Design. Sarah taught design courses in Canada and California, and helped establish master franchises in Toyko, Australia, New Zealand. Her vision of facilitating the customer's needs for function, budget, design, and colour was second to none. Sarah's perfection for colour coordinating served all of her clients well. Procedures and standards she implemented with window coverings manufacturing, finishing and installation have never been equaled.
To the many that knew her - Sarah's drive, conviction, and stubbornness never wavered. She said the most valuable character trait a person could possess - but that a rare few actually did - was to be unassuming. Sarah loved a good conversation - even if yours and her perspectives differed. The showroom was a social gathering for clients existing and new. Too often clients would spend hours laughing, talking , crying about matters true and dear, current and past. Her clients were friends first, clients second.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Hardy , Dr. Wade, Dr. Martin - and numerous other Drs. at VJH Polson Tower 5, 6, and Oncology Floors. As well the many Nurses but especially Teresa, Sarah, and Leanne on 6, and Anne-Marie on 7. Thanks to the periphery teams including Landon, Jackie, Kim, and special props to Kari Hedstrom - the bee that non-stop buzzed around for us. Thank you all.
A Private family gathering will be held at a later date, as per Mom’s wishes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME, 4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4 Phone: (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com
- Mar 22, 2017
Ernie and family, please accept our condolences on the loss of Sarah. Hope you have many fond memories.
Ian & Gloria Somerville
- Mar 21, 2017
Dear Ernie, Brent and family
I was so saddened to hear of Sarah's passing. She was a special lady with special talents in her chosen field of interior design. I will miss our visits in the shop. My thoughts are with you all of you at this difficult time.
- Mar 20, 2017
Ernie, Brent and family,
So sorry to hear about your loss. We loved Sarah and all the work she did for us and our son Trevor. May your memories sustain you through the days and years ahead.
Garth & Lillian McLeod, Peachland, BC
- Mar 18, 2017
Dear Ernie,Brent and family---So sorry to hear of Sarah's passing in Vernon. She designed 2 homes of mine over the years at Balmorral and Sandalwood-window coverings that were fabulous and Brent looking after installations so perfectly. She was a drapery expert -no doubt the best In the Okanagan and always so much fun to be around. She was a great lady-my sympathy to the family --Julie Daniels-Sandalwood
- Mar 18, 2017
Ernie, I am sorry for your loss of your greatest friend. Don and Joyce Favell.
- Mar 17, 2017
Dear Ernie and family - I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sarah was a wonderful person - so gentle and genuine. Sending love to you all, and warm wishes for the peace that your wonderful memories and the passage of time will surely bring.
- Mar 17, 2017
Awww Ernie, I am so sorry to read this....and so shocked. I was just thinking of you two the other day and planning to send an invite to a function, you are such great guests at a gathering. I will be thinking of you and try to catch up with you at the shop one day. Take care of yourself. Sarah was a great lady.
- Mar 17, 2017
Erie, Brent and families.
Damn, so sad to read this. I was aware of the issue but not prepared for this. Each window covering, art hung on the wall and even the wall color will remind us of Sarah.
Ernie, keep your chin up, continue with chicken Tuesdays and with Brent at your side stay the coarse.
David and Hilary Langton .