March 28, 1933 – December 20, 2018
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Rita Ethel Zinck Pozzobon long time resident of Scotch Creek, on December 20th, 2018. Born March 28, 1933 in North Vancouver the eldest child of Karl & Dorothy Zinck, when she was 10 they moved to their farm on the Shuswap. She is survived by her girls Aleta (Ben) Steinbach, Karen Prescott (Owen Boyd), Sharen (Bill) Trouton, Janet (Dale) Mortimer, Velda (Jerry) Prescott, Zena (Randy) Branson, 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren. Siblings: Norma Bischoff, Netta DesRosiers, Roger (Marie) Zinck, Loretta Greenough, Tom (Peg) Zinck, brother in law Freedy (Jean) Pozzobon, Lillian Pozzobon, Lloyd McNary. Pre-deceased by her loving husband of 61 years Mackie (Jay) Pozzobon, parents Karl & Dorothy Zinck, grandson Jaye Prescott, son in law Jim Prescott, brother in laws Fred Bischoff, Tom Greenough & John DesRosiers, Sammy & Marino Pozzobon & sister in laws Maria McNary & Joni Pozzobon, numerous nieces and nephews.
A true pioneer, Rita grew up a farm girl on the Shuswap, raising crops, milking cows and clearing land. Crossed the lake on the ferry to attend school to grade 8 in Sorrento then boarded in Salmon Arm to attend high school. In her teens she left home to be a berry picker, nanny, and then camp cook for The Bischoff’s logging crew, while there she looked after a trap line that ran up the Crowfoot. During that time she met her cowboy and future husband Mackie through one of the famous Celista hall dances. They were married in 1953 and set out on a 3 month adventure to see the sights and visit family from BC to Mexico. When they arrived back home in Pinantan they made a living logging & ranching, after baby number five, they left behind the difficult tasks of daily life without modern conveniences and power there, then built a home in Chase where their sixth daughter was born. Because of their growing family they built a larger home on VLA where they raised their family and managed together many successful business ventures. Her background enabled her to be a resourceful woman in many areas, as an amazing cook, it was nothing for Mackie to show up with unexpected company, where she would effortlessly create a delicious meal from their massive garden, livestock, bees, and fruit trees they tended. She was very generous and enjoyed sharing the bounties of her labour. When their children were grown Rita designed and Mackie built their dream home on her beloved Shuswap Lake, where they loved to host family reunions and special events for family and friends who were important to them.
Rita was an exceptionally talented artist; Her love of learning never ceased, she would expand her many talents from an early age to include; painting, drawing, sculpture, piano, embroidery, needlework, crocheting, knitting, sewing (matching outfits for her girls), cake decorating, she drew, planned & designed many houses and later jewellery, writing and self illustrating children’s books, creating many works of art for posterity. Her many talents and style carried through to her children, grand & great grandchildren and passed on to anyone that had a desire to learn. Throughout their married life Rita and Mackie supported their communities and were the driving force of many local organizations. They travelled to many parts of the world, where they enjoyed learning about different cultures and people of all walks of life. She was very organized and accomplished a great deal, connecting family through her genealogy research and love of local history.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the North Shuswap Historical Society, c/o Loretta Greenough 3730 Zinck Rd, Scotch Creek, BC, V0E 1M5
A celebration of life will be held at her home in Scotch Creek, July 1, 2019 at 2 pm.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.schoeningfuneralservice.com.
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