Obituary for the Late
To all dear friends and acquaintances of our family, we wish to inform you of the passing on of Petra.
Petra was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and when visiting her mother who had immigrated here, fell in love with the West Kootenays. During one of those visits, she met a local man, Rick Nash, whom she later married upon which she moved to Nelson and became a resident for many years. Petra and Rick had two daughters, Cassandra and Bianka (Castlegar). Cassandra very sadly predeceased her mother in 2008. We are so happy for Petra, now the piece of her heart that was broken will be mended when she is reunited with Cass. Peace. Peace.
In late 1988 Petra and Rick opened a restaurant in Nelson that became an icon on Baker Street. It was called Stanley Baker’s Café. Out of the cast of characters of that saga, Petra was the only one from the beginning to the end of the business in 2005. She performed every function from dishwasher to manager, server and cook. One of her joys was making fresh flower displays for the tables, which many people complimented on. The greatest unsung task she did was the dreaded never ending paperwork. It made for many late nights putting numbers to bed before herself. Besides this, she was also a very busy homemaker for her kids. Few people know just how hard she worked during this time and how little time she had for herself. She somehow always kept it going and without her effort, Stanley Baker’s would have never made it.
Shortly after the café opened, Petra and Rick went their separate ways. They were able to reconcile their differences and became true friends right to the end when Rick passed away in 2006.
Petra did have a new partner enter her life, Nick (Kim Nickolchuk), who also became involved in the café. Their love, commitment and respect for each other went on for over two decades, through all kinds of weather, joys and sorrows. They had children, Darshan and Medina, both in Nelson.
After the café chapter in life ended, Petra, who had been a nurse in Germany, became a Care Aide at two senior residences. Mt. Lakes in Nelson and Castlewood Village in Castlegar. At those places, she became a favorite of the residents for her considerate and compassionate service.
Petra was blessed with four grandchildren, Callum and Lylah (Bianka); Alexis and Kaidence (Darshan). She loved them dearly and was very sad that she could not have more time with them.
Petra leaves behind her mother, Christel, of Nelson. Petra was so thankful of the generosity and support Christel gave to our family over the years.
Petra was a true example of strength, courage and hope all throughout her illness. She was always low key about it. Never wanting sympathy. She wanted people to relate to her like it was just another day. We will never forget these attributes.
Petra left us in a very peaceful and dignified manner, which was made more special as she had spent that afternoon with all her family in the comfort of her home. One of her last comments was her wish for all her family to be happy in life. Petra’s nature would of course extend that to everyone. By Petra’s request she did not want any formal service. The family, in a private time, will spread her ashes on a certain mountainside in this beautiful area she called home. Expressions of thought can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acts of remembrance can be made by following some of Petra’s examples: buy someone who is hungry a hot meal, save a stray kitty, plant a flower. Blessings for all.Print Obituary & Condolences