Robert Peter Bresser was born on February 2, 1933 in Oneida, Wisconsin. He was the first child born to Theodore and Antionetta Bressers and was known as Bob. He has four younger siblings. He grew up and went to school and trade school in Wisconsin. When he was 17, he joined the US Air Force, where he served his country in the Korean War.
Theodore was a bricklayer by trade. Bob joined his father in the family business and became an expert bricklayer. The family moved to California and Bob continued on with the family business after his father retired. He built many beautiful houses, fireplaces and rock walls. In California he met Marina Buraglia at a Catholic youth social. They fell in love and married on May 25, 1957. They bought a house in West Covina, California, and in a few years time they had 4 children.
As the family grew, they bought a large property in Riverside, California. Bob built a beautiful adobe brick house. Their 5th and 6th child were born there. This place fondly became known as the Ranch. They had lots of fun family gatherings there through the years. Everyone worked hard on the Ranch. Bob mowing the fields with the tractor, milking the cows, and taking care of the pigs and chickens. Marina taking care of the garden, making bread, sewing clothes and cooking nonstop for her family. They raised and butchered the animals to feed their growing family. Bob also worked at Kaiser Steel to support his family.
In the early 1970’s the moved north to the mountain town of Susanville, California. Their seventh child was born there. Bob built another beautiful adobe block home there. The kids all helped with the house building. Carrying blocks and mixing cement. In 1979 Bob and Marina packed up the family and everything else and moved to Smithers, British Columbia. They loved the small town quiet life in Canada, and made many good friends over the years.
They were devout Catholics. Bob spent most of his time at the church. He helped with Mass and other duties. He delivered communion to people at the Bulkley Lodge for many years. Bob was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Bob and Marina suffered many hardships over the years, including the death of 3 of their children.
Bob’s wife Marina passed away in 2009. They had been married for 52 years at the time of her death. Bob was very brave and strong and continued his unwavering devotion to the Lord after her death. Bob’s favourite things were assisting in Holy Mass, working in the garden, watching the fruit grow on the trees, playing with his grandkids, and feeding the birds. Bob lived a humble life and gave most of his money to religious charities to help others. When he got sick the past few months, he never complained. Although he was suffering he was still ever grateful for everything. He is deeply missed by all who knew him.
Bob is survived by his 4 siblings, Shirley Carnine, Susan Ferree, Peter Bressers and Julie Bolgrein; children Lorraine Kampf of Kamloops, Lynn Bresser, Todd (Diana) Bresser and Leslie Bresser of Telkwa; grandchildren Jason Danner, Natiea Vinson, Leayra Donaldson, Renesha Bresser, Jeremy Beaubien, Clayton Beaubien, Laura Bandstra, Rebecca Meima, Desiree Olson, Danielle Olson, Dallas Olson and Levi Olson; great grandchildren Sarabel, Clare, Holly, Noah, Chetwyn, Lila, Nova, Esmay, Emily, Thoran, Ethan and Luxanne.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Theodore and Antoinetta Bressers. He was also predeceased by his son Ted Bresser in 1987, his daughter Lisa Beaubien in 2005, his son Tom Bresser in 2009, and his loving wife Marina in 2009.