Soldier Spotlight: Irene May “Renie” Bohn

Image: A view of the north side of La Glace’s main street in winter, ca. 1935 (0483.01.22-01)

Force: Canadian Women’s Army Corps

Renie Bohn’s parents were Fred Bohn and Agnes Gibson of La Glace, AB area. She was born in 1923, and she had 2 brothers, Jack and Jim. (Jim also served in WW II). During the war she participated with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps, and afterwards she married Orvin Samuelson, who also served overseas and was in the Air Force. They had 4 children. For a while Renie and Orvin operated a store in La Glace, which they later sold. They farmed in the Buffalo Lake district until 1959, and then moved to Bear Canyon. They retired in Fairview AB. Renie passed away in July 2004 at age 81, in Fairview.

Source: Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 1149 – Roll of Honour WW II
La Glace – Yesterday and Today p. 64
GP AGS – Obituary Index (Samuelson)

Soldier Spotlight highlights veterans from the Archives’ online Soldiers’ Memorial. Each week, our volunteers select a remarkable individual to showcase in this blog series. The Soldiers’ Memorial commemorates more than 1,100 WWI veterans and 2,300 WWII veterans from our region. Three dedicated volunteers have contributed over 1,200 hours to this project by researching and writing biographies. Our goal is to have all South Peace soldiers acknowledged for their service. If you know of someone who lived in the South Peace and should be listed on the Memorial, or would like to get involved by researching a local veteran, please contact the Archives.

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