This website was created in memory of our loved one, Werner Tobler.  Given he did not want a service, we felt this website would be a good way of sharing stories and photos.  You are welsome to post stories (under the stories tab) and photos so his friends and grand daughters can learn more about his wonderful life, friends and relatives.  Feel free to poke some fun at him...he would like that.

If you would like us to post something for you, please email Lisa.

Posted by Mike Tobler on December 22, 2021
This shit is not his real name iam toblermike
Posted by Christina and Paul Giasso... on April 19, 2021
Hi Werner. We hope that you are in heaven having fun and looking down on us here, especially Lisa, Patrik, Robin and the girls. We think and talk about you a lot. We always miss your great stories especially when we were camping. How you remembered all those stories really shows that you were a good listener. Enjoy the wine and cheese up there!!! 
Posted by Eileen Kuettel on February 22, 2021
Werner is not forgotten. Whenever I see a hummingbird I think of him. Rudy has good memories of his countryman.
Posted by Eileen Kuettel on February 23, 2020
Pat, this is just a wonderful tribute website and we enjoy viewing it every year on your father's birthday.
We think of Werner quite often, and I particularly enjoy looking at the photos here because we shared so many good times in good old Armstrong,

Your father made the best cheese and wine but his story telling was superb. Loved visits with Lisa and Werner.

We miss him.  Love from all the Kuettels

Posted by jean hassard on February 22, 2020
Gosh to Vreny and Tom: Frank and I were just two days ago walking the Marina in Puerto Vallarta and probably passed the very spot you were writing about. What a coincidence as I was thinking about Werner as I always do on Feb. 21st (among other days!)--he was quite a guy. Glad to hear his time with you there in PV was especially nice.
Posted by jean hassard on April 19, 2019
Lisa and I had a nice visit today as we reminisced about you. Fond memories. You were quite a guy and will always be missed.
Posted by Eileen Kuettel on February 21, 2019
Today we remember Werner, but we think of him from time to time, we remember all his stories, he was such a great story teller. We sure had fun with Werner and his family when we lived in Armstrong. Love to them, Eileen, Rudy, Shannon and Matt.
Posted by jean hassard on February 21, 2019
Werner, you left us far too soon. I think of you so often, esp. your twinkling eyes and laugh. Forever missed.
Posted by Eileen Kuettel on April 19, 2018
We think of Werner and miss his stories and his goodness,
When I see hummingbirds and Canada geese, Armstrong cheese and when we visit Switzerland our thoughts are with Werner. He leaves a legacy in his family and we miss him so.
Posted by jean hassard on April 19, 2018
We miss Werner's wisdom, laugh, and twinkle.
Posted by Melanie Varughese on April 19, 2018
Werner - can't believe it has been two years. I still think of you every time I see armstrong cheese!
Sending our love to Lisa, Patrick, Robin, Brooke and Kate today.
With much love,
Melanie and family
Posted by Diane Brand on April 19, 2018
Two years already, hard to believe. Heinz and I think of you often with great fondness.
Posted by Melanie Varughese on February 21, 2018
Thinking of you today, Werner, on your birthday. I miss you and love you very much.
Posted by jean hassard on February 21, 2018
Werner, I think of you EVERY day when I fill the birdfeeder you made for me when my father died back in 2003, but I'm especially thinking of you today, the 73rd anniversary of your birth.
Posted by Melanie Varughese on April 19, 2017
Werner, hard to believe it is already a year. Thinking of Lise, Patrick and family today. This past summer we stopped by your farm and walked around to remember you, say our private goodbyes and to have an opportunity to share with Alan and kids my memories of you. We love you; you are deeply missed.
Love, Melanie, Alan, Naomi, Dahlia and David
Posted by Diane Brand on April 19, 2017
We often think of you , Werner, with great fondness. And now that it is almost lady slipper season, we remember how much you liked these flowers
Posted by Virginia Schulz on April 19, 2017
Thought of often and fondly remembered.
Posted by Shauneen Wells on April 19, 2017
I will always think of you so fondly Werner. Rest peacefully.
Posted by Atie Hoorntje on May 12, 2016
I have found memories from you and Werners visits He was so easy going and loved the outdoors And Hendrik and Werner shared their love off sports  Praying for you Lise Patric and family
Posted by Brian Young on May 7, 2016
Ingrid and I are very sorry to hear of Werner's passing. He was such a hard worker and I always enjoyed his stories of fishing on the Revelstoke Dam. I will always remember the times we went x-country skiing with some of the other employees from Armstrong cheese and some of the wives up at Larch Hills and Silver Star. He always had a big sandwich for lunch to enjoy! We will all miss him and know he is remembered fondly by his co-workers. Please contact us if there is anything we can do to help you Lisa at this difficult time. 
Brian and Ingrid Young
Posted by Brian Young on May 7, 2016
Ingrid and I are saddened by Werner's passing. I worked with Werner for almost twenty years and he was a great leader in the Cheese Plant and always did more than his share. In the coffee room and on the floor he had many interesting stories of fishing -Hammer Lake and Revelstoke Dam and up north with Patrick. But most fondly we will remember the cross- country ski trips up Silver Star with our wives and others from the Plant as he lead us down Silver Qeen trail and then stopping to eat one of his big sandwichs. Werner, you are missed.
Posted by Christina and Paul Giasso... on May 5, 2016
Hi Lisa, Patrick and Family. Wow what to say as there is much to tell. We have had so many good times with Werner and Lisa. Especially when we were camping together. We would all listen to Werner's life stories as we were gathered around the nightly campfires. Of course we had to taste his wine and have a piece of cheese. He had the most incredible stories. I especially like the story about his working in the sugar cane fields in Australia. 

Werner was always more concerned about everyone else rather than himself. A very humble man and a very generous man. He would give the shirt off his back to someone in need.

Werner took great joy in creating the best cheese in the world. He was proud of his accomplishments as "head cheese-maker" in the numerous awards he received. 

He loved his life and he loved his family. He was very proud of Patrick and found great joy and contentment in his life with Lisa.

We will miss the stories around the campfire but never forget the laughs and fun that we had together.
Posted by Sue Olson on May 4, 2016
One of the truly wonderful people in the world and I was lucky enough to have him as a neighbour for 30 + years. So kind & caring. He built the most beautiful piece of paradise here on earth for his family & treasured cows. I am so grateful to have know him and for him sharing his pasture with my horses. Magoo and Maddie (dogs) also loved their adventures over there as they never knew when Werner might have a treat for them. Loved our many conversations and water pump lessons. I was not ready for this. I will miss you dear friend. RIP Werner
Sue & The Critters
Posted by Marc & Sietje Reinarz on May 4, 2016
Dear Lisa,
We remember Werner as a person who appreciated so much what other people did, whereas he contributed so much more himself for the community.
It is only 10 years ago we first met Werner. It seems we know you both much longer.
While increasing the number of farm buildings around our farm-stead, you both would stop by and Werner would try to talk me (Marc) into the red walls for the out-buildings, to go well with the melcher green roof. I did listen to him, but never followed up on that advice and kept them brown... It remained the basis of a pleasant banter we carried on.
I learned water-witching from him, an "art" I never believed in and now perform regularly myself...
Werner may be gone from the neighborhood, from your life, but no-one will take away the fond memories we have of him.
Liefs en sterkte!
Sietje en Marc
Posted by Bill Corbett on April 29, 2016
Dear Lisa & Pat
Our hearts are saddened by the news that Werner is no longer with us. When we received the request to send our thoughts of Werner in an email, our words were the same from us as they were when we talked to our son Dwight.
Werner was a very genuine, honest, compassionate neighbour. Whatever he did, he put a lot of thought into doing it. He always took pride in what he did, whether it was cheese making, cattle rearing, crop harvesting, or holiday planning.
Werner will always be with us in our memories. From thoughts of him taking pride in your garden to trying to farm the wet lands of your place. From spending time talking over a few drinks to discussing places the two of you had been , to the places you planned on visiting.
So as we go on in life without him we know that something will happen to cause us to think of Werner and the times we have had together.
Bill & Darlene Corbett
Posted by Sandra Hovey on April 28, 2016
I feel very privileged to have had Werner as a friend. I will always remember his kindness,his sense of humor, his stories of his adventures and his appreciation of life. He will be missed by me..
My deepest sympathies to Lise Patrick and family.
Posted by Phil Mochis on April 25, 2016
"You were a very nice man, Werner."
Posted by Marilyn Wagner on April 25, 2016
Werner you will definitely be missed by Robert,myself Paul and Robbi who really enjoyed reconnecting with you and Lisa at Sugar Lake last September .we will always remember you as a very kind sincere person and of course your sense of humour.Our condolences to Lisa Patrick and family.Robert and Marilyn Wagner
Posted by Henk De Vries on April 25, 2016
Beste Lies,

Wij condoleren je met het verlies van Werner. Het zal voor jou en je gezin een zware tijd zijn. We wensen jullie sterkte. Put troost uit de vele mooie herinneringen die jullie ongetwijfeld zullen hebben. Hartelijke groet uit Vianen van Anke en Henk de Vries
Posted by Ati van Gent on April 25, 2016
Beste Lies,
wij zijn geschokt nu we van Piet en Ankie moesten horen dat Werner is overleden. Weet dat we vanuit Nederland met je meeleven en aan je denken in deze zware dagen en de tijd die komen gaat. Ook geldt dit voor Patrick en zijn vrouw en kinderen nu zij als jong gezin  vader/schoonvader en opa moeten missen. Heel veel kracht gewenst. Hartelijke groet van Rien en Ati van Gent uit Amersfoort, Holland
Posted by Romeo Comino on April 24, 2016
"We still remember the time when Werner took us to that fishing trip during our first trip to BC. It was one of the most memorable days of our life. Those are the kind of things that he will be remembered for - making people smile and bringing laughter in their lives.

Our deepest sympathy to Lise, Patrick and the entire family."

Romeo & Claudia Comino and family.
Posted by Vreny Kempter on April 24, 2016
It is with great sadness that we heard of Werner's passing and we will always cherish the memories of our times together. Our friendship started one morning at breakfast at a hotel in PV Mexico when Werner and Lise heard us speaking Swiss. We talked, ate, swam and toured together for the rest of our time there.Since then we have enjoyed their welcoming hospitality many times and have shared in their joys of the grandchildren and family times which they fondly recounted.We will sadly miss Werner.

With our condolences to Lise, Patrick and family, you are in our thoughts at this sad time.   Tom and Vreny
Posted by phil torrens on April 24, 2016
An influence in my life growing up. Some of my fondest memories are camping with Werner, Lisa, and Pat. I also had the pleasure of working with Werner for 10 years. One of the hardest working men that I have ever met. Thoughts are with Lisa, Pat and family.
Posted by Ronda Westergaard on April 24, 2016
Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

Ronda & John Westergaard
Posted by Raymond Imbeau on April 24, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.. We were fortunate to camp beside you at Eagle Bay camp site in 2014,the time when Werner cut the trees that had fallen over the hydro line. We enjoyed our time together and had hoped we would meet again.  Regards : Raymond & Barb Imbeau (an  old farmer who used to farm in Enderby but now resides in Kelowna) Peace be with you.
Posted by Virginia Schulz on April 23, 2016
Werner will be missed on so many levels with so many friends. Our thoughts and fond memories will last forever. May you rest in peace.
To Lise, Patrick and family our wishes for strength are extended to you. Virginia and Fred
Posted by amanda lehoux on April 23, 2016
I will always be grateful for having know Werner Tobler. Many of my fondest memories growing up on Stepney Road include him. Learning to skate on his pond in the winter, riding his cows in the fields in summer, his stories of how the robins can hear the worms under the ground in his garden, he and Lisa taking me fishing, visits to the sausage maker in Summerland, and of course, the warm cheese curds brought to our house straight from the factory. He was one of the most giving and thoughtful people I have ever known. I will miss his strong wine and even stronger cheese, his enthusiastic companionship when fishing and camping and his sincere joy in being a part of my life. I am truly sorry that my own child will never meet this man, who played such a wonderful role in my life. He will truly be missed.
Posted by Shauneen Wells on April 23, 2016
I will always remember Werner fondly. He was a great cheese maker, a thoughtful farmer, and an excellent wine maker. I remember walking the side lines during our son's soccer games, and yelling ourselves hoarse at their hockey games, skating on the pond at the farm, and especially hearing him and Lise laugh. He had the most contagious laugh!!
He was so proud of his son, Patrick, and of his lovely granddaughters.
I believe the reason our boys turned into such wonderful fathers is because of the terrific example they got from their Dads.
The last time I saw Werner, He and Lisa came to Chilliwack last summer to pick blackberries to make wine. We picked 70 lbs.!
Rest in Peace Werner and have a glass with Bill!
Posted by Robin Sharples on April 23, 2016
We will fondly remember Werner the happy 'rancher, cheese maker, chef and winery brew master.' I will not forget our first visit to the farm - finding the place and crossing the homemade log bridge to get to the house. We marvelled at the excellent garden and being welcomed by several cats. Werner was proud of his barn, calves and hay bales in the back.

He also enjoyed his camper travels and his stopovers at our cabin enroute to Whitehorse. One evening we sat out on the front deck and he reminisced about 'the olden days.' He told us about his youth and 'seeking his fortune' - his Australian venture. From Switzerland to Melbourne was quite a distance for any young venturous man indeed.
Werner loved the Yukon. He talked about 'north of '60' all the time and was always wanting to venture north. He definitely maintained that 'venturing northern spirit.'

Carole's Mom and Dad loved to visit Armstrong. She flirted with Werner and they enjoyed great food. Papa always wanted 'seconds' when served Werner's brew and Granny would quietly scold Pa for being so thirsty. It was quite a fun evening visiting the Ranch.

We will always remember our fond days with Werner and Lisa.

Gerry & Carole Sharples, Terrace BC
Posted by Ivan Matte on April 23, 2016
It was with great sadness that I found out last evening of Werner's passing. I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Lise, Patrick and the entire family.
 Ivan & Sue Matte
Posted by jean hassard on April 23, 2016
Hard to accept that Werner's gone and we'll never hear his laugh again. Head thrown back, guffawing, eyes twinkling. He was so smart on so many subjects. And so kind. When my father died in 2003, Werner made a lovely birdfeeder for me, came over, and installed it. To this day, every day when I refill the "Werner feeder" I think of him. And always will.
Posted by Dina Mulder on April 23, 2016
My sincere condolences to Lise and fam. I feel happy to have known Werner. What a kind and caring person he was. I remember how hospitable he was when we came to visit from Ont. And so funny and warm. You were both excellent hostesses...!
I feel so sad for you Lise, that you have to miss him so soon.
You are in my prayers, and I wish you much love and strength.
Posted by Frank van Thienen on April 22, 2016
you'll be missed Werner! Rest in Peace.
Posted by Melanie Varughese on April 22, 2016
I have known Werner for as long as I have had memories. Lise is my Godmother and Werner and Lise were often at our home, or we were visiting them at their farm in Armstrong. He and Lise have been a part of all the pivotal parts of my life, confirmation, graduation, my wedding etc.  When I think back, the memories I have of Werner, many of them are memories from being at Werner and Lise’s farm: as a young child I was always excited to go to the farm and climb on the hay bails, walking around the fields to see the cows with Werner, walking in his big rubber boots, warning me not to step in the cow patties; looking down at the pigs in their sty; skating on their pond in the winter; pointing out turtles along the stream and ponds on their property; Werner proudly showing us his bird sanctuary that he made in one field and pointing out a Heron that would hang out in it; Werner explaining how he took care of the newborn calves; and Werner warning me about the electric fence and laughing at me when I touched it. 

It was a highlight going to the farm and as I grew older, I grew to appreciate all of the hard work and love he put into his land and his cows..  I always thought it was really cool that Werner was a cheese maker and I loved hearing him talk about his job at Armstrong cheese and vividly remember him showing us his trophies for making award winning cheeses (to this day, I always think of Werner when I buy Armstrong cheese from the store!). 

Werner had the best laugh, which was the same, even as he grew older. Even as I grew up, moved away to Edmonton and started my own family - Werner was always happy to see us and would greet us with a booming “Hey, Melanie how are ya?” and would give me a warm hug. He always would ask how we were doing and I appreciated his genuine interest and care about us. It was fun to watch him play with our kids, Naomi, Dahlia and David and from seeing that, I knew he was an amazing Grandfather. Brooke and Kate, your Opa always talked about you when I saw him and I knew he loved you very much. He would show me pictures that he had on his camera with pride. Patrick, I remember him telling me about the work you were doing, in BC and then up in the Yukon; about your family and the life you had up there. He was so proud of you. Lise, I loved how you and Werner would tease each other and laugh so much together; you were such a sweet couple. Werner, I love you very much and I will miss you. I will bring my children to your farm to tell them about you and the memories I have. When I think of you, I’ll picture you in your jeans and t-shirt, with a baseball cap, outside on your farm, laughing. We love you. 

Lise, Patrick, Robin, Brooke and Kate - our hearts are so sad for you. We pray that you find comfort in the many memories you have of Werner. We are praying for you and send our love from Edmonton. God bless you. Love, Melanie (Alan, Naomi, Dahlia and David).
Posted by elaine elliott on April 22, 2016
You will be greatly missed, Werner! 
Thinking of you and your family......
Posted by Dennis hovey on April 22, 2016
We will miss you werner. You were always happy to lend a helping hand whenever needed. You have a special place in our hearts. Dennis and Rose
Posted by Ine and Piet Zeegers on April 22, 2016
Werner, though you're far away, you live on, in our hearts.

Lise, Patrick and family, we wish you all strength in these sad days.

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Posted by Mike Tobler on December 22, 2021
This shit is not his real name iam toblermike
Posted by Christina and Paul Giasso... on April 19, 2021
Hi Werner. We hope that you are in heaven having fun and looking down on us here, especially Lisa, Patrik, Robin and the girls. We think and talk about you a lot. We always miss your great stories especially when we were camping. How you remembered all those stories really shows that you were a good listener. Enjoy the wine and cheese up there!!! 
Posted by Eileen Kuettel on February 22, 2021
Werner is not forgotten. Whenever I see a hummingbird I think of him. Rudy has good memories of his countryman.
Recent stories
Shared by Vreny Kempter on February 21, 2020
Yesterday we took our daughter to the Marina here in Puerto Vallarta and showed her the spot at the hotel where we first met Werner and Lise. It had been a lucky day for us back then. We remembered the good times we had together during our stay there and the are glad for our friendship! Forever missed.   Tom and Vren

Werner and Figgy

Shared by Patty Skinner on April 30, 2016

We always enjoyed our visits with Pat and Robin, Werner and Lise whether it was a visit to the farm in Armstrong where we were always so welcome or in Terrace when they came up for visits when the Sharples family got together.  We even had a chance to cross-country ski with Werner up at the Larch Hills ski area many years ago!

It brings a smile to our faces when we talk about the story of Werner and Figgy.  Fig was our cat up in Terrace and Werner and Lise were up for a visit with Pat and Robin and they went to Kitimat with their truck and camper to go river fishing for a few days.  They returned from their trip only a couple of hours later when it turned out that Figgy had taken a liking to the back of Werner's camper.  Listening to Werner tell the story of driving to Kitimat and then opening up his camper and to his surprise seeing our cat in the back always makes us laugh. 

We will always remember Werner's passion for everything (except for cats!) including his love of fishing and the outdoors, trips to the Yukon and visits with Brooke and Kate.  

Patty, Jamie, Joshua, Aedan (and Fig!) 

Memories from Barry and Shirley Gerlib

Shared by Patrick Tobler on April 26, 2016

I became a friend of Werners when we “walked the creek” for Fortune Creek drainage – checking for beaver and blockages.  We discovered many mutual interests – cows, calving, haycrops, gardening, and going to Valley Auction.  Werner and Lisa became very good friends of ours.  Werner was thoughtful, generous, humerous – a good person.  We will miss him very much – and that includes “RINGO” our dog.  Everytime Werner visited our house he never forgot the treats for Ringo.  Werner thought Ringo would make a good Whitehorse dog and often said he should take him on one of his visits up north and walk the streets with him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you,  all the family, at this time.  You have many wonderful memories of Werner.....We all do...

Barry and Shirley Gerlib

Ringo's going to miss Werner and treat of dog biscuits!