Obituaries

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BRANDT, Florence Arlene
October 4, 1943 – May 15, 2016

 

Arlene was a cherished mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Arlene passed away peacefully on May 15, 2016 in hospital in Calgary. She was predeceased by her husband Peter and parents Len and Florence Wathen. Arlene is survived by son Ryan Brandt (Melanie), grandson Peter, and daughter Echo Brandt (Craig), all of Strathmore. Sister Ferne Schaufert of High River and brother Rick Wathen, of Strathmore. Arlene and her family moved back to Strathmore in 1979 after her husband passed away in November 1978. She studied nursing at SAIT school of nursing and worked at Calgary General Hospital. She served in various clubs including Order of the Eastern Star and the Royal Purple and volunteered in many ways over the years. At her wishes there will be no funeral. She will be buried at the Strathmore cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life at Hope Community Covenant Church, Youth Hall (245 Brent Blvd. Strathmore) on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Arlene’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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SCHINDELER, Albert Richard (Dick)

 

Dick was born in Bassano, Alberta on November 6, 1929 and passed away at Strathmore, Alberta on May 3, 2016 at the age of 86 years. Dick was predeceased by his parents Albert and Ada Schindeler. His is survived by his loving wife Jarmila (Jerri); son Al (Tracy); grandchildren Candi, James, and Cody; great granddaughter Emma and Paige; four brothers, Bill (Peggy), Gerald (Gwen), Nelson, and Doug (Rhondda), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dick attended school at Clancy and completed High School in Brooks. He went to SAIT taking welding, also NAIT taking gas fitting and pipe fitter. He operated Dick’s Welding from 1952 to 1978. Dick was employed at the Eastern Irrigation District until he retired in 1994. Dick served on the board of the Scandia Museum and the Brooks Museum. He was involved at St. Alban’s Anglican Church with garage sales and other activities. Dick was a life member with the Pioneer Acres Plowmen and Threshermen’s Club at Irricana. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Strathmore United Church, Strathmore, Alberta at 12:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Dick’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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LARSEN, Evelyn May
April 24, 1938 – April 29, 2016

 

Evelyn May Larsen, cherished wife of Ken Larsen, mother of Linda and Emory Larsen, and sister of Pat Hodge, was the adored first child of Emory and Lynn (Daisy) Jackson of Cheadle, born April 24, 1938¸ in Holy Cross Hospital, Calgary. She was visited very suddenly with a major stroke early Wednesday, April 27, at her home at Sagewood, Strathmore. The family is very grateful for the attentive care given to her at both Sagewood and the Strathmore Hospital, where she passed away peacefully the morning of Friday, April 29. surrounded by her family. She was 78 years old.Evelyn’s childhood on the farm at Cheadle was most happy, surrounded by horses, cats, dogs, and an annoying little sister. Horses were a passion she enjoyed most of her life. There will be some Cheadle people who can remember the parade of two horses, two kids and one or two dogs touring the neighbourhood in the late 1940’s, early ‘50s. She loved farm life, which is one of the reasons she abandoned her nursing career after meeting Ken, and resumed her passion for that life at the Larsen farm at Standard. She attended school in Strathmore for grades one through ten, and then at her father’s urging and support went to Mount Royal College for grade eleven and twelve, repeating his experience attending this institution in the 1920’s. Nursing training at the Holy Cross Hospital followed, and she graduated with her R.N. in 1959. Nursing positions were held at the new Foothills Hospital, as nurse and Supervisor of ER, when it opened in1966, and as office nurse with Drs. Calvert and Wilson. She was a single mom before that status was as supported as it is now, and she juggled work and home very effectively for herself and her treasured son, Emory. She even worked on university courses toward her B.Sc. in nursing during that time. Friends introduced her to Ken Larsen, and that love lured her back to the farm and a most fulfilling life as “farm wife” at Standard. The birth of her precious daughter, Linda, completed the circle of her family. The creation of a kindergarten class in Standard with her friend Corinne Drydale was only the beginning of contributions made by her to that community. Evelyn pursued every stage of her life fully and wholeheartedly, all the while tending to her own family, her niece and nephew, parents, friends, everyone in her acquaintance. After the children became more independent, Evelyn’s active and intelligent mind looked outward for an outlet, and it came in the form of work in the Village of Standard administration office for nearly 24 years, and she retired from the position of CAO in 2004. The reach of her influence was extensive, including banking land for residential development, new water treatment plant, and industrial park. Unfortunately, after her retirement, health issues and diminishing eyesight gradually invaded her life, but she always made the best of every situation, and continued to be a part of her family’s, extended family’s, and friends’ lives in her constantly thoughtful and loving way. Although she had no grandchildren, the children of her niece and nephew were recipients of her generosity and thoughtfulness, just as Jenny and Rob had been. And who can forget the devotion to and of all of her “granddogs” along the way. There are innumerable things that her family will all miss about her, but we will remember her forever with the same love and regard that she always had for us. Evelyn is survived by her son, Emory Larsen, daughter Linda (Mark) Giesbrecht, sister Pat (Bob) Hodge, nephew Rob (Gundi) Hodge, and niece Jenny (Ken) Plaquin. She was predeceased by her husband Ken Larsen and her parents Emory and Lynn Jackson. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Hope Community Covenant Church at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Evelyn’s memory to CNIB online at www.cnib.ca, by phone at 1-800-563-2642 or by cheque to The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 15 Colonel Baker Place, Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3. To send condolences, please visit Evelyn’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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ROMANIUK, Edward Taras
Oct 16, 1938 – Apr. 29, 2016

 

It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Edward Romaniuk on April 29, 2016. Ed was born on October 16, 1938 in Ethelbert, Manitoba to Taras and Mary Romaniuk. He received his education in Kulish, Manitoba. At the age of 16, he moved to Dauphin, Manitoba and was employed at Dauphin Tire Shop. In 1965 Ed and Darlene moved west to Calgary, Alberta. He worked at General Tire Retread Plant until 1972 when he moved with his family to Strathmore, Alberta. He owned and operated Strathmore Tire and Battery Ltd. with his family until 2006. He met and cherished many people who became friends and customers forever. He totally enjoyed coffee with his buddies at Husky and the “wheatie” every day. Snowmobiling was a passion of his, going to the mountains as often as he could. His family was the centre of his life and he leaves to mourn his wife Darlene of 51 years; daughter Brenda (Bob) Vert; granddaughters Alexandra and Roberta; daughter Lorrie (Ward Wallace) Romaniuk from Bassano; grandson Nick (Liza) Peoples; great-granddaughter Annabeth Peoples; grandson Lucas (Melisa) Peoples; and from a previous marriage he leaves son Greg (Collen) Romaniuk; granddaughter Leah (Brian) Romaniuk, grandson Adam Romaniuk, and son Ken Romaniuk of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Alice Sawchuk from Thunder Bay, his brother and sister-in-law Walter and Savenne Romaniuk from Thunder Bay, and his brother-in-law Steve Makowski of Dauphin. He is survived by his brother Russell (Eleanor) Romaniuk from Thunder Bay, his sister Sally Makowski from Dauphin, his brother Orest (Donna) Romaniuk from Brandon, his brother Mike (Sylvia) Romaniuk from Ethelbert, his brother David (Carole) Romaniuk, of Sherwood Park, his aunt Margaret Grolowsky from Fort Erie and numerous nieces and nephews. A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Wheatland Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd., Strathmore) at 11:00 a.m. To send condolences, please visit Ed’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

Eddie, I will always have you in my heart,
Forever us,
Darlene

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SIBBET, Barbara Darlene
January 27, 1937 – May 2, 2016

 

Barbara passed away in Strathmore Hospital on May 2, 2016 with her children by her side. She is survived by her children Darwin Sibbet (Cathy) of Strathmore, Darlene Swift (Mark) of Qualicum Beach, Russell Sibbet of Red Deer, and Lorraine Sibbet (Keith) of Strathmore; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-eight greatgrandchildren; and brothers Ron Garner of Bowden, Lyle (Betty Lou) Trocksted of Comox, and Gus (Elly) Trocksted of Lethbridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Calgary Humane Society (4455 110th Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2C 2T7). A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Wheatland Funeral Home (Strathmore) at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Barbara’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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SPENCE, Adam Blair
April 15, 1980 - April 29, 2016

 

It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Adam Spence, a beloved Son, Brother and Uncle. He was born in Fort McMurray and after a couple of years in B.C., returned to Alberta and has made Strathmore his home since 1990. He is survived by his Father Allen (Kathleen) of Caroline, Mother Rose of Strathmore, Sister Colleen, Brother-in-law Rob and Niece Deirdre of Calgary and various Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many close friends. In his short life he touched a great many people. He entertained many with his beautiful voice. He may have loved listening to Rock & Roll but delighted everyone when he sang Country. He had a ready smile and open arms for anyone who needed a hug. A Celebration of His Life will be held in the future in Strathmore. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Alberta Heart & Lung Association.

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McARTHUR, Margaret Bertha
April 17, 1923 - April 19, 2016

 

Margie passed away on April 19, 2016, at the Sagewood Age Care Community in Strathmore. Don, her husband and constant companion for 66 years predeceased her in 2014. Margie will be remembered by her unquestioned devotion to her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Bruce (June) McArthur, Sandra (Mark) Ganes, Marilyn (Don) Stewart; her grandchildren, Amy (Matt) Gamracy, Brad (Kelly) McArthur, John (Paula) McArthur, Clint (Cortney) Ganes, Noah Ganes and Hannah Maclean; great grandchildren, Cole, Manney, Hardy, Henry, Jack, Barett, Ivy, Isla and Celie; sister-in-law, Pat Robson; many nieces and nephews as well as Don Stewart’s daughters and their families; Claire (Gord) D’Aoust, Georgia and Max; Kate (Brett) Armstrong, Emma, Grace and Evan. We cannot fully express our gratitude to management, staff and the many friends at Sagewood who have supported our family through the years. Extra special thanks to everyone from the Rockyford Neighbourhood wing who took such tender, loving care of Mom for the last two years. She called them her “angels” and treasured them dearly. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Hope
Community Covenant Church, 245 Brent Blvd, Strathmore AB. At 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Internment will take place at Mountain View Memorial Gardens following the lunch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to Strathmore District Health Foundation (200 Brent Boulevard, Strathmore, AB T1P 1J9). To send condolences, please visit Margie’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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JONES, Sean Michael
September 22, 1975 - Creston, British Columbia
April 21, 2016 - Calgary, Alberta

 

Sean Jones beloved father of three of Strathmore AB, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 with his family by his side, at the young age of 40 years.
Sean was the eldest of two children born to Bruce and Julia Jones in Creston BC. At a young age Sean moved to Calgary AB to attend the Calgary Academy from which he graduated in 1993. He began his sales career in the gas and oil industry shortly after graduation. It is within this he remained working for the majority of his years until recently switching career paths working with Namaka Feedlot. Sean was blessed with three beautiful children Peyton, Sawyer and Connor. He was a fiercely devoted father who lived for his children. Sean’s greatest joy was spending his time either at the hockey rink cheering on Sawyer and Connor or attending Peyton’s numerous dance recitals, choir performances and gymnastics. He also loved family camping trips, fishing with his Dad and brother, and any event that allowed him to spend time with Family. He will greatly missed by all.
Sean is survived by his three children Peyton, Sawyer and Connor; Father and Mother Bruce and Julia Jones; brother Patrick (Heather, Avery and Leah); his partner Angie (Camryn, Ashlyn, Lauryn); grandmother Anna Kellow; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd, Strathmore, AB) on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life to follow at Travelodge Strathmore (350 Ridge Road). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Sean Jones, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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DITTO, Katherine Faye “Katie”

 

It is with the greatest sorrow that we mourn the death of our beloved daughter, Katherine Faye Ditto “Katie”, who passed away suddenly late Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at the age of 21 years old. She will be deeply missed by her mother, Kristie Adams and her father, Brian Ditto; her sister, Kevanne; and her brother, Cooper. Also left to mourn this tragic loss are her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, co-workers, classmates and many other people who were touched by having our precious Katie in their lives. She was a beautiful, hard working, talented, funny, kind, caring, enthusiastic young woman and while we are devastated beyond belief by her passing, we feel blessed to have had her in our lives for the time we did. We will love you forever and you will always hold a place in our hearts. A viewing will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Wheatland Funeral Home from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. A memorial service was held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Carseland Community Hall at 11:00 a.m. To send condolences, please visit Katie’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

CLEEVE, Ross Milton
Aug. 7, 1921 – Apr. 22, 2016

 

Ross passed away on April 22, 2016 in Strathmore, Alberta, where he was born in 1921. Ross was predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by Lorraine McKendry, Gail Cleeve, Carol McKay, and numerous nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends. Ross was formerly a personnel manager at Calgary General Hospital. He then moved to Winnipeg and worked with Dominion Bridge and later with the Government of Manitoba. He enjoyed traveling, which he did extensively and will be fondly remembered for his wit and humour. At Ross’ request, there will be no service. To send condolences, please visit Ross’ obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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Gauthier, Donald Ben
October 20, 1935 – April 4, 2016

 

Don Gauthier passed away at home on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the age of 80. Although “Uncle” Don did not start a family of his own, he was loved greatly by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He spent most of his time after retirement staying with family and helping out wherever needed – whether it was through farming and taking care of animals to doing carpentry work and mechanics. Don was born in Calgary at the Grace hospital and spent his childhood on his family’s farm west of Calgary. He went to school at Brushy Ridge School until grade 9, when he moved to Calgary with his parents where he finished high school at Sunalta School. After graduating, Don went to work for AGT, where he continued working until his retirement. He then moved around a bit residing in several different homes. He moved to a farm in Springbank, then north of Cochrane, and finally to Trochu with his mother. After his mother, Florence, passed away he moved to Standard to help farm and do taxidermy work with his nephew Perry. Don also spent his weekends with his cousin Keith’s family in Water Valley, where he liked to help take care of all the different species of birds they owned. Don was great when working with his hands, doing beautiful carpentry work by making furniture and also scenes for taxidermy. His mind was always sharp and he loved to learn, he could finish crossword puzzles in no time and he knew all about history of many different cultures and he always had some facts and to tell anyone who was keen to learn. Many people loved to listen to his stories and lessons. Don is survived by one sister, Marie Ellis, and one brother, Gordon Gauthier, and also by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Don was predeceased by his father, John Gauthier in 1967, his mother Florence Gauthier in 2001, and by his three other brothers.

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LIEN, Roger

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Roger Lien on April 11, 2016.
The devoted grandfather, dad, brother, uncle and great-uncle was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and grew up in Radville, Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan as a Mechanical Engineer and went to work with Atlantic Richfield. His work took him and his family to many different locations including Calgary, Louisiana and Texas, which is how he ended up with an American-born daughter. He took the family north to Fort St. John and enjoyed the curling and bowling scenes there as District Manager with Petro Canada. He finished his career with Petro Can in Calgary and was able to take an early retirement. This gave him plenty of time to utterly enjoy his grandchildren. A doting grandpa, even when they moved to Kamloops, BC 9 years ago he would make a monthly trip to visit. We were unable to talk him into relocation however, as he settled in Strathmore 18 years ago and found the lifestyle and people suited him. He was a volunteer handibus driver for many years in Strathmore, even weeks where he worked 60 plus hours he said it was his all time favorite “job”. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Calgary and logged more than 1500 volunteer hours driving for them. In the last few years health concerns slowed him down but he took great happiness in playing bridge and made some great friendships. His intelligence and great sense of humour will be dearly missed by his daughter Susan Neurauter, son-in-law Chris Neurauter, grandchildren Connor Neurauter and Ashlynn Neurauter, sisters Penny Clark (Larry), Linda Korsbrek (Dwaine) and Trisha Evert (Roger), nieces Jackie Clark (Steve Fedyna) and Pam Bell (Tom) great-nephew Wyatt Bell and great-niece Georgia Bell, as well as his bridge friends, co-volunteers and many recipients of his generous nature. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Strathmore Royal Canadian Legion Hall (230 2nd Ave, Strathmore, Alberta) at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made in Roger’s name to The Terry Fox Foundation, Suite D10 - 6115, 3rd Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2L2. Special thanks to Dr Gotto and the entire nursing and support staff staff at Unit 82 for the compassion and respect they showed Roger during his time there. To send condolences, please visit Roger’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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KIRBY, Jeanie Dora
October 1, 1927 - April 10, 2016

 

Jeanie Dora Kirby (née Medwid), aged 88, left us April 10, 2016. She was born in Norquay, Saskatchewan to Mike and Annie Medwid and moved to Winnipeg in her late teens to follow her dreams. She met Charles at a home-coming dance for World War II soldiers in 1946 and married him November 19 of that year. In Redland, she and Charles found the perfect location to raise three children and build her dream home. She took pride in her work on the farm, at home, and in the community, including the Redland Good Neighbours’ Club, the Severn Creek Home and School, the Rockyford Ladies Auxiliary, Rockyford Friendship Centre, and the Rockyford United Church. After 67 years, due to declining health, Jeanie moved into the Wheatland Lodge in Strathmore, later the Prince of Peace Manor near Calgary, and finally the Foothills Country Hospice where friends and caregivers spoke of their love for her and how precious she was to them. Her brother Bill, and sisters Marie and Elaine and their families survive her. Also, her children Shirley, Gerald (Beth), and Debbie (Dennis); grandchildren Jeffrey and Sarah Thomsen, Shane and Scott Kirby, Kristie Michelle Signer; great-grand-children Veronica Thomsen-Davis, Avin, Quin, and Ember Thomsen, Javier, Cristobal, and Andres Kirby, Caleb and Keira Kirby, Tim and Laura Getz, nephews, nieces, second cousins and their families miss and remember her always. She is predeceased by her husband, Charles, brothers, John, Mike, Russell, Mac and Don; grand-daughter, Tanya Signer; and great-grand-daughter, Scarlett Grey Thomsen-Davis. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Rockyford Community Centre at 2:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made directly to Foothills Country Hospice (P. O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A5 or online at countryhospice.org). To send condolences, please visit Jeanie’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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LARSEN, Kenneth Leroy
May 4, 1933 – April 8, 2016

 

Ken passed away on April 8, 2016 in Strathmore. Ken is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son Emory; and daughter Linda (Mark). He was predeceased by his parents Leo & Vivian and brother Gary. Ken and Evelyn farmed in the Standard area until they retired and moved to Strathmore. He was always active in the community, providing a lifetime of service in many capacities including as a county councillor and Reeve of the County of Wheatland. Some of the many groups he was involved with include Victim Services, Palliative Care, Step-One-Housing, and Senior Transportation in Strathmore. He spent many years in the Eastern Star and was once Worthy Grand Patron. Ken was also proud to be a marriage commissioner and presided over several marriages in the area. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken’s memory may be sent directly to Alzheimer Society of Calgary (201, 222-58 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB, T2H 2S3). A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Hope Community Covenant Church at 11:00 a.m. To send condolences, please visit Ken’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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McCAULEY, (nee Ferguson), Christina Dorothy
1928 – 2016

 

Christina “Chrisy” Dorothy McCauley, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2016 in Strathmore, Alberta. Chrisy will be sadly missed by her son, Daryal (Carolyn) McCauley; daughter, Marjorie (Terry) Walroth; brother, Don Ferguson; sisters, Shirley (Edwin) Kirschenman and Joan (Earl) Wombold; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy McCauley; parents, John and Pearl Ferguson; and brother, Ernie Ferguson. Chrisy loved the outdoors. She spent much of her time camping, fishing and working in her garden, but the greatest love of her life was her family. The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Sader and the staff at the Strathmore Hospital for their exceptional care. A celebration of her life will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #10, 230 – 2 Avenue Strathmore, Alberta. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made in Chrisy’s memory to The Lung Association of Alberta, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta T6E 1K6 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 100-119 14 Street NW Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6. Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at www.southcalgaryfuneralcentre.ca
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