August 20, 1960 – Calgary, Alberta
October 15, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Bernadette McGowan (nee Finestone), beloved mother of Kelly Page McGowan, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the age of 57 years. As a teacher with the CCSB for thirty years, Bernadette touched many lives and was like a second mother to many of her students. Graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Calgary, she soon built a reputable and successful Cosmetology program at Bishop Grandin High School. In 2003 she furthered her education and service to her students by earning a Masters Degree in Education and Counselling. Bernadette was hard-working and had an iron will when it came to accomplishing her goals. Early on, and in connection with her love of music, she achieved the highest level of piano through the Royal Conservatory. After graduating from St. Francis High School she became a journeyman hairstylist, a trade that she took into her teaching career. Aside from her passion for working with students, she loved gardening, quilting and wood turning as ways of providing outlets for her creativity. Bernadette gave many hours of service working at the Mustard Seed and within the Catholic Women's League. Bernadette leaves behind her loving daughter, Kelly Page McGowan, and was predeceased by her father and mother, Israel and Pat Finestone.
1919 - 2017
Jeanette passed away Monday, October 2, 2017, at the age of 98 years. The only child of Margaret Jane ("Mattie") and Wm. Thomas Veale, Jeanette spent most of her childhood in Calgary. She attended Calgary Normal School and began a teaching career that spanned about 40 years. In the summer months, she often travelled or, sometimes, made a career shift such as working in a cannery in Bella Coola (1943). She was an avid hiker and skier, recalling many good times with friends in the mountains and cycling the city bike paths. The legacy of her warmth, spirit, and positive influence on those lives she touched, will be carried on through those who knew her. Past students and colleagues will remember her guidance, passion, and dedication.
July 20, 1934 - September 30, 2017
Sharon Rose Jonsson passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the age of 83 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Anita; grandchildren Andria, Juan, Joshua, and Kelsey; great- grandchildren Annika, Chloé, Helaman, Kimberly, and Kevin. Her siblings are Grant and Elmoyne Johnson, Keith and Molly McBride, Kelvin and Arta Johnson, Beverly and Virginia Johnson, Preston and Maurine Johnson and Betty and Ralph Sabey. Sharon's parents are Miles "Jack" and Bessie (nee Thomas) Johnson. They raised their eight children in the town of Barnwell, Alberta. These were happy, gospel centered, family times where education and learning were much valued. Sharon, like her mother before her, decided to become a teacher. In the first year of her teaching career, Sharon met a young man named Osten Jonsson, a recent Swedish immigrant, who invited her to the town's upcoming dance. Out of this first date, a lifetime friendship grew; blessing them in marriage and in parenthood. Later they moved to Calgary, where Sharon would teach elementary school for the next 31 years. She found great joy in helping her students learn and the time spent working with other teachers. The beautiful friendships and cherished memories made while teaching, kept her seeking opportunities to learn and to serve; often being centered in the joy of family history work. Sharon treasures her nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews, as her dear children and friends, finding such happiness in hearing about their lives, sharing time together, and comfort in their many acts of kind service. She also enjoyed ballroom and square dancing.
May 10, 1948 – Seattle, Washington
September 22, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Diana Karol Sargeant of Calgary, AB, went to be with her lord and saviour Jesus Christ on Friday, September 22, 2017 after a brief, but brave battle with an illness. Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6. Diana was born May 10, 1948 in Seattle, Washington. At the age of seven, she moved to Moose Jaw, SK with her family. Diana attended King George Elementary School and Academy of Sion High School in Moose Jaw. She attended Notre Dame College in Nelson, BC for a year, and then completed her Education degree at the University of Calgary. After teaching for two years in Australia, Diana returned to Calgary where she enjoyed teaching a variety of primary grades for thirty years with the Calgary Public School Board. Diana's devout faith in God was the centre of her life. She was a dependable volunteer at her church and was kind and thoughtful to everyone. Diana lived her life with purity of heart, purpose and a positive, determined, independent attitude. She was genuinely interested in all her family and friends. One of Diana's most favourite memories was her trip to Israel. She loved that trip not only culturally, but spiritually. Diana will be forever loved and forever in our hearts. Diana is survived by her mother, Pauline Sargeant of Moose Jaw, SK; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Barb Sargeant and their children, Andrea McLean (Travis) and their children, Blake and Kate, all of Calgary and Tim Sargeant (Anne-Sophie) of Toronto, ON; a brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Debbie Sargeant, and their children, Jordan, Paul, and Kyle (Cheyenne) of Taber and Lethbridge, AB; a sister and brother-in-law Jana and Jeff Foushee and their children Charlie (Mikal) and their children Myles, Beau, and Ry, and Marie (Tyler) and their child Wade, all of Seattle, WA; a sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Don Ready, and their children Julie and Christine, all of Regina, SK; as well as many friends and Washington relatives. She was predeceased by her father, James Sargeant and her infant niece, Stephanie Ready.
April 21, 1930 – September 23, 2017
It is with sadness our family announces the passing of Brenda Williams on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the age of 87 years. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Royce; children: Stephen (Joanne), Susan (Brian) and Trevor; grandchildren: Caylie (Brian), Colin, Jessie and Jason; great- grandson, Wyatt as well as her brother, Kenneth Ross and family. Brenda was born in Newcastle, England and grew up in Sutton Coldfield, England. She attended Derby Training College in Derby, England and then the University of Calgary where she obtained her Bachelor of Education. Brenda was one of the first early childhood teachers hired by the Calgary Board of Education. She enjoyed travelling the world, gardening, cycling, meeting with friends and spending time with her family. The family wish to thank the staff of Cedars Villa for their kindness and care for Brenda during her stay there.
November 20, 1918 – Calgary, Alberta July 21, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Edna Benedetti passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the age of 98 years. Edna was a native Calgarian; a teacher by trade but she had many passions during a life well-lived. Edna graduated with a Teaching degree from the University of Alberta and spent several years teaching in Calgary. She had a passion for travel and fondly recalled her tours to Russia, China, and Egypt. Edna had an abundant love for animals and animal welfare. One of her favourite past-times was attending the horse races. Edna enjoyed nature, especially Banff and the Rocky Mountains. She loved going for walks on the hill behind her house in Parkdale and took great pride in her garden. Edna often spoke of growing up in Hillhurst and spending time at Riley Park with her siblings. She enjoyed spoiling her treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edna is survived by her daughter Lesley Grant; her grandchildren, Spencer Grant (Susi) and Sarah Grant (Tim); and her great-grandchildren, Jordan Grant, Brennan Bechtold, Aubrey Bechtold and Hailey Grant. She is also survived by her niece Lyn (Bill) Eshom; and her nephew Terry (Peggy) Rowe. Edna was predeceased by her siblings, Ethel Rowe, Olive Morrow and Jack Rowe; son-in-law Don Grant; and nephew David Rowe.
August 30, 1954 - August 23, 2017
Mary Lou had a generous heart and her friendships were far reaching. She touched many of our lives in different ways. She enjoyed running and ran her first marathon when she turned 60. Mary Lou had a passion for teaching and shared her love of reading by filling her classroom with wonderful books. She loved her garden, her bear collection, and most importantly, her beautiful daughter Jessie. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Blaine; mother, Helen; sisters, Jean and Bev; brother, Jim and their families; Jessie's new husband, Sandro Ricioppo and his family and those who were fortunate to call Mary Lou their friend. She was predeceased by her father, Ed; brother, Ted and her sister, Margaret. She enjoyed travelling, being close to the ocean and living in California.
July 21, 1938 – August 11, 2017
Our family mourns the loss of Richard Louis Old. Raised in Blairmore, Alberta, Rich moved to Calgary with his family in 1954. He graduated from St. Mary's Boy's School, and attended the University of Alberta at Calgary where he met his future wife Judy and completed an education degree. He taught in the Calgary Catholic school system for 34 years and was a school principal for 29 of those years. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1972. He is a former president of Local 55 of the Alberta Teachers' Association, and was a committed advocate for social justice. Rich was a man of integrity who provided unwavering support to his children and grandchildren. He loved folk music, exploring family history, and going to the gym. Since their retirement as teachers more than 20 years ago, Rich and Judy have enjoyed travelling, learning to golf, and enjoying each other's company. Rich is survived by his wife and partner of 56 years, Judith Old, and by their children, Michael Old (Roseanne Moran), Nancy Amoruso (Joseph Amoruso) and Timothy Old. He also leaves behind his cherished grandchildren Michael and Gemma Amoruso. Rich is survived by his sisters Monica Grainger and Julie Holmes, and their families. He was also very special to Judy's sisters Joanne Volontè, Janie Smith, and Wendy Sparks, and their families. Rich was a much beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews. We are so grateful to those who helped Rich over the last few months through his cancer treatment. Our family would especially like to thank the healthcare staff on Unit 61 at Foothills Hospital who provided Rich with excellent and compassionate care in his last days.
April 9, 1931 – Edmonton, Alberta
August 3, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta
Maureen, beloved wife of Richard McLaren of Calgary, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017 at the age of 86 years. Maureen and her twin brother Desmond Alexander, were the first of five children born to John Angus and Mary Alice MacPherson (Trainor) along with triplet siblings, Cecelia Alice, Camilla Audrey and Cameron Alton. Maureen is a proud graduate of both the University of Alberta (B. Ed) and the University of Calgary (D. Ed in Kodaly). Maureen followed in her parent's footsteps and became a teacher sharing her love of music and languages with her many, many students in the classroom. Music festivals, carol singing in the malls, annual Christmas concerts and operettas are just a few examples of her giving back over the many years. Maureen taught in Yellowknife and rural schools across Alberta before relocating to Calgary where she was hired to teach in one of the first French immersion programs offered in the 1970's. Maureen enjoyed a long and rewarding teaching career before taking retirement in 1990. In 1962 Maureen married Richard (Dick) McLaren, an RCMP officer, and shared the next 55 years of marriage together. Maureen loved to sing and belonged to an award winning children's chorus, university choruses, church choirs and held membership in the Sweet Adelines. Her fondest memories include singing with fellow colleagues of the C.C.S.D. teachers' choir that performed during the 1988 Winter Olympics. In retirement she curled as a member of the North Hill Curling Club and golfing with good friends. Together with her husband Dick, they enjoyed many warm winters lakeside in Chapala Mexico and traveled throughout Mexico, East Asia, Central and South America, and cruising the Caribbean. Maureen is survived by her husband Richard; daughter and son-in-law Laureen and Tom Geib; her grandchildren, Zacharias, Joseph, Cornelia and John. Maureen was predeceased by her twin brother Desmond Alexander.
March 29, 1929 – July 6, 2017
James (Jim) M. Millius passed away in Calgary on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at the age of 88 years. Jim is survived by his children, Jim (Cheryl Taylor), Annmarie (Bill Scollard) and Mark (Tena Clark); grandchildren Christopher Jones and Erin (Kyle Doyle); great-granddaughter Brooklyn Doyle; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife and best friend Shirley on October 14, 2003; daughter-in-law Candice; his parents, Felix and Christina Millius; brothers, John, Rudy, Ray; his twin Herman; and by sister Loretta. Jim was born on March 29, 1929 in Odessa, Saskatchewan to Russian immigrants Felix and Christina Millius. After serving in the Canadian Air Force reserves, Jim returned to Regina where he attended Normal School to obtain his teaching certificate. He moved to Calgary in 1958 where he taught with the Calgary Separate School Board until his retirement in 1986. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke's Catholic Church (corner of Northmount Drive and Northland Drive NW) on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Jim's family through www.evanjstrong.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) (5060 – 74 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2C 3C9 telephone : 403-250-7377 website: aarcs.ca).