August 10, 1943 – Camrose, Alberta

October 26, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

The family of Marylynne Howard is saddened to announce her passing on October 26, 2017 at the age of 74 years. Marylynne was a long- time teacher and principal with the Calgary Board of Education. She is survived by her two sisters, Cherylanne (Nelson) McBride and Jaynellen Howard (Blair Butler); two nephews, Daryn (Lorrie) McBride and Shayne (Christy) McBride; and four grandnieces and nephews, Cassandra, Ryan, Theodore, Emaline McBride. According to Marylynne's wishes, there will be no service.  In living memory of Marylynne Howard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

 

February 20, 1924 – October 15, 2017

Ines Antonine Farmer (nee D'Appolonia) passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the AgeCare Seton facility in Calgary at the age of 93. Ines was born February 20, 1924 in Coleman, Alberta, the daughter of Edurado (Edward) and Maria D'Appolonia (nee Cecchini). She was united in marriage to Andrew James Farmer of Champion, Alberta, on July 16, 1954, in Calgary, Alberta. They were married for 56 wonderful years. Ines received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. As a lifelong learner, she was continually developing her knowledge and went on to earn Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees. Ines began a distinguished teaching career in Taber, Alberta and later moved to Calgary to work with the Calgary Board of Education. She touched the lives of many students over her 40-year teaching career and by her work with the University of Calgary's Faculty of Education mentoring new student teachers. During her career, she also worked as a consultant with Alberta Education in curriculum development of the junior high Social Studies program. She was nominated with Women of Distinction in Calgary in the field of education in 1990. Ines will also be remembered for her diligent work supporting community programs and advocating for seniors' activity programs. She did not slow in retirement and could be found reading to young students at community schools and hiking mountain trails as part of the Second Sixties outdoors club. For many years, Ines was a member of the Catholic Women's League at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church and later St Luke's Catholic Church. Ines was predeceased by her husband Andrew and her oldest son, Claude both in 2012. She was also predeceased by her sister Alma Podetz and her husband Joe, her brother Gino and his wife Fran, and her brother Adelchi who lost his life in a mining accident in 1941. She is survived by her sons James (Charlaine) 59, Richard (Kearan) 57, and Vincent (Anna) 55; her six grandchildren; and her sister Mary Bradshaw (Norman).

 

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June 15, 1930 – Angusville, Manitoba October 13, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Amy Troyer, beloved mother, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, October 13 at Sarcee Hospice in Calgary at the age of 87 years. Amy was born and raised on the family farm in Angusville, MB. She studied at Normal School in Winnipeg, MB and loved teaching in Rosburn, Binscarth and Winnipeg. Amy met her husband Cameron while teaching in Binscarth; they eventually settled in Calgary where Cameron worked in the oil patch and Amy completed her Bachelor of Education degree. Amy spent many years working for the Calgary Board of Education as a substitute teacher. She loved teaching and always saw the best in her students. Amy had a generous and giving nature and enjoyed many wonderful close friendships. Amy always had family first in her thoughts and actions. Amy was a dedicated volunteer and community member. Throughout her years in Westgate Community she coached various sports teams. She spent many years working as a volunteer at ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured) and enjoyed thirty-five years volunteering with Theatre Calgary. Amy also loved her time volunteering with Storybook Theatre. Amy will be lovingly remembered by her children, James (Colleen) Troyer, Jan (Dwayne Ward) Troyer, John (Louise) Troyer and Susan (Roger Wellmann) Troyer-Wellmann; her grandchildren, Tannis (Ravi) Mani, Thomas (Jess Sorrel) Troyer, Jordyn Troyer, Christine Goss (Andrew) Pelehos, James Goss, Sarah Troyer, Brock Wellmann, Brody Wellmann and Emily Troyer. Amy was predeceased by her wonderful husband Cameron; her sweet grandson Sam; and her siblings. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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