April 28, 1933 – May 22, 2017 On May 22, 2017 at the age of 84 years, John Felix Early (Jack) passed peacefully in his sleep with his son at his side in the compassionate care of the staff of Mayfair Care Centre. He is lovingly remembered by his son David Early; as well as his sister Colleen Fluitsma, and brother Barry Early. He was predeceased by his brother Frank Early. John was born in New Zealand and came to Canada to pursue a career as a teacher. Education was immensely important to John and he led a long and full career as an extremely dedicated teacher and principal. He believed every student was important and unique, and wanted to ensure that they had a warm and caring environment to nurture their growth. A Celebration of Life will be held at SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE, 12700 Macleod Trail South (at Lake Fraser Gate), on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society.            

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June 2, 1938 – Wakefield Yorkshire, England  May 18, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Colin beloved husband of Valerie Diane Pearson (nee Fox) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the age of 78 years. Colin was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK. He taught at the Stettler Junior High School, then the rest of his career with the C.B.E. He loved rugby and played for U of C and the Saints Rugby Club. He also loved hiking in the mountains. Colin is survived by his wife Valerie, son Matthew, daughter-in-law Naomi (nee Stuckert) of Calgary, grandchildren Olivia and Charlie; sister; Helen Dean, brother-in- law George Dean, sister-in-law Pauline Hutchby and brother-in-law Stuart Hutchby. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Colin Pearson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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November 3, 1940 – April 7, 2017Mona Doreen McManus, wife of Jack McManus, died peacefully on Friday April 7, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mona was born in Castor, Alberta to Luella and Jim Drever on November 3, 1940. Besides her husband Jack, Mona is survived by her daughter Lisa Devine (Mike), and her son Jeff McManus (Lauren), grandchildren Grier and Tully McManus, and Francesca and Jack Devine, and siblings Marilyn Ross (Allan), and Kent Drever (Trudy). She was predeceased by her parents Jim and Luella Drever and her brother Dale Drever (Darlene). Mona was a lady with many talents, she graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree in Home Economics in 1963 and taught full and part-time with the Calgary Board of Education until her retirement from Louise Dean School in June 1998. She was an avid quilter and her works of art are appreciated by many recipients. Mona had an amazing flare for home and garden décor and a passion for clothes and scarves that went far beyond the norm. She was a fabulous cook which she thoroughly enjoyed with her monthly gourmet girls club. Golfing at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club and in the winter months in Palm Springs was a sport Mona loved to play. Mona was a very active participant in the community where she cherished her friendships with her neighbours at "Lott Creek Hollow". The Timber Ridge group of friends in Windermere also provided many fond memories for Mona especially the Apres ski gatherings at Panarama. A Celebration of Mona's life will be held on April 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Eden Brook Funeral Home and Reception Centre. The family would like to thank Dr. Desiree Hao and all the staff in Unit 47 Palliative Care Unit at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic, the staff in Unit 73 at the Rockyview Hospital and the nurses and caregivers from the Cochrane Home Care Centre for all the excellent care given to Mona over the past year. 

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 (nee Brooks)Dora Brooks Corbett M.Ed. born November 16, 1928 to Wanda and Fred Brooks of Hillspring, Ab, passed on March 25, 2017. Survived by Husband, Bill (married 67 years); sons Tom, Ken, Rod and daughter Sally; foster daughters Carol and Michelle; grandchildren Robb, Audrya, Joan, Heather, Karen, Brooke, Emilie, Nadine; great- grandchildren Eli, Sophia, Liam, Cosette, Hendrix, Macoy, Canon, Ryder, Brynlee, Nash, Orion; sisters Myrna, Nola, brother Gaile. Dora was loved for her thoughtfulness and generosity. She enjoyed good friends, travel, opera, quilting, and bridge. Dora's career in Education spanned some 35 years starting at Bentley (where she met Bill), Sedgewick and then with the CBE at several elementary schools and concluding as the first principal of Banting-Best. She was active in ATA and served as a president of ARTA. Throughout her illness, Dora received loving care at home from family, and huge thanks are extended to Home Care nurses Jacqui, Irene, Megan, and to CBI helpers. Her final day was made comfortable at Agape Hospice. On Friday, April 7 at 1 p.m., a celebration of her life will be held at the Parkdale Community centre (Nifty-Fifties Seniors), 3512- 5th Ave. S.W. Calgary. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca. 

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July 25, 1924 – March 22, 2017

Anne Mason, our loving Mother, Nana and GG, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the age of 92 years. Anne is survived by her five children; Greg (Sheila), Maureen, Neil, Karen (Bryce) Eidsness and Mark (Karen); six grandchildren, Neil (Cynthia) and Paul Mason, Bradley (Tessa) and Steven Eidsness, and Sarah and Michael Mason; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Parker Mason; and her sister, Kathleen Herman (Gerry Shea). Anne was predeceased by her husband, Tom (married 62 years) on March 11, 2013; son, Doug; and three sisters and two brothers. Raising six children and having a successful career as a math teacher at St. Mary's High School gave Anne a full and joyous life. Retirement brought extensive travel with Tom and special times with her six grandchildren and families. We will miss her but she has left a legacy of great memories to cherish and treasure. A Memorial Mass will be held at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive NW) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A private family graveside service will take place at Queens Park Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 

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 March 14, 1931 – March 19, 2017

Kelvin will be missed by his wife, Arta, and his eight children: Rebecca (Steve Carter) Johnson, Trell (Ina Given) Johnson, Bonnie Johnson, Doral (Anita) Johnson, Catherine (Eric) Jarvis, Kelvin Johnson Jr., Mary (Leo Brooks) Johnson, and Richard (Miranda) Johnson as well as by 16 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Nadine, and his brother, Beverly, and is survived by his sisters, Molly, Sharon and Betty, and his brothers, Grant and Preston. Kelvin was raised in Barnwell, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta and spent his teaching career at the Calgary Board of Education. He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 31, 2017 at the Bow Valley Chapel (2526 24 Ave. N.W.). Condolences to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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(nee Boyd) October 21, 1923 – March 3, 2017

Marguerite a cherished mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on March 3, 2017. She was predeceased by her parents, Margaret and George Boyd of Morrin, Alberta, her husband Walter Read, and her daughter Cheryl. Marguerite is survived by her daughter Linda; her son Lindsay; his children Marc (Barb), Kelly (Nigel), Kirk (Van Ho), and Adam (Natasha); Cheryl's son Daniel Burgess (Heidi); his two sons Aaron and Ben; and Cheryl's daughter Shelilah Read. She was blessed with nine great- grandchildren. Marguerite began teaching at the age of 18 in a one room schoolhouse with nine grades. She also taught in Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Wildwood and Spruce Cliff in Calgary. She retired in 1981 at the age of 57 and especially enjoyed the winters she spent in Yuma during the 1990's. She was active and enjoyed relatively good health into her 90's. A Memorial Service will be held at SOUTH CALGARY FUNERAL CENTRE, 12700 Macleod Trail South (at Lake Fraser Gate), on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Marguerite's memory directly to a charity of your choice. Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at www.southcalgaryfuneralcentre.ca. 

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 (nee Cotterill) March 13, 1932 – Calgary, Alberta  - March 6, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Thelma McDonald, beloved wife of Sandy McDonald passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the age of 84 years. Thelma married Sandy McDonald on November 22, 1973. Thelma was an art teacher at Crescent Heights High School. During that time, she became one of the founding members of the Alberta Ballet Guild. Later, Thelma joined her husband and his son to become the accountant and partner in a seismic contracting company, always staying active in her artistic endeavors. Upon retirement, Thelma became very active in needlework, wherein she made numerous friends. Thelma is survived by her loving husband Sandy; her son Roger Goddard; her daughter Elizabeth Pocock; her brother Leigh Cotterill; her sister Isobel Bannister; three grandsons and one great-granddaughter. Thelma had a loving relationship with her husband's family. She is survived by Sandy's daughter Nancy Shammana; his son Malcolm McDonald; daughters Isobel and Madiline McDonald; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and his former wife Ann McDonald. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be announced at a later date. Please forward condolences through www.albertaburialandcremation.com. We would like to pay tribute to the loving care Thelma received at Wentworth Manor during the last two months of her life.

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 Sept 24 1942 - Mar 5 2017 Leaves behind Tom, her devoted husband of 44 years, sister Shelley (Mike) King, her sons Chris (Ann) and Eric, daughter Laurel (Scott) Kirkpatrick, and grandchildren Jae (a.k.a Wimpster), Easton, Harrison, Ty, and Helene, her "Calgary" daughter Jenny Hodge, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. DeeAnne was a life long educator and mentor, a life long associate member of The Children's Hospital Aid, and a volunteer with The Calgary Foundation (10 years). One of her proudest accomplishments was creating and implementing the leadership program at Lord Beaverbrook (1998). The leadership program has since been implemented in numerous high schools across Western Canada. She was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence (2001), the Pan Canadian Learning Innovation Award (2001), the Special Commendation for Phi Delta Kappa International (2001), and the People First Award (2005). DeeAnne obtained her Ph.D from Michigan State University (1974) and taught most recently for Gonzaga University. DeeAnne coauthored Heart-to-Heart and Knights in Training Mentoring Programs with Jenny (www.heart-to-heart-mentoring.com) and wrote numerous journal articles. Donations can be made to the Calgary Foundation (www.calgaryfoundation.org) in her name. The family would like to sincerely thank the doctors, nurses, and support staff of Foothills Medical Centre, South Health Campus and Foothills Country Hospice Society. Her favourite quote and life motto: Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with people who see greatness in you even when you don't see it in yourself. Edmond Lee, 1800's.

 

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May 4, 1941 – Calgary, AlbertaMarch 3, 2017 – Calgary, AlbertaWith heavy hearts the Bruzga family announces the passing of Irene Bruzga (nee Kovacsics), beloved wife of Victor Bruzga of Calgary, AB, on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the age of 75 years. Surrounded by family, Irene lost a long and private battle with cancer. As with all challenges she faced, Irene displayed unrelenting resolve, courage, and stamina. A retired elementary school teacher, Irene spent 40 years with the Calgary Board of Education. Initially starting with her Junior Education designation, Irene went on to obtain a Bachelor as well as a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Calgary. Upon retirement, Irene volunteered with the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association for many years, including being a driving force behind the Calgary Retired Teachers' Association art show. Irene had a passion for politics and was a fierce advocate for community issues. She dedicated countless hours of her time to letter writing and phone calls in support of many causes. Despite having grown-up in the inner-city community of Victoria Park, Irene had a strong affinity for the outdoors. She loved to spend summers in the Crowsnest Pass, picking berries and mushrooms. Irene also loved to garden and was equally talented in the kitchen. Irene is survived by her husband, Victor; children, Michael (Barbara) and Anne-Marie (Todd); grandchild, Michael; her brother, Kelly (Tina) and her sister, Anne; nieces, Tara and Kathy and numerous other family and friends. The family would like to thank Alberta Health Services and, in particular, Drs. Kelly Burak, Richie Sinha, and Petra Grendarova. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or on Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Irene Bruzga, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park

 

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