TAYLOR, Geraldine Mary (nee McKay) June 17, 1955 - November 20, 2012
Geri Taylor passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the age of 57 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Tasha Taylor and Michael Taylor (Alexandra); granddaughter Leila Taylor; and many more family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Ken and Isabel McKay. Geri was born and raised in Halifax, NS. After receiving her Bachelors of Arts and then Education from St. Mary's University, she moved to Calgary and became a Teacher for the Catholic School Board. She was a member of the Alberta Teachers Association for over 30 years. Geri was also a proud member of St. Thomas More Parish. She loved sunny vacations, especially on the beach, reading books and shopping. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her granddaughter Leila. Prayer Services will be held for Geri at St. Thomas More Parish, 15 Templebow Road N.E., on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Geri at the same location, on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Pinto, OCD celebrant. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids Society, No. 315, 223 - 12 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 0G9. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family at www.piersons.ca. Published in The Calgary Herald on November 28, 2012.

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COWLEY, Arthur Victor Russell August 25, 1927 - November 24, 2012

Art dedicated his life to his family and will be dearly missed by his loving wife Doreen, their children Barbara, Debbi (Allen), Byron and Willa; grandchildren, Jeremy (Andrea), Benjamin, Joshua, Tyler, Brent, Wesley, Alexandra, Emily and great-grandchildren, Jayden and Mason. Arthur was born in Borden, Saskatchewan and is predeceased by his parents Victor and Wilhelmina, brother Tom, sister Connie, niece Laurie Marshall and son-in-law Scott MacNaughton. He is survived by his sister Evelyn and brothers Hudson (Brenda), Hartley (Carole) and Chester (Elaine). Art met Doreen (Denomy) at teachers college and married on August 30, 1947. They moved to Meacham, Saskatchewan and taught school together before they started a family and returned to Saskatoon where he earned a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 1957. The family moved to Regina in 1958 where he taught mathematics at Martin Collegiate and became involved with the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation. The Cowley's settled in Calgary in 1968 where Art taught at Bowness High before becoming Assistant Principal at Sir Winston Churchill and President of the Calgary Public Teachers Association. Art received his Diploma in Education Administration (1972) and a Masters of Education (1975) from the University of Calgary. He was elected President of the Alberta Teachers Association in 1982 where he worked to improve the public education system and completed his career with the Calgary Board of Education when he retired in 1985. Art and Doreen traveled and enjoyed the family until he passed suddenly at age 85. Art was recognized by his colleagues and students as a caring teacher who stressed academic and athletic excellence but always maintained a strong commitment to those who needed support with other aspects of life. Arthur was a strong leader with a keen intellect and sharp sense of humour that was enjoyed by his family and peers. He was loved dearly and will be remembered kindly for his deep commitment to his family and profession. At his request there will be a private family ceremony. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Arthur's family through www.evanjstrong.com. Art was a dedicated advocate of education as the best means to better the world and charitable donations can be made to the Plan Canada Education Project at plancanada.ca. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. Phone: 403-265-1199. Published in The Calgary Herald from November 26 to December 1, 2012.

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Robert Horton

January 24, 1921 - January 6, 2012

Robert (Bob) Horton passed away peacefully at the Chinook Hospice on Friday, January 6, 2012, at the age of 90 years. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Anne Cunningham; son Rick (Carol) Horton, both of Calgary; brother Jim (Evelyn) Horton of Winnipeg; grandchildren Sean (Frances Powell) Cunningham of Los Angeles, Erin Cunningham, Marnie Cunningham (Shawn Newell), Sam Horton, Jake Horton; and great- grandchildren: Louella and Sheperd, all of Calgary. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Joyce, in 2004. Bob was a much-admired elementary school principal in Calgary until his retirement in 1981. He made the most of his retirement, enjoying fishing, canoeing, gardening, travelling, photography, wine making and pottery. He liked to mix different compounds to make a variety of glazes for his clay pots, putting his experience as a chemist during the war to good use. Throughout his life, Bob sang in choirs and he was an active member, until mid-November, of the Calgary Music Makers Choir, as well as the Living Spirit Church Choir. Friends and family are invited to share in a celebration of Bob's life at Living Spirit United Church, 629 - 49 Avenue S.W. in Calgary, on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. If so desired, memorial tributes may be made directly in his name to the Canadian Cancer Society, No. 200, 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 (Telephone 1-800-661-2262). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In living memory of Robert Horton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Published in The Calgary Herald from January 13 to January 14, 2012.

Diane Vogt

VOGT, Diane Sandra

December 14, 1942 - January 8, 2012

Diane Sandra Vogt was granted her angel wings on Sunday, January 8, 2012. She passed away at the Foothills Country Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. Diane was the eighth child of Isabella and Frank Beggs. She was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and attained an Education degree. She spent most of her professional career in Calgary where she taught grade two for many years. She was a talented teacher and many students remember her and her classroom mascot, Snoopy. In 2000, she was able to retire and enjoy several years with her friends and family. Her grandchildren were especially dear to her and they will miss her special treats, treasure hunts and play times. She leaves to mourn, her son Michael (Lyn) and their children Elizabeth and Aimee; daughter Holly (Lyle) and her son Jayce; siblings, Lois, Carol (Ron), Donald (Bev), Allan (Loretta) and Ross (Evelyn); and extra special friends Gail, Jim, Verna and Ernie. Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, Okotoks, AB (Telephone 403-995-4673, www.countryhospice.org ). We would like to thank the Foothills Country Hospice staff for caring for Diane during her illness and for providing support to her loved ones during this difficult time. In living memory of Diane Vogt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Published in The Calgary Herald on January 11, 2012.

COELHO, Alexander (Alex) Gilberto

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alexander (Alex) Coelho at the Foothills Hospital on November 24, 2011 at the age of 71 after a long battle with illness. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Joan, sons Carlos, John, Colin (Nancy) Mendes and his much beloved granddaughter Cloe. He is also survived by his siblings Vasco and Lucinda, and by his cousins, nieces and nephews. Alex will always be fondly remembered as an honest, giving, loving, and compassionate man. Alex was a very proud Albertan and Canadian. Alex was born on March 15, 1940 in Goa, India. He lived in India, Kenya, Ireland, and England before moving to Canada in 1968. Alex graduated from Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) with a B.A. in English (Honours), University of Calgary with an Ed. Diploma in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bach. of Ed., and from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) with a M.A. in Counseling & Guidance. When he arrived in Canada, Alex spent two years teaching in Manning, AB. He then moved to Calgary where he taught with the Calgary Catholic School Board until his retirement. Alex was a lifelong educator who helped many students along the way both in class and with extracurricular activities such as coaching various sports teams, helping with different clubs, and also yearbook committees. He served some time as Secretary of the local ATA. Alex was involved in the local community participating in organizations such as the Lions Club, Canadian Cancer Society, the Rotary Club , and the Conservative Party of Canada and Alberta. He grew up playing soccer, tennis, badminton, racquetball, and especially squash. Later, he really enjoyed playing bridge in the community. Alex will be sadly missed but we are very thankful that his passing was peaceful, and we will always admire his stoicism, courage, and bravery in the face of illness. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Church, 1600 Acadia Drive S.E. on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Wilbert Chin Jon presiding. Lunch will follow in the adjoining Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations can be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, or the Calgary Humane Society. Expressions of condolences can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in The Calgary Herald on December 9, 2011.

Lorne Bunyan

BUNYAN, Lorne Wilfred

January 27, 1926 - November 24, 2011

It is with sadness and gratitude that the family of Lorne Bunyan announces his passing on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the age of 85 years. Lorne was born in Edmonton, AB where he spent his early childhood. His family moved to Calgary where he attended Sacred Heart School, graduating from St. Mary's High School; Lorne joined the RCAF where during WW II he became an instructor. At the end of the war, Lorne went on to further his education at the University of Alberta, Calgary for two years. He started teaching in a small country school near Pincher Creek AB. His first permanent appointment was in the village of Beiseker, AB, where he remained until 1963. During this time, Lorne met and married Elaine Meidinger. Lorne and Elaine went on to share 61 happy years together and raised three daughters, Kathy, Maureen and Shelley. His next teaching assignment took Lorne and his family to Calgary where he was principal of St. Michael Elementary and Junior High School from 1963 - 1966. The following year they lived in Eugene, Oregon where Lorne completed his Doctorate of Education Degree. Upon returning to Calgary, Lorne became the Coordinator of Elementary Education for the Calgary Separate School District. Lorne also was elected to the Senate of the University of Calgary during this time. Lorne retired from his career in education in 1987 and this allowed Elaine and Lorne to further pursue their love of travel at home and abroad. Over the years, Lorne had been involved in a variety of activities such as: involvement in choirs, Calgary Pony Club, and the Steele Scouts Commemorative Cavalry Troop. His other favorite hobbies included: fly fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and swimming. Both Elaine and Lorne showed a great love and respect for the outdoors. Lorne is survived by his wife Elaine, three daughters, Kathy (Brian), Maureen (David), Shelley (Mike); eight grandchildren, Geoffrey and Eric, Jessica, Curtis and Greg, Sheila, Liam and Connor and other extended family. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Frances. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael Catholic Community Church (800 - 85 Street S.W.) on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 - 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, (Telephone 403-290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com ). Our deepest gratitude goes out to the kind staff at the Carewest Colonel Belcher for the loving care shown to Lorne throughout his challenge to live with Alzheimer's Disease. In living memory of Lorne Bunyan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Published in The Calgary Herald from November 26 to November 28, 2011.

Walter Rogalski

February 14, 1935 - November 24, 2011. 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter, husband, father and granddad. He is survived by his wife Donna, his daughter Kathie Bandelow (Ed Sammut), granddaughter Tiffany Bandelow, his son Paul (Carol) and granddaughters Anika and Kendall. He will be missed deeply by his family, including his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dixie and Skip Jeffery and his many nieces and nephews. Walter, a native Calgarian, was very active in his community throughout his life. He had a love for "his dogs", a zest for the outdoors and enjoyed hiking in the mountains, skiing and golfing, and was an avid reader. He loved music and watching football and while he appreciated what each day had to bring, was happiest of all when surrounded by his family. He loved us all, and we loved him. Walter had a long and successful career with The Calgary Board of Education, spending his last 14 years before retirement as Principal of William Aberhart High School. He was a thoughtful and innovative leader and through his many accomplishments and subtle guidance earned great respect from his colleagues, students, friends and family. The family's heartfelt thanks go to Cedars Villa Extendicare, Maple Unit and Special Services Unit 37 at the Foothills Hospital including Dr. Catherine McKenna for the care and support given during this difficult time. You are all angels. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary (www.alzheimercalgary.com ). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In living memory of Walter Rogalski, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane. 

Published in The Calgary Herald on November 25, 2011

CHRISTIE, Janet "Jan" Elizabeth   (nee Ablett)

May 21, 1948 - November 23, 2011

With deep sadness we announce the passing of Jan who fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. She leaves her loving husband and best friend Wayne Christie of Priddis. They shared many happy years travelling, golfing and sharing an abundance of friends. Jan had a dry wit that emerged in many poems. She will be fondly remembered for the poems she composed for the golfing ladies at Priddis. Jan was a devoted and committed elementary school teacher for nearly thirty years. She proudly created the "Christie Way"; the kids knew exactly what to do and they loved the structure. Jan was a loyal and true friend who had a wonderful manner and ability to develop long lasting friendships. She touched the hearts of many people and developed many special friends over the last eleven winters spent in Tucson. Jan is survived by her loving husband Wayne; her mother Megan Ablett; her brothers, John (Patricia), Jeff (Sharon) and James (Patti); and sister Judy (Les); as well as many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Jan's Life will be held at Red Deer Lake United Church (West on Highway No. 22x past Spruce Meadows) on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 (Telephone: 1-866-412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial ). In living memory of Jan Christie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.  

Published in The Calgary Herald on November 25, 2011

Margaret Stucken

December 10, 1932 - November 17, 2011.

Margaret Myrtle Stucken (nee Hartnell) passed away peacefully in Parksville, B.C. due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease. Marg is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years, Alex; by her children, Kevin (wife Lois, grandsons Jacob, Sam and Tom), Janet Haigh (husband Phil), and Lynn Brown (husband Chris, grandsons Jack and Eric). She will also be mourned by her siblings: Louise, Ron, David, Madeline and Joan. Marg was predeceased by her parents Bernard and Isabel Hartnell, her grandson Ben Stucken and her sister Norah. Marg was born and raised in Regina, part of a large and close-knit family that saw their way through the difficult years of the 1930's. Marg grew up to become a teacher and champion basketball coach at Sacred Heart Academy prior to meeting Alex and marrying on December 29, 1962. Her three children followed over the next seven years and Marg gave her family a home filled with love, stimulation, encouragement, fulfillment and happiness. She was endlessly supportive as her kids became involved in many activities and became especially committed to volunteering with the Calgary Patriots Swim Club and Holy Spirit Parish. Somehow she and Alex also found time to take swim lessons, going from Beginners to the Instructors level. This provided her with many opportunities to teach kids and instruct aquacise for years to come. There was always time to go for a vacation at Beach Acres, Parksville where the family enjoyed the beach, tennis, family and friends. Eventually Alex's work took the family to Jakarta, Indonesia and over the next 11 years Marg worked hard at various volunteer activities in the Indonesian, school and ex-pat communities. Marg and Alex eventually retired to a house near the beach in Victoria, BC. It was there that many family and friends visited and five grandsons came to play with the best grandmother they could ever know. Those family visits will always be cherished for the true gift that they were. Marg had a wonderful laugh to go with her sharp intelligence and never seemed to rest, always striving to grow as a person. Whether it was learning how to cook exotic new dishes, going on hiking adventures in the Rockies, Alps, Himalayas, New Zealand, Ireland and with the Walk and Talks, swimming in fresh water lakes and the ocean or dedicating herself to the countless hours of volunteering, she never took her time on earth for granted. Marg had a deep and abiding faith that was always present in her approach to life and raising her family. It was that faith that carried her through her tough times like being half a world away from her children or coping first with Alex's Parkinson's diagnosis and then the onset of her disease. The family would like to express their gratitude to the many staff members at the Bayview wing of Stanford Place, Parksville, for their unending care and support for Marg throughout the last three years of her illness. She could not have been in better hands. Cremation has taken place and a Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the Church of the Ascension, Parksville. A tribute and lunch gathering will follow. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to either charity that held a special place in Marg and Alex's heart: Chalice.ca or Covenanthouse.org. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the family email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Sands Funeral Chapel, Nanaimo. 

Published in The Calgary Herald from November 22 to November 23, 2011

Norma Weed

WEED, Norma Mary (nee Baker)

December 24, 1912 - November 10, 2011

Norma passed away peacefully at Rockyview General Hospital at the age of 98 years. She was predeceased by her devoted husband Clair in 1980, and son-in-law John Colville in 2006. She will be sadly missed by her loving children Jim (Rita), Jean (Roger Andersen), Patricia, and her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and fifth generation great-great-granddaughter. Norma moved from Webbwood, Ontario to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan as a very young child due to the sudden loss of her mother, to be raised by her Aunt Bea and Uncle Percy Ryan. She was an outstanding student, and at the conclusion of her schooling her passion for learning led her to the Teaching Department at the Moose Jaw Normal School. Once graduated, she accepted a teaching position in South Saskatchewan where she met her husband-to-be-Clair, and subsequently began a very dedicated family life raising their three children. Norma re- entered the teaching profession in the early fifties at the Calgary Catholic School District. Her passion for learning and excellent teaching skills resulted in a positive learning experience for her students and a long- standing teaching career. A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 620 Colborne Street, Suite 301, London, ON N6B 3R9.  Telephone 1-800-265-5106, www.braintumour.ca.

Published in The Calgary Herald from November 12 to November 13, 2011