(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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May 9, 1943 - February 23, 2017 Ronald Ray Folkins passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the age of 73 years. Ron is survived by his loving wife Ronnie Kay; daughter Shawnene; son Deven; and brother Allen. Loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren. Ron was a retired industrial arts teacher at Lord Beaverbrook High School. He will be forever remembered and loved by the many who were blessed to have association with him.

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March 5, 1935 - February 6, 2017
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Joan Lovlin on February 6, 2017 at the age of 81 years. Mom, Joan, Auntie Joan, Grandma Joanie will be forever remembered for the love of her family, her passion for music, and abounding energy for life. She is survived by daughter Linda (Lovlin) Postlewaite and Scott Postlewaite, son Jarle Lovlin and Carol (Phillips) Lovlin, son Dwight Lovlin and Sarah (Cole) Lovlin, grandchildren Justin Postlewaite, Shelby Postlewaite, Kai Lovlin, Leif Lovlin, Njal Lovlin, and Hannah Lovlin, as well as numerous extended nieces, nephews, in-laws and out-laws. Joan is also survived by her wonderful twin sister, Jean (Bannman) Smith. Joan was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years Joel, her brothers Bob, Don, and El, and sister Betty. Born at the Gray Nun's hospital in Regina Saskatchewan Joan graduated from Scott Collegiate High School in Regina then came to Calgary to attend SAIT and further her passion in fashion and design. At SAIT she met her husband Joel and soon began her family. Joan worked for many years at SAIT as a fashion and design instructor and then as a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. In her personal time, she loved to hike with Joel in the mountains, cross country ski, sing in the many choirs they were involved with, and was known for pulling out her harmonica. Joan had a passion for travel, ranging from road trips to Saskatchewan, a cross-Canada trip with their tent trailer, visiting family in Norway, exploring the world on cruise ships, and vacationing in Australia. The family would like to thank the Beverly Center Glenmore for their wonderful care, and family and friends for their warm condolences.

 

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  June 22, 1928 - Feb. 4, 2017 


Pauline was the mother of Mark Hamill and Maura Hamill and the grandmother of Nicole Tremere and Meghan Sirkis. She had five great-grandchildren - Nathan, Kiara and Isobel Tremere and Mila and Ella Sirkis. She was born in Hartford, Conn., and educated in Minnesota, Washington State, New York, and Oregon. She spent the largest part of her working life teaching art in Calgary and is remembered by many of the students who passed through her classroom in Calgary high schools and at the University of Calgary. She was also a prolific artist in her own right with a particular interest in painting and clay work. She loved the outdoors and hiked and skied on many trails in the Canadian Rockies and other places. For many years, she enjoyed Scottish Country dancing, joyfully, if not expertly. She played alto recorder with the Kerby Recorder Society and she always said that learning the recorder was the best thing she ever did. Reading was one of her the past times she enjoyed the most. Pauline's family was of the greatest importance to her and she was the catalyst that brought people together for many holiday meals. She loved cooking for other people. Her two sisters, Jean Andrew, who still lives in Florida with her family, and her sister Marion, who predeceased her, were a major part of her life. There were many happy holidays spent with the three sisters, and family and friends, in beach cottages up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States. Martha's Vineyard was a favourite destination. Her husband, Louis, and her son Mark, predeceased her in 2015. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

 

 

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August 4, 1924 – January 28, 2017
Norman Vincent Luterbach was loved in life and will be remembered in death. Norman died peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning, January 28, 2017. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 69 years, Mavis Luterbach and survived by his seven children, Sharon, Brian, Loraine, Kevin, Kenneth, Michelle and Derrick, his eight grandchildren and his brother Allen Luterbach. The world has lost a faithful follower of God, a World War II RCAF veteran of the 39th squadron, the Luterbach patriarch, and a wonderful, loving, spiritual and witty man. Norman devoted his life to his faith, his family and to the field of education, in which he worked for 36 years, 22 of those with the Calgary Catholic School Board as a consulting psychologist with a focus on special education. 

 

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Leonard Douglas McDougall passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was born October 30, 1927 in Calgary. His great-grandfather was the Rev. George McDougall, one of the early settlers in southern Alberta and his grandfather Rev. John McDougall, pioneer missionary at Morley, AB. This was a heritage that Len cherished. Len was a lifelong educator, obtaining his bachelor of Education in 1959 from the University of Alberta, after 14 years of summer school. He started his teaching career in Crossfield, AB and then later on as teacher and principal in several schools with the Calgary Board of Education. At the time of his retirement in 1984 he was in Central office overseeing Art/Drama/Music/Phys Ed for all the Calgary schools. Len met Eva Warden, an English teacher, while he was searching for a tutor for a couple of his students. Eva, stricken with Polio at the age of 19, was confined to a wheelchair but this didn't matter to Len. On April 3, 1958, he married the love of his life, and they shared 35 years together before Eva's passing on January 25, 1993. When Len was in his early 30's, his life was changed forever when he acknowledged Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He became an avid student of the Bible; which led Len and Eva to begin Bible Studies in their home. These Bible studies later evolved into "The Word Ministries" where Len taught for over 30 years. Len's desire was always to point people to Jesus and he would face every decision or challenge with "Let me pray about it." Len was instrumental in restoring the McDougall Methodist Church, the little white church along the 1A highway near Morley. He held many positions on the board of the McDougall Stoney Mission Society which oversees the church. He always looked forward to the bi-annual services at the church in June and September. Len was avid cattleman and actively owned a herd of cattle until the age of 87. He was always proud of his grandfather John McDougall who brought the 1st cattle into southern Alberta. Len kept John's historic monogram JM brand alive by purchasing it in the 1950's. Len was generous and compassionate, a loving dad and granddad, a champion of the underdog, and a father figure to many. He will be lovingly remembered by his children Doug (Karen) of Calgary, Kathy (Vic) Epp of Didsbury, and Audrey (Al) Epp of Blackfalds; and by his 4 grandchildren, whom he adored.

 January 1, 1922 – Maleb, Alberta December 27, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta Christine Corraini, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 94 years. Christine was well known as a Home Economics teacher. She was able to retire after many years of teaching, finishing her career at Bishop Grandin High School in Calgary from 1969 to 1979. She had many friends and enjoyed travelling. Christine is survived by her sister Doreen and many nieces and nephews. 

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May 31, 1948 – Calgary, AB December 6, 2016 – Calgary, AB John Lawrence Olivier beloved husband of Verna Kehler and devoted father to Ryan and Monique Olivier sadly passed away on December 6, 2016 in Calgary. John, a native Calgarian, graduated from William Aberhart High School and the University of Calgary (B.PE; B.Ed.). He was most proud to have spent his youth working alongside his father in the family business, Olivier's Chocolates and Candies. At the age of 18, John began working as a lifeguard/supervisor with the City of Calgary (Parks and Recreation) and then spent over two decades as a teacher at Brentwood, Captain John Palliser, Dr. E.W. Coffin, Keeler and Belvedere-Parkway elementary schools. As an athlete, John was passionate about swimming, golfing, skiing, working out at the gym and curling. He remained active throughout his life. He also loved the years he spent volunteering at the Calgary Folk Club and Canada Olympic Park. John's outgoing nature led to many lifelong friendships, characterized by a good day of play, a drink or two, and discussion about whatever book he was reading at the time. He planned his activities around the latest coupons and was always finding ways to stretch a dollar! Most of all, John was a devoted grandfather. He participated fully in the lives of his grandchildren and joyfully relished their accomplishments and milestones. He will live on through them and will be sorely missed. In addition to his loving wife Verna and his children Ryan and wife Christine Cook and daughter Monique and husband Torey McLeish; he is cherished by his grandchildren Declan and Alexis Olivier and Silas, Ella and Brennan McLeish. He is also survived by his sister Michelle Williams and husband Michael and first wife Lynn Barry. John was predeceased by his parents Maurice "Bud" and Alice Olivier and his brother Keith. 

 

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