VANIERSEL, Leonardus (Leon)
August 16, 1948 – Tilburg, the Netherlands
September 30, 2016 – Calgary, AB
This is the day Leon accepted that the battle he fought so hard for these past four years is over. He passed away with a smile on his face in the presence of his beloved wife, Paulina van der Valk and the apple of his eye son Jason Vaniersel. Leon was a devoted teacher with the Calgary Catholic School District for 43 years. He leaves behind his wife Paulina, his sons, Jason (Julie) and Justin (Kayleigh); and grandchildren Jackson, Noelle and Cole; daughter Leanne Stocks and family; siblings John, Frank (Bobbie), Marilyn Nahirney (Eugene); Marjorie Smeets (Perry); brothers in- law; Bob Savage; Roelof van der Valk (Jetta); in-laws ; Paula Linting; Roel van der Valk (Rini). He was predeceased by his sister Connie Savage and his parents Jack and Francisca.
STAUM, Sarah Minnie
(née Sarah Sheinin)
May 10, 1936 - Calgary, Alberta
September 30, 2016 - Calgary, Alberta
Born into a tight-knit immigrant community, Sarah spent her early years working in the family grocery store along with her brother Saul and her sister Reva. Her parents valued higher education, and Sarah pursued a B.A. at the University of Toronto as well as graduate studies in Education. She became an elementary school teacher for The Calgary Board of Education, and later a Visiting Teacher working with special needs children. In 1974, she married Martin Staum and that began a 41-year romantic idyll. At their home in Calgary, Sarah loved to welcome family, friends and neighbors to her table. She will be remembered for starting a conversation and a potential friendship with everyone she met. She loved to travel and reminisce about her adventures in Mexico and Tahiti, and about her time living in London and Paris. In later years, Sarah enjoyed volunteering in the community and singing in Voices Choir. On her 80th birthday, she rode up the Sulphur Mountain Gondola despite walking with a cane. Her kindness and sense of humour will be sorely missed by her husband, Martin; daughter, Nina; son-in-law, Wally and her grandchildren, Libby and Elliot.
AUDIA, Flora (née Iacovone)
November 9, 1946 – September 30, 2016
Flora Audia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the age of 69 years. Flora immigrated to Canada from Pietrabbondante, Italy in 1962 and attended Archbishop O'Leary High School in Edmonton. By 1965, she met and married her husband, Anthony, and they moved to Calgary. They enjoyed over 50 years of marriage raising two children, Rosanne (Greg) and Maurice, and enjoyed two grandchildren, Luke and Nicole. Flora is also survived by a sister, Lena Fletcher, and a brother, Albert (Elaine) Iacovone, as well as several nieces and nephews. Creative, gentle, intelligent, loving, neat, and a generally private person, are all words that described her. Flora was an excellent student and dedicated teacher. She excelled at learning and teaching languages and was fluent in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as English. She earned a degree in Education from the University of Calgary and taught for both Calgary school boards for over two decades. In retirement, she stayed curious and continued learning: she travelled often to visit family in Rome, and enjoyed the fresh Alberta air on her long walks at Nose Hill Park.
The family of Alice Mildred Robb (nee Sharpe) is sad to announce the passing of their mom/ grandma after battling colon cancer. Alice was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She moved to Calgary, AB in 1951 to pursue her career in teaching. She spent many years as a teacher for the Calgary Board of Education. She joined the Mount Pleasant Tennis club soon after she moved to Calgary where she competed in and won many tournaments. Alice enjoyed playing the piano… often traditional hymns. She had a strong Christian faith and was an active member of the Calgary First Church of the Nazarene for most of her life. It was there she met her husband, Daniel Robb who predeceased her in 2003. They later had three children, Mary Ann (Kelvin) Jones of Medicine Hat, Alberta; Tom Robb of Calgary, and Larry (Lori) Robb of Spring Creek, Nevada. In addition to her children, Alice is survived by her sisters Helen Barnes of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; Hazel (Frank) Locke of Brookfield, Nova Scotia; grandchildren Raegan (Chris) Penkoff of Calgary, Alberta; John (Chardelle) Jones of Medicine Hat, Alberta; Courtney (Cam) Drescher of Medicine Hat, Alberta; Zachary (Kat) Robb of Elko, Nevada, Caleb Robb of Spring Creek, Nevada, and Hannah Robb of Orem, Utah; great-grandchildren Cole Osmond, Ayla Penkoff (Calgary, Alberta); Easton and Harper Drescher (Medicine Hat, Alberta). Alice was predeceased by her parents, her brother John Burdette Sharpe and sister Mary Sharpe. of Alice. Although we are confident she is now happy in Heaven, she loved her life on Earth and formed such rich relationships. She will be extremely missed by her family and friends
July 24, 1932 – Edmonton, AB
September 19, 2016 – Calgary, AB
Hector Athelstan Williamson passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the age of 84 years. Hector was the son of Gladys and Harold Williamson. He attended McCauley Junior, Victoria and Victoria Composite High Schools in Edmonton, Alberta. He was valedictorian of his graduating class of '63 where he earned a Bachelor of Education degree (U of A) in English. He later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary. Hector taught English and Language Arts in the Edmonton, Redcliff and Calgary Public systems. Later, he taught at Bow Valley College and went on to teach at S.A.I.T for 12 years. Hector was active in the Bragg Creek Community Association, was president of the Banff-Cochrane Liberal Association, a member of the Alberta Writer's Guild, a member of the Board of Directors at Clouds 'N Water Gallery and was also a Board Member with the Calgary Creative Reading Series. Having written five books of poetry and three books of stage plays, Hector enjoyed the success of having five of his written works published. Hector is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Kent and Luree Williamson; his daughter Michele McDonald; grandchildren Ryley and Blake of Priddis, Alberta, Shelby and Sydney of Bragg Creek; his sisters Doreen Atkinson of Calgary, and Carole Williamson of Black Diamond. Hector was predeceased by his ex-wife and best friend Beverly Jean Williamson on September 19, 2008.
June 1, 1972 – September 15, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished Jennifer on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the age of 44 years.
Jennifer will be forever remembered by her loving family: spouse Stephen, children Nicholas, Alyssa, and Vincent; parents Charles and Wendy Boole; her brother Michael Boole, his wife Geneviève, and their children Alekzander and Madeline; as well as many extended family and friends.
Jennifer was born in Ottawa, and attended high school at Renfrew Collegiate Institute. She met Stephen at the University of Waterloo, where they both completed a BSc in Kinesiology. She worked as a Kinesiologist in Toronto and then Calgary. Jennifer and Stephen were married in 1999, the same year they moved to Edmonton. While in Edmonton, Jennifer worked as a rehabilitation consultant, health and safety consultant, and disability manager at ACCLAIM-SBA, WorkSMART, and EPCOR, respectively. Jennifer's dream was to be a Mom, and her dream was fulfilled with Nicholas, Alyssa, and Vincent. After the birth of Alyssa, Jennifer became a stay-at- home-mom and a dedicated volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada and Robert Bateman Public School in Ottawa, where the family relocated in 2004. She had a passion for children and teaching, and in 2013 she completed a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Ottawa. The family relocated to Calgary in 2013, where she was a primary school teacher in the Calgary Board of Education, most recently at William Reid. Jennifer was an exceptionally warm, genuine, generous, and thoughtful person who cared deeply for others. She was a gentle soul who was easy to love and had many "friends for life." She was an extremely devoted and loving wife and mother who poured her heart and soul into her family. She lived a selfless life marked by compassion, integrity, strength of character, and courage.
February 21, 1947 - October 04, 2016
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in Naniamo, British Columbia. Beloved wife of Doug Fuller. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Benjy Katchen, Letty and Andrew Cherry, and Aaron and Shira Katchen, and step mother and mother-in-law of Alison and Michael Case, and Ryan Fuller and Jennifer Scheves. Devoted daughter of Helen and the late Ruby Honickman. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Wendy and Jamie Wynne. Cherished Bubby of Estela, Kaia, Dillen, Orli, Akiva, Eliya, Isabella, and Blake. Aunt of Samantha, and Jeremy. Judy was community minded, a fierce fighter for all she believed and would always help whenever she could. She will be deeply missed. Published in The Times Colonist from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2016.
February 19, 1942 – Medicine Hat, AB September 13, 2016 – Calgary, AB
Vern, beloved husband of Sylvia of Calgary, passed away on September 13, 2016 at the age of 74 years. Vern was born in Medicine Hat and raised in Redcliff. He attended the University of Calgary and received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Forty-nine years ago he married the love of his life Sylvia and they had two daughters, Paula and Andrea. Vern had a life-time career with the Calgary Board of Education; he retired as a principal at the age of fifty-five. Vern was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed cross country skiing and hiking when he was younger, and he loved to travel and read in later years. He was happiest spending time with his family and friends. Vern is survived by his loving wife Sylvia; his daughters and son-in-law, Paula Collard and Andrea (Scott) Hendry; his granddaughters, Cassandra Fossli and Isla Hendry; sister Rae (Dennis) Enslen and nieces Erin and Christine. Vern was predeceased by his parents and his parents-in-law. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Rockyview Intensive Care Unit for taking such exemplary care of Vern. In living memory of Vernon Collard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
In Canada, Casey worked for BA Oil for 16 years before enrolling in the University of Calgary in 1972 and four years later he graduated with his teaching degree at the age of 51. Casey then worked as a full-time teacher and part-time substitute teacher until he was 74 years old. His love of teaching did not end there however, as he continued to give guest lectures on WWII until finally retiring for good at the age of 80.
In 1957 Casey joined the Canadian Militia where he served loyally, finishing his service with the rank of Captain in 14 Calgary Service Battalion. Casey was a devout Catholic and active in St. Cecilia's parish serving in many capacities including: the parish council, the RCIA program, and serving as a Pastoral Care Worker. Casey was also active in his local Progressive Conservative riding, serving as a director for many years. In 2003 he was nominated for the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding and exemplary contributions to his community. Casey maintained his busy schedule during his retirement years until sidelined by vascular dementia, a disease that plagued him until his death.