Sharon Bull passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the age of 64 years. Sharon is survived by her son Marco Renn (April); grandchild Max Renn; brothers Art and Bob; sisters Sheila, Alice and Helen and numerous friends and family. Sharon is predeceased by her parents Isaac and Elsie.
April 16, 1953 - October 8, 2016 – Calgary, AB
Lesley Jung, beloved wife of Jim Jung passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the age of 63 years. Lesley was born in Vernon, BC in 1953 where she lived until she graduated from Vernon Senior Secondary School in 1971. Lesley was class president in her graduating year and she was awarded the Ayres Cup for outstanding citizenship. After graduation Lesley went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree at Brigham Young University in 1980 and became a Social Worker. A short while later Lesley decided to pursue another degree and in 1986 graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Education and then taught in the Calgary school district until her retirement. Lesley met her Jimmy, the love of her life in 1994 and they were married on July 22, 1995. Lesley lived a big and fulfilling life with her Jimmy. They both had a passion for travel and so began their many adventures around the world. Lesley loved to write so family and friends enjoyed their adventures through emails and blogs that Lesley would share during their travels. She was also an insatiable reader, a writer of poetry and a fantastic cook. Lesley was blessed with close friends from her school years and formed important and cherished friendships throughout her life. But most of all Lesley loved her family particularly her nieces and nephews and whenever she was needed she was always there for them. Most of them spent time living with Lesley and Jim at some point in their lives while they pursued school or new careers in Calgary. Lesley is survived by her loving husband Jim, and will be dearly missed by her nieces Michelle Vest (Ralph Talbot) her children Scott Vest (Laura), Hannah Vest (Shawn) and their son Dominic, her sister-in-law Del Christien and her children Carolyn (John) Adams and their children Tarek, Carter, Riyah, and Warren; Janee Loewen and her children Mason, Caleb, Lauren and Hannah; Lisa Bolt (Blair) and their children Jaxson, Lachlain and Kingston; Alexis Syvret (Blair) and their son Penn, nephews Doug Christien, his daughters Janelle and Josée and Joel Christien, and her very special adopted sister and her husband Anne and Ed McCrea and their children. Lesley was predeceased by both her parents Charles and Ruth Christien and her brothers Gordon and Bill Christien. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations; The Canadian Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.ca/en/ donate/?region=ab, Canuck Place Children's Hospice House (in honor of her nephew) https://www.canuckplace.org/donate/ or The Calgary Public Library https:/ /librarystore.ca/collections/donation. In living memory of Lesley Jung, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Published in The Calgary Herald from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2016.
March 18, 1951– Toronto, ON October 24, 2016 – Calgary, AB
Catherine Ramsden passed on to her last great adventure Monday, October 24, 2016 at Rockyview Hospital, succumbing at last to pancreatic cancer. Through it all, she maintained her strength of character, her generosity and her sense of humour. Cathi was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Toronto. When she was seven, her family moved to Calgary and here she stayed except for a year in England where she earned a Master's degree at the University of Nottingham. Cathi loved life and really loved music, books and outdoor adventures. She will be sorely missed by her mother Joyce Ramsden; her brother Russ and his children Heather (Kevin) Kernohan, and Joshua; her brother Keith (Nada) and their son, Jared; as well as her many friends. Cathi was predeceased by her father Jack and her niece Bethany. A Celebration of Cathi's Life will be held at First Baptist Church (1311 - 4th Street S.W.) on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (car-pooling recommended) Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, online at www.salvationarmy.ca, or by phone 403-410-1112. In living memory of Cathi Ramsden, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Published in The Calgary Herald from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2016
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.