Clarice Goretsky of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the age of 87 years.
Clarice was born in Prince Albert, SK on August 26, 1934, the oldest of three, one sister (Lorraine) and one brother (Richard). She grew up on a homestead farm east of Prince Albert and learned to knit and crochet at the age of 8 from her mother. Clarice graduated from high school at the age of 16 and became a teacher at 17 to a one-room country schoolhouse, grades 1-9. Clarice taught there for 3 years and then moved to Prince Albert and taught grade 4 for 6 years before making the move to Calgary, where she got married and started teaching. She continued that career for 28 more years, while raising 3 boys, and retired after a total of 37 years.
Clarice never really stopped crocheting and knitting but picked up her pace after her retirement. She also loved to play piano and was often asked to play at church, when the regular pianist was unavailable. She enjoyed the challenge of a good Crossword puzzle and loved playing word games at family gatherings. She was also heavily involved with her church in various positions including the leadership team, seniors’ coordinator, and participated in various other committees as the needs arose. Unfortunately, when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma three years ago, her ability to serve in those capacities ended. Since she started recording the numbers in 2001, she has made 1920 sets of toques and mitts plus 161 separate toques and 312 sets of mitts, 708 dishcloths, 328 slippers, 6 blankets, and 63 sweaters. The toques and mitts have all been donated to H.A.R.T.(Humanitarian Aid Response Team)