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ANDERSEN, JEAN MARIE

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ANDERSEN, Jean Marie

April 3, 1950 - January 8, 2015

Jean Marie Andersen of Lethbridge, beloved daughter of Nora Andersen and the late John Andersen, passed away peacefully at Chinook Regional Hospital on January 8, 2015, at the age of 64 years. Jean was born in Drumheller, Alberta, on April 3, 1950. She lived with her family in the Danish community of Dalum, Alberta, until 1970, when she and her parents moved to Airdrie and then Calgary. In 2006, Jean and Nora moved to Lethbridge. Over the years, Jean enthusiastically attended numerous educational programs, developing close friendships with her mentors and teachers along the way. Mrs. Hands, her first teacher in Drumheller, was never forgotten. In Calgary, Jean attended classes at various locations where she took computer classes and did handicrafts. Her classes at Mount Royal College were the highlight of her education; she was very proud of the bursaries she earned there for her achievements. More recently, she spent many happy hours with Karen Charlton at DaCapo in Lethbridge, going to coffee, attending events in the city, making pickles or jam, and completing beautiful craft projects. She enjoyed photography, outings, picnics in the park, going to parties and out for coffee.  For many years, she was a dedicated Calgary Flames fan who also enjoyed movies and puzzles. Jean loved to travel. In addition to summer camping trips, she went on several cruises with her parents and loved stopping in at different ports of call. She travelled to Denmark as well as San Francisco, Jamaica, New York, Quebec, and Alaska. Jean loved spending time with family and it was within travelling and family where Jean found her fondest memories. Jean loved and was loved by many in her life – her mom and dad, her extended family and the many people who came to know her over the years through her participation in classes and the organizations of which she was a part. Her grandmother, Marie Jensen, was her inspiration. During the past four years, her L’Arche family became a very dear part of her life. All who knew Jean will remember her for her happy nature and her willing smile. Besides her loving mother, Nora, Jean is survived by her sister, Phyllis (Lynden) Hutchinson of Coaldale, brother, Raymond (Lynn Alden) Andersen of Vancouver, BC nieces, Karen (Keith) Gilchrist of St. Albert and Sarah Andersen of Vancouver nephew, Geoffrey (Sarah Charney) Hutchinson of Ft. Langley, BC Great-nephew, Quinn Gilchrist Great-nieces, Maya Gilchrist; Cecelia, Madeleine, and Johanna Hutchinson. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, on Saturday, January 17, at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, with Pastors Harold Schilk and Ruth Preston Schilk, officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial donations to DaCapo at Lethbridge Family Services , 1107 2 Ave. A N., Lethbridge, AB or L’Arche Lethbridge, 240 12C St. N., Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2M7 Send condolences at www.mbfunerals.com.


GUTWALD, PATRICIA ANNE

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GUTWALD, Patricia Anne

March 1, 1939 - December 23, 2014

Patricia Anne Gutwald, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2014.  Pat, born Agnes Patricia Anne Fraser, was raised in the Strathcona area of Edmonton, Alberta.  She was attending St. Mary’s High School when she met the love of her life, Ralph Gutwald.  They were married in 1958 and have remained together ever since, recently celebrating 56 years of marriage.  In 1963, they moved to Drumheller as they felt it was a good community to raise their growing family.  They made this place their home and continued to live there until her passing.  She is now reunited with her two children, Mark and Alyson, her parents, Helen and Ralph Fraser, and siblings, Jack and Shirley, who had predeceased her and were in God’s loving care. Pat loved to entertain and was renowned for her great parties, amazing cooking, and outstanding hospitality.  She was also an adventurous soul.  She and Ralph travelled to many parts of the world where they enjoyed exploring new cultures and mingling with the people.  Pat was an artist and had an innate ability to visualize the possibilities, whether this creativity was expressed through her paintings, her interior decorating and design, or her gardening, which was her passion.  She spent many hours lovingly tending her flowers and shrubs for the benefit of all to admire.  Pat was inspiring.  She was a woman of strong morals and convictions.  She had boundless energy.  She was happiest when she was being productive and moving towards some goal she had set for herself.  When she made up her mind to do something, there was little that stopped her from achieving it.  This commitment and work ethic was evident in the career path she took.  She began working full-time at the Drumheller Penitentiary when her youngest child began school.  Not content to stay in a secretarial role, she commuted back and forth to Calgary to attend University while continuing to work.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and after being promoted to successively higher administrative and managerial positions at the Drumheller Penitentiary, Pat’s professionalism, dedication, and competence was rewarded by an appointment to the National Parole Board in 1996.  She remained in this prestigious position until her retirement.  Following her retirement, Pat continued to live an active and fulfilling life.  However, during this period of her life, she also experienced some major life challenges, namely the tragic and sudden deaths of two children, Alyson and Mark, as well as some health concerns.  Similar to how she has always lived her life, she faced these tragedies and life challenges with strength, courage, dignity, and grace.  Pat leaves behind her devoted and loving husband, Ralph.  In addition to her husband, Pat is survived by her children Craig (Judy) Gutwald, Catherine (Pat) Bonneville, Shelley (Dale) Bergman, Licia (Steve) Pickup, daughter-in-law Dixie Gutwald, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Stephen, Tyler, Danielle (Jesse) and Parker, Candice (Jake) and Mason, Rachel, Tim, Matthew (Eve), Liam and Lucas, Joel (Monica), Colin (Lauren), Meghan (Tristan), Alyssa (Joel), Brenon (Nikkie), Liam and Jaime, and Juleya (Brett) and Liliana.  Pat will live forever in the hearts and memories of her family and friends.  We draw some comfort knowing she is once again with her children and family in heaven and treasure the special memories of the wonderful times we spent with her.  A private family service is being held in her memory.  The family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to everyone for their kind words of caring and support during this very difficult time.  In remembrance of Pat and in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 29 Street NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4N2.

BENNETT, JOYCE LILLIAN

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BENNETT, Joyce Lillian (nee Goodfellow)

January 29, 1920 - December 24, 2014

Joyce Bennett passed away peacefully at Sarcee Carewest Long Term Care facility on December 24, 2014 at the age of 94 years.  Joyce, beloved daughter of the late William and Matilda Goodfellow (nee Breiman), was born in Kinistino, Saskatchewan, a middle child in a family of six sisters and two brothers. In this small farming community her dad ran the Kinistino Livery Stable and her mother was a custom seamstress. As a young girl, Joyce was considered the tomboy of the bunch, often excelling above the boys.  She started off her working career as a qualified hair dresser. Later, when married to Forest (Benny) Bennett, Joyce was a long time employee of Smithbilt Hats in Calgary, maker of the world famous Calgary White Hats.  Until recent years, Joyce was an active 45 year member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 Calgary Branch. The Legion played a very important part of Joyce’s social life, where she met up with her sisters for coffee in the afternoons and enjoyed many evening dances.  Joyce is survived by her very close and loving sister, Pearl Hoolihan, nieces Sherry Churi, Pearl David, Anne Campbell & Cindy Judd, and nephews Jim Horner, Fred Horner, Frank Ford, Lee Goodfellow, Larry Goodfellow and their families.  Joyce was predeceased by her husband Benny, her sisters Florence Anderson, Ruby Redmond, Mildred Campbell & Yvonne Caskey and brothers Bill Goodfellow & Fred Goodfellow. Joyce’s funeral service will be held at Foster’s Garden Chapel, 3220 – 4 Street N.W. Calgary, 10:00 am Saturday, January 10, 2015.  The family thanks Dr. Wheeler, the nurses and staff of Unit No. 1 of Sarcee Carewest for their compassionate care, together with Ginny, Lynn, Gisele, Amy, Hilda and Lorna, caregivers, for their warmth and kindness during their many visits with Joyce.  Heartfelt appreciation to Deanna, Michael & Dixie at Care to Share for delivering a great program of caring for the needs of the elderly. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.
FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL
FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM
Telephone:  403-297-0888
Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial


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