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In Memoriam

We at Edmonton Catholic Schools have produced this In Memoriam to honor our deceased colleagues.

It is our hope that these memorials will convey the gifts and vitality of these individuals and serve as fitting tributes to them.


May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God rest in peace.


Varghese-Renchen.jpgRenchen Varghese

After a brave battle with a brain tumor, Renchen Varghese passed away peacefully February 19, 2021 in Edmonton, AB at the age of 63. Renchen will be remembered and mourned by his wife of 26 years Laly, his beloved daughter Divya and son Mathew. He leaves behind his parents P.P. Varghese and Rachel Varghese and his siblings Paul (Molly), Joby (Jeeva), Sofi (Kurian), and his many nieces and nephews in Edmonton and Kerala. Renchen was born in Kerala, India and immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1993. Renchen was known for always lending a helping hand and also cared deeply about the church, his schools and the people surrounding him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Due to Renchen's wishes, the funeral service will be held privately on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:00 am. Private Funeral Mass: Hainstock's Funeral Home, Edmonton; Burial: Rosehill Cemetery, Edmonton.

Renchen joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 2001 as a custodian at St. Joseph. He went on to serve Grandin from 2003 to 2010, then Monsignor Fee Otterson for the remainder of his time with us. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Renchen's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.




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Frank Josey

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Frank at the age of 77 years. He is lovingly remembered by his spouse Pat of 52 years; daughters, Sarah (Michael) and Alanna; siblings: Diane (Dave), Jim (Elaine), Terry (Ed), Patty (Terry), Sharon (Glen) and John (Fran); family and friends. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kelly; sister, Joanne and his parents Eileen and Alex. Frank was born and raised in Edmonton. He married Pat and later moved to St. Albert where they raised their beautiful family. Frank was a dedicated educator and worked for both the St. Albert and Edmonton Catholic School Boards. He enjoyed many hobbies, including sports, music, movies and travelling with his family. He was a kind, caring and spiritual person who loved his family above all. Frank touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Private Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Thursday, February 11, 2021. A recording of the Funeral Mass will be available to view at www.connelly-mckinley.com within a few days.

A special thank you to the staff at the Kipnes Center for Veterans for all your care and compassion during Frank's time spent with you. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Kipnes Center for Veterans, 4470 McCrae Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, T5E 6M8. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Frank first joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1971 as a teacher and counsellor. He served many of our schools, including St. Mark, St. Clare, St. Catherine, H.E. Beriault, and St. Angela, before becoming assistant principal of St. Michael in 1981. He left the Division in 1983, but later returned as a counsellor at St. Elizabeth Seton from 2000 to 2008. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Frank's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



SORIA-peppino.jpegPeppino Soria

October 15, 1934 - January 12, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of a loving husband, father, and nonno, Peppino Soria on January 12, 2021 at the age of 86 years. Peppino was born in Mongrassano, Cosenza, Italy on October 15, 1934.

Peppino is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Immacolata; one daughter, Antonella (Pietro) Bruno; one son, Ruggiero (Diana) Soria; adoring grandchildren, Ida Bruno, Joseph Soria, Maya Soria and Ella Soria; two brothers, Vincenzo (Caterina) Soria and Ruggiero Soria; two sisters, Ida Soria and Pierina (Francesco) Carnovale; and numerous, nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfredo and Antonia; sister, Lucia Rosa Cappellano; and nephew, Gianni Cappellano.

Peppino was a true gentleman. He was a story-teller. He loved politics, history and philosophy. He loved visiting with family and friends, and his home was always open to everyone. His greatest love was his wife, children and grandchildren. His passing has left a great void, but his memory and legacy will live on forever. Good-bye Caro Papa and Caro Nonno; we will dearly miss you.

Special thanks to Transitions Care, Foyer Lacombe Hospice and the Cross Cancer Institute for exceptional care and compassion. There will be a visitation at the Park Memorial Chapel, 9709-111 Avenue, Edmonton, on Tuesday, January 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

The Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, January 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Santa Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church, 9110-110 Avenue, Edmonton, with interment at St. Michael's Cemetery, 13819-82 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to Santa Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church.

We ask everyone to be safe by observing all Covid-19 restrictions and practices at the visitation, funeral and interment. The visitation, funeral and interment will all be live streamed; this can be accessed through: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNGy89ioQ-bw0RE_PMWQCogV2TeKdH_pa

Peppino was a custodian for Edmonton Catholic Schools for 24 years, from 1975, until his retirement in 1999.



HERLE-vernon.jpegVernon Herle

1939 - 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Vern Herle of Edmonton, on January 10, 2021 at the age of 81 years. Vern was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Doris; six children: Scott, Kathleen (Andy), Todd (Angela), Patti (Paul), Doug (Ava), and Bobby (Donna); ten grandchildren: Alex, Paige, Haley, Carter, Megan, Nathan, Owen, Ben, Jillian and Taylor; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Vern was born in Prelate, Saskatchewan to Alois and Magdalena and was the oldest of six children; siblings: Kathy, Irene, William, Allyce and David. Vern attended the University of Saskatoon and University of Alberta completing a B.A. and B.Ed. Vern started his teaching career in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and then moved to Edmonton, where he met his wife Doris, a fellow teacher. Vern was a dedicated educator (Assistant Principal) for 40 years with the Edmonton Catholic School Board (Father Lacombe, St. Gerard, St. Matthews, St. Philip, St. Patrick and Our Lady of Peace). During his retirement, he loved to travel with his wife, watch movies, listen to country music and attend his grandchildren's sports activities. Throughout his life, Vern was a passionate sports fan, particularly for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Canadians. Above all, Vern cherished spending time with his family, especially Sunday dinners at the Herle household and extended family gatherings in Fairmont, BC and Regina, Saskatchewan. His passing was sudden and even more tragic due to contracting Covid-19 at his retirement home.

A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on January 16, 2021 at St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be to Diabetes Canada 220, 6223 -2nd Street SE Calgary, AB, T2H 1J5. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com



Irene Langley

On December 20, 2020, Irene Langley of Edmonton, Alberta passed away at the age of 98. Irene was predeceased by sister Irene in 2013; brother Alfred in 1991; sister Lillian in 1990 and brother Duncan in 1985. She worked as a teacher for over 30 years until her retirement. We would like to thank the companions at Reliable Health Care for looking after Irene. In accordance with Irene's wishes, cremation and a private service will be held. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.



Korycki-Bob.jpgBob Korycki

It is with profound sadness that we announce Bob's passing on November 27, 2020, due to Lewy Body Dementia. He leaves behind his loving wife Joan, son Ben, daughter Jayne, son-in-law Ronny, and his two cherished grand-children Mia and Noah. He also leaves three sisters: Patricia Poston (Cully), Carolyn Mlieczko (Louis), Valerie Gerenscer, and three brothers: Jim (Connie), Jack (Tina), Chris (Danette), as well as his mother-in-law Margaret Gangl and family.

Bob had a long and rewarding career as a school counselor, classroom teacher, and vice-principal. He especially enjoyed working with junior high students. He was also a skilled painter and worked for many summers with his long time friends and faithful painting crew.

In his retirement years, Bob kept busy working on various building projects, refinishing furniture, building and flying remote control airplanes, only to name a few. But above all others, his favorite hobby and passion was fishing!

I've finished life's chores assigned to me,

So put me on a boat headed out to sea.

Please send along my fishing pole

For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.

Where every day is a day to fish,

To fill your heart with every wish.

Don't worry, or feel sad for me,

I'm fishin' with the Master of the sea.

We will miss each other for awhile,

But you will come and bring your smile.

That won't be long you will see,

Till we're together you and me.

To all of those that think of me,

Be happy as I go out to sea.

If others wonder why I'm missin'

Just tell 'em that I've gone fishin'

-Delmar Pepper



LYNCH-mervyn.jpgMervyn Lynch

It is with sadness we announce Mervyn Lynch of Sherwood Park, Alberta passed away peacefully November 11, 2020 from dementia. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Teresita; his children Mark, Marianna (Don Baxter), Marcia, and Greg (Angela); his grandsons, Alex, Nathan, David, and Eric. He was predeceased by his parents, Hubert and Kempricia Lynch.

Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Mervyn moved his family to Canada to continue his studies and begin his teaching career with the East Central Catholic Schools in Vermilion, Alberta. Mervyn received a scholarship to attend the University of Toronto and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Physics. He received a Diploma in Education from the University of West Indies, his Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, and his Master of Education from the University of Portland. He ignited a spark of wonder for students and provided professional development for teachers during his 35 years with the Edmonton Catholic School Board as a teacher and science consultant.

Mervyn will be remembered by his colleagues for his devotion to Catholic Education in Canada. In 1971, seeing a need for a Catholic Kindergarten program in Sherwood Park, he co-founded Apollo Kindergarten. His Holiness Pope John Paul II imparted his paternal Apostolic Blessing to Mervyn in appreciation of 25 years of dedicated service in Catholic Education as a trustee with the Sherwood Park Roman Catholic School Board. Mervyn served as President of the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association and President of the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association.

The family expresses enormous gratitude to the exceptional nurses and staff at the Sherwood Park Care Centre for their attentiveness and compassion while caring for Mervyn.

Prayers will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 13 Brower Dr., Sherwood Park. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, presided by Reverend Jim Corrigan.  The funeral Mass will be live streamed at https://www.olph.ca/video/

If you will be attending Prayers and/or the Funeral service, please call Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 780-467-5470 to RSVP.

A Celebration of Life will be planned when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  Mervyn’s final resting place will be at the Columbarium in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Edmonton. Alberta.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College (8421 101 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 0L1) or a charity of one’s choice.

Mervyn joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1967 as a teacher at St. Mary. He became the head of the science department in 1970, and a science consultant in 1974. He retired from the Division in 2000.



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It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the sudden passing of Meghan Weis on October 28, 2020 at the young age of 36 years.

Meghan will be lovingly remembered by her husband and soulmate, Brandon and their sons Lincoln and Harrison, who were her whole world. Nothing gave her greater joy than her boys, whom she loved with all her heart.

Meghan grew up in Red Deer where she touched the lives of many people, was an accomplished athlete, and began her lifelong love of education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta Faculte St. Jean in 2006 and went on to complete her Masters of Education from the University of Victoria in 2015.

Meghan was a passionate, generous, and devoted individual. She was a beautiful soul inside and out, whose infectious smile would brighten anyone's day. Meghan was a spitfire and was never afraid to tell you the honest truth. In all things, she brought humour and empathy, making her a friend to all.

Meghan is also survived by her parents, Henri and Patti St. Pierre; siblings, Kaitlin (Kent) Froehlich, Ian (Kelsey) St. Pierre, Erin (Dan) Schwartz; niece, Veronica; nephews, Dexter and Hugo; parents-in-law, Craig and Jen Weis; sister-in-law, Kara Weis; grandmothers, Joan St. Pierre and Shirley Parker; and her beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Murray Parker and Ivan St. Pierre, and Uncle Cameron Taylor.

She will also be dearly missed by her colleagues and students in the Edmonton Catholic School community. To her students, Mme. Weis would say, be the very best you can be and most importantly, be kind.

A private Funeral Liturgy will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2020. A recording will be available for viewing on the Connelly-McKinley website Thursday evening. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to a GoFundMe for the education and activities of her two young sons. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com



MCLELLAN-Ray.jpgRaymond McLellan

On October 15, 2020, Raymond McLellan of Edmonton passed away at the age of 63 years.

Raymond is survived by his mother, Sophie; sister and brothers, Linda; Roger (Shari) and Roy; nephews, Jonathan (Natalie), Ian and Josh; niece, Jamie; grand-nephews, Anthony and Charlie; and many extended family and friends. Ray spent his career as a beloved music teacher with the Catholic School Board from 1979 to 2012.

Thank you to all of Ray’s friends for the love and support during this very difficult time.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the Prayer Service will be live-streamed Friday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. and the Divine Liturgy Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m. Please visit the Obituary page at www.parkmemorial.com for the webcasting information. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Raymond joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1979 as a music teacher at Holy Cross and St. Nicholas. He served a variety of other schools including St. Gabriel, St. Kevin, St. Elizabeth Seton Louis St. Laurent, and St. Oscar Romero. In 1993, Raymond became a music consultant with the Division and remained so until his retirement in 2012.



KRZAK-Bob.pngBoguslaw (Bob) Krzak

Edmonton Catholic Schools is sad to announce the passing of one of our former colleagues, Bob Krzak. Bob was a teacher and administrator with the Division for 33 years. He began as a teacher at Archbishop O'Leary in 1980, then went on to serve Sir John Thompson, and St. Basil, where he became an assistant principal. In 2003, Bob became principal at St. Kevin, and in 2007 at St. Mark. He retired in 2013.






LISE VIEL

98283-Lise-Veil.jpgLise Marie Anne Viel passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Lise is lovingly remembered by her son Lucien (Krista); three grandchildren Ava, Austin and Adrien; her parents Lucien and Marie Louise; her five siblings Gisele (Guy), Girard, Michel, Celine (Wes), Solange (Michael); along with several nieces, nephews, friends and family. Lise was predeceased by her daughter Lina. She was greatly loved and will be forever missed.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Westlawn Funeral Home, 16310 Stony Plain Road. It was Lise's wish to not have a memorial service.

Lise joined Edmonton Catholic Schools as a school aide in 1986 at St. Catherine. She became a media resources clerk at the St. Anthony Teacher Resource Centre in 1988. In 2001, Lise moved to St. Joseph, where she remained until her retirement in 2018. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Lise's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. 

 


ANTONIO FALCONE

82639-Falcone.jpgFather, husband, brother, nonno, friend, advocate, leader, politician but most importantly, teacher. Teacher of everything to so many, past and present.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Antonio Falcone at the age of 85 years old. Antonio passed away peacefully on October 8, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer at home with his loving family by his side. Antonio is survived by his loving wife of almost 49 years, Anita; daughters, Nicole (Shawn), Cristine (Brian) and Antoinette (Wayne). He is also survived by his brother Vincenzo and sister Giovanina. His greatest joy were his five grandsons: James, Gabriel, Nico, Malique and Adarius. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada, the United States, Australia and Italy.

Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Antonio managed his illness with strength and grace and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. On his final day, he was surrounded by his family, whom he adored more than anything else in the world.

After immigrating to Canada, Tony graduated from the University of Alberta from the Faculty of Education making him the first Italian immigrant to receive a teaching degree in Edmonton. He started his teaching career in a First Nation operated school in the community of Janvier. He cherished his time there as teacher and principal and maintained that it was the highlight of his career. He shared many stories of his time there with everyone as he was so proud to have been a part of this community. He then joined the Edmonton Catholic School Division where he spent the next 36 years. He was a dedicated and passionate teacher who devoted much of his career to starting and promoting the Italian Language and Culture Program and teaching social studies to his students, his true passion.

A public viewing will be held for Antonio at Park Memorial Chapel, 9709 – 111 Avenue on Friday, October 16, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions a private funeral will be held. those wishing to view the service may do so by livestream at www.parkmemorial.com. A Celebration of Antonio’s Life will take place at a later date, in a larger venue, to allow more people to honour and share in Antonio’s memory.

Antonio’s family would like to send their deepest gratitude to the many doctors and nurses that supported him throughout his stay at the Cross Cancer Hospital (Unit 40) and a special thank you to Dr. Sudha Koppula and her team who were committed to ensuring Antonio and his family were cared for throughout this difficult time. Lastly, the family would like to sincerely thank the Edmonton Zone Palliative Consult Team in providing the support to ensure that Antonio was able to spend his last days at home with his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in memory of Antonio to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton Alberta, T6G 1Z2.

Mr. Falcone joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1965 as a teacher at Father Lacombe. He taught at Sacred Heart, St. Cecilia, and Archbishop O'Leary. Even after his retirement in 1999, Antonio continued to sub with the Division. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Mr. Falcone's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. 

 


MARIANNE MILES

89805-Marianne-Miles.jpgDr. Marianne Miles passed away peacefully on October 3, 2020 with her family by her side.

Marianne Sinclair Turner was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 13, 1928 brought into the world by her slave descendent grandmother who was a midwife. Her early childhood was spent both in Harlem and the Bronx with her parents Arthur and Ida Turner and her three siblings, Mercedes, Winton and Richard (Rick).

Upon graduation from high school she was fortunate to gain a full academic scholarship to St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina where Marianne met and married her beloved husband Roland E. Miles and was a devoted wife and mother to their seven university educated children, until his death in 1995.

Marianne immigrated to Canada in 1951 as her husband Roland signed an illustrious contract with the Canadian Football League and they decided to make Canada their home.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949, at St. Augustine's College, she continued her studies by receiving her Bachelor of Education in 1968 and her Masters Degree in Education in 1972 from University of Alberta, and her Doctorate in Psychology (PhD) from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1988. Marianne had an amazing career in education as both a Teacher and an Administrator transitioning to a full time practicing psychologist in 1996 until retirement.

As a double breast cancer survivor Marianne volunteered her time bringing awareness to this cause as Director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) as well as sitting on boards including Aboriginal and Urban Breast Cancer and Compassion House. She was also Past President of the Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA).

Marianne also volunteered her services to help train teachers and administrators in developing countries including Guyana in 1990, Liberia in 1991 and Swaziland in 1992 with her involvement with Project Overseas.
Even at the age of 90 Marianne was the recipient of the prestigious William Jefferson Jackson Honour Award in Raleigh North Carolina.
 Marianne leaves to mourn her loss her brother Richard Turner, her seven children, Rolanda Miles, Craig Anthony (Coreen) Miles, Monica (Richard) Lipscombe, Mario (Sherline) Miles, Michelle Miles (David), Roland Miles Jr., and Brett (Dani) Miles; sixteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and so many wonderful friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Roland (Rollie) Miles, her parents Ida and Arthur Turner, her sister Mercedes Owens, her brother Winton Turner and son-in-law Teddy Pemberton.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Private Family Service will be held. To view the video streaming go to www.connelly-mckinley.com. A link will be placed in the obituary.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mr. Roland (Rollie) and Dr. Marianne Miles Scholarship Fund. http://bit.ly/SAU-GivingTo send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Marianne Miles joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1958 as a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas. She served several of our schools as a teacher, counsellor and assistant principal, including St. Francis Xavier, Louis S. Laurent, St. Augustine, and Archbishop MacDonald. Marianne retired in 1986 after 28 years with the Division. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Marianne's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


MARY STUART

28609-Mary-Stuart.jpgOur beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, just short of her 98th birthday. For the last nine years, Mary was in full-time care due to physical limitations, but her mind remained sharp to the end.

Having lived through the upheavals of WWII, the decision was made to leave Budapest, Hungary and seek out a better life for her family in Canada. Mary raised five children while pursuing an education degree at university. Her fluency in four languages was a valuable asset while studying and later for her teaching career.

After retiring from teaching, she dedicated her time to her grandchildren as well as spending many hours doing charitable works in the community. She was very close to the Sisters of Providence and a long-time member of the Providence Associates. Mary was especially involved with the Social Justice Committee where she was able to actively engage in issues that were important to her. Mary was a keen historian and archeology enthusiast. She loved reading murder mystery novels until her failing eyes no longer allowed her that pleasure. She enjoyed swimming and keeping active. Mary truly lived a life of grace and now rests in the arms of the Lord.

Mary is survived by her five children; Charles (Christine), Christopher (Janet), Nicholas (Patricia Cleary-Stuart), Rita Altrogge, Janet (Russ McFall), her nine grandchildren: Leslie Stuart, James Stuart (Liz Andrew), Sydney Stuart (Radley Wiebe), Samantha Stuart, Meghan Johnson, Mark Altrogge (Kristin Altrogge), Joanna Buker (David Buker), Erika Gulewich (Michael Gulewich), Greg Altrogge (Beth Richardson), and ten great- grandchildren: Max and Grady Wiebe, Ava and Joel Johnson, Emily and Leah Altrogge, Madeline and Benjamin Buker, Calvin and Emmett Gulewich, as well as extended family in Hungary. Mary was predeceased by her son-in-law Paul Altrogge.

Mary will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by her family and friends. The family would like to acknowledge the Long-Term Care staff at Millwood's Shepherds Care for their care and compassion during the past nine years.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Private Family Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Connelly-McKinley, St. Albert Funeral Home, 9 Muir Drive, St. Albert, AB with an Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary's name to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 11532 MPO, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3K7 or to the Salvation Army, 9618-10 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T6H 0C7. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Mary Stuart joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1964 as a teacher at Our Lady of Victories. She also served H.E. Beriault, Louis St. Laurent, St. Stanislaus and St. Teresa before retiring in 1984. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Mary's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


STELLA SHEWCHUK

9037-stella shewchuk.jpgIt is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Stella Sylvia Shewchuk, of St. Albert, AB, on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the age of 77 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 54 years, William J. Shewchuk and her surviving daughter Laura K. Shewchuk and Laura's fiancé James D. Angrove, as well as many family members and an abundance of friends. She was preceded by her daughter Sherry Lynn Shewchuk and her parents Fred and Olga Hryniuk.

Stella grew up in Prud'homme, Sask. where her mother and father owned a hotel. She was the third child of five. Stella became inspired to be a teacher by 9 years old and quickly accomplished her dream soon after high school. Her ambition of teaching in a one room country school was her first job followed by teaching in Calgary. Stella also aspired to move and teach in Uranium City, Sask. She met the love of her life Bill Shewchuk in Saskatoon and after they were married, they moved to Uranium City in 1966. Two daughters were born, Laura and Sherry, but unfortunately Sherry passed away in 1974 of Leukemia, bringing the family to Edmonton, AB. In 1979, they moved to St. Albert, AB where they remained. Stella's passion for teaching, especially kindergarten, did not end when she retired. She then volunteered with Star Literacy to help adults learn to read and better their English. During her retirement she also kept extremely busy volunteering in the community with the St. Albert Catholic Church, CWL, The Arden Theatre and other organizations. Bill and Stella grew more and more in love over the years and "the love birds" just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Stella captured everyone's lives through her camera and then went on to document the Hryniuk family and Shewchuk family's genealogy. She will live in everyone's hearts through her love for teaching, taking care of others, caring for Bill and Laura and her hard work that leaves all the families she belonged to with extensive history books.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28 at the St. Albert Catholic Church, 7 Saint Vital Ave, St. Albert. Please come half an hour early in order to sign in. This will be followed by a reception in Edmonton at the Chateau Louis Hotel at 11727 Kingsway Ave NW. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Stella joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1975 as a teacher at St. Vincent. She served several elementary schools including St. Anne, Bishop Savaryn, Anne Fitzgerald and Bishop Greschuk, until her retirement in 2000. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Stella's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


YVETTE DUMONT

70528-Yvette Dumont.jpgIt is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Yvette on Friday, September 18, 2020 in Edmonton, AB at the age of 93, peacefully in her sleep at home. Mom was an outgoing, generous, and hardworking lady who was admired for her skillful sewing, her vibrant yard, especially her roses, geraniums and hydrangeas, and delicious tourtière pies. She often shared beautiful hand-made quilts that were coveted by family and friends, and many relatives enjoyed receiving the numerous oak trees nurtured and gifted by Mom; they will be her legacy.

Yvette was born in Ponteix, Saskatchewan to Rose (Desharnais) and Emile Thibault; she was the eldest of 11 children, 9 of whom survived. In 1950, Mom married Leo Dumont and they moved to Edmonton and raised Don, Ken, Paulette and Rose. Yvette and Leo ran a rooming house in the Garneau area for 12 years, and in 1964 moved to the family home in the Highlands area where she resided for 54 years. After Rose started school, Yvette worked as a school secretary at Ecole Saint Jean Boys School and Ecole J.H. Picard School until 1988. In retirement she was an avid community volunteer. Travelling and road trips, gardening, reading historical books about Western Canada, and daily conversations with Ken were amongst her favorite pastimes.
 Mom will be sadly missed by son Ken; daughters, Paulette Dumont (Mich Forster) and Rose (Uwe) Brandt; 5 grandchildren: Fletcher (Andrea Byrd) Walls, Jared (Annie) Walls, Devon Walls (Ashley Boras), Erik Brandt and Alexa Brandt; and 4 great-grandchildren: Eli and Emmett Walls, Zaiden Walls-Byrd and Eve Byrd. She is also survived by brothers Paul and Lionel Thibault, sisters Georgette (Jack) Martin, Lucille Kopperud, and Irene (Rene) Dureault; sisters-in-law Siri Thibeault, Orra and Marj Thibault; and many nephews, nieces and friends.

Yvette was predeceased by husband Leo; son Don; her parents, Rose and Emile Thibault, in-laws Amedee and Annastasia (Dwyer) Dumont; infant brothers Rene and Real; brothers; Harvey, Armand and Rene Thibault; sisters-in-law: Joyce and Helene Thibault, and Jean Wasylishen; brother-in-law Don Kopperud, and in-laws: Wilfred (Florence) Dumont, Ed (Mary) Dumont, Sister Marie Dumont, Lawrence (Barb) Dumont, Bob (Bernice) Dumont; nephews: Greg and Jeff Kopperud, Gerald, Lyle, Paul, and Michael Dumont; and niece Evelyn Henry.

The family wishes to thank neighbours Hal and Agnes Lineger, and Diane and Rick Goebel for their kindness and support over the years.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no formal service. A private family service will take place where Mom will be laid to rest at the Holy Cross Cemetery family plot. A Celebration of Life is planned for a later date, after the pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Yvette's honour may be made to Doctors without Borders at www.doctorswithoutborders.ca To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Yvette joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1968 as a secretary at the central office. In 1972 she moved to J.H. Picard, where she remained for the remainder of her 20 year career with the Division. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Yvette's family and friends. May her souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


RITA MCCAULEY

96658-Rita MCauley.jpgBeloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Rita McCauley, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2020. Rita is survived by her husband John, children John (Sherry), Michael, Shelagh (Robert), Susan, grandchildren Alex (Rebecca), Sean (Jua), Joe (Jasmine), Kirk, Kyle, Caitlin, Stephanie, Cianna, sister Madeline Haller and brother Larry Voisin. She was predeceased by her parents George and Anna, brothers Dennis, James, Thomas and Marcus and son-in-law Jerry. Rita was well known as a consummate teacher and mentor. She loved language and literature and instilled a love of learning in her family and her students. She began her career as a PE teacher and promoted healthy, active living throughout her life. Rita was a lifelong patron of the arts including dance, music but especially theatre. Her life was guided by her faith and her unique ability to see only the good in everyone she met. A private family celebration has been held in honor of Rita's life and contributions. In lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to the Alzheimer Society.

Rita joined Edmonton Catholic schools in 1962 as a teacher at Jasper Place. She also served St. Paul, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, and St. Francis Xavier before her retirement in 1989. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Rita's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


DONALD URBANOSKI

68019-Don urbanoski.jpgOn September 20, 2020, Don passed away peacefully at the age of 82.

He is survived by his loving wife, Anne Morris; his sister, Joanne (Bob) Leighton; his sons, James (Michelle), Russell (Stacey); his daughters, Christine (Rick), and Lisa (Richard); and the mother of his children, Marianne Beaulac. Don also leaves his 11 Grandchildren, Kyle, Oakley, Katelin, Braydon, Jordana, Jonah, Ricky, Julia, Joshua, Alexander, and Matthew.   

Don was born on July 22, 1938 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and he grew up in the nearby community of Springside. Don left home to attend the University of Saskatchewan and obtained his teaching degree.  In 1963, he moved to Edmonton to begin his 30 year career with Edmonton Catholic Schools.  He was devoted to his students and staff and was known to be a very supportive and caring educator and principal.

Don was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.  He was a very skilled marksman.  He loved the camaraderie when hunting with his best friends and his sons. Don was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Family Council 4957 for over 50 years.  He was a man of deep faith.  Don was active in helping many charities especially the St. Vincent de Paul Society. 

Our Dad will be remembered as a gentle, kind soul who had a special place in his heart for the underdog. Dad had an immense compassion and empathy for so many people in their time of need.  A wonderful gift he shared with his children was our cabin at Muriel lake. We had the best summers growing up there.  Thank you, Dad, we love you and miss you very much.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or to the Foodbank.    

A Prayer Service will be held on October 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm at Connelly McKinley Downtown Edmonton.  Seating is limited.  

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions the family will have a private funeral mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on October 23, 2020. For anyone who would like to view the Mass, it will be recorded live and available for viewing on the Connelly-McKinley website following the day of service. Hopefully, in the spring/summer of 2021, there will be an internment and celebration of Don’s life - without restrictions.

Don served Edmonton Catholic Schools for 30 years. He began in 1963 as a teacher at St. Brendan. After some time there, he moved on to St. Kevin and St. Thomas More. He later became an assistant principal at J.J. Bowlen in 1970. In 1973, Don became principal of St. Justin. He later went on to serve as principal at Our Lady of the Prairies, and St. Benedict before his retirement in 1993. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Don's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


GEORGE RICHARD (DICK) DUNNIGAN

37538-Dick-Dunnigan.jpgGeorge Richard (Dick) Dunnigan, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at home on September 11, 2020, at the age of 85.

Dick was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to John and Vera Dunnigan, fourth in a family of twelve children. In 1962, Dick became an educator, following in his father’s footsteps, when he began a 32 year career as teacher, and then principal, with Edmonton Catholic Schools. In addition to many other roles, Dick served as President of the Edmonton Catholic Local of the ATA in 1968. Throughout his life, Dick remained dedicated to his Catholic faith, and to Catholic education.

Dick will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Genevieve (Jan)(nee Schneider);  his children, Leslie (Roland), Mark, Michael, and Carol;  grandchildren, Daniel, Alexandre, Janine, Genevieve, Catherine and Hunter; brothers Bill (Jan), Bob (Maureen) and Ron (Linda) Dunnigan; sisters Kathleen and Evelyn Dunnigan; sisters-in-law Marion Dunnigan, Adele Dunnigan, Sharon Buchan-Dunnigan; brother-in-law John-Paul Pronovost;  Schneider in-laws Geraldine, Mel (Rose Marie), Mary, Joe, Jean (Art), Irvin (Catherine), and numerous other relatives and friends.

Dick was predeceased by his parents, John and Vera; brothers Ed, John, and Joe Dunnigan, and sisters Margaret Pronovost and Irene Wood.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home (downtown), 10011-114 Street, Edmonton. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 19, 2020, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 210 Haddow Close (23 Avenue and Terwillegar Drive), Edmonton. A time to pay respects will be available, prior to the funeral, starting at 10:00 am, at the Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Please note: due to COVID-19 guidelines, no reception will follow either service and the use of masks is mandatory. A family gathering will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so wish, memorial donations may be made to the John and Vera Dunnigan Education Scholarship Fund, through Edmonton Catholic Schools. Please contact Lois Boxall at Lois.Boxall@ecsd.net for more information. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Mr. Dunnigan joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1961 as a teacher at St. Angela. In 1965 he became assistant principal of St. James, and principal of that school in 1968. He went on to serve as principal at St. Alphonsus, St. Benedict, and St. Richard until his retirement in 1993. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Dick's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


JANICE CAIN

36887-Janice-Cain.jpgJanice joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 2005 as an educational assistant at St. Richard. In 2006 she moved to St. Clement, where she served students for several years.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Edmonton Catholic schools extends sincere condolences to Janice's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 



KATHLEEN BRINER

6215-Briner-Kathleen-Anne.pngOn July 25, 2020, Kathleen Anne Briner of Edmonton passed away at the age of 86. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald.  She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Daniel (Erin) Briner, Lori (Derek) Opdendries, David (Patricia) Briner, Doug Briner, Grant Briner; her grandchildren: Colin (Christina) Opdendries, Lee-Anne (Kyle) Scherger, Lindsey (Jamie) Janssen, Ryan (Jennifer) Opdendries, Carolyn Briner, Martin Briner, Diana Opdendries, Kevin (Elise) Briner, Taylor Briner, Lauren Briner, and Sheldon Briner.  She was also blessed by eight great-grandchildren who brought her much joy: Madisyn and Kayla Opdendries, Jordan and Kailynn Scherger, Quinn and Lila Janssen and Beau and Oaklynn Opdendries.

Besides her immediate family, Kathleen is survived by her sister, Rosemarie Barnes; her brother, Henry (Bud) Hauck; sister-in-law, Rose Hauck, and numerous family and friends whom she touched deeply.  She was predeceased by her brother, John (Jack) Hauck; sister, Anne (Ralph) Welda; her  sister-in-law, Mary Lou Hauck, and brother-in-law, Neil Barnes.

Kathleen spent her early years in Heisler, a small Alberta town where everyone knew each other.  She loved learning and books so it was no surprise when she became a teacher and later a principal.  She worked for many years in the Edmonton Catholic school system.

Memorial donations may be made to the International Literacy Association in honour of her love of reading and children.The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at Chartwell Westcott and the Grey Nuns Hospital for their care and compassion. There will no service at this time due to Covid 19.

Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Kathleen's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


NOEL GOUR

Gour Noel.jpgNoel Paul Gour from Edmonton, Alberta, beloved husband of Patricia, passed away on July 23, 2020 at the age of 84. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many colleagues and students whose lives he touched throughout his career in the field of Education. He is survived by his children, Simon (Bonnie), Matthew, Rachel, and Damien (Michele). He will also be greatly missed by his 6 grandsons, Christopher (Joella), Timothy, Luke, Spencer (Sydney), Nathan, and Nicholas and his great-grandchildren, Logan, Cassie, and Shelby. Noel is survived by his brother Henry (Florence), sister Aggie (Dick), brother Laurent (Jacqueline), and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Raphael and Olive, his sister Yvette and Hubert Lefebvre, and his sister Rita and John Wooldridge.

A private family service will be held at St. Joachim with his interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences, memories, and photos maybe shared and viewed on Noel Gour's obituary at www.serenity.ca. The family would like to request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Noel's favorite charity Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.ca).

Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Noel's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


LARRY NOWAK

83395-Larry-NOWAK.jpgLarry Walter Nowak, beloved husband of Terry Nowak, of Cochrane, AB, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the age of 70 years.

Larry was born in Wainwright, AB, on July 17, 1949.  He grew up in Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta where he met Terry. Upon completion of his Education Degree, he worked as a teacher and administrator with the Edmonton Catholic School Board until his retirement in 2004. Larry loved being both a teacher and coach throughout his career. He also had a passion for basketball. He began playing at O’Leary High School and was proud to represent the University as a Golden Bear for four years. His knowledge and skill of the game allowed him to be both a strong and fair official which he enjoyed for a number of years. Dad’s basketball community is one that he valued his entire life.  Upon retirement, Mom and Dad relocated to Creston, BC where Larry became an active, contributing member of this welcoming community. Their acreage at the base of the Skimmerhorns brought him great joy. Just shy of a year ago, Dad and Mom moved back to Alberta to be closer to family.

Larry’s first love and biggest pride was his family. After marrying Terry in 1972, they began their family welcoming Janet in 1974, and twins Darcy and Doug only eighteen months later. Dad was our champion and biggest fan.  His enormous pride in his children spilled over to his devotion and support of his beloved grandchildren Isaac, Asha, Logan, Otto, and Evie. Not only was Papa the tallest fan in the arena or concert hall, he was the proudest. In addition to loving and cherishing these children, Larry was a revered father-in-law to Marc and Scott.

He will be most remembered for being a genuinely good man with a huge heart, ready smile, and boundless pride.

Besides his loving wife Terry, Larry is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Marc Houle and Darcy and Scott Hanson; son Doug, grandchildren, Isaac and Logan Houle and Asha, Otto and Evie Hanson. Also left to mourn his loss are his nieces, Tracy and Cara McLeod. Larry was a respected and much loved member of Terry’s large family. Missing him are her eight brothers and sisters, their spouses, and his nineteen nieces and nephews from the Gwartney clan. Dad was considered family by many and his friends, both old and new, were dear to him.

A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be announced at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Larry’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Jumpstart, 2180 Yonge Street, PO Box 770, Station K, Toronto, ON M4P 2V8, https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/pages/donate-funds.

Larry joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1971 as a teacher at Archbishop O'Leary. He became an assistant principal in 1986 and served several of our schools, including St. Mark, Cardinal Leger, St. Francis of Assisi and Louis St. Laurent, before returning to Archbishop O'Leary in 1996. Larry retired from the Division in 2004. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Larry's family and friends. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

 


GWENDOLYN ROBINSON

7992-Robinson-Gwendolyn.jpgIt is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Gwendolyn Ellen Robinson on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 91 years of age.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children: Mary-Agnes Robinson Smyth      (Tom), Garrett Robinson (Gordon), Frank Robinson, Jim (Tracey) Robinson and Janet (John) Zuk; brother, Gordon (Yvonne) Tidswell; sister-in-law, Ruth Robinson; grandchildren: Sean Tidey, Cathy Tidey (Garth), Andrew (Xuan) Robinson, Jordan Robinson, Rebecca Zuk, Sarah-Lynn Zuk; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Gwendolyn was predeceased by her loving husband of 28 years, Francis Robinson; grandson, Mark Robinson and her parents, Mary and Jack Tidswell.

Gwen Robinson, an academic, devoted Christian, mother of 5 and grandmother to many.

Born and educated in Edmonton, Gwen attended U of A, graduated in the Faculty of Science, married the love of her life Frank Robinson (deceased) and went on to achieve a degree in Education while her 5 children attended school. Gwen’s first teaching experience was at the newly formed Terra School for pregnant high school students giving them an opportunity to continue their education during pregnancy and motherhood. This was followed with a position in the Christian Family Life program developed by the Catholic School System. During this period of her career she began attending Newman Theological College and convocated in 1990. After retiring from the Catholic School System Gwen became involved with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program (R.C.I.A.) at St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish and continued well into her 80’s. Professed into the Third Order of St. Francis in 1956 she lived her life following the teachings of St. Francis. Gwen was kind, generous and forgiving. She stood up for social justice and equality for all. She had an incredible zest for knowledge and willingly shared hers. Gwen touched countless lives, and all have been blessed to have been loved by her.  Gwen Robinson, a life well lived.

Due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, a private family Prayer Service and a Funeral Mass will be held at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church.

Gwen joined the Division in 1974 as a family life consultant. She also worked as a teacher at St. Richard and St. Gabriel until her retirement in 1990. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Gwen's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


KAREN MARTINOVIC

70659-Karen-Martinovic.pngIt is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Karen Elizabeth Martinovic (nee Dickie), aged 54, on June 28, 2020. She will be greatly missed for her kindness, passion for teaching and joy of life.

Karen is survived by her three loving children, Joshua Martinovic, Thomas
 Martinovic, Sophia Martinovic; her former husband, Robert Martinovic; her mother, Marina Dickie; her brothers, Warren Dickie (Colleen Houlihan), Kevin Dickie (Melinda); as well as numerous relatives from western Canada and the U.S. She was predeceased by her father, William Dickie.

Karen was born in Victoria, B.C. on December 15, 1965. As an infant, she demonstrated a strong will which she benefitted from her entire life. As a child, she was enrolled in public school, participated in sports and attended evening catechism classes with her cousins. Karen was a natural leader which became useful once her two younger brothers grew older as she offered them advice, guidance and affection. As a student, she developed a love for all her subjects but especially enjoyed the sciences. After she graduated from Belmont Secondary School, she attended the University of Victoria and later graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology. She started her first career with the Canadian Red Cross as a laboratory technician in Vancouver. She soon started a family and later gravitated towards teaching and moved with her small family to Edmonton and enrolled in the Education Program at the University of Alberta. With her strong will and tenacious work ethic, she graduated from the Faculty of Education Program with Honours and simultaneously raised her three small children and worked a part time job.

For the second time in her adult life, Karen embarked on a new career; this time as a teacher with Edmonton Catholic Schools. She began as an elementary teacher at Mary Hanley Catholic Elementary School and then continued her career as a teacher/learning coach at St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Kevin, St. Basil, St. Cecilia and finally and as an Assistant Principal at Christ the King Junior High School. Her career with Edmonton Catholic Schools spanned over 17 years. Karen was stellar in every way and much loved by her students and colleagues. She brought joy, enthusiasm and commitment to every assignment and was especially passionate about teaching students to read.

Karen was dedicated to her children first and foremost. She provided them with a tidy home, always had delicious food to eat and made sure her children knew that they were loved by their parents. Karen’s children had numerous friends and it was well known throughout their neighbourhood that at the Martinovic’s house, there was always room for one more at their table. She guided her children through life into adulthood where they all remain extremely close.

Ever loving and always giving, Karen sponsored children in some of the poorest countries in the world through World Vision International. She kept a photo of the sponsored child on her fridge as a reminder that she could make a difference in a child’s life that she had never met. We know that this act of kindness filled her heart with love. She enjoyed sports and spent countless nights and weekends attending her kid’s hockey, soccer and lacrosse games. Karen shared her home as a billet for international students and was looked upon by many of those students as their adopted Canadian mother. She found delight in music, singing and frequently attended concerts. Karen was well liked by many and enjoyed the companionship of her lifelong friends. She has a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good laugh. She adored travel and spent time throughout Canada and internationally. Karen cherished family gatherings and often returned to BC to enjoy Christmas time with her family and friends. She embraced life with ambition, resilience, enthusiasm, magnanimity and dignity. She will forever be with those who loved her so dearly who have passed before her. Karen’s Catholic faith carried her through her final days and we know she is now in eternal peace with the Lord.

A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated on July 7th at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place in Victoria, BC in September 2020.

Memorial donations in Karen’s memory may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation and World Vision International

Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Karen's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

To view the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. click here.

 


KARIM CASTILLO MAURICIO

We are sad to announce the passing of Karim Castillo Mauricio on May 28, 2020. Karim was an educational assistant at St. Thomas Aquinas.

We do not have details of a service at this time, but will update this page when information becomes available.

Karim joined the Division as an educational assistant in 2016. Before her time at St. Thomas Aquinas, she served students at Annunciation and John Paul I. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Karim's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


PETER ROMANIAK

romaniuk peter.jpgWith great sadness, we announce the passing of Piotr Romaniak on May 17, 2020 at the age of 68 years. Piotr will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his brother, Simon Romaniak of Jaroszowka, Poland; nieces, Helena Podobinska, Malgorzata Milanicz, Anna Jacenik, Teresa Biegalska; goddaughter, Anna Romaniak; and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made in memory of Peter to St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.

Mr. Romaniak worked for Edmonton Catholic Schools as a custodian for 22 years, from 1991 to 2013. He served several of our schools, including St. Kevin, St. Rose, St. Michael, and several years at Bishop Greschuk. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Peter's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



CAROLE ROSE

Born: April 28, 1933 in Regina SK. Entered into rest April 23, 2020 in Nanaimo BC.

Predeceased by her parents, Gerald Beauchamp Devine and Genevieve Josephine McCarthy. Carole leaves behind her sister, Patty Huschilt (Nick, deceased) and brother, Edward Devine (Anndee), her two daughters, Patty and Mary Anne and three grandchildren Taylor, Ty, and Paige, 10 nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews and 2 great-great nephews.

Carole attended Holy Angels Elementary School in Calgary and the original St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Edmonton. She figure skated. She attained her Grade 8 in piano. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education in 1955. Carole was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta – ΚΑΘ sorority and was very active in the Glee Club. She taught briefly in a one-room schoolhouse in Bingley Alberta. As a Home Economics teacher, her students will remember her from St. Mark Jr. High, St. Francis Xavier and St. Joseph High Schools in Edmonton. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Parish, Edmonton for 50 years.

Carole was a bon vivant. She loved to golf. She loved to dance. She loved to sing. We will remember the twinkle in her eye and her sense of humour when she recalled a funny story from her summers at B-Say-Tah Point in Saskatchewan, her many adventures during her school days as a student and a teacher and so many happy times with family and friends at her cottage on Pigeon Lake, Alberta.

Carole will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, St. Albert Alberta on Wednesday May 6, 2020 at 11:00 am. At a future date family and friends will gather to celebrate her remarkable spirit.

Carole worked as a teacher for the Division from 1955 to 1998. She served as a home economics teacher at St. Mary, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Mark. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Carole's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


ALBERT ETHIER

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving father, Albert Joseph Ethier, on April 7, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Beloved husband of 62 years to Pauline Ethier (Regimbald), children Irene (Bruce), Jean (Elle), Lucien (Carol), Daniel, Theresa (Lloyd). He was predeceased by his siblings George, Joseph, Gerard, Beatrice, Eva and Marie Ann. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; Steven, Kimberley, Scott, Nicole, Stephanie, Chantal, William, Eric, Lilly. Albert’s larger than life approach to life included the ability to love fiercely and love fully. Albert can now rest easy knowing he has left a legacy of love that is evident in the lives of his family, and all who knew him. In recent days he was blessed with exceptional care from the staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, and our family is very thankful for their dedication and service. A celebration of his joyful life will take place at a later date.

Albert was a carpenter with Edmonton Catholic Schools from 1961 to 1988. The Division extends sincere condolences to his family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. 

 


DIANE PARADIS

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beautiful Diane Paradis (nee Baril) on May 4, 2020 at the age of 83 years.  Born in Bonnyville October 23, 1936, Diane grew up in Edmonton, Alberta.

We have been blessed with the kind, beautiful, generous, and loving person Diane was to her family and friends. Thank you for enriching our lives with your gifts of strength, wisdom, courage, faith, hope and love.  We are comforted knowing that we have one more angel in heaven watching over us and we miss our beautiful precious Diane dearly.

Diane’s first teaching assignment was at Forest Lawn Calgary followed by 30 years of teaching with Edmonton Catholic School Division. She served many students and families in her career as a caring passionate educator ending her 31 year career at St. Dominic School where she cherished special lifetime bonds with many colleagues. 

Diane had a ‘joie de vivre’ that brought joy and laughter to everyone around her. Diane’s second home was their family cabin at Lake Isle where she loved to spend time with family and friends. The Baril’s have a long history at Lake Isle and Diane and Bud continued that legacy with their own family.  Yearly camp trips, ski trips, campfire sing songs, skating, board and card game nights, curling, golfing, and being present for the events of all her grandchildren were special moments she cherished with family and friends. Bud and Diane loved to travel, and they visited every continent except Africa and Antarctica.  Diane was also known for her gardening, canning, freezing, and many meals she generously gifted to her family and friends throughout her life.

Predeceased by her precious 54 year old son, Raymond Paradis, she leaves behind her loving husband of 60 years, Lucien (Bud) Paradis, and three children, Michelle (Leon) Dupuis, Denise (Earl) Bourque, Mark (Sandra) Paradis and daughter-in-law, Livia Paradis and her beautiful grandchildren: Avery and Alden Dupuis, Renee, Lauren and Danielle Paradis, Kieran and Kara Bourque, Anthony Paradis and great grandson Hector Candela Bourque.  Diane is also survived by her siblings, Art (Terrie) Baril, Phil (Vicky) Baril, and Denise (Bernie) Bryden. 

Please join the livestream Funeral Celebration of Life for Diane Paradis which will take place on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish in Sherwood Park, presided by Fr. Jim Corrigan. The link to join the service is: https://www.olph.ca/links/ or https://www.connelly-mckinley.com/obituaries/diane-paradis/

Diane worked with Edmonton Catholic Schools as a teacher for 30 years between 1957 to 1993. She served St. Leo, St. Matthew, St. Alphonsus, Father Leo Green, St. Phillip and St. Dominic during her career with the Division. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Diane's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

 


ROBERT MACKINNON

Robert L MacKinnon, 77, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Born in Cape Breton, Rob received his B.Ed. degree at St. Francis Xavier University. He moved west for his teaching career and settled in Sherwood Park. He is survived by his daughter, Keira and her husband, Francois; 4 sisters-in-law and their partners, Celeste and Dave, Janice and Dale, Rita and Stuart, Maureen and Bob; his nieces and nephews, and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife Gwen and daughter Tanis; parents, May and Jim; brother, Allen; aunts and uncle, Dot, Polly and Paul.

Rob was a beloved educator for the Edmonton Catholic School Board for 48 years. He was honored at his retirement in 2013, receiving an abundance of accolades and thank yous for his unwavering dedication to his students and his support of fellow educators. His family and friends will always remember his hearty and legendary laugh, quick sense of humour, and his talent for storytelling.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish, at #13 Brower Drive in Sherwood Park, AB.

Robert MacKinnon joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1965. He taught at St. Agnes and Sir John Thompson before becoming assistant principal of Louis St. Laurent in 1973. He served as assistant principal at various other schools including St. Basil, St. Francis Xavier, Archbishop MacDonald, Holy Trinity and Austin O'Brien. Robert retired in 2013. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Robert's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



MARY SLABYJ

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mary Slabyj on February 10, 2020 at the age of 79 years. Mary is survived by her husband of 60 years, Taras; daughters, Lydia (Wendell) and Luba; son, Roman (Susan); brother, Mike; sister, Lydia (Ivan) Chobot; and extended family in Canada, USA and Ukraine. Predeceased by her parents, Jaroslaw and Anna; and her beloved sister, Christina.

Mary worked as a teacher for over 35 years with the Edmonton Separate School Board. It was a vocation she cherished. Prayer Service Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church, 11305 – 95 A Street, Edmonton. Divine Liturgy Friday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church. Reverend Danylo Kuc officiating with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mary joined Edmonton Catholic Schools as a teacher in 1959. She worked at St. Clare, St. Basil, and St. Stanislaus, until joining St. Martin in 1976. She served there for 19 years before her retirement in 1995. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Mary's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



EDWARD HUMMEL

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ed on February 3, 2020 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. Ed was an incredibly strong and gentle man, battling M.S. silently for more than 40 years with no complaints and always with a positive attitude.

Ed was a math teacher and then became assistant principal until ill health forced him to retire early. Never one to sit idle he took up painting and became very accomplished at his art. Despite his many health challenges, Ed lived a full life with his loving family and wonderful friends travelling around the world and spending time with his precious grandchildren. Ed will be very sadly missed and forever remembered by his loving wife Joan of 49 years, his children Todd (Kim), and Nicole (Anthony) and his cherished grandchildren Brooklyn, Tyler and Ashton. Ed is survived by his sisters Theresa, Delores (Milo) and Louise (Mike) also mourning his loss are his family-in-laws Dale (Bob) Roy (Jan) Tom (Judy) Sherry, and Daryl (Debby). The family wishes to thank the amazing team of Doctors and nurses at the Victoria Jubilee ICU and the Lung Care ward for all their efforts and kindness.

Funeral to be held at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, 10030 Third St., Sidney, B.C. on Feb. 19, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. The family respectively requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Ed joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1968. He worked as a math teacher at St. Vincent, Louis St. Laurent, and Austin O'Brien before becoming a department head 1979. In 1983, Ed became assistant principal at St. Charles. He went on to serve J. J. Bowlen and St. Alphonsus, until his retirement in 1993. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Ed's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



JOAN CARR

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that our beloved Superintendent Joan Carr has passed away after a courageous struggle with cancer.

Joan will always be known and loved as an individual with a passion for Catholic education and bringing students, staff, and families into a closer relationship with Jesus. Her legacy is part of the fabric of Edmonton Catholic Schools.  Joan was passionate about providing students with a broad spectrum of faith-based programming to choose from in order to reach their fullest potential.  This has established the character of our jurisdiction as one which provides for personalized programming to engage student gifts, talents, and passions through high quality Catholic educational experiences.  Most of all Joan loved helping our students to walk with Jesus.

She began her career as a teacher before serving in other roles including Principal and Assistant Superintendent. In 2006, Joan Carr became Superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools.  The 45 years that she dedicated to her vocation in our Division is a testament to her commitment to Catholic education and the community which she so loved.

Let us join together as a community of believers to be thankful for the gift of the time we had with Joan and to take comfort in the knowledge that she is at rest in God.

Please submit your memories of Joan Carr to the Online Book of Condolences



PAULA NELSON

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Paula's passing, our loving mother, wife, sister, and friend. Paula Celeste Nelson (nee Zimmel) born in Barrhead, Alberta, passed away peacefully at the age of 66 with family at her bedside, on Friday, January 10, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. The world is less bright without her unconditional love and unwavering support for all those who knew and loved her. She leaves behind her devoted husband of forty years, Stuart; four wonderful children, Matthew, Ashley, Andrew, and Taylor; loving sisters, JoAnn, Colleen, Karen, and Vicki; as well as many nieces and nephews. Paula now joins her mother Pearl, father Harry, sisters, Jackie and Gayle, and nephew Nicholas. Please join us in celebrating her life at 11:00 a.m., on January 17, 2020.

The Funeral Liturgy will be held at Connelly-McKinley Edmonton South Chapel, 4820 Meridian Street NW, Edmonton, with a Visitation taking place an hour prior to the service. Paula will be laid to rest at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. In honor of Paula, we ask that you wear something pink in attendance at her funeral, the colour that made her shine her brightest. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the COPD foundation. We thank you all for your love and support at this sorrowful time. To send condolences and get directions to the Edmonton South location, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Paula was hired on at Edmonton Catholic Schools as a teacher assistant in 2001. She served students at St. James and St. Teresa before joining St. Richard in 2004. Paula retired from St. Richard in 2019. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Paula's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



PHILLIP FIORILLO

With inconsolable grief we announce that on January 13, 2020, Philip "Phil" Fiorillo, beloved husband, father, and nonno extraordinaire passed away after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 67 years. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Rita; two sons, Joseph (Melanija) and Salvatore (Leah); three treasured grandchildren, Sofia, Filip and Graziella; mother, Carmina; siblings, Tony and Tina; mother-in-law, Fiorina Arnieri; nieces, nephews, extended relatives, former students and friends. Predeceased by his father, Giuseppe; and sister, Anna.

Funeral Mass Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Charles Roman Catholic Church, 17511 112 Street, Edmonton. Reverend Robert Lee officiating with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation's research program, www.albertacancer.ca, donate to pancreatic research. Forever loved, forever remembered.

Philip joined Edmonton Catholic Schools as a teacher in 1975 at St. Thomas More. He went on to teach at Louis St. Laurent, J.H. Picard, Sir John Thompson and St. Angela. He retired in 2007, but continued to be a part of the Division for several more years as a substitute teacher. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Philip's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



MATT SHYKORA

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a loving father and Dido, Matt Shykora. He will be sadly missed by his children Debra (Ron), Kristen, and Rick (Dawn). Dido will be missed dearly by his 10 grandchildren who were the centre of his life: Nicolas Shykora, Shaun, Ryan and Dana Poniewozik; Amanda and Kaitlyn Hodgins; and Mason, Sadie, Kayla, and Grace Shykora. Matt will be missed by many dear friends and family. He was predeceased by his wife Sylvia, son Gregg, his parents as well as brothers Oleh and Ihor. The Funeral Service is to take place Friday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m., at the Connelly-McKinley Edmonton South Funeral Home, 4820 Meridian Street, Edmonton. (Located in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.) Services will be officiated by Father Matthew Drury. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all of the staff at We Care for the tremendous care provided during the past year.

Matt worked for the Division from 1958 to 1982 as a teacher, department head and vocational education specialist at St. Joseph. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Matt's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.  



JEAN KOSHKA

Early Monday morning, October 21, 2019, Jean Koshka passed away peacefully in her sleep. Jean died as she lived with an indomitable spirit and a take control attitude. She was determined to defeat the cancer that was ravaging her body. Her spirit was willing but her body just could not endure the fight any longer. When she was not travelling, Jean lived for family gatherings and nothing was more important to her than bringing family and friends together for her elaborate meals. She loved to entertain and everything was created and served according to true Ukrainian tradition.

When she wasn't hosting a major dinner, Jean spent most of her working life as the head secretary at Austin O'Brien Catholic High School in Edmonton where she directed and organized the lives of many, many principals and staff over the years. Jean was predeceased by her dear husband, Larry, in 2005. She was also predeceased by her parents, Nick and Eva Caruk; as well as her brother, Tony Caruk (Joanne); and her sisters, Ollie Koshka (Joe), Adeline Krysko (Len) and Sonia Hrabec (Bill). Left to cherish her memory are Jean's daughter, Cheryl MacDonald (Allan) and their daughter Katie (Brian Hess) and Jean's son, Brad (Michelle) and their children Megan, Abby, Brooke and Brandon. Jean is also survived by her brother, Roman Caruk (Maria); as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jean was an active member of St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7007-109 Street NW, Edmonton, where her funeral will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26 with interment beside Larry in St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery at Chipman. Should you wish, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to cancer research. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.parkmemorial.com.

Jean served the entirety of her 28 year career with Edmonton Catholic Schools at Austin O'Brien. The Division extends sincere condolences to Jean's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



GARNET MCKEE

It is with profound sadness, but deepest gratitude, that we announce that Garnet McKee has written the final chapter in his incredible life's journey. On Thursday, October 24, 2019, surrounded by his family, Garnet came to rest after a long and courageous battle with a brain tumour.

Garnet was born on August 12, 1938 in Calgary and lived most of his life in Saskatoon and Edmonton. He was a successful civil engineer with a reputation built upon a strong work ethic and an unshakeable moral compass. Giving back to his community was a core value for Garnet and the Kinsmen Club of Edmonton, St. Joseph's College and the South Side Athletic Club were among the organizations that were blessed to count him amongst their ranks. Beyond all else, family and friends were his first priority and his greatest source of pride. Garnet touched the lives and hearts of every person he encountered and left an impression of kindness and authenticity wherever he went. With his trademark positivity, we will remember his words...."It doesn't get any better." Garnet is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gloria; his son, Kevin (Lyn); daughters, Sheryl Maik (Terry) and Erin Gaudet (Bert); and grandchildren, Megan, Jillian, Ben, Lauren, Clay, Marc and Gavin. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the incredible staff at Exquisicare for taking care of Garnet with love and tenderness over the past 11 months.

Funeral Mass Monday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 210 Haddow Close (23 Avenue and Terwillegar Drive) with concelebrants Reverend Mitch Fidyka and Reverend Jim Corrigan officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Hope Mission, 9908 - 106 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 2L8. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.parkmemorial.com.

Garnet McKee served Edmonton Catholic Schools from 1984 to 2004 as the Director of Facilities Services. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Garnet's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



ROMEO BRISEBOIS

Romeo T. Brisebois of Edmonton passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on Saturday, September 14, 2019 on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross. He will be remembered by his children Diane, Lawrence, Darlene, Gary (Cecilia) and Glen (Marcia), 15 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters as well as many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Mary, brothers Gerard and Gilles and sisters Annette and Rita.

Reverend Mark McGee will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Edmund Parish on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Friends who so desire may make memorial donations directly to St. Edmund Parish, 13120 - 116 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5E 5H5. We wish to acknowledge the staff and sisters of Charity of Montreal "Grey Nuns" at Youville Home St. Albert for their excellent and loving care of him for all his physical and pastoral needs over the past year.

Romeo Brisebois was a teacher with the Division from 1958 to 1984. He served as an assistant principal at St. Bernadette, St. Gerard and St. Bede. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Romeo's family and friends.



BOB TABAKA

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert "Bob" Tabaka at the age of 77 years. Bob is survived by his loving wife Christine; children: Andrea (Brian) Whittingham, Derrick (Jana) Tabaka, Sabrina (Mike) Deering and his precious grandchildren: Ella, Elise, Scarlett, Vanessa, Jace and Marin. Bob was predeceased by his parents: William and Mary Tabaka.

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7007 - 109 Street, Edmonton. Interment to follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Donations gracefully accepted to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Robert joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1967 as a teacher at St. Mary. In 1970 he moved to Louis St. Laurent, where he became a department head. Robert taught at a variety of schools in the Division, including St. Pius X, St. Mark, and Holy Trinity for several years. In 2004, her retired from Louis St. Laurent. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Robert's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



KAREN KITCHING

On September 11, 2019, Mrs. Karen Eva Kitching of Edmonton passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 75. Karen will be lovingly remembered by her two sons: Daniel (Patricia) and Randy both of St. Albert. She was predeceased by her husband John in 1985.

A Memorial celebration of Karen's life will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 12810 - 111 Avenue, Edmonton on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Karen joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1986 as an out of school care worker at St. Andrew. In 1995 she became an educational assistant at St. Pius X. In 1997 she joined Annunciation and remained there until her retirement in 2010. Karen is remembered for the love she showed her students, as well as her humour and compassion. She supported students and staff alike. Her colleagues recall, no matter how difficult the situation Karen was there to help. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Karen's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



CHARLES GOULET

On Monday, September 2, 2019. Charles (Charlie) Odias Goulet passed away at age 89 years of age. Charles leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 61 years; Denise. He also leaves his four children and their spouses; Denis and Tammy, Guy and Monica, Jackie and Frank, and Richard and Carla. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Yazmin, Gabrielle, Yaniv, Nicole, Gilad, Christina (Trevor), Michael, Nicholas, Luana and Jordana. His memory will be kept alive for his great granddaughter, Maddalyn. Charles was predeceased by his parents Alphonse (1974) and Annie (2004), as well as his younger brothers, Vic and Paul. Charlie leaves behind his much-loved siblings: sisters Lorraine and Joyce, brothers Jim, Gary, David, Ron and Don, as well as their spouses. Charlie is also mourned by numerous nieces, nephews, too many to list. He will be missed by all.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Annunciation Catholic Church, 9420-163 Street, Edmonton, AB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, GW 2166, 10230-111 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5G 0B7 or Covenant Care (Foyer Lacombe), 9040-84 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6C 1E4. To send condolences, please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com.

Charles Goulet began teaching in 1947, and joined St. Luke in 1958, which at the time was a part of Jasper Place Separate School District. He became Assistant Principal at Our Lady of Peace in 1961. In 1964, the districts amalgamated, and Charles became Principal at HE. Beariault. He served there until his retirement in 1985. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Charles' family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



JOHN SIKORA

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John Anthony Sikora at the age of 81 years on August 28, 2019. John was born in Coleman, Alberta on January 19, 1938. Following high school he went on to earn degrees in Science and Education from the University of Saskatoon. John worked as a devoted teacher at Archbishop O'Leary High school for 30 years. He enjoyed coaching hockey, curling and baseball and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. John was actively involved with the Knights of Columbus and his parish. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elsie (Mychalyk); three sons, Gregory (Nathalie and grandchildren Sydney and Genevieve), Michael (Lolita and grandchildren Gabriel, Isabelle and Olivia), James (Lindsay and grandchildren Taylor and Chelsea); one brother, Frank (Rosemarie); three sisters, Teresa (Ed), Agnes (Adrian) and Martha (Bill); and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary (Lipowski); sister, Mary; brothers, Michael, Joe, Tony and Paul; and stepmother Helen (Osiowy).

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all who have reached out to them during this difficult time and the compassionate staff at the Sturgeon Community Hospital. Prayer Service Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 13131 86 Street, Edmonton. Funeral Mass Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.parkmemorial.com.

John was a teacher at Archbishop O'Leary from 1963 to 1993. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to John's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



ZENON WIZNURA

On August 19, 2019, Zenon Andrew Wiznura of Edmonton, AB, formerly of Thorhild, AB, passed away after a long struggle with Parkinson's. Zenon, fourth child of Nicholas and Teklia (nee Kuchar), grew up in the county of Thorhild before attending the University of Alberta, where he received a B.Sc. in Geology. He later became a teacher and brought his dedication to service and his outgoing personality to the halls of St. Francis Xavier High School for 23 years as a math instructor, counselor, and, later, head of the math department.

Throughout his life, Zen rarely went anywhere in Canada without hearing some former student recognize him and say "Mr. Wiznura?" He was a foundational member of West Meadowlark Community League and dedicated himself to community service. After retiring, he devoted a good portion of his time to building birdhouses/feeders, selling many of them and giving many more away to worthwhile causes for fundraisers. He was predeceased by his wife, Norma (nee Wilson), as well as by his sisters, Mary Kolasa and Lida Yacey. He is survived by his brother, Roman, his two daughters, Sandy Fitzgerald (John) and Donna (Randy Zutter), his two sons, Steve and Robert (Virginia Gillese), and his dear friend, Marguerite Belair. Grampa/Gido was devoted to his grandchildren, Sean (Jason), Dylan, Kate, Declan, Isaac (Jayla), and Clare.

There will be a viewing on Sunday evening, August 25 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Park Memorial Funeral Home, 9709 - 111 Avenue, Edmonton. Memorial Mass Monday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, 9420 - 163 Street, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, #120 - 6835 - Railway Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 2V6.

Mr. Wiznura was a teacher with the District from 1963 to 1990 at St. Francis Xavier. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Zen's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.parkmemorial.com.



AMANDA TARNAWSKI

Joyful and sharp-witted to the very end, Amanda passed gently at the age of 88, to join her parents Joseph and Léa, brothers and sister, and many friends. She is survived by her brother, Peter McAnally. She also leaves four daughters, Mary-Ann (Richard) Spiteri, Janet "Ana" (David) Bennett, Susan Mann, and Paulette Tarnawski (Lloyd Fitzsimonds). Precious to her and the joys of her life are grandchildren, Steven, Claire (Nathan), Michael, Alexandra (Ryan), Theo, Renée, Jacob, and great- granddaughters, Elliot Mae and Lennon Grace.

A resourceful and generous woman, she lived a life of service and made genuine connections with people in her community and around the world. She will be remembered for her kind, direct, upbeat personality. Her joie de vivre endeared her to everyone she met.

Prayer Service will take place at Foster and McGarvey, 10011-114 Street on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass and final farewell will be held at St. Joseph's Basilica, 10044 113 Street on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Amanda suggested donations to Hope Mission or Angels Anonymous Connections. To send condolences, please visit: www.fostermcgarvey.com.

Ms. Tarnawski joined Edmonton Catholic Schools as a secretary in 1967. She went on to become the maintenance coordinator at the Service Centre in 1980, until her retirement from the District in 1996. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Amanda's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. 



LYNN WEINLOS

Lynn Estrid Weinlos, o best beloved, passed away at 1:57 p.m. on August 3, 2019. She died peacefully, in a room overflowing with love, surrounded by friends, and family. Lynnie is predeceased by her parents, Merle and Morris Weinlos, and sister Valerie Weinlos. She is survived by her sister Honey Isaacs, and brothers-in-law Eddy Isaacs and Rod Hartfeil; son Moses Myrol, wife Haley Myrol, grandchild Raizel; son Harry Gregg and his partner Hannah Storvold; as well as the countless students and treasured friends whose hearts she touched and minds she shaped for seventy-one remarkable years. 

Thank you to all of those who held her in their hearts over the last few days, both near and far.  Lynnie was like a campfire. She drew everyone in with her warmth, and together around her. She made everyone she met feel like family. She will be profoundly missed.

Lynn joined Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1971 and worked on and off as a high school teacher until 2007. She spent most years of her career in the District at Archbishop MacDonald. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Lynn's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

A celebration of life will be held for Lynn on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Archbishop MacDonald High School (14219 109 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.



JELLISA ARANSEVIA

Jellisa unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Toronto. She was the cherished only child to Kenrick & Jacqueline Aransevia. She will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends in Edmonton, Jamaica, and other parts of the world. The family appreciates all of your prayers and words of comfort during this very difficult time.

The above obituary and space to post condolences can be found here: New Haven Funeral Centre

A Celebration of Life will be held for her on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at People’s Church, 15641 96 Avenue, Edmonton.

Jellisa was a therapeutic assistant with the District since 2017. Edmonton Catholic Schools would like to extend sincere condolences to Jellisa's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



JANICE GIBSON

July 18, 1962 - July 25, 2019

It is with great sadness Janice Gibson, late of Edmonton, AB (formerly of) Barrhead, AB, passed away on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at the age of 57 years. She is survived by her loving family; Parents: Isabel Gibson (Wayne Noullett), brothers Douglas and Stewart Gibson of Barrhead. and Doug Noullett (Jennifer) of Manning as well as her sisters Anne Gibson of Jasper, and Dawn (Robert) Helm of Stony Plain. Along with numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews. She is predeceased by her father Victor Gibson, and Grandparents.

Prayers will be held at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Barrhead, AB on Thursday August 1st, 2019 at 7:00pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Anne's Catholic church in Barrhead, AB on Friday August 2nd, 2019 at 11:00am. Donations may be made at to the Canadian Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

The above obituary can be found here: Dignity Memorial Obituaries

Janice began her career with Edmonton Catholic Schools in 1980 as a clerk typist.  In 1986, Janice became the student records clerk at Archbishop O’Leary High School.  She was promoted to the role of secretary at Archbishop O’Leary in 1988.   In 2001, she moved to the St. Peter Adult Education Center (Lifelong Learning) as the administrative manager.  She was actively working as the administrative manager of the School of Alternative Education (Sacred Heart) since 2001.  Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Janice’s family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy in God rest in peace.



CHANDIMA SEMASINGHE

Chandima Semasinghe, an early learning facilitator with Genesis School, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Chandima had been with Genesis Early Learning since the inception of 100 Voices in 2013. She was a part of the team receiving the Human Services Award for work in early learning at Commonwealth a number of years ago. Chandima was a dedicated member of any team that she was a part of and brought a wealth of knowledge to all teachers, facilitators and multidisciplinary team members who had the pleasure of working with her. Her passion for supporting children in their early years and devotion to their families travelled well beyond the classroom walls. With an unforgettable smile and listening ear, Chandima was a wonderful colleague and friend who will be greatly missed.

A service will be held for Chandima on Thursday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m., at Christcity Church (14788 156 Street, Edmonton AB).

Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Chandima's family and friends. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.



MARCEL (BEN) POITRAS

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marcel Bernard (Ben) Poitras on May 6, 2019 at the age of 98. Ben will be forever remembered and loved by his wife of 71 years, Ann Poitras (Devlin); sons Ron (Linda), Michael (Marlene), Bernie (Sarah), and daughter Elizabeth (Mike), his grandchildren, Rachelle, Andre, Yves, Anne-Marie, Evan, Marc, Gabriel, Stevenson and his nieces and nephews.  Ben was born in 1921 in St. Paul, Alberta, where he grew up, the sixth child of Alphonse Poitras and Marie Labrie. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII as an airframe mechanic, he married Ann Devlin on April 22, 1948 in Vancouver, BC. They moved between British Columbia and Alberta to pursue teaching positions, settling in St. Paul in 1956 to raise their family. He obtained his Master’s degree in educational psychology from Oregon State University in the 60’s. Arriving in Edmonton in 1968 with his family, Ben worked as a school psychologist with Edmonton Catholic Schools until his retirement in 1983 after a 35-year career in education.  A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 210 Haddow Close NW, Edmonton, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Ben's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 



GELSOMINO (JIM) MASTRONARDI

It is with unbelievable shock and tremendous sadness that we, the family of Gelsomino "Jim" Mastronardi, announce his unexpected passing on May 3, 2019 at the age of 87 years old from Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (a broken heart). Gelsomino's wife, the love of his life, Gelsomina had passed away just 8 days earlier on April 25. While our hearts are heavy by a loss so great, our comfort and strength comes from the belief that they are united in heaven. Gelsomino and Gelsomina would have celebrated 68 years of marriage on May 24.  Gelsomino "Jim" will be greatly missed by his children; Quirino (Julie) Frank (Carrie) Annette (Paul); grandchildren, Katrina (Joshua), Kade (Lisa), Adam, Medena, Kyla, Daenen; great-grandchildren, Harris, Sophia, Elle and Philip and his brother Antonio (Giuseppina), nieces, nephews, countless family and many treasured friends from all over the world. Gelsomino was predeceased by his parents Quirino and Gioconda and by his infant son at birth.  Public Visitation  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  Trinity Funeral Home  10530 116 Street, Edmonton Alberta  Mass of Christian Burial  Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m  Santa Maria Goretti Church  9110 - 110 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta Entombment  Thursday, May 9, 2019, following Mass  Holy Cross Mausoleum 14611 Mark Messier Trail, Edmonton, Alberta  In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Gelsomino's honour may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. To share memories or offer condolences please visit www.trinityfuneralhome.ca.

Gelsomino worked as a custodian for the District for 26 years, at a variety of schools including St. Clare, J.J. Bowlen and St. Gerard. He retired in 1990. Edmonton Catholic Schools extends sincere condolences to Gelsomino's family and friends. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. 

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