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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.




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.