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PODOLSKI - Mr. John Walter Podolski of Calgary passed away on September 7, 1997 at the age of 75 years. He is survived by three sons, Steve (Marlie) of Rocky Mountain House, Greg (Jocylyn) of Rocky Mountain House, and John (Dove) of Norfolk, West Virginia, U.S.A.; one daughter Lisa Podolski of Calgary. He is also survived by six grandchildren, six sisters and six brothers. John was predeceased by his loving wife Elinor (nee Walker) on September 7, 1983. Funeral Services for the late Mr. John Podolski will be held on Saturday, September 13, 1997 from The Chapel of The ROCKY FUNERAL HOME, Rocky Mountain House at 2:00 p.m. with Cremation to follow. As an expressing of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta. ROCKY and SYLVAN LAKE, Your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements (9/11/97).
POGUE - W. Gordon died peacefully December 22, 1997 at Foothills Hospital after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his son Donald (Carol) of Calgary; and his sister Mary Coons of Thessalon, Ontario; loving grandchildren, Stephen, Carolyn, Teresa, Anton (Jeanne), Michael, Tim (Leslie) and Karen; three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kirsten and Douglas; together with cherished daughters-in-law, Mary Jane of Calgary and Gwen of Sandpoint, Idaho. He was predeceased in 1993 by his loving wife Elsie, and his sons, Douglas (1992) and David (1993). Born in Peterborough, Ontario in 1908, Gordon received his professional training at George Williams College and North-Western University in Chicago where he married Elsie in 1930. Moving to Toronto in 1934, he established Pogue Health Service, an athletic club and health education facility, later pioneering the same health and fitness service in Calgary from 1950 to his retirement in 1974. For the next twenty-two years, he remained active in Lahaina, Hawaii until ill-health brought him back to Calgary. He was highly regarded for his dedication to well-being, and remained, until the end, a promoter of healthy living. Heartfelt thanks is extended for the dedicated and tireless efforts of the entire staff of Unit 47 and the Dialysis Unit staff of Foothills Hospital. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to a Reception in Gordon's honour at Jacques Funeral Home, 240 - 17 Avenue S.W., Sunday, December 28, 1997 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Lahaina where burial of cremated remains will take place. For information call FIRST MEMORIAL, 297-0717 (12/28/97).
POISSANT - Annette Poissant of Calgary, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Wednesday, November 12, 1997 at the age of 65 years. Annette loved and lived life to the fullest. Her kind spirit touched the lives of many. She will be greatly missed. Annette is survived by her longtime companion Tom; her five sons, Rick (Judy), Edwin (Cathy), Clyde (Christine), Ron (Rae-Lynn) and Eric (Nicole); as well as eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Fish Creek Chapel" (14441 Bannister Road S.E.), on Monday, November 17, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 114, 1212 - 1 Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 0G8. In living memory of Annette Poissant, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Park Memorial Chapel", 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY. Telephone: 403-243-8200 (11/14/97).
POLE - Leola Pole passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 22, 1997 at Extendicare/Hillcrest, Calgary. Born in Granum, Alberta, June 4, 1915, the second daughter of Hollis and Laura Yorgason. Leola married Lawrence Pole, December 7, 1937. They spent their married life in Claresholm. Leola was predeceased by her devoted husband March 26, 1986. She moved to Calgary in April 1988 to be close to family. She will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by her three children and their families, Doreen (Ron) Fix, Connie (Doug) Schram of Calgary, and Kevin Pole (Shelly Nielsen) of Conrich. She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and their spouses, Rhonda (Trevor), Brian (Tracy), Stacey, Jeff, Kendra, Tyrel and Trent. Leola was predeceased by one sister Laura Baird and is survived by three sisters, Vera (Adolph) Johnson, Veda (Les) Mulholland and Shirley (Lee) Wesley; four brothers, Floyd, Bryon, Gerry, and Ed Yorgason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Leola was a Past Noble Grand of Foothills Rebekah Lodge No. 105, a member of the Claresholm Senior Drop-In Centre and a member of the Claresholm United Church. Leola will always hold a special place in the hearts of family and friends who have been fortunate enough to know her. Funeral Services will be held at LEYDEN'S "Chapel of Remembrance" (4079 - 1 Street West, Claresholm), on Friday, July 25, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Claresholm Cemetery. LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOMES LTD., Claresholm, Directors of Services. Telephone: 403-625-3212 or 228-4422, Calgary (7/24/97).
POSTLE - Norma Postle of Calgary, passed away peacefully at the Chinook Nursing Home on Tuesday, October 14, 1997, at the age of 88 years. She is the loving mother of two children, Heather (Eric) Deibert of Calgary and Rod (Marian) Postle of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; six grandchildren, Audrey, Rick, Shelley, Lori, Lee, Glen and their spouses; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother Melvin of Perdue, Saskatchewan; and two sisters, Delia (Bob) and Hazel. Predeceased by one sister Lorna. A Funeral Service will be held at MEMORIES FUNERAL CHAPEL on Wednesday, October 22, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Simms of Rosedale United Church officiating. Interment to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. A special thank-you to Doreen Mellor and Chinook Nursing Home. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or Charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of MEMORIES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM, 12705 Lake Fraser Drive, S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2J 7E8. Telephone: 403-216-1386 (10/20/97).
POWELL - Ronald Ross Powell of Calgary, Alberta passed away suddenly on November 28, 1997 at the age of 60 years, while in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was a devoted, loving husband, best friend and partner to his wife Doreen, and proud father of his two sons, Bradley and Ryan. He also leaves behind brothers, Russell (Jocelyn) of Calgary and John (Gail) of Toronto; two god-daughters, Myra Ripley and Sheena Galvin; as well as many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. Ron was born in Calgary on January 1, 1937 and grew up in this city where he made numerous deep and lasting friendships and where his compassion and love for people was demonstrated in his choice of career, his active volunteer commitments and his dedication to his family. Ron obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology in 1960 from the University of Idaho, his Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta at Calgary in 1963 and his Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration in 1978 from the University of Calgary. Ron began his career with the Calgary Board of Education in the classroom teaching math and science. Shortly after joining the Board, Ron took a leave of absence to participate with the Canadian government in an overseas educational initiative, spending two years in Jamaica teaching at a Teacher's College in Bethlehem, an experience he never forgot. Later he served as Assistant Principal in several High Schools including Sir Winston Churchill and Ernest Manning. During his thirty-two year tenure with the Calgary Board of Education, Ron led a series of challenging administrative assignments. As Ron was involved in the lives of thousands of students and cared for them so deeply, he chose to spend his last few years in Henry Wise Wood High School instead of the boardroom. Following his retirement in 1994, Ron began his consulting career in geology and education. As a geological consultant he has traveled to well-sites from Rainbow Lake to Brooks. As an International Educational consultant for the World Bank, he was on his second assignment in Sri Lanka. Volunteering in the community was also an extremely meaningful part of Ron's life. He was a Past Master of Zetland Lodge No. 83 AF and AM, the 32 Degree A and ASR, the Royal Order of Scotland and was a member of the Alazar Temple Shrine. The Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and Canadian Red Cross were two of his favorite volunteer organizations and he appreciated the hands-on difference these organizations make in Calgary. Ron's other passions included gardening, tennis, basketball, country and western music and gourmet cooking. In 1996, Ron and Doreen began a new chapter in their lives, traveling to Sri Lanka where Ron began the first of his educational consulting assignments on behalf of the World Bank, to improve school administration and vocational training standards in that country. This assignment provided the opportunity for Ron and Doreen to travel extensively throughout India and Asia. Together they walked on beaches, explored ancient temples, rode elephants and "lived in the moment". A Memorial Service celebrating Ron's life will be held at Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Drive S.W. on Tuesday, December 9, 1997 at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Alan Schooley officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined, but if friends so wish, a donation in Ron's memory may be made to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance, the Salvation Army or to their charity of choice. In living memory of Ron Powell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS and HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Park Memorial Chapel", 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY. Telephone: 403-243-8200. (12/8/97).
PREMJI - Mr. Badrudin Premji of Calgary passed away at the Glamorgan Care Centre on Friday, November 21, 1997 at the age of 80 years. Funeral Services will be held at the Ismaili Jamat Khana and Centre (4623 - 11 Street N.E.), today, November 23, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Rocky View Garden of Peace. In living memory of Badrudin Premji, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Park Memorial Chapel" 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY. Telephone: 403-243-8200 (11/23/97).
PRESS - Carrie Harmer, passed away peacefully September 10, 1997 in the Foothills Hospital at the age of 94 years. Carrie was born in Blackburn, England, November 14, 1902 and came to Calgary with her family at age seven. In 1924 she married Douglas Press and continued to reside here ever since. Carrie is survived by her sons, Douglas (Mae) and Ed (Olwyn); four grandchildren, Maureen, Kevin, Stephen and Judy; as well as six great-grandchildren; and a brother Frank (Dora) Jones; and several nieces and nephews. Carrie was predeceased by her husband Douglas in 1971, her sister Gladys Houston and brother Louis Jones. Funeral Services will be held at FOSTER'S FUNERAL HOMES "Garden Chapel", 3220 - 4 Street N.W. on Monday, September 15, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. with Interment to follow in Queen's Park Cemetery. The Press family would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Lauf and all the staff of Unit 36 and 47 at the Foothills Continuing Care Unit for their loving care and compassion shown to our mother and her family. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 1920 - 11 Street S.E., Calgary T2G 3G2. FOSTERS'S FUNERAL HOMES "Garden Chapel", Directors. Phone: 297-0888 (9/14/97).
PRICHARD - Mrs. Edith Prichard passed away in Calgary on July 17, 1997. She was predeceased by her husband Arthur and survived by son Kenneth, sisters, Ada and May, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME with Rev. Arnie Chamberlain officiating. If desired, memorial tributes may be made to The Janus Academy Society, 71 Edgebrook Circle N.W., Calgary, AB T3A 5A4. Funeral and Cremation arrangements in care of HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES "Calgary Crematorium Chapel". Telephone: 299-0111 (7/24/97).
PRINS - Dr. Matthew Prins of Calgary, passed away at the Foothills Hospital on June 5, 1997 at the age of 31 years. Dr. Matt had practised equine veterinarian medicine with Dr. Wayne Burwash in the Calgary area since 1993. He loved the game of rugby and was an avid player with the Hornets Rugby Team. He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched. Dr. Matt is survived by his loving parents, Pieter and Lorna Prins of Kanata, ON; and his brother Jan Lorne Prins of Maastricht, The Netherlands; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada and The Netherlands. A Celebration of Dr. Matthew Prins' life will be held at the Springbank Heritage Club (Highway No. 1 West to Calaway Park (181 Street) then south one-half mile), on Monday, June 9, 1997 at 7:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, c/o Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1331 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2. The family wishes to thank all those who supported Dr. Matt during his illness, his colleagues, clients, his fellow rugby players, the Calgary City Police Mounted Patrol as well as the nurses and doctors of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. In living memory of Dr. Matt Prins, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Park Memorial Chapel", 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY. Telephone: 403-243-8200 (6/7/97).
PROST - Allison Deborah Prost, beloved daughter of Deborah and Allan Prost of Calgary, passed away on September 2, 1997, at the age of two and a half years. Allison is remembered and loved by her family, Elizabeth and Andre Prost (grandparents), Luella and Walter Neiser (grandparents), Ken Neiser and Patricia Tyrrell, Gerald and Jeanette Prost, Gerald and Cathy Neiser, Ian Prost, Sue and Berry De Seguin, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Park Memorial Chapel" (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.), today, September 6, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the William Watson Lodge Society, Box 30344, Chinook Postal Outlet, 6455 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, Alberta T2V 0G6. In living memory of Allison Prost, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Park Memorial Chapel", 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY. Telephone: 403-243-8200 (9/6/97).
PROWSE - Agnes Prowse passed away at the Hillcrest Extendicare on July 6, 1997 at the age of 97 years. She leaves to mourn, her daughter Bernice (Billy) Mier; granddaughter Linda; grandson Gerry and his wife Wendy; and great-grandson, Russell. Born in Duns, Scotland April 17, 1900, Agnes came to Calgary with her family in 1906, where she received her education. She later moved back to Bowden, where she married Jimmy Prowse. The moved back to Calgary in 1953, and Agnes worked as a Police Matron for several years. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly sixty years, James B., by two sons, Robert and Johnny, by her parents, Janet and Robert Middlemiss, three brothers, Bill, Logan and Alf, a sister Mary, and by several nephews. Agnes will be missed by many relatives and friends. At her request, no Funeral Services will be held. Cremation arrangements in care of HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES, "Calgary Crematorium Chapel". Telephone: 299-0111 (7/7/97).
PROZNY - Ada Elizabeth Prozny passed away at the Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff, on December 5, 1997 at the age of 82 years. She is survived by four sons, Eugene A. (Leone), Maurice W. (Polly), Alfred T. and Arthur W.; grandchildren, Paul, Sharon, Matthew, Tanya, Wanda, Gerry, and Darren; as well as two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Frederick R. Prozny who passed away in Banff in July 1974. A Memorial Service will be held at the Banff Senior Centre, upstairs, 107 Bear Street on Wednesday, December 10, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. Burial of the urn will take place, with her husband, in Mountain View Cemetery, Banff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff. JACQUES FUNERAL HOME, Directors. Phone: Calgary, 297-0711; or Banff, 1-403-762-3433 (12/7/97).
PRYKE - Peter Frank Pryke of Calgary, passed away at the Foothills Hospital on Thursday, December 25, 1997, after a lengthy illness at the age of 85 years. He is the loving father of a son Donald Pryke of Cochrane; and a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Bruce Goodwin of Sundre; and a granddaughter Cheryl Goodwin. Peter is also survived by a sister Emily Fraser of Vancouver, B.C. He was predeceased by his wife Muriel on November 2, 1982, as well as several brothers and sisters. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Crowfoot Chapel", (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), today, December 30, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 1920 - 11 Street S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 3G2. In living memory of Peter Pryke, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Crowfoot Chapel", 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044 (12/30/97).
PUSHIE - Alice Olive. 1925 - 1997. Passed away suddenly at her home on July 15, 1997 at age 72. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Maxted, Genoa Daniel, Heather Coulter; and her son Scott Pushie; grandchildren, Aidan, Robin, Grace, Emily and Kathryn Mary; her sisters, Hazel Cable and Kay Duncan; aunt Madge Sanford; and numerous nephews and nieces. Alice was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Connie Sanford, her brothers, Bub and Jack, and sisters, Irene and Gwen. Raised on the family farm near Ardrossan, Alberta, she retained a love for the land and family all her life. She was an avid gardener who appreciated all living things and loved being near the ocean. Alice was proud of her hospital and Air Force canteen work during the war years. Among her many loves were babies' feet, robins, pansies, accordion music and stories. She travelled through her books. She will be remembered lovingly for her gentle, caring ways. Services will be held at Mt. Washington Chapel, 1380 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. on Wednesday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Courtenay Cemetery (7/22/97).
PUSZCZAK - Joseph Puszczak passed away at his residence on July 10, 1997 at the age of 70 years, beloved husband of Mrs. Anne Puszczak, Calgary; dear father and father-in-law of Sandy and Ehor Babij, Calgary, Dr. Paul and Lexine Puszczak, Edmonton; and dearly beloved grandfather of Alex and Terry Babij and Mark Puszczak. He is also survived by two brothers, Ostap and Fedir; three sisters, Kathrina, Sophia and Stephania; and numerous nephews and nieces in Ukraine; also by his mother-in-law Anastasia Lipko, Calgary. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Anna Puszczak. He was born in Hnizdychiw, Ukraine and moved to Germany, where he married his wife Anne in 1948 and they came to Canada in 1949 to Iron Springs, Alberta and to Calgary in 1953 and resided in Calgary since. He was engaged in Home Building as vice-president and part owner of Built-Rite Homes, until his retirement. He was an active member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church. Joseph was a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather and will be deeply missed by all who loved him. The family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Gary Haywood and staff as well as Dr. Scott Ernst and staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Relatives and friends are invited to meet for Prayers at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (704 - 6 Street N.E.) this evening, July 13, 1997 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Monday, July 14, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Anton Tarasenko, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME LTD., Directors of Services. Telephone: 228-4422 (7/13/97).