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SUCHLA - William Suchla quietly passed away with his family by his side on December 4,1997 at the Foothills Hospital. He was born on October 18, 1904 in Fried, North Dakota andmoved to Gull Lake, Saskatchewan in 1906 where he farmed with his family. After marryingDaisy Norquay in 1934, he moved to Alberta. He worked as a mechanic and radio technicianuntil his retirement to Calgary. William was predeceased by his son Andrew in 1990 and by hiswife Daisy in 1992. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children, daughterWilma Poag; daughter-in-law Lil Suchla; daughter Pauline Russell (Don); son William Jr.(Marlene); daughter Ellen (Gordon) Orlesky. Also survived by his grandchildren, Jim, Lori,Kathy, Val, Rhonda, Sheila, Donna, Gord and Mike, and by his fourteen great-grandchildren. AFuneral Service will be held at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 3220 - 4Street N.W., on Monday, December 8, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. with Interment in St. Joseph's section ofQueen's Park Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary T2G 3Y6. FOSTER'S GARDENCHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, Directors. Phone: 297-0888 (12/6/97).
SUDDARDS - Vera Alice (nee Mills) of Calgary, formerly of Victoria, Edmonton, and Athabasca, passed away July 6, 1997 in the company of her family at the age of 83 at the Rockyview General Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-seven years, Brian Stanley Suddards, with whom she was an active member of All Saints Anglican Church in Victoria for many years. She will be remembered by her family and friends as one who lived her life with courage, vitality and spirit; and who treasured her family above all else. She will be sadly missed by her children, David and his wife Gail, Elizabeth Krill, Jack and his wife Marge, Margaret, Brian, Sylvia and her husband Dennis Davydiuk, and Carol; grandchildren, Greg and his wife Belinda, Brad Krill and his wife Donnie, Karen Wallace and her husband Peter, Laurie Andrews and her husband Wayne, Allan, Mark Krill, Christina Garvin and her husband Tom, Aaron, Danny and Mathew Davydiuk; great-granddaughters, Danica, Kylie, Brittny, Alexa and Sydney; and an infant great-great-grandson Braydon. Funeral Services will be held at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 1802 - 33 Avenue S.W., at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 1997, Father Michael Birch presiding. The family wishes to thank the staff at S.A.R.G.C. and Unit 73 at the Rockyview Hospital who supported Vera and her family throughout her illness. Donations may be made in Vera's name to the Rockyview Auxiliary or All Saints Memorial Fund, 287 Pallisier Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 1C5. In memory of Vera, a tree will be planted in Fish Creek Provincial Park. For information call FIRST MEMORIAL, 297-0717 (7/9/97).
SUITOR - Edith Allison passed away on October 16, 1997 in her 94th year at Bethany Care Centre, Calgary. She was predeceased by her husband Andrew, and two sons, Roy and Merlyn (Shorty). She is survived by her son Allan and his spouse Delorace of Calgary, Ken and his spouse Margaret of Athabasca, Lloyd and his spouse Joyce of Toronto; and two daughters-in-law, Doris of Devon and Pat of Duchess. She is also survived by one brother Maurice Edwards of Turner Valley; as well as fourteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Edith arrived in Alberta with her parents from Iowa in 1905, the year Alberta became a province. She married Andrew Suitor after his return from World War I and together they raised a family of five boys. Edith and Andrew homesteaded in the Queenstown District until moving to the ranch at Hutton in 1944. In addition to running a very busy household, Edith also operated a store and post office for many years at the ranch. The Suitor home was always open to all, and a favourite place for friends and relatives to visit. Edith retired to Calgary in 1963 and continued her interest in children by acting as their companion while parents were either working or away on holiday. Edith moved to the Bethany Care Centre in 1991, and the family wishes to thank all of the staff at Bethany for their very kind and attentive care. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Pam Bohning who was her caring companion in the last several years. Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel of MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME on Monday, October 20, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bethany Care Society, 916 - 18A Street N.W., Calgary, T2N 1C6. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME, 17 Avenue S.E. at Garden Road (3 km East of 68 Street S.E.). Telephone: 403-272-5555 (10/18/97).
SUNDERLAND - Thomas Irwin Sunderland passed away suddenly, in Arrowwood, Alberta on Sunday, November 9, 1997, at the age of 64 years. Thomas is survived by his brother C. James Sunderland and family; his children, Lorie MacDonald, Randy Sunderland, Gail Fiddes, Rita Pittman, Jody Sunderland, their spouses and eight grandchildren. "Our Hearts Reach out to where you are". Family and friends are invited to Prayer Services Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 321 - 90 Avenue. S.E., Calgary, Alberta. Funeral Mass and Service will be held the following day at 10:30 a.m. at the same location, followed by Interment at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. A small reception will be held after services at St. Cecilia's parish hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary. Now Is The Time We Must Say Goodbye (11/13/97).
SUROWSKI - Mr. Joseph Surowski of Calgary, passed away at the Peter Lougheed Centre on November 16, 1997 at the age of 95 years. Joseph retired in 1970 from C.P.R. as a boiler maker. He was born July 4, 1902 and came to Canada in 1928 as one of the first Polish pioneers. He was one of the founding members of the Polish Canadian Club and the Polish Church in Calgary. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Muriel Surowski of Vernon, B.C., Edward and Pat Surowski of Calgary; a daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Freddy Boc, also of Calgary; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister in Poland, Aniela. He was predeceased by his first wife Josephine and his second wife Josephine, and three brothers, Apoliniary, Stefan and Frank. Relatives and friends and invited to Prayers at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church (2111 Uxbridge Drive N.W.) today, November 18, 1997 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church (2111 Uxbridge Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, November 19, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Jan Otlowski, Celebrant. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of their choice. In living memory of Joseph Surowski, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, "Chapel of the Bells", 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. Telephone: 403-276-2296 (11/18/97).
SUTHERLAND - Mabel Ellen Sutherland (nee Whyte) of Calgary, formerly of Toronto, ON, passed away at The Beverly Centre for Long Term Care on Saturday, October 25, 1997 at the age of 93 years. She is the loving mother of three daughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret and Dietmar Lintner of Calgary, AB, Ruth Sutherland of Edmonton, AB, and Jeanne and Gordon McGregor of Ottawa, ON; as well as eight grandchildren, Donald, Lawrence, Bryan, Michael, Fiona, Malcolm, Karin and Brian; and nine great-grandchildren, Shanene, Dylen, Caitlin, Jazmine, Jeremy, Ryan, Dietmar, Jamie Lee, and Robin. She is predeceased by her husband Archibald, in 1986. Funeral Services will be held at Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Drive S.W.), today, October 28, 1997 at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. S. Alan Schooley officiating. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Family Garden Fund c/o The Beverly Centre for Long Term Care, 1729 - 90 Avenue S.W., Calgary, T2V 4S1. In living memory of Mabel Sutherland, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, "Fish Creek Chapel", 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E., CALGARY. Telephone: 403-256-9575 (10/28/97).
SUTHERLAND - Mr. Robert (Bob) Duncan Sutherland, most beloved husband of Jean, passed away at the age of 77 years after a lengthy and courageous struggle with cancer. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Chapel of the Bells", (2720 Centre Street North), today, September 6, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. Graveside Service at a later date in "Field of Honor" at Queen's Park Cemetery. In living memory of Bob Sutherland, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, "Chapel of the Bells", 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. Telephone: 403-276-2296 (9/6/97).
SUTTON - Dorothy Sutton of Calgary, passed away at the Rockyview General Hospital on Sunday, June 29, 1997 at the age of 74 years. She is survived by a brother Arthur Parker and his wife Mary of Calgary; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Norman in 1993. At Dorothy's request, no Services will be held. In living memory of Dorothy Sutton, 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 (7/4/97).
SUTTON - Phyllis Grace Sutton of Calgary, AB., passed away peacefully on Friday, June 20, 1997 at the age of 81 years. She is survived by two children, Robert Ernest and Rachel Anne. Memorial Service will be held at Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Drive S.W., Calgary, AB. on Wednesday, June 25, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Bob Mutlow officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends wish, a donation in Phyllis's memory may be made directly to the Agape Manor Hospice, 1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB. T2N 1B8. Arrangements and Cremation entrusted to PERSONAL ALTERNATIVE FUNERAL SERVICES, 7016 Farrell Road S.E. Telephone: 216-5111 (6/24/97).
SVENDSEN - Margaret Jane Svendsen sadly passed away at her home on the 20th of July, 1997 at the age of 64 years. Jane is survived by her loving husband Eric; her three children, Eric Jr., Jennifer, and Dana; and her three grandchildren, Katie, Joshua, and Leanne. Jane is also survived by her brother Billy Mantor of Rhode Island. Jane was born in New Brunswick in 1933, the first child of Dr. George Burton and his wife Mildred. She graduated from nursing school in 1954. She married Eric Svendsen in 1958. An Alberta resident since 1977, Jane will be missed by many loving friends and all her family members. A Memorial Service will be held at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 8007 Bowness Road N.W. on Thursday, July 24, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. She was loved dearly (7/23/97).
SWABY - Mr. Kenneth Marshall, late of Calgary, AB and formerly of Prince Albert, passedaway peacefully on November 30, 1997 at Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert. Kenneth was bornon September 21, 1936 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He grew up in the Prince Albert area,attending various schools and eventually started working for Canada Safeway. Kenneth movedwith his family to Calgary in 1973 and began his employment with the Calgary Co-op where hecontinued to work until his retirement in 1993. He spent his last years doing what he enjoyedmost - raising animals. Kenneth will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Ken is survivedby his sons, Kevin (Santina) of Calgary and Sean (Rachelle) of Surrey, BC; his grandchildren,Jennifer, Jaclyn, and Eric of Calgary; his mother Viola Swaby of Prince Albert; his sister andbrothers, Helen (Rance) Moline of Prince Albert, Earl (Sharen) of Meadow Lake, and Ray(Carol) of Saskatoon; as well as numerous other family and friends. He was predeceased by hisfather Ray in 1942. The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 4, 1997 at 1:00p.m. in Gray's Funeral Chapel, Prince Albert with Pastor Lee Updike officiating. A PrivateInterment will take place. In lieu of other tributes, memorial donations may be made to theSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.P.C.A.) or the Canadian Liver Foundation inmemory of Kenneth. Gray's Funeral Chapel, Prince Albert, SK "Our Family Serving YourFamily" 1-306-922-4729 1-888-922-4729 (12/3/97).
SWAN - Mr. Russell Swan (Russ), beloved husband of Gretta, passed away on September 5, 1997 at the Extendicare Cedars Villa Nursing Home. Russ was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at an early age moved with his family to Loyalist, Alberta. He later relocated to Wainwright before moving to Calgary in the mid 1950's. He operated three service stations in Calgary; a Texaco in Bowness, a Royalite and Phillips, both in Inglewood. Russ is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Fred and his wife Delorah, and their children, Tanis and Travis. He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Jane Swan of Vermilion, Alberta; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Chapel of the Bells", (2720 Centre Street North), on Tuesday, September 9, 1997 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's "Chapel of the Bells", (2720 Centre Street North), on Wednesday, September 10, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. In living memory of Russ Swan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, "Chapel of the Bells", 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. Telephone: 403-276-2296 (9/8/97).
SWANN-SACKVILLE - Margaret P. Swann-Sackville (nee Brown) passed away at PeterLougheed Hospital on Friday, December 12, 1997 at the age of 85. She was born in Innisfail, ABon April 4, 1912 and settled in Calgary in 1929. Margaret worked at Sears until her retirementand established herself as the first commissioned saleswoman in major appliances for thecompany and became the top sales person in Canada. She was Worthy Matron of Edith CavellChapter, Order of the Eastern Star and recently received her 50 year pin. She was Past Guardianof Bethel 12, and past Grand Guardian of the International Order of Job's Daughters. Margaretwas predeceased by her husband George Swann in 1970 and more recently, husband NelsonSackville in 1981. She is survived by her son Jack Swann (Diane) and grandchildren, Rick, Lori,Glenn, Lisa and Jay; daughter Dorothy Casady and granddaughter Margaret; daughter FrancesAnderson (Rob) and grandsons, Scott and Michael; daughter Lynn Davies (Norm) andgrandchildren, Philip and Allyson; daughter-in-law Lyn (wife of Ferris Swann, deceased) andgrandchildren, Bruce, Muriel and Graham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to theParkinson's Society of Alberta. A Service of Remembrance will be held at St. Giles PresbyterianChurch, 1102 - 23 Avenue N.W. on Tuesday, December 16 at 2:00 p.m. Funeral and Cremationarrangements in care of HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES "CalgaryCrematorium Chapel". Telephone: 299-0111 (12/14/97).
SWIANIEWICZ - Dr. Stanislaw, LL.B., Dr. Jur. In his 98th year, on May 22, 1997, at Oak House, Chislehurst, Kent, England. Predeceased by his wife Olimpia and a great-grandson Krzysztof. Survived by his four children, Maria Nagiec (Czeslaw), Poland, Witold Swianiewicz (Maria), Pender Island, Jerzy Swianiewicz (Jolanta), Poland, Bernadeta Szeglowski (Zdzislaw), Poland; as well as twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Dr Swianiewicz was born in Daugavpils, Latvia, in 1899. He had a very eventful life. Fought for the defence of his country, Poland, in two wars. In the Polish Soviet war of 1919-1920 and in 1939 against the combined invasion of Germans and Soviets. Was taken P.O.W. by Russians and barely escaped the fate of his fellow officers who were massacred by the Soviets in the forest of Katyn in 1940. He was released from the Soviet Gulag in April, 1942, on the basis of the Soviet-Polish agreement of 1941. Dr. Swianiewicz was primarily a scholar. He held various teaching and research positions in Poland; in England, London and Manchester; in Indonesia under the auspices of UNESCO; in Canada and U.S. He published widely. In Economics he devoted much attention to the problems of underdeveloped countries. He judged his book, "Forced Labour And Economic Development", his most important work. In 1977, his book, "In The Shadow Of Katyn", an account of the massacre of four thousand, three hundred Polish officers by Russians in 1940, was voted the most outstanding book published outside Poland by the Polish Association of Writers Abroad. Dr. Swianiewicz, Professor Emeritus in Economics at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Saint Mary's at its Convocation in 1982. A Funeral Mass was said at Oak House, Chislehurst, England, on June 10, 1997. Cremation took place in England and Stanislaw was buried beside his wife Olimpia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 14, 1997. To commemorate Dr. Swianiewicz and the Victims of the Katyn Massacre a Mass will be held at the Church of SIOSTR WIZYTEK at 5:00 p.m. on July 10 in Warsaw, Poland (7/4/97).
SWIFT - Joyce Ailene Swift (nee Sinclair), beloved wife of Jim Swift of Calgary, passed away at her home on Monday, October 20, 1997. Joyce was born and raised in London, Ontario; a place to which she always had a special attachment. As a young woman, she ventured west to Calgary, seeking knowledge and adventure. She was very proud of her work ethic over the many years of employment in Calgary with London Life, Amoco, Mobil, The Oil and Gas Conservation Board, and the University of Calgary. Joyce's passion was literature and we are all assured that she is now reading and learning with the philosophers and writers of the ages. Left to cherish the memories of her are her husband Jim, son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Pam, grandson Griffin, all of Calgary; and aunt Helen Sinclair of Stratford, Ontario. A private family Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S "Crowfoot Chapel" (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, October 27, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Humane Society (S.P.C.A.), 1323 - 36 Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 6T6. In living memory of Joyce Swift, 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 (10/24/97).
SWITZER - Hendrica Luise Switzer passed on peacefully with great courage in the evening of November 16, 1997 at the Rockyview Hospital at the age of 73. She was predeceased by her loving husband Bill Switzer in 1986. Hendrica will be so sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her son Gerard de Boo; her daughter Elsje (Terry) Crossie; her grandchildren, Markus, Desiree, Brandy-Jade, Natalie and Gregory. Hendrica was loving and gentle with a smile for everyone, even in her last days on earth. She was also a strong woman, who handled life's ups and downs with class and courage. She was active and enjoyed the company of her many good friends. She loved to travel and did so frequently and with great joy. She is now resting peacefully in the arms of our Lord, our Shepherd. Funeral Services will be held at the CALGARY CREMATORIUM CHAPEL, 3219 - 4 Street N.W., (within the valley of Queen's Park Cemetery), on Friday, November 21, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Hendrica's memory may be made directly to the Rockyview General Hospital, Unit 59 (Bed Fund), 7007 - 14 Street S.W., Calgary, AB, T2V 1P9. Hendrica was cared for by a kind nursing staff. Funeral and Cremation arrangements in care of HERITAGE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES, "Calgary Crematorium Chapel". Telephone: 299-0111 (11/19/97).
SYER - Charles Bruce Syer of Oakville, Ontario, passed away June 5, 1997 at age 55. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline; and daughters, Katherine of Victoria, B.C., and Marcia of Etobicoke, ON; a sister Joan McFarlane (Larry) of Calgary; and his father "Chuck" Syer of Calgary, Aunt Shirley Feltham of Winnipeg; and cousins, and nieces and nephews. If so desired, memorial donations would be gratefully accepted by McMaster University Leukemia BMT Fund, c/o Dr. Irwin Walker, Room 3V50, McMaster Medical Centre, 1200 Main Street, Hamilton, ON. L8N 3Z5 (6/7/97).
SZOTYLO - Ellen Szotylo of Calgary, formerly of Edmonton, passed away at the Brentwood Nursing Home on September 15, 1997 at the age of 91 years. Ellen was born October 1, 1905 in the Ukraine and immigrated to Canada in 1907. Ellen is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and William Chmilar of Calgary; and her son Herbert McNeill of Thompson, Manitoba; six grandchildren, David, Shawna, Barbara, Lorraine, Beverly, Melody; and eleven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Elsie of Edmonton; two sisters, Myrtle Wilson, and Rose Neilson; her brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Vera Pritula, all of St. Catharines, Ontario; as well as other family members. Ellen was predeceased by her first husband William McNeill, her second husband Julian Szotylo, and sons, Gordon and Ronald McNeill. Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church (12166 - 102 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta), on Saturday, September 20, 1997 at 4:30 p.m. with the Rev. John Privett officiating. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the West Wing at the Brentwood Nursing Home for the loving care and kindness shown to Ellen. In living memory of Ellen Szotylo, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES "Chapel of the Bells", 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH. Telephone: 403-276-2296 (9/18/97).