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ARBIQUE, Loretta Eleanor (nee Martin)

February 27, 1926 – March 20, 2013

Loretta Arbique of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

Loretta was born in Montreal, QC. She was the eldest of three to Rene and Augusta Martin. Loretta graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing as a registered nurse at the age of 18. She married her high school sweetheart on September 16, 1950. They moved to Calgary in 1978 to be closer to family. She was a loving mother and dedicated nurse, touching the lives many. Loretta was past president of the Alumni Association of St. Mary’s Hospital and a member of the Catholic Women’s League.

Loretta is survived by four children Melanie Arbique (Kent Hale), Mary Arbique Vogel (Greg Vogel), Christopher Arbique (Trish) and Lesley Arbique Secreti (Josephe); grandchildren Leanne (Kevin), Matthew (Sarah), Christina (Zach) and Mylaine; two great-grandchildren Thomas and Emily. She is also survived by sister-in-law Joan Martin and numerous nieces and nephews. Loretta was predeceased by her husband Ron Arbique on July 14, 1995; a brother Emmet Martin and a sister Clare McMahon.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978,

In living memory of Loretta Arbique, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Shayne, Nick & Maridee :

    We know at this time there is a sorrow for which your hearts could never be prepared. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and we hope time brings you comfort and peace.

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  2. Shelley Raymond :

    I was so sorry to hear about your Mom. I know you were so close to her that you can’t imagine life without her. I pray that God will bring you comfort and grace at this time. She will always be with you as you remember her. I wish I could be there to give you one of my special hugs.
    Love, Shell

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  3. Doug, Karen & family :

    Our condolences to you and your family Les. Your mom was an amazing woman and was so very strong, especially with everything over the last few years. Remember her strength and that will help you through this difficult time.

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  4. Dianne Leslie Andrews :

    To our cousins Melanie, Mary, Christopher and Lesley and all their families,
    I so loved your mother and father. What a great gift all our uncles and aunts were to all of us. They seemed to me this great circle of laughter and love that surrounded us all. Your parents, my parents, Shirley and Jerry, Joan and Emmett, Betty and Don. It’s hard for me to think of one without thinking of them all. And losing a mother, my mother was always the first person I would phone with my stories as though they didn’t exist until I told them to her. I know Lesley (my little flower girl) that this will probably be the hardest on you. I also know Melanie, Mary and Christopher that it might hurt more than you thought it would. That losing that last beloved parent has a bit of an orphan quality about it no matter how old you are. My heart goes out to you all and to your precious families – as does Sandra’s and Glenn’s.
    Your Eastern Family – the Leslie’s – your cousins Dianne, Sandra and Glenn

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