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ARMBRUST– Margaret Theresa

October 18, 1917 – April 15, 2011

Armbrust (nee Vietto), Margaret Theresa has gone to her eternal rest to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on April 15, 2011 at 93 years of age.

Margaret was born in Calgary to Giovanni and Francesca Vietto on October 18, 1917, in the community of Bridgeland / Riverside. She attended St. Angela Elementary School and St. Mary’s High School. She sang in the choir at OLPH parish and never missed a five a.m. chance to sing the Litany of the Saints in Latin. She was quite the baseball player in her youth and until the past few years, she enjoyed watching baseball and her beloved Calgary Stampeders. She was very proud of her Italian heritage and that was evident in her cooking. She married Henry Armbrust in 1936 and they lived in Calgary and then Medicine Hat where Henry was stationed in the POW camp in WWII. Margaret and Henry returned to Calgary and then spent some time in Vancouver, but back to Calgary in the early 1960’s. Calgary is where Margaret stayed to enjoy her three daughters and family. She was a woman, who despite some struggles in her life, always kept her faith and loved her family deeply. She took care of her aging parents and never regretted a moment of it. Margaret loved the family picnics and her potato salad was everyone’s favourite. She enjoyed the occasional weekend where her sisters-in-law came to visit and the German coffee cakes were made from dawn until sunset. She took pride in her flower and vegetable gardens, and made the most delicious preserves and pies. Her spaghetti dinners were a family favourite.

Margaret leaves behind her daughters, Doreen and Patti Marrale (Garth); granddaughters Marla Cohen (Steve), Tracey Le Sann, and Tina Marrale; grandsons Michael Gradishar (Catherine McLachlan), and Brent Marrale; son-in-law Ralph Gradishar; and eight of the most delightful great-grandchildren you could ever imagine, Sean, Larissa, Elizabeth, Mikaila, Sarah, Samantha, Emet, Tyler; sister-in-law Bev Armbrust; cousin Aurora Brandelli; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins she treasured and enjoyed family celebrations and get togethers with. Margaret enjoyed her years working at Eaton’s, St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver as a physio aide, and at the Calgary Board of Education until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish for many years, where she was baptised in 1917.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents; her husband Henry; daughter Marlene; grandson Randy; brothers Maurice (Mushy) and Peter; sister Mary; and many more family members she loved so very much. We are certain she will have an awesome reunion with them all.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, April 26 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through The family would like to thank the staff at the George Boyack Care West Centre for the care they provided Margaret in the last four years of her life. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to charity of choice.

In living memory of Margaret Armbrust, 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.

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  1. Jackie (Amantea) Kleiner :

    Doreen, Patti and family- Deepest sympathies on the passing of your dear Mother.

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  2. May the warmth of many memories of your times together and the love of those around you bring you comfort and peace. Keeping you in our prayers.

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  3. Amy Stratton :

    Patti Marrale

    I am very sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Take care of yourself and I hope to see you sometime when you are in Lethbridge.

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  4. Chris, Linda, Erin and Braden Jensen :

    Patti, Garth and Family,

    Sending our love, big hugs, and deepest sympathy. Keep your memories close to your heart – reflect back on them often as they will embrace you with her love and give you comfort and strength now and in the days to come.

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  5. Tracy Stratton-Meier :

    Patti & Garth:

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. May the many wonderful memories be your comfort.

    Those we love remain with us
    For love itself lives on,
    And cherished memories never fade
    Because a loved one’s gone.
    Those we love can never be
    More than a thought apart,
    For as long as there is memory,
    They’ll live on in the heart.

    Tracy Stratton-Meier & Family
    Lethbridge, AB

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  6. Dear Patty Ann

    Just want you to know that I am thinking about you today. My mother passed away a year ago and it just seems like yesterday. Your mother and my mother were good friends in the neighbourhood. I also remember her well.

    Kathryn Furlan

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  7. Patti Marrale :

    We wish to thank everyone for their condolences and support during this sad time for us.


    Patti, Garth, and Doreen and family of Margaret Armbrust

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