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ARMSTRONG, Janet Catherine Florence

January 29, 1938 –Port Arthur, ON

March 14, 2014 – Calgary, AB

 Janet Armstrong of Calgary passed away peacefully on Friday, March 14, 2014 at the age of 76.

Janet was born and raised in Ontario and moved to Calgary in the late 1950s. She married Edward Sobstyl and raised her children in northwest Calgary. Janet was a beautiful kind-hearted woman, and a great mom who was deeply involved in her children’s activities. As a member of the Canadian Girl Guides Association, Janet had the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II. She was an honourary member of the Royal Canadian Legion. She attended the University of Calgary, and worked for many years in the print industry. Janet loved her family, the Calgary Stampede, dancing, and baby ducks.

Janet is survived by three children, Rick Sobstyl (Corri), Dr. Edrie Sobstyl and Sandra Leigh (Sobstyl); two granddaughters, Sydni and Sarah. She was predeceased by Edward Sobstyl, her parents Richard and Florence Armstrong and her brother Doug. For the past few years, she was especially close to Sy Boersma, who cared for her in her final illness.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2:00p.m.  Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at

In living memory of Janet Armstrong, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. David McCann :

    I would like to send love and light to the family and just say how honoured I was to get to meet Janet on my trip to Canada. Love David

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  2. Sandra & Chas Worden :

    What a beautiful picture and tribute to your Mom & my cousin. She sure is going to be missed.

    Hugs to you all.

    Sandra & Chas

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  3. Janet was a great neighbour to me for the past three years. I will miss her and only wish I had known her longer and better. My condolences to Sy and Janet’s family.

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  4. I miss you so much already, mom. You were my life-long best friend, confidanté and cheerleader. I love you so very much and you will live on in my heart, now and forever.. xx
    Here is a poem:

    Death is nothing at all
    I have only slipped away into the next room
    I am I, and you are you
    Whatever we were to each other
    That we are still
    Call me by my old familiar name
    Speak to me in the easy way you always used
    Put no difference into your tone
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
    Laugh as we always laughed
    At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Without the ghost of a shadow in it
    Life means all that it ever meant
    It is the same as it ever was
    There is absolute unbroken continuity
    What is death but a negligible accident?
    Why should I be out of mind
    Because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you for an interval
    Somewhere very near
    Just around the corner
    All is well.
    Nothing is past; nothing is lost
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

    Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral

    xoxoxoxoxoxox i love you mom !! Sandra ( Sandi)

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  5. Maureen Pysklywec :

    Janet’s beautiful smile, sense of humor and concern for others was always evident to members of the Pulmonary Fibrosis support group. Janet was a model of courage and dignity in the management of her illness. We will miss her and tenderly remember her.
    Our prayers are with your family and with Sy at this time.
    Maureen & John Pysklywec

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  6. Sending love and my deepest condolences to you and your family at this time, Sandra. Your Mom really was special, as are you! Sincerely, Kim

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  7. Linda and John/Eileen Willsher :

    Dear Rick , Corri , Sydni, Sarrah and
    This day of Friday, March 21 I heard the devastating news about your Mom and myself, John and Eileen extend
    our hearts and prayers on the loss of such a beautiful person, Mother and Grand Mother. May you find the
    healing with each other, the children, and your family. We pray to our Lord that you heal without enduring heart-
    ache for terrible amount of time-by looking into your daughter’s eyes and seeing their Grandmother’s reflection
    of peeking back at you. Love and thinking of you in such time of great loss and sorrow.
    Linda, John and Eileen

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  8. Penny & Al Pasutto :

    We are so sad to learn of Janet’s passing away. Unfortunately I only learned of it late on Friday. I ran into Janet often shopping at Co-op and the last chance I had was when Sandy was here visiting her. I actually thought of her on thursday as I was shopping …. I wish I could have been at her memorial. She was a beautiful and loving woman. She will be missed by all who knew her. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.

    Penny and Al

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