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BOBIAK, Marion Sharon (nee Stott)

October 23, 1942 – November 22, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Sharon in her home in Cochrane, AB – loving Mother, Grandmother and Sister. She will forever be loved and remembered by her daughters Shauna Dyck (Steven) of White City, SK, and Heidi Dixon (Dean) of Cochrane, AB and her brother Cyril Stott (Tiena) of Brandon, MB. She was recently predeceased by her beloved husband Ian of 49 years and was a proud and loving “Grammy” to her 3 grandchildren Arianna Dyck, and Tasia and Parker Dixon.

Sharon was born in Brandon, MB on October 23, 1942 to Stan and Winnie Stott and grew up on the family farm along with her younger brother Cyril. Sharon was always on the go riding her bicycle everywhere. She was a member of the Forrest 4H Sewing Club and enjoyed reading, playing ball, skating and taking trips to Clear Lake. As a young girl she had a natural ear for music, playing the piano, accordian and later singing and playing for the trio “The Teenettes” in high school. Sharon attended Bloomsbury School, a one-room country school house, followed by Brandon Collegiate Institute where she graduated in 1960. After a year of teacher training, Sharon accepted her first teaching position at King George School in Brandon. On July 24, 1964, she married her high school sweetheart Ian Bobiak and they were blessed with two daughters, Shauna in 1968 and Heidi in 1972. Sharon retired from teaching in 1992 to work alongside Ian in managing his architectural business, Ian Bobiak Project Management. In 2007 Sharon and Ian moved west to Cochrane, AB to semi-retire and enjoy quality time with family and their grandchildren.

Sharon had a love for knitting, playing the piano and dancing the jive with Ian. She was always full of energy and on the go. Together with their daughters they enjoyed family camping trips, canoeing and fishing. Later their travels took them to Maui, Hawaii and cruising the Caribbean including a couple of passages through the Panama Canal. Most recently Sharon and Ian enjoyed countless hours of canoeing and fishing in Kananaskis and the Rocky Mountains. She was an avid curler and enjoyed volunteering at St. Andrew’s United Church and for the Salvation Army.

A Celebration of Sharon’s Life will take place at St. Andrew’s United Church (128 – 1st Street East, Cochrane, AB) on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to a charity of choice.

In living memory of Sharon Bobiak, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Heidi, it was such a shock to hear that your mother is gone so soon after your father died. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know the two of you were so very close. Your mom always had a smile and a pleasant greeting for my family from her seat near the back of the sanctuary. You are in my prayers.

    Joanne Burns

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  2. Sharolyn & Doug Molnar :

    Shaun, Heidi and Families: We are so sorry to hear of your parents recent passing. When we moved to Brandon in 1987, your parents took us under their wing and were awesome “parent figures”. We will always be grateful for all they did for us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this extrememly difficult time.

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  3. Marlene Robins (Smith) :

    Very sorry to hear the sad news–Sharon & I actually grew up to-gether–attending the same church and Sunday School–Our paths have crossed occassionaly since our childhood days–Our parents were good friends–sorry I never met her wonderful daughters that she talked about. Last summer I had a wonderful phone call from Sharon passing condolences as my brother (same age as Sharon) passed away–I thought it was so Special that she took the time to call—The plans we made to see each other will not happen but life has to go on and we will all have wonderful memories that no one can take away–My Deepest Sympathy to the daughters that Sharon was so proud of and their families also—Hugs from Marlene (Brandon, Manitoba)

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  4. Shauna, Heidi, Cyril and families,
    We are deeply saddened by your loss, once again. Your mother/sister was a good and loyal friend of 24 years. Sharon never failed to keep in touch. She will be greatly missed.
    Sincere sympathy,
    Maxine, David and Carey Morrow

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  5. Maureen & Lloyd Lee :

    Dear Shauna, Heidi and families We were shocked to hear of your mothers death. How sad for all of you. Fortunately you have wonderful memories of your mom and remember how much she loved all of you. We will keep you in our prayers. Our deepest sympathy . Maureen & Lloyd Lee

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  6. Darlene Coburn :

    Dear Shawna & Heidi,

    I am in shock with your Mom’s death. I just read the OBIT in the Brandon Sun. First your Dad, then Clare and now your Mom. My heart goes out to you both and your families.

    Darlene Coburn, Brandon, Manitoba

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  7. Shauna, Heidi, Cyril and families,
    Words cannot express the shock that we feel tonight on learning of your mom’s passing. The burden of grief that all of you are carrying on your shoulders must be unbearable. It’s always so very difficult for those of us who remain and especially for you and your families, after having lost the two most important people in your lives but God promises us that we will be re-united once again with those who have gone before us. Be comforted by his word and remain faithful.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you tonight as you struggle yet again with your grief. May God walk with you and your families in these the darkest of hours.
    Murray and Elly Bateman
    Calgary

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  8. Dear Shauna, Heidi and Families, I was saddened to learn of your Mum’s death. Please accept my condolence, and those of my Family. I have happy memories of our friendship here in Brandon, and I’m thinking of you all at this sad time. Sincerely. Helen Dalling.

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  9. Dear Shauna, Heidi and Families, I was saddened to learn of your Mother’s death. Please accept my condolence , and those of my family . I have happy memories of our friendship here in Brandon, and I’m thinking of you all at this very sad time. Sincerely. Helen Dalling.

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  10. Marlene Shantz :

    The Bobiak Family
    My sincere condolences to you on the loss of your Mother, Sharon. I knew Sharon in high school at the Brandon Collegiate and remember quite fondly the trio singing. We have spoken often during the years and sometimes ran into Ian and Sharon around town or even in Minot. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Marlene Shantz
    Brandon

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  11. On behalf of the Cochrane Senior Mixed Curlers, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to your family. Sharon was a positive influence and enjoyed curling with our group almost as much as we enjoyed curling with her. Sharon will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Larry Freeman, Cochrane, Alberta

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  12. Heidi, Shauna and families,
    I just read about your mom’s passing in the paper. I’m so sorry for your loss – my condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Mindy, Ryan and Riley

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  13. Elaine and Garth hockley :

    Shawna and Heidi and families. Our hearts are with you at this time. We can’t believe this has happened. What a lose to you girls and your families. Together in heaven. Garth and elaine

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  14. Ruth and Ed Saunders :

    Shauna, Heidi and families,
    Our sincere condolences to you all of you. I can’t express our sorry we are at the passing of your mom. As you know were were not only cousins but also great friends and enjoyed our many phone calls and emails. We compared everything from grandchildren to recipes to the next curling event.
    I know she will be terribly missed by so many.
    Our love and prayers.
    Ruth and Ed

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  15. Sandy Jasper (Brandon, Manitoba) :

    Dearest Heidi, Shauna, Cyril & families,
    I am so very saddened to hear of Sharon’s passing. I happened to be on the website of a local funeral home just days ago and came across a beautiful message of condolence that your mom had sent to the McCallum family just two weeks ago, which is how I learned of Ian’s passing earlier this fall. I was preparing to send a note to her with my sympathies when I saw her obituary in the Brandon Sun. What a shock. Words simply cannot express how deeply sorry I am for your immense loss. Know that friends from far and wide are thinking about you and praying for you: praying for strength; praying for comfort; praying for peace.
    In sympathy & friendship.

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  16. Shawna, Heidi and families, please know that you are in my thoughts today. I remember your family so well, the kindness of your parents, tobogganing down Browns Hill followed by the lunches of kraft diner and ketchup,fish in the pond and bathtub and birthday parties in the yard. There was no doubt we were always welcomed with a smile. What wonderful folks you had!
    Laurie Mckague Roberts

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  17. Dean,Heidi, and families, our condolences, strength and prayers through this difficult time. People close to you will always be missed and not forgotten.

    Clint,Sherry,Dakota, Dylan, and Dawson Byblow

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  18. Sandra Ferguson Biesheuvel :

    Dear Shauna and Heidi and family,
    On behalf of Peter and I, we are so very very sorry to hear of both your Mom and Dad passing so close together. I have wonderful memories of growing up with you, Shauna, and spending time at your house (such a cool house thanks to your Dad the architect!). Your parents were both so supportive of both of you, and also very caring and welcoming to your friends. I will never forget the time that your Dad helped me get the car started on Victoria Avenue after it stalled going through a puddle! I was all by myself and my parents were out of town! Your Dad came to my rescue!! Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you, as well as your families. Find strength and support in each other and know that your parents are together. God Bless.

    Sandra and Peter Biesheuvel

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  19. It is with great saddness and shock to learn of the loss of Sharon. She will be missed by her family and friends.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Joan Bartley & Family

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  20. Donna Hogeland :

    To Sharon’s family, it was with shock and profound sadness to have learned of Sharon’s recent passing. Sharon sought me out at Foothills Hospital in Calgary in June 2012, while both our husbands were patients there. We are both 1960s Brandon Girls. We remained in touch with each other since then, through my husband’s passing in August 2012, and Sharon’s husband’s passing in September 2013. At our next Gathering of 1960s Brandon Girlfriends, Sharon’s Nametag and a candle will be placed on our special Remembrance table. She will be with us still…in spirit. May your many memories bring you comfort at this time. I hope it helps somewhat to know that others are keeping you all close in thought. ~ Kindest personal regards, Donna

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  21. Dear Shauna, Heidi and families,

    I recently visited my Mom in Brandon and was saddened to hear that both your Mom and Dad had passed away. I didn’t know your dad very well but I have such fond memories of working with your Mom at Valleyview. She was a talented teacher and very willingly tickled the ivories for our musical presentations. Her infectious smile and supportive personality will always be remembered. I haven’t forgotten the two very special young ladies that your Mom and Dad raised either!

    I hope the wonderful memories you shared with your parents will help ease your sorrow in this holiday season and beyond.

    Hugs to you both,

    Holly Murray

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