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BOERNER, Ethel Dorothy (nee Chegwin)

Ethel Boerner died July 3, 2014.

Ethel was born to the late Arthur and Della Chegwin on April 22, 1928 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Ethel graduated from the local high school and went on to study nursing at Moose Jaw General Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated with the Gold Medal in Surgery in 1951 and then pursued further education in Nursing at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. After graduating she worked for a brief time for Bell Canada as a workplace nurse in one of the first such positions in Canada.

Ethel met and married the late Alfred Boerner in a whirlwind romance covering six weeks from the first blind date until their wedding on December 11, 1954. Ethel and Alfred were very proud of the four children they raised against a backdrop of frequent movies, creating homes in several different cities as Alfred pursued his career as an exploration geologist. Ethel was passionate about her many interests, including travel, music, bridge and gardening, in which she routinely demonstrated her green thumb in the cultivation of roses. As well, Ethel was talented with needlework and demonstrated her skill knitting sweaters for her children and grandchildren (and dolls), crocheting, cross-stitch and petit-point. Ethel loved animals and birds and this love was exhibited in her passionate relationship with her two miniature dachshunds, Rebel and Gretel.

Ethel is survived by her four children Jane Kelly (Michael Kelly), Ann Boerner (Darryl Barber), David Boerner (Norma Boerner), and Scott Boerner (Joan Berezowski). Ethel is also survived by her eleven grandchildren. They are, in order of their births, Lauren, Christopher, Elizabeth, Patricia, Katelynn, Laura, Heather, Kyle, Victoria, Andrew and Caroline. Ethel took great pride in the many accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She was fond of recounting and listening to the many world travels, academic successes and ever-growing list of achievements of her family. Ethel is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews in Saskatchewan and Wisconsin, USA.

A Family Celebration of Ethel’s Life will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Ethel Boerner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Morris and Isabelle McClement :

    Our sincere condolences to the family of our dear Ethel,
    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Ethel. She was a wonderful neighbour of ours at Priddis Greens. Ethel loved her garden and she was able to coax her flowers to grow despite our ongoing problems with weather and the deer population. Ethel and Al spent a lot of time feeding the birds. Needless to say, we did not see as many birds in our trees after they moved to the city. So as we say “Goodbye” to Ethel , I want her family to know we felt blessed to have had the joy of being her friend.

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