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BOYCHUK – Linda Patricia (nee Stiller)

It is with great sadness that the family of Linda Patricia Boychuk (nee Stiller) announce her peaceful passing after a long and courageous battle with ALS on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at the Foothills Country Hospice in Okotoks.
Linda was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and obtained her RN at Misericordia Hospital. She had a very interesting and varied career, working in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Fernie and Ft. St. John prior to moving to Okotoks in 1979. She accepted a position as a home care/public health nurse in Okotoks, eventually becoming Director of Homecare for that area. Linda left that position in 1994 and worked in a variety of positions in Calgary; with Calgary Family Services, Comcare, Career Designs, The Beverly Centre (Midnapore) and ended her career as Director of Care at the Fountains of Mission in downtown Calgary when the ravages of ALS took away her ability to walk and drive. Linda was a great advocate for her community in Okotoks serving three terms on Town Council, as well as serving as a volunteer for various Town committees. She was both an appointed and elected member of the Headwaters Health Authority.
In addition to her professional career and community service, Linda was a loving wife, doting mother to her children and was tireless in instilling her good values, ethics and morals in their development. Linda has deeply touched many people on her journey, and will be greatly missed by her family, extended family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband and friend Daniel, as well their two treasures, son Michael and daughter Paige. She leaves to mourn, her brother Steve (Phyllis) of Winnipeg, and their son Steven (Heather) of Vancouver; brother-in-law Ron (Suzanne) Boychuk of Whiterock; Nelson (Susan) Boychuk of Winnipeg; Wayne of Calgary; Carl (Brenda) Smith of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Connie (Doug) Waddell of Victoria; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her parents Kristijana and Harry Stiller, as well as her beloved niece Sherry, and her adopted mom Ferne Stutsky of Vernon.

A Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:00p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the A.L.S. Society of Alberta (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Suite 400, 320 – 23 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 0J2, www.alsab.ca . The Boychuk family wish to thank firstly Linda’s personal caregivers, Myrna Franks and Jessica Simpson; the ALS Society, especially Jane Rivest and Megan Blomfield; and the neurology unit at the Foothills Hospital. We also wish to thank the many Foothills Hospice personnel who helped “smooth the bumps” on Linda’s journey. Linda was surrounded by her immediate family and personal caregivers at the time of her passing.

In living memory of Linda Boychuk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I have never met anyone like Linda. She displayed so much grace, courage and dignity. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know her while she was still able to talk and communicate well. She and her family have made such an impact on my own life and family. She will never be forgotten by us. Every time I see a sunflower I will smile and think of the sunshine she brought into my life.

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  2. David & Bette Podgurny :

    Dan, our sincere condolences to you and your children. We were very sorry to hear of the challenges faced by Linda and you the past few years. Unfortunately we are unable to attend the funeral as we are out of town. We will be thinking of you and will be in touch. Warm regards, David & Bette

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  3. Patty McEathron :

    Linda was truly one of a kind. Her time with us at Fountains of Mission was much too short but long enough to have touched all of us.

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  4. Lyle & Noelette Turton :

    We are son and daughter-in-law to Reg Turton who used to be your neighbor. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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  5. jeannette warga :

    Dear Danny and family,
    Seems like just yesterday we were at the wedding. Thinking of you. Sincere condolences. Jeannette & Alex Warga and Felix Bileski

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  6. Tony Militano & Kellie Bowden :

    My dear friend Dan, sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of Linda. It is amazing how Linda and you dealt with the challenges that faced you. Unfortunatly I will be out of town and not able to attend the Memorial Service. We will be thinking of you. Tony Militano & Kellie Bowden

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  7. Dafne Carrasco :

    My family and I send our sincerest condolences. You are in our prayers and I would like to thank you Paige, for giving me with the opportunity to meet your wonderful mother. She is a truly remarkable person and her love shines in you and your family. -Dafne

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  8. Dan & Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers today. Love from Perry and Krista

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  9. Patty Denneny R.N. :

    Dan and Family, my sincerest condolences.

    Linda was an inspiration to me. She was always so positive, and wore a smile.

    She will be remembered, loved and missed for a very long time.

    I couldnt make it to the funeral today, as I had to work, or I would have been there to pay my respects. She was a great lady.

    Best of luck to all of you.

    Patty (Home Care R.N., fellow Kinette)

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  10. Dianna Wilkinson-Cosnett :

    The world has lost one of the most loving, caring persons I have ever met, and Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. I worked for Linda at Home Care in High River, and will always have wonderful memories of the good times we all had together. May she rest in peace.
    With love from Dianna

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  11. Sincere condolences are sent to you today on behalf of all the people Linda touched in her Calgary home care/health care career. She was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed.
    Our thoughts are with you, Kathy

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  12. I am saddened to hear about Linda as she was a great help to my mother with her own Parkinson’s struggles for many years. Linda was a true “Health Care professional”. My sympathies go out to her family and all her friends who knew her.

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  13. Lesley Smith (Rockyview Hospital 2000/1) :

    To Daniel and your Family,
    I was so sorry to read of your loss. I will pray that God will heal the pain and suffering you have endured and grant you eventual peace in your hearts.

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  14. Bob & Lillian Rehak :

    We remember Linda so fondly from her High River health care connections a few years ago. She was dedicated, professional, receptive, and a lovely person to work with. We are so very sorry and our hearts go out to family and friends. She was a very special person!

    “They know the deepest sorrow
    Who have known the greatest joy.”
    Bob & Lil

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