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BRAUNBERGER, Gwen (nee Walters)

June 9, 1946 – Edmonton, AB
July 2, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce our beloved wife and mother Gwen Braunberger passed away on July 2nd, 2014.

She will forever be known for her bright, beautiful smile, her great sense of humour and positive nature. Gwen had countless friendships over the years through her love of sports including basketball, tennis, racquetball, running and golf. She had passion for playing bridge and enjoyed the camaraderie of both teammates and opponents, celebrating a loss as joyfully as a win. Gwen was adventurous and loved to travel with good friends enjoying trips to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France, and Spain. Gwen was particularly proud of her Norwegian heritage and carried on many traditions such as making krumkake at Christmas. She had a strong network of friends that spanned decades because of her kind nature, quick wit and ability to make people feel at ease. Gwen was a woman of grace, wisdom, compassion and love. She was the soul of every celebration and the heart of our family. She looked forward to and enjoyed the numerous celebrations held with immediate and extended family members throughout the years.

Gwen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Gerry Braunberger, her two daughters Dana Braunberger (Sean), and Candace Newman (Craig). She was tremendously proud of her five grandchildren, Kate, Ella, Jacob, John and Lucas. Gwen is survived by her brothers Ron Walters (Linda), Evan Walters (Dianne); her sister Vicky MacMillan (George); sister in laws Marion Pierce, Marjorie McNeill (Ron). She will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . Memorial donations may be made in Gwen’s name to the ALS society of Alberta.

“The excitement is not just to survive,” she once said, “but to thrive, and to thrive with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.” Enthusiasm, generosity, justice, discipline, warmth, comfort, kindness, wisdom, patience, love, joyful soul, fair, right, wise, underdog, competitor, Phenomenal woman, her spirit is too enormous to leave this earth with her passing. Her legacy lives in the hearts of all of us whom she has touched, and most of all in the bright eyes of her grandchildren.

A Celebration of Gwen’s Life will be held at Earl Grey Golf and Country Club (6540 – 20 Street S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Memorial Donations may be made directly to the ALS Society of Alberta, 250 4723 – 1 Street SW Calgary, Telephone: 403 228-3857

In living memory of Gwen Braunberger, 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. Don and Val Blair :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. Jim and Donalda Dickey :

    Gerry – Donalda and I are thinking of you and your daughters at this difficult time. We know that your memories will give you great comfort.
    Jim and Donalda Dickey
    Halifax, N.S.

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  3. Pat & Carrol Morkin :

    Gerry & Family:
    We are very sorry to read of Gwen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We fondly remember Gwen during our many visits to your office.

    Pat & Carrol

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  4. Lesley Scullion :

    So sorry for your loss. Dana and Candace – Your Mom must have been so proud of the amazing women you are. Her spirit lives on in you.

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  5. Margie (Raisbeck)Bremer :

    Gerry, my sympathy to you and your girls. When someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure..you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Margie

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  6. Rose & Bill Dyer :

    So very sorry to hear of Gwen’s passing; our thoughts are with you.

    Rose, and Bill

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  7. alice plotkins :

    Dear Gerry and Family,
    What a wonderful person Gwen was! I will miss her so very much.

    Alice Plotkns

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  8. Don and Doreen Cuncannon :

    We know you have been through some difficult family losses in your time Gerry and none will be more missed than your lifetime partner. Although we are unable to be at the Celebration of Life for Gwen our thoughts are with you and all your family members. Don

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  9. Doris Fishman :

    With sincere sympathy to Gwen’s family on your loss. May memories of a life well lived sustain you at this sad time. Her radiance, warmth and competitive spirit will be missed at the bridge table.

    With our deep condolences on behalf of Unit 390, ACBL

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  10. Don & Norma Manning :

    Gerry & family; It was with great sadness that we learned of Gwen’s passing. We will always remember Gwen for her grace, beauty, smile & friendship. Please accept our condolences for your loss. Don & Norma Manning

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  11. Rick and Betty Beauchamp :

    Dear Gerry, Betty and I would like to extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies on the passing of Gwen

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  12. Barbara MacDougall :

    My sincerest sympathy to Gwen’s family. I enjoyed being a ‘substitute partner’, allowing me to play bridge with Gwen for Swiss Teams games. We always seemed to be on the same page, and was a super nice partner.

    May your memories provide some comfort in your loss

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  13. Kathy & Kelly Cowan :

    Gerry and Family

    We were very saddened to hear of Gwen’s passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.

    Kathy & Kelly

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  14. Gerry and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I never had the pleasure of meeting Gwen, but by all accounts she was a wonderful woman. My deepest sympathies,

    Andy

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  15. The Gibson Family :

    The Braunberger Family

    It is with heartfelt sadness to hear of such loss for your close and loving family. Our deepest sympathies for you all.

    Kevin, Maureen & Caitlyn

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  16. Gordon and Nancy Whitham :

    Dana and Candace – Our sincere condolences to you, your Dad and your families. I can still remember your mom on the sidelines at the soccer games. It was a positive to have known her. Our thoughts are with you.
    Gordon and Nancy Whitham

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  17. Charlie & Ann Chapman :

    Gerry: We were saddened to hear of Gwen’s passing. We are thinking of you and your family.

    Charlie and Ann

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  18. Linda and Lloyd SKUBA :

    Dear Gerry and family,
    Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences on Gwen’s passing. We remember her as this most gracious lady with a friendly wonderful smile. May your fond memories of all the times past be your strength through this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Linda and Lloyd Skuba

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  19. Frankie Gacek :

    Dear Gerry and family:
    Sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful wife, mother and grandmother.
    Gwen was a special person and loved by so many of us.
    I regret I will not be able to attend the Celebration of Life for Gwen as I will be out of town.
    However my thoughts will be with you.

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  20. The Charchun Family :

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Gwen.

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  21. David and Diane :

    When good people leave they do not just disappear, they leave great gaping holes that can only be filled with warm memories.
    The world is more empty, more lonely and much poorer without Gwen.
    As time passes Gerry we hope that you and Gwen’s extended family will focus on and remember to appreciate all the joy, life, love and goodness that she brought into your world even while it feels that the void may never leave.
    Diane and I offer you our condolences and love.

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  22. Jodi (Marchant) Olson :

    Dear Dana, Candace, Mr. Braunberger and family,
    I have only just heard, today, of your mom’s passing and am truly saddened and heartbroken for your loss. Please accept my condolences and know that a friend is out there for you. I will always remember how kind and gentle your mom was and how she passed her many wonderful virtues on to her daughters. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    -Jodi and Mark Olson

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