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BRODERICK, Juanita Mary

February 2, 1940 – December 22, 2011

Juanita Mary Broderick of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at the age of 71 years.

Juanita was born in Gambo, Newfoundland and resided and taught school throughout Newfoundland, prior to moving to Calgary in 1983. Juanita earned her Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Masters Degree in Religious Education. Juanita loved her chosen career and believed teaching was a ministry and that belief guided her in daily encounters with young minds. Quoting Juanita, “I pray that I touched their lives as they did mine”.

Juanita is survived by her sisters, Doretha Slaney, Helen Parrott, Geraldine MacIntyre and Mary Penney; her brothers William Broderick (Trudy), Harry Broderick and Patrick (Gaye) Broderick; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents James and Bridget Broderick; a sister Kathleen Broderick; and brothers, Tommy, Junior, Dennis, Frank, Mike and Andy Broderick.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will also be celebrated in Gambo, Newfoundland, with burial to follow. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Juanita Broderick, 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. Sister Elizabeth Davis :

    Dear Members of Juanita’s Family, On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland, I express our deepest sadness at the death of Juanita. She was a member of our Congregation for twenty-five years during which she expressed the face of Mercy through her ministry of education in schools throughout Newfoundland and in her ministry of leadership as a principal in several schools. With you, we mourn the death of a woman who touched our lives and who has left a legacy of a love for and excellence in teaching. May God bless all of you with comfort as you grieve your loss. May the memory of Juanita’s spirit, her energy, her love for all of you and her gift of teaching be a source of strength in these days of sadness. May she rest now in the peace of the Incarnate Jesus for all eternity. With shared memories for the life of this gifted woman, Sister Elizabeth Davis for the Sisters of Mercy

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  2. Dear Geraldine and family, We have lost another precious family member. Juanita was a special light that shone for our family, we will never forget her wonderful friendship to Veronica as well as to all of the Lidster family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Thinking of you, Love Denise

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  3. Sister Monica Hickey :

    I want to express my sincere sympathy and sadness on the death of Juanita. Jaunita was a friend of mine for at least fifty years. I visited her and stayed overnight with her in Calgary when I attended a Conference in Banff some years back. We exchanged Christmas and birthday cards over the past number of years and talked on the phone occasionally. She was an excellent teacher, a very kind and generous person and a good listener. I’m not sure if she knowingly received my card this year. May her gentle soul rest in the peace of the Christ who came to be with us at this special time of year and who is with us always.

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  4. Michael Campanaro :

    Juanita was my grade 5 teacher back at St.Cyril school. She was the type of teacher that led by example and truly lived every lesson she taught us. I only hope she realized the good she has done in so many young peoples’ lives. She helped me get involved in church and around that time I started reading during mass. She was always encouraging and would tell me how good of a job I did. It is people like Juanita that motivate others to get involved and in turn improve their community. She was loved by students and her good deeds and amazing character will have positive effects for many years to come.

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  5. Sr.Loretta Chafe :

    To the Brodrick Family,
    It was with regret that I learned of Jaunita’s death. My thoughts are with you at this time. May you be at peace as you send jaunita to her resting place.
    I have many happy memories of your parents hospitality in Gambo.
    Be assured of my prayer for you all.If any of you live in St.John’s and would like to contact me I am at Mercy Convent

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  6. Loretta McKenna :

    To the Brodrick Family

    I am sorry for the loss of Juanita. I worked with her at St. Cyril school in Calgary. She had a kind heart for her students.
    Further – she made the best salmon ball for social gatherings and she passed on the receipe to me and I contiune to use it.
    Loretta McKenna

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  7. I am another former student of mrs Broderick and I would also like to extend my condolences. She was an excellent educator and one that will remain close to me as I go forward. Her hope of touching young lives was fulfilled in me and my classmates, who are left with cherished memories and life lessons gained. I will miss her a great deal.

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  8. Sr. Charlotte Fitzpatrick :

    I wish to offer sympathy to Juanita’s family and friends at this very difficult time of grief and loss.
    I have known Juanita for many years and I know she has touched many lives with her kindness and compassion.
    May she rest in God’s peace!

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  9. Thanks for everything you taught me and making grade 2 one of the best and funnest years of my life.

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  10. Someone asked me a question a few weeks ago, and I pondered over it for a while before I could give an honest answer. The question was “Who in your life has influenced you the most”? At 46 years of age, there have been a lot of people that have influenced and encouraged me since I came to exist. I have survived cancer twice, my family has encountered tragedy after tragedy. During all my life the person that influenced me the most was a woman who taught me in grade six at Christ The King School in Rushoon Newfoundland. 1980-1981. I remember her soft spoken demeanor, she had a friend in Ontario who went to hockey games and would send Sister Juanita hockey pucks and other hockey paraphernalia. All the boys and some of the girls in class would cry out for it. Ontario seemed like a million worlds away and most of the students had never been off the Burin Peninsula.
    The previous year in grade five my grades started to decline greatly. It was a rough year for me emotionally, spiritually, socially. By the time I entered grade six I was almost a empty shell of a child. Tall, skinny and certainly not that bright. I had no desire to learn, no desire to exist. My first year in grade six I was withdrawn and closed, I didn’t pay attention and my mind wandered.
    Sister Juanita spent time explaining things, I think she knew my childhood was missing its light and wonder. I remember a story she read in class, the velveteen rabbit. a story she told with such emotion. I can remember hanging on every word and how disappointed I was when the class bell rang. She helped me believe that even when times are dark, when secrets take your breath that love can still exist. She helped me believe that I was deserving of love during a time when I felt so very worthless.
    In all the years since I’ve thought about Sister Juanita many many times. One of the first books I ever read to my own children was “The Velveteen Rabbit”. I don’t know if she ever knew the impact she had on my life, so when asked this question a few weeks ago, I decided to see if I could find her to at least tell her. Maybe she would never remember the tall skinny girl from Parker’s Cove, but I was filled with a desire to tell her she was never forgotten to me.
    When I started I didn’t even know that her last name was Broderick, but a former teacher told me. They told me that she had left Newfoundland back in the 80s and had moved out west to British Columbia. That was all the information I had, but it was something.
    I am not 100% if this obituary is Sister Juanita’s, maybe they are one and the same but I cried when I found it, cried that she would never know how grateful, how blessed, how much she changed me, changed my life. I grew up a loving, caring and spiritual person…despite my tragedies, heartaches and pain. Because of her guidance and caring loving nature, I can be proud of the woman I turned out to be.

    To the family of Juanita Broderick, my deepest heartfelt condolences. She will be remembered forever.

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