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CARSTENS – Bente “Brenda” (nee Bjerrisgaard)

April 5, 1952 – July 1, 2011

Brenda Carstens beloved wife of Roy Carstens of Calgary, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2011 at the age of 59 years.

Brenda was born in Denmark and immigrated to Canada when she was a young girl. The family moved across Canada, settling in Medicine Hat. She met Roy in Edmonton and they were married October 4, 1975. Brenda was an avid volunteer within the Lutheran Church, Scouts Canada, from which she recently received the Silver Acorn award and the North East Calgary Adopt a Family Society as well as several other organizations.

Brenda is survived by her loving husband Roy, one daughter Theresa and Mark Tomte, two sons Byron and Crystal Carstens, Thomas Carstens and Jolene Lutyck, two grandsons Jaydan and Matthaus, her mother Lisse Bjerrisgaard, seven siblings as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father Neils Bjerrisgaard.

Funeral Services will be held at Prince Of Faith Lutheran Church (2523 – 56th Street N.E.) on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial or to Scouts Canada, c/o Chinook Council, 2140 Brownsea Drive, N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2N 3G9
Telephone: 403-283-4993.

In living memory of Brenda Carstens, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.

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  1. Gordon and Susan Kalcsits :

    Please accept our deepest sympathies – we will be there on Wednesday. See you soon, Gord and Susan

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  2. Sheila and JF Forget :

    Brenda has been a true inspiration and mentor to us both through our mutual dedication to scouting. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy and your family. We will take time while at camp this week to say a prayer for Brenda and apologize our camp commitments prevent us attending Brenda’s funeral.

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  3. Jean and Jerry Bizot :

    Roy and Family

    May you find comfort knowing that your friends share the sorrow that you feel and that their caring is there to comfort you always.

    With Heartfelt Sympathy
    The Bizot Family

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  4. Rose Lamoureux :

    To: Roy, Byron, Thomas and Theresa, spouses and grandsons, although I am unable to attend services on Wednesday, my thoughts and deepest condolences will be with you all. There are mainly three things that come to my mind about Brenda although there are many after having known her since for 22 years. 1. Her strong fast commitment to Scouts Canada 2.Her strong faith and charity work and 3. Her strong involvement and inception of North East Calgary Adopt a Family Society. We began with delivering hampers to needy families in 1989, evolving into Brenda championing the cause to form a society with charitable status. Brenda could be counted on being front and centre when I approached her with new projects like starting the school supplies program or being the fiscal agent through NECAAFS for the Ngapagok Sudan School project. I will miss her dearly but I know that her accomplishments, lets get it done, and charitable works will live on. We shared many great moments and April birthdays… God be with you all.

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  5. Kathryn and Ray Limbert :

    Roy, Byron, Thomas and Theresa

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are for you in your time of Sorrow.

    Kathryn, Ray, Rob and Ryan Limbert

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  6. Meredith Petrie :

    Roy and Family,

    I spent some time with Brenda while working for Scouts – she was amazing and very warm. She will be missed but never forgotten.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    With sympathy,

    Meredith Petrie

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  7. Mike Bingley :

    Roy and family,

    Brenda was an inspiration to myself and to many. My thoughts and prayers and those of my family are with you at this difficult time.

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  8. Patricia Gustafson :

    I want to offer my sincere condolences to the Carsten family. Brenda was a special person who always put others first. She will be missed, especially by her friends at Prince of Faith Lutheran Church. You are in my prayers during this sad time.

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  9. Mike and Virginia Wilhelm and Family :

    Our thoughts and pryers are with you in your time of loss. We can not be there in body but please know that we are always there in spirit.

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  10. Wolfgang and Shirley Janke :

    Dear Roy,

    May the peace of God be with you and your family as you go through this difficult time. Brenda’s volunteer efforts at Prince of Faith were very much appreciated and won’t soon be forgotten. God bless you all.

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  11. Gerry Millan :

    You are in my thoughts and prayer. I knew Brenda from Prince of Faith Lutheran Church. I wish to express my deepest sympathy and may the peace of God be with the Roy and the Carsten family as they go through this sad time.

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  12. Eric And Delores Hagglund :

    When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

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  13. Rosalie Pedersen :

    Charles and I are so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. She gave so much of herself to so many. She made a difference. I fondly remember all the years we worked together in Scouting, especially with the 175 Whitehorn. Our sincere condolences.

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  14. Cindy Robinson :

    Dear Roy and family
    My prayers go out to you and the family.
    Brenda was my menter in scouting and life. She will be greatly missed by all.
    “For I have satiated the weary soul,
    and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”
    Jeremiah 31:25
    God be with you all
    Cindy & Eric Robinson

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  15. Charlie, to you and your family our
    deepest condolences.

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  16. Scott Suvanto :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Scouter Roy and family. Brenda was a great mentor to me in my scouting life and what she taught me will be with me forever.
    YISAF, Scott Suvanto

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  17. Diane Simpson-Green (Diane Nielsen) :

    I would like to offer my condolences to the family.

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  18. Ken and Wendy Worrall :

    Our thoughts are prayers are with you during this time.

    Ken & Wendy Worrall

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  19. David Worrall & Dani Fraser :

    Dani and I wish to convey our deepest sympathy to the entire Carstens family. Brenda was a woman who understood the value of giving back to her community. Something we can all learn from.

    David Worrall & Dani Fraser

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  20. To Roy and Family
    Our thoughts to the family for your loss. Brenda was very dedicated to Scouting and will be missed. We have all lost a great friend.
    Bob & Donna Holmes

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  21. Joan Farkas :

    I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Brenda on the North East Adopt a Family program and saw first hand her tremendous dedication and hard work. I will remember her for her great compassion and kindness for those less fortunate and for her never ending efforts to build community. She left this world a better place than she found it.

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  22. Joan and Tom Nelson :

    Roy and Family,

    Brenda was such a generous and kind person and mentored both Tom and I through our years with scouting. Brenda you will be missed but never forgotten.

    Yours in Scouting
    Joan and Tom Nelson

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  23. Jennifer and Bill Ross :

    We are very sorry to hear about Brenda’s passing. She will be missed. Your family is in our prayers.

    Yours in Scouting
    Jennifer and Bill Ross

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  24. Johnnette and Denny Hall :

    Roy and Family,
    So sorry to hear today about Brenda passing away. We were neighbours for 14 years and shared many coffees and babysitting. Our sincere condolences.
    Denny and Johnnette Hall

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  25. John and Lynda Greuel :

    Scouter Roy and Family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. Even when expected, the loss of a loved one always leaves a void to fill. Thanks to you both for your many years of volunteer efforts in Scouts. We in 132 North Haven Scouts, very much appreciated your time. Brenda and you have both given the gift of life to many a youth and have made the world a better place. Roy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons and daughter.

    John, Lynda, Rachel and Peter Greuel

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  26. We are so sad to hear scouter Brenda passed away. She was always helping our group when she had the time.
    Group 252 Hon Viet
    Hung Chiem and members of Hon Viet Scout Group
    Sorry this was such a late notice but we weren’t able to find out this devastating news till we got back from WR Camp.

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