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CHARRETT, Juliane (nee Chaker)

April 6, 1955 – January 7, 2012

After a long and arduous battle with cancer, Juliane Charrett is now at peace at the age of 56. Greatly assisted in recent years by her husband John, her eldest son Christopher and his wife Cindy; strengthened by the distant love from her two younger children, Catherine and Anthony; cared for by a close group of friends, her outstanding oncology team and wonderful support staff, Juliane fought harder than any of us could have imagined and wow, did she ever endure. Juliane loved life. She was a fighter and an achiever from the start. Born in Egypt to Ezzat and Aida Chaker, raised in Montreal alongside her brother Simon, Juliane made her way to Calgary in 1976. She established herself professionally in the field of risk management; working in oil and gas and owning her own company, Ricon International, for ten years. She sat on the board of SARIMS, earned her CGA and MBA and further packed her schedule with teaching, accounting and volunteering; Juliane left her mark. Her spirit and aptitude to excel in her career did not supersede, in any way, her remarkable knack for being a superb wife and fantastic mother. After meeting in a dance class, John and Juliane were married and shortly thereafter gave birth to three children, Christopher, Catherine and Anthony, of whom she was always extremely proud. Juliane managed her family with overwhelming love and patience; from the unrelenting presence at hockey and soccer games, to late-night homework and advice sessions, to fabulous Sunday dinners, mom and wife never faltered. The family was inspired by Juliane’s love for travel; they enjoyed countless trips over the years, a passion that is now shared by her children. Juliane gave so much to the people who knew her, in the way of advice, strength and optimism, while Juliane herself remained humble to these characteristics. Her smile, her frankness, her wit and compassion will be greatly missed by friends and extended family, both here in Calgary and back in Montreal. Juliane was ‘One of a Kind’, and while her absence will be sorely felt, the gifts she granted will be forever rejoiced.

Please join us in remembering Juliane through a visitation at the McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 5:00 p.m., vigil prayer at 7:00 p.m. and celebrating her life with a Funeral Mass, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E.) on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. This will be followed by a reception where friends and family will be invited to offer tribute to the life of this most special woman, wife, mother and friend. Please 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, where Juliane received exceptional care these past eight years.

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  1. Tammy Herring :

    Juliane was a caring & beautiful lady who has touched so many people’s lives with her strong and courageous heart. She definitely fought a strong battle.
    Her courage and determination was amazing.

    It breaks my heart to know that she is gone now, but she will never be forgotten. We will miss her.

    I can only imagine, that if she has left such an impact on my heart, what an even bigger one she has left with her family….what a wonderful person to have had in your life.
    I am so happy to have known her.
    May the many happy memories you shared together stay in your heart with you forever.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you always.

    Tammy & Corey Herring

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  2. Charles Homsy Family :

    John, Christopher, Catherine, Anthony and family, we are deeply saddened by your loss and truly understand your separation from your loved one. Please find the comfort in each other throughout these arduous times. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and although we will be incapable to attend the services, please understand that we will be present in spirit and prayer with you. We would like to express to you all, our sincerest condolences and may god rest her soul.

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  3. Christiaan van Blommestein :

    I had the pleasure of working with Juliane when she was risk manager at BP Canada and in later years, our paths crossed during her years at Shell Canada and through her consultancy work. I fondly recall our travels and battles of wit, her good humour and kindness.
    I regret that I shall be unable to attend the services this coming weekend, but my thoughts and prayers will be with her and her loved ones.
    Chris van B.

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  4. Marise, Joe, Jessica and Philippe Bichai :

    Words can not express the sadness we are feeling at the loss of Juliane. It’s incredible to know that she is now gone. She was an incredible example of courage and an immense inspiration to everyone who knew her. We raise our hats to you Juliane you certainly showed us how to live life to it’s fullest.

    John, Christopher, Cindy,Catherine and Anthony and family please know that even though we will not be present for Juliane’s service, your entire Montreal family will be celebrating a Mass in her Honor this Sunday, and that you will be ultimately in our thoughts and prayers.

    We send you our warmest hugs, and our deepest condolences. May God bless you always.

    Love Marise, Joe, Jess & Phil

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  5. Caroline Homsy and Stephen Berry Family :

    Juliane was not only a cousin but a sister, friend, confident who was always there for me. She gave me love, comfort and great advice throughout my life. She will be missed by us all but will never be forgotten.

    She will certainly be remembered for her love of life and love of people.

    John, Christopher & Cindy, Catherine and Anthony my heart goes out to you. It is so hard to see a loved one suffer for so long and then leave us. We are never really ready for that but be comforted that she is now at peace and watching over you, over us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carol, Steve and family

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  6. With grace and fortitude Juliane lived her life. I was continually astonished at her strength and joy of life in the midst of her great struggle. I will dearly miss the time we spent together….she inspired me in life and will continue to do so in death. What a wonderful legacy she has left you, her family.

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  7. I worked with Juliane at BP for a number of years. She never ceased to amaze me with her outgoing and inclusive approach to every situation. A great loss…so young…too soon…
    My sincerest condolences to Juliane’s family….

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  8. Many years ago Juliane was my instructor for a risk course. I had the pleasure of getting to know her over the following years. This includes working with her on the board of SARIMS. She was a wonderful woman who always had a smile and always offered her help for the board even while she was battling cancer. She will be missed by her friends and collegues in the risk management community.

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  9. Gerry and Dino Pigat :

    Catherine,
    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  10. Edvige&Samir Ansara From Florida :

    Dear John&family. We are deeply sorry to hear about the loss of our cousin Julianne. We offer to you our sincere condolences.

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  11. I first met Julianne when she taught my risk management course many years ago. Throughout the years we worked together on SARIMS and attended conferences – sharing stories, laughter and knowledge. She was an important mentor in my life. I will sorely miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  12. Diane Larochelle :

    To family and friends,

    This small note is to give you comfort in those difficult times. This comes from God’s word the Bible (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God. . .And also
    (Revelation 21:3-4) . . .With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. . .
    As you can see death will be no more (soon) it’s a promise from God and may Jehovah wipe the tears from your eyes.
    Sincerely

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  13. John and Family.
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this very difficult time. My thoughts are with you. Although I only knew of Juliana through John and our work friendship, she was obviously a very special person, loved and admired by all who knew her – she will be very much missed.

    Dean Slater

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  14. Shell colleagues - Risk and Insurance :

    Juliane will be greatly missed by all her Shell colleagues in Risk and Insurance. Juliane was extremely well respected within our team and a kind, friendly and supportive adviser and mentor to colleagues – not just in Canada but world-wide. Our sincere condolences to Juliane’s family after this courageous battle.

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  15. Tammy Truman Chinook Rotary :

    John, Im so sorry you have lost your soul mate and best friend. Im glad you have many memories though that you will hold onto. My thoughts and prayers are with you are your family.

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  16. Nettie Hendricks :

    John, Catherine and Anthony,
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear wife and mother. I had the pleasure of knowing Juliane when I helped Anthony with religious instruction at St. Bonaventure while I was Adminstrative Assistant in the parish office. A beautiful spirit has passed you her smile, her laughter and her zest for life. Peace to you all during this difficult time.
    Nettie Hendricks

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  17. Michelle Waldner :

    I had the pleasure of working with Juliane over the years in our risk management community. We took the risk management course together and crossed paths over the past 25 years many times. She always had a winning smile and was so easy going.

    She was in our prayers often as she fought her courageous battle over the past number of years. She will be missed.

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  18. Bruce and Kathy Johnson :

    Dear John and family,
    Please know our thoughts are with you. May the love and memories you shared together give you strength and comfort in the times ahead. Juliane lives on in the hearts of all of us who loved and admired her.

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  19. Paul and Connie Hussey :

    John, We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
    Your fellow Rotarian.

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  20. Adib and Rita Chidiac and family :

    John and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Juliane. We are deeply saddened by her death, but will always remember her vigor and enthusiasm. She was a champion in her fight to live and love life and her family.
    Rita and Adib

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  21. Jim & Judy Thompson :

    John & family, please know our thoughts & prayers are with you at this very sad time. She put up the good fight, we were fortunate to have known her…rest in peace Juliane.

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  22. Angela Haywood :

    I had the pleasure of meeting Juliane while volunteering on the SARIMS Board. She was a wonderful woman and such an inspiration, continuing to volunteer her time throughout her illness. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  23. Andre and Angela Mancini :

    Dear John and Family

    It is with extreme sorrow that we learned of Juliane’s passing. We cherish the wonderful memories, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Andre and Angela Mancini
    Montreal, Quebec Canada

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  24. Christine Kolanos :

    Our 30 year friendship with Julianne began in pre-school, carrying through to graduations, weddings,working in our beloved Rotary Club,and attending the same church. John, your wife’s life mattered. To Chris, Catherine, Anthony, and Cindi,your mom lived with such passion, dedication and love for your Dad. She had a loving and listening heart and her gentle and kind words gave light to everyone she met. She strived to show you, her children, to be all you are meant to be.Her love will help you to persevere and be courageous and to keep her engraved in your heart.God Bless. Christine, Krys, Stephanie,Mark Kolanos. Kathleen and Scott MacCullam and thei family

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  25. Mireille Chadi :

    John, Christopher, Catherine, Anthony and family.

    We are deeply sorry for the loss of an admirable and loving person, my cousin Juliane (Joula).She was very special,
    Her strength and courage was unbelievable, her good sense of humour and her beautiful smile will be always remembered.

    We regret not to be able to attend the services and be with you during this difficult time, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. The family here in Montreal will be gahered in Juliane’s honour.

    Tante Berthe send you her deepest condolences and her love.
    God bless you.

    Mireille Chadi and family

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  26. Kristel and Sabrina Adib :

    We are with you in spirit during these hard times. We remember Jula and Catherine’s visits to Montreal and they will always be great memories.

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  27. I was very sad to hear of Juliane’s passing. I worked with Juliane at Shell and we became fast friends. She was a remarkable lady and I have missed working with her. It is just not fair that she has been taken from this world so young.

    Juliane was very proud of all of you and she shared that with me whenever we would chat.

    My mother (who had the same birthday as Juliane) died at 48 (breast cancer) and while the grief never goes away completely – take comfort in the fact that it does become more manageable.

    The wonderful memories you share will help you get through this time.

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  28. Giles, Judie and Jackie Parker :

    Dear John and Family
    Please accept our sincere condolences at the sad passing of Juliane. We feel really blessed to have been able to visit with her at the Woodwards before Christmas.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  29. Tegan Martin-Drysdale :

    Dear John & Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Juliane’s passing – she was such a bright spark and engaging person to be around. Such an amazing woman. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Best Wishes
    Tegan & Richard

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  30. Theresa and Gerald Bardecki :

    Dear John and Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Theresa and Gerry Bardecki

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  31. Christine Kolanos :

    Our 30 year friendship began with Nursery school, and saw us through graduations,weddings, work in our beloved Rotary,and attending the same church. Our paths crossed so often and in those busy years of work and family, Juliane always was a light to everyone she met. May her love endure and forever be etched in your hearts. God Bless. The Kolanos Family

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  32. Martin and Dena Bradford :

    So sorry to hear about Juliane. Our sincere sympathy.

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  33. Liliane, Magdi, Andre, Nada, Daniel Kayal :

    Dear John, Christopher, Cindy, Catherine and Anthony

    Our dear Julianne is no more with us but she will always be in our heart a symbol of courage,determination and faith.
    We will miss her smiles, her strength and her loving and caring touch.
    We will miss her visits to Montreal to see her many cousins who love her dearly.
    We transmit our deepest condoleances to each one of you and our heart will be always with you.

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  34. John Charrett,

    John, our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
    Juliane will be remembered for her strength, enthusiasm and bubbly personality.
    Sincere condolescences.

    Doris and Bernard Siebring

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  35. Pauline Willis :

    I have just discovered this very sad news John, via Facebook, when looking to see if Julianne was on there. I had come across some photos from my stay with you both when looking after Christopher and Catherine during 1985 and was wondering (from the UK) how you all were. I hope you are able to see this and know that my thoughts are with you. Pauline Willis

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