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CHERNOFF, Alice Lizzie

March 27, 1914 – March 8, 2017

Alice was born in Veregin, Saskatchewan with the Doukhobor name Podovinnikoff and raised by an older sister when orphaned at a young age. Wanting to “earn her keep,” she learned the skills necessary to run a household efficiently early in life. Alice had five siblings: Mary, Allan, Nellie, Vera, Luba and a half-sister Helen.

As a young adult Alice moved to the farm in Runnymede, Saskatchewan with her husband (Norman T.) Nicholas Chernoff. Although she worked hard – or maybe because of it – she always loved a good party and knew how to liven one up!

Alice bore three sons, Tom, Larry, and Fred Chernoff. At some point when the boys were in grade school, the family moved to the Parkhill area in Calgary where Alice worked as a butcher in the Burns Meats plant until her retirement. After losing her first husband, Alice moved to the Shaganappi community of Calgary and made a home with her second husband, Peter Holoboff, for many years until he, too, passed.

She will be remembered for her green thumb and her hospitality – cooking for everyone who was lucky to visit her. She is the best cook our family has known! We shared many delicious meals of perogies, blintze, tarts, soups and other garden veggies. Her yard was the envy of the neighbours as she gardened daily when weather permitted, harvesting vegetables for her famous Borscht. Alice housed many a family member when needed and helped others by cooking, cleaning and mending. She was kind, generous and a very hard worker.

She was an expert at crochet, always with her needles and yarn handy to pick up while chatting or watching television. It would be hard to find someone in her life that hasn’t been gifted with a blanket at some time or another. Alice never learned how to drive a car and walked or took the bus when no ride was to be had. She was a strong, healthy, and independent woman.

Our Beloved Great-Great-Grandmother passed peacefully on March 8, 2017 at Carewest Sarcee Lodge – just 19 days shy of her 103rd birthday – where she was known as a sweet person who was easy to care for. Alice leaves a legacy of many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many friends. During her time at Royal Park Lodge (2007-2013), she was very appreciated by all the staff and fellow residents whom she helped when she could.

Alice is predeceased by her husbands, Nicholas Chernoff and Peter Holoboff; her two sons, Tom and Fred Chernoff; all her siblings and a very dear companion in her later years, Taffy Squires.

Alice will finally rest in Burnsland Cemetery with her first husband. She will be lovingly remembered by all those who knew her. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Alice Chernoff, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. We miss you greatly Grandma Alice. We cherish the memory of every lively visit we’v had. You always greeted us with warmth and love, and we always left inspired and invigorated by your passion and energy for life.
    From all the Muirs, all our love, memories and prayers are with and the whole family.

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  2. Beverly Chernoff-Loughran :

    Goodbye Grandma. Thanks for the lessons… like teaching me how to make borscht when I was just 12 years old. I still make it “your way”. But I think I’ll miss your “pea tarts” the most – no one made them like you. Probably because the peas were usually fresh from your garden. Great memories of the time we spent in Vegas together. And my first child, your great granddaughter, just missed sharing your birthday by 28 minutes! So many memories – thank you… may you rest in peace Grandma. Love Beverly

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  3. Shelley & Ken Trumble :

    We are so sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. She will always be known as “Angel Alice” to our family for being such a wonderful friend and companion to our Dad, Taffy. She was the one person who was able to help our Dad through his recovery after his surgery and because of her generosity, we will be eternally grateful. Just know that she’s reuniting with all those who have gone before her and at peace with God. Hugs to the family.

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  4. jackie and doreen Rafter :

    We are very saddened by Alice ‘s passing. My mom Doreen spent many birthday celebrations together as they shared the same birth date. I remember Alice as a wonderful friend of my grandparents Bill and Ruth Fofonove and she was one of the most fun-loving, genuine and generous people you’d ever meet. Rest in peace Alice – you made a huge difference in the lives of all of us and left us with many fond memories. Love Doreen and Jackie

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