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CHOPP, Mary Madeline

May 7, 1913– Poland
October 31, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Our sweet angel Mary Chopp was called home peacefully from the Beverly Care Centre Glenmore, on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at the age of 100 years.

Mary came to Canada from Poland as a young girl and grew up in rural Saskatchewan. She later married William (Bill) Chopp and they had two daughters; Kathleen and Carolyn. As a family they moved around the Prairies while Bill worked with the Canadian Pacific Railway, with Mary and Bill later retiring in Calgary in the 1970’s. In the various places Mary lived in, she reached out and connected to the church community. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for 70 years where she got share her beautiful singing voice. She sang in several church and ladies choirs. She loved life and was a devoted Catholic, her faith was always her strength.

She was a devoted mother, proud grandmother, and wife for 44 years. Mary was an excellent cook and gardener. She loved flowers and nature, and took pride in her home and family. She was also a proud Canadian Citizen, even playing hockey in her younger years, holding the position of goalie. As a very independent and a very strong willed woman, she openly spoke her mind, and after she was widowed she lived on her own for 39 years. During this time, Mary was able to pursue her love of travel. She made several trips to Hawaii and visits to the West Coast. She loved bowling and played in a league.

Mary lived in Frances Klein Centre for 25 years, Aspen Lodge for 6 years, and finally to Beverley Glenmore for the last 6 months of her life.
She was witty and wise, an organizer and motivator. Mary was very much in control of her life and remained feisty and clear minded until her death. In her later years, despite health challenges she was known for her endurance and perseverance. Mary’s strong will provided strength to her family, who continued to learn through her experiences with aging.

She was dearly loved and she will be greatly missed by her family, friends and those who knew her even for a short time.

Mary is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Edward Shuya, and Carolyn and Orest Ewanchyna; three granddaughters, one grandson; two great-grandchildren and two and half great-great grandchildren; and her sister Mildred. Mary was predeceased by her husband William; her parents; eldest sister Sadie and a granddaughter Gayleen.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321- 90th Avenue S.E.) on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321- 90th Avenue S.E.) on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the Beverly Care Centre Glenmore, 1729 – 90th Avenue S.W. Calgary, AB T2V 4S1 or St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church CWL, 321 – 90th Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB T2J 0A1.

Her long life of 100 years was a gift to her family and those that knew her. Her family is grateful to Alberta Home Care for all the wonderful years of support that allowed her to remain independent, and to the Beverley Care Center Glenmore for making her feel at home.

In living memory of Mary Chopp, 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. The Kucy/Chambers Family :

    Please accept our condolences for your loss. May your faith and loving memories keep you strong .

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  2. Oh my! She was an angel indeed! I am so sorry for your loss! Mary was a very special lady! I thank God for being a part of her life; she was always so positive and smiling. I also thank God for her long and healthy life. Mary and her family will be remembered in my prayers. God bless you all at this sad but happy time!

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  3. It is always sad to have a loved one leave us on this plane to enter into their next great experience. My Aunt Mary will be missed by all of us who knew and loved her.
    My condolences to Kay, Carolyn and their families.
    With peace love and blessings
    Casey Gryba

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  4. Grace & Rodney Hrischuk :

    It is very sad to hear of Mrs. Chopp’s passing. She was such a lovely lady. To be able to reach her 100th birthday was a wonderful mlestone with a life full of stories and experiences to share. She will be missed, but she will now be at peace. She was very proud of her family and I”m sure will be watching over them with angel’s wings. May blessings and peace cover you in your celebration of her life.

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  5. Amandah L'Anett :

    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” -(Leo Buscaglia)
    We never lose the people we love. They live the rest of our lives with us in our heart. Thinking of you with love and light.

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  6. Although we never met, I had heard alot about her, and so our deepest sympathies go to the entire family and friends. Liz and henk

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  7. Peter and Lynda Steblin :

    Though we are all saddened by your loss of your Mom, may you find true comfort in knowing that she is now at peace and in the presence of the Lord she loved, and other family members and friends that have gone on before her. She lived such a good life here on earth in her 100+ years and has left a wonderful legacy in the family that she raised. We only met her at Andrea’s wedding but feel very privileged to have spent some time with such a fine lady.

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  8. Dear Carolyn and Family
    My heart feels your loss of a beautiful human being and mother and it also sings a song of love and celebration of one who touched so many while here in this lifetime, and whose love is always with you. While a part of her has gone home another stays with you always. May you feel her love in the many things you shared, and share with her the many things you love now and in the future. Ann and Howie

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  9. John, Darlene and Agnes Harper :

    With our sincere sympathy for your loss of Mary, to family and friends.
    The Harpers.

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