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COLEMAN, Waselena (Sonia)

January 1, 1931 – Kahwin, AB
December 29, 2013 – Calgary, AB

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our Mother, Baba, and Great (Big) Baba, Sonia Coleman (nee Bidniak) on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the age of 82 years.

Sonia was born on the family farm at Kahwin, AB on New Year’s Day in 1931. She died peacefully with family by her side just three days short of her 83rd birthday.

Sonia was a beautiful woman but never more so than with her grandchildren. As an early birthday gift, they purchased the right to name a star after their Baba. So, when you look towards the Big Dipper, the brightest star in that vicinity will be her, smiling down on you and cheering you on in all that you do.

Sonia is survived her children, Doug (Marsha), Gayna Welsh, Dannette (Bob) Scott and Tanya (Craig) Massey; her grandchildren, Chrissy Stowe (Mark), Karen Diebert (Tyrell), Richard Semchyshen, Charene Mattson (Ryan), Timmery Tulloch (Curtis), Jason Welsh, Erica Welsh (Mike), Karoline Coleman, Lisle Massey, Coleman Massey and Skylar Massey; great-grandchildren Evan Mattson, Olivia Tulloch, Sophia and Sawyer Stowe, Katelyn and Oscar Semchyshen; siblings, Celia, Kaye, Harry (Marlene), Judy (Larry); brother-in-law Jack; sister-in-law Jean; and numerous nieces and nephews on both the Bidniak and Coleman sides. Sonia was predeceased by her husband Brian; their dog Ferbie; her sister Marie; brother George; and her parents Elizabeth and John Bidniak.

Funeral Services will be held at McClure United Church (13708- 74 Street N.W., Edmonton, Alberta) on Saturday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Sonia’s life will also be celebrated in Milk River where she resided for the last eight years, at St. Paul’s United Church on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 at 11:00 am. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made to the Tree of Hope Campaign, Box 90, Milk River, Alberta, T0K 1M0 or hug your mom or grandmother in honour of Sonia.

In living memory of Sonia Coleman, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie Funeral Home, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Eleanor Coleman :

    Auntie Sonia was the last of our (Coleman) parent’s generation and with her go the memories she helped to create with them. Now we are left holding the memories she helped to create with us and our generation. I am grateful to have known Auntie Sonia.

    My thoughts & prayers are with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, all other family members and friends. I have no doubt you will all remember her with love.

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  2. Jeanne & Mac Sinclair :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We too will miss your mom. With our sincerest sympathy.
    Jeanne & Mac Sinclair

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  3. Jean and Ray Schmitt :

    To the Coleman Family;
    We have many memories of Sonia over the years as our families grew up together
    We wish you Peace and Comfort of the Warm Memories of you Mother.
    Sincerely Jean and Ray

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  4. Harry & Marlene Bidniak :

    Dear Douglas, Gayna, Dannette, Tanya and Families;
    Sonia was your mother and our sister and will now so sadly be missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.
    Sonia left each one of us with our own wonderful memories of her. As a young boy one of Harry’s most special memories of Sonia is the one of the Christmas gifts Sonia sent to the farm from Regina by train; the trip to Andrew to the Train Station is forever etched in his mind; what a special treat that was. As young children Greg and Jason especially loved the family vacations we all shared (including Auntie Kaye and Kosty) at Coeur d’Alene; Sonia truly loved these times as well. Our family will never forget and always cherish our “Holidays” to Auntie Sonia’s and Uncle Brian’s; many of which included Baba and Auntie Marie. From Gleichen, to Milk River, Vulcan and Lethbridge; each trip was so special. We barbecued, walked the dog, shopped the malls and unique stores, played cards, had wonderful visits and meals and just had lots of family fun.
    You, her children, gave Sonia a most wonderful, fulfilling life and made her so very proud. Sonia loved life; lived her life to the fullest and has left us each with a heart full of most wonderful memories that will forever keep her with us.
    May God Bless her and Keep her Forever in Peace and Forever in all our hearts.
    All Our Love;
    Uncle Harry, Aunt Marlene & Family

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  5. Dale & Gloria Arthur :

    To the Coleman & Bidniak families
    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your loving Mother,Baba, Gr. Baba, sister, and aunt. Cherish her memory, she will missed by all. God Bless, Memory Eternal.
    Dale & Gloria Arthur

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  6. Allen and Elaine Hankewich :

    We were saddenned to hear of your dear mother, granmother’s passing. Her memory will live on in each and every one of you – I fondly remember the times we spent in her company and I still use her cranberry recipe every year at Christmas time.

    Allen and Elaine Hankewich

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  7. Brian and Jean Coleman :

    Searching for information about my father, (Allan Clem Coleman, brother-in-law) my wife Jean and I discovered through relatives in ON that my Aunt Sonia was keen to meet us . We began our “adventure” May 2013 arriving in Calgary, Alberta and driving to Milk River. A most warm and loving welcome from Aunt Sonia and Kaye greeted us. Our stay was overwhelming meeting most of the family and visiting the “sights”…..Waterton Park and Writing on Stone. Most memorable being the embracing of My Aunt Sonia and family, taking us to their hearts. The visit was scheduled too short but long enough to appreciate a caring and loving Aunt Sonia who will remain in our hearts for eternity. Thank God we had no hesitation in going to Milk River and meeting Aunt Sonia . God Bless Her and support the family at this time.
    Lots of Love, Brian and Jean XX

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  8. Douglas, Gayna, Dannette, Tanya and all the precious grandkids and great ones:
    Sass was a classy lady, kind, loving and giving. Her whole life centered on her children and grandchildren, and she has left a legacy she can be so proud of. I have so many “favorite memories to even begin mentioning them, just know my heart is broken over our loss. May God Bless you all, I know she has been welcomed into gods’ kingdom for eternity reunited with those gone before her. Love you all, Aunty Kate

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  9. Johnny and Nancy Cherniwchan :

    Dear Douglas. Gayna, Dannette, Tanya and Families;

    Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you at this difficult time. May the peace that comes from the memories and love shared with your Mom, Baba and Great Baba comfort you now and in the days ahead. She will be missed but not forgotten in our hearts.
    Rest in peace Auntie Sonia.
    All our love, Johnny, Nancy & Family

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  10. Judy & Larry Ruppell :

    Dear Doug, Gayna, Dannette and Tanya,
    Your Mom was an amazing lady. You are fortunate to have had such a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Her family was the most important thing in her life; she was so proud of all of you. Sonia was also a great sister and Auntie. We miss her terribly and share in your sadness at her leaving us,
    Judy, Larry, Scott and Lara

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  11. John and Brenda Fluelling and Family :

    Dear Douglas, Gayna, Dannette, Tanya and Families,

    Sincerest sympathy in the loss of your mother, grandmother, and our dear Aunt Sonia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    We have fond memories of visiting with Brian and Sonia both here in London and in Alberta and Saskatchewan. It is sad to realize this generation of Colemans has now passed.

    Your Cousins, John, Brenda, Anne, and Tom

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