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CRETE, Maria Christina (nee Condon)

1946 – 2014

Maria Crete passed away peacefully in Calgary on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the age of 67 years.

Maria was born on Tuesday, November 26, 1946 in Calgary’s General Hospital to Ernest and Irma Condon, the first of four children. Maria worked in the family restaurant, “Jimmie’s” as a youngster. She graduated Mount Royal Elementary and Junior High, Western High School, as well as S.A.I.T. After joining Sears in Calgary, Maria was transferred to Montreal in 1968 where she was a buyer for Ladies’ fashions for a number of firms including Sears, Eaton’s and several boutiques. It was in The Town of Mount Royal, where she met and eventually married Denis Crete of that City in a ceremony held in Banff on Saturday, April 17, 1971. Denis and his “Sweet Maria” were very active members of the Town of Mount Royal community where she lived for some 38 years, participating together in square dance festivals, playing bridge, golf, as well as many other activities which fed her competitive fires while weaving the two of them tightly into the local Montreal social scene. After their retirements, they moved to Calgary in November, 2005 to be closer to her family, using their new home as a springboard for travel into much of the world. Maria’s passions were her husband Denis and their many dear friends in Montreal, Calgary and elsewhere in the world who will feel her absence.

She is survived by her best friend and husband Denis, her sister Sothia and brothers Jim and George, sister-in-law Pat, nieces Robyn, Trisha and nephew Brady. She was predeceased by her father Ernest, mother Irma, mother-in-law Phyllis and her beloved pets Taffy and later Tiffany.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside service will follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens (17 Avenue and Garden Road S.E.) Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations 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. The entire family would like to thank all of her many friends who visited or lent their support, the tremendously caring staff on Unit 47 of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Reverend Rougas, the staff of McInnis and Holloway Funeral Home, and the staff of Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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

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  1. Grant Clark and Bill Penner :

    Dear Denis,

    We will always remember Maria and the wonderful friendship we enjoyed. She was so special and we will never forget her. May the good memories give you peace at this difficult time.
    Love from your buddies
    Bill Penner and Grant Clark

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  2. Mary and Junior Boffice :

    Our heart felt condolences to you, Denis and to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.

    Mary & Junior

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  3. Richard and Maria (Condon) Micyk :

    We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Maria and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will always remember Maria and Denis showing us around Montreal when we came to visit and what a lovely and fun time we had .
    We will always appreciate the generous hospitality that was just a reflection of her warm heart and smile.

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  4. Bradley & Karen Casey :

    Our sympathies go out to you and your family. Know that we are here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.

    Kind Regards,

    Bradley & Karen Casey

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  5. Steven Mitchell :

    Denis – I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  6. Brendan walsh :

    Denis…..Heartfelt condolences bud…..Miss our golf days.

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  7. I am so very sorry for your loss. May some of the pain that you feel be erased by the fond memories that will never leave. Into Gods hands we pass one of our beloved, RIP Maria.

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  8. Christine Bernacki :

    May the sympathy and thoughts of those who care comfort you during this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
    With Deepest Sympathy
    Christine Bernacki (Santangelo)
    Laval, Quebec

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  9. Christine Bernacki :

    Your in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
    May the sympathy of those who care comfort you during this time of sorrow.
    With Deepest Sympathy
    Christine Bernacki (Santangelo)
    Laval, Quebec

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  10. michael toohy :

    Dear Denis,
    Kathy and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Maria.We will always remember both of you.Our prayers are with you.

    Regards
    Mike and Kathy Toohy

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  11. Bonnie and Tom Ftichar :

    Dear Denis, we are so very sad to hear of your loss. The time enjoyed with Maria was always uplifting and spirited. Our hearts go out to you and we wish you all the support we can.
    God Bless.
    Bonnie, Tom and Family

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  12. Marie & Morty Oberman :

    To Denis and Maria’s Family, Marie and I wish you our condolences and may God watch over her in Heaven.
    Morty Oberman

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  13. Avena Smolkin & Don Moger :

    Dear Denis,

    We are very sad to hear about Maria’s passing. We often reminisce about the fun times we had together. Our sincere condolences.

    Avena & Don

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  14. Geoff & Nerissa Wright :

    Dear Denis,
    We share in your loss and will miss Maria terribly. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Geoff and Nerissa Wright

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  15. David & Debbie Lydon :

    David and I are very sorry to hear of Maria’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Dave & Debbie

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  16. Susan Lutterman :

    Dear Denis,

    I was shocked to hear the very sad news.
    Maria was a lovely lovely person, and you must deeply feel her loss.
    May you have no more sorrows and sincere condolences to you and all of your families.

    Susan

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  17. I am so sad and so sorry that Maria has left us … I will miss our catch-up talks….. I will miss my friend.

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  18. George Smolkin :

    Dear Denis
    I was saddened to learn of Maria’s passing.Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of a very kind and wonderful person.
    George Smolkin

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  19. Beverly &Brian Steinberg family :

    Dear Denis

    We do not even know what to say….We are so sorry Denis for your loss. Maria was a beautiful person. We send our deepest sympathy. Denis take care of your self and again we are so sorry. No more sorrow.
    Sincerely Bev and Brain

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  20. Judy and Nigel Hannaford :

    Dear Denis,

    We were so saddened to hear that Maria had passed away. What a shock. We are so sorry for your loss and pray that you will be comforted by friends and family. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” May it be so for you.

    Maria was an intelligent, kind woman, whom we greatly respected.

    From Ottawa,

    Judy and Nigel

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  21. Halley Girvitz :

    Hello.
    My Deepest Sympathy to the family. I was a caregiver for your mother, dear Irma, when she was at the hospice. I had the opportunity to have a few conversations with Maria and enjoyed getting to know her, too.

    Your mother was also very special. I have warm memories of these two wonderful women.
    May you know no more sorrow.

    Warmly,
    Halley Girvitz

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