June 8, 1934 – September 17, 2012
Born June 8, 1934, Powell River, B.C., passed away Monday, September 17, 2012, Calgary, Alberta
Predeceased by Ken Degerness (ex-husband). Survived by son Terry Degerness, his wife Tara and their children Jackson and Abigail, as well as daughter Joann Williams and her husband Simon.
Lina was raised in Trail, B.C. and moved to Calgary in 1962, where she worked at CFCN Radio and met her husband Ken. They had two children of whom they were exceptionally proud, and although the marriage ended, their friendship never did. Though Lina had no siblings, her children knew many aunts and uncles, special connections forged of love and trust, spanning generations. Nona Lina took special pleasure in her grandchildren and reveled in watching them grow. Calgary was Lina’s home, but Trail forever remained a special place, she loved the people, the spirit and the community and enjoyed many trips back to visit family and friends.
Most of Lina’s career was spent at Bishop Carroll High School where she worked in administration and spent countless hours supporting dramatic productions and touching the lives of the many students she cared deeply about. From involvement with the Olympic Mascot program to chaperoning overseas trips, she enthusiastically volunteered and embraced new opportunities.
In latter years, visits to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre became far too frequent, though Lina’s strength and courage in the face of her illness remained inspirational. She forged strong relationships with those she encountered there and had a profound appreciation for all the staff, especially Dr. A. Patterson and Nurse Deborah Reinheimer. The family would also like to thank her Physician Dr R. Dargie.
The family would like to acknowledge Rosedale Hospice, where she spent her final days enjoying comfort, compassion and chocolate ice cream.
A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. James Catholic Church, 5504 – 20 Street S.W. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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 or Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195.
In living memory of Lina Degerness a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences