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DENISCHUK – Christine Elizabeth

December 14, 1953 – January 9, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Christine Elizabeth Denischuk on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the young age of 56 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Christine is survived by her loving family, husband Dan of 34 years, sons Kevin and Craig, mother Patricia Kalyniuk of Winnipeg, sister Connie of Winnipeg, brother Rick (Willie) of Baltimore, MD, sister Betty-Anne (Randy) of Winnipeg, brother-in-law Fred (Susan) of San Diego, sister-in-law Debbie (Roland) of Waldersee, MB, and brother-in-law Eddie (Glenda) of Winnipeg, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father Anthony Kalyniuk in 1990.
Christine was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, and attended Windsor Park Collegiate. She had a childhood filled with warm memories of good friends, family gatherings, and summers at the Whiteshell. Following high school, Chris attended Success Business College where, in 1972, she met Dan, the love of her life. They married in 1975, and in 1976, they relocated to Calgary, Alberta. Chris was very active in the community, socially, and at work. She enjoyed the Calgary Stampede festivities every year, drives into the mountains, and volunteered on the board of the local community club for several years. As well, a real thrill for Chris was to volunteer at the Calgary Olympics in 1988. She also thoroughly enjoyed being an active member of the Mavka Ukrainian dance group in Calgary, and made her dad proud for doing so. Early in her career, she owned and operated a fruit and nut shop, while raising her two young boys. Soon after, she joined the law firm of Burnett, Duckworth, and Palmer as assistant to Harry Campbell where she worked for more than 25 years until her diagnosis in January 2009.
One of the greatest loves of her life was spending time at the family cottage at Nutimik Lake in the Whiteshell in Manitoba. Each summer, Chris would ensure she planned vacation at the cottage, which was built as a labour of love by her father in 1972. It was those annual family reunions at the cottage which meant so much to her.
During her life, Chris was fortunate to accompany her boys on hockey and school trips all over the world, including Europe, Australia, and Japan. Chris always had a love for travel, and more recently, she also became a part-time travel agent. In addition to her clients, she organized a variety of family trips, including a recent memorable cruise with family and friends to South America in 2008, and a special Mediterranean cruise with her mom in 2004.
Chris was an extremely proud mom. She was thrilled with her sons’ academic and sporting accomplishments, and enjoyed a closeness with both boys. Kev and Tiger were the apples of her eye, and were by her side throughout her struggle, which gave her immense comfort. And, it was her loving husband Dan who stood by her side every day and gave her undying hope, strength, and courage to fight her battle against cancer.
Chris had many close and long lasting friendships over the years, from her childhood, high school, and her work and community life. During Chris’ battle with cancer, friends and family were by her side and called to offer help in anyway possible. It was those strong friendships and family closeness that meant so much to Chris.
Many thanks to the oncologists and nurses at the Tom Baker Cancer Center, and to the staff at the Sarcee Hospice for their care and compassion during Chris’ stay there. The family also wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all who sent their well wishes and prayers to Chris and the family over this past year. Words cannot express what that meant to Chris and to us all.
Chris you are deeply loved and will be missed dearly by all of us, and you will be in our hearts forever. May the angels guide you home where one day we will all be together again…..we love you.
“God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be,
So He closed His arms around you,
And whispered “Come to Me”,
You didn’t deserve what you went through,
So He took you home to rest,
God’s gardens must be beautiful,
For He only takes the best”
Rest in Peace

A Funeral Service will be held at Woodcliff United Church (5010 Spruce Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris’ memory would be greatly accepted at the Pancreatic Cancer Canada foundation, or at the Alberta Humane Society. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Christine Denischuk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Buzz and Joanne Bradley :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.. With deepest Sympathy.

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  2. Beverly (Mospanchuk)Foxon :

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family members of Chris & Dan. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Deepest Sympathy.

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  3. Bill and Dianne Preisentanz :

    We are thinking of you during this difficult time and you are in our prayers.

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  4. Janell Goodman :

    I have never met a sweeter, kinder, more gentle lady. I will remember Chris forever. She was a beautiful angel here on earth; I know she is an angel in heaven. I knew she was a very special person, but was amazed when I read her obituary. She made an impact on many here in Greenville, North Carolina and she obviously did the same everywhere she went. She was a very gentle giant among us. May peace be with her wonderful family.

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  5. Eljay Irrigation Ltd. Henry Lesser, Lisa Troelstrup :

    Dan, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your Family.

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  6. Frank Hetzler & Marg Kennedy :

    So sorry for your great loss, Dan, Kevin, Craig and Pat, Betty-Ann, Rick,
    Connie and families. We sure will miss Chris’s visits to the lake and her company blueberry picking. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Sincerely, Frank and Marg

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  7. Tom and Susan Furlong :

    Dan and family,
    It is with great sorrow that I write this condolence. Susan and I share your grief at this time and would love to be with you on Thursday. Please know that you all are in our prayers and thoughts not just on Thursday but daily.
    Denise and I speak of Chris every time we meet in the Cancer Center not knowing how she was doing. We know that she is at rest, the hard struggle in over.

    Dan know that when you say good bye on Thursday it is only temporary for you must believe that we will all be reunited when we cross over to the other side, into a place that is so wonderful we cannot fathom it here on earth. It is a place where there is no suffering,no pain, no illness or sorrow only peace, joy,and love that comes with being united once again with family and our God.

    Peace be between me and thee while we are absent one from the other.

    Tom and Susan Furlong

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  8. Paul Rasporich :

    I knew Chris through work that I did for BD&P. She was very kind, thoughtful, capable, and great to work with. My deepest condolences to her family.

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  9. Donna and Harvey Koenig and Family :

    Our deepest condolences to you. Chris will be sadly missed by us all. There hasn’t been a day that has gone by in the past year that I haven’t thought of Chris and her family. Our prayers are with you.

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  10. Thinking of all of you.
    Chris will be missed by lots of people but most of all by her family.

    Am thinking of you at this time and always.

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  11. The Hanson Family - David, Inese, Kyle and Katie :

    Thinking of you and the boys at this difficult time……wishing you peace in the days to come.

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  12. Caroline and Carey Bracko :

    Dan, Kevin, Craig and the whole Denishchuk clan, We will be forever greatful for the great times we spent together at Fred and Susan’s with Chris and all of you. We cherish our memories of Chris and what a joy it was to be around her. We have been praying throughout this past year for her recovery. Our prayers continue to be with each one of you during this time and as each of you move forward. Love always, Carey, Caroline, Lindsay and Riley Bracko

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  13. Barry and Donna Clayton :

    Dan, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family during this very difficult time. May the special memories of Chris bring you comfort throughout the coming days. Sincerly Barry and Donna Clayton

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  14. Geoff & Wendy Moore :

    To All of Chris’s loved ones,

    Our heart & thoughts are with you at this time.
    Chris was our cross-the-street neighbor and she never missed saying “hi”, chatting across the street, talking to our kids. She was a genuinely cheery and loving person and we were blessed to have known her and had her in our lives. She will be missed and remembered.

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  15. Dan, Kevin & Craig,
    I am a former “Gainsborough neighbor”, and would often take the bus home from work with Chris. I have not seen her lately, and now realize why and that you were all suffering. My sincere sympathy goes out to you.
    Kathy (was Couture) Waters

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  16. Susanna Warner :

    Dan my Concolences to you and your family.

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