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DRONIUK – Ada Jean “A.J.”(nee Kotch)

November 14, 1925 – May 8, 2011

Ada Jean Droniuk, lovingly supported by family, passed away peacefully in Calgary on Mother’s Day in her 86th year.

She will forever be remembered by her devoted and beloved husband William (Bill); her children Randy (Susan), Larry (Sandy), and Lisa; her grandchildren Corey, Claire, and Jamie; her nephew Steven and niece Faye; her brother and sister-in-law Bill and Marie; and countless friends, colleagues, and former students.

All were touched by her passion for life, adventure, and learning. She was predeceased by her parents Steven and Veronica (Minnie), and brothers Frederick and Harry. Ada was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and went on to earn a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, leading to a 15 year career as a hospital dietician in Ontario. Following a relocation to Montreal, Ada’s perseverance earned her a teaching diploma with honours and subsequent 15 year career as a biology teacher, imparting her passion for learning on a generation of adoring students.

Ada’s retirement was spent in Oakville, Ontario, White Rock, B.C., and finally Calgary, Alberta with her loving partner of 62 years, William. These years were spent enjoying her family and many friendships, traveling to her “home away from home”, the French Riviera, and spending countless hours plying her talents creating magnificent soapstone sculptures. Her compassion and sense of humour were evident until the end. Grammy, you will always be remembered!

A private family service was held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com Special thanks to the incredible staff at Carewest George Boyack. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

In living memory of Ada Droniuk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Susan Johnston :

    Ada was the best MIL one could ever want! A beautiful lady and wonderful role model… She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.

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  2. Kelly Johnsn :

    I’m so sorry Lisa. I loved your mom. I know the last few years have been difficult for her, but I just remember the bright, smart, warm woman I knew.
    Take care,
    Love Kelly

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  3. Eleah Santos Galler :

    So sorry for your loss Lisa. My thoughts are with you…e

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  4. Tony Iachetta :

    Mrs. Droniuk, as we knew her from school, was a great Biology teacher. She had an amazing calming effect on students.
    My condolences to the family and friends.

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  5. Tim Thomson :

    We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother Larry. All the best to you and your family as you share the memories and love you had for her. Our deepest condolences.

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  6. Desjardins Securities :

    Larry,

    Our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolecences are with you and your family.

    Fixed Income Group at
    Desjardins Securities Group

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  7. She was an impressive and inspiring woman. Not only do I have the privilege of being a friend of her son Randy and his lovely wife Susan, but I was also in a few of her classes in high school. In my mind, she reminded me in many ways of Julia Child; our own celebrity! And that was a good thing (no apologies to Martha Stewart).

    Roger

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  8. laurentian banks securities :

    Larry, please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Cherish the memories as they last forever.

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  9. Carole Ayres :

    Sorry for your loss Lisa – thoughts and lots of love your way…XX

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  10. My condolences to you Lisa XO

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  11. Janet Carswell :

    I am very sorry to hear about your Mom Lisa. I hope you are hanging in there.XXXXXXXX

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  12. My deepest condolence…Take care Lisa xoxo

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  13. Jodi-Lyn McCaw :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you <3. So sorry to hear of your loss.

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  14. Sorry for your loss Lisa…

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  15. Stephen Gobby :

    Condolences Lisa. Very sorry.

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  16. Loraleigh Kovacik :

    Oh no Lisa. I am so so so sorry…

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  17. Barbara Pelham :

    Very sorry to hear your news Lisa…one big hug for you.

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  18. Ginette Gamache-Hulsmans :

    So sorry to hear about your mom. Our love, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family.

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  19. Carl Barker :

    Sorry to hear about your loss Lisa. Thoughts are with you and your family…take care.

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  20. Our condolences to you, Jamie and family.

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  21. Oksana Komarova Temple :

    So sorry Lisa. Sending you many hugs. XXX

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  22. Isabella Andrzejewska :

    Bonjour Lisa, Toutes mes condoleances et que mes pensees les plus tendres t’accompagnent. Bises, Isabella

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  23. Tamy Clifton Schneider :

    Lisa, I am sending you much love. OOXX

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  24. Tracy Booth :

    <3

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  25. Delphine Pintereau :

    I am so sorry Lisa – thinking of you and your family. xoxo

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  26. Esther Moser :

    Condolences to you and your family – many hugs…

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  27. Debbie Tarchuk :

    Lisa I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God bless.

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  28. Lesley Ewaschuk Wigmore :

    Thinking of you Lisa, XX

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  29. Sharon Thorburn :

    Thinking of you…

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  30. Junix Fernandez :

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. xox

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  31. Sharon Phillips :

    My heart breaks…our deepest sympathies Lisa…

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  32. Barb Stone Bakstad :

    Beautiful Lisa, Just back from BC – thinking of you – call when you can…peace to her soul…

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  33. Bill and Deborah Keogh :

    Randy and Family. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. We share your journey in many ways. Blessings to you.

    Bill and Deborah Keogh

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  34. So terribly sorry for your loss Randy and Susan. May she rest in heavenly peace! Love, Liz and Jared

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  35. Rita and Chris Schiocchet :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Our deepest sympathies to all her family and friends. Rest in peace, Mrs Droniuk.

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  36. To Larry and Lisa (Droniuk),

    So sorry to see your mom’s notice of passing on the weekend. She was always so patient and kind with me when I was a kid. As you know my mother was quite close and very fond of your mom also. I hope you are both well, and can take these sad times to remember all the great times.

    Warm regard,
    Jim

    Jim Jarrell

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  37. Penny Farfan :

    Dear Lisa and Larry,

    I saw the notice of your mom’s passing in The Globe and Mail on Saturday and it brought back so many memories of old days in St. Lambert and at MacDonald Cartier. Mrs. Droniuk was an imposing figure but always so kind. My sympathies to you and your families at this sad time.

    Penny Farfan

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  38. Tamara Conway :

    LC,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. I think she is in a peaceful place looking down at her beautiful daughter and smiling at how proud she is.
    I’m here if you need anything. Anything at all.
    Big Love,TC OX

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  39. STEPHEN F. KOTCH JR., KATHRYN, FRED, CAROLYN, DEREK, ARCHIE,CHRISTIANA, FAYE :

    Uncle Bill, Randy, Lisa, & Larry….We share your loss….Aunt Ada was very special to all of us & she will be fondly remembered for all time..She, Mouse, and all of our ancestors are feasting on Pagache and fresh strawberry jam, & laughing about their great times with all of us, here on Earth…We’ll share those moments with them daily..Take care, we love you all.,

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  40. craig aspinall :

    My late wife Virginia (nee Troyan, oldest daughter of Steve and Betty Troyan of Nelson) was very fond of ‘Aunt Ada’ and we had the pleasure of visiting with them in their home in White Rock some years ago.

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  41. STEPHEN F. KOTCH JR., KATHRYN, FRED, CAROLYN, DEREK, ARCHIE,CHRISTIANA, FAYE :

    Sorry to hear about her passing :(. She had an amazing life, and now I know where I got my love of Nursing and Biology ;).

    She’s with God now, and that’s what’s what in the end.

    /huggles

    Susan

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  42. elizabeth baena :

    Dear Bill, Randy, Larry and Lisa,
    I am so sorry for your lost. Ada was my canadian mom since We arrived in Canada in 1987. We had great times together and she was an amazing women in everyway.
    From the bottom of my heart, my deepest condolences.
    Love
    Elizabeth Baena

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  43. Gerardo Baena :

    Bill, Randy, Lisa and Larry.
    I am so sorry to hear my Canadian Mother has passed away. Ada and Bill adopted us the day we arrived in Toronto. Ada’s intelligence, independance, zest for life, she inspired with her energy. Her love to travel and see the world, she enjoyed the little things.
    Ada was blessed with so many wonderful experiences and a long and productive life. You must feel blessed as well to have had her a part of your life for so long. I will miss your conversations.

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  44. Michael and Carolyn Mahoney :

    Dear Bill, Larry, Lisa, and Randy and families:

    Carolyn and I were saddened to learn of Ada’s passing.

    Carolyn and I remember our days on Bethnal Green as a time of richness of friendship and neighbourhood. The Droniuks, Henstocks, Robertsons, Pappases, Andersons, Heberts, Bremners, Olsens, Beltzners, Tippets, and a whole bunch of other good people crossed our paths.
    We remember that Ada’s charm and laughter was always present at our gatherings. Laughter and warmth was her trademark.
    We are fortunate to have been part of her life and have had her as part of ours.
    Thanks for your friendship.

    Love to you all

    Mike and Carolyn Mahoney

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