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GILAVISH, Louise Mimmy (nee Ferrara)

February 27, 1925 – February 4, 2012

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Louise on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

Born of Italian parents who emigrated from Italy in 1919, Louise was born in Old Wives, Saskatchewan on February 27, 1925 and lived in Crestwind and Moose Jaw before relocating to Calgary in 1949 where she and her husband raised their four children. Louise was a talented writer and in her younger days wrote several short stories. She attended Henderson’s Business College and graduated with honours. Known affectionately as Mousie, she was a generous, colourful free-spoken lady and her witticisms will not be forgotten.

Louise was a dedicated volunteer at the Children’s Hospital and the Golden Age Club for twenty years.

Louise is survived by her son, Ron (Bev); grandchildren Cyndi (Guy), Shelley, Kenney, Laomie and Dawnese; great-grandchildren Cassandra and Riley.

Louise was predeceased by her parents Helen and Alex Ferrara; infant son Alex, son Donnie, daughter Anita; husband Henry; sisters Frankie, Lonnie and brother Jimmy.

As Louise had a great zest for life it was her request that there be no funeral service, however, a private family celebration of Louise’s life will be held at a later date. Louise would encourage you to share a dinner out with someone you love.

Rest in peace dear Grandma.

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In living memory of Louise Gilavish, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Shelley Ferrara :

    I love you and miss your physical body all the time, but you are still with me every day. I will never forget you, my sweet Gramma, my best friend.

    I will see you again, one day, when the time is right. I’ll bring chocolates, Japanese oranges and wine, and we’ll enjoy them together, in peace.

    Ciao for now, Shell-Fish XOXO…

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  2. Monica & Family :


    My family and I extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Your Gramma is in a better place, painfree and at peace. I know that you will keep her alive in your heart, and you will see her again one day in the future. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to assist you or your family during this time of need.

    Lots of love,

    Monica xo

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  3. Madelyn Marshall :

    It was with great sadness that I heard of your passing…only because I had called so many seniors homes to find out where you were and wanted to visit you!!!! I even called the #1 legion where no one had heard from you. You are in a much better place now, reunited with some of your kids,relatives, & my dad Glenn..We thought the world of you..your laughter, intelligence, & thoughtfulness will never be forgotten…You loved unconditionally and endured so many challenges & losses & still smiled through the tears.. Dad loved you & your kids….you were a rock & good friend who helped him through his own struggles.. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for just being you!!!!! We send our condolences to your children & grandkids who you Love so much….

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  4. Debby Marshall :

    I miss you Louise. Sorry I never had the chance to tell you how much you mean to me. I love you, and I guess this is my last good bye. You were an awesome part of my life. I will always keep you in my heart. xoxoxoxoxo. Forever.

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  5. Dawnese Jansen :

    Grandma I miss you sooo much

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