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GONNASON, Kathleen Marie (nee Neuman)

February 5, 1916 – January 15, 2013

Kay Gonnason of Calgary passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the age of 96.

Kay was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, to Otto and Caroline (nee Hahn) Neuman. She moved to Victoria with her family when she was 12. She attended Normal School and taught for several years in B.C. until she married Roy in 1941. They first moved to Brandon, MB with the RCAF. They moved several times after that to Namao, Saskatoon, and Portage la Prairie. They retired to Sicamous, BC in 1975. Kay loved travelling, gardening, music, art, sewing, nature, and volunteering. She was known for her readiness to care for her family, and for her laughter and kindness.

Kay is survived by her children, Gary (Tessie), Jeanne of Calgary, and Willy (Regina) of Colorado; grandchildren, Erik (Megan) Horne, Kirsten Horne, and Godfrey Gonnason; great-granddaughter Isis Horne; sister-in-law Alice Neuman; brother-in-law Harold Gonnason; as well as a niece and nephews, and many cousins. Kay was predeceased by her husband E. C. (Roy) in 1997 and her brother Hugh Neuman in 2012.

The Memorial Service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church (3527 Boulton Road NW) on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank the staff of Park View at the Bethany Care Centre for their thoughtful care for the past four years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the CNIB, the Calgary Zoological Society, or Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

In living memory of Kay Gonnason, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Jim and Kay Haslett :

    Dear Jeanne, Gary, Bill and Families:
    Our sincere condolences on your loss. We were thinking about your mother last week, and wondering about her. She lived a long life, so that is comforting, but no matter what age, losing a parent is very hard.
    With Sympathy,
    Jim and Kay

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  2. Dear Gary:
    I’m sorry to note the passing of your mother. I remember you from your time at Victoria School in Saskatoon, particularly your singing talent which made our boys choir sound so much better.
    Over the years I have often wondered how your life had evolved. My work has involved a fair bit of travel, which has allowed me to keep in touch with quite a few of my classmates from both Victoria School and Nutana Collegiate.
    Sincere sympathy.
    Ron Holland
    Wetaskiwin County, Alberta

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  3. Dear Jeanne,
    I was sorry to read of your mother’s death. It is difficult to say goodbye to one’s mother, and you have my best wishes for this sad time.
    Sincerely, Rosemary Reed

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  4. Dear Jeanne:
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. May God’s promises comfort you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Liz and Terry Clarke :

    Dear Jeanne, Gary, Willy, and families,
    Our condolences and wish we could be there. Your Mum was like a 2nd Mother to me when you lived next door. It was a pleasure to know her. When her eyesight got too bad for her to sew, she gave me her sewing machine. I let my daughters take my other ones when they left but still have the one “Auntie Kay” gave me. I think of her every time I sew.

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  6. Hello, I would like to offer my condolences to your family. I was surprised to see this obituary in the Victoria Times Colonist, but then realized that Kay’s husband is Harold Gonnason’s brother. My maiden name was Gonnason and my grandmother was also Kay Gonnason, married to Alvin Gonnason. So I guess we are distant cousins. I live in Victoria and occasionally chat to Cheryl, Harold’s daughter. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Best regards, Nancy and Gord Stuart

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