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GONSALVES, Briella Faith Bessette

January 16, 2013 – January 17, 2013

Less than 24 hours after entering this world, Briella peacefully passed away on January 17, 2013.

Beloved daughter of Heidi Schmaltz and Rock Gonsalves, and sister to Tobiyah Grace, she was a “feisty fighter” who exceeded all expectations. Baby Brie joins her uncle Tobias Schmaltz in heaven. She will be especially remembered by her grandparents, Terry and Noni Schmaltz, Fermin and Sylvia Gonsalves, as well as aunt Milly Gonsalves (John Caucci), uncles Colin Gonsalves (Anna Piazza), Kevin Gonsalves, and TJ Schmaltz (Sanam Bakhtiar), as well as her cousins.

All are welcome to join in a celebration of Briella’s life, with her great-uncle Father Anthony Gonsalves presiding, at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818 or a local children’s charity of your choice. Many thanks to all those who have supported her family. Briella had tiny footprints and a short life, but continues to be a large blessing to many. She will be always in our hearts.

In living memory of Briella Gonsalves, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you continue to find all of the faith, strength and support you need, for now and always. With deepest sympathy, Dawn Brown

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  2. David and Janet Hogan :

    Please accept this expression of sorrow for your loss and support to you and your families. Words fail at times like this but we hope that knowing you’re in our thoughts will provide some comfort.

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  3. Merv & Shirley Hempel :

    We hold you safe in our hearts at this time of sadness. Our deepest and most sincere sympathy. Our prayers & blessings.
    Love, The Hempels

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  4. Georges & Vivian Palardy :

    We are so sorry, our prayers are with all of you. We are here for you at any time.
    Love Georges & Vivian

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  5. Troy & Emma Madden :

    “God has tiny angels,
    Flying in his heaven taking care of things,
    Looking over you and me.
    Now it has sweet little baby Brie
    A tiny Angel has received her wings.

    She’s watching over her sister,
    And her special family,
    She’s wrapping her tiny angel wings,
    Around their hearts so very gently.

    She see’s her loving family,
    with so much love in their eye’s,
    She holds her tiny angel heart,
    And knows, true love never dies.”
    Author unknown

    Our love & prayers to all of you,
    Troy & Emma Madden

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  6. Sheila Bricker :

    In this time of sorrow, words seem inadequate to express the sympathy that is felt for you and your family. May it comfort you to know that we care deeply for you and so appreciate the time you were able to spend with your little angel Briella. God bless and comfort you. With love and prayers.
    Sheila

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  7. I am thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing the pictures of her time here. Her beautiful short life on earth was cherished by you both so lovingly. She was blessed to have such wonderful parents as the both of you.
    Keeping you in my prayers, Shannon

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  8. Jacquie Bauman :

    Heidi, Rock and Tobiyah. My Thoughts and Prays have been and continue to be for your peace and strength at this time. I will treasure the pictures of your beautiful Briella. Our condolences from the Bauman’s. Greg, Jayme, Jason and Jacquie

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  9. Susan and Rick Hiltz :

    Heidi and Rock… know that we are thinking of the Love and Strength that you have shown your sweet baby Briella. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your beautiful baby girl.
    Love to both of you

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  10. Helen Richardson :

    Heidi and Rock,

    My thoughts and prayers are with both of you at this difficult time.
    Your strength and dignity has left such a mark on my life.
    I am certain that Briella would be so proud of the family she chose.

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  11. Bert and Selena Haverkamp-Coumans :

    Dear Heidi, Rock and Tobiyah and family,
    We wish you all the strength you need in this difficult time. Unfortunately we were not able to meet Briella in person but she will be in our thoughts. We wish we could be there to support you.
    Our love and prayers, Selena, Bert, Christaan and Benjamin

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  12. Ron & Natasha Frizzley :

    Dearest Heidi & Rock,
    We’ve been praying and will continue to pray for you and your family. We’re sorry we weren’t able to join you today in your celebration of precious Briella.
    Ron & Natasha

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