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GUTNICK – Thordis (nee Asgeirsson)

December 12, 1929 – April 9, 2010

Thordis Gutnick (nee Asgeirsson) passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 9, 2010, surrounded by her much loved family and Linda, a wonderfully caring nurse.

Thordis (Mom, Amma) is survived by Nelson, her husband of fifty-five years; her four children, David (Loreen Pindera), Reva (Tomas Allen), Tannis (Bernard Feys), and Anna Lisa; by her loving grandchildren, Signy, Stefan, Iléana (and her mother, Carolyn Perkes), and Geovanni; her sister, Anna Pearce (Lorne Pearce, deceased) and her four children, Ingrid, Mark (Regina), Erik and Cameron (Mary Ellen); and by her brother-in-law Jim Struthers (her sister, Olina  Struthers, deceased) and son Jamie Struthers (Ethel).

A Memorial Service to honour Thordis’ life will be held at the Unitarian Church of Calgary (1703 – 1st Street N.W.) on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca, or plant some wild flowers in a place you love.

In living memory of Thordis Gutnick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. A very special woman has left us. My regard for Thordis is very high and strong. She was a beautiful woman in many ways. She was intelligent and caring and was an inspiration to me. I admired her for her quick wit, her knowledge, her sense of homour and her willingness to engage in discussion in all matters. She will be sorely missed. I am thankful to have known her.

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  2. Ingrid Ektvedt :

    Dear Nelson and family,

    Am very glad that Thordis was able to pass peacefully at home surrounded by those she loved.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Ingrid Ektvedt

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  3. Karen Todd-Larson :

    Tannis, Nelson and family,
    My heartfelt condolences. Thordis was a gem. I will always remember her with great fondness, as her welcoming spirit, throaty laugh, keen intellect and sense of curiousity made her so easy to be with. I certainly looked forward to conversations with her. They left me feeling gently challenged to be a bit better person and to contribute a bit more to my world. I liked that. And … she was the only left-leaning mom that I knew! That gave me hope. I know you will all miss her terribly. She was truly unique and special. I will be there on Wednesday to pay my repsects.

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  4. Joanne Green :

    Nelson and Family
    We are both thinking of you and your family at this time – I know that Rick really wants to attend the service celebrating Thordis’ life. If he isn’t able to convey his sympathies to you in person, please be assured we are with you in our hearts.
    With affection and much respect,
    Rick Green (Calgary) and Joanne Green (Regina)

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  5. Leann Hackman-Carty :

    Nelson, I read in the paper about your profound loss today, and wanted to send a brief note to offer my best wishes, thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Though we have lost touch over the years, I do think about you and the impact you made on my university experience. I do know that your family, and wife meant a lot to you. May you find comfort during this difficult time, and peace knowing you have both loved and been loved greatly. Best wishes and sympathies.

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  6. Yves et Astrid Collery :

    Chère Tannis,

    Nous te présentons nos sincères condolèances.Nous ayant souvent parlé de ta maman nous savons que c’était une personne remarquable par sa générosité et son intelligence.
    Nous t’accompagnons par nos meilleures pensées pour traverser cette épreuve.

    Bien à toi,
    Astrid et Yves

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  7. Yves et Astrid Collery :

    Chère Tannis,
    Nous te présentons nos sincères condoléances. Nous ayant souvent parlé de ta maman nous savons qu’elle était une personne remarquable par sa générosité et son intelligence.Nous t’accompagnons par nos meilleures pensées dans cette épreuve.
    Bien à toi,
    Astrid et Yves

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  8. Elizabeth Schnitzler :

    Dear Nelson,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Although I didn’t have the privilege of knowing your wife Thordis, I know that you shared a good life together and made some important contributions to the lives that you’ve touched. I’m sure that you will miss her tremendously, and my heart goes out to you. Take care Nelson.

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  9. Sylvia Carleton :

    Dear Thordis family!

    Thordis was alway such a friendly and cheerful person. She always wanted to know more! I loved her very much and will miss her.

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  10. Anne Campbell :

    Reva,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I felt fortunate to have met your mother recently and, though it was a brief visit, I sensed a remarkable woman. It was wonderful to see you, too, after all these years. The Campbell family is thinking of you all.

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  11. Nous vous adressons nos sincères condoléances, spécialement à Tannis.
    Nous sommes sûrs que votre épouse et mère vous a transmis un tel amour de la vie, que vous trouverez grace à elle et en souvenir d’elle la force de continuer à avancer sur votre propre chemin, et pourrez ainsi dépasser cette immense douleur de la séparation à jamais.Bien à vous.Patrice et Marie-Jo

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  12. Hugh and Pauline Dempsey :

    Pauline and Hugh Dempsey wish to convey our condolences on the passing of your wife, Thordis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

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