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HARCUS, Wilhelmina (Willi)

September 1, 1935 – May 2, 2012

Willi, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on Wednesday May 2, 2012 at the age of 76 years.

Willi was born in Macklin, SK on September 1, 1935 and has resided in Calgary since 1956.

To know her was to love her as she touched many lives through her countless hours of volunteer work and community involvement. Her caring and loving personality solidified many timeless friendships.

She was involved in the Triwood Community Association. She was a Founding Member and Past President of the Bearspaw Community Association and Member and Past President of Bearspaw Golf and Country Club. She also was a volunteer for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics and served countless years as a volunteer of the Calgary Stampede.

Her love of life, family and friends was infectious to all of those who knew her. She loved to travel and became an avid sports fan through her husband Dave.

Willi is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Barry and Kelly Harcus of Scottsdale, AZ and Trevor and Michelle Harcus of Calgary, AB; a daughter and son-in-law Sharryl and Dean Connelly of Edmonton, AB; six grandchildren, Dylan, Tyler, Stacey, Maxx, Payton, and Addison. Willi was one of sixteen children and is survived by the following brothers and sisters, Bert, Ed, Elmer, Joe, Maryanne, Judy, Leona, Louise, Lorraine, Sharon, Betty and their families. She was predeceased by her loving husband of forty-one years David Harcus as well as her sisters Molly and Hilda, and brothers Ritchie and Ron.

A Celebration of life will be held at Bearspaw Glendale Community Center (253220 Bearspaw Road, Calgary) on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

In living memory of Wilhelmina Harcus, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Darryl & Corinne Somcher :

    So sorry to hear about Aunty – our thoughts and deepest sympathy to all of you.

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  2. Marnie and Dan Madison and family :

    Our love and sympathy go out to your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Elmer and Carol Stang :

    Our thoughts are with you all. We were fortunate to know Will, so glad that we got to see her last Saturday and although we are unable to attend her service, our thoughts will be with you.

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  4. Marcel and Hilda Brule Evansburg AB :

    We send our deepest sympathy on the passing of a wonderful lady. We are so happy to have met her occasionally over the years. Sincerely Marcel and Hilda Brule

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  5. Stan Andersno and Family :

    Barry, Trevor and Sharryl, we join you in mourning the Loss of Aunty Willi. She was one of those people that you really, REALLY looked forward to seeing. The past few times we were able to make it to the Stang Family Reunion were very special. Mostly because of her. She had a way of making everyone feel so special even though there were many others around.
    Even though we are far away and see each other way to seldom, we share the same sense of loss as you.
    We will treasure the very fond memories of Aunty Willi (and Uncle Dave) for the rest of our lives.

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  6. Pat & Jack Richards :

    We are both very saddened by the loss of your Mother and our friend

    We enjoyed so many great times with both your Mother and Dad and will always cherish those times.

    We know how nice it will be for your Mother to be once again with your dad.

    Best regards

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  7. Mary-Anne (Harcus) & Tim Janewski & Marg Harcus :

    We were very sorry to hear about Auntie Willi’s passing. I have lots of great memories of weekends spent at Grandma Harcus’s place in Edmonton with Uncle Dave & Aunt Willi and Uncle George & Aunt Norma and all the kids. Also visiting their place by Cochrane was always lots of fun. We will be thinking of all of you on Sunday if we can’t make it to the service.

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  8. Marge Ruthven :

    I was so sad to hear about Willi’s passing today. I only knew her for a couple of years but she was had a personality that one immediately likes. She made me feel welcome in the complex and got me involved in activities right from the start. Willi will be missed by all.

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  9. Richard Yoshimura & Family :

    Our deepest condolences to the whole family. So many wonderful childhood memories of the kindness, hospitality, and love of life that Willi exemplified. Thank you Willi.

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  10. Susan and Gord Hauser :

    Have the best memories of Auntie Willi she will be missed by all that were lucky enough to know her! Our love and prayers to all of her family.

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  11. Anne and Bob Hicks :

    So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Living in Bearspaw and being a member of the golf course we enjoyed many hours with your parents over the years. I was looking forward to playing golf with your mother at the Past presidents day again this year. She was a great gal.

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  12. Marc-Logan Stanfield :

    Sharryl , I’am sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. My thought’s are with you in this difficult time. Many say that “time heals” ; on this road you will find that “time” doesn’t heal ; but in fact teaches us how to deal with the loss. I have great memories of growing up around you. Carry On …

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  13. Doreen Harcus - Montreal :

    Dear Barry, Sharryl and Trevor,
    Really sad to hear of Aunt Willi’s passing. Her and Uncle Dave were always among my favorites. May your memories be your comfort and those close to you give you strength. My heart goes out to all of you and your families.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Doreen

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  14. Keith and Rhonda Somcher & Family :

    Our condolences to the entire family. The memories I have truly will be cherished forever. I have some very special memories that bring a smile to my face and make me feel so extremely proud to have her as my Aunt. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  15. Donna Kuzek :

    Sincere condolence to your family. Willi was an important part of our community at the Sierras of Tuscany. She organized so many fun events over the years. She was a good friend. I will miss her.

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  16. David and Shauna Paulgaard :

    We were very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.
    The world will be a sadder place without Willi’s wonderful sense of humor
    Our condolences

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  17. Gordon and Janet Loewen :

    We are very sorry to hear of Willi’s passing. I have only met Willi a couple of times and admired her love for people and how much she treasured her family. She was a genuine person through and through and will be deeply missed. She had a beautiful smile which I will always remember and cherish. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

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  18. Shirley Piers :

    I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We became “new friends” when when I moved to Calgary four years ago. She was so good at taking in new people and getting them involved in different activities. She will be so missed and I feel I lost a friend far to soon. I pray that the family will be comforted by all the wonderful memories made throughout her life.

    Shirley Piers

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  19. Adina and Mark Belland :

    We just heard about your mom’s passing and just wanted you to know how sorry we are. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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