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HENDRY – Sophie Teresa (Rzeszutek)

August 30, 1952 – June 2, 2010

On Wednesday, June 2, 2010 Sophie Teresa Hendry passed away with her family at her side.

Left to mourn are her dear children, Sean Gellatly, Chris Hendry (Amber), Angela Hendry(Rylan); twin sister Helen Rzeszutek (Brent); brother Ed Rzeszutek (Linda) of Winnipeg and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Wesley Hendry in 2004.

Sophie was born in Beausejour, MB on August 30, 1952 and first lived where the Rzeszutek family had settled on a nearby farm in the tiny hamlet of Julius. In 1959 the family moved to Winnipeg where Sophie completed her high school education and one year in the Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Manitoba. She was an excellent student and outstanding track and field athlete. During those years she worked at Winnipeg’s renowned Jeanne’s Bakery.

After her first marriage, Sophie and Sean moved to Calgary in 1978 to courageously start a new life and where she met and married Wes, the love of her life. They later operated IESC, a company that primarily served the oil industry until 2002.

For the past seven years, Sophie has worked at Garden Retreat, a garden centre in Calgary. She loved her job as a grower and all the responsibilities that were asked of her. Her loyalty to Garden Retreat and its customers was boundless. She frequently expressed her affection for her colleagues and especially Stacey and his wonderful family.

Sophie attended St. Gerard’s Catholic Church where she made many friends. She deeply appreciated everyone who came to see her at Foothills Hospital and Southwood Hospice.

Sophie’s family wishes to thank everyone who has been so supportive during her brief battle with cancer, especially long-time friend, Pat Landry, Dr. Heng, the staff at Foothills Hospital and Southwood Hospice, Father Bogdan and so many loving friends at St. Gerard’s Parish; Stacey Laursen, his family and dear friends at Garden Retreat, family friend, Adam Davidson, Sally Jensen and Sophie’s kind neighbours.

Sophie wished to be remembered in these words by Erma Bombeck: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery will take place at a later date. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Sophie Hendry, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Debbie & John Davidson :

    When my son Adam called me at 10 pm on Wednesday night to let me know of Sophie’s passing, I was deeply saddened. Sophie was a wonderful and warm person. I always enjoyed talking to Sophie. I am grateful that Adam had such a wonderful relationship with the Hendry family. He has told me that he considered Sophie to be a second mom and that pleases me greatly. Sophie will be missed by everyone who ever knew her. My deepest condolences to Chris, Angie and Sean. Our thoughts and prayers are will you all. God will take care of Sophie now.

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  2. KAREN and KEN SMITH :

    Our sincere condolences to the Hendry and Rzeszutek families. Karen and Ken Smith

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  3. Gail (Houlden) Donhauser :

    Sophie was a friend from High School. We reconnected when I lived in Calgary. She was a great lady who will be missed by all who knew her. My sincere condolences go out to all of her family and friends and especially to her sister Helen. My prayers are with you all. Rest in peace Sophie.

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  4. Wayne Moxon :

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend Sophie. To both families we express our deepest condolences.
    We have many fond memories of the past and Sophie will remain in our hearts for ever.

    Wayne and Wendy Moxon.

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    I was very saddened to read of the passing of Sophie. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Rzeszutek & Hendry families. My heart aches for you all.

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  6. Janet Watt-Lafleur :

    Sophie was one of those very special people who I always admired and respected for her quiet determination, kindness to all, sense of humor, abundance of talent in academic and athletic pursuits and anything else she put her mind to. It is true in Sophie’s case that good things come in small packages. Even though distance between us meant our paths did not cross often, each time we managed to get together, it was like we were never apart. My life is richer for the friendship we shared and thoughts of her will forever bring a smile to my face and a tear of sadness for the loss.

    I extend my sincere condolence to Sophie’s family and friends for their loss. She will be missed.

    Janet Watt-Lafleur (Chelsea, Quebec)

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  7. Helen Krueger :

    Not only was “Little Sophie” my sister Pat’s dearest friend for over 25 years, but “Little Sophie” as we all called her, was part of our family. We all loved her kindness, her wonderful sense of humor, her gentleness and how strong she was as she battled her cancer.

    “Little Sophie” will be forever loved and sadly missed by us all.

    With Love & Blessings to Sean, Angela, Chris, Ed & Helen,

    Helen Krueger & De Boismier

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  8. Jana Stratford :

    Helen & Family
    My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family.


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  9. Ingrid Esselmont :

    Dear family (Sean, Angela, Chris, Helen, Ed and extended family)

    Sophie is a jr. high and high school friend that I spent many hours with, especially walking to and from our alma mater, Daniel McIntyre High School. On our daily walks to school, Sophie. Helen and I would chat and laugh about all the latest high school news that seemed so important at the time. Those were simpler days and later in life you realize how special they really were. I remember racing to catch the bus on Burnell on -40 days so that we would not arrive at school frozen to our bones (we were not allowed to wear pants to school in those days). Sophie and Helen were much better at getting to the bus stop before me as they were avid and talented sprinters. They would ask the driver to wait for me. Although our interests were quite different at school ( Sophie hung around the gym while I hung around the choir room), we remained close friends and I was honoured to be her bridesmaid. As life continued, our paths did not cross as often and eventually she moved to Calgary. We kept in touch with Christmas cards and infrequent Daniel Mac reunions. I remember seeing Helen at the most recent one and I was looking forward to seeing Sophie. Helen told me at that time that Sophie had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was not able to come to Winnipeg. I tried to call 2 times in the last year. Once I left a message and once I was told the mailbox was full. I truly wish that we had connected once more while she was fighting cancer. She was a special friend that I laughed with, cried with and enjoyed many hours of friendship with. She will be remembered fondly by myself and my husband Barry (also a Daniel Mac alumnus. I still have our school pictures in a special memory box. If Sophie’s children are ever in Winnipeg, I would love to meet you as your mom was a special part of my life.

    With love

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  10. Helen Rzeszutek :

    I miss you, sweet sister. Enjoy your garden in heaven.

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  11. Helen Rzeszutek :

    Thinking of you and missing you today. The robin was here today.

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  12. Helen Rzeszutek :

    A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of you. Mis you Sis.


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