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HOLTE, Wita Louise (neé Brown)

January 19, 1937 – February 10, 2012

Wita Louise Holte beloved Mother and Grandmother passed away on Friday, February 10, 2012 at the age of 75 years.

Wita was born in San Luis Obispo, California, near the ocean where she has fond memories of swimming at Pismo beach as a young child. Later, her family moved to Camrose, Alberta. Wita contracted polio at 11 years of age, and was told she would never walk again, but with her persistence she proved the doctors wrong. She moved to the big city, Edmonton, when she was 16 to attend University, which she left after she was discouraged from pursuing a career in Engineering. Soon after she met Donald, and they were married on August 29, 1959 in Edmonton.

In 1966, Mom and Dad built the house that they and their two children would completely remodel twice and that she would live in for the next 45 years. Once her husband and children had all obtained University degrees, Wita returned to school, and received her Civil Engineering degree from the University of Alberta at the age of 60 in 1997. Although busy with kids and Don’s career, Mom never gave up her passions for country and bluegrass music, baking, gardening, action movies, police shows and television in general. Mom fiercely loved her grandchildren and would do just about anything to see them smile. Among other things Mom crafted beautiful Christmas Stockings for her grandchildren which will be treasured for years to come. Mom was renowned as a night owl and she was often up until the wee hours of the morning finishing a project or playing solitaire on the computer.

Wita will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Laura (Michael), son Mitchell (Barbara) and the grandchildren she doted on; Marek, Shannara, Matthew, William, James and Clara. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Lois and Anita and brother-in-law Warren (Faye). She is predeceased by her beloved husband Donald, and her brother Roderick.

A Celebration of Wita’s life will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at McInnis & Holloway Funeral Home, 5008 Elbow Dr. SW, Calgary, AB at 10:30 AM. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If desired, memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation at www.albertacancer.ca/witaholte.

In living memory of Wita Holte, 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. Paula McGarrigle and Leonard Olien :

    I will never forget the hospitality that you showed when I was at your house doing my fourth year project with Laura and Belinda. Thank you so much for your warm smile, comforting and encouraging words during our project struggles. Your cooking was amazing and the conversation and banter was stimulating. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Paula & Family

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  2. Margaret Matthews :

    On behalf of all your friends and “family” at Clear Water Academy, I extend or most heartfelt condolences for your loss. We love you and we are here for you. Please call on us for whatever you need. Count on our prayers and lean on our Lord; He will carry you!
    Love and prayers,
    Margaret

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  3. Sharon Tobias Cook :

    I was deeply saddened to read of Wita’s passing. I have known her since she started coming to my aquasize class many , many years ago at Bonnie Doon. My deepest condolences to her family. She was a lovely lady and will be missed. R.I.P. Wita .. I know you and Nora are up there waiting for the next Johnny Depp movie.

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  4. Georgina Alexandruk :

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. I sat beside her in a Spanish class at the senior’s centre and enjoyed her gentle humor.

    Georgina

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  5. Alexandra and Jan Wojczuk :

    Our deepest condolences to the Holte’s and Chutny’s families. May your memories of Wita provide you with some comfort during this difficult time.

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  6. With the loss of a dear friend of long ago, memories of an attractive, vivacious, and intelligent young girl blaze again. Affected through life with the damage wrought by a deadly disease, her spirit never failed. Delightful in long-distance communication these last few years, she never stopped talking about her beloved children and grandchildren. Aside from the bit that will always be hers, my heart is with the family, and I gladly share my joy in having known, and loved, Wita.

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  7. Gord and Cathy Thorkelsson :

    We were sadden to read of Wita’s passing. She was a treasured lady by her family, business and the community at large. She will be forever missed.
    Our condolences to the family.

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  8. Nancy Staples (Morse) :

    Laura and Michael, Mitchell and Barbara I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I remember the day we met, the summer we were 15, before high school and she was driving us to our swimming class. Since then, she was always welcoming and kind. I can still hear her laugh. I am sorry I can not be with you on Thursday, but you will be in my thoughts. I will call you soon.

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  9. Christine Colcy :

    Laura, Mitch and family:

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother, Wita Holte. Wita will forever be cherished in our hearts.

    Love Lois Holte, Christine and Charlie

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  10. Laura and Michael.
    Very sorry to hear of this sad passing. My thoughts and prays and with you both and your family at this time. I am sure you will all rememeber with fond memories, all the good times you all had together.

    Zaf

    Zafrullah Khan

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  11. Phyllis Mytrunec :

    Dear Laura, Mitchell and families,
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Wita. I have fond memories of our families sharing many wonderful times together. I remember an energetic, warm, witty woman with a great sense of humor and zest for living and learning. May your cherished and treasured memories nurture and sustain you in your challenging journeys to hope, healing and peace.
    Prayers and hugs,
    Phyllis Mytrunec and family,
    Bon Accord, AB.,

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  12. To Laurs, Mitch & Families (re: Wita Holte)
    So sorry to hear about your Mom. We had so many good times with your Mom & Dad.
    Sorry we are unable to get to Calgary for the service.
    We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Betty & Davis Farquharson

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  13. Marek and Family,
    On behalf of your classmates & Clear Water Academy we are sorry to hear of your loss. We pray for your consolation during this time.
    Our condolences,
    Mr. Roach

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  14. John and Joyce Fraser :

    We were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of your mother. We went to the same church and knew her from Job’s Daughters. She was a gentle, kind and caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. God Bless!

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  15. Bill Hamilton :

    Laura, Mitch and families
    We are saddened to learn of Wita’s passing.
    We enjoyed a very close and respected professional relationship with your Dad, and your Mom was always also there in her quietly supportive manner. Together they were role models for Linda and I.
    Respectfully
    Linda and Bill Hamilton

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