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KALAKAILO, Joyce Hilda (nee Carey)

January 28, 1931 – December 27, 2011

It is with profound sadness the family of Joyce Kalakailo announces her passing on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 due to complications from injuries suffered in a fall several weeks earlier.

Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her many friends and family as a great cook and for the many wonderful dinners she would host, her sharp wit, her love of hockey and football and her dedication to family. She had an excellent singing voice and played several instruments. Joyce was always proud of her roots in Willowbrook, Saskatchewan and was a longstanding Roughriders fan but was torn when they played the Stampeders.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of fifty-three years Russell Kalakailo; her daughters, Wanda (Philip Young) and Myra (Rob Komenda); her grandchildren, Dana Young and Jenna Young, all of Calgary; her brother Myles Carey of Whitehorse, Yukon; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by her mother Esther Carey; father Elmore Carey; brother Lorne Carey; and sister Leola Potestio.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thank you to Dr. Michelle Deyholos, Dr. Shane Workun and the many additional doctors, nurses and support staff at the Foothills Medical Centre for their compassion and care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the A.L.S. Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Suite 250, 4723 – 1 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2G 4Y8, www.alsab.ca .

In living memory of Joyce Kalakailo, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Very sorry about your mom’s passing, Wanda. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy.

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  2. Carolyn Scott :

    Myra,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Carolyn Scott

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  3. All my love to you and Rob and the rest of your family at this time.

    A mother’s love lives on in her children and even though she is now separated from you, she is always with you in your heart and your head.

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  4. Lynne & Bill Kaschl :

    Our sympathies to Russ, Wanda, Myra and their families. Loved Joyce’s sense of humour, infectious laugh and sparkle in her eye. Regret we haven’t visited in recent years. I am under the weather today so unable to come to the funeral but our hearts and thoughts are with all of you.

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  5. As a descendent of the Kalakailo clan, I extend my sincere condolences to Joyce’s family. We have never met however, I believe that our families are related. My mother’s father is John Kalakailo, from Galicia. My mother was born Genoefa Bertha Kalakailo in Winnipeg Manitoba. The family name was anglosized to Kaly before moving to Ontario. My grandad John K., passed years ago as a WWII veteran.

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