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KALINKA, Elizabeth (Beth) Laura (nee Knelsen)

April 16, 1950 – January 8, 2013

Beth Kalinka of Airdrie, AB passed away suddenly on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the age of 62. She was a very devoted and loving mother and grandmother. Always motivated by the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, Beth generously gave of her time, energy, and resources to those around her, family, friends and strangers alike. She was the anchor at family gatherings. Even when Beth had no money while she was a widow, she would give the last dollar in her purse to a stranger who needed it. She sacrificed whatever she could in the moment to be a blessing to someone else, and never with a word of complaint. Those who knew her well would say that she prayed all the time and her greatest concern on her heart was for the salvation and spiritual journey of those around her. Even when not treated well by others, she easily forgave because she would say that God forgave her. Beth strived to exude the mercy, love, and compassion of Jesus.

In April of 1950, Beth was born in Bassano, not far from Rosemary, the first of her family to be born in Canada, and the sixth of ten children. They eventually began their own mixed farming not far from Coaldale, AB. Early on it was very apparent that Beth was an extremely hard worker. She was always ready and willing to help her mother with day to day chores, even working into the late hours of the evening, to get done what was needed. Her family says that she could be depended on for anything. She quietly worked and helped out around the farm. She attended John Davidson Elementary School, R.I. Baker, and graduated from Kate Andrews High School. Afterwards, she worked a year in Lethbridge at Tamblyn Drug Store after which she went to Edmonton to attend Northwest Bible College in 1969 for one year. There she met Lloyd Richardson and they married a year later on December 19, 1970 at the Lethbridge Pentecostal church. They pastored in New Brook, but shortly after moved back to Lethbridge, where their first son David was born. One the move again, they went to pastor in Jasper for a short time, and moved back to Coaldale and had three more children, Darrellinn, Duane, and Darla. Not long after their last child was born, they moved to Calgary where Lloyd returned to carpentry and began a moving business with his dad, Lloyd Senior. Beth decided to be at home with her children and was a great support to her husband. They were always involved somehow in the churches they attended, always praying for and supporting others. In 1987, her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She took care of her husband and family in the home, and went back to school to complete her Legal Secretary education. In May 1988, her husband passed away and she lovingly supported her four teenaged children in the years following. She set a faithful example in managing a home, making wise decisions, trusting God to take care of her and her family, and allowing God to change and heal her.

After being widowed for 16 years, she met Victor Kalinka. They married on November 20, 2004, so much in love. Victor became such an important part of the family. Beth was always inclusive and loved Vic’s sons, Read and Ryan, like her own. Victor did the same with Beth’s children. They lived in Airdrie, AB, and always had an open door for those who came their way. Beth worked as a bookkeeper in both Airdrie and Calgary. She stood up for truth to her family and friends and spoke encouraging words to those around her. Beth and Vic enjoyed eight precious and loving years together before her passing. Her legacy of love, compassion, and reconciliation will not be forgotten by her family and friends. Of all she did and said, her motivation was always out of love, kindness, and service to others stemming from her relationship with Jesus. She had a generous heart, and gave whatever she could to whoever asked. Her family was richly blessed because of her and we look forward to our reunion in Heaven.

Besides her loving husband, Beth is survived by her four children, David and Inese Richardson, Darrellinn (Elli) and RJ Reesor, Duane and Melinda Richardson and Darla and Jason Wutzke and their grandparents Lloyd and Marjorie Richardson; Vic’s children, Read Kalinka and Ryan Kalinka; nine grandchildren, Brianna, Kaeleigh, Meghann, Ethan, Jaydin, Nathan, Elyanah, Halle, and Samara. She is also survived by nine siblings, Dave and Louise Knelsen, Pete and Sharon Knelsen, Henry and Linda Knelsen, Maria and Lorne Fisher, Bernard and Helgrid Knelsen, Anna and Colin Solbak, Helene and Don Waugh, Benjamin and Carol Knelsen, Harry and Debbie Knelsen and their families; as well as a large extended family. Beth was predeceased by her parents David and Maria Knelsen and her first husband Lloyd Richardson.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 2:30 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Focus on the Family 19946 – 80A Avenue, Langley, BC V2Y 0J8, Telephone: 1-800-661-9800, www.focusonthefamily.ca.

In living memory of Elizabeth Kalinka, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Bob and Betty Bartlette :

    Vic and Family

    Our Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Bob and Betty

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  2. Peter and Lilly Hubert :

    Lilly and I (Peter) live in Kingston, Ontario. We appreciate the Knelsen family, and we appreciate and honor Beth. We knew Beth as Betty. I, Peter, as a teenager new Beth as a high quality person. I knew her as a person of high character. We send our condolences to Vic, to the sons and daughters, grandchildren and Knelsen family. God bless you all as you seek God’s peace and strength as Beth will be very missed. The greatest part is that we know she is in Heaven.
    Peter and Lilly Hubert.

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  3. I only met Beth through Lloyd & Marjorie Richardson’s loving thoughts & words over the years. I pray The Lord will be caring for Beth and every one of your family at this difficult time. My condolences and God Bless You.

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  4. Ron and Barb Lane :

    Our most sincere condolences to you and your family at this time of great sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God grant you the strength to endure

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  5. Mary Malijewski Poetz :

    Victor,
    Very sad for your loss. Sounds like she was a wonderful person.

    Mary (Paul and Olga’s daughter Minneapolis, Minnesota)

    Monticello, Mn

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  6. Brian & Faye Currie :

    Dear Vic and family,
    We were saddened to hear the news about Beth; but have been praying that God would give you all His comfort and love during this difficult time. Vic has been Brian’s much loved childhood friend since our years in Saskatoon. While we only had short visits with Vic & Beth since the Lord brought them together, their love for each other and the Lord was obvious.
    Our Love & Prayers,
    Brian & Faye (from Victoria)

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  7. The Clitheroe Family :

    “…whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” – Romans 14:8

    Please accept our sincere condolences.

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  8. My heart and spirit goes out to you Vic at this time. Our minds always want to ask why and trusting that all happens for a reason is never easy. Your faith will carry you through and time will bring you healing. May you be supported by the love and light of everyone around you during this time.
    Pam

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  9. Pat and Gord Barnes :

    Dear Vic and family,
    Our hearts are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of your dear wife Beth. She was a true gem and it is clear that many hearts are broken by her passing. I notice that a tree was to be planted in living memory of Elizabeth and this reminded me of the Bible’s sure promise that all those in God’s perfect memory will be resurrected and the memorial tombs will be emptied. [John 5:28]. What a happy day when we will see our loved ones again. Vic, from the time we worked together (it seems so many years ago now) I have many good memories of your fine qualities. We wish you peace during the sad days ahead.
    warm love, Gord and Pat Barnes

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  10. Vic,
    Words are not enough to give you strength during this difficult time. We pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and He helps you heal with the passage of time. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

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  11. Wendy Sohnchen :

    May Jesus wrap his arms of love and comfort so tightly around you these days. I am so glad to call your Wife and Mom a friend. She is in heaven cheering you on.

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  12. Brad & Cheryl Regier & family :

    Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. May the Peace of the Father envelop and cocoon you at this time, and may the Holy Spirit comfort you all in your sorrow and in the days ahead.

    Passing on heartfelt condolences as well from Dwight & Marie Erdmann.

    With love and prayers,
    Brad & Cheryl Regier & all their menfolk

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  13. Jane (nee Allen) Sheward :

    Dear Vic and family:

    I was so sad to read of your wife’s death in The Edmonton Journal.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jane Sheward

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  14. Pat Barsness/Lynn Webster re Barsness :

    Our sincere sympathy is sent to you regarding this sudden and sad loss in your family Loss of someone who in today’s world is still young which makes it even more difficult.
    We well remember Beth attending our church- a young widow with a young family. A lovely,quiet, friendly lady.
    Everyone so very happy when she found a new special man to share her life with.
    Asking God to comfort and put his arms of love around all of you. Sincerely Pat and Lynn

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  15. Val & Gary Gunthorpe :

    We can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  16. My heart-felt sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of your dear wife, mom, and grandma. Beth had such a beautiful spirit and always welcomed me like family. I will never forget her radiant smile and cheerful laughter. May happy memories bring you peace at this very difficult time. Love-Susan Drayson

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  17. Kirsti and Hannu Horstia; Elina, Harri and Eric :

    Dear David, Darrellinn, Duane and Darla and your families,
    We are sorry for your loss and offer our deepest condolences. May God comfort and strenghten you all at this time and in the coming days. Reminiscing Father’s Day in 1988 – Richardson, Jahn and Horstia families together at our house. Rev 21:4

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  18. Vic,
    Our sincere sympathies are with you during this difficult time. Beth was a wonderful friend for many years. She will be sorely missed.

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  19. Sig & Irene Janzen :

    On behalf of the Janzens, our condolences go out to you, Vic & family. May the love of God sustain you, the peace of God be with you and the promise of God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Beth was a special person and we mourn her passing. Our prayers are with you at this time of loss.

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  20. John and Irene Krowchuk :

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss Vic. May it comfort you to know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you at this difficult time.

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  21. Bob and Alice Plotkins :

    We wish to offer our condolences to the Richardson Family as we knew Beth when she was married to Lloyd. We did not know her second husband Vic. Our condolences to you also of your wife suddenly and at a very young age. To all the kids and the grand parents our sincere heartfelt love at the loss of your Mother and daughter in-law. May God bless you and strengthen you during this time of bereavement.
    Bob & Alice

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  22. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the Good Lord comfort you during this difficult time.
    God Bless

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  23. Judith Schaap :

    God Bless your family. This news just was delivered to me today. Beth was my friend. I treasured her. She supported and loved my outreach ministry Renewal. There is an angel in heaven and its my friend Beth. My sincere condolences, Judith Lynn Schaap

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