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KARPERIEN, Florence “Bernie”

January 22, 1941 – September 23, 2012

Bernie Karperien, beloved Mother of Gerry (Diane), Wayne (Audrey), Brian (Christine) and Brenda (Alfred) passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the age of 71 years.

Bernie was a proud Cape Bretoner who met her soul mate Gerry shortly after moving to Calgary. Together they grew a close and loving family of three sons, one daughter and ten grandchildren. She worked many years at Canadian Western Natural Gas before retiring. Her life and first love was her family. Always a patient, kind and insightful mother and grandmother, with a tremendous amount of love in her heart for her children and husband. Bernie will be remembered for her ability to see the good in everyone, the unconditional love she held for God and all in her life, the warmth she brought wherever she went, and her amazing cooking!! She will be so greatly missed by so many.

She was predeceased by her adoring husband Gerry, four sisters and four brothers.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bernie Karperien, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. So sorry to hear about Aunt Bin. She was an absolute beauty inside and out. Her kindness will never be forgotten. She was an angel here on earth and will now be an angel in heaven. Thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

    From the Grezel Family……….

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  2. Gerry, Wayne, Brian, Brenda and family, we wish to offer you our most sincere condolences. Your beautiful mom will be so sorely missed by us and all who were fortunate enough to have known her. I am sure that your mom, dad and my dad are all together at this moment and they are all watching over us.

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  3. Susan and Mike Issa :

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers ar with you and your family.

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  4. Domenica Smit& Huub Bouwen :

    Dear Brenda, Alfred and Karpien Family,
    Our heartfelt and sincere condolences with the passing of your beloved mother Bernie. Our hearts go out to you!! How comforting to know she is reunited with the great love of her life!
    With much love and hugsssss
    Huub and Domenica

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  5. Dear Brenda, Alfred and family,

    Heard the sad news from Domenica and send you hereby my deepest condolences.
    Hope you’ll have the strength and courage to overcome this terrible loss.

    From Bonaire,
    Huub

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  6. So sad to hear of Bernie’s passing.
    Please accept my sincerest condolences.

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  7. Marguerite (Grezel) Peckham :

    Dear cousins, Gerry, Wayne, Brian and Brenda. We are so very sorry to hear of Aunt Bin’s passing. The love and support of a mother can never be replaced, but we hope you find some strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

    Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives. ~ Author Unknown

    Thinking of you all……Marguerite & Lawrence Peckham

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  8. Deanna and Tanner Wrate :

    My heart goes out to you all at this terrible time. I am so sorry for your loss. And I am even more sorry I will not be able to attend the service.
    Please know you are in my heart and prayers. I am grateful that she did not have to suffer long and I trust she is back in the arms of Uncle Gerry.

    Loving you Always and Forever!
    Deanna

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  9. Laren and Della Giacomuzzi :

    May the memories held deep within your heart help to soothe your spirit at this time. All Mom’s are special, but yours was extra special! I’ll always remember her infectious laugh, and the mutual admiration that she and your Dad shared. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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  10. ROB & NICKI ROACH :

    Karperien Family:
    Please accept our deepest condolences for the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful person, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in law and aunt. We will miss her terribly.
    God bless you all.
    Love Uncle Rob and Auntie Nicki

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  11. Jennifer Tallent :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you as you lay your Mom to rest Brenda.

    Much love to you and your family

    Jennifer

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