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KERNOHAN, Cara Jillian

November 12, 1987 – Calgary, Alberta
October 5, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we announce the tragic passing of our beautiful Cara, beloved wife of Brett Maldaner, on October 5, 2017 at the age of 29 years.

Cara passed away unexpectedly due to complications arising from pregnancy. She left us peacefully with family by her side and surrounded by numerous extended family and friends.

Cara is survived by her husband, Brett Maldaner, her miracle daughter Blakely Cara Maldaner, her parents, Jeremy Kernohan (Karen) and Jillian Young (Michele). She is also survived by her brother, Colin Kernohan (Jodi); her in-laws, Jim and Mary-Ann Maldaner and sister-in-law, Stacey Staudinger (Todd), grandparents, many loving uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and her extended family and friends.

We wish to say a special thank you to all the ER, ICU and NICU staff at Foothills Medical Centre and Cara’s midwives for the exceptional care and compassion they showed Cara and her family.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. A brief reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Cara Kernohan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. You are loved and will always be missed Cara.

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  2. Jennifer Snelgrove :

    My heart is so heavy hearing of the passing of your beloved Cara. Praying for peace and comfort during this extremely difficult time. We love you Cara and will miss you deeply.

    All our prayers and sincere condolences,
    The Snelgrove Family

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  3. It is difficult to grasp her passing. She was truly someone who had so much to offer everyone. To know Cara was to love Cara. Always a smile on her face and was there to give love and support to anyone who needed it.
    God bless the family and her baby and hope I get to see and spend time with little Blakey.

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  4. Heather leader :

    I never had the chance to meet this beautiful lady, but all the loving and kind words that came from her dear friend Kendra was majical to listen to. I wish her family all the love and prayers thus world had to offer. To her little girl, your mommy was a very special person to alot of people and she loved you more then words. God bless you all. RIP Cara you will be forever loved & missed. Heather & Feank.

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  5. Sheryl and Paul Wilcox :

    Sincere condolences and big hugs to Cara’s family. It is hard to imagine the tremendous pain and heartache you must feel for your loss of Cara in your lives. She was a sweet and wonderful person who could light up a room with her big smile. She will be missed always! You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  6. Angela Potter :

    There are not enough words to express my deepest, most heartfelt condolences for the unimaginable, sudden loss of your beautiful, young vibrant Cara. My heart hurts for her life taken to soon and the immense grief upon her family & friends. Please know you are in our thoughts & prayers, God will comfort you during this difficult time. Cara’s spirit & love will live on in her sweet, precious baby girl Blakely, and Cara will be her angel in heaven.

    Angela Potter

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  7. Luisa Lugonia :

    I would like to extend my condolences to Cara’s family. It is a great loss.

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  8. Franca and Greg :

    Our hearts weigh heavy with sadness for the passing of our beautiful friend, Cara.
    So filled with love and light. Always so sweet and kind. She always made our hearts smile. She will be sadly missed.

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  9. Kevin and Rita Young and Fam. :

    To all of you our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are all in disbelief with such tragic news of Cara. We hope that all the loving memories you have of Cara will ease your pain and may Blakely bring you all the love and Joy that Cara brought you in her short life. We love you and thinking of you.

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  10. Trevor & Alison Roper :

    Brett & Family. Sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathies to you all.

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  11. I am so heartbroken at this sad news. I cannot imagine the pain you must feel. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

    Sending love,
    Wendy Read

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  12. Terry and Linda Unsworth :

    Jer, Jill and family our deepest condolences for your loss.

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  13. Teresa Ponari :

    There are no words for your loss Jill. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Love
    Teresa

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  14. Nancy van der Weide - Davison :

    Much love to Jill and her family.
    Nancy & Sean

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  15. Donna Gustavson :

    We have been deeply impacted by your loss and continue to hold you all close in our thoughts as you mourn the tragic passing of your beautiful daughter, sister, wife and friend.
    Donna & Bob

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  16. Allan & Eve Marston :

    Cara was like one of our kids having gone to school and been so close to our son Stephen. She called my wife Momma & me Pa. We loved her so much and are devasted at her passing. Our condolences go out to her family and everyone whose life she touched. She was such a bright light who will be missed forever.

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  17. Dear Family,

    I’m so saddened to hear of this news. I worked with Cara at Joey downtown and she was so great and both staff and clients alike. She always spoke up and had her voice heard which I admired so much in her.
    I will always think of you Cara as you were a joy to be with.

    Cameron Duke

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  18. There are no words that can express what is. Though I did not know Cara personally I saw the joy that she brought to the family, in the image of her mother Jilly. From my understanding Cara was a beautiful energy of light and my thoughts and prayers are with you, my deepest condolences for you and your family.

    Sending Love, Prayers
    Liane Roll

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  19. We cannot imagine how difficult her passing must have been. Cara spent a lot of time at our place hanging out with Caroline. She was a happy, kind young girl, and continued to become a beautiful young woman. We will always remember her smile and laughter. Our deepest sympathies.
    Chris & Helen Galas

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  20. Lee Robertson and Carl Taylor :

    Words cannot express our sadness. Our heartfelt sympathies to the family.

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  21. Tom, Darlene, Alison and David Ashbaugh :

    Our hearts are heavy. Sending all of you love during this extremely difficult time. Take solace in the loved ones around you.

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  22. Winston YW Lee :

    Brett, Blakely, and Family,

    I was with a sense of disbelief upon hearing about this tragic event. Cara was a vibrant and energetic person who brought out the best in everybody just with her presence alone. She will be missed and my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.

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  23. Randy and I send our deepest condolence to you and your family. Love randy and Joy Walker.

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  24. Carina Cassidy :

    My dearest Jill, Dodie and family it is with sadness and a heart full of sorrow that we offer our condolences. We cannot imagine what you must all be going through at the sudden loss of beautiful Cara, but we know that as a family you will move forward and hold her memory ever so dear. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, much love Carina & Ed Cassidy.

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  25. Alexandra Vallejos :

    Cara was a huge part of my life growing up, I will never forget her. This is such a loss to everyone that knew her – She affected/touched soo many people. I hadn’t seen Cara in person in a long time – but we kept in touch through social media and every time we spoke, she was so kind and sweet. I will miss her deeply. I find great comfort knowing how many people she affected and knowing how much we all loved her. RIP Cara -xoxo <3

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  26. John and Lynn Haines :

    Brett…it is so very difficult to express our heartfelt thoughts on the loss of your beautiful wife Cara. While some difficult times lie ahead you will have the support of family and friends. Little Blakely will be a living and loving memory of Cara. Our hearts and thoughts are eternally with you Brett. John and Lynn Haines

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  27. Robert C. P. Smyth :

    My sincere condolences on your loss. Fully release your grief, then try to be strong and positive and remember, life does go on.

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  28. Austin & Audrey D'Brass :

    We are still in shock at the sudden death of your lovely Cara whom we never got to meet all grown up and we pray that God will give you all the strength to deal with her sudden loss and that your miracle Blakley will comfort you all in her absence. Much love.
    Bud & Audrey D’Brass

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  29. We are both so sorry to hear about Cara. Her passing at a time when she and Brett start their life as a family is so tragic and we appreciate that no words can ease the pain. Although we didn’t know Cara, she was a beautiful and seemingly remarkable women who leaves a legacy through Blakely. Our thoughts are with you all.

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  30. I have been a friend of Jeremy and Karen’s for a long time.
    While I did not know Cara, I would like to express my condolences to them and the family.

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  31. Roberta J Sherley :

    BRETT MALDANER AND FAMILY

    Please accept our sincere condolences in the sudden and unexpected loss of your beautiful wife and lovely daughter-in-law.
    Bruce and Roberta Sherley and family

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  32. Tina D'Brass Donahue :

    There are no words… Cara’s passing is incomprehensible to everyone.
    Our deepest condolences to the Young and Kernohan families, and to Cara’s husband, Brett. Celebrate the time you had with Cara, and cherish every moment with baby Blakely.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    With Love, from Tina, John, Ava & Lauren.

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  33. I am so saddened to hear this tragic news and my heart goes out to Jill, Cara’s loving mum who took such pride in everything about her beloved daughter. I send my love and condolences to the family and wish for peace in all your hearts.

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  34. Dodie, Jill and family, our sincere condolences for your
    loss of beautiful Cara!!
    We send you our love and hugs to all .
    Rossanna, Randy and Cristobal

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  35. Sandra Bruckshaw :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Cara personally but had the pleasure of meeting her this summer at Brittany & Dean’s. My sincere condolences to all.

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  36. JIll, Dodie, Jeff ,Gary and family we are all so devastated in hearing the news of Cara’s passing. You forever will see the light of Cara each and every day in Blakely and may you find strength in your close family at this very difficult time. Suzanne and David

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  37. Your beautiful Cara, she came, she lived and love life to its fullest.
    She loved her family, she so loved her Brett. She was so happy to welcome her little pup into her family.
    She was so very special and we are thankful to have known and loved such a beautiful person.
    Sending love to all the family and especially little Blakey and Brett

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  38. Dear Brett,
    It’s been quite a while seen we’ve been in contact but Nan and I are shocked and saddened by the news of Caras passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
    Dave and Nan Maldaner

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  39. Norah Carmichael :

    Dear Brett, I will always remember Cara’s beautiful smile and the love she had for you. Please know we are thinking of you and standing by to babysit Blakeley, any time that you need us, love, Nonie, Gary and Mark.

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  40. Norah Carmichael :

    Dear Brett, I will always remember Cara’s beautiful smile and the love she had for you. Please know we are thinking of you and standing by to babysit Blakely, any time that you need us. love, Nonie, Gary and Mark.

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  41. Deborah Vittie-Pagliaro :

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the very sad and tragic loss of your beautiful Cara. Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    With Love, Deb and John Pagliaro & family xoxo

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  42. Nicole Bourbonnais :

    I am at a loss for words that could possibly say how sorry I am for your loss. It is unbelievable that this could happen to such a young and vibrant person as Cara. You have been given a miracle in Blakely Cara – cherish this in remembrance of Cara. thoughtfully, Nicole

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  43. Susan Greenbank :

    Laurie just called me Jill this morning.
    This news was not easy to hear.
    It’s impossible to comprehend also.
    My heart goes out to you and your whole family.

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  44. Kerri Schmied :

    Dodie and family,
    Our hearts are swollen for your family at this sad time. You have been through so much in such a short time. If anything is needed at all please don’t hesitate to ask..
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. xoxo
    Your friends in the Sonoma Pines Ladies Golf

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  45. Steve Zumbrunn :

    Words cannot express my sorrow to hear of such sad and tragic news. It is a reminder to love everyone around us and to tell them that very thing each and every day. Like is so precious and now with a beautiful new daughter that rings true even more.

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  46. Jillian, I am so sorry for your loss. In our age of medicine you would think these things don’t happen anymore. But, sadly they do. I worked with a lady years ago who passed with the birth of her second child. Still haunts me. My heart cries for you and your family.
    Hugs
    Kim Reid – Sonoma Pines

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  47. Doug Cageorge :

    Doug and I are so shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Please know, Mary Ann and Jim, and family, that our thoughts and love are with you. May the knowledge that so many people are forwarding their love and caring, give you strength to face the days ahead. Hugs….Doug and Glenda

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  48. Hazel Caroline Wolski :

    Dear Dodie and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Dodie, you are one of the finest, strongest ladies I know, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in anyway.
    Lots of love and prayers coming your way,
    Hazel

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  49. Derek Bissonnette :

    Dear JK, Sophie and I are so sad to hear this terrible news. Our hearts go out to your whole family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

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  50. Taken from this world far too soon. You will be missed by all you met you. My heart goes out to you.

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  51. Craig and Cecile Ashley :

    Dear Brett and Families,

    We offer out deepest condolences. We knew Cara as a clever, beautiful and happy young lady. Your loss is great. Hold tight to memories for comfort.

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  52. Randy and Joy Walker :

    Jeremy,
    We never had the pleasure of meeting Cara and I can’t imagine the pain involved in the loss of your daughter. Her spirit will live on in the eyes her daughter Blakely.
    Greatest sympathies,
    Randy & Joy

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  53. Cathie (Dinwoody) Leslie :

    Jeremy,
    Kathy K. contacted me with the sad news about your beloved Cara! I wanted to extend my condolences to you and Cara’s family. Cara will continue to shine through their “Blakely” and with the many memories you hold in your heart of Cara’s successful life achievements.
    (I will call your Mom later today.)
    Sending hugs from Sudbury.
    Cathie (Dinwoody) Leslie

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  54. Patrick Windle :

    Brett, Maryanne and Jim:
    Sorrow reigns but we hope the new little one in your lives will ease you to peace.
    Marj and Patrick

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  55. Jody and Matt Honywood :

    Jeremy and family, our deepest condolences go out to you all. xx

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  56. I am so very saddened to hear about Cara. I attended Mount Royal with her and remember her as a very bright, bubbly and kind soul. My condolences

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  57. Terri and Allan Jansen :

    Our sincere condolences to all of Cara’s family and friends. May your many memories give you comfort and strength for all your days ahead.
    Peace, Prayers and Blessings

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  58. The Lyse Family :

    We send our love and prayers for the friends and family of Cara.

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  59. Steve Nardi & Kevin Meloche :

    The sudden and tragic loss of Cara leaves us numb, yet we gain peace knowing her strength, beauty and spirit will be carried on in Blakely.

    Sending our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Kernohan and Maldaner families.
    Steve & Kevin

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  60. Dana Sveinson :

    I feel very fortunate to have met Cara and her family and share many memories in Invermere together. Cara’s smile and kindness will radiate through her beautiful daughter Blakely. I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences to her family, husband and daughter, friends, and her dog Dougie. May she Rest In Peace

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  61. Pure beauty inside and out.

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  62. Gregory L. Osmond :

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.

    Gregory and Margaret Osmond

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  63. Anne Marie Hunter :

    My heart goes out to you Brett and family.

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  64. Stephanie and Jon Bell :

    Dearest Jill, we are so saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved Cara. Although we only met her a couple of times, her beauty and energy were apparent. Our thoughts are with you and Michelle.
    Hugs to you both
    Jon and Stephanie

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  65. I am a friend of Cara’s Aunt Sue and met Cara when she was about kindergarten age. Words cannot express my sadness at hearing of her passing. My deepest condolences.

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  66. What a unbelievably sad and tragic loss. She was so very young. My thoughts and prayers are with you Jeremy and the entire Kernohan family at this very difficult time.

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  67. Duncan Williams :

    We are so sad and sorry to hear about the loss of Cara. We think and pray for the entire family and want you to know that you are all in our hearts. We miss all of you.
    Duncan, Cindy and family

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  68. Dean Malito and Carla Bolling :

    Jeremy and family, our deepest condolences go out to you all.

    Dean Malito and Carla Bolling

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