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KESEGIC, Barbara

August 12, 1921 – Ernesthaza, Hungary
April 14, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Barbara Kesegic passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:45 p.m. at the age of 92 years, in the Harvest Hills Bethany Care, where she had lived her last two and half years.

Barbara was born to Franz Berton and Katarina Wechselberger on August 12, 1921 in Ernesthaza, Hungary, which is presently Banatski Desptovoc, Serbia. (A village located in the municipality of the City of Zienjanin in the Central Banat District, Vojvodina Province.)

Barbara married Andrija Kesegic on May 21, 1948 in the Muchlenburg Refugee Camp near Hannover, Germany. Their marriage was blessed with three sons: Walter Wagner, born May 17, 1949 in Heusden, Belgium; James Kesegic born May 19, 1950 in Heusden, Belgium; and Andrew R. Kesegic born March 29, 1954 in Calgary, Alberta.

In May of 1952 Barbara, Andrija, Walter and Jim emigrated from Belgium to Canada, landing in the port of Montreal. From there they boarded a train to Calgary, which was to be their home ever since. She attended St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Calgary.

Barbara took great pleasure in gardening and caring for children. She was an excellent cook and many have enjoyed her amazing meals. She loved art and created many beautiful pieces with yarn, which she had framed and were hung in the Kesegic living room. Barbara completed Grade 7 then trained as a Dressmaker in Yugoslavia. She used those skills often in sewing and knitting everything from socks to toques to dresses. Her blue theme bedroom was show home worthy with ‘designer’ bedding, curtains and pillows, accented with white wicker furniture.

Barbara was the owner/operator of the Mary Popins Day Care in Calgary for more than fifteen years. She was fondly called “Auntie Barbara” by her day care ‘children’.

Prior to that she worked briefly in Patricia’s Bakery were she practiced bead making and the beautiful techniques in the art of cake decorating. Her family enjoyed many wonderful cakes and baking for birthdays and other special occasions.

Barbara is survived by her eldest son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Karen Wagner and their children: Marnie and her husband Dean Fenna and their daughter Ieshia Wagner; Heather and her husband Adam Scriver and their daughter, Isabella; and Ryan Walter Wagner.

Her second son, James Kesegic and partner Donna Young and Donna’s family: Terrill (Cory) Young and their children, Christopher and Marissa; Adelle (Matthew) Juhasz and their children, Drew, Sophie, Sage, Lily and the twins, Karen and Raymond; and Kathy Young.

Her third son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Crystal Kesegic and their children: Atara and her husband Ray Van Gobel, and their daughters, Avielle and Cassia, and their son, Micah; Andrew F.J. Kesegic; and Christopher Kesegic.

She is also survived by her only living sibling, her sister Ellie Jason of Calgary.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Franz Berton on June 13, 1939 and Katarina Berton/Benner on December 13, 1984; her husband Andrija Kesegic on January 20, 1998; her brothers, Franz Berton and Johann (Hanz) Berton; her sister Katarina Vasic; and her cousin Rosalia Duic.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Bethany Harvest Hills, #36, 19 Harvest Gold Manor NE, Calgary, AB T3K 4Y1

In living memory of Barbara Kesegic, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Cindy Forbes :

    I was very saddened to hear of Auntie Barbara’s passing. She was one of the most caring people in this world that I had the honour of having in my life and my children’s lives. She took care of my babies until the day she sold the daycare and to this day both of my children ask me about her often. It was unfortunate that we lost contact while she was still alive but not seeing her every day did not mean that my family and I did not think or speak of her often. I know you all know just how special your mom was but I want to tell you know she was very special to us also. My children Stacey and Amanda Forbes and myself Cindy Forbes all send our most sincerest sympathies for the loss of your mom. We’ll say a prayer for each of you and want you to know that even though she may not be here with you physically anymore she will always be with you in spirit because that is the kind of mom and love she always had for all of you.

    With our most deepest sympathies,
    Cindy Forbes and daughters Stacey and Amanda Forbes

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