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KLARENBACH – Tillie (nee Krien )

September 8, 1927 – September 4, 2009

Tillie Klarenbach of Calgary, passed away after a brief illness on September 4, 2009 at the age of 81 years.

Tillie was born September 8, 1927 and immigrated to Saskatchewan at the age of 2 years. She grew up near the Great Sand Hills and the South Saskatchewan River. After moving to Calgary and attending business school with her good friend Dorothy Gilbert, she met and married Oscar Klarenbach. Tillie was an active member of Parkdale United Church, Parkdale Community Association and the Nifty Fifties Club. She loved her garden, craftwork with Doris Collins, bridge club and animals of every description. We especially remember her love of life, caring nature, keen wit, positive attitude and dedication to her family and friends.

Tillie is survived by her loving son Dale; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Bill Andrew; sister Lydia Eberle; brother Bill (Charlene) Krien as well as her beloved nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Oscar; brothers Fred and Robert Krien; parents Eva and John Krien.

Funeral Services will be held at Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8th Avenue N.W.) on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkdale United Church Building Fund (2919 – 8th Avenue N.W.)

In living memory of Tillie Klarenbach, 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. Merv & Lil Halvorson :

    Dale, Denise and Bill:
    Please know that you have our sincere sympathy and prayers for your loss of a wonderful mother. She was a dear friend and we shall miss her very much.
    Sincerely Lil and Merv

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  2. To the family of Tillie,
    I have known Tillie ever since I joined the Nifty Fifties craft group in Parkdale. It was such a pleasure to see her at our Monday afternoon meetings. She made the most beautiful crafts. The baby outfits, the toys and afghans. She helped me out with some of my projects (I don’t crochet that well). Sitting on top of my TV I have the cutest mouse holding a piece of cheese that she made that I just had to have. I will miss her so much, she was such a dear person. I send my deepest sympathy to you.
    Sincerely Brenda

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I was fortunate to have met Till while living next door to her in Parkdale. She was fun to talk to and her garden was a joy to behold. What a lovely lady she was. May God bless and keep you all.
    Pat Sullivan

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  4. Dear Dale, Denise, & Bill
    I’m shocked and saddened to read of your Mom’s death. Having Tillie as my neighbour for over 10 years was such a pleasure. The emotional support, friendship and gardening tips will always be remembered. While she and I talked, Tojo her much loved granddog & Star my little dog would also have a visit through the fence. She was such an active person with a wonderful spirit and strength that amazed me. She was always busy. Often I would see her rushing down the street on her way to the Nifty Fifty’s for bridge, bingo or a meeting. Our yearly lunches, after I moved and remarried, were always welcomed and gave me an opportunity to reconnect with your Mom. At Christmas I’ve always thought of her as I put her starched crochet angels on my tree, and will now even more. I am one of the many people she touched.
    My Mom passed away a few years ago so I understand how special a Mom’s love is and how much it is missed. My thoughts are with you.
    Bev Macleod

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  5. Blair, Rhonda & Callie Taylor :

    Dear, Denise, Bill & Dale,
    We were so sad to hear of Tillie’s passing, she was a great lady, she will be missed.

    I was going through Callie’s memory box last week which has the sweater set & santa slippers Tillie made especially for Callie.

    Thinking of you all,
    The Taylor’s

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  6. Rollin and Joan Andrew :

    Bill and Denise:

    So sorry to hear of Tillie’s passing. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. We always looked forward to seeing her, and that positive spirit and humour that she brought into everyone’s life. Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you and Dale.


    Rollin, Joan, Katie, Kristy, Dylan and Cohen.

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  7. Tracey and Kenny Singleton :

    Denise and Bill,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and sorrow. God Bless,

    Tracey and Kenny Singleton
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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  8. Elaine Duncan and Brian Gentles :

    Dale, Denise and Bill

    We would like to send our sincere condolences to all of you.

    We are away from Calgary so will not be able to attend the funeral, sorry. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and we will try to call when we are back the beginning of October.

    Elaine and Brian

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  9. Dear Denise and Bill:

    I am sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Denise and I am sure it must be a deep loss to all of you. I hope it gives you satisfaction and comfort the wonderful gift you gave her, having the Camp Abegweit Lodge named for her and your mother. Bill

    May your memories of her give you happiness in the days and years ahead.


    Bob Hutcheson

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  10. Hi Denise,
    It was good to see you again although I could wish for happier circumstances. I would like to get together with you for a longer visit if you have the time. I would like to catch up with you and what has gone on in your life in the many years since we last saw each other. I can be reached at I can’t imagine what losing your mother is like but I’m willing to listen. Take care,
    Cathy (Chapman) Bowen

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