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KLATZEL – Virginia Mary (nee McHugh)

April 28, 1928 – July 28, 2009

Virginia Mary Klatzel (nee McHugh) of Calgary passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at the age of 81 years.

She was born on April 28, 1928 into the pioneer McHugh family in DeWinton, Alberta, the daughter of Frank McHugh and Mary Jane Adams. Virginia attended schools in Davisburg and Calgary (St. Mary’s), which gave her an enthusiasm for educations that led her to become a teacher. It was at summer school in Edmonton that she met a fellow teacher, Stephen Klatzel. They married in 1953 in Calgary where they raised their three daughters and both taught. They were actively involved in the Foothills Camera Club, the Skyline Hikers and the Calgary Winter Club. Virginia was also very active in the Girl Guides of Canada and the C.W.L.; more recently the M and M Hikers and the Southern Alberta Pioneers. She will be remembered for her enthusiasm and leadership in all her pursuits.

Virginia will be missed by all who knew her, especially her daughters, Delores, Frances and Louise, her husband Phillip Mudry and their daughters, Katelyn, Jocelyn and Stefanie. She is also survived by her twin brother Douglas, older brother Jack and their families as well as   Stephen’s siblings and their families. Virginia was predeceased by her husband Stephen on January 30, 1995.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow in St. Joseph’s Section at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Forward condolences through  If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to CORE International, P.O. Box 8111, Canmore, AB T1W 2T8  Telephone: (403) 609-4148 or to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588.  The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Heine, Dr. Dowden and the staff of Agape Hospice for their loving care of Virginia during her final weeks.

In living memory of Virginia Klatzel, 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. Ruth Elliott :

    I am so saddened to learn of Virginia’s death. She was one of my very special friends whose company I so enjoyed on our many Skyline hikes together and on our hiking vacations together at Lake O’Hara, and my visits to Harvey Heights. She taught me so much about how life ought to be lived…how to use bits of cotton balls between the toes to stop blisters developing on our long hikes.
    She taught me how to take flower pictures properly by practically lying down on our abdomens on mountain trails to be sure to get the correct angle for a good shot. Her pictures were outstanding.
    She was always highly principled and never held back from speaking out when she felt something needed to be improved.
    She had a great sense of humour and was so much fun to be with. I shall miss her terribly. The world is a lesser place with Virginia gone.
    My love and support to her family…

    Ruth Elliott

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  2. Leslie Taylor :

    Dear Frances, Louise and Delores: I am very sorry to hear of the death of your mother. Although I met her only a few times, she made quite an impression on me, as I’m sure she did on everyone. She was such a lovely person — so kind, so cheerful, and so full of the joy of living. With sincere sympathy – Leslie

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