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KLUKAS, Ralph

January 15, 1955 – Edmonton, Alberta
March 12, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Ralph Klukas of Calgary passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the age of 59 years.

Ralph was a loving husband and dedicated father. Mary was his soul mate and partner for twenty-five years. He loved her deeply.
His greatest joy was the accomplishments of his two exceptional children, Chelsea and Mike. Ralph was kind and generous with family and friends.

Ralph was born in Edmonton, AB and at a young age the family moved to Calgary. Ralph was a proud Calgarian where he resided for most of his life. Ralph played many sports and enjoyed the competition and his teammates. Ralph’s exploits on the golf course are well known, putting was always a challenge to him. He was active in the community coaching baseball and hockey teams, many of which his son, Mike, played on. Ralph lived life to the fullest and will always be remembered for his sense of humour.

Ralph is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Chelsea (Chris), son Mike; his brothers, Harry (Kristine), George; father-in-law Mike; brothers-in-law Bob (Liz), Joe (Ann), Rick (Christine); nieces and nephews, Matthew (Meagan), Katherine, Julie, Jodi, Jennifer, Kevin (Megan, and son Bailey), Patrick (Cheryl), Connor (Ella), Brittany (Kyle), Cole, Amy and Justin. Ralph was predeceased by his father Henry, mother Gerda; mother-in-law Connie; and special Aunt Ingrid.

Funeral Service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ralph’s memory to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, 1409 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5B 4J8, Telephone: 888-464-3773, www.dsrf.org/klukas.

In living memory of Ralph Klukas, 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. Maggie Forsyth :

    Mary, Michael and Chelsea,
    Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved Ralph. May family, friends and the love of our Lord support you in this difficult time.
    We are thinking and praying for you.
    The Forsyth family

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  2. Mary and Mike, I am so sorry to hear about Ralph. He was a good neighbor and will be missed on Carnarvon Way. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time. I have made a donation in Ralph’s name to the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. Sincerely, Judy Madge

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  3. Kathryn Furlan :

    Mary, I am saddened by all of this. Ralph was always so good to me. We used to call each other “Pals”. I will miss his wit and especially his friendship. I love you lots and I know how hard this is for both you and Michael, as Ralph was a loving husband and a great Dad to Michael. I will pray for you both to eventually find peace.

    Love always
    Kath.

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  4. Charlene and Dominic Friio :

    Mary, Chelsea and Michael
    We send our deepest condolences on Ralph’s sudden passing. We will miss that deep voice and laughter from our get togethers and his ever present wit.

    The Friios

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  5. Michelle Jaehn :

    Dear Mary, Mike and Chelsea, With all my heart you have my deepest sympathies. Ralph was such a wonderful light in life. May God fill your days with comfort and surround you with support.
    Love Always Michelle Jaehn

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  6. Peter Stockdale :

    I offer my sincere condolences to Chelsea and her family on the passing of her cherished father. May you all be reminded of his humour, vigour and warmth.

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  7. Andrina Trotta :

    Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times. May the memories of Ralph help you find peace.

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  8. Horst & Lilly Golbeck :

    Dear Mary, Mike and Chelsea,
    We are deeply saddened by the sudden, untimely death of your husband and father. Our heartfelt condolences to you. Aunt Lilly was the God-Mother at Ralph’s baptism; often she included him in her prayers. May the Lord Jesus give you comfort and strength at this time in your mourning, and bestow you with HIS love and grace as you continue your life’s journey.
    “A road you never travelled before.” With love & blessing to you all.
    Aunt Lilly & Uncle Horst

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  9. Yvonne Romashenko :

    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Ralph. Keeping you in my prayers.

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  10. Joanne Todesco :

    Oh Mary – how I wish we were still close and I could come over and hug you as long as you needed. I’m thinking of you.
    Joanne

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  11. Helen and Peter Black :

    Dear Mary and all of your nearest and extended family, friends…

    Although our meetings were brief and intermittent over the years when visiting the Amantea family or when you were out in Vancouver, we will always remember your lovely and funny Ralph. We were unaware that he had been so ill and so very sorry he was taken from you just too soon. We send you our heartfelt condolences and hugs.
    Most sincerely,
    Helen and Peter Black xoxoxo

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  12. Bernice & Brian Krieg :

    We are so sorry to hear of our dear cousins passing.
    We are sending thoughts of sympathy and support to you Mary, Chelsea and Michael as you begin your journey without Ralph.
    May The Lord guide and comfort you at this time.
    Love & Prayers from your cousins in BC

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  13. Sue Dave Casey and courtney johnson :

    Dear Harry and George,
    We know how much you will miss your brother.
    To Kat and Matt, the loss of a wonderful uncle.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will toast Ralph the next time we are together.

    Aunt Sue, Uncle Dave, and your cousins Casey and Courtney

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  14. Jim and Marg Corner :

    Sincere condolences at this time. Our thoughts are with you.

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  15. Oh Mary. How sad to hear this news today via Joanne. I hope you are finding comfort by all the love you must be surrounded with at this time. Please know that I’m sending my love too. Take good care of yourself. Sincerely, Karen

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  16. Janet Hildebrandt :

    Dear Chelsey,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Thinking of you and your family.
    Janet and George Hildebrandt

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  17. Margaret Rosso :

    To the Klukas Family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Ralph’s passing. Life is full of surprises; not always pleasant ones.

    I read somewhere that “death is not a barrier to love” but I know he will be missed deeply.

    I pray for your strength through this time of sorrow and offer my support in any way you need.

    Sincerely,
    Margaret

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  18. Liz Lustenberger-van Anrooy :

    To the Klukus family….even though I have not met Ralph’s immediate family, I did have the pleasure of knowing Ralph and will keep his memory strong…with a chuckle…he always made me laugh. Wishing you all strength during this hard time. Warmest greetings from Switzerland.

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  19. Cousin Harold, Liz & Family :

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you for Ralph’s sudden passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have great memories of Ralph as a cousin, during the times we had growing up. They were always filled with fun and adventure as he often seemed to have a way of instigating things and getting away with it. He will be missed. He is the first of us cousins to reunite with those who have gone before us. May the Lord bless you with joy as you celebrate his life and sustain you for the future.

    With all our love, Harold, Liz & Family.

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  20. Tim and Michele Connelly :

    Dear Mary, Michael and Chelsea,
    We were so shocked and sorry to hear about Ralph’s sudden illness and passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will remember Ralph’s openness, friendliness and his ready laugh and we know he will live forever in your hearts.
    God bless you and help you through this difficult time.
    Love,
    Michele and Tim

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  21. Nelli & Herman Fech :

    Dear Mary and Klukas Family,
    Our sincere condolences on Ralph’s passing. We extend our love to you and will pray for God’s strength for you and your family.
    With love from Aunt Nelli & Herman in Florida.

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  22. Nelli & Herman Fech :

    Dear Mary and Klukas Family,
    Our sincere condolences on Ralph’s passing. We extend our love to you and will pray for God’s strength for you and your family.
    With love from Aunt Nelli & Herman in Florida.

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  23. Murray Grieve :

    Can’t imagine the loosing a brother. All the best to you Harry and George and your families

    Murray Grieve

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  24. Deborah(cousin) & Jamie Oliver :

    It was a shock to hear the passing of cousin Ralph, so sorry our deepest sympathy. We may not have been able to see each other for many years, I at least have wonderful memories of us cousins getting together (in 60’s & 70’s), always fun times with lots of laughter. God’s grace, peace and his love surround the family during this difficult time.
    Blessings,

    Our love & prayers
    Oliver family,
    Waterloo, ON.

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  25. Luigi and Carmela Mazzei :

    Our heart felt condolences.

    Sincerely,

    Lou and Carm

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  26. Harry Wilmot :

    Harry, I was saddened to hear the news of Ralphs passing. Wendy and I send our condolences to you, George and the entire Klukas family. Our thoughts are with you.

    Harry and Wendy

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  27. Joanne Ischer :

    Harry, Kristine, Matt and Kat,

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. I cannot imagine the loss you feel. Please know we are thinking of you and love you so much.

    Jo, Ed, Nat and Julie

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  28. Byron and Joan Cook :

    To the Klukas Family
    Our condolences on the loss of your husband, father, brother and uncle.
    I have many fond memories of Ralph as we crossed paths over the years. These included our trip to the US Open at Pebble Beach and playing fastball together during Ralph’s brief time in Vancouver. Ralph was fun loving and always the life of any gathering he attended.
    In later years, I came to understand his sensitive side as well.
    Our last time together was at Jodi’s grad party in Vancouver. He spoke at length about his pride in his two children, Chelsea and Mike and his wonderful wife Mary.
    Harry and George, I know you are hurting at the loss of your brother. May you find comfort in the fact that your many friends are with you at this time.
    Byron and Joan

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  29. Christine Doering :

    Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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