November 2, 1926 – Brasljove, Croatia
May 31, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta
After exactly twenty-seven years apart, Frank Kuhtic Sr. was reunited with his beloved Magdica on Friday, May 31, 2013. Frank passed away peacefully at the Peter Lougheed Centre.
Franjo was born November 2 1926, in Brasljove, Croatia as the youngest of 11. Franjo loved his homeland, but he went searching for a better life in 1958. He started in Italy working in labor camps. Choosing Canada over Australia, he came to Canada in 1960. Pickle Grove, Ontario was where he started working in the mining industry to pay back his fare across the ocean. He soon discovered he didn’t like the underground so he made his way to the kitchens and so began his love of food. He finally settled in Calgary and began working at the Palliser Hotel as a pot scrubber. In 1967, he went back to Croatia for a visit. Through his brother’s meddling, he met a beautiful young lady, Magdica on January 2, 1967. Love at first sight, they were wed just 9 days later on January 11, 1967. Magdica stayed behind with his family for 9 months before starting their lives together in Canada. They were blessed with Frank Jr in 1969 and Meriana in 1971.
His culinary career consisted of being a chef at YMCA, Sheraton Summit Hotel, The International, Sears Cafeteria as well as the Westgate. Frank loved cooking. He loved to help people celebrate all occasions with food. He catered 100’s of weddings for his friends and families, including Frank and Meriana’s. Friends were always welcome at the Kuhtic home and you knew there would always be plenty of great food, lots of conversation and plenty of vino and Rakija. You never went hungry while you were there.
Frank also loved gardening. Fruit, vegetable, plants or flowers, he had a great garden. He would spend hours weeding, harvesting and taking care of his plants. Even in his 80’s he was helping Frank and Meriana with their own gardens. Wine making was also a great passion of Frank’s.
Frank soon met a drifter and single dad, Rob Waite and his son Robbie. Frank started to babysit little Robbie and Rob and Robbie soon became honorary members of the Kuhtic clan. Robbie filled Frank’s life with love and adventures as only a child can.
As much as he loved his food and flowers, his love completely shifted with the arrival of his grandchildren. He was over the moon when his first grandson Owen arrived in 2001. Lucas brought more smiles and lots of laughs in 2003. Then his heart melted with the arrival of not just one but 2 beautiful granddaughters in November of 2005. Evalena was born first, but sadly couldn’t stay with Deda and left us just minutes before Jelena made her arrival. Frank’s heart was broken but Jelena captured it and made him smile once again. Deda doted on his 3 angels while his 4th watched from above.
Frank soon moved to Carstairs to be closer to them and made lots of friends at the Chinook Winds Lodge. Soon his health decided he move on the George Boyak Nursing Care Centre in Calgary.
Frank’s memory will live on in his son Frank (Natalie) of Carstairs, AB and his daughter Meriana (Bruce) Scholfield of Torrington, AB. Deda will never be forgotten by his most cherished grandchildren, Owen, Lucas and Jelena Kuhtic. He is also survived by numerous family and friends both here in Canada as well as Croatia. Frank was predeceased by his wife Magdica on May 31, 1986 and his granddaughter Evalena in 2005.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Marija Bistrica Croatian Catholic Church (14680 Deer Ridge Drive S.E.) on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Frank’s honour may be made directly to Alberta Children’s Hospital NICU Unit, the Epilepsy Association of Calgary at www.epilepsycalgary.com or Carter’s Quest for A Cure at www.cartersquest.com.
Our family thanks the gentle care of the staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre during his final days. A very special thank you to all the staff at the George Boyak Nursing Home where he lived for the last few years. And to the Chinook Winds Lodge where he also lived for a few years. He made many friends there and we appreciate everything.
In living memory of Frank Kuhtic, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences