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KUPCHAK, Joyce June (nee Smith)

June 4, 1940 – October 13, 2011

With tremendous sadness the family announces the passing of beloved mother and grandmother Joyce, who passed away peacefully at the age of 71.

Joyce was born in Plumas, MB, moving to Winnipeg with her family at the age of nine. She was active in the church youth group, bowling and curling clubs through her teens and twenties. Married to Harold Kupchak in 1963, Joyce had three daughters and moved to Calgary, AB in 1979. There Joyce forged many strong friendships that lasted through the rest of her life.

Joyce dedicated her life to the role of mother and grandmother. Known to her six granddaughters as Grammy, Joyce was an integral and active part of their daily lives. Nothing made her happier than reading, cuddling or playing with her granddaughters. Joyce is fondly remembered as warm, welcoming, and social, with a good sense of humour and love for laughter. She was a mother figure to many neighbourhood children and friends of her daughters throughout the years. Joyce had a profound ability to love unconditionally and always put others’ needs before her own.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Pauline “Lill” and Henry Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Alana (Michael) Park, Kristin (Jason) Usselman, and Paula (Emmanuel) Hall; six cherished granddaughters, Julianna and Carmen Park, Genevieve and Jocelin Usselman, and Eve and Violet Hall. She is also survived by her brother Ronald (Penny) Smith; nieces, Tannis and Shannon; and nephew Darren and their families.

Joyce’s family would like to send their sincere thanks to the amazing staff at Carewest Sarcee Hospice for their nurturing and great care. The family also extends thanks to Pat McGuinness, and Doris and Harry Park for their ongoing support during this difficult time.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (541 Silvergrove Drive N.W.) on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Sarcee Hospice, 3504 Sarcee Road S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 4T4, Telephone: 403-685-6460.

In living memory of Joyce Kupchak, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Roland Park and Ivy Cassell :

    Sorry to hear of your moms passing. May it be some comfort to you to know that we care and our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Deepest Sympathy to you all.

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  2. Joanne Harrity :

    Joyce had a long struggle and is now peacefully at rest. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and hope that you are holding up. I so wish that I could be there for to give you hugs. Love to Paula and Emmanuel and the granddaughters, Eve and Violet.
    Love, Joanne/Nana xxx/ooo

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  3. Alana, Mike, Julie and Carmen,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. Our deepest condolences.

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  4. DEBBIE AND GLENN STANTON :

    Dear Paula, Emmanuel and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. I wish we were closer so we could be there for support. We will keep you in our prayers. Love you.

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  5. Corpus Christi School Staff :

    The Corpus Christi staff sends their sincere condolences to the families of Alana, Paula and Kristen. You and your family members will be in our thoughts and prayers. We also pray that your mom and grandma will be at peace, held warmly in the arms of our loving God.

    Corpus Christi Staff

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  6. Karen and Megan Torres :

    Paula, Kristin, Alana:

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing and we are sorry we cannot attend her funeral. Lots of love to you and your families during this difficult time.

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  7. Tara McLean (Kallis) :

    My deepest condolences Paula and Family.

    Very sorry to hear of your moms passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  8. Phoebe Edmond :

    Please accept my sincere condolences. May the words of Revelation 21:4 bring you comfort and hope when “death will be no more, nor mourning, nor pain be anymore…”

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  9. Lynne Black (Bennett) :

    Hi guys I saw the paper sorry to read about your mum she was a sweetheart.
    Take care
    love Lynne Alan and family.

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  10. Jarvis Family :

    We are so sorry to hear about Joyce’s passing. She will be missed a lot.

    Love Emily, Adam, Zoe, Luke and Naomi

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  11. Wendy van der Laan :

    Kristin, Jason, Genevieve and Jocelin,
    So sorry to hear about your mom (grandma), you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Wendy and Hans.

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  12. Vicki & Bill Makowski :

    Alana, Kristin, Paula:
    Very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences.
    With Love Vicki & Bill

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  13. Audrey & Lawrence McCutcheon :

    We were sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing . You are in our thoughts. With love Audrey & Lawrence McCutcheon

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  14. Marilyn Bradley :

    So sorry to hear about Joyce. I have not been in contact with her since you girls were small. In the late 60’s there were about 15 of us, including Joyce, working together in the key punch dept. of Manitoba Hydro. We did so many fun things as a group and Joyce was always right in there laughing along and having fun.
    I am sure you will miss her but am glad to see that she had so many grandaughters to keep her active and happy.
    My sincere condolences to you and your families.

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  15. Fiona Mattatall (Cowman) :

    Alana, Kristin & Paula,
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Your mom was a great woman and always welcomed me into your home. She hosted the best sleepovers! Very sorry I can’t make it to the prayers or funeral mass.
    Hugs from Fiona

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  16. My love and heart-felt thoughts to Alana, Kristin and Paula. You are always in my thoughts.
    Love from Katie

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  17. Michelle Wilks (Glowa) :

    Hello Paula, Alana & Kristin,
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I can picture her smile and hear her laugh when I think about memories of her.

    Take Care,
    Michelle

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  18. We were saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing. I last saw Joyce at Lilian’s funeral here in Winnipeg. At that time it was nice to see her and meet the family and briefly chat with her brother Ron.

    We extend our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.

    Judy and Brian Erhart and on behalf of my mother Yvonne Allan (Rossnagel)

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  19. Dear Alana, Kristin and Paula,
    I was saddened to read of your mothers death. She was so kind and thoughtful toward Kirsten and Amanda and they always spoke of her with respect. I will always remember Joyce for her smile and humour. My thoughts are with you at this sad time and I am thinking of you with love.
    Margy Dow

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