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KVERN – Barbara Joan

January 17, 1934 – June 2, 2010

Born January 17, 1934 in Lethbridge, Alberta. After 76 strong years, our mother made the courageous decision to opt out of dialysis. She passed away at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Collen Kvern; her parents, Violet and Gordon Lowe; and older sister, Beryl Coleman. She is survived by daughters, Kelly Gray, Lee Kvern, Jody Kvern, Bobbie Charron, and Dani Kvern; sons-in-law, Ian Gray, Paul Rasporich, Marc Charron, Wes Obrigewitsch, and Chris Sutton; grandchildren, Derek, Calvin and Erin Gray, Kai and Seth Rasporich, Kyle, Nicole and Colin Charron, Arden and Teva Kvern, and Crew Sutton; great grandchildren, Savannah Gray and Owen Charron Gabriel; and younger sister, Linda Armstrong.

Married to an RCMP officer, our mother moved throughout Alberta and finally settled in Calgary where she and our father ran Kvern Industrial Security. But asked the question: What did you want most in your life? Our mother answered, “I wanted children, as many as I could have.” And children she had: five devoted daughters, eleven terrific grandchildren, and recently, two remarkable great grandchildren – all of whom were an enormous source of love, laughter, and life-giving comfort to her. The most our mother wanted was exactly what she had. Not only a mother to us, she was also a surrogate mother to many of our friends and cousins. Her life-size family and wide circle of long-standing friends will miss her the most. The most we could ever want, we had in Barbara Joan Kvern. We carry her in our hearts and minds.

A Celebration of Barbara’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through Our gratitude to 3 West (Yellow Pod) at the Fanning Centre, the dialysis unit and Foothills Hospital for the kind, loving care they gave our mother in these difficult years.

In living memory of Barbara Kvern, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Les I. Anda :

    You have my heart-felt sympathy for the loss of your Mother.
    Having only a few occasions when I have had to write to convey my condolences, I am always at a loss for words…

    Our thoughts are with you.

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  2. John and Ada Burzminski :

    To all Barb’s family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences.
    We fondly remember the years of our
    lives in Smoky Lake when Barb and Semi
    were our very good friends. Sending
    our love,

    John and Ada

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  3. Ken, Julia, Sean and Noah Richardson :

    Barb’s warm smile and abundance of love will never be forgotten and will remain in our hearts forever.

    Her spirit lives on…

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  4. Beverly and Anthony Rasporich :

    Our hearts go out to Barb’s girls: Kelly, Lee, Jody, Bobbie and Dani, their partners and their families, at Barb’s passing. Over the 20+ years that we have known Barb, we have celebrated many special occasions with her and her family; we will hold dear the happy memories. We will miss the fun of “don’t ring that bell” grandma and her enduring presence as a senior “partner” in family matters. Although Barb, Anthony and I have shared Kai and Seth as wonderful granchildren, we have also been very much aware of each of Barb’s other grandchildren, and lately, her great grandchildren. They are all special, and gave her great joy – they were her life; she loved them all very much. To our daughter-in-law Lee, son Paul, and Kai and Seth, the entire Kvern family and Barb’s friends, our deepest sympathy. Sweetheart Grandma and “Tata” Rasporich.

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  5. Leslie Rasporich :

    I am the sister of Lee’s husband, Paul.
    I will miss Barb so much. We shared so many good times and great conversations together.
    Barb had a wonderful sense of humour, a beautiful smile and was a devoted Mom and family person. She once told me that she wished to be remembered as a loving Mom, more than anything.
    My sympathy to everyone who shares in her loss.
    With love, Leslie Rasporich

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  6. Ned Saunders :


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Barabra is in a better place and will always be with you. God Bless
    Ned and Family

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  7. I still miss you wiseone. I love you.

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