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LESANKO, Lorraine Mary (nee Tocher)

March 28, 1957 – July 26, 2012

Lorraine Lesanko, beloved wife of Wayne of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the age of 55 years, courageously in her fourth year of battling ALS.

Lorraine is survived by her husband Wayne; two children, Tammy and Michael Burton; mother Anne Tocher; father-in-law Matt Lesanko; June and Ron Burton (grandparents of Tammy & Michael); and her beloved cat Tiger. She is also survived by her siblings, Norman (Carole), Linda, Ron, Patti (Terry), and Doug; her close friends, Diane, Cleo and Barb. Special thanks to her caregiver Mary Cristy. Lorraine was predeceased by her father Norman J. Tocher, brother-in-law Denis Durand, mother-in-law Edna Lesanko.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Lorraine’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. At Lorraine’s request, please wear bright colours! Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Thanks to the ALS Society, staff at Southwood Care Centre and McInnis and Holloway.

In living memory of Lorraine Lesanko, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Dennis Pether & Sharon Furlotte :

    Condolences to Wayne,Tammy,Michael and families in the passing of Lorraine.We remember her as a fun loving and creative person who fought valiantly for life and love.She will be in our hearts forever…Dennis Pether and Sharon Furlotte

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  2. Trevor & Cathy Robson and Doug Jones :

    Wayne and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult and extremely sad time. We did not know you Wayne or Lorraine. We did meet both of you when Denis was ill in Halifax but we know Linda and she has been keeping us informed about her sister’s illness, progression and now her passing. She was so young and now she is pain free and flying with the angels as she is now one of them looking down on all of you. She is providing the support and encouragement for you all as a family to get through the next few days and difficult times.
    Take Care of yourself and God Bless.
    Linda, Doug sends his deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. You are in his prayers and thoughts too.
    Cathy, Trevor and Doug

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  3. Sheila & Paul :

    Dear Wayne and all the Tochers and Matt,

    Our colondences & prayers are with you.

    God bless!
    Sheila & Paul

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  4. Don and Jo-Anne Tocher :

    How much we will miss that bright smile and wonderful laugh. Sometimes it is hard to understand why someone so young and beautiful had to go, but I guess God needed another angel. Our hearts are with you.

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  5. Helen Dougall :

    Hello there and my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your loved one. This is a sad time for you and my email is unusual. I just lost my beloved cat and I see you lost your beloved “sister”, if nobody in your family wants the cat I promise you I would give him a more than excellent home and lots of love. If you already have a home for him you need not relpy to my email. I am looking for a cat not toooo old maybe around 7 yrs?? Thank you. Helen Dougall

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  6. Helen & Bob Vaughan :

    Dear Linda, Mrs. Tocher, Wayne, all other siblings and Lorraine’s children.Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy are with you at this sad time. I met Lorraine only once at Dennis’s funeral and thought she was a very special lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed very much by all of you but I know her memories are always with you.
    Love to all

    Helen and Bob

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  7. Frances Asselstine :

    My thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine’s family. She was my best friend when I lived in Calgary 75-79. We recently connected again online. RIP my sweet little friend. xo

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  8. Robert and Shirley James :

    We are so sorry to hear of her passing. Our deepest sympathies to her family.

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  9. Adam Bradley :

    My deepest sympathy & condolences to Tamara, Wayne, Mike & the rest of the family! Lorraine, You are a inspiration on how strong & kind a person soul can be! Love you & I will never for get my Alberta Mom!

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  10. My very special friend has passed and left a hole in my heart that I doubt could be filled.
    You made me a part of your family, and I have appreciated their warmth over al these years.
    Fly over the rainbow Lorraine, I will think of you each time I see one.

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  11. Dianne Pallesen :

    Lorraine worked for me when I was Office Manager at Deloitte. She was one of the most friendly and helpful of our admin staff, and I’ll always remember her great big smile. I was so pleased for her when she met you Wayne, she was so happy! I feel so sad for you and wanted to offer my deepest sympathy to you and Lorraine’s family.

    Dianne Pallesen

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  12. Linda Lane-Brown and husband, Doug :

    We are so sorry to receive this news! Lorraine is such a bright light in my memories of Calgary, working downtown and being crazy on a regular basis – she will be missed oh so very much! Our thoughts are with Wayne, family and friends.

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