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LIMINANA, Leocadia (nee Gomez Gonzalez)

July 24, 1931 – Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
January 17, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Leocadia Liminana beloved wife of Pablo Liminana of Calgary, AB passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the age of 83 years.

Leocadia Gomez Gonzalez de Limiñana was born on July 24, 1931 in the beautiful and balmy port city of Cartagena, in the province of Murcia, in Spain. She was the first of five children born to her parents Celestino and Josefina. Leocadia soon caught the eye of a young lad that attended primary school with her. As children, they survived the civilian bombing raids of the Spanish Civil War together. It took the young lad quite a while to catch her eye. It was not until after they finished school that Pablo started to make a little headway with his romantic overtures. Even so, it was six months after they started dating before he was finally able to steal his first kiss. Apparently it was worth the wait. They married on March 20, 1955, when Leocadia was 23 years old.

Leocadia and Pablo were founding members of La Iglesia Evangélica Bautista de Cartagena, a faith which was scandalous and forbidden at that time as Spain was then a Catholic state under fascist rule. Nevertheless, their Protestant convictions compelled them.

Their first child, Paul, arrived on May 12, 1956, followed by their daughter, Lidia, on November 10, 1959. In 1960, Pablo went to West Germany to work. Leocadia soon followed with the family, taking a long train ride from Cartagena to West Germany with their toddler and new baby in tow. She was accompanied on her journey by a close friend, who watched out for her as it was her first time away from home.

Leocadia and Pablo lived in Leichlingen, West Germany where they worked opposite shifts at the local auto parts plant and rented a brand new modern and cozy apartment set amid the scenic greenery of their rainy new home. They joined the Spanish Baptist Congregation in Leichlingen. This church included many of their close friends from Cartagena who had also immigrated to Germany as foreign guest workers, in search of a better economic future and freedom from religious persecution for their children.

Soon, Elisabet was born on August 1, 1962. She was a blonde and curly haired baby with a dimply smile who never, ever cried. My parents joked that she was their German child because her hair was so fair. In July 1967, Leocadia, Pablo and their children immigrated to Calgary, Canada in the hope of finding a country that would allow them to adopt it as their own. It was not long before Lidia overheard Leocadia telling Pablo that it was time to have a new baby. She had to twist his arm a little bit but soon he relented. This time, it would be a Canadian child and her name would be Debora, a friendly, happy baby born on a cold and blustery January 18, 1969.

Leocadia and Debora arrived home from the hospital amid a frigid snow storm. Pablo had left the other children at home with a steaming pot of mushy spaghetti while he went to fetch mom and the new baby from the hospital. The children made themselves tomato paste sandwiches the minute he was out the door. Everyone had wanted another brother because there were already two girls in the family but Debora soon turned out to be a lot of fun.

The Liminana family’s first home in Calgary was a tidy bungalow on Raynard Crescent with polished hardwood floors that somehow survived the scrapes and scuffles of four active children. The Christian love of the Lord was evident there. Leocadia and Pablo lived every day in their newly adopted homeland with faith in the Lord’s provision and protection, living the Christian values that they held in their hearts and modelling the word of God for their children. Leocadia stayed home and kept a spotless house. She always had warm soup waiting for her children when they came home for lunch. Supper too was a hearty affair. She loved to bake cakes and decorated them with great care. Leocadia’s family remembers her delicious Christmas dinners best of all and the coziness of the family home amid gently falling snow on Christmas Eve, accompanied by the strains of Glen Campbell’s Christmas album. Leocadia loved music and the varied sounds of it infused the family’s daily lives. In fact, there is not a memory that is not accompanied by a special song. Glen Campbell and Anne Murray were her early Canadian favorites.

The Liminana family were members of the early Spanish Baptist Church in Calgary, then Forest Heights Baptist Church and later Grace Baptist Church. Leocadia had a beautiful singing voice that many remarked on. She loved to sing in the choir regularly and often sang solos, in both English and Spanish. Sometimes, when Leocadia and Pablo would sing duets together at church, Pablo would inevitably go off key and Leocadia would stop and stare at him in dismay until he found his proper note again. Then the hymn would continue. Mostly she was the singer, while Pablo was her willing accomplice. Nevertheless, they made a handsome team and somehow their marriage survived the missed notes.

Leocadia learned to play piano and drive a car in her fifties. She was a lifelong learner, a devoted wife, a loving mother, a wonderful seamstress who could sew anything without a pattern, a compassionate and charitable human being but most of all, a woman of deep faith. She loved God above all else and called Him her counsellor and friend.

Leocadia never forgot Spain or her loving family there. She travelled home as often as was possible and will always be Spanish in her heart, although her adopted home tugged at her heartstrings too. Most especially she took great pleasure in her musical activities at church and in the friends and extended family of God she found there.

In her later years, she suffered from senility and found a loving and compassionate caregiver in her beloved husband, who never wavered in his dedication as he cared for her devotedly until her time of parting. They would have been married 60 years this March.

Leocadia will always be deeply loved, missed and remembered for her faithful dedication to the Lord and to her family. God bless you mother, grandmother and wife, daughter of the most high, our heavenly father, God almighty. Rest forever in His loving arms, until we meet you there.

Leocadia is survived by her loving husband Pablo; daughters Lidia, Elisabet and Debora (Steve); grandchildren Ian-Paul, Leah (Junior), Jenelle (Malcolm), Alexa (Jim), Christina, and Rachel; sisters Ana (Antonio), Soledad, and Juani (José) of Cartagena and Tarragona, Spain; as well as close cousins, nieces and nephews in Spain.

Leocadia was predeceased by her father Celestino, her mother Josefina, her brother Tino, her beloved son Paul and her tiny and sweet great-grandaughter Samantha.

Funeral Services will be held at Centre Street Church (3900 – 2nd Street N.E.) on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Leocadia Liminana, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Dear Lidia and family,

    Please receive my condolences at the loss of your beloved mother, Leocadia. Although I already had a few glimpses into your family trajectory from Spain to Calgary, I really enjoyed reading the heartfelt highlights of your mother’s life. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. God rest her in peace!

    May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Sanda Stafie

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  2. Deepest condolences to the Liminana family on the loss of a truly special woman. The world is a better place for having her in it.

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  3. Candice Ludvigson :

    Thinking of Deb and her entire family during this difficult time. Sending lots of love and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

    -Chris, Candice, Aubrey and Tucker

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  4. As Lidia’s best friend and neighbor from 1967 – 1972, Leocadia always made me feel like a member of the family. She played an important role in my life during those impressionable years of personal growth and self discovery. Leocadia was like my second mom and holds a special place in my heart, always. May Inner Peace and Love be with the Liminana Family.
    ~ Sher

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