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O’LESKY, Frances (nee Trudel)

January 13, 1912 – July 26, 2012

Frances O’Lesky (nee Trudel) of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the age of 100 years.

Frances was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. As a very young child the family moved to the Edmonton and Lac La Biche areas. Frances worked in Edmonton where she was an assistant to Dr. Gray. She met Michael and married him on January 2, 1939. Shortly after, they moved to Calgary where she raised her family. Frances loved children, and during her lifetime she looked after many children, as well as many foster children. Frances was fortunate to be 100 years old and attend the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.

Frances is survived by her children, Frances (Ivan), Grace (Gordon), David (Theresa), June and Joan (Arnold); nine grandchildren, Michael (Paula), John (Jen), Katherine (Ben), Sarah, Carol (Jay), Kevin (Sue), Brian, Jenny (Shane) and Ross; twelve great-grandchildren, Evan, Anna, Isabella, Liam, Kate (Kyle), Jaxon, Wilson, Stuart, Kyla, George, Claudia and Emma; one great-great-grandson Gavin; her brother Philip (Jean); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and a foster son Peter (Johanna).

Frances was predeceased by her husband Michael O’Lesky; two sisters, Emma and Grace; and five brothers, Albert, John, Jim, Richard and Frank.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at the Brentwood Care Centre and especially those on the Hillhurst unit, for the exceptional care they provided to our mother.

In living memory of Frances and Michael O’Lesky, trees 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. Andrea M Huffman :

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time. She sounded like a wonderful woman who shared much of her life with her family and the world around her. Love and prayers to everyone in the family. Xox

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  2. Colleen MacDonald :

    The Fortier sisters, Roberta and Colleen,send our Deepest sympathies to the O’Lesky family. Growing up as neighbors, we remember what a Wonderful lady she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  3. Candice Schultz :

    GOD REST YOUR SOUL GRAMA OLESKY… The one lady that taught me to write in English, and French, and MANY OTHERS. Gramas Love spread like a Wildfire, and she let any and every child she cared for, call her Grama. And there were Many! 6 generations actually… and her real grandchildren never minded they are accepting as Her, they share her blood… And they are my Sisters, and Brothers, Neices and Nephews, Cousins and Aunties and Uncles… SHE taught us the value of a dollar, and the value of friendship, trust, and respect. I wouldn’t be, who I am today, without Grama Olesky. What you’ve passed onto my siblings and I cannot be described in words but only through the heart. YOU ARE A CENTENNIAL WONDER. I Love You So Much.

    Until we meet again…

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  4. Angela Murdoch :

    I feel so fortunate to have met Frances shortly before she passed. The legacy of family, giving and love will live on in her memory through everyone she touched.

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  5. John Steele :

    Nel and I were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Gramma Frances. She was a sweet lady, with a warm smile that lingers on in our memory of her. She certainly lived a full life and, by all accounts, a loving, caring, and fulfilling one.

    It should be of great solace to her family, knowing that she is in God’s world now – and a wonderful world it must be. As it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those that love him.” May God bless and comfort her family and others who mourn her passing. Peace to all.

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  6. Marlene Smith :

    The Alice Trudel…Marlene Smith and Robert Trudel familys send our sincere sympathy…It has been many years since we saw Aunt Frances…but we thought of her often as being one of the last of my dad’s family…My mom is in care and today she turned 93…our prayer are for your family in this time of sadness…sincerly Marlene Smith[nee Trudel]

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  7. The love your granddaughter Sarah has for you is an inspiring feeling that I admire so much. The amount of joy and happiness you brought to her and her family Kathy and their brothers I saw and heard every time I have the pleasure of being the amazing company of these fantastic people you touched with you love and joy . I never had the luck and privilege to meet you but the hearing of your passing brings me to tears because of the intricate web of love you are the center of. I can feel the love. And sadness from the great distance from Sarah. Thank you for touching my life through her and I know she will continue stronger and carry on the massive amounts of love you shared with others with her and her family.

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