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R. Fern Langemann – Educator and Artist

May 3, 1937 – May 16, 2011

Fern’s friends will remember her as a passionate educator and highly talented artist. Students in the elementary school system, where she worked hard to broaden the scope of elective choices, are richer for being exposed to her passion for teaching and ability to recognize and encourage the innate talents in every student. Her teaching colleagues will remember her for her knowledge, support and encouragement. Many in the Calgary Public School system will remember her contributions during years in curriculum planning and as Assistant Principal of Marion Carson Elementary.

Fern was a great advocate for the teaching of art and believed everyone could be an artist. Even after she left formal teaching in the classroom to devote more time to cultivate her talent for landscape painting, she continued to nurture new artists. In recent years, while residing in Mexico, she combined her two loves of teaching and painting by creating and delivering painting classes for friends and neighbours.

The pleasure she found interpreting the landscapes of Southern Alberta, Southern Africa and Latin America is evident in a substantial portfolio of paintings. With her paintings hanging in collections on five continents, Fern’s works now give thousands of others the pleasure of her insightful renderings. As one of her friends said of her, “Fern saw beauty in everything around her.” She spent much of her life unlocking this beauty and making it accessible to others through the medium of her paintings.

Fern has left the world a better and more beautiful place through her passions for teaching and painting.

A funeral service will be held at Christ Church, Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers we would encourage you to consider making a donation to “Art à la Carte,” a foundation providing art for the comfort and warmth of patients receiving cancer treatment (see: www.artalacarte.org).

In living memory of Fern Langemann, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Susana Espinoza :

    Dear Yvonne
    My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Fern left a beautiful legacy of art, making the world a better place and for this she will always be in our hearts.

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  2. Laura Scott :

    Dear Ralph, Yvonne, Neil, Gwyn, Gerry, and Niall,
    Fern was an exceptional lovely person, a fine artist and a wonderful friend. I will miss her greatly. Thinking of all of you with love, Laura

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  3. Linda Stappler :

    Her beautiful spirit will live on in her art and in our hearts.
    My condolence to the family.

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  4. Brian Olson and Family :

    We are saddened by Fern’s passing but also take solace knowing she is with the Lord. Can’t wait to see her landscapes of heaven!

    Fern and husband Ralph were always my heroes when it comes to cousins. They were and are, cool.

    Our prayers are with the entire family during this time.

    Willie Nelson has this line in a wonderful country song. “Some day when we meet up yonder, we’ll stroll hand in hand again….”

    Brian and Ronda Olson and family.
    Highlands Ranch CO/Atlanta GA

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  5. Judy Johnston (Olson) :

    My condolences to the family at this sad time. What a treasure she was to the world. I am honoured to have known her.

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  6. John and Janet Olson :

    We will miss Fern’s kindness and enthusiasm. We will remember her generosity, her creativity and her empathy. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

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  7. Lisa Dowding Stepp :

    Fern was my cousin, my mentor in education and art and, most importantly, my dear friend. I will miss her laughter, her warmth, her gentle way. I will especially miss having her to chat with. Bob and I send our sincerest condolences and much love to Fern’s family at this difficult time.

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  8. Conrad and Gillian Thomas :

    Dear Ralph,
    We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Fern’s passing. She was such a special person and she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad and difficult time. She will always be with us in our hearts.
    Love Conrad and Gillian

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  9. Donna and Gordon Demke :

    We were saddened to learn of Fern’s passing and wish to extend our sincere condolences to her family. We would like to share publicly what we had communicated to Fern personally. “Thank you Fern for the encouragement and support you showed to our daughter Jenn when you were her art teacher at Marion Carson Elementary.” In one of Jenn’s Grade 5 progress reports Fern had written, “She is a very competent painter and has a gorgeous sense of design and pattern. Please encourage this wonderful talent.” We credit Fern with Jenn attending ACAD many years later and now enjoying a fulfilling career in art.

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  10. Shirley Gaura :

    To friends and family,
    I became Assistant Principal at Marion Carson after Fern’s retirement, and I vividly recall her kindness and generous spirit, as well her great love of the school’s children. Her artistic legacy and creative talents enriched the lives of others throughout her life. With sincere condolences,
    Shirley Gaura – Principal, CBE

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  11. Dave and Lina (Langeman) Waugh :

    Dear Ralph and family;
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of Fern. She will be missed by all who’s lives she touched.
    Sincerely
    Dave and Linda (Langeman) Waugh
    Bluffton South Carolina

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  12. Lorraine Cockle (Menzies) :

    Dear Ralph and family:

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Fern was a very special teacher and person and she will live on in the minds and hearts of the many people whose lives have been touched by her kindness and creativity – mine included.

    Lorraine Cockle

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  13. Deirdre Peet :

    Ralph, Gwyn, Yvonne and families,
    We were so sorry to hear of Fern’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Deirdre & Jerry Peet
    Whitehorse YT

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  14. Craig Heynen :

    Dear family of Fern Langemannn,

    I attended Marion Carson Elementary for the first seven years of my grade school, where Ms. Langemann, to my recollection, was both the art teacher and assistant principal at the time. I am now 31, and still have vivid memories of two things specifically about her. One being the tight bun she almost always had her long hair up in, and the other a small story.

    During kindergarten, I remember the anticipation of not being at the bottom of the totem pole once I would be in grade one, and once this day finally came, I would make the most of it. I stood in line for the water fountains right outside the main office at Marion Carson, then noticed a kindergarten student was ahead of me in line, so my opportunity presented itself and promptly pushed the smaller student aside and went right to the front of the line. No sooner had I turned the tap for a drink then a firm gripped woman ripped me from the fountain and dragged me into her office. I had a great respect for Ms. Langemann, not only because she didn’t call my mother that day, but because she was fair and also very respected by many parents in the school. I attended her retirement party about a decade ago at least, and I remember the turnout was significant!! My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Pls Forgive my grammar as this was typed on my phone, my how far we’ve come!!!
    Kind Regards,

    Craig Heynen

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  15. Gillian Waterman :

    Ralph and Family,
    Our thoughts and love are with all of you, To me Fern seemed like such a gentle and peaceful soul and even though we only saw you guys every few years at family functions I will miss her greatly.

    Lots of Love,
    Daryl & Gillian Waterman

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  16. So very sorry. Come back to us when you are ready. We miss you.

    Bill and rest of office.

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  17. Hi Ralph:
    Just got back from holidays. I was sorry to read about Fern. She was a wonderful woman and I know she will be missed. Always looked forward to hearing about your trips to Mexico and seeing her art work. My condolences to you and your family.

    Ron King

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  18. I attended the beautiful service held for Fern yesterday at Christ Church, but wanted to share a few memories of her.

    I met Fern when I was in Grade 10 and I became friends with her daughter Gwyn. I always looked up to Fern and thought of her as a role model. I admired her ability to combine being a mother, wife, teacher, artist and great human being. She helped me believe that it was possible to find a way to do all the things you wanted to do with your life. I thought Fern was “cool”, someone modern and accessible. She thought it was important that we listen to “The Beatles” and she would go with us to rock concerts. She was an understanding person I could talk to and she always tried to encourage me if I was feeling discouraged. I liked watching how she tried to bring creativity to everything she did. Together Fern and Ralph welcomed me into their family. Their approach to day to day living was relaxed and informal, and guided by a clear sense of what was important to them. This helped me develop my own ideas about life and how I wanted to live it.

    I hadn’t seen Fern during the years of her retirement because I moved to Ontario in 1986 and only rarely had a chance to visit Alberta, but Gwyn kept me up to date with her letters. I admired how Fern used retirement to pursue her love of painting and develop a second career. This is such a great example of healthy aging and something I will try to emulate.

    Her special spirit has left us but still enriches us.

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