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RAPP, Dr. Edna Freda

July 12, 1939 – April 1, 2012

Edna Rapp, beloved wife of James Watson of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the age of 72 years.

Born on July 12, 1939 in Spalding, SK, Edna received her medical education at the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with distinction in 1962. She trained in medical oncology at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and subsequently practiced in Ottawa until 1981. She then moved to Calgary where she worked as a medical oncologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre until her retirement in 2003. Edna was responsible for pioneering work in the management of patients with lung cancer and will be remembered with gratitude by many cancer patients and their families. Edna had a great passion for cats, skiing, cooking, and scuba diving. A world traveller, she had the opportunity to visit many countries, including Ireland, Russia, India, Japan, Bermuda, Mexico, and the United States, to name just a few.

Besides her loving husband James, Edna is survived by her step-children Patricia, James and Jessica; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Egon and Alice Rapp, and Otto and Carol Rapp. She was predeceased by her parents Reynold and Freda Rapp.

A Celebration of Edna’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Dr. Edna Rapp, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss. Years ago I worked with Dr. Rapp at the cancer center. I remember being utterly amazed when she took up scuba diving as it seemed out of character for her. She was an interesting woman. Unfortunately I have another commitment and am unable to celebrate her life with you.

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  2. Mary Ellen (Mare) Mazuryk :

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Edna’s passing. Edna was one of my mentors…I worked with her as a medical student and she encouraged me to become an oncologist. I practiced lung cancer after I finished my training and still employ many of the principles that she taught me. I will never forget her. She was a lovely lady. I hated to miss her Memorial, but I live out of country and could not make the trip. She will be missed.

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