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RENWICK – Bertha Bendoris (nee Holden)

October 28, 1913 – April 1, 2010

Bert Renwick, of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the age of 96 years.

Bert was predeceased by her husband Dean Oswald and six sisters, the daughters of Benjamin and Agnes Holden.

Bert was an RN who trained at the Edmonton General Hospital, and graduated in 1938. Dean was stationed at the Air Force Base in Edmonton and they were married in 1941. Bert maintained friendships with her classmates over the years attending reunions and nursing alumni luncheons, having attended the latter in 2009. The last twenty years of her career were spent working at the Allan Blair Memorial Cancer Clinic in Regina, SK.

Bert, will be lovingly remembered by her children Marcheta Gray, Jim Renwick, Pat Robson and Lori Renwick; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A Celebration of Bert’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Rockyview Hospital.

In living memory of Bertha Renwick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Mary Lou Willows :

    Pat, Marcheta, Lori, Jim and families… I am so saddened to hear this and my heart and prayers go out to you. Your mother was such an amazing woman, strong yet gentle, full of life, love and fun!!! What a wonderful life she had amidst her obstacles, and what wonderful children to carry on her joie de vie. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend the service, but please know that I will be thinking of Bert, and of you. I hope it is a day full of rich memories. Love to you all, Mary Lou (West Vancouver, BC)

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  2. Les and Marg Desfosses :

    A long and productive life, good friends, a loving family and an easy death — none of us can ask for more. Knowing that makes it easier for those who are left, but the sorrow and the sense of loss are nevertheless all too real. You have our genuine and heart-felt sympathy.

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  3. Dodie Heckman :

    Sincere condolences to all of Bert’s family. Dodie

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  4. lilly duncan :

    Hi to the family of Bert Renwick,

    You may not know me but I remember your mom when she lived in Regina and when I was married to John Duncan. I really liked your mom; I enjoyed her company; she played her piano while I played the accordion oh so well! (when she visited us at the farm.)

    I remember your mom being gentle, yet kind and elegant in her own way. I have often wondered how she was doing since she left Regina.

    It’s hard to lose a loved one. Your mom lived a full life. May this be a time you draw closer to each other as you celebrate your mom’s life!

    Lilly Duncan

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  5. Carmen & Mark Anderson :

    Patti, Lori, Jim and Marcheta, our deepest sympathy to you all, what a special woman she was in my life, I will for ever remember her kindness, Cherish the Memories, with all our Love Mark & Carmen

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  6. Jan and Art Burkart :

    Lori and the rest of the family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She has left a great legacy in all of you and she will be remembered fondly.
    Jan, Art, Sara and Emily

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  7. To the family of Bert Renwick. I had the pleasure of meeting Bert through my mother, Amy Miller, a fellow graduate of Edmonton General Hospital in 1938. Our mothers remained in touch with one another for many years and were great friends.

    I took Bert, my mother and another collegue to a nurses reunion in Edmonton and it was a most memorable trip listening to their stories and the teasing they did.

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. You must have many happy memories.


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  8. Brian & Heather Siemens :

    To the family of Bert Renwick
    We send our deep sympathy on the loss of a such great lady. We now live at Elbow, Sk but previously lived in Regina. We got to know your Mom Bert through our Aunt Bert ( Bertha Priebe ) who worked with her at Allen Blair in Regina. They were great friends and had such good times together. We remember playing scrabble and visiting with your Mom at our Aunt Bert’s Parliament Ave apartment. I believe they also did some travelling together. Although our Aunt Bert passed on years ago, we recognized you Mom’s name and picture and wanted to pass on our symapthy and the memories of such a great lady to you , her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  9. Paul and Judy Rose :

    To All of Bert’s Family:

    Bert has always been such a great inspiration for us. We have enjoyed every moment we were able to contact her. Her welcome smile, warm personality and enjoyment of life and people was infectious and such a great model for us. I had the fortune of getting to know Bert through my interest in our family heritage, and I know she enjoyed sharing her memories and her love of family. What a truly lovely lady, a priviledge to have called a friend. We will miss you terribly Bert, but your friendship and sincerity will be everlasting.

    Paul and Judy

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  10. Bert was a close friend of my parents, Cammie and Ivan Gall. I became friends with her when we were both pregnant. Later, after Dean and Ivan passed away, I often socialized with Bert and my mother. I remained friends with her over the years.
    Bert had a wide variety of interests – – she loved music in her surroundings. She was a pleasant and congenial woman. She was interested and content with her life, as it presented itself, until the end.
    It has been my pleasure to have known Bert and her family, and I shall remember her with love and happiness.
    Sincerely, Alta Fyvie and family

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