SARUGA, BARBARA (nee Tivadar), after 99 fruitful years, Barbara passed away peacefully on Monday, November 15, 2010 at the George Boyack Nursing Home attended to by her loving family.
She was born in Lipa, Slovenia, worked in France as a teenager to send money home and fled Europe by herself prior to Second World War. She travelled across Canada to Medicine Hat where she married William on Valentines Day in 1939. Together they started homesteading in the Vauxhall area working as partners, driving tractors, putting in crops and raising livestock. They had an idyllic family farm, complete with red barn and white fence, tall crops and lush flowers and vegetable gardens, prized poultry and the sweetest corn. They were proud and loving parents to their three daughters. In 1963, they retired to enjoy Calgary and travelled extensively in both Europe and the United States. They were active both at St. Mary’s Cathedral and their final parish, St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church. Barbara remained independently active into her 90’s, travelling and cruising extensively with her daughter Ann, her best friend and constant companion. She was a kind, gentle and loving lady, always with an eye for beauty, never complaining, loved and cherished by all.
Barbara is survived by three daughters Margaret Esson (Lindsay), Mary Horvat and Ann Dorn (Edd McRory) and four grandchildren, Barbara Marks (Maury), Douglas Esson (Susan), Sandra (Kelly) Toole and Michael Horvat and five great-grandchildren, Jenna and Laura, Ian, and Daniel and Vanessa, and many relatives in Solvenia.
She was predeceased by her husband William (1978) and her son-in-law Bill Dorn (1980).
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 4th Street SW) on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow next day, Wednesday, November 24 at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Santa’s Secret Service (a charity which provides gifts to Seniors who have no one) 300, 400 5th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 0L6, (403)257-8339.
In living memory of Barbara, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences