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SAWATSKE, Elda Margaret

December 31, 1931 – November 19, 2012

Heaven just announced that Elda has arrived to share in joy, happiness, good fun and laughter.

Elda was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to Roy and Margaret Van Blaricom nee Benson on New Year’s Eve. Elda loved a party and every year, everyone celebrated her birthday. Elda’s first job was a telephone operator and it seemed like she knew everyone in Saskatchewan.

Elda met Stanley Peter Sawatske and they married 60 years ago on July 5, 1952. Together, they had two children, Margaret (1953) and Jim (1954). A decision to move to Calgary in 1963 came about and Elda, the homemaker was busy with Newcomers, curling, bridge, knitting, crocheting, playing her keyboard and camping. When the kids flew the coop, Elda took a business course and she found a position at the Chamber of Commerce as the office manager. Absolutely loved being on call for a good joke from the numerous media, members and staff who got to know Elda. Early retirement found Elda and Stan becoming Snowbirds. They headed south to Yuma, Arizona the day after Thanksgiving and coming back in time for their income tax in April. Fifteen years they made this trek to Arizona and then one day they decided to stay in Canada. The Sawatske’s were Good Sam RV founding members and they loved camping and attending Samborees with their friends. For the genealogical history buffs, Elda is a descendent of the United Empire Loyalists on the Van Blaricom family tree.

Elda leaves behind her husband, Stan, her daughter Margaret Livingston (Jim) and son, Jim (Diane) Sawatske; three Livingston grandsons, Rob( Jodi), Brett (Erin) and Stuart; two granddaughters, Krysta and Katie Sawatske; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Tayah and Dylan; her sister, Menitha Fitzsimmons (87) Regina, Saskatchewan and her brother, Bill Van Blaricom (85) Craven Saskatchewan and their families.

A special thank you to Dr. Linda Fong, a wonderful caring physician.
Thank you to Cecilia Wong, Bridgeland Senior Dementia Manager for her professionalism and help to both Elda and Stan during the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. Mom loved going to Memory Plus, a dementia program that is put on by Alberta Health Services. Please consider a donation to Calgary Health Trust – Memory Plus program. Telephone: (403) 943-0615.
Thank you for the care and comfort to Elda by the wonderful compassionate staff of Agape Hospice. Blessings to Chaplain Marlette Reed for her understanding and care for our family.

Elda donated her body for research on Alzheimer’s disease and sideroblastic anemia. Elda desired to have some of her ashes to be scattered. Remember her when the wind picks up so we can say that damn Elda is blowing in the wind!

If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made directly to Agape Hospice 1302 8th Ave NW. Calgary, Alberta T2N 1B8. Phone: 403-282-6588

A celebration of Elda’s life will be held at McInnis Holloway Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle NW Calgary, Alberta T3G 2T3 Telephone: 403-241-0044) on December 15th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial tributes can be sent online to www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Elda Sawatske, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane, AB.

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  1. Ruth and Marjory Potter :

    Stan, Margaret Ann, Jim and Families,
    Our condolences on the passing of Elda. We have fond memories of visiting your family.

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  2. Jim, Diane, Krysta and Katie;
    Our sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Jean & Renee Gauvreau

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  3. My Love and condolences go out to every soul Elda touched as she left a warm spot in every heart. Elda had the soul of an Angel who could make the world laugh and who brought real flavour to the life of everyone she met. Elda will always have a very special place in my heart.

    Special heartfelt wishes to Stan who has had this angel to keep him on his toes for so long. Stan this giant hole will heal with the grace of God if you put your mind on healing the hole Elda will be with you guiding you on your healing path with the LOVE she has always had for you.

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  4. Jim, Diane, Krysta & Katie, Love you always and thinking of you during these “trying” times. Trusting you can find peace knowing Elda is at PEACE.
    Margaret, Sorry for your Loss.
    HUGS to all.

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  5. Barry and Carol Ashton :

    Stan and Family,

    Although our period of acquaintance was brief, we thoroughly enjoyed Elda’s company, her wit and her compassion. We will miss her and offer our condolences as a life well lived is celebrated.

    Carol and Barry Ashton

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  6. Zeke and Muriel Onushko :

    Dear Stan and family: Our sincere condolences and shock to hear about Elda.We have many fond memories of the great times we had at Sundance with you both and valued your friendship. She will be missed by all and her fun ways. Deeply sorry for your loss Stan. Sorry we cannot attend her celebration but will remember her in Yuma. Sincerely Zeke and Muriel

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  7. Dear Stan and family. So sorry to hear of Elda’s passing. She will be missed by all who knew her. She made our Good Sam Trips always fun.
    Sincerely Tina Kuchtyn

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  8. Stan and family my sincere condolences for your loss. Yes I remember the times in Yuma and I was always impressed with what you always did around your place there. I will always remember the camping days.

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  9. Norma Johnston :

    Born a month apart, Elda and I became friends at the age of three, establishing a lifelong bond of friendship, in spite childhood squables, then later, when distance often separated us, and different lifestyles and personalities might have caused us to drift apart, that bond never wavered. I will always remember her generosity, kindness and ready laughter – a life well lived.
    Thank you so much for your phone call, Margaret.
    Sincerely,
    Norma Johnston

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  10. Ed & Elaine Stamler :

    Stan and family our sincere condolences for your loss. She will be sadly missed with her great sense of humor, and the friendship over the years.

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  11. Jim and Myrna Carpenter :

    Our condolences go out to you and your family Stan on the passing of Elda. We have not been in contact for several years but still remember the good times we had.
    God bless you all
    Sincerely
    Jim and Myrna Carpenter.

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  12. Stan, Recalling the many happy times we shared and our thoughts are with you and yours at this time.

    Mary Louise and Ted Royal

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  13. Judy and Don Walker :

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing Margaret, she sounded like a wonderful fun lady from the stories you would tell. Our condolences to you and your family.

    Sincerely
    Judy and Don Walker

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  14. Kathie Fairservice :

    Dear Stan, Margaret and family:
    My sincere condolences for your loss. I have many fond memories of Elda from when we worked together at the Chamber of Commerce. As a newcomer to Calgary, she helped me so much in finding my way in the “big city”.
    Sincerely, Kathie Fairservice

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