November 3, 1946 – January 30, 2013
“Our Amazing Ann-Marie”
Ann-Marie Soganic (nee Thompson), beloved wife of Wayne, daughter of Poppa (Gerry McIntyre) and mother Illo predeceased, beloved sister to Nancy, Katie and Tom (Bev) Thompson, sister to Geri D Auten (Cal), Barbara Higgins, Ian McIntyre (Karen), niece of Reta and Jim Thompson, auntie to numerous loving nieces and nephews, extended family and sister-in-law to Jim Soganic (Glennys) and Gloria (Granville) Airton, passed away peacefully in the arms of Wayne, loving sister Nancy and dearest friend Sandra at home in Calgary, on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Ann-Marie was born in Atikokan, ON, on November 3, 1946 and spent her early years in Saskatchewan. She met Wayne in 1964 and they married in 1966. In 1967, she travelled with Wayne, who was in the Canadian Armed Forces, from Regina to Toronto. From 1973 to 1977, they were stationed in Lahr, Germany where they both served and worked in Headquarters Canadian Forces Europe (NATO). Here, they were engaged in challenging work and were able to travel to numerous countries in Europe. Ann-Marie served occasionally as secretary to the commanding general as well as the commander’s executive assistant at the time, Major Lewis MacKenzie, (later Major-General MacKenzie) of peacekeeping fame. Not only was Ann-Marie elected president of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Germany Mu, she journeyed to Edinburgh, Scotland for an international gathering of sorority sisters and on return to Calgary, she served in many chapter offices and was named president Beta Sigma Phi Sorority yet again. However, before returning to Canada, Ann-Marie, while in Austria at a ski school, won the Best Skier Silver Medal in a class of twenty novice skiers!
Named to the YWCA Women’s Wall of Honour, and honoured with the Woman of the Year designation of the Association of Administrative Assistants which brought women together from all over Canada, the Association itself was formed by three women in Toronto and raised money to own an educational designation called the “Qualified Administrative Assistant”. Ann-Marie obtained this designation. In 1988, a decision was made to disband this group on a temporary basis. The same year, the YWCA had designated a wall as a fund-raising project to recognize outstanding women nominated by their peers, past or present. The following is an excerpt from the president’s speech at the AGM held in Hamilton in May of 1998, “Gone but not forgotten…. Calgary Branch is deactivating and 29 handcrafted ceramic tiles are to be permanently mounted on the Calgary YWCA’s honour wall and will provide a lasting tribute to branch members, the community and the Association of Administrative Assistants”. Ann-Marie was instrumental in making all of this happen. Since that time, the wall has been taken down and the tiles placed in safekeeping for future distribution to the honoured recipients.
Ann-Marie joined Tenneco Oil Canada, which later became Harvard Energy where she worked for over thirty years, the last of the original Tenneco employees and lastly, as Manager of Administration of Harvard Energy, until her passing.
“My Ann-Marie, the centre of our family’s universe and my beautiful Celtic Princess, I am honoured and blessed you agreed to become my wife those forty-six plus years ago. May the great spirit of our Mother Earth shine upon you, love and protect you, bless you and keep you until we are together again.”
A Celebration of Ann-Marie’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to a charity of the donor’s choice. A very special thank you to all the care workers, our outstanding family physician Dr. Wessel Kriel, and our many friends and family members for their love and support.
In living memory of Ann-Marie Soganic, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences