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SOGANIC, Ann-Marie (nee Thompson)

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.

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  1. Shad and Arlene Shadbolt :

    Dearest Wayne,
    we are profoundly sad that Ann-Marie has left us, what a beautiful person and caring friend she was -an angel for sure and now she has definitely earned her wings.
    Ann-Marie will be sorely missed at our Stage West times together.
    Wayne, you are a good man and we know a very good husband to her.
    We are thinking of you so much at this time and for sure Ann-Marie will be missed and always in our hearts, we will remember her.
    Love and thoughts to you and all the family.

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  2. Louise Crossman :

    I am so sorry to hear of Ann-Marie’s passing I will miss her smiling face at Stage West (my seat buddy for 28 yrs.) I admired her so much and she was such a dear friend to me I will never forget her. Please take care Wayne.

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  3. Francine and Chuck Hills :

    Dearest Wayne,
    There are few words that one can find to express our profound sorrow. We will cherish the memories that we shared with the both of you and with Sandra during the Christmas season. Ann-Marie will remain in our hearts forever. The Lord has a new angel and she will watch over you. God bless you Wayne and Rest In Peace Ann-Marie. Forever in our hearts, with love, Fran and Chuck

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  4. Millie Atkinson :

    It’s a sad time to say good bye to a friend. One who lifted the bar in everything she did. Ann-Marie you are missed, and loved. Your spirit will remain with us and continue to inspire, bring humour, and challenge us to do the right thing in every situlation. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You Close. I love you! Millie

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  5. Sue Rock and Trevor Trott :

    It’s been a privilege and an honour to be counted among the chorus of Ann-Marie and Wayne’s friends.

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  6. Trish, Rich and Levi :

    We love you….xo

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  7. Sister Katie and nephew Jamie :

    You will always be in our hearts.

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  8. Olive and Garry Stricker :

    Our sincere sympathy Wayne in the loss of Anne-Marie. Anne-Marie (was my daughter- Lorna’s) boss/best friend and mentor for the past 23 years. What a wonderful and loving professional lady. We will always be thankful for her kindness to Lorna. She was a gem of a person, and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Skip Anderson :

    May your memories comfort you as you deal with your great loss, with deepest sympathy.

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  10. Paul & Lorraine Johnston :

    We are so sad to hear of Ann-Marie’s passing. She was a great lady and a good friend. I knew her through work and found her to have a unique ability of combining a very professional approach with a true compassion for her fellow workers. I expect several of her colleagues will now carry on these well-taught qualities.
    Condolences – Paul & Lorraine Johnston

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  11. Mel, Jim and Zach :

    We were so very sad to hear of Ann Marie’s passing. I know all of us at Harvard will miss her lunchroom stories and all of the laughter we shared with her at the office. Ann Marie’s dedication and support to all of us both professionally and personally will always be remembered. Big hugs to you Wayne. Love Mel

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  12. Sandra Chamberlain :

    Dear Wayne and Family…my love and thoughts are with you always, I thank all of you for making me part of your loving family. Ann-Marie was my Soul Sister, Best Friend and right arm…words cannot describe how she will be missed, she will be in my heart always. We now have our own Angel watching over us.
    Love Sandra

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  13. Barbara Philpot :

    My condolences to Wayne, her Family and Friends on Ann-Marie’s passing. She was a stellar human being, who touched the lives of many during her life-time, including mine. I am honored to have known her and to celebrate her life!

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  14. My condolences to Ann-Marie’s family. Harvard Energy is a long time client of our firm and I worked with her on many files for many years. It was a great pleasure working with Ann-Marie.

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  15. Brandi, Gavin, Madison, Alexia :

    Aunty is forever in our hearts. A total inspiration to all who have had the pleasure to know her and their lives changed forever by her presence. Love you.

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  16. I was not a member of Ann-Marie’s family but she definitely made me feel like I was. She always showed a genuine interest in my life. I always appreciated that. I am sorry to hear that she has passed away. May she rest in peace. She will be missed.

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  17. Charmaine Welch :

    Sweet Wayne, Ann-Marie was the wind in your sails and now you are floundering. Let your family and friends support you until you have your bearings again. She was an awesome person and I will miss her always.
    Love and Many Thoughts, Charlie

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  18. Barbara Grogan, President, Association of Administrative Assistants :

    I would like to extend my condolences to Ann-Marie’s family on behalf of the National Board and Members of the Association of Administrative Assistants. Though I did not have an opportunity to meet Ann-Marie, I wanted to acknowledge her contributions to the Association through the Calgary Branch. The current growth of the Association can be attributed to the work by Ann-Marie with her colleagues.

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  19. Lidiya, Loran, Laura :

    Dearest Wayne and Family, Words fall short of expressing our sorrow! Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    “Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear”
    Ann-Marie will be missed a lot. She will always live in our hearts.
    Love, Lidiya, Loran, Laura and our families

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  20. David, Victoria and Zoe Ward, Lesya Panchuk, Halyna Rybachuk :

    Dear Wayne and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences on Ann-Marie’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, who will be missed very much. You are in our thoughts.

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  21. Hello Wayne,
    I was so sorry to hear of Ann-Marie’s passing. May your memories help you through this difficult time. God bless.

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  22. Darlene and Jerry Woolsey :

    Dear Wayne & Family,
    Although no words can really help to ease the loss of Anne-Marie just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you take comfort in your memories and know that an angel is watching over you.

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  23. Jackie Pontin, Past President Association of Administrative Assistants, Calgary Branch :

    On behalf of the Calgary Branch of the AAA, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Ann-Marie’s family. She was an important part of our history and we were saddened to hear of her passing.

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  24. Margaret Bell :

    My sincere condolences to Ann-Marie’s family. Many years ago I worked at Concept Resources and Ann-Marie worked at Harvard Resources in the same building. We were members of the Association of Administrative Assistants until the chapter was disbanded. Ann-Marie was a caring and considerate lady who will be missed by all who knew her.

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  25. I’m sending my deepest sympathy to all the family for the loss of Ann-Marie. It was my great privilege to sit on the Executive of the Association of Administrative Assistants with Ann-Marie for several years in the 1980s. We were room-mates on our trip to Ottawa for the AGM and I thoroughly enjoyed her company. Ann-Marie was a mentor, a friend and a highly respected colleague. She taught me many things including some great organizational skills, analytical methods and the benefits of patience. Ann-Marie had a lasting impact on me and I want you to know I am a much better person for having known and worked with her on numerous committees as well as occasionally in a business capacity. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve your loss.

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  26. Jean and Sylvia Hoyling :

    Sincere condolences Wayne, we loved Ann-Marie too.
    Jean and Sylvia

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  27. Fred and Diane Brown :

    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time Wayne. Anne Marie was one of those very extraordinary people- she made you feel at ease in her presence, was always respectful, compassionate and thoughtful.

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  28. Ann-Marie was such a wonderful lady. A true pleasure to work with. The Harvard Energy office will not be the same without her. My condolences to Wayne and family.

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  29. Harvard Energy is a client of our firm. I had the opportunity to work with Ann-Marie for many years. I enjoyed working with her immensely. I am sorry for your loss.

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  30. Staff of My Calgary Doctor :

    On behalf of all of the staff at My Calgary Doctor, we wish Wayne & family all the best. Anne-Marie was a wonderful and kind soul, and she will truly be missed.

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  31. We will all miss the wonderful Ann-Marie. It will take time to understand just how much. The consumate professional and human being. I am sure Ann-Marie is proud of the celebration for life that you and her friends arranged for her. It was the most moving and celebratory up-lifting service I have been at. I think the very fact that there were as many tears in the non-family section as in the family section is a testament of how wonderful Ann-Marie was.
    The road forward is a long one but must be travelled. Be well Wayne.

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  32. We all miss Ann-Marie more than words could ever convey. She was an amazing lady who touched so many lives. She was the sister who kept us together and always encouraged us to be the best that we could be and to pay forward for the many blessings we have in our lives. Ann-Marie was the pillar of strength and courage. One of my fondest memories of her happened many years ago on a visit to Calgary her, Wayne my husband Cal and I went out to dinner to a local restaurant that was a favorite of hers. When the waitress came to our table Ann-Marie quickly introduced me as her sister, the waitress said we didn’t look at all alike. Ann-Marie, without missing a beat told the woman that she looked like her mother and I looked like my father. Miss you Ann-Marie, love you forever.

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  33. Cheryl Harper :

    Wayne,
    I want to extend my deepest condolences to you. Ann-Marie was a great friend to me and I cherish time spent with you both. She has touched many hearts and will be greatly missed.

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  34. Lindsay Kelly :

    I am so sorry to hear about Ann-Marie’s passing. I feel soooooo lucky to have had her in my life. I was Ann-Marie’s hairstylist for about 7 or 8 years and will absolutely CHERISH the time we spent together. I loved her so much and will miss her dearly. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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