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SORENSEN, Grethe

February 13, 1946 – September 28, 2012

It is with sadness that we announce Grethe Sorensen passed away peacefully on September 28th at the Peter Lougheed Centre at the age of 66.

She was born in Stubbekoebing Denmark and moved to Canada in 1978. Grethe is survived by her nephew, Feiko Presser. She certainly lived a life full of travel and fun as she worked with tour companies throughout Europe. From Egypt to Greenland she experienced more than most people do in their lifetimes. Many friends and great memories were made during this time. Indeed, songs and many a laugh resulted in stories from these days. Grethe was an excellent story teller. If not about her childhood town, and the characters that lived there, then about her adventures in sailing on cruise ships and guiding tours.

In Canada she settled in a place she grew deeply attached too, Redwood Meadows. This home in the forest allowed her to connect to nature and the animals that she loved so dearly. She may have done without the bears coming so close but the deer’s, birds, chipmunks and dogs were her daily joy. She truly appreciated the great things in the small.

It was there that she and her sister also created paper mobiles that they missed from their time in Denmark. They successfully ran a business based on this for decades until the passing of her sister in 2010.

Her love of gardening also blossomed in her time in Redwood Meadows. The peace and joy she gained from the simple pleasure of watching nature work her magic was irreplaceable.

It helped ease the pain of losing her dearly beloved sister and best friend. There is a great deal of comfort in knowing that she is now with her sister, mother, father and brother in law again Grethe will be fondly remembered by her friends as a very determined and caring individual. In particular, her love of nature and animals was a gift she shared with many. This was also one of her last acts.

Grethes wishes where for a portion of her estate to be donated to the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Alberta Wildlife Rescue Foundation. With that in mind, instead of providing flowers or a gift in her memory, a more suitable gesture would be to donate to an organization that focuses on nature and/or the animals she loved so much. A private celebration of life will be arranged.

In living memory of Grethe Sorensen, 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. Barbara Connolly :

    Dear Feiko,
    I was profoundly saddened to read that Grethe had passed away. Grethe was one of my first friends when I moved to Calgary. We met and Bowrings and quickly became friends. My fondest memory of Grethe is her wonderful sense of humour. We shared much laughter together. It was a gift to me to eventually work with Grethe and your mother and sometimes your Grandmother out in Redwood Meadows as they began their business. Our son Stephen was just a baby when I would drive out to Grethe’s with Stephen and a play pen where he happily slept and played while I did various tasks around the ‘office’ to help with Anna’s Design. Although my life became full with family and the commitments that go with that I managed to keep in touch with Grethe through her open houses (even hosting a couple at my home for my friends) at Christmas and through her beautiful Christmas cards. She was a dear friend and a very special person full of compassion, creativity, kindness and love for her world. The world was a better place because of her. I will hang my mobiles this year at Christmas and remember both Grethe and Inge with fond memories. Peace to you Feiko. God Bless.
    Barbara Connolly

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  2. Dear Feiko,
    How sad I was to hear that on top of the losses you have had to deal with in recent years, now Grethe has also passed away. She was kind, generous, fun and funny, wonderfully creative and easy to care about. I am left with many fond memories including times spent over coffee and cake with her, your mother, your father, your grandmother and you at the peaceful Redwood Meadows retreat in the woods. She enriched my life and I feel fortunate to have known her and your parents.
    Please accept my condolences at this difficult time.
    Tona

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