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SPIVAK, Verna Helen

December 22, 1931 – December 27, 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dearly loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Verna. She passed away peacefully with her daughters by her side at the age 83 years.

Mom was an avid bingo player, needlepoint, petit point and expert knitter. She made many afghans and sweaters over the years for friends and family. She loved to travel and was fortunate to venture to Jamaica, Mexico, Las Vegas and Alaska in the last two years. We will miss her sense of humor, strength, guidance and her heart of gold.

Mom leaves behind her daughters Sylvia (John) Greig, and Linda (Fred) Greig; her grandchildren Amanda Casagranda, Callan (Brittany) Greig, Curtis (Melissa) Greig, Kayla (Brad) Skerry; and her great-grandchildren Adam and Emma Greig, Braiden and Marlee Casagranda. She is also survived by her sister Shirley Renner and many nieces and nephews. Mom is united once again with her beloved husband Neil in Heaven, who passed away in August 2004.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude for the many long-term friendships she endured over the years while she lived in Okotoks and Calgary. She cherished and loved every one of them.

As per Mom’s request, no service will be held. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, P.O. Box 274, 322001 – 32 Street, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5. Words cannot express how eternally grateful we are to the Hospice staff and her friends for the love, care and support that they gave mom and us in the last few weeks.

In living memory of Verna Spivak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. There are very few words to be said at a time like this, nothing can ease the pain of losing a loved one. Please know I am thinking of you, John, girls and the little ones.

    Love always, Kathy

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  2. Oh how you will miss your dear mom. We loved her so much and will miss her terribly. Much love to you all. Lots of hugs!!!

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  3. Rose casagranda :

    My thoughts & heartbreak go out to you and your family at this time – love you all so much

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  4. Well girls I am so so sorry for your terrible loss, I love your mom like a mom, she is a fantastic woman and has a heart of gold. I am very fortunate to have a large piece of her in my life which is a reflection of my two wonderful sister in laws….my thoughts and prayers are with you all, if I can do anything even hug you cry with you or even just sit with you, please know I am here for you both
    Heater

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  5. Paul and Yvonne Rempel :

    Dear Linda, Sylvia and Families,
    We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Verna’s passing. She will be greatly missed by you, her family, also; by those of us that knew and dearly loved her. She ALWAYS had a smile on her face, twinkle in her eye, and was either joking or laughing when visiting with you. We so enjoyed those times you girls brought her down to Lethbridge to visit with us – it was a short time, but a GOOD time!! Thank God for MEMORIES – we hold them close to our hearts and treasure them at times like these.
    Girls, you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers during these most difficult times. Remember – we LOVE you all, and know you were blessed with a Wonderful Mom and Grandma!

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  6. John & Nancy Gowdy :

    Linda, Fred & Family

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Keep your memories close.

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  7. Mike, Kathie, Tiffany & Austin Millan :

    Sylvia, Linda and families,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a beautiful and fun loving lady. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy’s and if there is anything we can do you only have to ask. Love you all.

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  8. Mike, Kathie, Tiffany & Austin Millan :

    Sylvia, Linda and families,

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom. She was such a beautiful and fun loving lady and will be sadly missed. If there is anything that we can do please let us know. We love you all lots!

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  9. Linda & Fred, Sylvia & John & families, Your mom has been a very special part of our family & we will miss her so much! Her deep love for her children was clearly evident & we know you will miss her more than words can express. Love you, Aunt Lil

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  10. Very sorry to read of your loss. May God be with you all at this difficult time and always.

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  11. Janelle (Rempel) Kinniburgh :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have great memories of Aunt Verna and Uncle Neil from when I was a child spending lots of game nights with them and grandpa and grandma (Toni and Orville ) .

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  12. Lerma Dacanay :

    Hello Linda,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our warmest condolences to your family.

    Lerma

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  13. Thinking of you in your time of need. Terry and I send our heartfelt condolences. Linda you are the best of daughters.

    Gail

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  14. I was sad to hear today about Auntie Verna passing. I last saw her at my mom’s 75th birthday party (about seven years ago). We had a grand time chatting and catching up. I always liked her, even though we didn’t see each other often.

    My thoughts are with all of her children and grandchildren.

    Gael (my dad is Bill Spivak, Uncle Neil’s brother)

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