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ST. LOUIS, Anne (nee Devcich)

May 17, 1949 – Przunac, Croatia
December 24, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Anne St. Louis passed away on Christmas Eve at home in the company of her beloved husband Ken at the age of 65 years, after a ten year battle with Multiple System Atrophy.

As a child, Anne escaped communist Croatia (Yugoslavia) with her family at the age of 7 and spent a year in a refugee camp in Italy before immigrating to Canada in 1957. The family was accepted as refugees entering through Pier 21 in Halifax. Anne spent her first few years in Picture Butte, Alberta, after which the family moved to Calgary. She graduated from St. Francis High School, where she received the Marian Award given to the student who best personified the caring and acceptance of others. This award embodied her philosophy of life from which she never wavered. Anne subsequently graduated from Mount Royal College with a diploma in social work. She went on to develop a career in Accounting and worked for both the federal government and private business.

Anne was a ceaseless volunteer, canvassing for several charities a year including Cancer, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Flowers of Hope. She also spent several years volunteering and working at St. Michael’s School. Anne was always the first one to arrive and the last to leave at any function that required volunteer work. She taught her two sons how to respect and be considerate of others. She gave to her grandchildren unreservedly and they were the joy of her life.

Anne will be greatly missed by her husband, Ken; her sons and daughters-in-law, Marc and Charlotte, and Paul and Michelle; and her grandchildren, Isabel, Nathan, Avery and Claire. She is also survived by her mother Kathy Devcich; her three sisters, Mary Ann Ryall, Nevenka Webster, and Sandy Pringle; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 2:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Anne’s honour would be greatly appreciated to be made directly to MSA Research at www.multiplesystematrophy.org.

In living memory of Anne St. Louis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Tracey, Mel and Family :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Anne was an amazing lady who touched all of our hearts.

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  2. My heart and prayers go out to all of you at this time. I hope you can find peace in all of your beautiful memories of her. Xo

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  3. Chic and Marie Paolini Family :

    With fond memories we thank God for the gift of Anne in our lives. Having known Anne as a young girl brings back many warm and treasured memories!
    May she rest in peace.
    We send our prayers and blessings to the family and friends of Anne.
    Chic and Marie Paolini, and the
    Donato Giammarino Family

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  4. Ken & Diane Schamber :

    Our thoughts are with all of you. Anne was an amazing lady and we treasure the time we spent with her. We shared so much,a lot of laughter and tears! Her family was her greatest joy. We commend all of you for the caring,support and love you showed her during her struggles.

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  5. Helen Beingessner :

    Ken, Marc, Paul and family,
    Sending you prayers and kind thoughts. I loved working with Anne at St. Michael’s School. Her smile and generous spirit would light our days.
    May your memories bring you comfort.

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  6. Jean and Jim Spalding :

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller
    I know you will miss your mom, but the memories of her life and love will also make you smile.
    Thinking of you
    Jean and Jim Spalding

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  7. Chantal Doyon & Peter Reichhart :

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. The memory of Anne’s welcoming heart and generosity will be forever in our minds.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

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  8. I remain tearful and at a loss for words as I try to reach out and share the pain of Ken and family. It has been both a privilege and an honour to have known Anne. I pray the road ahead for all who grieve her loss will be gentle on the heart. I do not know how best to share my thoughts …

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  9. “Mothers are the center of our lives. They are there when we need a shoulder to lean on and the ones who shake their heads when we get up to our pranks.” I met Anne many years ago and during our morning work outs, she talked so highly of her entire family. You were her shining lights. It was sad to see such a lovely lady struggle with this difficult illness. Know that her spirit will soar forever. Adieu my sweet friend.

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  10. Eileen Loeffelmann (Schamber) :

    I was sad to hear about Anne’s death. She was such a lovely caring, compassionate person, and she will be so missed. May happy moments of your times together help ease the pain of her passing. Know you are thought about with sincere sympathies & love. Eileen

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  11. Jamie and Anne Warren :

    Our deepest sympathies to the St. Louis family. Anne always treated us as one of her own. The world should be filled with more like her. Our hearts are with you.

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  12. Dave and Tanya Devcich :

    We are very sorry for your loss. If there were more people like Anne in the world it would be a better place.sorry we are out of town and could not be there be in person today.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  13. Gino And Gail Giammarino :

    Deepest sympathies to Annie’s family, she was a caring, cherished, deeply loved mother, daughter, sister,aunt and friend. Anyone who had known her was blessed. May the love and support of your family and friends and all your beautiful memories of Annie bring you comfort. Love, Gino and Gail

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  14. Cory Cooper Hansen :

    I was in Calgary visiting my parents and read of Anne’s passing. She was instrumental to me, as a young mom, in learning how to take excellent care of my children. I am forever indebted to her kindness and wisdom. Loving thoughts to her family during this difficult time. Best, Cory

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