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STRANDBERG, Margaret Irene

June 11, 1962 – Calgary, AB
July 18, 2013 – Calgary, AB

“In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge… into Your Hands I commit my spirit.”

Margaret, our dearly loved wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 18, 2013 surrounded by family and friends, after the challenges of a year long illness.

Throughout her life, Margaret has had a close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Redeemer. She is Home, and we rejoice.

Margaret will be lovingly missed by Thane, her husband and life partner of twenty-three years, daughter Madeline (19), and son Adrian (17). She is survived by her parents Henk and Willemien Verhoeff, and by her siblings – Paul and Cobi Verhoeff, Anya and Kenn Dodd, Stephen and Joyce Verhoeff, and David and Brenda Verhoeff. Margaret is also survived by Thane’s parents, Lloyd and Elsie Strandberg, and his siblings Randy Strandberg, Sandy and Jim Hostetler, Robin Bowes, and brother-in-law Jamie Bowes. Margaret was predeceased by her sister-in-law Colette Frances (2004). She will be fondly remember by her numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins, as well as her many close friends in Calgary, and around the world.
One of Margaret’s greatest gifts was her love for people: her hospitality, her smile, and her ability to make everyone feel at home, anywhere. Choosing to live the expatriate life, Margaret and Thane have lived many years in Cairo, Tripoli, Paris, and Port Harcourt. But Calgary was always home. Margaret leaves behind more friends than can be mentioned, in Calgary and abroad, and felt truly blessed by that.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church of Calgary (3020 – 51st Street S.W.) on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. after a private interment. All those who loved Margaret are welcome. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would also like to thank the staff at Foothills Medical Centre, and Tom Baker Cancer Centre, for the amazing care and support they have provided. If friends so desire, donations may be made towards assistance for High River Christian Reformed Church (145 Macleod Trail S.W. High River, AB Telephone: (403) 652-7179) whose members have lost much through the recent floods.

In living memory of Margaret Strandberg, 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. Ed, Liz, Jazzy and Austin Hooper :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Margaret was a lovely, friendly and vivacious person and we will always remember her generosity and smiling face and all the fun times we shared in Tripoli, Libya.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Love,
    Liz, Ed, Jazzy and Austin Hooper,
    Perth, Australia

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  2. Iain Archibald :

    I will always remember you with fun and laughter. So glad that I shared some time with you. My sincere condolences Thane. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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  3. Melanie Hughes (Schmidt), Christopher & Joella, Branden, Ceilidh and Ryan :

    Our hearts break for your loss and our spirits rejoice for Margaret’s homecoming. We lift up prayers for your entire family and especially Madeline and Adrian. As family in Christ, we mourn with you and stand with you in prayer. May God’s comfort be strong and His peace abundant as you walk through the days to come.

    In His Grace,

    The Hughes/Schmidt Family
    Melanie, Christopher & Joella, Branden, Ceilidh and Ryan

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  4. Paul & Jane Bell :

    Thane

    No words can express our sadness for you and your family. We hold fond memories of Margaret and her beautiful smile.

    Thoughts are with you.

    Love Jane & Belly x

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  5. Stuart Hart :

    Thane and family. I am so sorry to hear the news. In the all too short time I was around you guys in Port Harcourt Margaret was bundle of energy and happiness. They were good times and those memories will live on. Big love from Stu in Doha.

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  6. Kate Minogue, Tim, Jerome and Justin Kreule :

    We were very sorry to hear this news but glad that our paths crossed in Port Harcourt. We’ll always remember Margaret’s big big smile and in particular her hospitality to young Jerome and Justin. We send you, Thane, Madeline and Adrian, love and strength.

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  7. John & Nicole Lindenbach :

    Margaret was a truly wonderful person & a terrific neighbour. We count ourselves among the fortunate to have known her. We know it’s so tough on Thane, Madeline, & Adrian who have struggled valiantly this past many months along with her. We’re thankful that the struggle is over for you and so happy that Margaret is with the God she cherished.

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  8. Adriaan & Elfrieda van der Bijl :

    Dearest Thane, Madeline & Adrian,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Margaret’s sudden home going. We loved her contageous smile and love for life and will never forget how the Nduga people at Mapnduma were encouraged by her beautiful and radiant love for them. Margaret truly made a difference in this world for the better.
    Words cannot adequately express the sorrow we feel but also the love for you. We are remembering you and asking for His peace to fill your hearts during this time. May you feel God wrapping HIS arms around you to comfort you during this difficult time and make HIMSELF very real to you during the days ahead.

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”-Revelation 21:4

    Please know that we share in your sorrow and lift you up in our prayers.

    Adriaan & Elfrieda, also from our sisters Elsie and Elviera Toews

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  9. Justine,Semih,Sean& Claire-Lise Kutlay :

    Thane,we are so sad and sorry for the loss of Margaret. We have so many memories of our friendship with you in PH. She’ll always be in our hearts.
    Our love to you, Madeline , Adrian and both your families
    Our thoughts and love are with you all
    Justine& Semih xxxx

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  10. Thane, Madeline and Adrian,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I’m sure that over the next few days and weeks you will hear so many great things about Margaret and the impact she had on those she met – I’m certainly glad I met you all in PH.
    Take care
    Terry

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  11. Marion Veldhuyzen :

    Dear Thane, Madeleine, Adrian and other family/friends.
    My condolences with this great loss.
    With you In mind.

    Lots of love
    Marion, Eduard(1999), Jesse, Nick, Paul, Carmen and Maayke Veldhuyzen

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  12. John and Anne Vanderbyl :

    Dear Thane, Madeline, Adrian, Henk, Wilhemin, Paul, Cobi,Anya, Ken, Stephen, Joyce, David, Brenda and the rest of the family. We are so sad to hear of Margaret’s passing and would like you to know that we are thinking of you here. We have fond memories of meeting Margaret in Canada 2009 where with her happy personality, she made us feel like we had known her forever.
    Lots of love from Johnny and Anne and all the family in Australia.

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  13. Bonnie McGrath :

    Thane, Madeline, Adrian….. it has been such an honor for me to be called one of Megs friends!! There are no words to tell you how much I’ll miss her beautiful smile and ALWAYS kind words. My heart goes out to you all. I can only imagine the grief you are going through as her family…… as her friend …… it’s huge! Our thoughts are with you….. God bless and much love…. Bonnie and Davey ❤

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  14. Stefanie de Gruyter :

    Thane, you know how much I loved Margaret. I am a better person for having known her. She, by far, is one of the best people ever with whom God graced this Earth. When you needed a smile, she had it to give. She welcomed all in her home and life, the way we are all supposed to do. I have SO many memories of Margaret that it’s hard to chose only one. From being my prince in the Panto in PH to sharing Christmas as families in Calgary. She will be greatly missed by me, and many around the world. My heart is heavy, but I know she is with our Father and we will meet again. She was and will remain one in a million. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, the children and all of her amazing family.

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  15. Linda Delaney :

    Saddened to hear of Margaret’s passing. My prayers are with you all as you grieve and remember. Madeline and Adrian, you are particularly in my heart and I will carry you there and before the Lord as you navigate this very difficult path.

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  16. Dave Hutton :

    Thane & family,
    Stefanie had been keeping us up to date on Margaret but it is always a shock when somepone so lovely passes. Like Kate and Tim I will always remember our time in Nigeria. Our prayers are with you.

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  17. Lynne & Neil Corlett :

    Our thoughts are very much with you and the family, Thane, at this sad time. Margaret was a truly special soul. We will always remember her for her shine, her laughter and her happiness. Your family have touched us all with such bravery and faith during an incredibly testing year. Love, thoughts and prayers to you all.

    Lynne, Neil, Olly and Joe X

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  18. Nicole Atamanchuk Campbell :

    Thane and Family,

    I am truly sadden by your loss. Margaret was a beautiful person. I enjoyed the many stories and experiences she had shared with me and I would have loved to continue them. I always thought she was a spark of color! Please know that I thought of her often and now my thoughts turn to you and the rest of the family. Be comforted by the amazing journey that you all had together and hold that close to your hearts. Sending love your way from Saskatoon. The Campbells

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  19. David and Joane :

    Dear Thane, Madeline, and Adrian

    Joane and I are so very sorry for your loss. We know how much you loved Margaret and how fiercely she loved you and how you still love her.

    She was a special person, welcoming, funny, smart, and with a heart big enough for everyone.

    We will always remember her laugh, her joy of life, the times she was belting out “Love Shack” at karaoke in your back yard in Port Harcourt, and riding on feluccas in the Nile with her.

    Words cannot express and probably do not soothe and comfort right now but please accept our heartfelt condolences in this difficult time.

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  20. Frankie,Aileen,Gabby and Christa Shaw :

    Margaret radiated warmth and vitality.She had a heart for others and shared her home and faith generously with all those who knew her.We were honoured to cross paths in PH and shared many of her passions.
    She is at peace now.Her spirit lives on in Adrian and Madeline.
    HIS love will carry you through Thane.
    Prayers and thoughts for you all

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  21. Leanne Germain :

    Dearest Thane, Madeline, Adrian and all family members our heartfelt condolences go to you all on the loss of Margaret – a true gift to everyone who knew her. Her smile will now light up the sky for us all to see as she watches over all with love and care. One of Gods real gift to anyone that had pleasure of meeting and knowing Margaret.
    Love to you all
    The Germains’ xxxx

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  22. Arlene Karg :

    Thane & Family,

    Our family is sorry to learn of the passing of your wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Arlene Karg

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  23. Denis & Rita Petit :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time

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  24. Charlie & Jenny Westra (Curtis' grandparents) :

    Our condolences, Adrian, to you and your family.

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  25. Julie and Doug Higgins :

    Margaret was, without doubt, the warmest, kindest and happiest person and it’s been my privilege to have met such a special person. Our time in Nigeria was so much the better for her presence and energy. She faced this past year with her usual positivity and I was so happy to be able to spend a few precious days with her. We managed quite few laughs – so typical of Margaret.

    Our sadness at your loss is profound but we know you are surrounded by great family and friends who are generous in their support.

    Love to you all,
    Julie & Doug Higgins

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  26. Cameron, Michele, Shannon and Cam Jr :

    Dear Thane, Madeline, and Adrian, words cannot say how sad we are for the loss of your wife/mother and our dear friend. Margaret was a unique person. We’re so glad she reached out to us in Libya and our friendship has grown from there. She had a way of including everyone and making everyone feel special. We don’t know God’s plan but we know He had a higher calling for Margaret. She will stay in our hearts and she continue to smile down on all of us. We will miss her. Much love, Cam, Michele, Shan and Cam Jr

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  27. Linda Cameron :

    Thane, Madeline & Adrian,

    So so sorry for your loss. David and I send love, thoughts and prayers to you and all the family.
    Margaret whizzed through life warming our hearts and souls, always ready to give and love.
    Our years together in PH were peppered with a zillion parties and mischief leaving a treasure trove of memories to hold tight.

    With every smile I think of Margaret smiling back…

    All our love
    Linda and David Cameron

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  28. Dear Thane and family,
    Please accept out condolences from all of us in Switzerland, now in Norway.
    As you know Caelan and I were at lake Toba with the rest of the family when we heard the news. We all had a good cry and hug and were able to say good bye to Margaret properly with a video which I hope you will be able to play.
    Margaret will always be in our memory like she was in life>laughing, boisterous, fun, and always there for you. She will be sorely missed!
    Words are not enough…… Please stay in touch through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  29. zeynep, cem, feyyaz özcan :

    We will always remember her with her big and beautiful smile, big heart and courage to jump at the top of the boat. So glad that we had a chance to meet .
    Love.

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  30. Sonya and Ed Kruijs :

    Dear Thane, Madeline and Adrian,
    Margaret was a very special woman whose positive energy and warm smile made everyone feel good to be around her. It was a pleasure knowing her during our time in Nigeria! Our hearts and thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time. Love & Best Wishes to you all! Sonya, Ed, Larysa & Nicole

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  31. Dear Thane, Madeline and Adrian

    Deepest sympathy to you all. I only knew Margaret for a short time whilst in Libya but will always remember her for her great sense of humour and generous hospitality.

    Love and prayers.

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  32. Glenn Klement :

    Thane,
    My heartfelt compassion for you and your family. My memory of Margaret from so many years ago in Calgary and the last time I saw both of you in Paris was her big beautiful smile and charm.
    Our condolences.
    Glenn and family

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  33. Denise Golden :

    Dearest Thane, a few days ago I looked at pictures of Margaret during the woman’s camping trip many years ago – so much has changed… and I remember the last time I saw the two of you – Randy’s going away party before leaving for England – with warmth and smiles just as Margaret will always be remembered…

    Her cheerful smile and the way she laughed – it was contagious :-)I can still hear her.

    The next time I’m in Calgary I will visit the park to hug her tree, along with Colette’s…

    I send love and prayers and hugs to you, Madeline and Adrian.

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  34. Willem and Emma van der Deijl, The Netherlands :

    Dear Thane,
    We are so sorry to hear that Margaret has passed away. We will be praying for you and the children.

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  35. Tania McKenzie :

    Dearest Thane, Madeline and Adrian

    So grateful we crossed paths whilst in Libya and will never forget her wonderful smile and huge heart.

    RIP you beautiful friend.

    Peter, Tania, Angus and Victoria McKenzie

    Perth Australia

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  36. Dear Thane,

    I treasure the times I spent in the company of Margaret, yourself and your family. I was so sad to hear of Margaret’s passing. I will always remember her as a lady who was full of fun and laughter.

    My thoughts are with you, Madeline and Adrian.

    Bob

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  37. Eamonn McCabe :

    Dear Thane,

    We were very sad to hear of Margaret’s passing. Our time together in Nigeria was wonderful and I will never forget how Margaret and yourself looked after me when I first arrived. The songs and the memories will last forever. She was a very special person.

    You are in our prayers and thoughts

    Eamonn and Carolyn McCabe
    Perth, Australia

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  38. Margaret Jager-Venema :

    My family and I are so sad about the passing of Margaret. Our families grew up together, and our mothers were very good friends. I remember her from high school as an energetic and adventurous person. God’s love and faithfulness to her family.

    Margaret Jager-Venema
    Brandon, Manitoba

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  39. James McMurray :

    I am very sorry to here that Marg passed away, my prayers are with Thane, Madeline, Adrian and the Verhoeff Family. She will be missed by all that crossed her path.

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