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SUMMERELL, Fumiko “Miko” Shimizu

SUMMERELL, Fumiko Miko Shimizu       obituaries

April 24, 1953 – Yokokawa, Gunma, Japan
March 20, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Miko Summerell, beloved wife of Howard Summerell of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the age of 60 years, after a courageous battle with acute leukemia.

Miko was born in Japan and moved to Calgary in 1972 to pursue her passion to learn the English language. Miko graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Linguistics, and subsequently spent over 20 years teaching Japanese at the University Of Calgary. It was while she was working on her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary when she met her husband, Howard. Miko was a volunteer for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, working as a translator for NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation). At the time of her passing she was also learning the Spanish language.

Miko was an active member of the Japanese community. She also loved to go hiking in the mountains, house-boating in the Shuswap’s, taking the motor-home out to Vancouver Island and going on the annual vacation to Mazatlan, Mexico in the winter with her family. Over the years, she loved watching her children, Ken and Sarah, play hockey. She had a passion for traveling and spending time with her grandson, Maddix.

Miko is survived by her loving husband Howard of thirty-three years; her children Ken and Sarah (Craig) Dreger, and grandson Maddix, with an additional grandson on the way; her mother Toshiko; brother Junichi and sister Machiko all of Japan; sister-in- law Lynn MacPherson; niece Keri and nephew Joshua; and numerous nieces and nephews back in Japan. Miko was predeceased by her father, Yoshinobu Shimizu, in 1996.

The family has a special request for everyone dear to Miko’s heart, to register on the OneMatch Stem Cell and Bone Marrow registry at www.onematch.ca or calling 1-888-236-6283.

A Celebration of Miko’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made directly, in Miko’s name, to the Tom Baker Cancer Center. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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

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  1. Dear Sarah and family, what a heartbreaking time for you all. I’m so sorry Sarah. Thinking of you all. God bless.

  2. Michelle Lee :

    Dear Summerell’s,
    Miko was such an amazing lady who fought so hard this last little while. My heart goes out to you all at this time and I am sending you all my love.

    -michelle

  3. Jarett Cahoon :

    My condolences, Howard. I hope that you and your family will be able to find some peace at this troubled time.

  4. Christine Leung :

    Howard,

    I am sorry for your loss. Miko was a very brave lady and gave me inspiration in my battle with leukemia. I am very fortunate to have become her friend and I will continue my fight in her honour. All the best to you and your family.

    Christine

  5. Dear Howard, Ken & Sarah,
    We are deeply saddened to hear that Miko passed away. She was a very special person and she will be missed! Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
    Teri & Reed

  6. Laurie Fisher :

    Howard, Ken, Sarah and families;
    Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of Miko’s passing. May the love and warmth of those around you help you through the coming days. She was an amazing woman who will be deeply missed!
    Scott, Laurie and Adam Fisher

  7. Monika Schroner :

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Miko’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family. Today in the gym I was thinking of her through the classes, which is the place where I met this beautiful lady who always smiled and loved her family so much! I will miss her…..Rest in peace!

  8. Michiko Nishijima :

    To Fumiko’s family in Canada and Japan,

    It was too soon that Fumiko left us. She was always positive and cheerful even when she was ill and made us encouraged. She will be terribly missed.

    心よりご冥福をお祈り申し上げます。

    西島美智子(New Brunswick)

  9. Florentine Strzelczyk :

    Dear Family Summerell,
    What a profound loss – my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I will always remember Miko’s infectious laughter that could be heard up and down the hallways of our department; her love of life and appetite for new experiences (such as learning Spanish); her dedication to her family and her career. When I was first hired into the department of GSEA, Miko was one of the first people to make me feel welcome. I will miss her so much!

  10. Lloyd and Shu-ning Sciban :

    Dear Howard and family,

    We are very saddened to hear of Miko’s passing. As you will, we will miss her terribly. Her kind-nature and humour brightened our lives in so many ways.

    Shu-ning and Lloyd Sciban

  11. Fumiko was such an amazing woman. I learned so much from her and I experienced so many special moments with her. She will be always in my heart.

  12. Dear Summerell’s,
    Fumiko sensei was a very fun and energetic teacher. We built great memories in Japan. I will always cherish these beautiful memories.
    My thoughts are with you.

  13. Masako Shimada :

    Dear Summerell’s,

    Fumiko was my classmate, my sister, my mother, my best friend, and any other role that I needed while living in Calgary. Her generosity and strength always encouraged me to live my life to the fullest.

    Fumiko-sensei, I was glad to see you again this winter. I wanted to stay longer and enjoy our long fun conversations until we ran out of topics. I will always remember your big smiles.

  14. Minnie Joldersma :

    Dear Family and Friends –
    I am so sorry to hear of this news about my former colleague Miko. She was a woman of such great spirit and humour. We shared an office wall for the many years our offices were next to each other; it was always a pleasure to see her smiling face. Her life was a rich one; I am truly sorry that it ended too soon and offer my warmest condolences.
    Minnie Joldersma

  15. Sabine Dillenberg :

    My sincere condolences to Miko’s family at this sad time. Miko was a lovely lady whose wonderful sense of humour brightened my work day many a time. She will be truly missed.

  16. Olga Mladenova :

    Miko was like a ray of sunshine. She had such a sense of humour. I enjoyed very much talking to her and working with her. The University of Calgary has not been the same without her. I miss her. Howard, Ken and Sarah, my thoughts go out to you.

  17. Sandra Hoenle :

    My condolences to the whole family.
    (I worked with Miko at UofC for many years.)

  18. John Archibald :

    I was privileged to supervise Miko’s MA thesis while I was in Calgary. It was a wonderful piece of work drawing on her lifelong passion for languages. I still teach her work in my courses. Be at peace Miko.

  19. Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary :

    All of us at the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary would like to offer our deepest, most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and all those close to Fumiko Summerell. She was a valued member of our community in its entirety, and played a key role in the education of Japanese culture and language. Some of us at the Consulate had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions, particularly with respect to the JET and MEXT Programmes and at Japanese language and cultural events. She will be dearly missed, particularly for her insight and cheerful manner.

  20. It is with great sadness that I hear this news. My condolences to the Summerell Family. She was a great professor, and it was a great experience getting to learn Japanese from her.

  21. Stefan Hoeppner :

    My condolences to Fumiko’s family – I have only worked with her for a short time, but I am sad to lose a wonderful colleague.

  22. Fumiko Sensei was the best Japanese teacher ever!

  23. Christopher Wan :

    Fumiko-sensei was my first Japanese teacher back in my undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary. Her teaching quality and encouraging personality gave me the motivation to excel in her class, and continue pursuing my interest in the language to eventually participate in an international co-op program.

    She was a great influence in my life, and I’m sure, in the lives of many others. I offer my condolences to those she’s left behind, she will be missed.

  24. Dear Summerell Family,

    Summerell sensei will be greatly missed. She was so full of energy and bursting with life. I had so much fun in Japan with her and she was like a mother to us, giving us support, encouragement, (even waking us up and rushing us to school). My prayers and wishes go out to you.

  25. Dear Summerell’s,
    It is with great sadness that I hear this news. Summerell sensi was an super awesome professor, I learned so much from her. Her class was always fun and awesome. The time when we went to Senshu with her in 2008 was one of the happiest memories in my life. I will cherish all those memorise with her. My deepest condolences to the Summerell Family

  26. My deepest condolences for your loss. Sensei had touched our lives in an unimaginable ways with her passion for teaching. I am deeply saddened that other students will not be able to experience her joy and wisdom. I pray for peace and comfort in this time of loss. I will remember and miss her dearly. Your family will be in my prayers.

  27. Dear Summerell family,

    I offer my deepest condolences. Fumiko sensei was my first Japanese teacher in university back in 2007 and I will never forget her. While other classmates found her a tough instructor, I saw through her stern exterior and realized she recognized hard work and dedication, and had a respect for it. She was a good teacher and because of her I went on to complete a minor in Japanese. I failed to properly thank her for all she had done for me, including providing me an opportunity for a Japanese language-related programming project, I intended to go back and visit my professors one day, but never took the chance. Her passing has made me realize that there are some things you can’t go back and do. I am really happy to have met her and will remain thankful for all that she has done. Know that she was a good person and that she made a difference in people’s lives.

    Sincerely,
    Steve

  28. Brynna Takasugi :

    Dear Sarah and the Summerell Family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Fumiko Summerell sensei was one of the first Japanese professors I had early on in University. She was always very lively, engaging and a talented instructor. Her classes were among my very favourite in my undergraduate degree. She will surely be greatly missed by all the faculty at the University and by all of her former students. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

    Brynna Takasugi

  29. Jean David Li :

    Deepest condolences to the Summerell family

    Fumiko sensei was my first Japanese professor at the University of Calgary. She assisted me several times and even helped me with a recommendation letter while encouraging me during my applications for my study abroad program in Japan. Her classes were always fun and she made it engaging for students to participate. I recall thinking that the week was not complete without attending her classes. After my exchange program, we exchanged greetings several times when we would see each other on her way to her classes and it would always please me to be able to converse with the professor who started my involvement with the Japanese language. She will be missed.

  30. I wasn’t always the most diligent student, but I always enjoyed my time with Fumiko sensei. Her energy and charisma made every class fun, engaging, and encouraged me to press on with Japanese. I won’t forget the stories she told, nor will I forget my time in her class. I think I speak for many when I say that she will be missed. I offer my deepest condolences to her family.

  31. Ellen McIlveen :

    I was so sorry to hear about Fumiko-sensei. I was lucky to be in her Japanese class in 2007 and she was a wonderful teacher and person. Deep sympathy to family and friends; she will be remembered.

  32. Dear Summerell family,

    I offer you my deepest condolences.

    Much like Steve above, I also had Fumiko sensei for quite a few of my Japanese courses towards a minor. Her courses were some of my most enjoyable times during my undergrad degree.

    Sensei will definitely be missed by everyone.

    – Oliver

  33. Fumiko Sensei was a kind and dedicated teacher that made learning Japanese really fun with her incredible enthusiasm. She was often bright and in good spirits and it made class something I really looked forward to. I appreciated her instruction and she enriched so many people’s lives. I will continue to remember her as a great teacher.
    My thoughts to her family and friends. I hope you have a lot of support during this time. She will be remembered.

  34. Summerell Family,
    Like so many others I had the privilege of being taught by Fumiko-Sensei. I also got to spend time with her at Senshu, and those are memories that I will cherish forever. I was so deeply saddened to hear of Sensei’s passing, and I offer you, her closest, my deepest heartfelt condolences. I will always remember how Sensei always had a smile as large as her personality, and a passion for what she did that was evident to all that she taught. She will be sadly missed.

    ~Mark Grover

  35. Summerell Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of Summerell sensei’s passing. She was an amazing and inspiring teacher who supported me through speech contests, studying abroad in Japan, and even as I was hunting for my first job after graduation. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be her student. She will be deeply missed.

    Thinking of you during this difficult time.

    -Bryna

  36. Miko was a wonderful lady who brought me laugh and sunshine. I will never forget the candy she taped on my office door and the memorable time she was with us. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the whole family.

  37. To the Summerels,

    Sensei has made a difference in the lives she has touched. My condolences to the family. My last thank you to everything she has done for myself, for the community, and even the world. However the difference is felt even now.

    Lots of love,

    Luis

  38. I found out the news today and am nearly at a loss for words. I offer my sincerest condolences for your family’s loss. Fumiko sensei was my first Japanese teacher in 2007. I remembered her classes were often the highlight of my term, and continue to look upon that time with great fondness. She was truly a source of inspiration and wisdom, for myself and many others. She will be missed dearly.

  39. My deepest condolences to the family, and my heartfelt thanks to Summerell sensei.

    Someone who so positively touched so many will surely be remembered fondly, and often.

  40. Natalie Matsui :

    Dear Summerell Family,

    In 2011 I took a conversation class with Fumiko-sensei to wrap up my minor in Japanese. Although there were many wonderful moments in the classroom there is one particular time I cherish the most.

    I was terrified of speaking in Japanese and would often practice speeches alone upstairs in a study room. During one of these practices, I kept stumbling over the same sentence again and again. When I became frustrated with myself, Fumiko-sensei’s voice rang out behind me and encouraged me to continue on. Unbeknownst to me, she had been behind me the whole time. She calmly gave me advice and the confidence to finish strongly.

    Fumiko-sensei’s joy and love of life was infectious. She held high expectations but was there to help you along. I always carry that moment with me whenever I struggle to find my voice and I never got to properly thank her for that. My deepest condolences to the Summerell Family during this difficult time. Fumiko-sensei will be missed.

  41. David Solomon :

    She was a fantastic teacher. When I found out the news I was deeply saddened. She is one of the few teachers who took the time and effort to change her teaching style to fit her student’s needs, and I couldn’t express my gratitude to her enough. Truly a wonderful person and an amazing inspiration. My deepest condolences to the Summerel family, she will be dearly missed.

  42. Nathaporn Pholpool :

    I met her once in Japan, I am not her students but she treated me well as I was her students. She is an amazing woman, so valuable. I felt very regret for her family to this loss. Please accept my condolence.

    From Thailand

  43. Dear Summerell Family,

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you.
    Fumiko sensei was not only a great teacher, but also a dear friend. I had such a great time in Japan with her, and she gave me lots of support during my study at Senshu. I will miss the presence of a truly loveable and kind person.

    -Sisi

  44. Fumiko Sensei was a great teacher and great woman. My condolensces to her family. We’ve lost a great person.

  45. Fumiko Sensei, you were an amazing Japanese teacher. You made it fun and exciting to learn. Will always remember you!! Thank you for being a part of my life. May you rest in peace!!!!!!!

  46. My time with Fumiko sensei was merely just a short semester in my last year of undergrad, but it was enough for me get to know her cheerful and bright spirit. She was tough in a good way and because of her, my Japanese could improve. Thank you Fumiko sensei :) I’ll always appreciate her dedication to students and her constant smile and laughter during those classes. My deepest condolences and prayers goes out to her family. May she continue to be remembered as a dedicated and loving teacher to all <3

  47. Summerell Family:

    My condolences to you. The majority of my education in Japanese was from Fumiko-sensei, a number of the friendships I had in school were built and forged in her classes.

    I regret being unable to meet with her and to simply chat once more during my visits back to campus.

    She will be dearly missed.

    -M.

  48. Irina Shilova :

    I will miss you. Miko!
    Irina

  49. Lethbridge Japanese Language school teachers. :

    We had our hearts filled with sadness when we heard about Fumiko-sensei.
    She was an excellent teacher in the field of Japanese language education.
    We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Fumiko-sensei.

  50. Remembering my greatest Japanese professor in life. Fumiko sensei was the best sensei ever. I cannot forget how fun her classes were. She was the one who taught me from Hiragana and Katakana, and helping me to join in the Japanese speech contest couple times with her kind support and encouragement. It has been the best memory in my life.

    Fumiko Sensei, I am now here in Japan because of your wonderful teaching. I came to love learning Japanese because you were there. You made a huge difference in my life. Thank you for your beautiful, wonderful and fruitful life.
    I will remember you all the time with great thanksgiving. Please rest well in heaven until we see you again. Thank you so much again.
    I pray for her precious family. God bless you…

  51. Pierre-Yves Mocquais :

    It is with profound sadness that I learned of Miko’s passing. When I was Dean of Humanities at the University of Calgary, I had numerous opportunities to talk with Miko and was always taken by her dedication to her students and to Japanese culture and language, a passion which she readily communicated to all around her. I extend my deeply felt condolences to her husband and children and will remember her in my prayers. I lost my wife to cancer in 2005 and know how painful this can be, but also how much one can rely on the love and support of others.

  52. Dear Summerell family,
    Our sincere sympathies to you and to all the students and colleagues that were touched and inspired by Fumiko at the University of Calgary.
    Luis Torres

  53. Susan Bennett :

    To the Summerells, my heartfelt condolences. Miko brought a lovely warmth and a kind presence to the University campus. She will be much missed in the community here.
    Susan Bennett

  54. Dear Summerell family
    My sincere condolences on your loss. As a fellow language teacher at the U of C, I came to appreciate Miko’s energy and dedication to her students. Her smile and good humour will be sorely missed.
    Sincerely,
    Dan Maher

  55. Jonathan Hui :

    Dear Summerell Family,

    My sincerest condolences to the family, Fumiko Sensei truly touched many of our lives. It is sad to think that this world has become a little bit dimmer. Her influence on our lives will never be forgotten. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    Jonathan

  56. Rabiya Mansoor :

    Dear Summerell Family,

    I offer my condolences. The world has lost a wonderful human being who touched the lives of each of her students. I know for me, she was my only Japanese teacher over four semesters and really spurred my interest in the language (which was non-existent before my classes with her). She was a very inspiring individual with an incredibly strong spirit.

    Rabiya

  57. To: the Summerell family,
    My deepest condolences for your loss. I was a former student of Summerell Sensei. I am currently pursuing my dream of living in Japan. I would not be here if it wasn’t for Summerell Sensei. She was the one who made this dream possible for me. I will always remember her as the strong, witty yet kind, reasonable and wonderful teacher that she was and I am very grateful that I had the honor of being one of her students. She has made a difference in so many people’s lives and she will be lovingly remembered by all of her former students and continue to live on in all of our memories.

  58. Takao Suzuki :

    Fumiko sensei was very warm-hearted person. When I studied abroad for the first time in Canada, she gave me special moments. She was like my mother, so I asked her to allow me to call her Calgary Mom of me. I also leaned lots of things as a Japanese teacher from her. I finally completed doctoral research works, and I got Ph.D. December, 2013. I really wanted to tell Fumiko sensei about it directly. I will never forget her sweet hearts. She will be alive in my hearts. Thank you, my Calgary Mom.

    Sincerely,
    Takao from Nagoya, JAPAN

    カルガリーの母へ
    心の中ではいつもの明るい笑顔でいてください。
    母(先生)の優しさ、絶対に忘れません。
    ご冥福をお祈りします。

    鈴木崇夫(名古屋より)

  59. Fuyumi Takeuchi (竹内冬美) :

    Dear Family Members of Beloved Fumiko

    I have no words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear about the loss of Fumiko-sensei. Fumiko-sensei and I go back to 2005, when I was studying at the UofC. She let me take part in her Japanese classes as her TA. I am forever respectful for her sincere attitudes towards her students. Her generous smile has always encouraged me during my stay in Calgary.
    I recall very well how she greeted me with warmth and love when I visited her three years ago.
    Memories of Fumiko-sensei will forever stay in our hearts. My condolences.
    Love, Fuyumi Takeuchi

    史子先生のご家族の皆様

    先生の突然のご訃報に接し、悲しみでいっぱいです。
    2005年にカルガリー大へ交換留学した際、先生のクラスでTAとして受け入れていただきました。生徒と真摯に向き合い、笑顔がとても素敵な史子先生は私の憧れでした。海外暮らしが初めてで英語がろくに話せない私をいつも優しく励ましてくださり、お陰で安心して留学生活を送ることが出来ました。授業外でも一緒にランチに行ったり、日本から大福のお土産をいただいたり、本当に良くしていただきました。帰国したあとも、カルガリーを訪ねるたびに温かく迎えてくださりました。
    先生から教えていただいたこと、先生の笑顔、一緒に過ごさせていただいた日々のことは忘れません。本来ならばご弔問にお伺いするべきところですが、遠方におりますため、ご葬儀に参列できないことを大変心苦しく思っております。
    ご家族皆様のご心情をお察し申し上げ、心よりご冥福をお祈りいたします。
    竹内 冬美

  60. katumi Ishii :

     ご家族の皆様

    このたびは、とんだお間違えで誠にご愁傷さまでございます。
    聞くところによれば経過も良くすでに回復に向かっているものだと喜んでいたやさきの訃報に、本当におどろいております。
    高崎にお帰りになったおり三千里にてみんなで楽しく食事をし『必ずカナダにお兄さんと一緒に釣りに行くから』と約束したことが今となつては忘れない思い出になってしまいました。心よりご冥福をお祈り申し上げます。

      大山 直之 
      石井 克己

  61. Dear Sensei

    It was my pleasure to be in your last class JPNS 441 at University of Calgary. I never thought that would be the last time I see you. You were a great instructor, and have influenced me and many others.

    心よりご冥福をお祈り申し上げます。

    ジェシカ

  62. Denise Sauverwald :

    Dear Summerell family,
    My deepest sympathies for your loss.

    Sarah, on behalf of the entire staff, our thoughts are with you.
    Denise

  63. Callie Sedgewick :

    So sorry for your loss, Sarah. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  64. Dear Summerell Family,

    I offer my condolences. Being neighbours I have fond memories of time with your family. May your memories and warm thoughts keep you smiling during this period of grief.

    Paul, Wendy Simons

  65. To the Summerells,

    Fumiko sensei was one of the best professors I had at the UofC. Her passion, energy and joy of teaching was what made her a really special person. She will be missed by all her students and by everyone she has touched in her accomplished life.

    I will always remember her for our time in Japan and how much fun she made it. Those memories will be fondly cherished.

    My condolences.

  66. Yoko & Mike Riley :

    Dear Howard

    Mike and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. It is hard to believe how your family has been challenged lately.

    You have our profound wishes that you will be able to transcend these challenges as a family.

    As you remember her in her passing, it must be a positive thought to you and your family how many people she positively influenced in her own way. She would have had it no other way.

    While we have often recently thought of Miko, our thoughts are definitely with you and your family now.

    Kindest regards,
    Yoko and Mike

  67. We are deeply saddened by the loss of “Auntie” Miko and are especially sorry that we are unable to join you on Saturday in the celebration of her life. I will always remember her strength, poise and kindness and it is very apparent how many lives she has touched. Know that our thoughts are with you during the day and always. We hope to see you soon and send our love to the entire family.
    Jayn, Reid, Jack, Rowyn and Conall Bayly

  68. Dear Miko’s Family,

    Fumiko-sensei helped me and guided me in many ways since I started teaching at the University of Calgary in 2003. I would just like to share a few memories. She always gave me important links regarding teaching, work related issues and a lot of information about delicious recipes. They were so important that I could not easily delete her emails, and now I have so many of them in my inbox. It is hard to imagine that there will be no emails from her any more. I still find myself expecting to receive an email from her. The “Amish bread” she gave me five years ago still survives in my kitchen. I look after it regularly and bake it every ten days. Whenever I see it on my kitchen countertop, it reminds me of Miko.

    I feel truly grateful for what she had done for me. She will be deeply missed from all of us. My sincere condolences to you all.

    Akiko Sharp

  69. Yuriko Tanaka :

    I was shocked and filled with sorrow for the loss of my good friend. I have read all of the condolences. Summerell-sensei has indeed influenced many people.

    I regret that I will not be able to pay my last respects in person. My thoughts and prayers are with the Summerell family.

  70. Sue & Mike Mallon :

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family, Howard. Miko will be in our thoughts and prayers, and missed by so many people.

  71. Chantel rosser killips :

    Howard, Ken, Sarah & Maddix,

    Our family would like to send our most sincere condolences to your family. We were not aware of Miko’s illness and we are so sorry for your entire family. Honestly, we were feeling concern and worry for your family when we had not seen you at Ocean Palms. We had commented recently how we hoped all was ok in your family. Then we heard this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we cannot imagine what the past while has been like for you. Please know you are in our thoughts and in our hearts.
    Sincerely,
    The Rosser and Killips families from Mazatlan

  72. Dear Summerell family,

    I offer my sincerest condolences.
    I learned a great deal from Fumiko-sensei as one of her students at the University of Calgary and her guidance has helped shape me into the person I am today. I will never forget the memorable moments that I had in her classes and the life lessons that she has taught me.
    I will remember her always.

    Justin Liong

  73. Mel & Dawn Gartner :

    Howard,

    Our most sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of Miko. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Dawn & Mel Gartner

  74. Jeffrey Casey :

    I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Summerhill family.
    Summerhill sensei introduced me to the wonders of the Japanese language and culture sometime ago when I took two introductory Japanese courses at U of C in the Spring of 1992. From that brief moment in time, Japan and the Japanese language has become so very important to me and my career. It is my honour to have had you as my sensei. Thank-you ever so much, 先生。

  75. Dear Summerell Family,

    I see that I am one of many grateful students who were very fortunate and blessed to be taught by Sumerell Sensei. I remember Summerell Sensei especially for her sense of humor and her encouragement. Fourteen years ago she unknowingly encouraged me to continue my studies during a difficult time when I considered abandoning my goal for a university degree altogether. Now that I find myself teaching at a university, I hope that I can pass on her encouragement to my young students as they face their own unique challenges.

    Regarding her sense of humor, Summerell Sensei and I had a friendly rivalry that continued beyond university since she was a devoted Calgary Flames fan and I cheered for the Edmonton Oilers. In the spirit of friendly competition, we occasionally presented each other with white elephant gifts, such as the glow-in-the-dark Calgary Flames pen she once gave me and the $10 cheque I gave her that had the Oilers watermark. It’s only fair to say that she won this battle fair and square. Before I left to teach English in Japan, she gave me a Calgary Flames tie pin, which I wore on my wedding day and still have to this very day.

    I will always remember her with gratitude and great admiration.
    My sincere condolences to your family,
    Tom Court

  76. Ken, Cheryl, Christal, Kelly McEwen :

    Howard, Sarah, Ken, So sorry to hear about Miko. The last time I saw the two of you was at the Ranch in Fish Creek Park. We spent a short time catching up on our lives, and Miko looked as beautiful as ever. We spent many years in the arena cheering on Sarah and Kelly. Good Times.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  77. Yumiko Hache-Watanabe :

    I am terribly sorry for your loss. It was in March 2006 when Fumiko-sensei accepted me to be one of her TAs in her Japanese class. I was in her class for only 2 months. However, Fumiko-sensei was so kindly in touch with me by email and letter occasionally even after I left Calgary, the last email I got from her was on January 28th, 2014… She was such a cheerful, caring and kind lady. My deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you.

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