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SVOBODA, LeEllen Marie (Lee) (nee Riva)

April 25, 1943 – March 5, 2012

Lee Svoboda, beloved wife of Jim Svoboda, passed away peacefully in Calgary on Monday, March 5, 2012 at the age of 68 years.

Lee was born in Blairmore, Alberta and married Jim Svoboda in Calgary in 1967. Lee graduated from the U of A with a degree in Education in 1964. She worked her entire career for the Calgary Catholic School District teaching English and special education. Lee valued the relationships she made along the way and was always smiling when she was in the presence of others whether it be family gatherings, church, bridge club, or school.

Lee is survived by her husband Jim; sons, Richard, Brett, Blair and Dean; daughters-in-law, Angela, Bernice and Jennifer; and grandchildren, Michael, Cassidy, Taryn and Marissa. Lee is also survived by her brothers, Pat, Don, Mike and Ray; her sister Susan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nancy, Merle, Rhonda, Leslie and Daryl; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Lee was predeceased by her father Walter and her mother Lorraine.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Autism and Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary at www.aafscalgary.com.

In living memory of LeEllen Svoboda, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Sandra Lyon :

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Knowing Lee as Dean’s mom & a teacher at school, I know what a wonderful lady she was. Treasure your memories. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

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  2. Jim & Betty Radford :

    Dear Jim & Family,
    Betty & I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Lee. Our thoughts and prayer’s are with you at this time.
    Jim & Betty Radford

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  3. Lori McNabb (nee Heikkila) :

    Our love and prayers are with the rest of the family during this difficult time.

    Love Lori & Dave

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  4. Ellen Finlan :

    Dear Jim, Richard, Dean, Brett and (?). Please be assurred that Lee is now at peace. I enjoyed working with Lee at St. Helena. We were involved in different projects together. I especially liked the drum making event which we were able to do with grant money she was always finding through A.T.A. I was really hoping to be able to make the prayers but I have a field trip to the Romney Astro observatory at 7:00 on Monday. I will say a prayer to the vast Universe in Lee’s honour. My prayers and thoughts go out to you during this time of need. Ellen Finlan

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  5. Tore Esposito :

    Sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts are with you guys. Let me know if you guys need anything.
    Tore

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  6. Paulette Fornataro :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of the time spent with Lee at YADS. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
    Paulette F

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  7. Shane Sealock :

    So sorry to hear of your loss,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of need. From the Sealocks to the Svobodas, it’s been awhile since we touched base, but we will never forget the fun times we had…..cheers!

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  8. Alicia Dodge Elias :

    My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I will always think of Lee with deep respect. She always had a smile on her face and a kind heart and she touched my life as a young girl.

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  9. Maria and Robert Steinborn :

    Lee was a wonderful colleague and teacher. Her work in education was always focused on building a love of learning into the children that she worked with. Her postive spirit will be missed. Robert and I offer our deepest sympathy to her family and will keep them in our prayer. She will brighten heaven with her impish smile and beautiful spirit.

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  10. Barb Montgomery & Jim Jackson :

    Jim: Since leaving Berkshire Place we thought often of you & Lee and the many neighborhood gatherings.
    May you and your boys hold happy memories of Lee with you always.
    Warm regards,
    Barb & Jim
    Duncan, B.C.

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  11. Pam Forman (nee Marra) :

    Jim and family, I was very sorry to hear of Lee’s passing, she was a very strong and very positive woman. I am unable to be at the service but please know that my thoughts are with you all.

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  12. Doug and Janice Trefry :

    Jim and family, We wish our deepest condolence at the loss of Lee. She will be deeply missed by all that have met her. Words are usually hard to come up with at these times. We just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  13. Jason Wakaryk :

    I am sorry to hear about Lee. My mother was one of her cousins. I remember her from when I was young child. Lee and my mom would get together to socialize and I would play with her son Richard.

    My condolences to Jim and the Svoboda family.

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  14. Carol Morrison :

    So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. I worked with Lee for several years at St. Helena. She was a caring and creative teacher who was always coming up with engaging projects for her students. She was also a true team player and knew the importance of building community in the school. My son, who is now in his twenties, fondly remembers her as the “cookie lady”. When he got off his school bus in grade one and came to meet me at school, she would always offer him cookies when she saw him. She will surely be missed by many.
    Deepest condolences from our family to yours.

    Carol Morrison, Fred, Kyle and Zachary Green

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  15. Harvey and Hertha Rose :

    Our condolences to the family. Harvey has fond memories of Lee when they were both in the YADS and at the U of C program. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  16. Joe and Janis Stambene :

    Richard so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  17. Richard, Angela, Michael & Marissa & the Svoboda families,
    So sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
    Chris, Sue & Taylor Grant

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  18. Gerry Anderson :

    So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing.She was an inspiration to us all and will be missed. Her family meant everything to her, and as was shared at Mass, she was a hero to you all
    Gerry Anderson
    (cousin)

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  19. Mark and Renata Berger :

    Richard and family, we were saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know that you are in our hearts and we pray that you may find solace and peace as you mourn the loss of your dear mother.

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  20. Karen Holwell and family :

    How very sorry I was to learn of your
    loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with
    you and your family during this sad and
    difficult time.

    Karen,Brian and boys

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  21. Pat and Rick Ledieu :

    Jim and family, our sympathies go out to all of you. We were so sorry to hear of Lee’s passing from Aunty Julie. With love, Pat & Rick, Derek, Brett & Heidi, Marc & Kerri, and Patrick

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  22. Paul Stewart :

    Brett and family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, buddy. Wishing you comfort in this time of sadness.

    Paul

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  23. The Maschio Family :

    We would like to express our deepest sympathies to Lee’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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  24. Darren and Tracy Angell :

    Dear Jim and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing.
    We enjoyed being your neighbors during our time at Berkshire Place and often think of all the good people we met while living there. Our condolences to you and the boys.
    Sincerely,
    Darren and Tracy

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