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SZCZOTKA, Barbara

June 23, 1955 – Zywiec, Poland
February 28, 2014 – Okotoks, AB

It is with great sorrow that the family of Barbara Szczotka announces her passing on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the age of 58 years, after a long and unforgiving battle with cancer.

Barbara was born in Poland and married her loving husband Jan on September 17, 1977. Barbara immigrated to Canada with her family in June 1993, and pursued her passion working as a child caregiver at Somerset Child Care. Her incredible love and compassion for children and family will forever be remembered, and missed by all who knew her. Barbara’s unsurpassed passion for life, generosity and love filled the hearts of many who surrounded her. She cherished spending time with her family in the outdoors; travelling with her husband and caring for her home, making it look pristine. Barbara also loved spending quiet days with her husband watching films and reading.

Barbara is survived by her forever loving husband of 37 years Jan; her cherished sons Marcin and Jakub; father Stanislaw; sister Danuta; and sisters-in-law Aniela and Jadwiga and their families. She was predeceased by her mother Helena.

You will forever be in our hearts.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank all the staff at Foothills Country Hospice for making Barbara’s last months as comfortable as possible considering her illness. If friends so desire donations can be made directly to the Foothills Country Hospice.

In living memory of Barbara Szczotka, 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. Stephanie Lewis :

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. If you need anything, please do call.
    Love, Stephanie, Ethan and William

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  2. Jennifer Dyson :

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Barbara. She was truly an amazing person who loved life and people, especially children. Thinking of you all with love and pray Barbara’s memories will comfort you at this time. God Bless, Jennifer, Lorne, Ashley and Nicole Dyson

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  3. Janet St. Germain :

    Barbara was an amazing person, so full of life and energy. I will miss her dearly. She was with us at the day care for over 11 or 12 years altogether, and we always thought she’d be back after she fought this. It’s not going to be the same without her. This has been tough on all of us and we feel so sad for Jan, Marcin and Jakub. Our hearts are with you, please know that. She was so passionate about her family; I loved listening to her stories over the years… she was so proud of her boys. I’ll miss her warm smile, her genuine laugh and her hugs! XOX Janet

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  4. Besplug family :

    Our most sincere condolences to the friends and family!!! She was such a special person and will be dearly missed by all who knew her! She was a motherly inspiration to me and just “got” our son Mitchell. Rest in peace dear Barbara!

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  5. Rick Cunningham :

    Hey Jan,
    From all of us in the Cunnimgham family, we wish you and your family peace during this time. God Bless, Rick

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  6. Shawnna and Ian Percival :

    Barbara was an amazing caregiver. She helped “raise” our two children while in they were in her care at the daycare. We will always remember her great smile. Rest in peace dear Barbara.

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  7. Coish Family :

    Our sincere condolences to Barbara’s family and friends. She was a caregiver to both of our girls and they adored her. She will be greatly missed. Keith, Michelle, Avery and Camryn Coish

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  8. Biblow Family :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing. She was a light at the daycare and a favourite of both of our children. Barbara had a way of making us feel that she loved our kids as much as her own. Our sincerest condolences to her family. Bev, Duane, Brielle & Katie Biblow

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  9. Danica Marshall :

    Barbara was an amazing woman, mother, friend and coworker. She always had a smile and hug for me even years after we no longer worked together. She will be missed dearly.

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  10. Karel Kense :

    Jan
    On behalf of all of us at TIWW we offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow.

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  11. Marta Niedźwiedź :

    Wyrazy głębokiego żalu i szczerego współczucia z powodu śmierci Pani Basi przesyłam tą drogą Panu, Panie Janku oraz Marcinowi i Jakubowi – w imieniu rodziny Niedźwiedź z Bielska-Białej.

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  12. Bradley Family :

    Barbara was a big part of my mornings for close to 7 years when dropping my girls at daycare. I loved our morning chats and often found myself losing track of time, then running to catch my train! She cared for both of our daughters over the years and will be missed tremendously by all of us.
    Jaime, Les, Hailey and Dallas Bradley

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  13. Clinton, Angela & Dylan Lewis :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. You do have lots of memories to help you through this painful time.
    Clinton, Angela and Dylan Lewis

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  14. Lauren Shanae :

    My first job in childcare was working with Barbara, she always went above and beyond for the children and she taught me a lot. Her personality made work days full of laughter! My condolences to her family.

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  15. Kozłowska Danuta :

    Łącząc się w żałobie i smutku po śmierci Basi, Chcielibyśmy Wam wszystkim złożyć kondoloncje i wyrazy współczucia od Danuty i Piotra z dziećmi i ich rodzinami , od taty oraz od państwa Sylwii i Jana Kozłowskich .

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