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TERLESKY – Mr. Russel John and Mrs. Diana Mae

December 31, 2010

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Russel (Russ) and Diana Terlesky (nee Shmilar) announce their tragic passing in an automobile accident on Friday, December 31, 2010.

Russ, first son (born April 21, 1941) of John and Mary Terlesky from Thorsby, AB, was a recent Petroleum Engineering graduate (University of Alberta ’62) when he met Diana, first daughter (born October 26, 1946) of Bill and Margrette (Atcheson) Shmilar, through a mutual friend in Edmonton, AB. They were engaged Christmas day, 1965, and married the following year on September 24th. Both Russ and Diana hailed from farming communities, and shared a deep devotion to family and pride in their Ukrainian heritage. With the birth of sons, Michael and Jarett, the circle of their love broadened and their home became the centre for holiday celebrations for family and friends. During the early years of marriage, Russ’s work with Chevron Standard Limited would become a 37-year career, moving them between Alix, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fox Creek and Calgary, where they finally settled in 1989. Russ was a well known petroleum engineer with uncanny attention to detail and a wealth of knowledge on subjects from farming to investment banking. Russ retired from Chevron in 1999; was affectionately referred to as the “dinosaur”. In addition to his professional career Russ continued to work the family farm near Thorsby with brother Richard. His dry wit and penchant for groan-worthy jokes made him as much the coveted host as was his gracious and elegant wife the consummate hostess. Diana was finishing high school then working for Wawanesa insurance when she first met Russ, throughout their moves she worked for the RCMP, Calgary Winter Club, Pacific Linens, attended Red Deer College, yet devoted the bulk of her time to her boys and the many organizations that the two young athletes were involved in. Her commitment to community had her volunteer canvassing for charities near and dear to her heart numerous times a year. The past decade, Diana worked as office manager for younger son Jarett’s chiropractic practice. She looked forward to retirement this spring, with plans to travel Italy with Russ. Jarett and wife Wendy Farrance welcomed son Jacob in 2005 and were blessed again in 2008 with daughter Josie. The arrival of grandchildren was pure joy for Russ and Diana and brought new purpose in their lives. Grandpa and grandson were an inseparable pair from the start and when Josie arrived the blessing of a granddaughter brought them bliss. They were a very significant part of their grandchildren’s lives and never missed an opportunity to spend time with Jacob and Josie or talk about them with great pride.

Russ and Diana lived with their hearts and loved unconditionally. They will be sorely missed, always loved and never forgotten. They are mourned by mother Mary, sons Michael and Jarett (Wendy), grandchildren Jacob and Josie, brother Richard (Marilyn) Terlesky & family: Daryn (Amanda, Piran & Gabriel), Laurel, Natasha (Chris), Lindsey and Matthew and sister Donna (Stan) Kwong & family: Jessica (Andy, Silas and Aala) and Aaron and numerous extended family and close friends.

Funeral Services will be held at Centre Street Church Main Campus (3900 – 2nd Street N.E.) on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca.

In living memory of Russ Terlesky and Diana Terlesky a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Larry & Judy Atcheson :

    So sad to hear of your loss of Diana and Russ. They were truly a wonderful couple and will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.
    With love, Larry and Judy

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  2. ROBERT & CAROL LYKA :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these times.

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  3. George, Brenda, and Sophie Glade :

    To the family:
    Please know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts through this terrible and tragic time.

    God bless

    George, Brenda, and Sophie Glade
    Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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  4. Ben and Marilyn Keryluke :

    To the Family, Words are difficult to find to express our profound sadness at the loss of Diana and Russ. We admired them, they were upstanding people with great hearts and love for life and people. They eluded a calmness and positive approach to life. Our friendship goes back to the Fox Creek days, 37 years ago. We felt blessed to have met your family. We send you our deepest sympathizes.

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  5. Heather Matsalla :

    Jarret and family,
    My heart is with you through this most difficult unexpected loss. Diana was the sweetest of women. I know, both her and your father will be missed so much. If I can help with the children, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to call. Sincerely, Heather Matsalla

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  6. Louie Talerico :

    I am writing to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I had the honour and pleasure to know your parents and I am very sorry to hear about their passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Garth and Barbara Greenwood :

    To Michael and Jarett

    Our deepest sympathy in the untimely loss of your mother and father.
    May the Lord be your strength.

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  8. Gary & Judy Seher :

    Michael, Jarret and Families

    It was with great sadness today that we learned of the passing of both your parents. Our deepest condolences to everyone.

    Both Russ and Diane were greatly respected by both Judy and I as well as all who knew them.

    We are thinking of you all at this time and wish you and family the best in these trying times.

    All best regards,

    Gary & Judy Seher

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  9. Marianne Fink :

    Donna and Stan – Please accept my heartfelt condolences at your time of such great loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Marianne

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  10. Susan Ferguson :

    I was a long-time curler with Diana with the Foothill Ladies curling Club.
    She will really be missed.
    Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

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  11. Stan Borowski :

    My deepest condolences to the family.
    Russ was my room mate in 1962 when he was a fresh Calstan recruit, and my boss in 1995 when he was Manager of Chevron’s Joint Ventures group. Lots of great memories over those 33 years. I could use 3 words to describe Russ : “A CLASS ACT”

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  12. Rod, Dorothy & Alice Lyka :

    Our deepest sympathy to the families on the tragic loss of two wonderful people. They will both be sadly missed. There will be many memories we will hold dear to our hearts.

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  13. Jarret and Family,

    You are on our minds and prayers. I’m deeply sorry for the loss of both you Mum and Dad. Diana was such an amazing lady, I will miss her. I can only try to imagine what you are all going through right now. If there is ever anything we can do to help specially with Jacob and Josie please let me know. Josh and Lucca would love to help to. Will be thinking of you and your family specially on Tuesday. God bless.

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  14. Eleanor Pawlick :

    Sending our deepest Sympathy to the family…from the Toma’s in your childhood neighbourhood…

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  15. Ken and Linda Stenbeck :

    To Mike and Jay
    We were both shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of your parents. They were like a second set of parents to our son Dean. May you find great strength and comfort in knowing that your parents were very respected and loved by many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead. Sincerely, Ken and Linda

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  16. Judy Denstedt :

    Jarett and Family,

    Deepest Sympathy for the loss of your parents.

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  17. Dane and Bonnie Milton :

    We were so sorry to hear about Russ and Diana. We both had the privilege of working with Russ at Chevron and we have many great memories from that time, as well as getting to know Diana at Stanco events. Our son, Craig, worked with Jarrett at Chevron and also sends his condolences. Russ and Diana will be dearly missed but ever remembered. We hope that in time all of your wonderful memories will bring some comfort.

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  18. Wendy and Jarret, Jacob & Josie,

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy in your loss. I often heard you speak so fondly of them and their involvement with Jacob & Josie. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Ellen

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  19. Marshall Wasyliw :

    To the Family of Russ and Diana
    My most sincere condolences in the loss of your loving parents. My knowing your father was through our mutual studies of Engineering at the U of A and in our common residence at Saint Johns Institute….May the love of your family carry you in peace and strength.

    Marshall Wasyliw Richmond BC

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  20. My sincerest sympathies.

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  21. Sabina Amaral :

    I don’t know you but I pray for you. I saw the beautiful picture, the love you had for each other. Know that you are together in the arms of God. You lived as one, you died as one.
    Blessings to the family and a wealth of prayers

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  22. Lisa Hawthorne :

    I cannot find the words to convey my sincere deepest sorrow at hearing the news.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

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  23. Ray & Zoria April :

    We are thinking of you in your time of sorrow.

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  24. To Michael, Jarett & family, Donna & family
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Diana and Russ. Please accept my sincere condolences and know I will be with you in spirit tomorrow.

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  25. Our heart felt sympathies to you and your family. May God grant you peace that passes all understanding as you greive the loss of your parents. Your Mom was alway a most cheerful person to deal with in your chiropractic office.

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  26. To the Terlesky Family,

    I was very sad to learn of the deaths of Russ and Diana and extend my sincerest sympathies for your loss. Although it has been too many years since Russ and I worked together at Chevron and since I had the pleasure of swapping stories with him, the mention of Russ brings back good memories, memories of someone who never lost view of the “human” element in business. He was always interested in and concerned about the well being of his colleagues. Perhaps the rest of us could have better followed his example at times.

    Bob

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  27. I was saddened to read of the double passing of Russ and Diana Terlesky in the Advocate.

    Unfortunately prior committments will not allow me to attend the funeral on Tuesday in Calgary.

    It has been over half a century since I last crossed Russ’ path. He was a first year Engineering student living on the third floor of Assiniboia Hall. My twin brother and I were in second year. What I remember about Russ was his beautiful penmanship, his quiet brilliance, and his open door policy. That meant you could bug him for help solving your Math and Physics problems, and rarely be burdened with time consuming questions in return. While it was unusual for second years to approach first year students, Russ was an exception.

    From the article if appears as if Russ didn’t lose his likeable qualities with the passage of years.

    Please extend our sympathies to the family.

    Regards

    Robert Lampard, M.D.

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  28. George & Linda Humphrys :

    We were shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely deaths of Russ and Diana. While in Red Deer I had the privilege of working with Russ at Chevron. We will always remember Diana and Russ for their kindness and hospitality. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to you and your family.

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  29. Mark Kharfan & Shannon Williams-Kharfan, D.C. :

    Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  30. To Michael, Jarret and Wendy, I am so deeply sorry that Diana and Russ are no longer. I worked with Diana close to 8 years and knew her and Russ . I will miss them both deeply. I am so sorry for your loss. They were both such amazing people.
    Peace, peace, and more peace,
    Amanda Stewart

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  31. Wayne &Paulette (Ruff) Flaska :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. So thankful for the visit we had with Russ and Diana at Aunt Pearl’s 100th Birthday gathering.

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  32. Daryn Magdall :

    To the Terlesky Family

    I was greatly saddened upon hearing the trajic news of the loss of Russ and Diana.
    My sincere condolences to the Terlesky family in these sad times.
    I worked for Russ’s Operations Team when in Drayton Valley. He was a great individual and will be missed.

    Daryn Magdall

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  33. Jarett and Wendy

    My most heartfelt thoughts to you, Wendy and your brother during this extremely difficult time. Such a tragic loss. As was expressed in the lovely memorial service, the world has lost two kind, genuine people and heaven has welcomed two new angels.

    Liv Schulte

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  34. Georgina Newell :

    To the Terlesky Family
    I am deeply saddened by this news and my heart goes out to you. Diana was a wonderful lady who always had a kind word and a smile to share. She will be missed by everyone whose lives she touched.

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  35. Dear Michael & Jarett & family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your parents. I had the pleasure and honour of working with Diana at Pacific Linen and she was one of the most spectacular individuals I have ever met. We became friends and kept in touch over the years. Diana and Russ were at my wedding and we have pictures of them laughing and having a great time. I feel very blessed to have known Diana and will miss her dearly. She was such a kind and loving person and we always used to have tons of fun together and we laughed a lot. Take comfort in knowing that the good times and great memories will indeed heal the pain that you are feeling now and give you the strength to live the lives your parents would have wished for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care. Sincerely, Tracy

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  36. Dean and Tania Stenbeck :

    Mike and Jay,
    Diana and Russ were good people. We always enjoyed their calmness and pride as they updated us Mike’s adventures and Jay’s family. They will be missed. We continue to think of them and you both. Sincerely, Dean and Tania

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  37. Tara and Brant Leatherdale :

    Jarrett & Wendy,

    We were shocked and saddened to hear about your parents Jarrett. We didn’t know your dad, but your mom was such a wonderful lady and was always so cheerful when we came into your clinic. She always had some good advice and was just great to have a conversation with. We will really miss her welcoming face. If there is anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
    Tara & Brant

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  38. Francis de Guzman & Co. :

    I was in the same shoes as you are now when my parents passed away a few years
    back. I know the pain goes deep in your heart and probably saying this is not the time yet. But I am sure they are now in peace and happily together ever after.
    Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go with you at this very difficult time.

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  39. I was saddened to read of the double passing of Russ and Diana Terlesky in the Advocate – now almost a year ago.

    Prior committments did not allow me to attend the funeral in Calgary.

    As the anniversary of their passing approaches, I still wanted to share the memory I had of Russ at the U of A.

    It has been over half a century since I last crossed Russ’ path. He was a first year Engineering student living on the third floor of Assiniboia Hall. My twin brother and I were in second year. What I remember about Russ was his beautiful penmanship, his quiet brilliance, and his open door policy. That meant you could bug him for help solving your Math and Physics. While it was unusual for second years to approach first year students, Russ was an exception.

    From the obituary if appears as if Russ didn’t lose his likeable qualities with the passage of years.

    Please extend our belated sympathies to the Terlesky family.

    Regards

    Robert and Sharon Lampard

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  40. Dear Jarrett & Mike,

    I am sorry for the loss of your parents. Your mom and Dad were the nicest people I ever met. I always appreciated their kindness and caring they have shown toward me in my youth. I am always grateful to have known them and with their memories I will always treasure.

    Please extend my belated condolences to your family.

    Kind Regards,

    H. Khuu

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