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TRAPTOW, Violet (Vi) Sarah (nee Newton)

With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mom, Violet (Vi) Sarah Traptow (nee Newton) on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, surrounded by the love of her family at the age of 86 years.

Mom was born in Penhold, Alberta on February 5, 1929 to Sarah and Charles Newton, the eighth of nine children. Mom was born and raised on the family farm until she was 18, when she left home to attend Mount Royal College in Calgary. Upon graduation Violet worked for Revelstoke lumber and the Alberta Government before meeting the love of her life, Lloyd, at Central United Church. Mom balanced motherhood and working with Dad as Office Manager at Taylor Signs until they both retired in 1996.

In retirement, Mom and Dad enjoyed traveling, which included many trips to Maui, RVing around Alberta and BC, and many memorable vacations with family at destinations around North America. She loved to help people, which included volunteer work with Central United Church, Banff Trail Community, the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and other organizations. Mom’s true passions were her family, friends, dancing, cooking/baking and aquasize. Mom was a warm, genuine lady who loved being around people. We love her deeply and miss her smiles, hugs, giggles and laughter.

Violet is survived by her children and grandchildren, Keith (Laurel), Elliott and Denton; Paul (Shawna), Josh, Jarrett, and Joel; Karen Dunnet (Bruce), Sarah and Marshall; Murray (Kathy), Bryson, Tyler, and Luke; as well as her brother-in-law, Doug (Ella) of Victoria. Violet was predeceased by her husband of sixty-one years Lloyd, in September 2014 and all of her siblings.

Violet’s children would like to thank the staff of Bowview Manor, Mom’s home for almost three years, for their compassionate and dedicated care of Mom during her final years.

A Celebration of Violet’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. It would be wonderful if you would wear something purple in mom’s honour. Condolences may be forwarded through If family and friends so desire, memorial tributes in Violet’s honour may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta, Administrative Office, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton AB T5H 4K1, Telephone: 1-866-950-5465, or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112,

In living memory of Violet Traptow, 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. Leeta Whitrow :

    To the Traptow families I extend my heartfelt sympathy. It was a joy to have known your Mother/Grand Mother and her extended family.


    Leeta Whitrow

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  2. Betty Fildes :

    Paul please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of your Mother.
    You and Shawna are top of mind during this difficult time. God bless.

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  3. Frank Petrin :

    Paul & Family

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I read your Mom’s obituary and it sounds like she lived a rich full life surrounding by lots of family, hopefully you find a little comfort this. Take care.

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  4. Marg & Don Weber :

    Josh, please know that we are among the many who hold you in their thoughts and prayers. Losing both parents so close together is indeed a tragedy. Our sympathy to you and your family,

    Don and Marg Weber

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  5. Stewart & Mary McCrae :

    Paul, Shawna, Josh, Jarrett and Joel

    We are so sorry about your mother/grandmother/s passing and we both extend to all of you our most sincere sympathy. We hope that all the good memories you have of your mother – and father – will help to get you through this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

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  6. John Nicholson :

    You have experienced much loss and change in the past few months. I know, without a doubt, that your mom was loved and cherished. Her memory will be honored by you and the family both now and well into the future. Your mom and dad were stellar examples of what it means to live and love and work together. They also knew the value of making the great investment in raising a family and upholding that as a priority. I love the cabin stories. May they continue!

    My condolences to you and your whole family.

    John Nicholson

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