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VANHOUTTE, Noreen Isabel

April 14, 1937 – Calgary, AB
December 3, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Noreen passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013, a Calgary girl from start to finish. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Noreen was born in the community of Inglewood in a large and loving family in a home that still stands, and started her schooling at Colonel Walker Elementary and Junior High. She went on to High School at Western Canada High where at she excelled at baseball and basketball. Following high school, while she was a young secretary at Shell Oil, she met the man she would marry, Jerry “Van” Vanhoutte at a Tex Beneke Band dance, where they danced the ‘home dance’ which was in those days the last dance of the night. She was the love of his life for the next sixty years. They were married at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary on January 4, 1958 and spent their honeymoon night at the American Hotel, still standing, in Fort MacLeod Alberta, on their way to Norman, Oklahoma where Van was finishing his degree in civil engineering at the University of Oklahoma and where Noreen would work in the Bursary Office. Upon retuning to Canada after graduation, Van embarked on his civil engineering career with many successes, while Noreen nurtured a growing brood starting with Charlene, followed by Lisa, Laura, Theresa, and Tom, a rambunctious crew that kept the community of Lakeview on it’s toes for a quarter of a century as they grew up. While raising this remarkable family, Noreen was well known for her many neighborhood friendships, dinner parties, and her particular talent of producing desserts such as huckleberry pie, double chocolate chip cake, and we can’t forget the famous truffles which she enjoyed making every Christmas with her daughters and granddaughters. For many years she was a valued member of the Children’s Hospital Aid Society (CHAS), a 104 year old charity that assisted children in need in the Calgary area. Noreen was a longtime member of the downtown Glencoe Club where she had a wide circle of friends and was involved in badminton, tennis, fitness and bridge.

As a member of the Glencoe Golf and Country Club she and Van had an equally wide circle of friends with whom they played many rounds of golf over the years. Noreen Vanhoutte was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, mentor, and someone who was always there when you needed a wise piece of advice.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 56 years Van; her beloved children Charlene (Rod) Love, Lisa (Mike) O’Hara, Laura Vanhoutte, Theresa (Paul) Reinhart, and Tom Vanhoutte. She was affectionately known as “Baba” to her adoring grandchildren James (fiancée Aimee Johnson), Katie and Haley Love, Jack and Tess O’Hara and Max, Griffin and Sam Reinhart. Also, her crazy feline friend, Zoey and her granddogs Molly, Rocco, Mojo, Bella, Creston and Dakota who all enjoyed her homemade dog biscuits. She is also survived by her siblings Jack Chivers, Lenore (Ron) Cameron, Harry (Marsha) Chivers, Betty (Fred) Callaway, Joan (Dave) Mayes, Bill (Anita) Chivers, Don (Sue) Chivers, brother-in-law Bob Gray and sister-in-law Ardell Chivers. She was predeceased by her parents Frank and Kathleen Chivers, her older sister Evelyn Gray and three brothers in infancy.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through A donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Heart Association or the Children’s Hospital Aid Society would have pleased her.

In living memory of Noreen Vanhoutte, 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. Charlene & Rod :

    Charlene and Rod (& James & Katie & Haley)
    Our hearts are with you all. Family is the most important thing in the world and we’re all so lucky to have close families. When you lose someone this special, the only thing to do is get closer to all the rest and let them know how special they are.
    Big hug, Hal & Maddie

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  2. Brent Bezugley :

    Our condolances to the Vanhoutte family on the passing of a wonderful lady, Noreen. She clearly lived a full and wonderful life and positively touching many along the way. All the best.
    Brent, Nicole, Max, & Ben Bezugley.

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  3. cathy siroishka :

    Tom, my heart felt wishes are with you. I dont really know what to say as I didnt know your mother, but if she is anything like you she was wonderful. She raised a great family and you will carry her with you as you are a piece of her. My love to your sisters and family… Cathy

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  4. Lisa
    I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Your mom was a lovely person and always had a gentle smile for everyone.
    Susan Piercy

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  5. Trev and Nita Cutmore :

    To the Vanhoutte family,

    We are deeply sorry for your great loss of so loving a person; a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. May you draw strength from family members during this difficult time.

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  6. Michelle McKenna Mason :

    To the Vanhoutte family, (Tom)

    Just wanted to offer my condolences on the passing of your mother. These times are always sad and leave a void. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Michelle McKenna Mason

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  7. Kevin & Marianne Reinhart :

    To the Vanhoutte family, (Theresa,Paul & boys)

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May the wonderful memories created over the years help you during this difficult time.

    Deepest Sympathy
    Kevin & Marianne Reinhart

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  8. Mothers are the center of our lives. They are there when we need a shoulder to lean on and the ones who shake their heads when we get up to pranks.
    I am was deeply saddened to hear of Noreen’s passing. I met her many years ago at Ruby’s. Our conversations over the years covered family, recipes, restaurants, and whatever else was happening at the time, especially with the grandson’s sport accomplishments. I will miss our weekly chats and laughs, and the annual Christmas truffles I was lucky enough to receive each year. She was a lovely lady that I will always have fond memories of.
    Her spirit will soar forever.
    My thoughts and prayers to you all
    Lisa Wilson

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  9. Isobel Montgomery :

    Fred and Betty Callaway and all family members

    Please accept our sympathy at this difficult time. Coming from a large family ,I know the sadness felt when one is no longer here.

    Love to all,
    Jack and Isobel Montgomery

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  10. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.We had some great golf games and badminton games together over the years. God Bless . Patricia Lee

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  11. Joan and Bill Cooper :

    We offer our condolences and were sad to learn of Noreen’s passing. We knew Noreen as a neighbour, a golf Partner and shared dinners. She was fun to be around, an excellent cook and handled the debilitating effects of diabetes with grace, never complaining. Her family was a source of joy, especially the considerable athletic accomplishments of her grandchildren. We are sorry for your loss, Norreen will be missed by many.

    Joan and Bill Cooper

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  12. Ernie and Sue Mccullough :

    Dear Jerome

    Sue and I were saddened to see the notice of Noreen’s death and hoped to be at the funeral but my own health is precarious. We will always remember her and she and your family are in our prayers. She remains a beautiful woman in a Presence which guarantees that we shall all be together again.

    With love and prayers,

    Ernie and Sue McCullough

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  13. Very sorry to hear of Noreen’s passing.
    I knew her from tennis at the Glencoe and always found
    her to be a very kind and happy woman.
    Condolences to the family.

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  14. sincere condolences to all the Van Houtte Family

    Larry & Shelagh Hudon

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  15. Susan Swartzlander Kasper :

    Dear Laura, Lisa, Teresa and Tom:

    I never had the honor or pleasure of having the opportunity of meeting your wonderful mother. I did however get to meet and know her children. She must of been a great and special lady to produce such wonderful children. You are her legacy and testimony. Having lost my mother almost exactly to the year ago today that your mom passed I know how hard it is. Time does ease pain but the special thing is that all the wonderful memories will never fade. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

    Love and prayers,

    Susan Swartzlander Kasper
    (801) 6756113

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