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WAKARUK – Ora Marie

December 28, 1948 – August 18, 2010

On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the age of 61 years,
Ora Wakaruk, beloved wife of Roger, passed away following a lengthy and courageous battle with brain cancer.

Ora was born, raised and attended school in Drumheller. She graduated from U of A and taught school in Drumheller until 1971 when Roger and she moved to Calgary. Ora and Roger were married on June 27, 1970. They were blessed with two sons. After raising their family, Ora resumed teaching at the Whitehorn Play School Society, where she taught for the past nineteen years. She will be remembered as a kind, caring and compassionate person who touched the lives of many.

Ora is survived by her loving husband Roger of forty years, her sons and daughters-in-law, Brent and Jody; Christopher and Janelle. She was a devoted Nana to Emily and Katie. Ora is also survived by a brother Ken (Penny) Snaychuk of Moyie, BC. as well as many extended family members.

She was predeceased by her parents Anne and Walter Snaychuk. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of the Agape Hospice for providing dignity and respect during her stay.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588, or to a charity of choice.

In living memory of Ora Wakaruk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.

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  1. Tony & Barbara Sharples :

    Roger, you and your family are in our prayers at this time of great loss for you and your family.

    Tony & Barb

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  2. Patrick Windle :

    Roger and Family:
    I’m sad to hear that Ora is gone but in reading the obituary, realize that her pain is also gone. The world will be a lesser place in her absence. Though I haven’t seen Ora for many, many years; her bubbly, happy, intelligent personality came to mind from time to time. She was a lovely person and I hope you know that your loss is shared by all who knew her. Best wishes in your bereavement,
    Patrick Windle

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  3. Dear Roger and family
    So sorry to hear about Ora , Ora had taught both of our children at the playschool and I had the pleasure of working with her for 3 years at the school . She will be missed by all, as she touched everyone’s life in so many ways, Ora will always be in my thoughts and my heart.
    Terry , Cam , Dylan and Sadie

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  4. Ken and Evelyn Bracko :

    Roger

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your

    wife Ora. Our prays are with you.

    Ken & Evelyn Bracko

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  5. Jack and Susan MacKenzie :

    Roger, we are so sorry to hear of the death of Ora. We have thought of you and your family many times during Ora’s battle with cancer. Our hearts go out to you. Ora will be remembered for her love of family and her terrific sense of humor; she will be missed.
    Jack & Susan MacKenzie

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  6. Frank and Marjorie Bilotta & Family :

    Dear Roger, Brent and Christopher:
    We were so sorry to hear your sad news. Ora was such a kind and loving person and will surely be missed. We hope that at this sad time you will find comfort with your family, your friends and most of all your faith. You’re in our thoughts.
    The Bilotta Family

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  7. Gordon and Lucille Ector :

    Roger and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you say good bye to your loved one. I thought of you many times during the last year as Ora fought the battle of brain cancer. She was an inspiration to all of us. She has left you with beautiful memories to hold in your heart. God Bless. Lucille and Gordon

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  8. Wow…what a lady! Its was an honor to know her and call her friend. Her smile and laugh will be remembered. God Bless

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  9. Jo & Paul Berlinguette :

    Roger & family

    We are so sorry to hear of the death of Ora. I hadn’t seen Ora in many years when I heard her distinctive voice & laugh at a July 1st celebration in Drumheller a couple of years ago. It was wonderful to see her – she was always such a warm & genuine person. Our sincere sympathy.

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  10. Brian and Janice Stoodley :

    Roger & family: We are both very sorry about Ora’s passing.

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