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WALSH – Claire Gertrude (nee Ehlinger )

December 24, 1916 – September 5, 2009

Claire Gertrude Walsh of Calgary, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at the Sarcee Nursing Home.

Claire was born December 24, 1916 in Provost, Alberta to her parents John Peter and Gertrude Ehlinger who owned and operated the local hardware store for many years. After a happy childhood and concluding high school in Provost, Claire entered the Edmonton General Hospital School of Nursing from which she graduated in 1938. While training at the Edmonton General she made life long friendships amongst her classmates and spent many happy times with them over the years, including attending class reunions in Western Canada and the United States. After she married and moved to Calgary, she raised four fine children who loved her very dearly throughout her life. While in Calgary she was a loyal and steadfast employee for the Department of National Defence, the Charles E. Frosst and Co., and several law firms. Claire enjoyed many years of retirement in Kelowna, B.C. during which she traveled widely with her close friends to Europe, the United States and the West Indies. Clair’s pride and joy remained her four children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother, father and sister Frances.  She is survived by her son Don(Regine) Walsh of Annapolis, Maryland; daughter Pat Raymaker(Darryl) of Calgary; daughter Trudy Hughes(Bob) of Calgary and son John Peter(Nancy) Walsh of Charlotte, North Carolina. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Derek, Patrick and Nicole Raymaker, Morgan Khan(Jonade), Parker Hughes, Jerry(Kate) Walsh , Matthew and Maggie Walsh; great grandchildren, Samantha and Roxanne Walsh.

Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, P.O. Box 52051, Edmonton Trail North, Calgary, AB T2E 8K9 Telephone: (403) 539-5131.
Special thanks to Dr. Laurie Pereles and the staff at Sarcee Carewest Unit 3 for their extraordinary care, compassion and friendship shown to our mom and family over the past year.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queens Park Cemetery.

In living memory of Claire Walsh, 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. W.F.( Bill ) Moreland :

    Dear Pat,
    It was with great sorrow I learned of Claire’s passing. I had not seen Claire for over 30 years, so you can imagine my surprise when we met again in Glenmore Park in 2008.
    Chatting with Claire on the many years we had at Charles E. Frosst and Co., for my part made the rehab stay more pleasant.
    Claire was indeed a dedicated part of our team.
    I regret my inability to attend Claire’s service due to being housebound.
    In sorrow,
    W.F. Moreland

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  2. Clarence & Matie Hansman families :

    Renee and Maureen regret that we cannot attend the service but extend the sympathy of the family and wish you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless

    Larry Hansman, Renee Christensen, Don Hansman and Maureen Millar

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  3. To Claire’s Children –
    My mother, Olive Clark, was a nursing classmate of Claire’s. I spent many an evening growing up watching the antics of the nurses at their reunions. Your Mom was usually there and even in their golden years, I was delighted to drive them all to their Alumnae banquets. Your Mother always treated me as one of her own and I have never forgotten her and have thought of her off and on since Mom passed away. My condolences to you all – she was an amazing lady. I thank her for some wonderful memories.
    Sue Smith

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  4. My mother, Amy Miller (Strawson) and your mother trained at Edmonton General, graduating in the same class. Our mothers over the years maintained a special friendship.

    I had the honour of meeting Claire on a few occasions and enjoyed her humour and the special bond between our mothers.

    You must have many special memories and I hope that is comforting during this difficult time and in the future.

    Bill Miller

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