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WESTBERG, Carol Ann

December 4, 1954 – January 24, 2013

Carol Westberg of Calgary passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the age of 58 years.

Carol was a dearly loved daughter, sister, mom, Oma, friend, and warrior.

Born in Broadview, SK, Carol’s early years were spent moving around the province with her family who finally settled in the small town of Saltcoats, SK in 1967. It is here that she started her own family, became a care aid, local artist and valued community member. Moving to Calgary, AB in 1999 Carol followed her passions establishing herself as a landscaper and professional organizer.

She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2004. A fierce, brave, and dedicated warrior whose focus and mission became one of helping others with this devastating disease. In her own words “I am not the type to ask why me but rather Why not me and go ahead and TRY me!!!” So the diagnosis of myeloma has changed my life or rather forced me to change my life…my focus and mission became one of helping others diagnosed with this devastating disease and I have really found this journey has had more blessings than sad times”.

Carol started the Myeloma support group in Calgary and co-founded the Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society (SAMPS) whose mission is to raise public awareness of this rare cancer and to raise funds for Myeloma research.

The inukshuk became Carol’s personal symbol of strength and guidance on her life’s journey. They are a powerful guardian guiding travelers along the best and safest paths.

She loved driving to the mountains where she would often build these inukshuks and return home to replicate them in her paintings.

Carol loved her family above all. Always putting the needs of family, friends, and fellow warriors before her own.

Carol is survived by her Soul mate Doug Bauer; her parents Alvin and Helen Westberg; her children, Craig Hanson, Shona (Chris) Evans, Lee (Shantel) Hanson; eight grandchildren, Seija, Bronte, Kai, Wyatt, Zaiden, Jager, Oakley, Cruz and a grandchild on the way; her sisters Bev (Randy) Westberg, Leslie (Gerry) Adam and their children Hannah and Justin; her brother Dean (Shelly) Westberg and their children Carly and Avery. Funeral Services will be held at the Saltcoats Community Hall on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will also be held in conjunction with the Multiple Miles for Myeloma Walk/Run to be held in July in Calgary. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Carol’s memory directly to the Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society, c/o William Holt, 5640 Lodge Crescent S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 5Y7.

In living memory of Carol Westberg, 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. Our world will never be the same without Carol. Her loss is irreplaceable….I pray that you will find great comfort in knowing the amazing legacy she left behind,….She one-handidly made “myeloma matter” to many and helped thousands in their journey with this disease.
    I will miss her dearly.

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  2. Jock and Ruth Datema :

    Sincere sympathy from all our family to all of you. What a fight she gave.

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  3. Philip and Angela Ede :

    To the Westberg Family:
    God has called back one of his angels she will always be in our hearts.

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  4. Carol was our visionary leader and my hero.
    She had inherent ability to inspire everyone around her.
    May the love she shared with us comfort the family and friends of this extraordinary person.

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  5. My sincere sympathy goes out to you Craig, Shona, Lee and your families. Your mom touched a lot of lives. She will be missed by many.

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  6. Carol was a true friend and inspiration. What a warrior! A bright light is gone. My sincere condolences to you all.

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  7. Will always remember of how supportive Carol was of me and our hockey teams in growing up in Saltcoats.Our May visits above the Lucky Dollar Store. She has made Saltcoats proud in her work with the cancer groups in Calgary.Carol was lots of fun to be around. Best to all at this sad time. Scott Morgan

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  8. My deepest sympathy to Carols family and all her friends and their were many, we will always remember her great gift for caring. Judy Watrych

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  9. I am so sorry to have lost one of my best friends but I know it is even harder to lose a daughter, a sister, and especially, a mother. Thank you to her dear family for all the love, care and support you gave Carol. May some of her warriors spirit be carried on in you to give you strength to deal with your sorrow and your loss. It will take time….and if I can help in any way, just call.

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  10. I was so saddened and sorry to read about Carol’s passing. I knew her only slightly when I was in Calgary and part of Support Local Art… When I moved away we kept connected through Facebook.. Her posts always showed her as a positive fighting queen.. Her fierce dedication to the fight against Myeloma was inspiring.. I never saw any side of her but light and humour. She was always so proud of her children and grandchildren.
    Oh, that there were more Carols in this world… but there must be an extra star in the sky now..

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  11. Carolyn Hughes (Hanson) :

    I had the pleasure to know Carol from a very young age and she was always someone that cared enough about me to guide and encourage me along life’s path. She had this ability to make a person laugh when all they felt like was crying and always helped you see the bright side of any situation or mistake you might have made. If you ask me those qualities are worth their weight in gold….just like Carol was! She will be missed but always remembered!

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  12. Stephen Biefer :

    There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain and no more fears. There will be a day when cancer is cured, but we won’t forget, all of our fallen. We will remember you Carol. God Bless You.

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  13. Arnold and Joyce Niefer :

    Our deepest Sympathy on the loss of Carol. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time. Arnold & Joyce

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  14. Carol is an amazing soul always inspiring others. She always came to volunteer for our son Carson’s birthday bike ride for Wellspring Calgary. We will miss her.

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  15. Patty Hofland :

    I read the passing of Carol Ann on the Cancer website. I understand your thoughts and grief because I too lost my husband last August of Multiple Myeloma. He was diagnosed in Dec 2007 and was a Full Time Firefighter in Innisfil, Ontario. Craig had the stem-cell transplant in 2008 and was in remission until April 2012. The disease finally took him down on Aug 3 but not without a fight. The town gave him a Line of Duty funeral. Although Craig did not start a support group, he did have many of his fire fighter brothers and friends either raise funds through BBQ’s, golf tournaments, the bike race and MM walk-a-thon. I hope through Carol Ann’s efforts and Craig’s friends and family that they will find a cure for this terrible devastating disease that took our loved ones from us.
    Patty Hofland

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  16. I was one of the ones Carol touched. I only spoke with her twice on the phone as I too am diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I immediately bonded with Carol and in both conversations she gave me hope and strength. May her soul rest in peace and I know we will have an advocate up in heaven with this beautiful being.

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  17. John & Judy Elson :

    We were very priviledged to have meet Carol through SAMPS after a MM diagnosis – she immediately offered to meet with us & helped us to learn & adjust – she was an inspiration & truly a warrior. We will sorely miss her! You must be very proud of her as we were blessed to know her. Words are so inadequate. Bless you all!

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  18. Melanie Woytko :

    My deepest condolences to the family. My daughter, Rebecca Brennan, who met Carol and family when she interviewed them through the Walmart “Mom of the Year” contest said more than once what a lovely lady Carol was and how great the family is. My own Mom passed away February 16, 2011 from myeloma so we know what Carol and her family have endured. I hope as time goes on they will all feel comfort in the wonderful memories they have of her.
    Melanie Woytko

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  19. Carol fought a valiant battle against Myeloma. She was the strongest, bravest, determined and compassionate person I have known. Carol was a light in the world of Myeloma. I have been blessed beyond words for having Carol as a dear friend for the last several years. The life she lived while battling Myeloma will be an inspiration forever. My deep heartfelt condolences to Carol’s family. May her beautiful spirit fly and infuse us with joy as we remember this remarkable lady.

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  20. Eileen Thiessen :

    Dear family,
    I got to know Carol at the mom of the year in Toronto, what a brave and courages lady she was, I am so sad to hear she has left us. She has fought the good fight. May you be surrounded by the memories of her undying love for you. May you feel the love she had for you the rest of your life.
    sincerely, Eileen Thiessen

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  21. My deepest sympathy to all the family. Carol was a dear friend of mine. I also have myeloma and was diagnosed 2003 . I helped Carol get through her journey when she was diagnosed. with tthis terrible disease. Carol was a very strong person and has left her mark on the wall. She will be missed by many including me.. God bless you all.

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  22. I came to know Carol through ‘Wellspring Calgary’, where she led the Multiple Myeloma Group. I was always amazed and impressed with her ever positive view of the world, in spite of her many challenges! She was an amazing person, and I feel privileged to have known her, however briefly. My condolences to her family.

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  23. Catherine Suzanne :

    It was a privilege to have known Carol. She was truly larger than life. Her tremendous spirit will continue to touch all those she knew for eternity. My deepest condolences to all her family. I will miss you my dear friend.

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  24. Deanna Henderson :

    Carol and I were overdue for one of our tea/coffee dates. I worried when she did not email me back and I have only now discovered the news of her passing. Carol was a wonderful friend to me, she found me through my brochure about helping people with life-threatening illnesses embark on their dream holidays, something I began in honour of my late husband, who passed of colorectal cancer at the age of 33. She inspired me on so many levels, including putting me in touch with her tattoo artist so that I, too, could get my own tattoo in honour of my husband. She was fantastic company, always good conversation, and I am glad I took the time to build for her an inukshuk atop a mountain in southern Alberta, as I know she loved them. I am sad to lose such a fine friend and amazing warrior woman, and at the same time I feel uplifted knowing her spirit is now free of this cruel affliction. My empathy and understanding to you, her family and loved ones.
    Fly high, my friend! I will never forget you!

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