December 12, 1958 – May 14, 2012
It is with terrible sadness and broken hearts that we announce that Sue Wonneck lost her life to breast cancer on Monday, May 14, 2012. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family.
Sue lived with cancer for over four years with extraordinary dignity, grace and courage, and through her example became an inspiration to all who knew her. While she felt deeply the terrible losses that accompany this disease, she had a remarkable capacity to still find joy and things to be grateful for – when she could no longer hike and ski, she was grateful she could still walk; when she could no longer walk, she was grateful she could still play her banjo and sing; when she could no longer sing and play, she took joy from the sound of birds, the play of wind in the leaves and the feel of sunshine on her face. Her enthusiasm for life and interest in others led to many rewarding and enduring friendships, and she found great joy in connecting deeply with others. Her ability to live a full life in the face of her illness will be part of her enduring legacy to her family.
Sue was born in Winnipeg, MB and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1981. She met the love of her life (Mark) in 1983 the first time either had ever attended a session of the Winnipeg Folk Music Club and married in 1989. After their first son (Luke) was born, Mark and Sue settled in Calgary in 1993. Their second son (Aidan) followed shortly thereafter. Sue loved folk music, accompanying her beautiful and clear voice with guitar and more recently banjo. She referred to playing claw-hammer banjo as her “happy place”. She loved being in nature – hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with Mark by her side brought her such joy.
Sue is survived by her loving husband Mark; precious sons Luke and Aidan; father Don; brother Jack; mother-in-law Margaret; father-in-law Arvid; brothers-in-law Ron and John; sisters-in-law, Karen, Beth and Joan; and nieces and nephews James, William, Julia, Matthew, Neta, Paul and Carolyn. Sue was predeceased by her mother Janice.
A Celebration of Sue’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Sue wanted this to be a relaxed and comfortable occasion, so please feel free to dress accordingly. Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sue’s memory directly to Wellspring Calgary, 1404 Home Rd. N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 1G7 (www.wellspringcalgary.ca) or to a charity of your choice. Sue’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the extraordinary medical team that supported Sue throughout so much of her cancer journey – Dr. Alexander Patterson, Debbie Reinheimer, Dr. Leslie Coulter, Dean England, Chris Ralph, Dr. Neil Hagen, Dr. Jackson Wu, and the Palliative Home Care team.
In living memory of Sue Wonneck, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences