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AMBLER, Birgit Margareta (nee Applegren)

June 15, 1931 – Aker, Sweden
November 22, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that the family of Birgit Margareta Ambler, announces her passing on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at the age of 86.

Birgit came to Vancouver, 50 years ago with her friend Svea and after a few months they both decided to make Canada their permanent home. One day, Birgit met Aleck and shortly after they fell in love and decided they wanted to get married in Hawaii. They shared many interests and were happily married for 31 Years. They wanted to try living on a farm so; they bought a farm in Neepawa, Manitoba. Farming was a difficult life but they both enjoyed it and along the way they met and developed many strong friendships. In 1985, they decided to go onto their next endeavour and moved to Strathmore, Alberta. They both thoroughly enjoyed their life there and kept themselves busy. They had a passion for Akita dogs and raised several pups. They also grew a very big garden which Birgit loved tending. After several years they moved to Calgary, where they had family and many friends. In Calgary, they bought their first home near Nosehill Park, where Birgit really enjoyed being outdoors and going for walks. Their final home together was in North Haven. Birgit loved her home where she was able to have a little garden and enjoy being outdoors. She was able to stay in her home until earlier this year, when she had a serious fall. She had been recovering for many months in hospital and several other care facilities. Birgit enjoyed life and loved spending time with her family and many friends. She touched many lives with her kindness and caring towards everyone she knew. Birgit will truly be missed by all.

Birgit will be lovingly remembered by her large extended family. In Sweden, she is survived by her sister, Ruth; nephews and nieces Lena, Anders, Gunnar and Mari From, Anna and Niklas Appelgren, Tommy and Leif Appelgren and twelve grandnephews and grandnieces. In Canada, her three step-children Deborah (Rob) Kernohan; Michael (Rosalie) Ambler and Jim Ambler, as well as four grandchildren Bradley and Mike Kernohan, James Ambler and Diana Thompson and three great grandchildren.

Birgit is predeceased by her husband Aleck; her sister Ulla and her brothers Gösta, Arthur and Bengt.

A Celebration of Birgit’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children, 5225 – 101ST St. N.W., Calgary Ab T3L 1S4 Telephone: (403) 239-0030.

In living memory of Birgit Ambler, 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. Dorothy and Gunnar :

    We will miss Birgit, a long-time friend who we got to know well through her marriage to Aleck Ambler. She was a fine lady, nice to visit with and converse about many topics–very interesting– and a great hostess.
    Dorothy and Gunnar Hansen

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  2. For the family of our dear friend, please receive our deepest sympathies. We share your loss and grief, and celebrate Birgit’s journey home.
    Some people walk through your life and change it forever. Birgit, ever quiet and graceful, deep thinking and always true, was one of these.
    She will be forever and lovingly remembered.
    ~ Alex Sundin and Evy Nelson

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