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BAUMGARTNER, Verley Gaylene

September 8, 1943 – Cut Knife, Saskatchewan
October 5, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Gaylene Baumgartner of Calgary, AB, on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the age of 75 years.

Gaylene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She was always willing to help others. She volunteered for the fire department in Elkford and with the regional health council. Gaylene loved to play piano, sew, bake, and cook. She was happy to pass on the family traditions to her sons and grandchildren. She enjoyed her granddaughter’s musical performances and was very proud of her achievements. She always enjoyed coming out to her son’s and grandson’s hockey games. For many years she worked as a secretary at the schools in Elkford and got to know so many of the staff and kids that passed her desk.

Gaylene was born in Cut Knife, SK; attended Sunningdale and East Trail Elementary, as well as the Junior High and J. Lloyd Crowe Senior High in Trail. She did her secretarial training at both the Calgary and Trail Business Colleges. She worked as a clerk at Woolworths in Trail and also worked in both Banff and Calgary. Her first career job was as a receptionist at Cominco in the Engineering Planning Office. This is where she met her husband Otto. Gaylene’s next jobs were as casual secretarial work at Fording Coal and Elkford Village Office. From 1978 to 1991 she worked at the Elkford Elementary School and then the Elkford High School.

Gaylene is lovingly remembered by Otto, her husband of 52 years; sons, Kris and Mark Baumgartner (Judy Gibson) of Calgary, AB; grandchildren, Jenna and Kyle Baumgartner of Calgary, AB; sisters, Charlene Bisson of Fruitvale, BC and Delisa Woolls of Trail, BC; and nephews Shawn Woolls and Chad Datoff of Airdrie, AB.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Gaylene Baumgartner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Gaylene Baumgartner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Vicki Gardiner :

    Otto and Family:
    I was so sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing! My thoughts have been with you this past weekend. I have many fond memories of Gaylene and will always treasure them.

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  2. Heather Joiner :

    My deepest sympathies to Gaylene’s sisters and family.

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  3. soryy to hear of mrs B’s passing she was a big part of my growing up in elkford

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  4. My thoughts go out to family. She was such a great lady and will always be remembered

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  5. Heather Matthew :

    Otto and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Gaylene (Mrs. Baumgartner) was a wonderful woman with a big heart.

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  6. She was an amazing lady. I have so many memories at school. She was always there and a good ear to talk to.

    Laughing and smiling, and keeping us kids in line. We are all better people with having her influence in our lives.

    My deepest condolences to everyone

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  7. Mandy McGregor :

    It saddens our whole family to hear this news. We have the many wonderful memories of our days with Mrs. B and “coach” in them. Our memories always bring a smile to our face. You touched many lives, Mrs. B. Sending big hugs to all of you from all of us <3 Mandy, Cam, Becky & Jason

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  8. Barb & Murray Haight :

    Murray and I are so sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing. She will be missed by many.

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  9. Blair and Loriann Hucik :

    Otto, Mark, Chris and families
    Blair and I are so sorry to hear of Gaylenes passing. It was our pleasure to have known her. Our sympathies and prayers are with you all. RIP Gaylene.

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  10. Richard Pinotti :

    To Otto,Mark and Chris and families, sorry for loss. Worked with Gaylene many years.

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  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve thought of her often throughout the years.

    “Grief only exists where love lived first. – Francesca Cox”

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  12. Karen (Blackstock) Shelast :

    My deepest condolences to the family. Mrs. Baumgartner was always always such a beautifully nice and kind lady. I have wonderful memories of her not only from our neighbourhood in Elkford, but also seeing her smile every day in high school. She will be remembered fondly.

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  13. Dawn Milton (Dostaler) :

    Condolences to all family, prayers and strength for the difficult days ahead.Mrs. Baumgartner will forever be in your hearts.

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  14. Thomas J.Leahy :

    I am very sorry to hear of Mrs Baumgartner’s passing.As a boy I spent time in her home and enjoyed a friendship with her 2 son’s. Mr’s B was a kind lady who became very popular with us kid’s in Elkford when she became a secretary at the local school. Thought’s of her bring back many fond memories.

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  15. Gordon and Mary Deadmarsh :

    Otto, Mark, Chris and families
    Gordon and I are sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing.
    Our sympathy and prayers are with you all.
    Rest in Peace Gaylene.

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  16. Angela Fraser :

    My deepest condolences to Gaylene’s family. She will always be remembered for her years in Elkford & many students she seen grow up there.

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  17. Dave and Kathy Scott :

    Otto, Mark, Kris and family we were so saddened to hear of Gaylene’s passing we offer each of you our most sincere condolences for your great loss. Gaylene was a good friend and the best kind of neighbour always offering a helping hand to anyone that needed it she will be missed by many. Bless and hugs. Kathy, Dave and the family.

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  18. Remi & Tilly Garneau :

    Otto and families,
    Sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing. Have fond memories of Gaylene and our years in Elkford, she will be sorely missed. R.I.P Gaylene.

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  19. Paulette Blackstock :

    Otto, Mark, Chris and families, so sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing. Remembering Gaylene from Trail and Elkford. She will be missed by many. Hugh, Paulette, Alanna and Karen.

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  20. Don & Terry Vandale :

    Our thoughts are with the family! A little slice of Elkford gone and will be missed.

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  21. Paulette Blackstock :

    Otto, Mark, Chris and families.
    So sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing. Remember her from Trail and Elkford. She will be missed by many.

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  22. Paulette Blackstock :

    Otto, Mark, Chris and families.
    So sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing.
    Fond memories of her in Trail and Elkford.
    She will be missed by many.

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  23. So sorry for your lost. My thoughts are with you.

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  24. Heather Kennedy :

    Otto and family,

    Our condolences at this very sad time.

    Doug and Heather Kennedy

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  25. Janet (McKerracher) Nunweiler :

    My deepest condolences to the family – she was a great lady and will be fondly remembered

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  26. Corinne (Leduc) Matthews :

    Baumgartner family
    So sorry for your loss. So many fond memories of Gaylene, especially as secretary at the high school! Thoughts and prayers for your family!

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  27. Very sad to hear of Gaylene’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of her when I was growing up in Elkford. Our thoughts are with Otto, Mark, Kris and Families. Garry and Helen Grieve.

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  28. Hermie - Connie De Luna :

    Our deepest condolences to the families !
    May her soul Rest In Peace!
    God bless

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  29. Larry and Bonnie Mercier :

    Otto, Mark, Chris and families:
    Very sad to hear of Gaylenes passing. We have many fond memories of her.

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  30. Joan Andrusiak :

    Otto, Mark, Kris & family,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and the family. It was with shock and heartbreak that I received the news on Gaylene’s passing. She was a beautiful woman with a loving heart for her family & grandkids, that she adored. I spend many days with her at our coffee group each day. Gaylene and the coffee group got me back into sewing and without her help I would never have done so,, with her great knowledge of so she help me very much and now my love of sewing has me making quilts that I would never have attempted with out her help in getting back to sewing… She was loved by so many and she will be missed so very much, by all those who were blessed to have her in their lives. God Bless you All and keep her memories close to your hearts at this very painful time. Joan Andrusiak

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  31. Otto and Family: sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our love and Prayers Dan & Doris Dunbar

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  32. Linda and Larry Sjonnesen :

    Dear Otto, Mark, Chris and family

    Our condolences and sympathy to all of you.

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  33. Donna and Glenn Donald :

    Otto, Mark, Chris, and families, our condolences and deepest sympathies are with you at this time. Gaylene will always be remembered in our hearts.

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  34. Ron & Nancy Foye :

    sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing RIP Gaylene

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  35. Rod and Angie Hooper
    Our condolences to Otto and the family

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  36. I am so sorry to hear this sad news today Otto. If I were able to I would drop by personally and give you a huge hug. Unfortunately I am in France at the moment. I will see you as soon as I can.
    Take Care Otto!

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  37. Otto and Family – So sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to you all.

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  38. Betty Dostaler :

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. I have very fond memories of Gaylene, working with her for many years and of course being neighbors. Otto n boys and family know that you are all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

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  39. Loretta Ackerman :

    Loretta and Allan Ackerman
    Our deepest sympathies to Otto and Family on Gaylene’s passing! I will always have fond memories of Gaylene and I going conferences together in Vancouver,the good times we had together, and the many times having coffee together! She was a good friend! Our prayers and thought are with you all Loretta and Allan Ackerman

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  40. Norma Halladay :

    So sorry to hear of Gayle’s passing. She is in a much better place now. I really liked her and lost touch when she left Elkford.

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  41. Lorraine and Bob Mear :

    Otto and Family, So sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing. She was a beautiful person, always doing things for others. She will be missed so much. May beautiful memories carry you on wings of love to a tomorrow of comfort and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lorraine and Bob Mear

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  42. Joanne McKerracher :

    Dear Otto and Family: Dean and I are so very sorry to hear of Gaylene’s passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Gaylene shared a part of all our lives over the years! May she rest in peace!

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  43. Paul and Sharon Charbonneau :

    Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Paul and Sharon Charbonneau.

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  44. Catherine Brooks :

    So sorry to hear about Gaylene. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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  45. Steve Fairbairn :

    Let me add to the list of those sending their thoughts and memories. Gaylene was on of the first people I met when I moved to Elkford. She always knew her stuff and I know she knew the name of everyone of the 340 students in the school. She’ll never be forgotten as long as I live. Her laugh remains in my mind forever.

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  46. So sorry to hear about Gaylenes passing. My condolences Otto to you and your family. Words can’t express what a hug can. HUGS

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  47. Teresa Halladay :

    So sorry for your family’s loss.. she was a great lady.. offered my son one of her kidneys when my son had a ski accident of he had needed one many years ago in Elkford..I thought of her often…

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  48. John and Kathy Marilyn Zarchukoff :

    We are so sorry to hear of Mrs B’s passing and offer our heartfelt condolences to all who loved her. She will remain in the hearts of all who knew her and her many kindnesses. May these memories bring you peace and comfort

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  49. Claudette and Al Brown :

    Our condolences to the family. Gaylene Will be fondly remembered as a kind and friendly person. She is also remembered as the lady who helped me get a teaching position at Elkford Elementary School. Thoughts, prayers and hugs.

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  50. Doug and Diana Stokes :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Peace be with you.

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  51. Barbara Endicott :

    So sorry to jear of Gaylene’s passing. She always made me feel so welcome as a young teacher at Elkford Elementary in the early 80s.

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  52. Kim and Greg Trout :

    Otto and family,
    So sad to hear of Gaylene’s passing! Our thoughts are with you. We have very fond memories of Gaylene in Elkford.

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  53. Colleen Trozzo :

    We were sad to hear of Gaylene’s passing. Sending our condolences & prayers to you all.

    Colleen & Frank Trozzo

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  54. Dear Otto.
    My sincere condolences at this sad and difficult time.
    Richard Dean

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  55. Kim (McKerracher) Bauer :

    I’m so sad to hear of Gaylene’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. I have fond memories of her at both Elkford Elementary & Elkford Secondary School. My deepest sympathies to you Otto, Mark, Chris and families.

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  56. Shawna (Colmer)Prebushewski :

    Keep the precious memories close to your hearts, my condolences to the entire family and all those affected by this sad loss.

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  57. Gabriel and Lise Gamache :

    We would like to offer our sincere sympathies to Otto,Mark,Chris and family. We have fond memories of Gaylene! She will be greatly missed!

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  58. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! Gaylene will be missed, and will be remembered for her kindness!
    Gabriel and Lise Gamache

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  59. Ross Pritchard :

    Otto
    Sharon and I are very sad to hear of Gaylene’s passing. Please accept our condolences
    Ross and Sharon

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  60. Lionel and I were so sad to hear of Gaylene’s passing. We have many fond memories of our days in Elkford. Our deepest sympathy to you Otto and all your family’

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  61. Dana (Mathews) Bouchard :

    To Mr. Baumgartner, Mark and Kris – to you and your family I offer my sincerest condolences. Mrs. B. was such a wonderful lady – lots of laughter and smiles and good times we shared with all of you over the years. Great neighbours!

    Whenever someone calls me “Mrs. B.” I automatically think of Mrs. Baumgartner and smile. She will always be fondly remembered by so many people.

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    With love to you all –
    Dana

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  62. judith irene mary :

    to otto and family offering my sincere condolence to all the family

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  63. Rondeana Milburn :

    Dear Otto, Mark & Judy, and Kris

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Rondeana, Ian & boys

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  64. Ned and Linda Studer :

    We have been neighbors and friends of Gaylene and Otto for 17 years and they are the best neighbors in the world. We will miss Gaylene greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Otto and his family.

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