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BENNINK (Kowalchuk), Frances (Frankie)

September 18, 1949 – Glace Bay, Nova Scotia 
May 9, 2019 – Calgary Alberta

Frances (Frankie)(Ma) Bennink (Kowalchuk), 69, of, Calgary, Alberta died peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary.

Born September 18, 1949, Glace Bay, NS, Ma’s family was in the Royal Canadian Air Force. They moved around a lot growing up, from Chatham, NB, Debert, NS, Calgary, AB, Sioux Lookout, ON, Yorkton, SK, and finally back to Calgary. Frankie worked hard most of her life. She was instrumental in the ownership and operation of a successful plumbing company with her first husband Doug and then a successful electrical contracting company with her second husband Gary. She continued post-secondary education much of her life, taking many different courses in various subject matters. You could say she had thirst for learning and a lust for reading. It was rare not to find her wrapped up in any genre reading whenever she had idle time. Ma loved to laugh; she could turn a bad day into the best day ever. She was kind caring and generous. She could sit and tell stories for days and always found the good in people and made it shine through. She had a hard life, but she would never show it. She believed the past was gone and no sense worrying about it. She loved the sun and being outdoors, sitting beside the fire with friends and family. She will be dearly missed.

Frankie is survived by her two sons whom she loved very much, Chad and Dean (Jacquie) Kowalchuk of Calgary, AB; grandson Spencer, sisters, Lynda and Denise Gulliver; nieces, Karla, Cindy and Jacquie; and nephews, John, Rick, James, Michael and Robert. She was predeceased by her parents, Esther and Richard (Dick) Gulliver of Calgary, AB; her brother Billy, sister Trish, and her late husbands Doug Kowalchuk, of Gilbert Plains, MB, Gary Bennink of Rimbey, AB, and Dennis Handrahan, of Calgary, AB.

Nothing Ma loved more than a good party with her friends and family. Join us one last time in her memory. A Celebration of life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive NE, Calgary, AB) on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Ogden House Club (2102 69 Ave SE, CALGARY, AB). In lieu of flowers please make a donation to help stop violence against woman, through The Women’s Centre of Calgary www.womenscentrecalgary.org. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com

In living memory of Frankie Bennink, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE NE, Calgary, AB, T2A 3V9, Telephone: 403- 248-8585.

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  1. Our sincere condolences to the family on the passing of your loved one, Frances. She was the common law spouse of our brother, Dennis. May she Rest In Peace! ❤️

    Roy, Linda, Bobby and families

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  2. Jacquie and Dean, so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Hugs to your family.
    Nancy and Craig Coldren

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  3. Dean and Family,

    Our sincere condolences to you , I hope you find all the strength you need during this sad time.

    Mike & Tina

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  4. To Frances boys. I have just heard the sad news.. Your mom was lots of fun, she loved people and a good time..She was kind to all.. I have been away and found a voice mail message on my phone from Frances asking me to give her a call.. Lets have a chat catch up on the news give me a call.. I did not get back to her in time and I feel sorry for that.
    I am Garry Bennink’s sister Stena Connell.. So sorry for your loss.. I really liked her and so sorry she and my brother broke up.. Take care.

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