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BRABENDER, Elisabeth Maria

July 5, 1938 – Kaster, Germany
July 14, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Marliese of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the age of 80 years.

Marliese was born in Kaster, Germany on July 5, 1938. She met the love of her life, Günter in the neighbouring town of Bedburg, Germany and they were married in 1958 in Kaste Kr, Berghium, Germany when she was twenty years old. The couple immigrated to Calgary, AB, in 1961 where Marliese quickly put her training as a hair stylist to good use. She initially worked in a number of hair salons, but eventually pursued her own hair styling business. Marliese was known for her volunteer activities. She volunteered as a White Hatter at Calgary International Airport where she cared for passengers and their varied needs for over twenty-six years, she was a real people person. In recent years, she volunteered at St. Joseph Catholic Church and at the Fanning Centre. She will be greatly missed by everyone she worked with, her amazing friends and neighbors.

Marliese is survived by her sister, Christa and husband Reiner Danmen and their family; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-six years, Günter.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the Parish Hall.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, or the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region, Suite #400, 105 – 12th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A1 Telephone: (403) 297–1700, Condolences may be forwarded through No words can describe how thankful we are for the Foothills Hospital emergency team as well as the doctors and staff on unit 36 for taking care of our dearest friend.

In living memory of Marliese Brabender, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Colleen Devlin

    it is a sad day when we lose one of our terrific team of White Hat YYC volunteers. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. from a fellow White Hat Volunteer Colleen on Tuesday night.

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  2. Dear Marliese:

    Thank you for being a feisty and fierce force. You have had a wonderful impact of so many here at YYC. We miss you.



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  3. Dear Marliese,
    We will miss you dearly at YYC. It is comforting to know that you join Gunter, the love of your life.
    Debbie and Brian Stahl

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  4. Hartmut Schier

    Dear friends of Marlies,
    although we can not be with you together tomorrow on her last way, you will think hard at you and you ll be on our mind. ESPECIALLY thanks to you Charlene!!!
    Dear Aunt Marlies,
    you never wanted to hear that…aunt!
    You told me it makes you old. I think you never really became old, for sure not in your thoughts.
    You took the whole world in your arms. For that reason it was a must to trvel around it.
    We always were proud to have an aunt and uncle in Canada, such an iridescent colorful lovely person you was. You urgently wanted to be together with Günter again and we understood. That for we are happy with you togeher. Beyebey Marlies! Love greetings from Germany from Hartmut, Eva, Johanna and especially from your niece Iris

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  5. Shannon Clark Hatch

    Marliese, I shall always remember your surname as you so visually shared. My Saturdays began as better days knowing I was going to be treated to a well shared story of either a memory from your past or of a recent assisting of a needful passenger going through YYC. My life was made better by knowing you. Thank you.
    Shannon M C H

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  6. Rosemarie Doyle

    I would like to extend my condolences to the family. I knew Marliese as a fellow White Hatter and recently had talked to her at one of our meetings. She will be missed by all.

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  7. Randy Candelora

    We have missed Gunther and now we will miss you Marliese. Hopefully you and Gunther are back driving your corvette together again. We will miss seeing you the Calgary airport when we traveled. You both have been such good friends. Rest well together.

    Randy & Ronni Candelora

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  8. Shannon M C H

    Marliese, you made Saturday a great beginning to our day at YYC. I will ever remember your spirit and passion as you shared a story of a passengers you assisted travelling through YYC. And who can forget your vivid visual on how to remember your surname. Thank you for your enthusiam in everything you did.

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  9. Dr. Guido Dahmen

    Dear Aunt Marlies,
    all our lives were you and uncle Günther distant Heroes, especially for Iris and me.
    With pride we have told our friends in school and later in the profession of our relatives in Canada, not only because the wonderfull Canada, just because you were cool.
    We will never forget you, unbelievable that you no longer exist.
    Maybe we`ll see each other again sometime in another life.
    Marie, Ute, Paul, Peter und Guido Dahmen (from Bedburg, Germany)

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