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CROWDER, Sonja Lynne

After a courageous 10 month fight, Sonja succumbed with defiance and dignity to the ravages of Sarcoma cancer, with her faithful companion, Zane, and her loving parents, Lynne and Keith, and their faithful companion, Gus, at her side. Sonja was adored and will be missed by sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and David Hof, and her niece, Lauren, all of Cochrane, and their canine family, Gabby and Bella.

Sonja will be missed by her aunts and uncles, Carol and Bill Hern and their family, Lori Hern-Heikoop and Alan Heikoop, Glynis Hern, and Paul Hern; Gary Lawrence and his family, Ryan and Megan Lawrence and their sons, Finley and Rhys, and Jennifer Lawrence and her daughter, Kristen; Robert and Ada Lawrence and their son, Brendan; Mark and Gert Lawrence and their daughter, Stephanie, and son, Matt; and Maureen Farish. Numerous other cousins reside throughout Western Canada, Ontario, the United Kingdom and France. Her only remaining great aunt, Grace Crowder, also resides in Ontario.

Sonja was predeceased by her grandparents, Norman and Brenda Lawrence, and Lorne and most recently Doreen Crowder.

A graduate of The University of Calgary, Sonja was employed for the past eleven years with Fortis Alberta, volunteering in their numerous community initiatives. She was also a frequent fundraising participant in Mud Hero Alberta, and for Alzheimer Society of Calgary and numerous events for cancer-related organizations. Sonja was a devoted follower of the Calgary Flames and frequented Rumble Boxing Studio where she enjoyed a good workout. She also served as President of condominium boards where she lived.

The proud owner of a English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Sonja was an active member of the Western Canada Pull Club. She supported and volunteered with Underdogs Rescue Society, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to rescuing large “power” breed dogs in shelters across Canada. She also was a staunch supporter of Justice for Bullies, a not-for-profit organization that encourages and demonstrates responsible dog ownership, and advocates for the repeal of breed specific legislation at the municipal and provincial levels of government.

Our gratitude cannot be measured for the skill and care Sonja received from the Sarcoma Team, comprised of radiation, surgical and medical oncologists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic. Thanks also to the psychosocial, pain and palliative group team members, and Foothills medical staff on Unit 102, and in Special Services Units 47 and 46.

Special thanks to the leadership and staff of Dulcina Hospice for their loving care and compassion shown to Sonja and her family in the last days of her remarkable life.

Sonja demonstrated courage and a positive attitude to her many Facebook friends and colleagues at Fortis, and she and her family derived strength from their visits, and comments on her posts and replies to emails. A special thanks to those who visited with Sonja during her stays in the Foothills Medical Centre, Special Services unit and Dulcina Hospice.

Four days prior to her passing, Sonja hosted family, friends and coworkers at her “Wake while I’m awake”, held at a northwest Calgary pub, Scotsman’s Well. At Sonja’s request, there will be no service and, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada (http://sarcomacancer.ca/). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Sonja Crowder, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, Alberta T3G 2T3 Phone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Jocelyn Brown :

    Mr. & Mrs. Crowder, Nadine and family,
    My heart goes out to all of you at this very difficult time. Your daughter/sister touched my life when she started working for me at FortisAlberta. Not only was Sonja an employee of mine, she became a friend over the years. Sonja and her love for dogs is a memory that I will always keep. On days off, we would often see Sonja stopping by the office with Zane just to say hello and to show us her fur baby. I am glad that we were able to share in her Celebration of Life while she was still here with us. Please know that many of us are thinking of you and will keep Sonja’s memories close to our hearts. God bless you. Jocelyn

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  2. Michelle Oliver :

    My condolences to family and friends, she will be missed!

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  3. Allison Arbic :

    My deepest condolence to Mr & Mr. Crowder, Sonja will be deeply missed.

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  4. Wendy Lockhart :

    My deepest condolences to the Crowder family. Sonja’s passion and zest for life are truly inspiring to all who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be deeply missed.

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  5. Mike and Susan Beamish Shad Bay, Nova Scotia :

    To Nadine, Dave and Lauren,
    From Susan and I and our family our condolences on the passing of your sister Sonja. From reading her story and all you shared she was a strong person who will be missed. Time will heal, remember the good times.

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  6. Mona Bartsoff :

    Sonja was a member of the Fortis Spirit Team who hosted employee events. She could always be counted on to help where needed and come up with fantastic ideas. I’ll miss her friendship and positive attitude.

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  7. Mary-Ellen Hannah :

    Dear Nadine and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Sonja’s passing. Although I have never met Sonja, I know what a warm, kind, caring, delightful young woman she was because, if you know the older sister, you know the younger sister. You share the same gifts.

    My heart breaks for all of you, the grief is so overwhelming. In time, you will smile through your tears when you remember your beautiful sister. The love, respect, the joy and sorrows, the many good times you shared with her are truly a gift. These memories are more valuable with each passing minute and while they may be a source of sadness and tears today, they will in time be a great source of comfort to you.
    Thinking of others and delighting in their company, Sonja’s “Wake While I’m Awake celebration of her life was brilliant.

    People will see her in you, in a turn of your head, a smile, a phrase, a look in your eye. She lives on in you and she will continue to be a great source of strength for you. She was a fighter!

    God bless you all

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  8. Julia Charles :

    My condolences to Mr. & Mrs. Crowder, Nadine and family. Sonja will be deeply missed by her co-workers. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you during this difficult time. She will forever be in our hearts.

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  9. Angelle Whyte :

    Dearest Nadine and Family,

    My deepest condolences to you all. She was a brave and passionate soul going on her terms. This is not the end of her story, she lives in each and every one of you and everyone’s life she’s touched.

    Nadine, thank you for bravely sharing your story with your CIBC family. The bond you both have is a testament of ‘ love being stronger than death! We celebrate a life well lived with you.

    Here for you always, much hugs and love,

    Angelle

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  10. Ivan and Tracy Brooker :

    So sorry for your lost. Sonja was full of adventure and love. May God bless the Crowder family, her loving parents and sister, extended family and friends who carry her loss. May Sonja’s memory forever bring you peace.

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  11. Rob Deschamps :

    Please accept my deepest condolences, Sonja and I shared many stories about our dogs over the years when we would bump into eachother at FortisAlberta. We would share many pictures and stories with lots of laughs. Sonja will be missed very much and left. A big impact on many people. Thanks so much Mr and Mrs Crowder and Nadine for organizing the celebration of life party last Thursday! It was a great event and I felt so lucky to attend. God bless

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  12. Nadine

    My sincere condolence to you, Sonja’s family and all those she touched.
    What a beautiful woman she was.
    Thinking of you.

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  13. Monique Schluff Soboren :

    I am so sorry for your loss, Lynne, Keith, Nadine and family. Sonja was a wonderful person and I am lucky to have known her. She is missed. Sending love to all who knew her.

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  14. Debby and Ron May :

    Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Sonja, in her short time, appears to have accomplished a lot and lived life to the fullest. Cherish your memories.

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  15. Doris Hammermeister :

    So saddened to hear of Sonja’s passing. I wasn’t lucky enough to know her very well but I enjoyed her visits whenever she stopped by with Zane. My condolences to Sonja’s family.

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  16. Rhonda Lee, Rick, Cyruss & Wyatt xx :

    Mom, Dad, Zane, Nadine, David, Lauren & all the loving family that embraced Sonja. Words can not express the void that your body’s, mind’s, heart’s and soul’s are feeling. Her bright light, love for D.O.G.S. and the passion for life, good food, friendship, family and all things in-between will never be forgotten. She will always be in our thoughts.
    Please let us know if you need anything.

    See you in the moon, the stars, the sun and all the signs in between.
    Miss you Bestie, TOAST!

    love you always

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  17. Susan Costello :

    Dear Lynne, Keith, Nadine and family:
    It is with immeasurable sadness and sorrow that I write this note. I can’t fathom the loss and what you all are going through. Your beautiful, smart and kind Sonja is now without pain and discomfort, but left a hole you your and many others hearts. Let’s remember all the good things with which she enriched the lives of all around her.
    They say that time heals all wounds – it is partially true – as some wounds never close properly. May you find strength in each other, your family and friends who are rallying around you.
    Sincerely and with love…

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  18. Dearest Lynne, Keith, Nadine and Family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved Sonja. There aren’t words to describe how badly I feel for you.

    May the blessing of memories bring you comfort and may God bless you and help you through this most difficult time!

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