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HAGEL, Geraldine Agnes

December 13, 1939 – Calgary, Alberta
June 23, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Sister Geraldine Hagel, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis for 56 years, died peacefully at Agape Hospice, Calgary, June 23, 2018 at the age of 78.

Sister Geraldine, the 4th of 5 children, was born in Calgary and grew up in Beiseker, AB. She joined the community in 1960 and made her first profession of vows in August 1962 in Medicine Hat, AB. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Theology from Newman Theological College, Edmonton and a Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. Her ministries included teaching in Medicine Hat and St Albert, AB, Radville, SK; community formation ministry in Medicine Hat and in Edmonton, AB; leadership service in the congregation as Provincial Leader for 9 years in western Canada, then 12 years as Congregational Leader, residing in Rome and Montreal. Most recently, she enjoyed her retreat ministry at Mount St. Francis Retreat Center, Cochrane, AB, and her counselling work with AA’s step 5 in Calgary. Sister Geraldine was a woman gifted with many talents: she was visionary and not afraid to initiate life-changing projects in the community; she possessed excellent teaching and leadership skills and her openness to respond to needs fostered a life that was rich and varied. Her connections to and relationships with her family, community members and friends were of great value to her.

Sister Geraldine will be lovingly remembered by her Sisters congregation-wide; brother, Jim (Brenda), sister-in-law, Mary (Edward); and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Emanuel and Mary (nee Barry); sisters, Donalda, Florence (Larry Dielissen); brother, Edward (Mary).

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to immediately follow in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Graveside Service following reception at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca., Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca., Mount St. Francis Retreat Center, Cochrane, 41160 Retreat Rd, Cochrane, AB T4C 1Z6, Telephone: (403) 932-2012 http://www.mountstfrancis.ca/. We are grateful to the staff and volunteers at Agape Hospice for the compassionate care given to Sister Geraldine during her final journey to God.

In living memory of Sister Geraldine Hagel 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. Martha Hagel :

    To the family of Sister Geraldine Hagel, my sympathy and prayers.

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  2. Sr. Ann Marie Walsh,fcJ :

    Dear Sisters and members of Sr. Gerry’s family, I send my sympathy and prayers as you mourn the loss of Gerry. She was a wonderful woman and did so much good in her lifetime! May God strengthen you as you go through these difficult days. She will now be enjoying a great welcome from the Lord she served so well!

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  3. Jim Hagel & family and the Sisters of Charity of St Louis.
    Truly a sad time for all.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Jennifer and Tom Zacher

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  4. Dear sisters and the member of the sister Gerry’s family may my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
    she is such a wonderful person

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  5. Sister Frances MacDougall CND :

    Dear Sister Pat and Sisters,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you as you celebrate the life of Sister Gerry. She was a wonderful person and all our lives have been blessed by her friendship and care.

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  6. David Evans :

    To all the Sisters of Chairity of St Louis and those that mourn the loss of Sr. Gerry. I was blessed to have worked at the St. Johns retirement home in Calgary. Over time one of the Sisters would pass, and I would ready for a funeral. What struck me most was that there was sadness and tears but the overarching feeling that that person has gone home to be with our father, and they were happy for her. Welcome home Sr. Gerry.

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  7. Sister Jeannette Filthaut S.P. :

    Sister Yvette and Sisters and family of Sr. Gerry,
    My sincere sympathies and prayers are with all of you at this time of deep loss of a wonderful woman who touched the lives of so many with her joy of life and her spirituality. May treasured memories bring you some consolation and peace, as Gerry celebrates her resurrection home. Jeannette SP

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  8. Sister Gerry was a teacher of mine way back in the 70’s in St. Albert. She was my favorite teacher back then. We were a bunch of sullen, cynical, limit-testing, just becoming teenagers – I guess we all know the type – and we never made it easy for her . Even with all this, she was always so happy, so funny, and would always have time to listen to whatever world-ending problem we had. I have had many blessings in my life, many that I don’t deserve, and Sister Gerry is certainly one of them!

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  9. Sister Gloria Keylor, SP :

    Dear Sister Yvette and all the sisters,

    Please know I hold you in love and prayers at this lonesome time. I worked with Sister over the years in Calgary and Montreal. She truly was a wonderfully gifted woman. She now rests in peace.

    Sister Gloria Keylor, SP

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  10. Adelle Smith :

    Dear Jim and family,
    Our condolences on Sister Geraldine’s passing. When I saw her picture it reminded me again of how much she looked like Aunt Loretta and Mom too. I have a picture of Geraldine in her red jacket and a big smile on her face from a Hagel reunion we attended in the early 80s. I know Geraldine will be missed by many. Keeping her and all of her family in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Adelle & Adrian

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  11. Sister Rose-Anne Engel, OSU :

    Dear Sisters and Family,
    It has been a privilege to have known Gerry for many years.
    At this time I prayer and rejoice with you that her life has touched and inspired so many of us. She is remembered with love and with thanksgiving. My sympathy and love. Gerry is with God.

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  12. We were very sad to hear of Sr. Gerry’s death. She was a great friend of our family.We had many fun times with her when she lived in St.Albert.We often saw her when she lived in Calgary. Sr. Gerry was a warm and loving lady, a true follower of the Gospel. We will make a donation to Mt. St. Francis retreat house in her honor.We will miss her.
    Jan and Jerry Moran

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  13. Dear Sister Evette and Family’s, I have many fond memories of Sister Gerry from Father Jan school in the 70’s. She had the most exciting religion classes and was just there for everyone! She was an excellent teacher and I ‘m sorry for your loss , she will be so missed with her quick sense of humour. . Prayers & love to all she touched. Pat( MacDonald- Pape. ❤️

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