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KAMITAKAHARA, Kazuko (Kaz)

January 3, 1935 – Vancouver, British Columbia
August 3, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

With sadness, but gratitude for a life well lived, we say goodbye to Kaz on August 3, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

Kazie was a medical marvel, persevering and surviving through many health issues, with a transplanted kidney which was still going strong sixteen years later. Some might say she was simply stubborn!

Kaz was born in Vancouver, BC, and moved with her family to Glenwood, Alberta in the early 1940s. In 1955 she moved to Calgary to attend Mount Royal College. After graduation she worked as a legal secretary and married Nobby in June, 1957. Kaz’s life revolved around Nobby and her three kids. She was also involved with both the school PTA and McDougall United Church. She worked as an admin assistant part time and was highly successful selling real estate, although was teased about giving away her furniture to some of her clients who could only afford the house. She took up golf and enjoyed being Sports Captain and a member of The Dirty Dozen at Willow Park Golf Club. One of her life’s highlights was her ‘hole in one’ on the 18th of Willow Park. Kaz enjoyed travelling to Europe, Australia and South America, but her favourite place was Hawaii. Kazie never missed a Special Olympics tournament of Michael’s, nor a soccer match or concert of Matthew’s. Her dog, Freddie, was especially dear to her.

Kazie is survived by her husband of sixty-two years, Noboru; her children, Diane (Victor), David (Rona) and Michael; and her grandson and pride and joy Matthew Koltes. She is also survived by numerous relatives, Miyashita and Kamitakahara.

A family Celebration of Kazie’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. Flowers and Koden are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, www.kidney.ca. or to Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research, www.vecova.ca. The family would like to thank the staff in Ward 66 at the South Health Campus. “You were wonderfully supportive”.

In living memory of Kaz Kamitakahara, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Diane and David, so sorry for your loss! I know she was a special lady! Thinking of you and your family.
    Joan and Bruce

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  2. Joanne Gerlitz

    Our deepest sympathy . We were very saddened to hear of her passing . Kaz was a very cool lady…… creative & fun sense of humor . Sending the family love & healing thoughts .
    Love Joanne & John Gerlitz

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  3. Yuse & Chiyomi Matsuno

    Dear Nobby and Family,
    We were very sorry to hear about the passing of your wife, mother and grandmother. Our sincerest condolences to all of you.
    Yuse and Chiyomi Matsuno

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  4. Helen and Mark Swartz

    David and family;

    Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. May you gain strength from the many pleasant memories she left with you.

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  5. Diane and Family
    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of sorrow.
    Andrea and John Clarke

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  6. David and family
    Very sorry to hear about your Mom David. When you came to visit our Mom Rose, you knew about the challenges of getting older and we thank you for your insight. Blessings work both ways.
    Warmest regards. Lin and Bob Taverner

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  7. Nobby…so sorry…thinking of you. She was a lovely lady. Our deepest sympathies. Ken and Cheryl Hirsch

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  8. Nobby and family. Please accept my condolences on the loss of Kaz. I don’t believe I ever met her but I remember seeing her around Willow. It appears that She was a classy lady.

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  9. Sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mum. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  10. Ernie, Lorrine & Jason

    Our thoughts are with you Nobby, Mike, and families, we wish you peace and strength
    in the loss of Kaz.
    Kaz was a fine lady and will be remembered for the great socials we had. If it wasn’t with the ladies bowling league it was with 10 pin bowling. She will be missed.
    May loving memories help ease your sorrow. We wish you comfort in the days ahead.

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  11. Will miss seeing Kaz out at Special O events! My condolences go out to Mike and Nobby and your family. A big hug from me. Elaine

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