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KUBECK, Barbara Elizabeth (nee Dogger)

KUBECK, Barbara Elizabeth (nee Dogger)
December 31, 1942 – Ottawa, Ontario
September 21, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Barbara Kubeck of Calgary passed away following a brief battle with cancer on Monday, September 21, 2015 at the age of 72 years.

On December 31 in 1942, the entire world celebrated the birth of Barbara. She was born on New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, Ontario. Barbara had a great sense of humor, and loved sharing her jokes with everyone. She even blamed Hitler for the fact that she was born in Ontario, as her father was temporarily stationed in Ottawa for World War 2. After spending her first year in Ottawa her family moved back to Alberta, where they were originally from, moving into a home her parents built in Bowness. Barbara went to school here and graduated from Bowness High.

Barbara met Nicolas Tremblay in her early teens and they married in 1960. In February of 1961, they welcomed Martin, their first born, and in April of 1963 their second child Elizabeth “Lynne” arrived. Barbara and her young family lived in several locations across Western Canada. The beauty that Barbara saw in her travels inspired her artistic abilities to flow, and she loved to sketch and paint. She also loved to get out and pick berries and wherever she went greenery followed her; she always had a beautiful garden wherever she lived. Barbara and her family purchased an acreage just outside of Calgary in the mid 60’s, where she raised her children and enjoyed their horses and country living. In 1967, Barbara and her family survived a terrible house fire that took almost all of their belongings. Undeterred, they moved to another nearby acreage where they continued to enjoy the country.

In 1971 Barbara relocated with her children and took some business courses to support raising her family. She was a very successful business woman at times running her own business, plus winning the Ford accountant of the year award in Innisfail where she had also taken over her parents nearby farm.

In 1983 Barbara moved back to Calgary where sh

e met Herman Kubeck. Barbara’s first grandchild Jenna was born in 1984. A year later in 1985, Barbara married Herman and enhanced her impressive cooking skills by learning the art of German baking from her new in-laws. Baking was one of her greatest joys. Barbara loved to experiment with recipes, and to entertain family and friends. Barbara loved to travel and she visited Hawaii, France, and Germany many times. 1987 was the beginning of many more grandchildren; she welcomed Brett in 1987, Eric in 1988, Pierce in 1992, and Codi in 1993. Barbara also welcomed a great granddaughter, Ava, in 2006, and then after relocating to Osoyoos in 2011, 2 more great grandchildren; Jaxon in 2012, and Ben in 2014.

In 2014 Barbara decided to live with her Son and daughter in law in a new lakefront suite they built just for her. Here Barbara enjoyed walking her dog Indy around the neighborhood daily. She also loved to garden in her backyard, and watch the birds and the sunsets on the lake.

In June of 2015 Barbara was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and after a brief battle she passed away on Monday September 21 in the Chinook Hospice.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Barbara Kubeck, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: obit All 3

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  1. So sorry for your loss Lynn, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Take good care.

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  2. You are one of the most amazing women that this world has ever known. You worked 2 jobs to ensure your kids were provided for. You gave to everyone, never expecting anything in return. You were forever thankful for even the smallest of gestures. Your cooking brought a smile to all of our faces, and we loved it when you entertained us, and we know you loved it too. your garden grows on today, both the one in your backyard and the family tree, and we will all ensure both are cared for.

    There is a huge emptiness in my world as I wake daily and know your not physically here, in my home and in my daily life. I miss not being able to come down and knock on your door and say hi and see how your day was. I miss not being able to see you daily and hear you tell me about the birds or the fish you saw in the lake today. But I do see, that although you are not physically here, you are here in my boys smiles, in my sisters words, and in the daily actions of all the family and extended family members that you touched. And most importantly, I feel you in my heart where I will always keep you close. I love that we had the last year to spend together, and will always love you with all my heart. Hugs for you and I know your resting peacefully in a better place. Please give Grandma, Grandpa and uncle Ken a hug from for me. You are now free like the birds we watched on the lake everyday to spread your wings and soar. You were the best mother a son could ever ask for. I miss you mom.

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  3. Sorry for your loss. I remember Aunt Barb as a kind person who loved her family very much.

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  4. Since your diagnoses, 14 weeks was a small window, we continue thanking God your last journey was Pain Free. Love Sandra and Wayne

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  5. Bettie & Russell Thompson

    So sorry about your mom. Praying for peace for you and your family. Sorry I can’t be with you on Saturday I will be there in thoughts!! Love you all

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  6. Martin, Lynn & families, Bev & Sandy & families

    My deepest sympathy for the loss of a dear mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Growing up with Bev and staying friends for so many years, I have lots of memories of spending time with the Dogger family – Barb, Sandy, Ken & Bev and watching the family grow – starting with Martin & Lynn. Though I hadn’t seen Barb in few years, I always enjoyed visiting with her at get-togethers. She was a strong, interesting and creative woman with many interests and talents. She once taught me how to use a calculator correctly at a craft sale we were working together – little did I know at that time how valuable that little lesson would become in my life! Her creativity, love of cooking and gardening is so reminiscent of Grandma Tilley.
    Martin and Lynn, Barb was a very special mother. Bev & Sandy, Barb was a very special sister. I know you will all miss her a great deal but take comfort in your memories and know that she she is free “to spread her wings” as you stated , Martin, in your beautiful tribute.

    I am sorry I cannot attend Barb’s service but I will be thinking of all of you and remembering Barb.

    Love Betty

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  7. I am so saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. I met her almost 20 years ago , a few months after my son died. I was sitting alone at Lava Java coffee shop, not talking to anyone, lost in my grief. Barb and Hermann insisted I join them at their table. From then on I sat with them every morning having my coffee while they drank their tea. She was a wonderful friend, and the miles between us meant nothing, we always cared for each other. She told me about her children, grandchildren, she loved all of you so much. I told her all about my family. I will miss her emails, but I know she is with the Lord now.

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  8. Pat and Jane Tetley

    I hope this poem helps… just a little…
    When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
    (David Romano)

    When tomorrow starts without me
    and I’m not here to see…
    If the sun should rise and find your
    eyes filled with tears for me,
    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
    the way you did today…
    While thinking of the many things
    we didn’t get to say.
    I know how much you love me,
    as much as I love you…
    And each time you think of me,
    I know you’ll miss me, too.
    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    please try to understand…
    That Jesus came and called my name
    and took me by the hand,
    And said my place was ready
    in heaven far above…
    And that I’d have to leave behind
    all those I dearly love.
    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    don’t think we’re far apart…
    For every time you think of me,
    I’m right here in your heart.

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  9. Elisabeth Klokocka

    Dear family of Barbara Kubeck,
    Please accept my deepest condolences over the loss of your Mom, Grandma, sister and Aunt.
    Barbara was great and loving person and all of us who knew her will remember her fondly.
    Good bless her soul.
    Elisabeth Klokocka

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  10. Isabel Whitefield

    I would like to express my condolences to Barb’s family. The last time I saw her was just over three months ago at Ramona’s Convocation ceremony at the University of Calgary. At that time I thought she was looking well, healthy and in good spirits. Afterwards we sat and talked, together with others, over a cup of coffee. At no time did it occur to me that her demise was imminent – she seemed too full of life. She will be sadly missed by so many.

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  11. Eddie & Jill Tremblay

    Martin & Lynne, we are so sorry for the loss of your dear Mom, although we lost contact with you for sometime you were all often in our thoughts. Martin it was so nice that you & Diane brought Barb to Nanton for a visit we will always remember that, it brought back a lot of memories which we are grateful for. Barb was a wonderful, caring Mother and she did work hard to make a good life for you both. We are unable to attend the service but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless you and your families.
    Aunty Jill & Uncle Eddie

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  12. Bill and Elda Wrigley

    Dear Martin, Lynnie and Families
    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. When Lynnie informed us that Barb was ill she had sent us a a website (Mom’s Quilt?) – I read it and looked at all the pictures. So many memories came back… We hadn’t seen Barb in so many years but we do remember lots of good, happy, and some goofy times… she really did have a sense of humour. I am glad I have memories like that and I am sure you two have loads of cherished memories too. Please know we have been thinking of you through this ordeal and now keep you close in prayers and thoughts. Take care of each other.
    Lots of Love and Warm Hugs…
    Uncle Bill and Auntie Elda

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  13. To all who loved and will miss such a lovely lady! It’s been 20 years of knowing and loving you as a friend Barb! You are in the best place we could all ask to be! Heaven! With tears filling my eyes once again it makes it hard to type, I can’t believe you’re gone from visiting us on earth! Peace and love of Christ I send with you, your family and friends! Until we meet again my friend! 🙂

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  14. Dear family of Barbara,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss…. Just found out…
    I met Barbara thru Mark(my husband) many years ago since then she was like my dear aunt and extended family to me. We have kept exchanging jokes and emails even after Mark passed.
    She was so full of warmth and humour and compassion….full of aloha…
    It was such a pleasure to meet and become friends with her.
    Just want to send my aloha to you all Barbara’s family…
    I’m imagining both Barbara and Mark are now making jokes and laughing above us and became our guardian angels!
    Aloha from Hawaii…
    Rika Bilan

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  15. I’m so sorry to just now learn of Barb’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know both Hermann and Barb during the many visits they had to Kona HI. Barb and Hermann would always stop to talk at the small “beach shack” on route to one of their coffee hangouts. Learning I too was from Calgary, they made no hesitation in extending an invitation to visit them once back home. So, our friendship continued until our paths parted again. I will remember Barb for her hospitality and kindness, the easy way about her and yes, her German baking!…fond memories…a friendship too short…

    It was good to have known you Barb, Aloha and Mahalo.

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