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LANZ, Marlene “Tiny” Olive

December 11, 1943 – High Prairie, Alberta
August 25, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Marlene “Tiny” Olive Lanz. She was called to her everlasting home on Saturday August 25, 2018 while in the loving arms of her family. She leaves behind her dedicated husband Leonard, daughter Lorelei Lanz, son Greg Lanz, and two grandchildren Brett Chernow and Jason Chernow. She is also survived by her siblings, Lorraine Joe, Girly (Rose) Lizee, Laura McLaughlin and her husband Curly, Yvonne Jobin, Ambrose Jobin and Darlene Jobin, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings, Bruce Jobin, Marina Brothers, Boycee (Frank) Jobin, Big (Albert) Jobin, Lawrence Jobin, Lilian Jobin, David Jobin, Denise Jobin, Wayne Jobin and her parents Ambrose and Nora Jobin.

Marlene was born on December 11, 1943 in High Prairie, AB. Marlene was brought home to the same homestead in Big Prairie in which she was raised with her 15 brothers and sisters. She was known as Tiny because of her premature birth, she was tiny enough to fit into a shoebox. She met her husband in Medicine Hat, AB, where they started a life and family together. They moved to Redcliff, AB and stayed there until their children were grown. Marlene dedicated her life to raising her children and only returned to the workforce when her daughter, Lorelei, started high school. She worked at Redcliff Greenhouses as a rose cutter. Marlene then decided to continue her education, going college in her 40s. Her childhood education didn’t start until age 8 and ended in junior high when she was needed back at home which made returning to college after raising a family remarkable.

Marlene and Len moved to Peace River in 1989 and Marlene started working at the Metis Regional Office. In 1991, shortly after the birth of their first grandson, Brett, Marlene and Len moved to Calgary, AB. This was the beginning of Marlene’s Metis Legacy. She moved quickly from employee to elected official, which continued until the time of her death. Marlene’s legacies include the spearheading of the Metis Trail in Calgary, Tail Creek revitalization as well as the respect and admiration from all those who’s lives she impacted. She was a passionate and dedicated servant to the Metis people and the Metis Nation. She was an excellent leader and mentor and made an impressive impact to all that knew her. She will be missed by all.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of life will be held at Executive Royal Hotel (2828, 23 St NE, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Marlene Lanz, 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: 403-243-8200.

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  1. shirleylee shields :

    Our deepest sympathy to your family.. may love and memories comfort you..

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  2. My heart and prayers go out to all family and friends .R.I.P Marlene.

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  3. Jacquie Gesyler :

    my deepest condolences

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  4. Donna Semantha :

    Marlene was so respected, I knew her through the friendship centre where she interviewed me for the board. I always made sure to give her a hug when ever I saw her. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful lady. Sending you all love and strength at this difficult time.

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  5. What a good person you were Marlene. You have left a wonderful Legacy and you will be missed by so many persons especially the Metis people. Thank You for the fine example of a life well-lived. Blessings ……

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  6. Priscilla Paul :

    Condolences to Marlene’s family, friends & the Metis community. She taught me how to make chicken pot pie with bannock on top. Thank you for all your teachings. RIP my friend.

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  7. Donna Kennedy :

    My thoughts and prayers with you Len and family. Marlene was a wonderful person and I am so glad that I was able to get to know her. She shared so willingly of her wisdom and knowledge of our Metis history. I enjoyed very much listening to her stories whenever I was around her. She will be greatly missed but will remain in the hearts & memories of many.♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  8. Ken and Linda Newsome and family :

    Our thoughts and memories of Marlene are with us all.Our times with Marlene will always be with us too.Ken Take care Len and families

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  9. Jeannette Hansen :

    Marlene left us too soon, so much on the go, we will continue to build her legacy to the Metis Nation, she gave so much. Love and condolences to all the family, be blessed Len, Greg, Lorelei, Brett and Jason.

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  10. Adrian Wolfleg :

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3
    Kind thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones Marlene. Be at peace my friend.

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  11. “Cuz” Helene Wilson :

    Thinking of you in your time of grief,may your loving memories of Tiny give you strength through this difficult time. Taken from this earth but shining brilliantly in Heaven

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  12. Joanne Stover :

    All of us fiddlers were blessed to have had three years of Marlene’s moccasin-making classes, while attending the music cultural camps in Cypress Hills. We learned different skills from her, with her patient, yet “no nonsense” teachings. A part of her will always live on in our hearts, and we will continue to share what she brought to us. Prayers and hugs to Marlene’s family, and many friends. Joanne Stover and her fiddle kids from Churchill, MB

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  13. Jack and I send our heartfelt condolences to the Lanz family and friends at this sad time. Marlene was a special lady who made everyone around her feel comfortable and accepted. We will miss her very much.

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  14. So shocked and grieved to hear the news – hard to imagine life in Calgary without her. All best wishes and prayers to speed and aid her on her journey.

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  15. Patti Kusturok :

    I met Marlene at The Hills Are Alive several years ago and always looked forward to seeing her and Len each year. She was a kind and giving woman, always willing to chat and share her knowledge. She will be missed. Condolences to her loved ones.

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  16. Andres and Karen Acuna :

    Sending love and condolences to Len and family. There are no words to express our sense of loss at this time. Marlene spent her life dedicated to her family, nation and friends. We prayed together, laughed together, shared our worries and our dreams. Thank you, for being you. The love you had for your husband, children and grandchildren was part of every conversation we had. We will miss you.

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  17. I met Marlene as a youth in 92, and was welcomed back to CalGary in 2001. For many of us, she was our Rock. Sadly gone but never forgotten.

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  18. Marlene was a woman with purpose, she worked hard to advance the Metis. She shared her life stories,her knowledge and wisdom.She loved her beading and moccasin making . And most important she loved her family.Sorry for your loss Len,Lorelei, Greg, Brett,Jasen and Family.

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  19. Our deepest condolences to friends and family. May prayers and warm memories keep you strong. RIP Marlene.

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  20. Our ccondolences to the Lanz family. Marlene will be surely missed.
    REST IN PEACE MARLENE

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  21. Andrea Louise-Martyn :

    She was a woman like no other; a leader, strong, fierce, committed and kind. Her positive impact on so many lives was immeasurable. I thank her for supporting me in my career and she gave me confidence when I was struggling. She will always be remembered as being a true , proud and great leader of the Metis people. Her countless accomplishments should be written for our future generations! Her life had so much purpose. Rest easy Marlene.

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  22. Angel Erasmus :

    I will never forget Marlene, she touched my heart and taught me so much patience and understanding. May the Creator help you through this tough journey and may she live in your hearts for ever ❤️

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  23. Jacquie Gesyler :

    My deepest sympathy to Len ,Brett and the Family. Marlene was an inspiration to me and was always welcoming ,supporting of me. She welcomed me into the Metis community through the Metis mixers and the weekly luncheons. Marlene worked hard for her Metis community and she made a difference and it showed. RIP my friend. You will be greatly missed.

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  24. Merna lambert :

    My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.
    Thank you Marlene for your leadership and guidance .

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  25. Dorothy Mae Walker :

    My love and most sincere condolences to Len and family! Marlene was loved and respected by so many. I have so many wonderful memories of which I will forever cherish! Marlene leaves behind a great legacey!

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  26. Gail McLenaghan :

    I feel blessed to have known Marlene, she was a truly a great Metis women and shared her knowledge of our culture and traditions. My Condolences to Len and family.

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  27. Joe Chodzicki :

    My deepest sincere condolences to Len and the family of Marlene. R.I.P. you will be missed.

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  28. Metis Elder Edmee Comstock :

    To Marienes Husband and family, Also all staff of zone 3. Prayers and Loving thoughts.
    Metis Elder Edmee

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  29. I met Marlene in 1994 at the Region 3 office in Calgary, and I gave her my friendship and support in her her aspirations to run for office. The years were full of dances, parades, culture and history.

    My deepest sympathies and respect for her family.

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  30. Raye St Denys :

    Marlene was dedicated to her family and her Metis Nation. She shared so many valuable lessons of her skills but also of her heart and love. She will be so missed. My deepest condolences to Len and her beloved family, thank you all for sharing her with us.

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  31. My deepest sympathy to all Marlene’s loved ones at this time of loss of this special person. May Marlene’s joy of life remain with you always.

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  32. Condolences to Greg and the Lanz family. RIP Marlene.

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  33. Brian Lizotte :

    Thank you Marlene for everything you have done for our People and my Family. Your strength and leadership will be very missed. Len and family feel free to contact us for anything.
    RIP my cousin, until we meet again.

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  34. Hope Sanderson :

    Len & family, your Metis family stands with you. We are grateful you shared her with us for so long.

    Hye Hye

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  35. Joyce Fortier :

    So sorry to hear about Marlene, I would like to send my deepest condolences to Marlene’s husband and family. She will be missed.

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  36. Duane Morrisseau-Beck :

    Sending my love and condolences to the Lanz family during this time. I will miss Marlene deeply. She was a strong and dignified Metis lady and I will cherish my time with her. Rest in Peace Marlene- until we meet again.

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  37. I met Marlene at the Annual Metis Entrepreneurial Leadership awards this year.
    My deepest condolences, to her family, friends, and the community.
    She will be greatly missed, thank you for sharing her with all of us.
    Prayers and loving thoughts with you all, at this difficult time. May the Creator help you through this tough journey and may she live in our hearts for ever. ❤️

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  38. My deepest condolences go to Len, Lorelei, Greg, Brett and Jason. I know the story of Marlene’s nickname “Tiny” given her as a newborn premature baby. I always thought this was a misnomer as Marlene was a person who was larger than life. She had enormous love for her family, her Métis people and culture, and for her Métis Nation which she worked so hard to advance. I was privileged to have the opportunity to know her, work with her, and call her “friend”. Marlene will be greatly missed, but will live on in the memories of so many.

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  39. My sympathies to you all at this very difficult time. Reading about your mom, what an amazing woman. I never had the pleasure to meet to her but you are all truly blessed to have shared this world and life with her. What a treasure. Her spirit lives on in her family.

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  40. Pat and Tony Didychuk :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Len and family on the passing of Marlene. Marlene was a very good friend of mine when we both lived in Redcliff, AB. all those many years ago. I always appreciated her friendship. I know she will be missed. God Bless!

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  41. Billy Metcalf :

    Sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. She will be missed by her family and community. My condolences to all her family and loved ones.
    Billy Metcalf

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  42. Millie Picotte :

    Our deepest condolences to the family of this truly special lady! She will be missed by many.

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  43. Javan Belcourt :

    My deepest condolences to your family, with love Javan Belcourt & family , Lac Ste. Anne, Calgary.

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  44. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family in this time of sorrow. Great lady Tiny Rest In Peace beautiful soul
    Maryann and Gina

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  45. Betty LaVallie :

    My deepest condolences to the family, R.I.P. Marlene

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  46. Rest In Peace Marlene. You will be missed.

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  47. Gale Blondeau-Getz :

    My deepest condolence to the family of Marlene; she always asked me how her grand-niece is doing. You will be missed so much! ❤️

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  48. Rhonda Carriere :

    Wishing peace and comfort to you on your loss. I didn’t know Marlene so well, but she is in my heart and will be greatly missed.

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  49. Sending condolences to the family Marlene was incredible Will miss her

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  50. My deepest condolences to Len and the family. Marlene was a amazing woman . A strong leader in our Metis Nation. Her heart was always with the people. Marlene was a mentor to so many of us. Her teachings will live on in the many who were blessed to be taught by this beautiful woman, Rest In Peace my friend, my mentor and my collegue of many many years . You will be deeply missed always ♥️l

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  51. Laycock Family :

    From our family to yours, our sincere and deepest condolences…

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  52. Cecile Calliou :

    Our Prayers are with you as you make your journey to Creator. You will be missed by many for all the good work you did for your community. R.I.P

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  53. Shane Gauthier :

    My sincerest condolences to the family. Marlene left a lasting impact on my life and I know her legacy will live on.

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  54. RIP Marlene. my deepest condolences to Len and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Marlene was a great inspiration and dedicated leader she will be greatly missed.

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  55. So sorry for Len and family. R. I. P
    Marlene you will be missed

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  56. Shelbey & Savannah :

    Our condolences goes out to the family. May you find solace in the memories and love that she shared. She worked for the benefit of us all and we are grateful to her.
    Marlene will live on through her great legacy and we all thank her for that.

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  57. My thoughts and prayers are with your family Marlene…you were a kind and loving woman and will be missed.

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  58. BRENDA KNIGHT :

    On behalf of The Boomtown Trail I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to you. Marlene was a strong supporter and avid member of our Society for years. We appreciated the knowledge, wisdom and her quiet but firm way of ensuring we were always on the right path. We will miss her at our next meeting in October and will observe a moment of silence to remember her.
    Chairperson
    Brenda Knight
    Boomtown Trail Society

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  59. Clément Chartier :

    August 28, 2018

    Letter of Condolence from Clément Chartier, President,
    Métis National Council, to the Family of Marlene Lanz and to the Métis government and citizens in Alberta

    On behalf of the Métis Nation, we were deeply saddened to learn of Marlene’s passing and I would like to express our sincere condolences. It is with my deepest regret that I am unable to be there in person, but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Marlene worked hard for many years as Regional President of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) – Calgary Region and in particular, as Minister of Registry, Governance and Justice of the Métis Government in Alberta. Not only will Marlene be remembered for her hard work on behalf of the community but also for her sense of humour; her laughter and smile will be missed, but not forgotten.

    Please be assured that our prayers, thoughts and hearts are with you in this most difficult time.

    With deepest regrets,

    Clément Chartier
    President

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  60. marlene moser :

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family .
    From Marlene Moser and Judy Foxall.

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  61. Janis and Garland Booker :

    Marlene and I went through many experiences in life together. Best friends for many years. Will miss you so much. Love you. Janis and Garland

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  62. Dennis Johnson :

    My condolences on the loss of Marlene. I liked her and respected her from the first time I met her. May the Lord comfort and Bless you at this time and always. She will be missed.

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  63. I could go on and on about how Marlene’s passing has affected me. But I will just say that her leaving will leave an empty void in my life. Her presence was so strong. We were co-workers and friends. We didn’t always see eye to eye in many areas and we had more than a few little fights. But like family, we always made up and our friendship remained solid.
    She taught me so much. She was like a mother to me in many ways, even though she wasn’t all that much older. She always encouraged me in the same way she did others. “You can do it Ila….how are you going to learn anything if you don’t try.” And, after a few tries, I did learn how to make really good bread pudding…but only passable bannock.
    Marlene will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved and respected her. We shared some fun times together, like last Saturday at the Fort. Who knew it would be the last time I would see her.
    Goodbye my friend, you will be greatly missed by all of us.

    Len, Greg, Lorelei, Brett and Jason. You were so loved. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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  64. I treasure all of the many Sunday suppers and holidays and celebrations spent with Marlene and the Lanz’s throughout the years. There were so many fond memories and moments I’ll cherish forever.
    RIP Marlene
    My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with you all, Len, Greg, Lorelei, Brett, Jason, Yvonne and Amy.

    Pauline T.

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  65. Lori Anne Houle :

    Len, Lorelei, Greg, Brett & Jason & Family
    May the Creator wrap his ever loving arms around your family and comfort you in the difficult days ahead. I also loved her and will forever cherish our friendship my heart aches with sadness and loss Rest in Paradise Marlene I will miss you.

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  66. Monika Krammer :

    My deepest condolences to Marlene’s family and friends! There goes a great leader, a woman of direction and a great bannock maker! Remembering who and what she stood for is easy! She did leave her mark!
    And she will continue to do so!

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  67. Karen Collins :

    On behalf of the Metis in Region 2, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to Len and Marlene’s so beloved family. Marlene was a true Metis Matriarch which reflected in her love of family, community and the Metis Nation. She gave her everything in all she did for others with her generosity, kindness and respect. At our Council table, Marlene was true to her commitment in serving the Metis of R3 and the greater Metis Nation in Alberta and Canada. I have fond memories of Marlene beading, while listening, during our meetings. Marlene, you will be missed, your wisdom, your laughter, your smile and your love you gave so freely. Thank you for sharing her with the Metis Nation and treasure the legacy she leaves. May our Creator welcome her as she enters the gates of heaven. God bless and Rest in Peace, my friend.
    Karen Collins, President, Region 2 Metis Nation of Alberta

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  68. Andres Filella :

    My deepest condolences to Marlene’s family, friends and community. Marlene was certainly a passionate advocate and leader for Métis people and will be surely missed.

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  69. Shawna Cunningham :

    So very sad to hear the news of Marlene’s sudden passing. Marlene was a dear friend of our family and a long time colleague of my late father. She was a dedicated community leader and wonderful friend to so many. She will be dearly, dearly missed. Sending deepest condolences, thoughts, prayers to family, friends, and colleagues. Love to you Marlene… may your journey be filled with inner peace and pure love.
    Shawna Cunningham

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  70. Lodgepole Center / Alberta College of Art + Design :

    The Lodgepole Center at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) and all of the ACAD community of students, staff, faculty and alumni offer our deepest condolences to Marlene’s family, friends, and colleagues who were fortunate to know and love her. Much admired and respected, Marlene’s warmth and tireless work as a community leader, mentor and leader for Métis people here in Alberta, and throughout Canada will have a lasting impact. She will be dearly missed.

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  71. To Marlene’s family. I hope these messages to tell you how wonderful Marlene was, offer you some comfort during this hard time. She was a caring and helpful woman to many , many people that she helped while she worked for the Métis Nation. You probably have no idea of the many thousands of people that she had a positive impact on. Not everyone can say that.

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  72. Kelly Sue Chobotiuk :

    I’m saddened to hear of Marlene passing. She influenced so many people within the metis community, including myself. My condolences go out to her family.

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  73. Bea Gutierrez :

    Sincere condolences to the immediate family. She walks in the stars as our physical bodies are just vessels but our light is our spirit and so her light shines brightly with the countless many that have gone before her.

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  74. Suzanne de Courville Nicol :

    Len, Lorelei, Greg, Brett & Jason & Family
    Dearest Marlene, ma chère amie, gone but never forgotten.
    Marlene and I met in 1993 when I called the Métis Nation of Alberta office in Calgary, to invite Métis Nation of Alberta Youth to carry the Métis flag and walk with Calgary’s Francophone Youth to accompany the Francophone community float we entered that year in the Calgary Stampede Parade. The last time a Francophone community float was entered in the Stampede Parade had been in 1976.

    Marlene’s warmth and open-arms attitude immediately came across the telephone line as she accepted my invitation with great enthusiasm.
    And so began an amazing 25 year-long friendship which I will treasure forever.

    In 1994, as Calgary celebrated its 100th Anniversary, the Francophone community float was again in the Calgary Stampede Parade! Marlene’s daughter Loralie was among the Métis children who once again accompanied our little “Francophones de Calgary” float and proudly carried the Métis flag.
    Our float was small, built on a shoe-string budget, hand-made with care and decorated by volunteers. It featured a large Franco-Albertan flag, designed by Franco-Albertan youth Jean-Pierre Grenier in 1982. The little-float-that-could was surrounded by our Canadian flag and various French, Métis and provincial flags.
    Life and circumstances prevented us from participating in the Stampede Parade again until 2012. Marlene and I had lost touch but I often thought about my special Métis friend and the Métis Nation of Alberta.
    In 2012, the Calgary Stampede was celebrating its 100th anniversary! The entire city was in Party mode and Calgary’s Francophone community once again rolled up its sleeves to enter a float in the parade. This time, “Notre cadeau/Our Gift” of French language and culture float, featured “Rouleauville, Calgary’s French Connection”, a larger-than-life Calgary Francophone history-based block party on wheels. Once again I called the MNA office and was thrilled to reconnect with Marlene. This time, Loralie’s son Brett Chernow, Marlene’s grandson and friends walked with us. This is how I met Métis Al Dumont, his sister MNA R3 Elder Doreen Bergum and husband Larry, God rest his soul and so many wonderful Métis friends.
    Marlene always said to me: “… of course, you must be Métis” and an ancestry search going back 10 generations proved that she was right. We might even be related! Marlene’s maiden name was Jobin and that family name is in my family tree rooted in Québec. Although I am not certified as a Métis Nation of Alberta member, Marlene kept our special bond alive and always included me in MNA Region 3 activities.
    I loved her laughter, her quick sense of humour, her quiet strength and no-nonsense attitude and of course, her hugs. I know you are in Heaven, my friend. Until we hug again.
    Love and prayers,
    Suzanne de Courville Nicol and
    the BVC, Bureau de Visibilité de Calgary

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  75. Crista Dominick :

    Sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing, she was an inspiration to many, sending condolences to the family

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  76. Lisa Barthelette (used to be Carroll) :

    I remember my younger brother and I used to visit and play with Greg and Lorilee when we all lived a block apart on 1 Street SE in Medicine Hat. Being noisy, active, curious children, I’m sure our visits drove Mr. & Mrs. Lanz bonkers once in awhile. But Mr. & Mrs. Lanz were always kind and patient with us, strategically ushering us outside to play, where we ran around like crazy wild horses in their yard. It’s odd how sad announcements like this bring back happy thoughts. Please know you all hold a special little place in our hearts, and you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

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  77. Art Cunningham :

    So very sad to hear of Marlene’s passing. We have lost a Metis Leader and I have lost a friend. My condolences go out to her family.

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  78. Avi Scheibner :

    Marlene,
    You are someone whom I thought I would continue to see forever, at every Métis gathering… It’s hard to believe that you will no longer be there.
    Thank you for your years of dedication to our Métis community;
    Your smile, your stories, and your physical presence will be deeply missed.
    You will always be remembered by myself.
    Until we meet again…

    My sympathies and condolences to all of your loved ones…
    Avi.

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  79. City of Calgary/Calgary Neighborhoods :

    It is with heavy hearts that we express our deepest sympathy to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 and to all of the community that has been affected by the passing of Marlene Lanz, President of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

    Marlene will be remembered for her dedicated work and the immense contributions that she has made to the community. Marlene has been a part of, and led, countless efforts that have served to create momentum towards a more inclusive future, especially for Métis people.

    We are appreciative for the leadership that Marlene demonstrated throughout our work with her. Marlene`s legacy with live on in all our hearts.

    On behalf of Calgary Neighbourhoods, I wish to extend our condolences and offer our support during this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Melanie Hulsker, Acting Director

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  80. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your wife, mother and other close family members.
    Marlene was someone whom everyone looked up to for her leadership abilities and her sincere caring for others. She will be missed by so very many people.

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  81. Sandra Sutter :

    Marlene did so much for the Metis community and has left a beautiful legacy. Her accomplishments are well known and need no elaboration from me. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  82. Bernie Ouellette - Local 845 :

    A strong knowledgable leader, formidable opponent and vocal advocate and defender of our Metis Nation. Her heart was always with the people. Marlene was a mentor and a beautiful example to so many of us. Her teachings will live on in the many who were blessed to be taught by her. She loved Rocky Mountain House and came to visit us often. We will miss her presence at the Metis tents at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. One of her last official duties was her visit to Rocky at our closing BBQ last Wednesday when she and Judy Gentes and her trusty driver grandson Jason stopped in on their way home from Tail Creek. She wasn’t feeling very well then but felt she just had to come and see us one last time before she retired. She told me Rocky has always had a special place in her heart.

    Well Marlene, you will always have a special place in our hearts too. As we come to realize the treasure we have lost may we strive harder to move forward as a strong united Metis Nation as you would have us do. May you now Rest In Peace.

    Our sincere and deepest condolences to Len and the family.

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  83. Bernie Ouellette :

    A strong knowledgable leader, formidable opponent and vocal advocate and defender of our Metis Nation. Her heart was always with the people. Marlene was a mentor and a beautiful example to so many of us. Her teachings will live on in the many who were blessed to be taught by her. She loved Rocky Mountain House and came to visit us often. We will miss her presence at the Metis tents at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. One of her last official duties was her visit to Rocky at our closing BBQ last Wednesday when she and Judy Gentes and her trusty driver grandson Jason stopped in on their way home from Tail Creek. She wasn’t feeling very well then but felt she just had to come and see us one last time before she retired. She told me Rocky has always had a special place in her heart.

    Well Marlene, you will always have a special place in our hearts too. As we come to realize the treasure we have lost may we strive harder to move forward as a strong united Metis Nation as you would have us do. May you now Rest In Peace.

    Our sincere and deepest condolences to Len and the family.

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  84. Joan Lawrence :

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Marlene through a project at Fort Calgary. She was a passionate advocate for the Metis community. She will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.

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  85. It’s hard to imaging a world without Marlene in it. Marlene was instrumental in the success of my business and Metis education. Rest in peace Marlene. We want to offer our condolences to the family. The Blake’s

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  86. Dennis and EJ Pommen :

    Len and family – Blessings.

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  87. May you be with your heavenly Father. Rest in peace Marlene and thank you for all of your help over the years.

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  88. My heartfelt condolences to Lorelei and family.

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  89. Condolences to the family, and it was my pleasure meeting you for the first time in 2010 . Till we meet again my friend RIP
    Dan Goodon

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