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SAWATZKY, Katherine Margaret (nee Dick)

July 21, 1922 – Slavgorod, Russia
May 22, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Katherine passed away peacefully on May 22, 2017 at the age of 94 years to reconnect with her missed husband John in eternity.

She will be missed by her daughters, Doreen (Gerry) and Phyllis (Bob); her sons, Rob (Roberta) and Thomas (Goranka); and grandchildren, Becky, Elizabeth, Johnathon, Christopher, Stephen, Nathan, Shannon and Daniel; as well as her great-grandchildren. Katherine will be remembered by her sister Linda; and her brothers, Lorne, Henry, Eric and Art.

Katherine was predeceased by her son Jack; her mother Margaret; her father Peter; and her brother Peter.

Katherine, at the age of seven, moved with her family from Siberia to Rosemary, Alberta. She attended four terms of Bible school to help her teach Sunday school, a great love for her, and increase her understanding of God. She married her life mate, John on October 26, 1944 in Rosemary, Alberta. Raising their five children together in first Trochu, then Bassano and finally Calgary, saw Katherine make friends in both the community and church. She and John always had a large garden from which they worked long hours to help feed their developing family.

Katherine often expressed herself in creative ways: drawing as a young woman, creating floral arrangements and clothes with embroidery for herself and her children, having an artistic eye for fashioning in fabric. She also enjoyed baking new and traditional family dishes with her children.

Graveside Service to take place at the New Bergthal Mennonite Cemetery near Carstairs, AB on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Funeral Services to follow at Cross Roads Community Church (912 – 19 Street N.E., Calgary, AB) at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Katherine Sawatzky, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. With deepest sympathy on the passing of your precious mom.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Katherine at Mayfair Care Center where my mom, Tina Neufeld, was also a resident. I quickly learned that the two of them grew up in the same area, knew one another’s families and shared the same Christian faith. Your mom would always greet me with a friendly smile and hand wave. May God be your comfort and strength during this difficult time.
    Gloria Emery

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  2. Ken, Annemarie Schaffer

    Sincerest condolences Doreen, Gerry and family

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