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SCHAINK, Andrea “Frances” (nee Türcke)

February 4, 1952 – Montreal, Quebec
July 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Frances Schaink was born on February 4, 1952 in Montreal, Canada. Her parents named her Andrea Frances Türcke, but she always went by her middle name. She went to school in Sorel and Montreal with her older sisters Katherine (Niki) and Leslie. She attended MacDonald College at McGill University and completed her degree in Horticulture in 1974. Frances’ love of travel and adventure saw her attend a German course at the Goethe institute in Passau, Germany in 1976. She then travelled around Europe visiting her classmates from the Goethe Institute. One of her adventures, in August 1976, took her on the Ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki where she met her soul mate, Hendrik. They were married on October 13, 1977 and lived in Zurich until they moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1981. They had their first child, Jessica, in July 1982 while Hendrik was studying at the University of Alberta. In 1985 they moved to Calgary which would become their long-term home. 1986 brought the birth of Alexis, just two days after Frances’ 34th birthday. The family moved to their home in Ranchlands the following year, and that remains the family home to this day. Frances worked at the Calgary Public Library and cherished the support it gave the local community and the very special friends she made at work. She took great joy in cultivating and tending her garden and then spending time sitting outside surrounded by the beauty of it. Her love of travel and adventure was ever present and after retirement she and Hendrik enjoyed wonderful trips to Peru, Thailand, Europe, and many places across Canada.

Frances is survived by her husband Hendrik, daughters Jessica and Alexis, and her sisters Niki and Leslie.

Frances was predeceased by her parents Katherine and Peter Türcke.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells., Calgary, AB), on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home.

Donations in memory of Frances can be made to a cause very dear to her heart: The Parent Child Mother Goose Program Information about the program can be found at Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Frances Schaink, 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. Dear Hendrik, Jessica and Alexis;
    I am sorrier than I can properly express for the loss of Frances. Your family has been the best of neighbours to my family – always cheerful and caring. It was always a pleasure to stop and greet each other in “the Mews” as we came and went from our daily activities. Please accept my sympathy. I grieve with you.

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  2. Pauline Schluff :

    Dear Hendrick, Jessica and Alexis,
    As former neighbours for many years I remember Frances fondly.
    She was a lovely, gracious woman, always friendly, may all your fond memories stay forever in your hearts. Condolences from Pauline and Erich Schluff.

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  3. Sandy & Rick Hand :

    Dear Hendrik and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of the untimely passing of your dear Frances. We both enjoyed learning ballroom dancing with you two on Wednesday evenings. Frances was always so happy and friendly – she will be missed by many. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

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  4. Catherine Welburn :

    Dear Hendrik and family,

    I am sending love and kindness your way thinking of your precious Frances and how loving and kind she was. My deepest condolences for your loss. Cathy W.

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  5. Debra Faulk :

    Holding you all in gentle loving thoughts and energy at this time of profound loss.

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  6. Cynthia White :

    Our dearest Jess Nick and family,
    Our deepest co silences and sadness on the sudden loss of mum ! By all accounts she was a truly wonderful human being – our thoughts and prayers have been with all of you ever since we heard ! May you all get the strength to sustain you through this hard hard time ! Many blessings from Mum Margaret , Mario , Lara Aviva Chris and me Scinni !

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  7. Hendrik, Jessica and Alexis,

    I am so sorry for the shocking and sudden loss of Frances. I will always remember our years at the UCC together and the thoughtful loving woman that she was.

    Love, Evanne

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  8. Roberta Kuzyk-Burton :

    Remembering Frances: her smile, humor, and the wonderful service she offered Calgarians through work with the Library. Such incredibly sad news. My heart goes out to the family.

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  9. Donna Thorsten :

    I was saddened to hear the news of Frances’ passing. I worked with her for many years at the Library. She always had a sweet disposition and a cheerful smile for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

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  10. Ron and Jeanie Delroy :

    Hendrick, Jessica and Alexis
    How shocked and sad we are to hear of Frances’ death.
    Had a cheery, as she always was , chat with her in the store just recently. She talked about the girls and you Hendrick.
    You were great neighbours when we lived at 135.
    Our sincere condolence to you.

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  11. Dear Hendrik, Jess and Alexis,
    Our deepest sympathies go out to each of you and the family. May God give you the strength and peace that you seek, and may our condolences bring you comfort and our prayers ease the pain of your profound loss. May God put Frances in a special place where she will be watching over you, the people who loved and cherished her. Sending thoughts, prayers and love, Teresa, Carol, Tania, Chris and Charles.

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  12. Margot and Ed Shutt :

    Dear Hendrik
    We met Frances only once through our dear Robin as we received a very warm welcome on a very hot day in July as they all moved to Calgary. But I really know through her how special Frances was. We grieve with you and pray you will receive all that you need now and in the days to come.

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  13. Tosca Roering :

    Lieve Hendrik. Tot mijn grote schrik hoorde ik vanavond van mijn zus Mieneke dat jouw lieve vrouw Francis vorige week is overleden, als gevolg van een afschuwelijk ongeval. ik heb Francis maar 1x ontmoet: op de 90e verjaardag van jouw moeder- tante Corrie- maar toen heeft zij wel een speciale indruk bij mij achtergelaten. Een hele bijzondere en lieve vrouw, zoals nu ook blijkt uit de levensbeschrijving, die hierboven van Francis is gegeven. Ik wens jou heel veel sterkte en Troost toe bij dit grote verlies. ik denk aan jou in mijn gebeden. heel veel liefs van je nicht Tosca Roering.

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  14. Cathy Leonard :

    To the Schaink Family.

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Frances at the Village Square Library and enjoyed this time very much. Frances was a very special person and she had a great connection with people. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

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