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SHUTIAK, Suzanne

December 5, 1933 – Onion Lake, Saskatchewan
May 26, 2019 – Okotoks, Alberta

Suzanne Shutiak died peacefully at Foothills Country Hospice on Sunday May 26, 2019, with her daughters by her side. Born in December 1933, in Onion Lake, SK, she lived most of her life in Calgary. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February. While her decline was rapid, she was stoic and full of life and humour until the end. Hers was a life well lived.

Suzanne was a woman ahead of her time. She travelled and worked abroad after secretarial college, living in Tokyo and New Delhi, which resulted in a lifelong love of travel. She spent many years as a mother and homemaker, but plunged into the workforce post-divorce, working first at Woodward’s, then the Calgary Herald, before retiring in 1999.

In retirement, she golfed with the Golfaround girls, and bowled with the Thursday Chinook Ladies. She loved watching her grandchildren play ringette, baseball, hockey, soccer and field hockey. She cherished every minute she had with them, and was proud to see them grow and learn and become independent. She volunteered; at her church, her grandchildren’s schools, in various political campaigns, at Benny the Bookworm, and teaching English to new Canadians. And then there was her travelling. She cruised the Mediterranean with Tess, travelled to South Africa, Cuba and New Zealand with the Golfaround girls, and went to Thailand, Europe, Costa Rica, UK, Greece and Hawaii with Tess, Laura and her grandchildren and many good friends. She was so sad watching the reports of the fire at Notre Dame, knowing she had been planning a spring trip to Paris with David – one place she’d longed to visit.

After her cancer diagnosis, she spent two weeks in Foothills Hospital, but moved March 4 to Foothills Country Hospice near Okotoks. She spent her last twelve weeks surrounded by the most amazing caregivers in a spectacular home and setting. We’d love to mention each and every nurse, PCA and volunteer by name. They were all amazing, not just to Suzanne, but to her family who were so heartbroken watching her decline. We have to mention Candice, a nurse who connected with our mom in a deep and meaningful way. Suzanne held on until Candice was there to hold her hand, and be there for Laura and Tess. Thanks too, to Dr. Kobie Coetzee, who was always kind and supportive. She experienced Suzanne’s humour first hand. In the last days, Dr. Coetzee suggested a new symptom could be from the progressing cancer. “I have cancer?” Asked Suzanne, aghast. It took the good doctor a few seconds to see the twinkle in her eye.

Suzanne was loved, and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her four children, David (Sally Warburton) of Toronto; Peter (Janalee), Laura (Mark Yeomans) and Tess, all of Calgary. She leaves three treasured grandchildren, Madeleine, Anne and Colin Yeomans; and four siblings, Marielle Galibois, Michelle Dolen, Paul Galibois (Irene), Marguerite Caspar (Rudi); and sister-in-law Helen Galibois. She was predeceased by her parents Emile and Marguerite Galibois; and brother Claude Galibois.

Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 1L2) on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Church hall. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. In lieu of flowers, Suzanne wanted donations to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, 322001 32 St E, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5, Telephone: 403-995-4673, https://www.countryhospice.org/. She commented almost daily that she was amazed she didn’t have to pay for her care at the hospice. When we explained that a large part of the organization’s budget was from donations, she knew she wanted this paragraph to be part of her obituary.

In living memory of Suzanne Shutiak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Jennifer Munn

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    The Munn’s

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  2. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. You will all miss Suzanne and her lovely smile. My sincere condolences to you all. Sally W.

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  3. Dana Treffler

    Tess and family,
    My deepest condolences. I will always have fond memories of your Mom, her smile, the golf outings and the laughs. Tuck her memories close to your heart to be cherished forever.
    Dana and Rob

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  4. Betty Lou Lamothe

    To Suzanne’s Family,
    Sadded to learn of Suzanne’s passing.
    May she enjoy her eternal reward in the Lord’s everlasting light!
    Thoughts and prayers for All.
    Love,
    Betty Lou

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  5. Fran & Len Esler

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Suzanne’s family. It’s been a pleasure to know Suzanne for over 23 years when we first met as the “dirty dozen” through Golfaround. Will always cherish fond memories of golf games, get togethers and fun travel vacations with Suzanne. She was always lots of fun and we will miss this “special” lady.
    Fran & Len Esler

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  6. Laura, Mark and Family:
    My heart goes out to you at this difficult time – please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your mom. This touching tribute has given those of us who didn’t have the privilege of knowing her a window into what a special woman your mom was – spirited, strong, loving, joyful, so full of life – what a great lasting legacy and example to draw from! May you continue to treasure those precious memories and find peace and comfort in the coming days. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kim Thomas

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  7. My deepest sympathy to all of Suzanne’s family. I have many fond memories of her.

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  8. Peter, sorry to read about your mother’s passing. Please accept our condolences

    Keith & Jean Curtis

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  9. My deepest sympathy to Suzanne’s family, she was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed. I enjoyed many good times with Suzanne and will always have warm memories.

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  10. Dianne Andrews

    I will always remember Suzanne’s infectious smile and her grace and dignity. She will be missed, but memories will last a lifetime. My heartfelt sympathy to you Tess and your family. Dianne Andrews, Selkirk Manitoba

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  11. Barbara Booth

    My hearfelt condolences are extended to Suzanne’s family. I worked with Suzanne at the Calgary Herald and have fond memories ot her.

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  12. Condolences,Marielle, on losing your sister and to all of Suzanne’s family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Sincerely, Marian Hay

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  13. Dear Laura and Family!

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the passing of your Mother
    and Grandmother.
    I’m not sure if you will recall us, Laura, but you and your Mom took great interest and worked diligently in my campaign when I ran for the Liberal Party in 2004.
    Suzanne was an unassuming women who always pulled beyond her weight and I have always remembered her as a kind and gentle person who loved her family and did her part to make our world a better place.
    We will follow up with a donation to the Foothills Country Hospice in her memory.

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  14. Condolences to Marielle and all of Suzanne’s family. I met Suzanne in golfaround and I always found her to be a lovely and gracious woman. I’m sure she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

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  15. Tess, Dave and I extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. Suzanne lived a full life and will be remembered in many people’s hearts. Keep her your heart, she will always be with you.

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  16. Donna & Mike Woodman

    Tess & family,
    Such a sweet lady, always a big smile, kind, never a bad word.
    So many wonderful memories of Suzanne from our Golfaround years , international golf trips, She will remembered by all who met her. Now she will make heaven a better place.
    Thinking of you with such a heavy heart. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Donna & Mike Woodman

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  17. Donna & Mike Woodman

    Tess & family,
    We are so very sad for you and your family, and wish to express our sincere condolences.
    Suzanne was the kindest, fun lady, with a most beautiful smile.
    We will always remember her. As members of the Golfaround dirty dozen, we shared many golf games & short and international golf trips for many years. May your beautiful memories lessen your sadness. Not many walk this world like lovely Suzanne. You have been blessed with her in your life.

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  18. simon nyilassy

    Deepest condolences to David and all of Suzanne’s family. While I never had the opportunity of meeting Suzanne, she was clearly a wonderful person to have inspired such love from those around her.

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  19. Peter & Glenna Vanderlinden

    Marielle and family – our heartfelt condolences with the passing of our lovely neighbor. We appreciate the time we shared our little community and wish you strength for the future.

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  20. Merina DeCosta

    A tiny little lady with a huge heart and spirit to go with it. Suzanne will be missed by all who had the pleasure to meet her and the ones waiting for the opportunity. My deepest sympathies to her children and extended family. She will be forever in our hearts and memories.

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  21. Susan McCloy, sister in law to David

    My sincere condolences to you David, Peter, Tess and Laura. Living so far away, I only met your mother briefly including a lovely visit to her home when I was at a conference in Calgary. She certainly lead a full life and seems to have maintained strength to the end.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

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