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STEWART, Lynne Marie

March 3, 1952 – Edmonton, Alberta
October 25, 2018– Calgary, Alberta

Lynne Marie Stewart, a lifelong athlete, loving mother, adoring grandmother and beloved wife of Paul Schaller of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the age of 66 years.

Born in Edmonton and raised in Sherwood Park, Lynne was a star long-distance runner and a dancer in her teens. She married her high school sweetheart, Leigh Myers with whom she had two children, Sean and Jennifer. The couple raised their family in Calgary where Lynne earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary, and became a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. Lynne taught kindergarten and then Grade 1 at Sam Livingston and Deer Run elementary schools. Always dedicated to staying fit and eating right, Lynne also loved to dance and joined the Roaring 20s performance troupe as a can-can dancer for the Madcap Follies show at Heritage Park in the late 1970s. She also took part in the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics in a massive choreographed dance routine at McMahon Stadium. In 2000, Lynne was re-married to Paul Schaller, beginning a second chapter in her life full of adventure, travel and new feats with Paul always at her side, making an inseparable pair. An avid long-distance runner and cyclist, Lynne overcame her fear of water and learned to swim to add triathlons to her competitive resume which already included multiple marathons, half marathons and road races. Starting with the sprint distance, she worked her way up to Calgary’s half Ironman race in which she competed twice. Lynne always finished near or at the front of the pack for her age group in whatever competition she set her mind to. With Paul, her children, and/or her close friends, Lynne travelled to England, France, Belize, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver Island and made a yearly trip with Paul to Maui. Ahead of each trip she always asked: Where can I work out? And, what can I eat there?

Lynne was absolutely devoted to her three young granddaughters, spending time with them every week when possible, taking them to the beach at Lake Chaparral, on field trips across the city, leading them through creative craft building and creating elaborate photo books of her adventures with them, which also included trips to the Okanagan, Vancouver Island and Maui.

Her other love, was her flower gardens. In every home in which she lived, Lynne maintained the most beautiful array of flowers including planting and nurturing clippings from her grandfather John Smith’s garden in her home in Parkland in Calgary.

Taken far too young by cancer, Lynne is missed dearly by all who knew her. Too humble to realize how many lives she touched, Lynne’s family has been inundated by well wishers numbering in the hundreds. Truly a life to remember.

Besides her loving husband, Paul, Lynne is survived by her children, Sean Myers (Tara O’Donovan) and Jennifer Myers (David Low); her siblings, Mark Stewart (Vivienne Carson), Miles Stewart (Aime Stewart) and Lesley Scheepmaker (Len Scheepmaker); and grandchildren, Abby and Maggie Myers, and Saige Low. She was predeceased by her parents Neil and Sally Stewart.

A Celebration of Lynne’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

Lynne’s family wishes to express deep gratitude to the doctors and nursing staff in Unit 47 in the Tom Baker Cancer Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre.

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

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  1. It was a pleasure and an honour to teach along side Lynne for many years at Deer Run School. She is irreplaceable. My thoughts are with Paul and her family.

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  2. I knew Lynne from working with her at Deer Run School. I am so sad to hear of her passing. Many children’s lives were made richer because of her kind and caring way. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

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  3. Lynne gifted both of my daughters with their start in Grade 1 at Deer Run Elementary. We will forever be thankful for knowing such a lovely & kind soul. May God bless you & comfort you now & always.

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  4. Every time I met Lynne I was impressed by her kindness and ability to make social occasions better for all. Condolences to her friends and family. Lynne will be missed.

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  5. Patty Fyhn Parker :

    A lovely vivacious lady who gave so much sunshine to those around her. Condolences to the family.

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  6. Lynne was one of the strongest people I have ever met.
    Lynne was funny, smart, and determined.
    Lynne was all up for a challenge and attacked it like a tiger.
    We are all much better people for having Lynne in our lives.
    My deepest condolences to family, Paul, Sean and Jen.
    Lynne will never ever be forgotten.

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  7. Lynne taught both my son and daughter at Deer Run School. She was a wonderful teacher and much loved. My condolences to her family.

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  8. My deepest condolences. A lovely soul who took on many challenges.
    Gone too soon.

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  9. Erin & Hailey Attrill, Kevin Young
    Lynne was a big part of Hailey and my life.She was inspirational and roll model in our lives. Lynne always had an open heart and Loved us unconditionally. I am grateful for all the fun times we had. Lynne you will forever be in our hearts.We will miss you dearly.

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  10. Greg and Sue Steger :

    Paul,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  11. It was with great sadness to hear about Lynne’s passing. Traveling with Sandie is where I met Lynne and the girls, Bernice, Phyllis and Paula. Lynne was an amazing lady, always fun to be around.
    My condolences to the family.

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  12. Lauren MacGillivray :

    Much love to you Sean and family. Someone told me once that in the deepest moments of despair, there are silver linings. I was too upset at the time to agree but after looking more carefully, I realized it to be true. Treasure love in all its forms and may it bring you peace even at this saddest of times. Grief, while so incredibly painful, is love. Your mom was a beautiful soul by all accounts. Love you. xo

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  13. Laurie Fawcett :

    So sorry to hear of this sad loss. My condolences to her family and friends.

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  14. Lillian Dalton :

    Lynne and I met many years ago in the locker room at the YMCA. We enjoyed many conversations over the years, sharing confidences and the joy of grandchildren.
    I greatly admired her strength, determination and respect for living healthy and I miss seeing her smiling face.

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  15. Deepest Sympathies , Paul !

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  16. Stephanie Carson :

    Lynne had a beautiful soul and a joie de vivre which she expressed in her athleticism. She was a good friend to my Mom and I know that she will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Please accept my most sincere condolences for your loss.

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  17. Lynne and I crossed paths as both regulars to the YMCA. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Great athlete and a Great person. My condolences to all of her family for their tremendous loss.

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  18. Melony O'Neill :

    Dear Paul,
    As neighbours who shared the back lane to the lake we were very saddened to hear of Lynn’s sudden passing.We were so impressed by her great strength as she battled Cancer head on.We have long admired her beautiful gardens each summer and recently met her sweet puppy.Our deepest condolences Paul.We planted beautiful tulips in her hounour and will think of her when they bloom in the spring. Gardening is a love we shared along with sharing the chosen career of teaching.Lynn always seemed a model athlete and teacher; somehow I just knew she was. Sending you strength at this difficult time Paul. Sincerely,
    Melony ,Shawn, Madeline and Fynn O’Neill.

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