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VAN GASTEL, Ella “Lorraine” (nee Law)

February 15, 1923 – Denzil, Saskatchewan
July 10, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

So I’ll sing Hallelujah, you were an angel in the shape of my mom…

It is with heavy hearts and gratitude to so many that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother Lorraine, just moments before dawn on the 10th of July, 2018.

Born in Denzil, Saskatchewan on February 15, 1923, she lived with passion and purpose for 95 wonderful years. The mother of five children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, the matriarch of our family provided us all with unconditional love. This wise, sassy and beautiful woman excelled at so many things, but her greatest accomplishment was her family.

Honouring her memory are her children Arnold and Linda Van Gastel, Bill and Jenneke Van Gastel, Cathy and Michael Stang, Christine and Ric McIver and Marty Van Gastel. Her special friend Melody Favero will also miss her dearly. Lorraine will live on in her grandchildren, Sharon Boucher, Kyle Stamm, Matt Van Gastel, Jill Fleming, Adam Van Gastel, Carla Van Gastel, Brad Wandzura, Laurel Wandzura, Alex Stang, Paige Stang, Tiar Neustaeter and Cole McIver and her great-grandchildren, Emily, Lily, Jacob, Hannah, Georgia, Felix, Elaina, Arelie, Parker, Cooper, Rylen, Quinn and Zander. She was predeceased by her grandson Derek Wandzura in 1991 and her husband of 44 years, Christian Van Gastel in 1993.

Spread your wings and I know, that when God took you back, He said, “Hallelujah, you’re home.”

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Our mom asked that, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta – Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship, Suite 302, 609 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2A1, www.kidscancercare.ab.ca. Sincere gratitude and thanks to all the staff of the Sage Hill Retirement Residences who cared for and loved our mom like she was theirs.

In living memory of Lorraine Van Gastel, 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. Karen Haggblad :

    Marty, Adam, Carla and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. Know that she is now wrapped in the arms of angels sharing her love and laughter again with Chris and Derek.
    May you find strength and peace in all the wonderful memories you have created.

    Love & Hugs
    Karen & Dave Haggblad

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  2. Andi Russell :

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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  3. Gail Corbett :

    I am so sorry for loss of your mother. I remember Lorraine working as a volunteer at Kids Cancer Care. She always had a smile on her face. May you find comfort in the love and memories you share of your mother (and grandmother).

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  4. Kevin Bachelder :

    So very sorry for your loss Marty, and family, may your mom rest In peacefulness!

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss Marty

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  6. Len & Donna :

    Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Your mum was a gem and will be dearly missed.

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  7. Debra Jo Peacosh Smith :

    Another angel, has made her way to heaven. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy Christine, Brad and Laurel. Your mother / grandmother was a beautiful person, may she live on in your memories. RIP Lorraine ❤️

    Rick, Debra Jo, Nikki and Taylor

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  8. Nancy Moules :

    To my friend Christine – a wonderful mother and daughter. You learned well how to be the first from the best.
    Nancy

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  9. Donna Burfield :

    My thoughts, love and tears are with you Cathy, Mike, Alex and Paige. I had the honour of meeting Lorraine several times and she was a wonderful soul. Her love and kindness lives through you Cathy. She will always be with you. My sincerest condolences for your loss. I wish I could be there for you. All my love. Donna x

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  10. Lori Kole & Barry Driedger :

    So sorry for the loss of your mother Marty & Family. Thinking of you all. Your memories will keep her spirit with you forever. Xo
    Lori, Barry & Family

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  11. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. I have fond memories of my time spent with your Mother and Grandmother on Sunday’s when we would go to church together . Hugs to you all xo
    Sue (suzie)

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  12. Wally Whitehead :

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She must have had a loving family to live such a long life. I’m sure she’ll always be with you in your memories. RIP

    Wally

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  13. Kelly, Richard and Camden :

    Love you guys, will miss her xo

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  14. Dearest Chris and family

    I’m so so sorry to read this! My sincerest condolences and thoughts and prayers goes out to all of you!

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  15. Rosemary Farley :

    I’m so sorry for your loss Cathy and family. She was a lovely woman and will be missed by all of you. Our condolences.

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  16. Marian and Doug Rooney :

    Rick and Christine our sincere condolences to you and your families. Your angel will now love and protect you from above. The loss of a loved one is sad and somehow more difficult to loose a Mum. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  17. Prasad and Santhi Panda :

    Christine and Ric McIver: Sad to hear about the passing of your mom Lorraine. May her soul Rest In Peace. Our sincere condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family members.

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  18. Linda & Philip Blasetti :

    To the entire Van Gastel Family,
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences as you suffer the loss of your dear Mother and Grandmother. She was such a good friend of my Mother, Sue Ellis and I remember her fondly. Her long life, well lived has created wonderful memories for you all. May she rest in the peace she so richly deserves. May you all be blessed with the strength to endure the difficult days ahead.
    Sincerely Linda & Philip Blasetti

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  19. Bunny & Al Turner :

    To the Van Gastel family
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Al and I have such wonderful memories of all the years we had together whether it be in Calgary or Windemere and especially the joy we had of becoming grandparents together! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  20. Alberto Salas-Ciudad :

    Dear Christine our sincere condolences to you and your families. I know she is a beautiful angel that who always be with you.
    A big hug,

    Maricarmen, Alberto, Alberto jr, & MariaLuisa Salas-Ciudad

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  21. Helen, Stan and Ted Nieumierzycki :

    To everyone who is today a descendant of Van Gastel heritage, our deepest condolences upon the passing of Lorraine.

    -Helen, Stan and Ted Nieumierzycki

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  22. Tony Van Dyck :

    To the Van Gastel family,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I have fond memories that go way back to when Bill and I hung out together. My how time marches on and we don’t see it go on until someone passes away.

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  23. Murray Mikulak :

    Arnold & Linda,

    My deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences on the loss of your Mother. May you cherish the warm & loving memories of her.

    Murray Mikulak

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