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WALASKO, Florence Lillian

November 14, 1933 – Calgary, Alberta
June 4, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Florence Lillian (nee Laidlaw) Walasko was born November 14, 1933 in Calgary, Alberta and died peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 85 years and 8 months.

Florence will be lovingly remembered by her husband, James of fifty two years; by her son John David; her daughter Barbara Jean Walasko and spouse Keith Ryan; her grandchildren, Millicent Harper Ryan and Chapman John James Ryan. She was very proud of her family. Florence is also survived by her brother Robert William Alexander Laidlaw and his wife Esther Elouise and their children, Beverlee Jean, Robert William II, and Margaret Anne; her brother-in-law Ronald William Oughton and his daughter Linda Jane Oughton; her sisters-in-law, Patricia Laura Walasko and her children, Cheryl Janice and Ronald William; Irene Bell and her late husband William Alexander Bell and their children James William and Allison (nee Bell) Kim; Jean Ann Walasko. Florence was predeceased by her father Alexander Grant Laidlaw and her mother Lillian Jean Blow; her sisters, Betty Lou Laidlaw, Patricia Jean Oughton, and Pat’s children David and Robert John.

Florence was a life-long resident of Calgary. She attended King Edward Elementary School, South Calgary United Church and Western Canada High School. She was a 1955 graduate of School of Nursing at University of Alberta in Edmonton where she met many of her dearest and treasured lifelong friends. Florence finalized her nursing career employed at the Calgary Holy Cross Pediatric ward followed by a term in a private medical office.

Florence was an avid reader who enjoyed cooking, entertaining, playing bridge and travelling. Florence’s reasoned and unbiased council to family, her gracious and patient manner and loving lifetime encounters to family members will be remembered. She will be sadly missed, but her example for life will remain dear to the hearts and minds of family and to those whose lives she touched.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. Florence’s family wish to thank those employees of Alberta Health Services for their kind and compassionate care.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. George Tignanelli

    My deepest condolences go to all of you, knowing Florence for so many years was a truly blessing, she was a extraordinary sole. I’ll sure miss her, Flo Rest In Peace.

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  2. Merl and Luba Kruzel

    Dear Jim and family , our deepest sympathy for the passing of Flo , to you and your family , she was a wonderful person who always made made us laugh with her jokes, and always showed great kindness ! We know this was a long struggle but she always showed her strength , may she be in peace. Merl and Luba

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  3. Al and Marg Davis

    Dear Jim and Family
    We wish to send our deepest sympathy to all of you. I know this is hard to deal with but you will be pleased that her suffering is over. All the best. We are thinking of you.Al and Marg

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  4. Beverlee Laidlaw Chasse

    Dear Uncle Jim, John, Barbara and family,
    What a beautiful picture of Aunt Florence that captures the light and brightness that she possessed and shared with those that she let into her inner circle. Michael and I have so enjoyed her sense of humor through the years and we are sorry she had to go. We send our love and healing prayers to you and your family. Much love, From the Chasse Family, Bev(Laidlaw), Michael, Brandon(&Geny)Hunter, and Mack Chasse

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  5. Gloria M Wilkinson

    Condolences Jim and family,
    So sad for you all.
    Ray ad Gloria Wilkinson

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  6. We remember fondly, the family gatherings with you and Flo over the years at your home and will miss a very gracious lady. Alice and I want to express our deepest sympathy for you and your family’s loss.

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  7. Carole Silverberg

    Dear Jim and Family – we are so sorry to hear of Florence passing away. We so enjoyed being in her company at the few dinners we had together – her deep insights and also her great sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Doug and Carole Silverberg

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  8. Jim and family,
    I was sorry and saddened to hear that Florence had passed away. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow
    My heartfelt sympathy to all.
    Anne

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  9. Carol L. Allen (was Brookes)

    I send you condolences on the passing of a very special woman. She is remembered fondly by me and my daughters, Christi and Chelle Brookes. May peace be with you.

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  10. Anne Hunt/Bill Shostak

    Dear Jim,
    We were so sorry to hear of Flos’ passing. For the short time we’ve known her we enjoyed being in her company and found Flo to be a very kind and warm lady. She will be missed at the “Forget Me Not Picnics” and get togethers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family at this sad time. Best regards, Bill & Anne

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