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Diane Karen (Svoboda) Burwell

August 13, 1952 ~ April 1, 2020 (age 67)


   Let me tell you about the “Best Mom Ever”.  Her name was Diane Karen Burwell and she was born on August 13, 1952 to proud and loving parents, Joseph and Helen Svoboda.  She was caring, kind, always smiling and beautiful inside and out.  Even when Diane passed away in her son’s arms at their home on April 1, 2020, her strength and courage were unmatched.

   Diane was not only educated through traditional schooling and insatiable reading, but through everyone she met.  She gave herself selflessly to others, asking nothing in return, and she never judged.  Diane’s commitment to her community was evident in so many ways.  She donated library books and co-donated Lego sets to the Lundbreck School, she tutored children and adults in a variety of subjects, and she spent countless hours teaching elementary school children to read along with other valuable life lessons. 

   Music was Diane’s passion.  She loved to sing, play the guitar, piano, drums and other percussion instruments, and she taught music.  Over the years, Diane performed in bands, orchestras, at music festivals and church functions, and she passed her musical gifts on to an abundance of students.  She also enjoyed attending concerts and listening to an array of musical genres. 

   In her quieter moments, Diane liked to complete fill-it-in puzzles, as well as having board game, television and movie nights.  Nothing made Diane happier than spending time with her son, Joseph.  He was her pride and joy; she loved him with her whole heart and soul.  They were an unstoppable mom and son team.

   Diane had endless patience with life.  No matter what challenge she was presented with, she met and conquered it with determination and grace.  Diane’s enormous capacity to love was reciprocated by all who were blessed with her friendship.  She will live on in the hearts she leaves behind.

   Left to celebrate her life is her devoted son, Joseph Burwell and her “princess”, Raven Paw the cat. 

   She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Helen Svoboda; her grandparents; and her aunts and uncles.

   A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations toward funeral arrangements and other expenses will be gratefully accepted at any Royal Bank of Canada Branch (Transit 01109, Account 5025804).  Condolences may be registered at

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

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Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

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