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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donalda Theresa Ann Oliva-Quarin of Blairmore, Alberta. Donalda was called into the arms of our Lord on May 27, 2021 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre in Blairmore. She was blessed with 79 years of a wonderful life.
Donalda was born in Coleman, Alberta on May 9, 1942 to proud parents, Helen & Angelo Oliva and it was at this time that her town was flooded and she and her family had to be rescued on a raft. Throughout her lifetime, Donalda has had an innate fear of water.
She was a woman of great faith and was a devoted servant of the Lord dedicating many hours to the Church and Catholic Women’s League. She loved singing and used her vocal talents to enrich the church choir.
Her mother taught her the basic skills of cooking and baking. Her home always smelled of fresh and tasty treats most of which she gave away. She loved to organize the local church bake sales and fundraising events and she believed a balanced diet was a cookie in each hand. Her baking was truly a little slice of heaven and her Christmas crafts and decorations were the envy of her friends and family.
Donalda earned her teaching certificate from the University of Calgary and enjoyed a brief teaching career with the Crowsnest Pass school district mentoring the elementary students. She also had a passion for volunteering many long hours to a variety of charities and events. She was a founding member of the Crowsnest Pass Historical Society and was proud of her ancestral roots in the Pass. She aided the annual Harvest of Memories event as a contributor, was the vice-president of the Crowsnest Pass Memorial Society caring for the integrity of our local cemeteries, and countless other organizations.
She also enjoyed gardening as an outlet for nurturing the body and the soul. She loved to see the fruits of her labours thrive and grow strong just as she enjoyed inspiring young students to work hard and continuously learn.
In 2008, Donalda won the heart of a handsome and kind gentleman, Dennis Quarin of Natal, BC, and they pledged their love in holy matrimony. The last years of her life were some of the happiest she has ever known and we pray that she now finds peace and comfort in the paradise promised to us in God’s heavenly kingdom.
She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her beloved husband, Dennis Quarin of Blairmore; her sister, Lorna Mochinski of West Vancouver; her brothers, Lanny and Terry Oliva of Coleman; as well as her extended family and many, many friends. She was predeceased by her former companion, Walter Zur and her parents, Helen & Angelo Oliva.
The Prayer Service will be held on Monday, May 31, 2021 at 7pm in the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church and the Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11am with Fr. Joseph Nagothu as Celebrant. She was laid to rest in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Blairmore.
Donations in memory may be made to the CNP Health Fdn, Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0 and condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements. (403) 562-8555.
“The loss is unmeasurable
but so is the love left behind”.
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