TAMAN, Bernice Teresa (nee Wyonzek)
May 12, 1930 - November 25, 2012
Bernice entered into this world near Mikado, Saskatchewan during the unsettled times of the 1930s. Like many families of those times, the family ended up relocating, moving to a farm just outside Canora, Saskatchewan. The second youngest of ten, she spent her childhood playing with the animals, whitewashing the bunkhouse and learning of the wonders of Creation. School called and after graduating, Bernice was drawn to the bright lights of Calgary, the closest thing to New York that western Canada had available. Morning mass at Sacred Heart, breakfast at Woolworths and working at the Telephone Office became her daily routine. Duty called and Bernice gave up her job to return home to care for her father. While there, she met a young Dutch immigrant named Bill Taman, who frankly did not impress her much on their first meeting. However, Tamans are nothing if not persistent, and Bill eventually won her over with his carefree spirit, good heart and oddball sense of humour. They were married on May 21, 1960 at a beautiful ceremony in Canora. Young Francis arrived February 1, 1964, completing the family, at least temporarily. Bernice continued to work and support Bill while he retooled as high school math teacher. Shortly after Bill completed his education and began working, duty called once more and Bernice began to split her time between Calgary and Canora, where she helped care for her ailing mother. They were tough times but she cherished being able to show her love to her mother in tangible ways with her husband, in turn, showing his love and support throughout. Bernice often said, "When I got the call that they needed me, there never was any question, any hesitation - Bill would tell me to go. My mother needed me." As it often does, time resolved this challenge as well and Bernice settled into raising her son and adopting his friends. By high school, the house was often filled with young people and Bernice became a fixture at high school and university parties, dispensing advice and caring for broken hearts. Great- nieces and nephews often spent weekends at the house baking cookies. In time, the family grew, adding Angela, Nicole and Emily. The house once again rang with the laughter of children, as the traditions of trips to the store for cereal, making cookies and watching Anne of Green Gables were passed to the next generation. Gingerbread houses, birthday cakes and perogies were the order of the day. Bernice passed away peacefully on November 25, 2012. She is survived by her beloved granddaughters Nicole and Emily, her son Francis, her best friend and daughter-in-law Angela, brother Henry (Anne) Wyonzek, sister-in-law Mary Wyonzek, brother-in-law Nicolaas Taman, and sisters-in-law Anna (Anthonius) Scholte-Taman and Johanna (Joannes) Naber-Taman, along with a host of adored nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Laurie Lemieux and all of the nurses, staff and volunteers of Rosedale Hospice. Mom came to love all of you and your care for her and the rest of us was exemplary. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Mark's Catholic Church (5552 Madigan Drive N.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Calgary (www.hospicecalgary.com
), the wonderful organization responsible for Rosedale. To forward condolences, please visit our website: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca
. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS, FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORIUM, 1605 - 100 Street S.E., Calgary, AB. Telephone: 403-272-5555.