VAREM, Nicole Catherine Emilienne (nee Sanchez)
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December 10, 1929 - November 21, 2012
Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Nicole was predeceased by her parents Emmanuel and Hortense as well as three of her nine siblings Gaby, Chantal and Marc. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 61 years, Joseph and her five children and their families: Emmanuel Varem (Susan), son Steffan (Sarah) - Olivia and Teran, son Trevor; Thierry Varem- Sanders (Charlotte), daughter Monica (Ben) - Maren and Brenna, daughter Valerie; Dominique Wilson (Guy) daughters Danielle and Madeleine; Gabrielle West, daughters Amanda and Sarah; Bernard Varem (Susie), daughters Michelle and Maria. Nicole worked as a secretary-bookkeeper for the company she shared with Joseph and ended her career at Calgary Quest Children's Society. A woman of many talents, Nicole was a lifelong learner; gardener extraordinaire; an Opera enthusiast; an incredible seamstress as well as a prolific knitter; talented with languages having been able to fluently speak French, Spanish, Flemish, English and even some Chinese. Nicole's greatest joy was to spend time with her grandchildren who knew her as 'Meme' and shared in the love that was unconditional and never ending. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We would like to thank ALL the staff at Father Lacombe Care Centre who helped to care for her over the last years of her life, especially those staff who were her direct caregivers on the East Wing. Mom was loved and we as a family could feel that and it was much appreciated. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Ceclia's Catholic Church (321 - 90 Avenue S.E.) on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Ceclia's Catholic Church (321 - 90 Avenue S.E.) on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Nicole's family through www.evanjstrong.com. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Father Lacombe Care Centre Foundation (http://www.flccfoundation.ca/ 332 - 146 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2X 2A3. Telephone 403-256-4641). Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. Telephone: 403-265-1199.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30, 2012