Martha P. Bielish

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  • "Uncle Merv, Auntie Pat and family: I have fond memories of..."
    - Martine, Edward and Sophia Piebiak
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    - Hon. Ken Kowalski, Speaker
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    - Bob Palamarek
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    - Darlene Wicks, Pres. of AWI
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The Honourable Dr. Martha P. Bielish October 20, 1915 - May 18, 2010 With deepest sorrow we announce the death of Martha P. Bielish of Warspite, Alberta, our beloved mother and "Baba". She died peacefully at the age of 94 years and was laid to rest beside her husband Joe. Martha is survived by her son Mervin (Patricia) Bielish; her four grandchildren Aaron (Kathy) Bielish, Sarah (Richard) Moor, Amanda Bielish, Kathryn Bielish; and her cherished extended family. Martha's precious husband Joe predeceased her March 2, 1987. Martha lived a life of extensive public service at the community, provincial, national and international level. In September 1979 she was summoned to the Senate to represent the district of Lakeland. Her appointment was historically significant in that she was the first woman from Alberta, as well as the first woman of Ukrainian heritage to sit in the Senate. Fifty years after the Alberta Famous Five struggled for the right of a woman to be appointed, the province at long last had its first female Senator. She touched many lives through her public service. She helped many more privately: encouraging, assisting and mentoring. For these acts she neither sought nor received public acclaim. They remain a private and positive part of her legacy. In both her intensely public and private lives, her greatest passion was learning. She believed in the power of all kinds of education to change lives, and in countless ways worked to maximize learning. In honour of her life, her family and the University of Calgary are establishing a scholarship in her name. Should you wish to honour her memory you can continue to enhance learning through contributing to the scholarship as outlined below. Memorial tributes may be made to The Hon Martha P Bielish Memorial Scholarship at the University of Calgary by telephone at 403-220-3716 or by cheque made out to the University of Calgary (c/o University of Calgary Development Office), 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4 or online at Yewchin's Funeral Chapel Ltd. St. Paul. 1-780-645-5177
Published in The Edmonton Journal on May 22, 2010
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