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WASYLIW, Mitzie (Mary)
October 25, 1950 - September 30, 2014
It is with hearts full of sadness that we share the news of our beloved Mitzie's passing. Cherished wife of Larry for 35 years, mother to Jason and Karla (Pat), and grandmother to Kennedy and Wyatt, Mitzie has, for 63 years, shared her unparalleled zest for life, enriching the lives of those within her precious circle of family and friends. Mitzie, the eldest daughter of nine children from rural Saskatchewan was an entrepreneur from the age of 21. Founder and president of 'Dew Productions Events & Entertainment' for 35 years, she was recognized by her peers as a leader in her industry and as a driving force behind the arts, event and entertainment scene in Alberta and Western Canada. Mitzie and Larry had a vision to restore the Historical William Roper Hull Home at the Bow Valley Ranche in Fish Creek Provincial Park. These efforts resulted in the bestowal of the "1999 Citizen of the Year Award". She also received the Calgary Western Legacy Award in 2010 and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. Co-founders of "The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society" (1995) their combined labor of love has garnered Mitzie much recognition and admiration for her efforts. Subsequently, Mitzie resolved to showcase art in the gardens at the Ranche. To the time of her passing, Mitzie, as the project's Fundraising Chair, saw the completion of the Artisan Gardens at the official grand opening in September, showcasing 72 Canadian Artists and 175 works of Art in nature year round. This vision was born in honor of children as our future, family legacy and the First Nations people. In January of 2009, Mitzie was awarded the Woman of Vision Award in Calgary Alberta. Past nominations included Wild Rose Foundation Volunteerism Award 2002, Rothman Canadian Woman of the Year Awards 2002, Woman of Distinction 2001. Mitzie served on a number of boards and committees as well donating her efforts to many worthy causes over the years: Special Board for Police Commission, Calgary Canada Day Committee Board, Calgary Children's Hospital, ISES Calgary Chapter, CSEP Designations, Calgary Zoo, CCVB White Hatters committee, Girls Hockey and Cancer 24 hour Relay Board among many. Nothing created more joy for Mitzie than her family. In her last days, she lovingly held her new grandson in her arms. Despite facing ongoing health challenges for 16 years, there was always time for a "sleepover". Nothing deterred this exceptional woman, who fulfilled her bucket list with skydiving, scuba, climbing Kilimanjaro, hiking the Inca Trail, parasailing from Mount Seven, river rafting, and traveling to exotic and unusual places, usually with her treasured Larry at her side. Her vast community of friends and large extended family adored her, always wanting to bask in the glory of her infectious spirit as she took the lead passionately and creatively. Mitzie's life motto..."Dare to make a difference through optimism and perseverance!" We will carry your torch as another adventure awaits you, beautiful Mitzie. A Celebration of Mitzie's Life will occur at the Ranche at Fish Creek Provincial Park on Friday, October 17, 2014 2:00 p.m. under the teepee. A true reflection of her spirit is being unveiled at the Celebration of Life in the form of CABALLO, a magnificent work of art, so that generations to come can appreciate the passion & dedication behind the vision of the Artisan Gardens and the restoration of the Ranche at Fish Creek Provincial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to support this grand and permanent tribute to her legacy would be gracefully accepted at

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Published in Calgary Herald on Oct. 7, 2014.
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52 entries
May 14, 2015
Hi Larry, Thank you so very much for allowing me the honor of participating in the service last fall. It was a very special day I will never forget. I keep the small booklet from that day in September with Mitzie's photo on the wall right in front of me at my desk where I can see her every day as I do my entertainment work. When I get stumped for an idea, I look at Mitzie and she helps me out with her creativity. She's still as generous as ever. I wonder how you and your family are doing lately. I hope time has eased the sadness. I had wanted a recording of the beautiful service but did not know how to get in touch with anyone who could provide it. I also did not want to intrude at such a delictate time. If perhaps you read this enrty and are so inlcined to get in touch with me, I would be very appreciative. Mitzie still inspires me every day and I suspect she will keep doing so endlessly. She is timeless.

I can be reached at if you get a chance.
Warm Regards, Wendy Lee.
Wendy Lee
May 13, 2015
Larry sorry and saddened to hear about Mitzie.I worked for her and she had given me confidence that I never had. When she set her mind to do something she always did the best and made sure the customers were taken care of for special events. She was my hero .... I lost my husband going on 4 years and it is not easy but she will be with you every time you think of her and we know that up in heaven she is either singing in the choir or telling them what to do to entertain the other angels, friends and family in heaven. Remember they say it is beautiful.
Darlene Wasyluk
December 14, 2014
I have just read of Mitzie's passing today. Mitzie and DEW Productions was a very large part of my life for 10 years. Some of the best years I had not only working as an entertainer but working along side Mitzie in the office. I will always remember the fun and adventure Mitzie added everywhere she went. I always envied her style and pizazz! I know she will be missed by many. So sorry for your loss Larry and family.
Cyndi Christal (Hunter)
November 7, 2014
Dear Karla and Larry, I am so saddened by Mitzie's departure. Please accept my sincere condolences. She is now with Dom.
Lise Lapointe
October 21, 2014
Dear Larry and Family,

I am so saddened by the passing of dear Mitzie. She truly left a great impression on me - as a teacher and caring friend. She will always remain a true inspiration to me. I have never met a more magical woman, leading her life with such sparkle and pizzazz! My love to all of you. xoxo
Dana Nease
October 16, 2014
Dear Larry and Family, I was very saddened to hear of Mitzie's passing. Although it has been a number of years since I last saw her, I will always remember her zest for life. It was a great experience working with her at DEW Productions and she will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Debbie McBride
October 16, 2014
First met Mitz in 1980, recognizing her zest for life, always offering her creativity and support anyway she could. Talent, beauty and Brains with a huge heart. RIP Mitz, you will be hugely missed.
Brad Henderson
October 16, 2014
I was shocked and saddened to hear the news. I worked with Mitzie for a number of years as an entertainer. Mitzie was always very good to me and very professional. My heart goes out to Mitzie's family.
Nigel McEathron
October 15, 2014
Larry and Family,

We are deeply saddened by Mitizie's passing. She was our special friend and neighbor for 35 years -- a true honour.

I remember you Larry, and myself being the bachelors on the block. When you married Mitzie our street came to life. Block parties and celebrations were on the agenda.

We will alsways remember her free spirit, dedication, and positive outlook.

Merlyn and Linda
October 14, 2014 deepest condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time. I will always remember playing soccer with Mitzie for many years, joining the slo-pitch tournaments she organized, and above all spending a weekend every year at Beaverfoot Lodge in BC, with a bunch of Mitzie's friends. She was always full of life, and always had a kind word to say of everyone!! She touched all our lives in various ways, and we will miss that Mitzie spirit!!
MaryAnne Perdek (Pinto)
October 14, 2014
Dearest Larry and Family - what an honour to sit at the feet of this incredible lady, who was working for the good of all right to the end ! Feel blessed to have spent time with Mitzie days before she passed to the next project - the world of spirit - im pretty sure she will be continuing to make a difference everywhere - her heart is so vast!

with gratitude, peace and blessings
Rita Davis
October 14, 2014
Mitzie gone. It's unbelievable. So, there she goes again, reminding me of the preciousness of life, this life, this are in my heart sweet friend.
October 14, 2014
I had the great fortune to connect with Mitzie through our common love of travel. When I first met Mitzie she had me enthralled. Not only was she a force to be reckoned with but she was so caring and kind, so thoughtful and loving and such fun to be around. Her energy filled up every room she was in and you couldn't help but be attracted to her positive attitude. Sending my deepest condolences to Larry, Jason, Karla and the rest of her family and friends. I can only imagine what fun everyone is having with her in Heaven! You will be painfully missed Mitzie!
Cathy Gotfried
October 14, 2014
Dear Larry, We have such fond memories of Mitzie - always so positive and upbeat. We respected her so much - She will be missed. Our Love Bill and Grant
October 14, 2014
Miss you so much Mom. Love you.
October 14, 2014
We were so happy to count her as our dear friend and she will forever be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with her dear Larry and her children and grandchildren. Our wish is that in time those many wonderful memories will bring you comfort. She was loved, respected and admired and her spirit is with us.
Dane and Bonnie Milton
October 14, 2014
So Saddened With Fond Memories ALWAYS
THERE ARE NO PERFECT WORDS... for SUCH a perfect gal who gave it her All for many many people and her family. She will always be remembered for her inspiration to us all, her continuous encouragement,creativity, and support ANYWAY she could. Talent, beauty and Brains with the BIGGEST of HEART. Mine goes out to Larry and their families and friends of Mitzie's.
Karen McLeod
October 13, 2014
To Larry and family,
It indeed was sad to learn of Mitzie's passing and we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences. Unfortunately, we could not meet up as often as we wanted to but fondly remember the times we were able to get together. We always will treasure those memories; being around Mitzie never failed to translate into an uplifting experience.
Jim & Erika Kany
October 13, 2014
So very for your loss Larry and family I remember introducing you two to one another at the Calgary Inn Stampede week many years ago Gail Taylor-Bruneau
October 11, 2014
To Mitzie's family I am so sorry for your loss of the most dynamic and vibrant dynamo woman named Mitzie. You can't begin to know how many lives she touched in her special Mitzie way. She was someone wonderful to everyone. What a exceptional friend she was whether you saw her everyday or just on occasion. When you sat and talked with Mitzie the rest of the world just wasn't there. I truly regret I didn't see her more, but will cherish my memories. Be at peace Mitzie and know how loved you are. Heaven will never be the same Mitz! I and others will so miss you while those who have gone before you will welcome you with open arms.
Patricia Cranwell
October 11, 2014
So sorry for your loss Larry and family.I just reconnected with Mitzie this year and I think we all have a hole in our heart.I miss you my "Muffin Cuzz".
Ken Glasser
October 10, 2014
For Bernadette, I am truly sorry for the loss of your sister and your friend. She was a strong woman, with a passion for life. Anyone who ever met her will never forget her. Larry and family please accept my deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

Donna Sinclair, Calgary, Alberta
October 10, 2014
Condolences to Mitzie's family. I will always remember her unwavering optimism, ability to really live life, and kind heart. Goodbye to a favourite soccer teammate from many years ago.
Angela Veltman
October 10, 2014
Hard to describe how much you meant to me, dearest Mitzie. Working alongside you these past few years has been an adventure! Full of fun, laughter, memorable moments, successes and difficult challenges, many interesting people but most of all I cherish just being with YOU during it all. You wrapped your arms around me sharing your thoughts, ideas, worries and wisdom...your huge heart, your life with me. How I will miss you!

Though there are many memorable experiences we had my friend, the most rewarding was just sitting across the desk from you as you spun your magic and manifested your vision of the Artisan Gardens. I will never forget how determined you were, never letting anything stop you from reaching your dream....

I miss seeing you, hearing your voice, your infectious laughter and feeling the warmth of your loving, generous spirit. I love you and will always treasure the times we spent together. Thank you for sharing so much, for caring so deeply and living so bravely are such an inspiration!

Love and prayers to your dear family Larry, Jason, Karla and Pat, Kennedy and baby Wyatt, and to the extended families, may they all find comfort in how much you are so deeply loved by so many.
Connie Dye
October 10, 2014
Mitzie, your dedication to the love of life has been, and always will be, inspirational. You were a dear friend and a beautiful lady. My deepest sympathies to your family in this time of loss. Your spirit will shine forever.
Bev Chinnery
October 9, 2014
Condolences to Mary and her family, love and support to her mother Margaret my long time friend prayers caroline in Kelowna .
October 8, 2014
Thank you Mitzie with all my heart for helping me get started here 18 years ago when I came from Montreal and didn't know a soul. Thanks for seeing so clearly what I had to offer the entertainment community and for all you did to get me going. Your vibrancy, passion and vision will remain with me throughout my days. I will never forget you.
Wendy Lee
October 8, 2014
Mitzie, an indefatigable spirit like no other and one of my favourite people in the world, may you rest and peace and may you be dancing and singing as we speak. The world, and especially my world, will never be the same. We met by chance and I seemed to instantly become your best friend. Little did I know at the time what a huge honour and gift that would become. I will treasure it forever. Larry, Jason and Karla, Pat, Kennedy and sweet Wyatt, I hope you will find peace and comfort remembering her always ready smile, fiesty spirit and infectious laugh. God rest her soul and God bless you all. Love Mary Kadri & Mark Shepherd
Mary Kadri
October 8, 2014
One of the most beautiful people I've ever had the pleasure of working with! Her spirit, vitality and zest for life was extraordinary. Larry and family, please take comfort in knowing that there is now an angel with big enough wings to fly with all of you, wherever you go.
Kim Demko
October 8, 2014
Dearest Mitz, so sad to hear you are gone.
I remember the day we met in 1969 and although we
did not see each other often these last few years, you were always in my heart.
Rest in Peace dear friend.
My Love and Prayers To Larry, Jason, Carla & Family
Peggy Kelson
October 8, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of the passing one of our favorite customers. The Wasyliw family is in our hearts and prayers.
The Staff at Deer Valley Kal Tire
October 8, 2014
My condolences upon the passing of Mitzie. She left a remarkable legacy with the Bow Valley Ranch, Peter J.M. Pallesen
Peter J.M. Pallesen
October 8, 2014
A beautiful person. So sorry for her loss. Condolences to her family.
wendy mclean
October 8, 2014
Larry, Karla, Jason and precious grandchildren - please accept deepest sympathy in the passing of your loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mitzie and I first met when I began working for her in August, 1978. She was a caring, passionate woman who loved to laugh. She was the most persevering woman I have ever known. When Mitzie had an idea, nothing stopped her. She adored Larry and loved her family and friends. I was lucky to have lunch with her recently at her beloved Ranche and though we hadn't seen each other for a long time, we picked right up where we left off.

I am proud to have had you as my dear friend Mitzie. May you rest in peace.
Julie Keyser (Northcott)
October 8, 2014
All my love and light to all the family as you grieve the loss of the beloved, one of a kind Mitzi. I keep seeing her and hearing her in my thoughts and feeling her love from the great beyond. Missing you my sweetie. xxxoo
Cathy Goldman
October 7, 2014
Larry, Karla and Jason, you are certainly on our hearts and in our prayers. Mitzie left her foot print on many hearts including ours! We love you and please don't hesitate to call us if you need anything. Love & hugs,
Gil and Pam
Pamela Ryan
October 7, 2014
Dear, dear Mitzie. I can't believe you have left us. How incredibly lucky I am to have shared time with you. No one can take your place. Heaven will be rockin' now that you are there.
Love and tight hugs,
Vera Goodman
October 7, 2014
Mitzie you were an a amazing,loving,spirtual woman with charizma, grace and style, an infectious smile that lit up the room when you entered no matter how you felt. You were very positive and driven to what you needed to accomplish. Your family and grandkids was most important to you. My condolences to you Larry and the family.
I want to thank-you Mitzie for your friendship during your journey. You will be missed.

Lil Skelding, Airdrie AB
(Tom Baker Centre)
October 7, 2014
My prayers and thoughts go out to the Wasyliw family. I always looked forward to seeing Mitzie at her massage appointments.
I was one of Mitzies massage therapists and she was one of my favourite clients.
She had such a great spirt and what an inspiring women she was so passionate about her work. I learned a lot from her and I will truly miss her.
I feel blessed to have met Mitzie. May she rest in peace. She is flying with Angels now.
Stephanie Kezar
October 7, 2014
Our prayers go out to you and your family so very sorry for your loss.
Wendy Fraser
October 7, 2014
Mitzie truly made a difference in my life and my family's life. We had such an amazing experience with her at the cancer treatment center. If it wasn't for her up lifting spirits, we wouldn't have survived the month we spent there. She made me for the first time climb a steep mountain, do yoga, go running in Tijuana Mexico, and walk back to the house in the middle of the night, not knowing where to go. But mitzie was like a super woman to me, and now she is one from up in heaven fearless mitzie, is what I will always remember you by my good friend. You truly will be miss by all of us. To your family even thou we never meet she spoke so highly of all of you guys, my deepest condolences go out to you guys.
sandra Moreira
October 7, 2014
Everyone here at The Holistic Institute would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the Wasyliw family
May you rest in peace Mitzie
The Holistic Institute Of Health & Fertility
October 7, 2014
My cousin Mitzie was full of life & love. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My condenses to Larry & all of her wonderful family & friends!...Love & Prayers, Cora Feist-Soloduka
Cora Soloduka
October 7, 2014
For Bernie and family
So very sorry to hear of your dear sister Mitzie's passing.
Our deep sympathy for the loss of this vibrant woman.
Diane & Barry Charchun
October 7, 2014
God bless you and your family! You were a wonderful spirit that I had the opportunity to meet and gleem from. Thank you for your amazing drive and passion during your life. Thank you!
Craig Broadbent
October 7, 2014
It still seems unreal... When I think of Mitzie I think of Bigger than life...An absolutely amazing beautiful, inspiring,incredible one of a kind will be missed Ms Mitzie Wasyliw...You exuded and shared your love, passion and the Joy for life with everyone you met...and incredible energy and vision for playing big...and always made us laugh!! Your legacy and spirit will always be here. Thank you for touching our lives. Much Love to Larry Wasyliw, Karla and Family... Huge hugs and Love from Michelle and our whole Family...Cameron Coulter crew xoxo
October 7, 2014
My deepest Condolences To you and your Family. I loved this woman's smile she lit up every room she entered.All the Angels are singing with joy!! God Bless.
Desiree Trofin
October 7, 2014
Mitzie truly was an amazing woman, whom I feel most fortunate to have known. Her grace and style were evident to all who met her. She was most certainly an inspiration. My deepest condolences to her family.
Christopher Hopkins
October 7, 2014
So sorry to hear of Mitzie's Passing:( She was always so very good to me. Prayers and Love go out to her family.
October 7, 2014
So sorry to hear of Mitzie's Passing:( She was always so very good to me. Prayers and Love go out to her family.
October 7, 2014
Mitzie was a 'Wow!' Passionate. Fun. Fabulous! Our paths didn't cross too often, but when they did, Mitzie always made an impact.
Larry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you here in the Maritimes.
Susan (Booker) Richardson
October 7, 2014
Larry, Karla and Jason and family. Mitzie made a profound difference in the world that she has has now left behind. From the looks of awe and amazement to the loud applause were small tokens of success. Her true legacy will be the love and dedication she had for all of you. I know personally that you could not know Mitzie for long before her family was introduced to the relationship. For that I will always be thankful. I was blessed to have been able to work with Mitzie. You all will remain in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Mitzie.
David Evans
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