OBITUARY

Dorothy Elizabeth (Kraska) St. Germain

2 March , 19565 May , 2019

Our loving Dorothy slipped away into her angel’s wings on May 5, 2019 at the age of 63 years at home and in the comforting presence of her entire family. For almost exactly one year after being diagnosed with two cancers, she gracefully endured many trials with little complaint and the constant support of her husband, family and friends. After several days in hospital, this powerful spirit decided it was time to be home with her family and shortly after she passed peacefully in their loving arms.

Dorothy was a pillar of her family and will be forever remembered by her adoring husband Brian; son Sean (Megan Raposo); son Mark; and daughter Brianna (Josh Oliver). She is also survived by her father Janek “John” Kraska and mother Jadviga “Jane”; siblings Teresa Turner (Keith) who will especially miss tropical vacations with her beloved sister, Richard (Melanie) and Caroline Bomford (Pat). She was predeceased by her beloved nephew Andrew and Brian’s mother Rose and father Marcel. Dorothy will be sadly missed by Matthew, Bradley, Elizabeth, Ryan, Melissa, Dan, Curtis, Dylan, Nicole, Quinton, Kynlee, Kalia, Natalie, Landon, Nora, Julia, and James. She is also survived by Randy St. Germain (Carrie), Elise, Ken St. Germain (Karl), Daryl Turcotte (Terry).

Dorothy was born and raised in Calgary’s Polish community. She met Brian at the Polish Combatants Hall when she was just 16, they were married two years later and danced away the next 45 years. Her education included grade 9 Toronto Conservatory culminating with her BEd in 1980 with a music minor. She earned her teaching certificate and then took time off to raise 3 children and see them safely off to school. She taught at Holy Cross, St. Rupert, St. Jude, Assumption and finally St. Cyril until she retired in 2017. During her career she sang with the Calgary Catholic Teacher’s Choir highlighted by Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. She conducted many student choirs in Kiwanis festivals, “Skate and Sing”, and a multitude of school celebrations. She volunteered with “Evenings for the Engaged”, owned a small business, taught Sunday school, and was an active member of the CWL and OCIA. Dorothy and Brian were elf and Santa for over 25 years with “The Magic of Christmas” and recruited many to the Christmas cause.

Dorothy was known to be strong in her Catholic faith as evidenced by over 30 years a parishioner of Holy Spirit Parish and her fierce love of family, tradition and community.

Dorothy left a little sparkle wherever she went! In her honour, the family will be wearing bling and welcomes others to do the same.

Prayer Services will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, (10827 24 Street S.W.), on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Ignatius Tran as Celebrant. Burial to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens.

If desired, memorial donations may be made directly to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation, (4302 50 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A3).

Services

  • Prayer Service Thursday, 9 May , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, 10 May , 2019

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Dorothy Elizabeth (Kraska) St. Germain

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Brianna St. Germain

28 May 2019

Although it is hard to write about such an amazing mother with such sadness in my heart, I find my strength in remembering the great times we have shared and the memories I will always have of the most supportive, kind and Absolutely Stunning Mother. I could write about so many memories with my Maja but the one that truly touches my heart was one (out of many, many) trips to Fairmont. We went for a nice walk to the little creek from the hot springs and we dipped our toes in the warm water and talked for hours about love and life, shared music and stories. I would also say or do some goofy things and she would raise her eyebrow and say "Daja!" and giggle at me. I always loved making her laugh but this time was different- we were just two best friends enjoying each other's company and we were so connected. She put her head on my shoulder and we held hands as we watched the sun start to set. This was before we knew she was sick. Before she had to fight two cancers- her and I had such a peaceful moment which I know she cherished as well. Mom you were such a fighter- Thank you for everything you have done for me. I miss you my Maja, forever and always. Please watch over us and I will sit by that creek soon and I know you will be with me and I'll do something goofy to make you smile. Promise.

Gail (Nagy) Kiss

14 May 2019

Dear Brian!
I was so very saddened to read that you had lost your dear partner in life! While I know that we have had our paths in life diverge since our university days, and I only met Dorothy once, it warmed my heart to read that you shared a good life together and have been blessed with children. Please know that I’m thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Sharing your treasured memories with your family and friends will bring you comfort and keep Dorothy in your heart.
With sincere sympathy,
Gail Kiss (nee Nagy)

Patricia De Paoli

13 May 2019

Dear Brian, Janek & Jadzia Kraska, Teresa, Richard, Caroline and Families:

Extending our deepest sympathy to all of you and your families on the heart-breaking loss of your beloved Dorothy.

She was a beautiful person, inside and out, and her devotion to her family, parents and siblings was admired by all.

Your family circle has been broken, but may fond memories of the wonderful times you shared with her sustain you through this time of sorrow and live on in your hearts forever.

Dorothy was well loved and her presence will be greatly missed by many.

Tisha (nee Rogalski) and Lino De Paoli

Wayne Johnston

12 May 2019

SAVING A DRAGONFLY

One day, near Fairmont Hot Springs, Brian, Dorothy and myself were at a nearby diving pool and Dorothy saw a beautiful dragonfly flying around us and protecting us from the mosquitoes. I think the dragonfly was so excited about being of service to us that it got its wings wet in the water below. The dragonfly struggled to fly again but could not. It started to float off because of currents in the lake. I jumped in the lake and swam back with it elevated in my hand. I handed the dragonfly to Dorothy and she gently nursed it in her hand while its wings and body dried. Within minutes, the dragonfly was able to fly away.

It is so fitting that it was a dragonfly Dorothy saved that day because dragonflies symbolize a deep connection to naure and a love of all life. And to me, that perfectly reflects Dorothy's spirit.

Mary Ann Russell (formerly Tenove)

9 May 2019

I will always remember Dorothy as a warm & caring person with a ready smile and a sparkle in her eyes.
Unfortunately, I can’t be in Calgary for her funeral, but I will wear some “bling” in her memory on Friday.
My deepest sympathies to Brian, her children, & all of Dorothy’s family.

Melanie Johnston

9 May 2019

My Beautiful Friend Dorothy,

When I first met you, I immediately noticed your sparkles that you wore so well. In getting to know you better, I soon realized that your true sparkle actually came from within. It was your radiant heart and soul.

I had so many favourite times spent together but if I had to choose one, it was an incredible day in Banff. We had stayed at the Rimrock with Brian and Wayne. The next day, the boys went off on an adventure and you and I were gifted with the entire day together. We had breakfast at Smittys and talked so long we stayed for lunch too! Then we shopped - just you and I - and laughed and wandered and talked some more. We had such an amazing day together. We topped it off by buying some really pretty, blingy rings for ourselves at a little shop in Banff. I realize now, with that day and our blingy rings, we sealed our friendship forever.

I know you're still with us, but I can't even express how much I'm going to miss our times together. Movies, dinners, hikes, national geographic speakers.... and just hours spent talking. There's a very sacred place in my heart where you will always be. I love you and miss you my beautiful, radiant friend. And I always will.

Love Melanie

Kathy Pawluk

9 May 2019

In memory of an angel who shared her grace and beauty, both inside and out, with all those who she met. Her loss will be felt deeply by many hearts.

Below is a prayer, which may help a little in some small way to heal the hearts of those she has left here on this earth.

God Bless

Pawluks/Gaulins

Danna Sevigny

9 May 2019

Dorothy taught me to see the positive in every situation. To focus on the good things and not the bad. She was the definition of beauty, grace and strength. I will always cherish our trips together. Love you so much Dorothy

Brian St. Germain

9 May 2019

Sometimes the best way to deal with the nasty side of chemo is simply a loving puppy. Thank you for this memory Aries.

Brian St. Germain

8 May 2019

All my memories of Dorothy are precious but I will never forget her strength of faith, her positive attitude and the grace in which she accepted her illness. Her spirit was so very strong but it was fed by the love of her family, friends and of Jesus. I am so thankful for having shared a life with such a living angel and I will forever honour her memory. Your work is done my love. Be at rest with the angels.
Your loving husband - Brian.

FROM THE FAMILY