OBITUARY

Mary Gwendolyn (Cossar) Alanko

18 March, 192915 February, 2021

Mary Gwendolyn (Cossar) Alanko was born on March 18, 1929 and passed away on February 15, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta and is under the care of Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium.

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Mary Gwendolyn (Cossar) Alanko

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Debra Seguin

24 February 2021

Gwen,Mom,always had a little jig in her step. She was from Newfoundland,as was my mother. She was honest,and to the point ,very much like her son Butch. Mom had a feisty,loving spirit,and loved to joke around! She loved to laugh and tell stories of her past. I got to know Gwen very well when we spent several weeks together in Edmonton. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly.
Love you Mom,Gwen and Nanny. May you rest now in peace with the Lord.

Marie White

20 February 2021

I first met Gwen in January 2010 just after I started dating Joseph. For the next few years, I had the opportunity to accompany Gwen to various appointments while she was still living in Calgary. We had lots of chats, but I remember one time in particular. It’s not so much what we talked about but the connection I felt. We were having lunch, probably at Red Lobster since we both love that restaurant. The conversation flowed easily, and I often think of that lunch and remember fondly the time we spent together.
Gwen, Joseph and I went on many outings around Alberta and needing a walker never stopped Gwen from exploring with us. She always enjoyed walking in nature exploring Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise, stopping for a coffee or a meal, just generally enjoying life. I felt a connection to Gwen as well because we are both from Newfoundland and that was special for me.
Gwen loved to have fun. She loved a good joke and not only enjoyed a laugh herself but also loved when others laughed with her. I was amazed how she would just spontaneously start to sing or dance whenever she could. I admired her for this. She lived the saying, ‘Dance as if no one is watching’.
I saw how Gwen loved her children and grandchildren, worrying that they were okay. She stayed in contact with them as well as with her many friends from over the years.
I will miss Gwen.
Marie White

Joe Cossar

20 February 2021

Sorry for your loss.

Thomas Strickland

20 February 2021

Sorry for your loss. Thomas& Christine Strickland

Brenda and Claude Sheaves

19 February 2021

Joseph, Butch, Earl and Wanda and families, Your mom was a wonderful lady. I didn't get to know her until later in life but we did keep in touch via letters and emails. She loved her music and dancing. I will miss hearing from her.
Much love,
Brenda and Claude

Joseph Alanko

18 February 2021

My Mother was always the example I used as to what a mother was supposed to be like. She was a fierce protector of her children. Her family was always first. She loved her children and grandchildren. She had many friends over her lifetime. She liked to have fun and party when she could. My mother was a talker. She was good at telling stories. She sacrificed one year of her life when she moved to Alberta to help in our home when Wenda (her daughter-in-law) was recovering from a stroke. It was the real start of her real connection with Benjamin and Angela (her grandchildren). I believe she kept every letter, card and present that someone gave her. She could tell us about each of them. I will greatly miss her but I will never forget her.