Tarie Gae Kinzel

14 February , 19576 October , 2018

KINZEL, Tarie Gae (nee Lenz) February 14, 1957 – October 6, 2018

It’s with great sadness we announce that Tarie Gae Kinzel passed on after a brief illness at the age of 61 years. Tarie was predeceased by her mother Eleanor and is survived by her father Leonard (Lorraine); three sons and their families: Mark (Ava), Michael (Kassandra), and Steven (Rebecca); loving grandmother to Ella and Kaila; Eadie and Ezra; Sarah and a grandson on the way; brothers Craig (Judy), Roger (Brenda) and nephew Katlin (Brooke); and former husband Ed (Marie). Tarie learned responsibility and caring early in life with the passing of her mother by helping to raise her two younger brothers. Initially receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she worked as a Registered Nurse then furthered her education obtaining a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. Her passion for helping others continued to grow, working first in early childhood development, private counselling, and crisis response. She then became involved with LivingWorks Education where she helped grow a global network of friends and colleagues whose ongoing work with suicide prevention encircles the globe. Her legacy of great faith, compassion, and courage will continue to touch and save countless lives. A Memorial Service will be held at Bethany Chapel, (3333 Richardson Way SW), Calgary, Alberta on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. A second Memorial Service was held at Yellow Grass United/Lutheran Partnership, (Yellow Grass, SK), on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, 16 October , 2018

Tarie Gae Kinzel

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Leta Hart

31 October 2018

So sad to read of Tarie's passing. She was my mentor at my first ASIST workshop in Okotoks. As others have noted, she was gentle, wise, compassionate and held a fierce faith. She is missed.

With sympathy on your immense loss,
Leta Hart

Erika and Orval Altwasser

15 October 2018

Our deepest sympathies to the Lenz and Kinzel families. I admired how Tarie took over the household at just 13 years of age. She was a shining example to the community, especially the newly married neighbours. Her faith, compassion and hard work live on as memories to all who have known her.
Rest well.

Jane Wiggins

15 October 2018

I first met Tarie at my LivingWorks ASIST training for trainers in 1999. She made sure to welcome us all and helped me to feel that I was in the right place. She was so right and I will never forget that feeling. She was also my first LivingWorks mentor; her gentle spirit, her patient wisdom and her genuine passion have inspired and guided me for many years. I picture her innumerable legacies helping and teaching all over the world. Love and lightness to her family and many friends.

Andrea and Carmen Carlucci

15 October 2018

Our sincere condolences to Tarie's sons and family. She had countless friends and people whom she touched in deep ways through her kindness, support and guidance. "I hear you." We are honoured to be counted as friends and colleagues. May she always be the lady in purple, as she passes through those pearly gates, continuing to offer her many pearls of wisdom to the universe. Rest in peace, dear one. Gone too soon. Love, Andrea xo and Carmen

Kathryn VanBoskirk

13 October 2018

Tarie and I first met each other in Norway in 1998 for the first training for trainers in Suicide Intervention in that country. She was a masterful trainer with a keen eye to notice when someone needed extra support. Her legacy of saved lives extended to the millions!
May the entire family and friends of Tarie be surrounded by her on-going energy of love ❤️. You can feel it , can’t you?
With gratitude,
Kathryn VanBoskirk

Karen Palfreeman

12 October 2018

Tarie has had a significant impact on my journey over the past 10 years, not only professionally but personally as well. You always knew when she asked 'how are you'? That she truly wanted to know how you really were. It was never a quick passing greeting. We have had many a catchup in the ladies bathroom at the LivingWorks offices as she ran in for meetings, but she always took the time. We both enjoyed a bit of 'glamping'. One conversation was she was considering buying a tow trailer. We laughed so much (in the ladies) as she described her harrowing test drive around the block towing for the first time. Soon after I think she settled on buying a motorhome instead! She had an adventurous and brave spirit which I will miss dearly!

My sincere condolences to her sons and their families and the entire Kinzel and LivingWork family. She will be missed very much by so many. ox

Heather Brown

11 October 2018

Tarie was so kind, compassionate, and had a gentle spirit. I remember how she offered me her support early on in my LivingWorks journey. She was someone who touched many lives and leaves a lasting legacy. Sending prayers for her family.

Cindy Hodge

11 October 2018

Tarie was a part of my journey at LivingWorks from the time I became a trainer until she encouraged me to apply for the Director of Training job almost 8 years ago. She has touched many lives and the circle of that compassion and care has had a ripple effect throughout the world. Her spirit will live on in each life saved by someone trained since she dedicated herself to suicide prevention.

May peace be with all those loved ones together in grieving. The celebration of her life will continue on.

In sympathy and gratitude,
Cindy Hodge

Janice & Barry Shannon

11 October 2018

To all the family of Tarie,

We send our deepest condolences during this difficult time. May the memories of Tarie and the love of family surround you all and give you strength in the days ahead. Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort and all the lovin memories to hold in your hearts forever.
God Bless.

Janice (sister to Marie & Ed) and Barry Shannon
Saint John, NB

Michael Ouellette

11 October 2018

Having shared working with Tarie over the many years and having her attending our ASISTNL annual conference continually, found her as a part of our family. Her continuing in helping people identified her as caring person and a part of my life involved in 1st responders and finding those that need help. To her family; I meet you all through Tarie, over the years, I am saddened by your loss but know that Tarie's action over the many years looked after you all as her family. She will never be forgotten. God bless you all