Jacqueline Maureen Chekerda

February 26, 1971September 24, 2020

Jacquie Chekerda passed away on September 24, 2020 at Calgary Foothills Hospital at the age of 49 after a courageous but brief battle with liver cancer. Jacquie was born in Thompson, MB at the General Hospital. Her family later moved to Calgary, AB where she grew up with her Mom Lorraine (nee Burns), Dad Brian Zapfe and Sister Janice (nee Nelms). Jacquie met her husband Chris while she was working at her dad’s store The Muscle Car Shop in 2003. They were married in 2006 in Calgary, AB. Jacquie loved all her family and dedicated her life to her husband and children, Maia, Sam and Max. Survived by husband Chris Chekerda, children Maia, Sam and Max, Mother Lorraine Zapfe, Father Brian Zapfe, Sister Janice Zapfesmith (Husband Ian, David, Evan and Megan), Grandmother Patricia Burns (nee Fife), Grandmother Marion Zapfe (Chowan), In laws Mary Chekerda, Colette Chekerda (HusbandDarwin, Carson and Malory), Larry Chekerda (Wife Joanie, Dennon and Jenna), Ken Chekerda (Wife Lonnie, Lia and Brenna) and their beloved dog Coco and all the other family members.

Jacquie supported her children in school and all their extracurricular activities, involved in hockey, taekwondo, piano, Pathfinders and Scouts. Other than spending time with her family, she had many passions in her life like sewing, puzzles, reading, watching movies, card making, crafts, cooking, overnights with guides, walking and being outdoors. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends having girl’s nights and coffees.

Her infectious smile and sense of humor will be dearly missed by all of us. Memorial Service will be celebrated at Granary Road. On Friday, October 9, 2020 at 226066-112 St W Foothills County, AB. Due to restrictions, this in an invitation only event. Celebration extended through Zoom. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Mustard Seed at or Alberta Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at in Jacquie’s name.

A bench will be placed on the ridge in Cranston in June so that all who loved her can visit and reminisce about all the good times shared with her.


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Jacqueline Maureen Chekerda

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Kip McCormick

October 9, 2020

Jacquie and I first met when we worked together in our early 20's at Canada Trust on 17th Ave in Calgary. We were young, ambitious, and became eternal friends. Our branch was notorious for having some of the most diversified clientele in Calgary. You had to be able to navigate many different characters if you worked at 171 and Jacquie was a pro. Her ability to read people along with her incredible sense of humor was something I will never forget about my dear friend. One story will always stay with me of how she incorporated both perfectly. Jacquie without a doubt had the most striking legs in the branch. One day a client boldly asked Jacquie what she did with those legs? Completely unflustered she replied, "I walk on them, what do you do with yours?" And then she giggled that infectious Jacquie laugh. Jacquie truly made the world a better place. I am so blessed she crossed my path in life and granted me her friendship. She will be so incredibly missed.

Jeroen van der Windt

October 9, 2020

It is October 9th 2020 today which means it is 4 years and 8 months or so since we left Calgary and moved back to the Netherlands. Still, I have this nice, lively image of Jacquie in my mind and remember how her voice sounds. Always friendly and warm. I could not have wished for a better neighbor than Jacquie. I guess these memories will never leave me and I will always remember her. She will always be part of the nice memories that I have of our years we spent in Calgary.

cathy fleming

October 7, 2020

condolences from the fleming family in balmoral

Ellen van der Windt

October 7, 2020

Dear Jacquie,

I am speechless, I cannot believe that you are not here anymore.

We have been neighbors for four years and during these four years I got to know you as one of the most loving persons I have ever met. Spending your days taking care of your children, helping others, doing crafts/games with the kids, sewing the best outfits for Halloween, baking cakes or creating gifts for birthday parties. Anouk and Bas had the time of their life playing with Maia, Sam and Max. They were always welcome and have spend hours/days playing together during those four years.

You were always up for a chat while we were in the backyard, you shared stories about your life in Australia and listened to our stories from our home country. You were always helpful to tell us where to find things and how to get around Calgary. It was very nice to have such good neighbors on who we could count. You and your family made us feel welcome.

I believe you have been the best mom for Maia, Sam and Max and I am so sad to find out they will have to go on without you. This is very harsh, unbelievable and will be missed.

Goodbye dear Jacquie I will not forget you.



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