Bernardina Antonia Maria Banek
04-Dec-1928 - 25-Apr-2020
Bernardina Antonia Maria Banek, 91, passed away peacefully in Calgary, Alberta on April 25, 2020.
She was married to her loving husband of 22 years Ken Banek who predeceased her in 2015. Bernadine leaves behind three children from her late first husband Johannes Wildenborg, Christine (Erik), John (Marie, deceased), and Michael (Tamara). She also leaves behind five wonderful grandchildren: Willem, Emma and Lucinda (Christine and Erik) and Grace and Gabrielle (John and Marie) and large extended family in Holland.
Even during her years with Alzheimer’s when it was more difficult to communicate with us, Bernadine managed to maintain her curiosity and viewed the world and its challenges with equanimity. She wasn’t perfect but she came awfully close. She was quirky and could laugh at herself and was so much fun to be with. While she had a lack of formal education she taught us everything of importance. Bernadine placed little value on the material and was very generous with what she had. Her faith always kept her focused on being a better person and she was always grateful - she never complained, she never spoke ill of anyone, she never made demands. Bernadine forgave and loved and gave of herself.
Bernadine’s children would like to thank the wonderful care givers at the Brentwood Care Centre that ensured her wellbeing over the past 5 years as well as the extra care provided by family friend Debby Sereda.
For those who would like to make a donation in Bernardine’s memory please think of her when you make a gift to the charity of your choice.