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Michele Smith

Michele Diane Smith (Krapp)

Sunday, April 13th, 1969 - Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
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Obituary

Michele Smith
April 13th, 1969 - Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce the passing of Michele Diane Smith (nee Krapp) on March 4, 2020, after a courageous and graceful journey with cancer. She will so be missed.

Michele was born on April 13, 1969. She is survived by her husband, Ron; son, Jordan; daughter, Hannah; parents, George and Lori Krapp; her brothers, Rob and Dave Krupp; sisters in law, Dana Krupp and Leah McLeod; nieces, Anna and Sophie; nephews, Colby and Matthias, and devoted pup, Petruchio. Innumerable cousins and dear friends have been touched by her generosity of friendship and graceful kindness.

Michele lived her entire life in Calgary where she graduated from Bishop Grandin High School in 1987, and the University of Calgary, obtaining her BComm in 1992. After graduation she spent 6 years at the Science Alberta Foundation before starting her 20-year involvement with the Explore STEM (Explore IT) conference for Grade 9 girls.

In 1992, Michele married the love of her life, Ron. Together, they built a loving life together that was blessed with two amazing children and a home that became a hub for an abundance of social gatherings. Michele loved to host her friends and family, and her immense capacity for nurturing and bringing people together was always evident. She could always be counted on to cook delicious food (especially desserts) and to create an endlessly welcoming environment.

Michele was an incredibly genuine, loving, spiritual and selfless wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Those relationships were always of paramount importance to her and she could be counted on as a loving nurturer, advocate, and anchor for others; whatever was needed at the time. She made everyone a better person; anyone who interacted with her was made to feel like the most special person in the world. Her inclusive, compassionate, and caring demeanour enriched every life she touched.

Michele’s foremost passion in life was her family. She was a phenomenal mother to Jordan and Hannah. Her pride in them shone through at all times. She eagerly spent as much time as she could volunteering at their schools, watching them play their sports, all the while being their biggest supporters in every aspect of their lives. The sports-related travelling created some especially fond family memories. She was an exceptionally loving and committed partner to Ron and they so loved the home and the life they built together.

Michele’s German ancestry was a tremendous source of pride for her. She made many trips to Germany to visit her large family and she made sure that her German traditions were in great abundance in many aspects of her life.

From the onset of Michele’s health issues in 2004, she was determined to and succeeded in living a life that was not defined by cancer, but to have it only in the background and addressed more directly only when necessary. She was determined to experience as many important milestone moments in Hannah and Jordan’s lives as possible and that inspiration permeated her life.

The family wishes to thank the many many family and friends who supported Michele throughout her cancer journey, as well as the amazing nurses and staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Immense gratitude is extended to Dr. Willem Henning, whose thoughtful expertise and gentle and positive guidance brought Michele and her family great comfort. He was her champion, as she was his.

The hummingbird was a common theme throughout Michele’s cancer journey. To her it represented health and healing, hope and love. The hummingbird lifts up negativity, brings light and levity; it seeks out the good in life and sees the beauty in each day. It is the bringer of love and the harbinger of joy. In the fable of the hummingbird, the hummingbird shows us the importance of doing what we can, and how the little things, can mean so much. To us, the hummingbird represents all that Michele brought to this world and to our lives. In memory of Michele, consider wearing a splash of hummingbird colours – blues, greens, reds, pinks and purples, as hummingbirds are also messengers from our ancestors and loved ones.

Prayers will be held on Tuesday March 10 at 7:00pm. A Memorial Mass will take place on Wednesday March 11 at 2:00pm and will be followed by a reception. Both will be held at Michele’s spiritual home, St. Boniface Catholic Church (1923 Broadview Rd NW, Calgary). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Prevent Cancer Now

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Michele please visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    St. Boniface Catholic Church
    Address
    1923 Broadview Road NW
    Calgary, Alberta T2N 3H6
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    Prayer Service
  • Service

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    St. Boniface Catholic Church
    Address
    1923 Broadview Road NW
    Calgary, Alberta T2N 3H6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Donations are being accepted for: Hills of Erin Cancer Prevention Foundation.

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Rhona-Mae Arca

Posted at 11:37pm
My condolences to Ron, Jordan, Hannah & Petruchio. I'm sure Michele's warmth and sincerity will be missed by many. I think of your family often whenever I look at the lovely poster that Hannah made me one year. It still sits proudly in the piano studio.
ES

Eileen Sembrowich

Posted at 01:24pm
Michele was special. No, she was extraordinary. She was an exquisite example of a wife, mother, daughter, aunt, cousin and a loving friend. To me, she was my best friend for the last 41 years.
I struggled to find the right words to describe my best friend. How do I describe the most selfless person I knew? How do I explain the many ways she made me a better person? How she never missed an opportunity to encourage me, tell me she loved me, and supported me through life’s endeavors. How do I begin to recount all the people she inspired and the lives she touched? To call her a ‘giver’ does not do Michele justice. Giving was simply part of Michele’s nature, a part of her soul.
Michele was full of passion, humor, curiosity, resiliency and even a little mischief which might surprise many. She had a deep, natural, instinct to care. I admired her sensibility, generosity and thoughtfulness. Above all, Michele was full of love. She had a gift for living that played out in front of everyone. When faced with an extreme challenge, her faith and her will to fight, never wavered. There was nothing she fought for more, than her incredible family.
I consider Michele still alive in every single one of us. Between us all, we have so many amazing stories to share. Let us keep sharing and enjoying them. Carry on as Michele would want us to. Be strong and courageous and continue to make her proud. Speak to her. Speak about her.……and always keep her close to your heart.
Eileen
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katie McBeath

Posted at 02:29pm
Jordan and Family,

I'm reflecting right now on how energetic and supportive your Mother, Michelle was to me as a young teacher. She loved you and wanted to see you succeed. You emulated her kindness as a young student and I'm confident you will carry her spirit and love forward. Love and Strength to all of you.

Katie McBeath
ER

Ellen Ramsay

Posted at 12:25pm
Werner Pointmeier and Ellen Ramsay

To George and Lori

It is hard to understand why people are taken from us. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time,
HG

helen galas

Posted at 05:46pm
Ron, Jordan, and Hannah,
My deepest condolences on the loss of Michelle. A beautiful person and loving mother. May you cherish the good memories you have of her. She fought a long battle. May she Rest In Peace.
Mrs. H Galas
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