Edna Doreen Stefishen
March 27, 1943 to September 14, 2019

Edna passed away in Calgary on September 14th, 2019. She leaves behind to mourn her forever soulmate, George Assad, step-children; Gillian (Jason), Andrew (Simone) and grandchildren Maya, Lola, Alyson, Luca, Coco, and Hugo. Sisters Joyce (Paul), Florence (Don) and brother Cliff (Robbi) and soul sister Cindy Watt. Her nieces and nephews Denise, Brian, Wayne, Karen and Taris. Also nephews Jason and Chris Brown (Sylvie) her godson who were treasured and loved, and had a special place in his Aunt’s heart.

Edna had a heart of gold and generous soul, helping all in need. An avid nature lover, the birds, rabbits and deer visited daily for her treats. Most of her career was with Pan American and Air Canada Airlines enabling her to travel worldwide and realize how fortunate she was to be Canadian. She worked in the social services department for the Government of Alberta learning so much about characteristics of the world’s people and different value systems. Volunteering became an important endeavor after retirement and she helped at food banks and various charity organizations.

Her passing will leave a void in the hearts of everyone who knew and loved her. Next time a butterfly passes by, remember Edna as she is just flying by to give you an important message of love and hope.

Her ashes are to be scattered in the Pacific Ocean off Dallas Road in Victoria, BC.

In lieu of a service at her request, a Celebration of Life is to be held in Calgary, Alberta on Saturday September 21, 2019 at COUNTRY HILLS CREMATORIUM & FUNERAL SERVICES, 11995 – 16th Street NE at 3:00 pm.

It will be a celebratory event as Edna would want us to celebrate her in true Mick Jagger fashion, her favorite musician.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in her memory to the local SPCA or Food Bank.


6 Obituaries

  1. Beth Tillotson

    That is such a beautiful photo of Edna, a dear and beloved friend. We will miss you and cherish your memory of kindness and laughter. Condolences to George and all of his family and Edna’s family.

    • Arlene Rehaluk

      I believe that Edna lived a full caring and generous life , blessing everyone around her and that a great void will be left in her passing. I only knew her as a young woman but she was warm and engaging even then. May all of you in her closest circle be showered with the legacy of wonderful memories. I loved her mom dearly.
      Arlene (Semeniuk) Rehaluk

      • Melissa Engdahl

        Our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Thinking of all the Assad’s during this time. Much love from The Engdahl’s

        • Elizabeth & Lawrence Augustowich

          Our sincere condolences to all of Edna’s family. She was a wonderful, caring lady who was a good friend and our son’s God Mother.

          • Michael Stark

            Condolences to George & family and all of Edna’s family.
            As a child growing up in Saskatoon I spent many occasions with Edna as she was a long time family friend – my father worked for Pan Am in Fort Churchill, Manitoba and JFK in NYC. The one picture on the screen at the memorial was Edna sitting on the couch with me and my two sisters – what a stylish group!
            There were many trips to the airport in Saskatoon where Edna was always able to sneak us in to see the planes and meet the pilots.
            Although I have not seen Edna in many years her memory will live on – the flowing colorful scarves, the perfectly coiffed hair and makeup, the jewelry and that kind smile and calm voice that will remain with all that ever knew her.

            • B Trach

              Edna changed my life. I owe just about everything I have to her. I’m sorry to hear of her passing. Thank-you Edna.

              Sign Guestbook

              Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

              The maximum upload file size: 1 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, text, archive, code, other. Drop file here