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In Memory

SUE CHRISTENSEN WRIGHT – February 23, 1960 – Dec 16, 2020 (Calgary, AB)

Sue was born in Lethbridge, Alberta as the second child of Mary and Frank Konrad, Hungarian immigrants to Canada. Sue attended school in Lethbridge and Calgary where she excelled academically and in the arts, particularly dance. She retained her ability to speak her parent’s native language and participated in Hungarian cultural programs throughout her life.

Sue studied speech-language pathology, graduating from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree and worked for the Edmonton Catholic School Board. Later moving to Calgary, she joined Alberta Health Services as an S-LP and manager for the school program, and later worked for Rockyview school division as an S-LP and team lead. She completed her master’s degree from University of Alberta in speech-language pathology in 1999.

Sue developed programs for training speech-language assistants for Alberta Health Services and Rockyview School Division and particularly enjoyed her work with FNMI students. She had special interests and training in fluency and early literacy and presented nationally and internationally on these topics. As well, she was a certified and much-loved speech arts teacher.

Sue was a whirlwind: a creative, energetic, wise and empathetic S-LP and teacher who will be greatly missed by her family, friends, colleagues and clients. She was predeceased by her husband, David Wright, and her father Frank Konrad and leaves her daughters, Lexi and Madi Wright, Kira Christensen, her brothers George Konrad, Francis Konrad, sister Shirley Konrad and niece Elizabeth Konrad.

Condolences can be sent to 32 Ranch Estates Road, NW T3G1T5 Calgary, AB. A celebration of life will be held later in 2021.


It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Teresa Cecilia Adamson, age 66, on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Teresa was born in Coronation, Alberta on March 4, 1953, to Donald and Margaret Adamson. Teresa was a speech pathologist and a member of ACSLPA for 37 years. She ran her own practice from her home in Calgary, Alberta, specializing in orofacial myology.

She loved language, debating politics, her children, her hubby, her friends and wine. Teresa will be forever remembered by her husband Gordon Fika; her children, Lauren and Scott Joly; her sister, Susan Adamson; and her brothers, Donald and Douglas Adamson. We give special thanks to all those who tirelessly and lovingly supported Teresa during her year-long struggle.

Visitation for Teresa will be held on Friday, May 17 at Eden Brook Funeral Home (17 Ave SW and Lower Springbank Rd) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service, followed by interment and a reception, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. also at the Eden Brook Funeral Home. Memorial donations in Teresa’s memory may be forwarded to any Alberta cancer charity. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.edenbrookcemetery.ca. Arrangements entrusted to EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE, 24223 Twp Rd 242, Calgary, AB, T3Z 3K2.

Published on May 15, 2019


Speech-Language Pathologist, Patricia Delaney-Bernier(Patty) left this earth too soon on Friday, November 2, 2018. Shortly after celebrating her retirement from AHS in June, Patty was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She bravely and positively entered this unexpected battle, however it was too aggressive to endure.

Patty graduated with her BSc from the University of Alberta  in 1985 and then with her MSLP, also from U of A, in 1999. She provided 33 years of passionate service to children, families and adults in Alberta Health Services (AHS).

Patty was ACSLPA Treasurer and a Member of Council from 2005-2008. She was always one to give of herself both professionally and personally. She loved to mentor students  and provided preceptorship to many SLPs out there now! She was an intelligent woman with a mind for the sciences. She had a particular passion for childhood apraxia & other speech intelligibility disorders.

Most recently in her career, she was a member of the AHS Calgary Zone East School Speech-Language Service team working with children, families, and teachers in NE Calgary. Patty worked tirelessly, full-time for her entire career.

Patty loved to talk! Did you know she was a telephone operator before she entered her SLP training?

Patty leaves her husband, Yvon, of 32 years in Airdrie – she loved her blue-eyed Frenchman! Patty also leaves to cherish her memory, step-daughter Sherry and family in Leduc; brother Don, sister Kathy & family in Edmonton. Many friends and colleagues will remember Patty’s fiery spirit and know that she is a ‘speechie’ forever!

Respectfully submitted, Lisa Warner, friend and colleague.

JOYCE KEATING (JUNE 26, 1929 – JULY 5, 2018)

On July 5, 2018, Joyce Keating (Nee Reesor) passed away at age 89. Joyce was born in Bassano and as a young girl moved with her parents, brother and 2 sisters to Medicine Hat. She met Jim, her soul-mate and life partner in high school and they shared 67 wonderful years. Joyce had tremendous energy: moving to New York while raising 4 children, earning her MSc in Speech Pathology and writing a text book while instructing at college. In 1971 the family returned to Calgary where Joyce worked with the Calgary Board of Education before retiring to Kelowna. Joyce cherished friends and family. She was never too busy or far away to keep in touch, share vacations, a meal, a song or glass of Scotch. Witty and never at a loss for words Joyce constantly reflected on past joys in her life quipping “It was good while it lasted.” Joyce is lovingly remembered by her husband Jim, sister Shirley Johnston, sons Ross (Joan); John (Lynn), Brian (Dee) and daughter Nancy (Bill); and her grandchildren Allison (Shawn), Kendra, Laura (David), and Steven. A private Celebration of Joyce’s Life will be held at a future date. Condolences may be forwarded through First Memorial Funeral Kelowna.

Published in Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group on July 11, 2018

STEPHANIE MCINTOSH  (February 18, 1974 – October 20, 2017)

On Friday, October 20, 2017, Stephanie McIntosh, of Beaumont, Alberta, passed away at the age of 43 due to breast cancer. Born on February 18, 1974, in Lethbridge, Alberta. She is survived by her husband Larry; two children, daughter Maren, and son Sam; her parents, Rose and Gerry McKinney of Red Deer; and brother Kyle McKinney (Shyla) of Edmonton. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Beaumont Community Centre on Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm. The family will receive friends and family following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made towards a scholarship in Stephanie’s name, made to the Beaumont Highland Dance Parents Association, 5204 – 50 Avenue, Beaumont, Alberta, T4X 1E3.

LORRAINE WYLIE  (October 9, 1954 – September 21, 2017)

On September 21, 2017 at 9:10 AM Lorraine succumbed to the complications of Frontal Temporal Degeneration/Dementia. She will be missed by many friends and family but especially by her husband of 43 years, Keith; her son Scott and daughter-in-law Elizabeth and her precious grandchildren Malcolm and Merrin; brothers Neil and Betty Cowie, Bob and Joanne Cowie and in-laws Linda and Sheldon Otto, Mary and Doug Woodward, Lea and Mike Johnston and all of her dear nieces and nephews. I wish I could list everyone but it would be such a long list that this obituary would be nothing but names.

Flora Lorraine was born in Calgary, Alberta on October 9, 1954 to Jack and Flo Cowie. She grew up in the community of Parkdale where she and her brothers enjoyed all the thrills and excitement that growing up on the north hill with the Bow River just blocks away could offer. Lorraine was a high achieving student throughout her school years culminating in her graduation from Queen E High in 1972. She was active in school clubs and groups throughout those years, most of which would have been labelled as the nerds or goody-two-shoes groups. Such is the trail to success for good people!

Lorraine was also very active in the first synchronized swim club organized by the Calgary YWCA. She and her fellow Aquabelles experienced a great deal of success during the years that Lorraine was an active member. Keith describes her as a fish because she was so comfortable in the water. She also kept Keith from drowning on the snorkelling adventures that they took over the years. Lorraine loved the water so much that she became a certified scuba diver. Her wish to swim with the turtles was achieved in Hawaii in 1991.

Lorraine was successful in qualifying for the B.Sc. Speech Language and Audiology program at the U of A. After 4 years of hard work she graduated in 1976 and went on to work for 37 years in her chosen profession – 4 years at the Glenrose Hospital, 7 with the City of Edmonton Board of Health and 26 at the Grey Nuns Hospital (Covenant/ Caritas Health). Lorraine opted like many of the U of A B.Sc. graduates to take the modified M.Sc. Speech Language and Audiology program which she proudly graduated from in 1999 after 3 years of sacrificed holidays. Lorraine also mentored 50 plus students from the U of A speech language programs as she ardently believed that it was the responsibility of practising Speech Language Pathologists to help all those who wished to enter this valued profession.

Lorraine and Keith enjoyed many activities together which included hiking, cross- country skiing, dragon boating and Lorraine’s 5 years of penance curling. They also truly enjoyed all of the gatherings, meals and special events that they had with friends and family over their many years together.

Lorraine was a very special person who touched many people throughout her life. She had a golden smile, a golden personality and she will be dearly missed by an innumerable number of people. For her to have been lost to the foibles of FTD for the last 7 plus years was a tragedy. Let us all remember her when she was well and at her best for we were lucky to have known her. Thank you, Lorraine, for being a part of our lives. 

Published in The Edmonton Journal from Sept. 25 to Sept. 30, 2017