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Born: Jun 09, 1933

Date of Passing: Aug 08, 2021

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June 9, 1933 - Plumas, Manitoba
August 8, 2021- Calgary, Alberta

Helen Cherak Carnie died on August 8, 2021, at the age of 88.
Her passing is deeply felt by her daughter Candace, her remaining sibling Sonia Krantz (nee Cherak), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Ned Charles in 1996 and by her daughter Darcia in 2006.
Helen was a wonderful mother, a devoted teacher, a talented artist, and an inveterate cat lover. She was very well-read, had a unique sense of humour, and handled whatever life dealt her pragmatically and with optimism. She was dearly loved and will be as deeply missed.
A memorial gathering will be held in the Hospitality Centre at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, Calgary, AB), on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment to follow at 1:00 p.m. Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (24223 Twp. Road 242, Calgary AB).

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Helen's obituary at

If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455,, the MEOW Foundation,, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

In living memory of Helen Carnie, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 21, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I had the privilege of having Mrs. Carnie as a teacher at Heritage Elementary School. She was a wonderful, kind and caring teacher! I still have the books she gave me from her trip to New Zealand. My very deepest sympathies to her family. - Posted by: Stacey Woods (former student) on: Sep 02, 2021

  • I had Mrs. Carnie in Grade 5 at Bedson School in Winnipeg. She was one of my favourite teachers and left quite an impression. I remember she would draw these characters that I would try to emulate. Mrs. Carnie was caring and inspiring, and she fostered my love of reading for which I continue to be grateful. I often wondered where she went after Bedson. My deepest sympathies to her family. - Posted by: Glynis Corkal (Student from Bedson) on: Sep 02, 2021

  • Mrs. Carnie was an incredible calming caring & compassionate influence for so many students over her career! My sister became an educator herself because she experienced such a great environment in Grade 1 with Mrs. Carnie at Bedson School in Winnipeg When I lost my dad in grade 5 while in her class that year, she made all the difference in the world - she was one of the BEST & I feel very blessed to have had her as a teacher/mentor. Can't imagine the great memories you get to hold onto of your mom from living in New Zealand, up North & while in Winnipeg! Our thoughts & prayers are with you Candace, your family & friends - Posted by: Laura (Routledge) Stephansson (student) on: Aug 26, 2021

  • I remember Mrs. Carnie fondly from my days as a junior high student at Lincoln Middle School in Winnipeg. She was a devoted teacher. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. - Posted by: Natalie (former student) on: Aug 24, 2021

  • I had the pleasure of working with Helen early in my career. She was a kind, loving teacher. I especially remember her great art lessons. I’m sorry to see this today. Sending sincere condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Patricia Chegus (Co-worker) on: Aug 21, 2021

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