It is with great sadness the family of Catherine Mary Hemsing announces her passing after a long 3.5 yr fight with brain cancer on April 15th 2015 at the age of 37.
Catherine was born in Calgary AB, to Jim and Maureen Dunne June 4th, 1977 the third of four siblings Lisa, Eoin, and Ellen. Catherine attended the University of Calgary where she received a degree of Bachelor of Arts in History on June 10th, 1999 a subject very dear to her heart, and a Degree of Bachelor of Education on June 11th, 2002. She went on to follow her dream to become a teacher where she found a job at St. Boniface Catholic School.
July 26th, 2003 Catherine married Robert-John Hemsing where they lived together in Calgary, Alberta. April 15th 2005 was a start of a new stage in Catherine’s life with the birth of her first born Aidan, she took a break from teaching so she could devote all that she had on her new family. Shortly after Aidan, Rory was born December 29th, 2006, and finally little Katie was born November 2009. On November 1st, 2010 Catherine and her family moved to Beaumont, AB. Catherine’s #1 priority in life was her family. She loved watching her children grow and experience new things. June 2011 Catherine was diagnosed with a brain tumour. From the start of the biggest challenge of her life she chose to face it with strength and courage. She refused to let her diagnosis control her life. She chose to live each day with joy and love and appreciation for all around her.
Catherine is survived by her husband Robert, and three children Aidan, Rory, and Katie, her parents Jim and Maureen, her three siblings Lisa, Eoin, and Ellen mother-in-law, Connie–semicolon– father-in-law, Herbert–semicolon– brother-in-law, Brad–semicolon– and many other close family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made out to the Brain Tumour foundation of Canada, www.braintumor.ca
A Prayer Service will be held on April 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 -114 Street, Edmonton, AB. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on April 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vital Church, 4905 50 St, Beaumont, AB with a light luncheon following in the church basement. That evening friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Catherine’s life at 6pm at the Colonial golf course in Beaumont.