Loreen Hayne (nee Burke)

Obituary of Loreen Adele Hayne (nee Burke)

August 7, 1934 - Calgary, Alberta

April 26, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and Nana, Loreen Adele Hayne after a brave fight with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Eric Hayne of Calgary, son Alexander Hayne (Annette Kim) of Vancouver, daughter Christy Hayne (Clark Terriff) of Calgary; and her cherished grandchildren, Paul Kim (Jimin Jeon) of Edmonton, John Kim of Vancouver, Riley Terriff and Natalie Terriff of Calgary; and great-grandson Ryan Kim of Edmonton. 


At the tender age of ten, Loreen was left in the care of nuns at the Convent located in Prud'homme, SK.  Loreen was later adopted by her mother's sister, Anna Stephansson and her husband, Frank Burke, and became part of the extended family in Flin Flon, MB. While Loreen's early years were unsettled, her years in the care of nuns and as part of her loving adopted family solidified in Loreen a deep appreciation for the little things in life, for her family and friends, and for being the best person she could be to anyone she encountered in life.


Loreen completed her education in Winnipeg and graduated as a registered nurse from St. Boniface Hospital in 1958. Satisfying her love of children, Loreen nursed as a pediatric specialist at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Edmonton General Hospital and North York General Hospital through her nursing career. Nursing was never "work" for Loreen. Instead, it was a way for her to express her loving, caring nature to those in need – traits Loreen exhibited throughout her personal and professional life.


After raising her children, Alexander and Christy, Loreen re-entered the workforce in 1989, joining Weber Motors in Edmonton. In her ten years with Weber, Loreen became one of the top Volvo salespeople in Canada. Making this accomplishment even more remarkable was that Loreen earned her driver’s license and began driving when she was 50 years old!  And despite enduring two bouts of breast cancer during her time at Weber, Loreen never missed a day of work. One of many examples of Loreen's perseverance and endless optimism. 


Loreen loved to be active in the many communities she and Eric lived in across Canada and became a devoted volunteer and prolific gardener.  What no doubt stands out most about Loreen for the many people she met throughout her life is how genuinely interested and compassionate she was with other people, whether long-time neighbors, the local pharmacist, or a taxi driver. To Loreen – their lives were important, and she wanted to know about them. Not because it was polite, but because Loreen genuinely cared.


More than anything, Loreen loved her family deeply. While Alexander and Christy were growing up, there was no tennis match or dance practice too far for Loreen to take them by subway and/or bus. There was no school trip she couldn’t make. There was no parent-teacher conference she would miss. And when her children had children, Loreen was every bit a doting Nana.


Loreen's family would like to thank the compassionate staff of Unit 62 of Foothills Hospital and Agape Hospice, who were all remarkable. It's so fitting that Loreen would receive amazing care in her final days as she provided when she was a nurse. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 - 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588. Consider planting a perennial this Spring to remember our beautiful Loreen! 


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In living memory of Loreen Hayne, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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