Obituary of Hannah Chisholm
January 10, 1925 – Irvine, Alberta
May 27, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta
We said goodbye to our beloved Mom, Grandma and Auntie, Hannah Chisholm, on May 27, 2022 at the age of 97 years. Hannah captured the hearts and touched the lives of so many with her feisty spirit, kindness, and genuine interest in every person she met.
Hannah Weiss Chisholm was born in Irvine, AB as third youngest of thirteen children. Throughout their lives, she took care of her siblings with love and determination. Grandma enjoyed telling us “I was country, before country was cool you know.” And you bet she was! Pint-sized Hannah would steal her brothers’ horses and ride them along the St. Mary’s River. She connected with horses like they were people, and she often told us about “Ol’ Midnight.” The Calgary Stampede was her favourite time of year.
Hannah helped her parents move to Calgary from Kimball in 1945, when it was time for them to leave the farm, and found a house for them at 805, 15th St. NW. Hannah worked at Birks on Stephen Avenue, learning jewelry and watch repair from Mr. Black. During the celebrations on 8th Avenue celebrating the end of WWII – she met a young man named Andrew Chisholm. They were married on August 5, 1946 and their long life together began.
Hannah and Andy built their first house, “the shack” they called it, and built duplexes over time. Some tenants stayed with them for decades! When Andy was severely injured in a car accident – Hannah took on an extra job at Chinook Drive-in, and she fondly remembered co-workers from all those years ago. Hannah volunteered at the Southwood Nursing Home, from when it first opened in 1964 until she was in her 80s.
Always creative and particular, Hannah’s creations were a source of pride to Andy and her family. And when she’d enrol in a course for a new hobby before we knew it - she was teaching the classes!
Hannah was pre-deceased by her husband of 73 years, Andy Chisholm, her son-in-law Don Gieck and all of her siblings except her youngest sister Emma. She is survived by her daughters, Andrea Gieck, Linda (Calvin) Gabel, and Connie (Darcy) Turcotte; grandchildren, Lyle, Lorne, Stephen, Calynda, Cody, Annie, and Cassie; many nieces and nephews including Kay Lucas and Donna Greebe whom she was very close with. Grandma had ten great-grandchildren, Rylan, Luke, Coleton, Shantell, Christina, Jade, Alexis, Logan, Charlotte, and Linkin. She was also adopted as “Grandma” by all of the Gabels, and the Herd family, Joyce, Bill, Reagan and Brittany.
Hannah was extra special to all of us. There are no words to describe how grateful we are for her love, and how much we will miss her.
We’d like to extend a special thanks to the staff at the Mayfair Care home, where “Hannah Banana” spent the last 7 years with fabulous nursing staff and recreation personnel, including her companion, Haisl.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of the Bells (McInnis & Holloway – 2720 Centre Street North location) We invite all those who would like to attend to join us as we share in her memory. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Hannah Chisholm, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes.
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