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Patricia Jean Dorney

November 17, 1943 - July 26, 2011


Patricia Jean Dorney (Hilgartner)
November 17, 1943 – July 26, 2011

On July 26, 2011, Patricia Jean Dorney passed away peacefully during retirement in Oliver, British Columbia at the age of 68 years. Pat will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Liam and Daniel; her daughters-in-law, Jennifer and Melissa; her grandchildren, Hannah Mae, Kol, Lily and Evelyn; her siblings, Terry (and Carl), Ralph (and Mary), Rodger (and Gailene), Gerald (and Darlene), Maryann and many other extended family and friends throughout Canada and the United States. Pat is preceded in death by her husband, William Joseph Dorney, her Mother, Anna Hilgartner and her Father, Clifford Hilgartner.

Pat was born on November 17th in Camrose, Alberta. After being raised and completing her primary education in Camrose, she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Calgary. Pat then completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University. She enjoyed a long career in education and administration, practicing in Drumheller, Denver, Colorado, Durango New Mexico, and Calgary, Alberta. Pat was greatly sought after for her expertise and knowledge, having been a guest lecturer in Beijing, China and at Oxford University in England. Pat completed her professional career as an area superintendent at the Calgary Catholic School Board, and as President of the College of Alberta School Superintendents. She will be lovingly remembered for her passionate contributions to the education and development of all the children she taught, the teachers and administrators she mentored, and the many others she blessed with her veracity, kindness, faith and generosity. Her family will always remember her love of culture, travel and the many trips she made so special. Pat loved the time she spent in retirement in Oliver B.C. with her sisters, the many visits from old friends and family, and all the new friends she made. Pat will be dearly missed all of her many loved ones.

Prayers were held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 30 at Nunes Pottinger Funeral Home, 34505 – 89th Street, Oliver BC.

A Funeral Mass and memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 3, at St. Luke’s Parish, 1566 Northmount Drive NW, Calgary AB.

Pat will be interred beside her husband Bill at a private service in New York at Gates of Heaven Cemetery.
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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Pat and Brian Schultz, Jennifer and Lindsay
Relation: friend

Liam, Danny and family,
We were so saddened to learn of Pat’s passing. She was a wonderful person. We think of your family often and have so many good memories of the time we spent together during our “dance years”. We are sorry that we cannot attend the funeral service in Calgary but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

From: Gisele, Mike Lazorko and family
Relation: Catholic Board - Calgary, AB

For many years I taught at the same school board as Mrs. Dorney as I always referred to her. She was my cooperating teacher in the fall of 1980. I learned that each child is very special, unique and to make them feel good about themself no matter what their ability was. We also belonged to the same parish, St. Luke Church in Calgary

From: Gaya Belleth
Relation: Childhood friends of her sons

Dear Liam, Daniel and Family.
Ericka and I would like to share our deepest sympathy with you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gaya and Ericka Belleth

From: Lillian Sim
Relation: Friend

Terry, as I met you several times, I just wished I would have had the opportunity to say goodbye to Pat. It was quite cute as often she would get my name mixed up and I would be called “Lillian” or very often “Vivian”….even on our last talk on the phone recently she called me “Vivian”…it was sweet. As you know Pat and I had many walks with our dogs around the neighborhod. I will miss her. To Liam,Danny and family, you had a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and I loved to hear her talk about you and your visits when we walked. She is now with Jesus as that was her faith and future hope.

From: Valerie Shannon (Pardell)
Relation: Family friend and colleague

Liam, Daniel and families. We regret that we were not able to attend your mother’s funeral last week. We were in Germany and just returned today.
Pat was an incredible, accomplished woman and a wonderful family friend. She was so proud of all of you and we know that you will miss her terribly.
We will never forget the emotional support she provided to us when we lost Barry ten years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sadness and loss.

-Steve and Valerie Shannon and Brett and Reece Pardell

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