Mira Quesnel

Mira Emelia Quesnel (Krajacic)

Sunday, September 8th, 1929 - Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
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Mrs. Mira Emelia Quesnel of Red Deer, Alberta passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the age of 90 years. Mira was born in Poljane Yugoslavia (Croatia) on September 8, 1929. The family emigrated to Canada in 1936 and settled on a farm near Ellscott, Alberta. Raised on the family farm, worked on the farm but was keenly interested in education and attended school in Ellscott and Boyle, Alberta. She moved to Edmonton where she achieved her Teaching Certificate and returned to teach in Ellscott for a period of time. She married Ken Quesnel, who was in the Royal Canadian Airforce, and they moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for a posting to RCAF Station Saskatoon. Mira and family moved several times after that including RCAF Station/CFB Penhold three times; Clinton, Ontario; Moisie, Quebec; and Puntzi Mountain, B.C. She continued teaching during this time and attended University of Alberta where she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree. Following the final posting to CFB Penhold the family settled in Red Deer in 1970. Mira taught at Andersons of Craigmyle School at CFB Penhold for 25 years before retiring in 1992. She loved teaching and the ability to help the children she taught learn. She enjoyed sports including softball while growing up and then later curling and golf, being the only one in the family to get a Hole in One (so far). Mira enjoyed gardening and could make anything grow. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grand children and great grandchild. Mira will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Michael Quesnel (Janet) of Calgary Alberta, Tim Quesnel (Monica) of Red Deer, Alberta, Pat Quesnel (Michele) of Red Deer, Alberta and her daughter, Carol Watrin of Red Deer, Alberta; her grandchildren, Candace Watrin of Edmonton, Shane Watrin of Red Deer, Christopher Quesnel of Edmonton, Michael Quesnel of Calgary, Andrew Quesnel of Calgary, Nicola Quesnel of Red Deer and her great grandson, Liam Watrin of Red Deer as well as many relatives and dear friends. Mira was predeceased by her husband, D.K. (Ken) Quesnel of Red Deer; her brother, George Krajacic of Edmonton and her sister, Zora Purych of Edmonton. Visitation and prayers will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with The Reverend Father Mirek Kostarzewski Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Alto Reste Cemetery, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, Memorial Donations in Mira’s honor may be made directly to the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation at Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 7:00pm
    Parkland Funeral Home
    6287 - 67A Street (Taylor Drive)
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    6 McMillan Avenue
    RED DEER, AB T4N 5X8
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    The Reverend Father Miroslaw Kostarzewski
  • Interment

    Alto Reste Cemetery
    Hwy 11 East
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    Garden of Divinity


Donations are being accepted for: Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.


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Jill stewart

Posted at 12:21pm
I met Mira in the rehab ward of the hospital. My mother was recuperating from a stroke and Mira was always a a joy to talk to and visit with in the dining room and the halls. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Jackey Lashmar

Posted at 04:03pm
Mira was our next door neighbor for over 30 years. She watched our children grow up and would be a kind listening ear and offer her words of wisdom. We will all miss our chats and will miss Mira greatly.

The Lashmar Family

Posted at 02:52pm
With heartfelt condolences, We will miss our over the fence chats and the love and caring Mira showed our family over the past 30 years.
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John Purych

Posted at 07:42pm
My deepest sympathies to you Micheal, Carol, Tim Pat and your families. Be strong together as together you will find the strength to move forward at this difficult time. Aunt Mira played a big part in all our lives when family got together at the farm for the summer haying season, as she was the oldest and always had wisdom for us out of control boys!, or just in town for a friendly visit. I see her and mom sitting at the kitchen table enjoying coffee and each others company as only sisters would understand.

I am sure they are together enjoying that cup of coffee .

Gods garden has yet another bloom.

John Purych


Larry Gagnon

Posted at 11:01am
To Mike, Carol, Tim and Pat and family: I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Mira's passing. I have very fond memories of Aunt Mira, particularly from our childhood excursions down to Penhold and Red Deer, especially at Easter and to the few Quesnel-side family reunions I was able to attend. I loved her hearty laugh and she was always so kind to us Gagnon kids. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Love Larry and Andrea Gagnon
Victoria, BC

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