Terry-Ann Kunimoto (nee Weir, formerly Chadwick), wife of Bruce Kunimoto, passed away in Taber, Alberta on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the age of 62 years.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Terry during her 62 years, among them: never pass up an opportunity for a party. St Patrick’s Day is the best opportunity to celebrate being Irish, regardless where your ancestors come from. Egg fights make a great Easter celebration. Goofy, personalized poems mean Happy Birthday with love.
Terry was born and raised in Saskatchewan and was a devoted Roughriders fan, convinced that her choice of game-day shirt had a direct impact on the outcome of games. She also had a deep love of children, and showed her love through countless bowls of macaroni and ichiban soup shared while she read a lunchtime story. Even as she found herself unable to continue working, Terry sought opportunities to help kids learn to read by volunteering in local schools.
Swimming, aquafit and activities at the pool were among Terry’s favorite ways to stay fit. She could often be found walking and remained a cheerleader at curling events even after she was no longer able to play. Her love of God inspired her service to her church, where she was superintendent of Sunday School and offered insight on many committees.
Above all, Terry was an amazing friend, famously asking all guests to “excuse the mess and come on in for coffee.” Her ability to connect with many, coupled with her mischievous love of play and crazy sense of humor, endeared her to friends new and old.
Her spirit is carried on by her husband, children and grandchildren whose photos covered her refrigerator and china cabinet. Besides Bruce, she is survived by her four daughters and their families: Dawn (husband Ryan, children Nathaniel and Wyatt); Leisa (husband Tom, children Tianna, Marieka and Elias); Tamara; Erin (husband Chris); sisters Nancy and Pat; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list, but not forgotten.
The funeral service was held at Knox United Church, 4929 – 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at http://www.southlandfuneral.com .
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Terry’s name may be made directly to Ovarian Cancer Canada, 1409 Edmonton Trail NE, Suite 105B, Calgary, Alberta T2E 3K8, Phone 1-866-591-6622 (www.ovariancanada.org ).
Arrangements in care of Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 – 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1R8. Telephone: 1-888-223-0116.
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