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Born: Aug 11, 1944

Date of Passing: Jan 16, 2021

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August 11, 1944 - January 16, 2021

After a brief illness, our beloved sister, aunt and friend, Cathy, passed away in Calgary on January 16, 2021.
Cathy was born in Winnipeg and attended Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute and the University of Manitoba (Home Economics). She married Peter Allison in 1974, and together they explored a range of interests, including travel and theatre. One summer they travelled to Stratford to take in the entire season of Shakespearean plays. In 1978, Cathy and Peter relocated to Calgary. Their happiness together was cut short when Peter succumbed to cancer and passed away in 1987. Cathy forged ahead with her life, maintaining a wide range of friendships and connections. She developed relationships with a growing number of nephews and nieces, and then with their children as the extended family grew. She never failed to send birthday cards to everyone, even the youngest children. She worked hard to provide handcrafts for favourite charities, and to make gifts for family members, whom she dearly loved. Cathy's needlepoint pictures and crocheted afghans were works of art and highly prized possessions.
Cathy had a generous heart, a dry wit, and a keenly observant mind. She loved a challenging Scrabble game. In her later years Cathy dealt with health concerns that limited her mobility and her well-being, but she bore it all with strength of character and an acceptance that was a reflection of her faith in God.
Cathy will be sorely missed by siblings, Charlotte Holland (Jim), Marlene Wiens (Bob), Edward Redekop (Marlies), sister-in-law Marilyn Redekop and their families. Also stepsiblings, Betty Ann and Peter Reimer, Sharon Channer, Waldo and Pam Pauls, and Bob Rempel, and their families, and Peter Allison's niece, Joan Macdonald and her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, David and Kay Redekop, her stepmother Anne (Pauls) Redekop, husband Peter, brother David, sister-in-law Claire Macdonald, Bonnie Rempel, Gerry Channer, and brother-in-law Bill Allison.
Donations in Cathy's memory may be made to Hope and Healing International (Fistula Operation), Covenant House, or Gideons International-Canada.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Cathy's obituary at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2021

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