KARTIK, Myrene Faye

Katrik
March 25, 1949 – May 27, 2013

Myrene Faye Kartik was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan on March 25, 1949 and passed peacefully to her rest on May 27, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta. She was the second daughter to Hillmen and Jean Holm, growing up in Saskatoon and later, Regina, Saskatchewan. She was a distinguished scholar in high school and upon graduation from Campbell Collegiate in 1967 went on to study at Andrews University in Michigan and earned a BA in Home Economics and a Masters in Religious Education. She also studied dietetics at Loma Linda University in California. Her work life included a variety of positions. She started as a teacher in Oxbow and Chaplin, Saskatchewan, moved on to be a chaplain’s assistant in Toronto, Ontario, then to dietitian in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after which she returned to teaching. She was a replacement teacher at Grandview Adventist Junior Academy in Hamilton, Ontario before becoming principal of multigrade schools in Simcoe, Ontario, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Beisiker, Alberta.

Myrene taught at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy in Calgary until diagnosed with breast cancer. Following treatment and rehab, she returned to Chinook Winds due to her remarkable recovery, but when cancer returned a few years later, she continued her determined efforts to find ways to live fully with cancer. She was anointed at least five times in the last eleven years and each time regained her health. Her research and experimentation with alternative healing therapies augmented her cooperation and compliance with traditional medical treatment. She was always grateful for the many workers who assisted her life with cancer, although at times she had to be her own advocate to get the desired effect. She had great hope and trust in God through her whole journey with cancer. She loved to quote Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Myrene was passionately devoted to her family. She met John Kartik at Branson Hospital where she worked as a chaplain’s assistant. They were married on October 10, 1976 in Regina, Saskatchewan and made their home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They were an adventurous couple and moved a number of times, living in Warman, Saskatchewan; Oshawa, Ontario; Abbotsford, British Columbia; Hamilton, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Calgary, Alberta before making their home in Cochrane. They raised four children – Heidi (David) Hamstra, Janette(Jim) Turner, David (Melanie)Kartik, and Emily Kartik. Myrene and John blessed with nine grandchildren whom Myrene affectionately called “my darlings”; Abigail, Olivia, Elijah, Antonin, Levi, Malachi, Titus, Seth and Taleja.

Myrene’s house was always open to her children’s friends and her family members. She was well known for her open invitations to stay over and enjoy fresh baked buns and delicious, wholesome food. She loved to travel, and when her children spread out across the continent she continued to make regular visits no matter the distance. Even during her stay at Agape Hospice, she was still making plans to visit her children and grandchildren. When she couldn’t travel as much, she was delighted to have iPhone access to her family, complete with pictures and videos.

Myrene loved sand dunes, water slides, tobogganing, gardening, camping, hiking, the zoo, reading, sewing, quilting, and picnics. She was a compassionate teacher—conscientious in her work and helpful to many colleagues and students over the years. She had a big heart and showered love on her entire extended family as well: father, Hillmen Holm; sister, Marjorie (John) Wright; brother, Clifford (Mazel) Holm; five nieces and seven nephews; four great nieces and six great nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Jean Holm, and brother, Howard Holm. Her friends and family will miss her ready smile and tenacious spirit. Myrene’s family eagerly anticipates the return of Jesus Christ when they will finally be reunited with her.

Visitation will be at Cochrane Country Funeral Home, 402 Railway Street West, on Sunday, June 2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Monday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calgary Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1920 – 13th Avenue NW. Memorial tributes in Myrene’s memory may be made directly to A Better World (http://www.a-better-world.ca) .

  1. On 29/05/2013 at 9:19 am Lisa Crombie Said:

    Dearest Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    I will remember Myrene, for her gentle and kind spirit.

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation 21:4

    May you all find peace and comfort in each other and those around you. Our thoughts and prayers rise up for you at this time.

    With Sincere Love and Hope,

    Lisa and Dennis Crombie

  2. On 29/05/2013 at 7:04 pm Bruce Barker Said:

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Many memories our families shared over the years together.
    Bruce Barker and Family

  3. On 29/05/2013 at 7:21 pm Brenda Thompson Said:

    Dear John, Heidi, Janette, David, Emily and families,

    It doesn’t seem that long ago that the Kartiks were living in Saskatoon,SK and Myrene was the Principal at SAJA. I joined the staff as a part time teacher, sharing a classroom with Myrene. She became my mentor and taught me things about teaching that I still use today. We enjoyed getting to know your family at that time and will never forget your strong Christian presence in our community.

    Since you moved away we’ve had a few times together(like Janette’s wedding, our Carribean Cruise with hundreds of other teachers,and exchanging Christmas cards & letters occasionally). Even though separated by distance, our love and respect for you has never diminished. I wish we could be there to give you each a hug and share some tears at this sorrowful time.

    I’ve always considered Myrene a wonderful friend. She’s someone I want to seek out after the resurrection. There will be so much JOY in sharing Heaven with friends like Myrene. In a little while, the heartache will end, we will see Jesus and gather together with the loved ones that have gone before us. Keep strong, Keep faithful, till that day.

    Love Brenda, Glyne, Shannon, Nathan and Carmen Thompson

  4. On 29/05/2013 at 9:31 pm Marie Kneller Said:

    Dear Family,

    Your deep ache reaches me. Myrene must have been so special as she fully lived her days through her illness. I am so sorry to know that she must have suffered. Her family here in Kelowna has been a witness to how to live with grace and gratefulness. God will reward this just the way He has promised. Hang on to His promises our lives are all so very short on this earth but the day is coming when it will be for eternity and we are improved/remade perfectly in a twinkling of an eye.

    Love,
    Marie

  5. On 30/05/2013 at 7:45 am Dianne & Bryan Lindquist Said:

    Myrene was always such a sweet girl, we had many fun times together as young cousins. Myrene trusted her Lord through a tough journey and now she is with Him. Our prayer is that the God who promises to comfort those who mourn will be comforting each of you now.

    Blessings,
    Bryan and Dianne

  6. On 30/05/2013 at 2:26 pm John Coltman Said:

    Dear Marjorie,We are so sorry for your loss. Just because it’s been seen coming doesn’t mean it’s not a grievous blow.Our prayers for comfort and strength and relief are going upward. It seems that the Holm sisters were a talented and industrious and God-fearing pair. Myrene sounds like you, Marjorie, in very many ways, including talent and energy and kindness and joy. And a blessing to all that knew her.
    She’s safe now though ( ….and no-one can snatch them out of My hand) and the day is coming when all will be made perfect.
    Love from John, Marion, Hope.

  7. On 30/05/2013 at 8:46 pm Monica and her family Said:

    DEAREST MARJORIE YOU WILL ALWAWYS MISS YOUR BELOVED SISTER BUT YOU KNOW THAT
    YOU WILL MEET AGAIN – THE WHOLE FAMILY WRAPPED IN GOD’S GREAT LOVE – WHAT A
    GREAT DAY THAT IS GOING TO BE. MUCH LOVE,
    MONICA AND ALL THE FAMILY

  8. On 31/05/2013 at 5:03 pm Ron and Gail Jones Said:

    IT IS WITH REGRET THAT MYRENE IS TAKEN FROM US, WE HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF HER AND HER FAMILY JOHN AND CHILDREN VISITING US, AND US THEM. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT BLESSED TIME WHEN WE SHALL NEVER PART AGAIN.

  9. On 02/06/2013 at 4:53 pm Susan Campbell Said:

    Dear Family,
    My condolences to all of you on this loss of your wife, mother, sister, aunt, or grandmother.

    Myrene was my cousin but we spent our lives in different localities and, therefore, met infrequently. I know she lived a good life surrounded by a loving family. She will be greatly missed.

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time,
    Susan

  10. On 02/06/2013 at 6:21 pm Lonn Horniachek Said:

    So sorry to hear of Myrene’s untimely passing. We pray that God will bring the family peace and comfort during this very difficult time.

  11. On 03/06/2013 at 4:47 am Daniel Kartik Said:

    Dear John,

    Our condolences and deepest regret. We feel sorrow and regret for your loss.
    Thinking of you in this difficult time.

    Daniel, Viera, Helena, Branislav Kartik Family – Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

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