KEITGES, E. Katherine (nee Laing)


April 14, 1937 – January 18, 2012

It is with deep sadness that the family of Katharine
Keitges announces her unexpected passing due to
natural causes. She was born in Kerrobert, SK to
Hugh and Jean Laing, attended the country school
of Avoca until her family moved to Nakusp, BC.
Upon high school graduation in 1955 at Nelson,
BC, Katharine moved to Calgary, completed her
business course at Mount Royal College and embarked
on a long career in the oil patch, namely at
Wainwright Producers & Refiners Ltd., Pamoil Ltd.,
CIGOL and Norcen Energy Resources; she also
had worked part-time at the Calgary Public Library,
conducted surveys/polls, & assisted at municipal,
provincial and federal elections. After early retirement,
Katharine worked at Calgary Airport Authority
until 2002. In retirement Katharine enjoyed the
fellowship of CARP, Kerby Centre, Pro-Arts Calgary,
Deerfoot Estates and other organizations. But
it was the Calgary Stampede that truly was Kathy’s
highlight each year and she became Kelly Sutherland’s
most ardent fan! She is survived by brothers
Bruce and Kent Laing and by nieces, nephews
and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents
and siblings Anne Whatley, Donald Laing, infant
Jimmy Laing, Doreen South, and Jack Laing. She
will be fondly remembered as a neighbor, a friend,
a working colleague, a volunteer, and a devoted
family member. At her request, there will be no
funeral; however, a tea in her honour will be held at
the Calgary Petroleum Club from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday,
January 28, 2012 (parking available). In lieu
of flowers, a donation in her memory can be made
to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta or
Osteoporosis Canada, Alberta Chapter.

  1. On 21/01/2012 at 6:58 pm Elaine Baumann Said:

    I am so sorry to know of your loss of Kathy. I will always remember her love for chuckwagon races especially Kelly and our chats and giggles over who was the best. My heartfelt sympathy to the family.

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