|Gloria Nina Kalen
July 31st, 1926 to July 24th, 2017
'I'll Be With You Always'
composed by Jimmy Ellis
Performed by John Welsh
Peacefully, with family by her side and knowing that she was loved, Gloria Nina Kalen (nee Novak) passed
away at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg.
Gloria was born on July 31, 1926 in the north end of Winnipeg, where her father, Dr. Gregory Novak,
practiced Obstetrics. In 1957, she married photographer, Henry Kalen and together they shared a life of
adventure, love and laughter until his passing in 2004. They had three children and three grandchildren
along the way: Carlu (Berard – Ron; Danielle and Aidan), Marya (Kalen-Welsh - John), and Gregory
(Kalen - Sirima; Kai).
She graduated from the U of M’s Fine Arts program and used her talent to create and share in many
ways: she taught puppetry at the Prairie Theatre Exchange, acted in many local theatrical and television
productions, and her sculptures and Raku were showcased at several galleries in Winnipeg. She shared
her creativity and imagination with her children and grandchildren, encouraging them and their friends to
step outside their boundaries and let their imaginations fly! She was patient, thoughtful and fun – the
perfect neighbourhood mom.
Gloria was boldly beautiful, from her unconventional clothing to her playfully coloured nails and her avant-
garde hairstyles. Her living spaces were distinctive and chic, reflecting her somewhat eccentric (in a good
way!) personality. She loved to dance when the mood struck her, laugh as often as she could, and love
deeper than anyone could imagine.
We are profoundly sad that she is gone, but she lived a remarkably long, exceptionally healthy, and
extraordinarily comfortable life. We will cherish the memory of her love forever.
The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at The Concordia Village, St. Boniface Hospital, and
Concordia Hospital for their care and comfort. A private family ceremony will be planned for a later date.
Flowers gratefully declined.
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