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Memorial service for Jody Liptak Tuesday, August 24


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Obituary from Parkland Funeral Home 

On August 13, 2021, Jody-Lynne Liptak, also known as Miss Jody, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. Jody was surrounded by loved ones, both friends and family, during her final days.

Jody impacted many in her career as a Stylist and Esthetician with Chatters, and as a Dance Instructor with Dance Magic. As a stylist and esthetician, Jody was always welcoming, enthusiastic, and creative and loved to make everyone look and feel beautiful; while putting them at ease and making them feel comfortable. Behind the scenes, Jody always cheered on and supported her colleagues bringing joy to everyone in the workplace.Miss

Jody also touched many lives as a Dance Instructor at Dance Magic Studio; where she was a beautiful, kind woman with a huge heart, who positively impacted and inspired her Dance Magic students. She was passionate, dedicated, hardworking and encouraging. She had a contagious smile and was a powerful influence on all she encountered.

Jody will be lovingly remembered by her parents, Kathleen and Edward, her brothers, Kevin and Kyle, Kyle’s wife, Andrea and their two children, Natnael and Habtamu. Jody will also be sadly missed by an incredibly large and supportive group of friends; as well as her thousands of dance students and their families.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception at The Cambridge Hotel, 3310 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta. For those unable to attend the Memorial Service, it will be Live Streamed. Please go to the following link:

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Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.

A piece of Miss Jody’s legacy will live on through the incredible work and care she provided for more than 25 years, in the dance community. A bursary has been set up by the family in Jody’s name to provide access to dance for all children, despite financial barriers. Donations in her honor, may be made to Dance Magic Studio in support of the Joy for Miss Jody Project.

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Strategies to Manage Persistent Pain Thursday, September 16, 2021 1:00-2:00 pm
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