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BODENHOFF, Ulla Kehlet

May 7, 1923 – July 4, 2012

Ulla Kehlet Bodenhoff, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the age of 89 years.

Ulla Kehlet Bodenhoff was born on May 7, 1923 at Nyborg, Denmark. She grew up in a musical environment as her mother, Ingeborg Kehlet was a concert pianist and her father, Holger Kehlet played the violin. Later her family moved to Fredericia where Ulla developed an interest in equestrian sports and riding. She retained a love of animals throughout her life and was particularly fond of dogs. As a young woman, Ulla studied at the Royal Danish Conservatory of music in Copenhagen. At the time, she sang in a sixteen voice professional choir at the cathedral “Vor Fru Kirke”. She was married to the talented Danish sculptor Palle Vibegaard and they had a son, Rune, in 1947. Ulla immigrated to Canada in 1952 where she became interested in piano tuning and technology in the later 1950’s she came to Calgary to study and work as an apprentice with Hal Lynne, who was a master piano rebuilder at Calgary Piano House. Ulla became a journeyman member of the Piano Technicians Guild in 1962 and had a successful career as a piano tuner, technician and rebuilder. She was the first woman in Canada to be admitted to the P.T.G. and was active in that organization. She served at least one term as the President of their local chapter and attended many of their conventions throughout North America. She was one of the principle organizers when the P.T.G. had their international convention here in Calgary. This year she received their fifty year membership pin. She had been professionally active with her business until 2006 when she retired at age 83. Ulla showed that she had an entrepreneurial spirit and was a risk taker. In this she showed resourcefulness and courage. Besides her career, Ulla had a strong interest in history and archeology. She was one of the founding members of the Society of Egyptian Antiquities and also a founding member of the Society of Mespotamian and Middle Eastern Studies. She did visit world heritage sites such as; the Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu in Peru, St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai and the Suleiman Mosque in Istanbul. Ulla had an interest in community betterment and social issues. As a mature student, she successfully completed a two year program in Social Work at Mount Royal College. She had also participated as a sponsor in programs that helped children in other countries. In her personal life, Ulla was blessed by having a wonderful thirty four year relationship with her special friend and companion, Bill Warnick. Together they travelled to places like the beaches of Hawaii, the steppes of Russia, and they enjoyed the thrill of the shows, and casinos of Las Vegas. As a parent and to her family, Ulla was generous, caring, encouraging and positive. She supported the interests and activities of her grandchildren, Ruan and Britt. She took an active role in their lives as they were growing up. Those in her family believe, after a long illness which gave her so many difficulties; that now; Ulla is at peace, Her loving steadfast caring support, which she gave so generously to us, as well as her strength and adventurous outlook, will always be cherished.

Ulla’s Family will hold a private family service at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Ulla Bodenhoff, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Barbara Labute :

    My condolences to Ulla Bodenhoff’s family.
    Ulla was a very interesting lady. I first met her about 40 years ago when she came to tune my piano.
    May all your fond memories of her be a comfort to you.
    Barbara Labute

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  2. Eileen (Garriott) (Chow) Speight :

    I am a former student of Rune’s from about 1980 (I played “Michelle” at your year-end recital, if that helps to place me), and shortly after that year, Ulla became my piano tuner until 9 or 10 years ago.

    Rune, my sincere condolences for your loss, and as well to the rest of the family. Your mother was unique and unforgettable, and always struck me as a person I wished I knew better. I’ll remember her for the perfection with which she did her job, and for our many chats over a cup of coffee after she had finished her work…about dogs, which she loved, and travel, among many other things.

    I’m ever so grateful I made the decision to return to a year of lessons as an adult, and to have been exposed to the talents and enthusiasm of my teacher and my tuner. I have, over the years, considered it an honor to have known both. I took two pictures of Ulla one time while she was tuning, which made her happy (and a little bit flustered…did her hair look okay?!). I smile whenever I look at them for the happy and interesting times she and I had in my living room, and for the exposure to better playing as a result of my lessons with you, Rune.

    May happy memories of your mother sustain you during this sad time. I lost my mother when she was 89 as well, which is a pretty good age to live to, but as a child, it’s never long enough. You’ll miss her. I’m sure many people will, as well.

    Sincere condolences for your loss,
    – Eileen Speight

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  3. Deborah Hunter :

    Rune, I am sorry to read of your mothers passing. As you and I spoke before my dad and your mom had a good run. I pray that the choir of GOD will need a great piano tuner/pionist.

    With Empathy,

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  4. Britt Vibegaard :

    I truly miss my grandmother so much. I think that she is the strongest person I will ever have known in my life. I wish you eternal peace, Ulla, and thank you for all that you did for me from the day I was born until the day that you passed on. May flights of Angels sing you to your rest. And I mean that with all of my heart. I love you.

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  5. Judy Sullivan :

    My condolences, Rune, to you and your family on Ulla’s passing. She is remembered by me as warm, generous, youthful and lively. Ulla was a wonderful friend to my mother.

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  6. Audrey Sullivan :

    My deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a kind and vivacious lady,ahead of her time in many ways. Condolences.

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