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HANKEL, Ethel Florence (neé Lyle)

September 19, 1927 – September 15, 2012

Ethel Hankel passed away peacefully in Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary, on Saturday morning, September 15, 2012, after a 3-month illness. She was 84 years of age.

Ethel was born in Southwest Saskatchewan and raised in the Niche Valley, west of Bergen, Alberta. She had a twin brother named Cecil and four other brothers: Gordon, Leslie, Ronald and Blair. Her parents were Irene (neé Johnson) and Eric Lyle. Ethel fell in love and married Harvey Edward Hankel of Tilley, Alberta, in 1950 and together they raised their two children, Rory and Lillian (known as Deborah when young), settling in Calgary in 1961. From 1972 into the 80s, Ethel and Harvey lived happily on Vancouver Island near Victoria.

Ethel will be remembered for her sparkling friendliness, love of science and nature – especially horses, and exploring the sky with profound appreciation both day and night – and her natural artistic talents shown largely through painting scenes from nature and writing poetry. She was a tireless, cheerful volunteer in her mobile home community and enjoyed gardening and preserving the fruits of her work there.

Ethel is survived by her daughter Lillian, grandson Christopher and his wife Jenn, great-grand-daughter Allison, daughters-in-law Melinda Spears and Susan Rae and their families, and a large extended family, all of whom she treasured most highly. She lost her beloved husband and son to cancer in 1998 and 2001. At the end of Ethel’s life she enjoyed the companionship of her beloved friend Harold Lundgren for five years as common-law partners until his death in 2011.

A memorial service will be held in the clubhouse of Watergrove Mobile Home Park, 99 Arbour Lake Road N.W., Calgary on October 10th at 12:30. Graveside Service to follow at 3 o’clock for family members and close friends at Queen’s Park Cemetery: Lot 3 Block B6 Section R.

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A special thank you to the staff of Rockyview General Hospital for their skilful and loving care.

In living memory of Ethel Hankel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Crowfoot.

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  1. Doris and Ross Schmidt :

    We offer our deepest sympathy to you. Your mom’s cheerfulness and love will be missed by all who knew her. We are so pleased that she shared her love with Harold and became a part of our family.

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