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May 13, 1946 – Montreal, Quebec
February 20, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Ellen, beloved wife of Curtis Hartzler of Calgary, AB passed away on February 20, 2015 at the age of 68 years.

Ellen was born a force of nature and her precocious and determined mindset as a child foretold the spirited lady she would become. Ellen impacted everyone she met with her ability to put them at ease and her eagerness to engage total strangers in conversation was a constant source of amazement for her family. Her passion for decorating and fashion kept her on the cutting edge of new styles, trends and colors which carried over into all other aspects of her life. Ellen was a true lady, a great mother and grandmother, loving wife, sister, friend and confidant, always true to herself and to her family. She passed away far too soon and she will be greatly missed by us all. We bid you fond farewell Ellen. Your body let you down but your spirit will always survive and surround us, and from that we do take comfort.

Besides her loving husband of 36 years, Curtis, Ellen leaves behind her son Mark (Tracey) and their children Alicia and Abigail, daughter Robyn (Jamie) and their children Riley, Brooklyn and Sawyer and her late son Stacey’s daughter Lakeyn. Ellen is also survived by her father Duncan from Vancouver, brothers Neil (Judy) of Calgary, Bruce (Minako) of San Francisco and Ian (Terri) of Calgary and sister Brenda Katherine (Patrick), and all of her many nieces and nephews, friends and other relatives. She was pre-deceased by her mother Helen, her sister Theresa, and her beloved son Stacey.

The funeral ceremony will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2424 – 24 Ave NW on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Internment will take place on Saturday, February 28 at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens, 17th Avenue, S.W. and Lower Springbank Road, Calgary, Alberta

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email

In living memory of Ellen Hartzler, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Jack and Carol McLoone :

    We have many happy memories of Ellen Ann from the time when Carol braided Ellen’s hair when Ellen Ann was just a little girl in Otterburn Park to her visits to Australia with Curt in more recent times. Ellen Ann was always happy and interested in everyone even though she had just lost her own son to cancer. May she rest in peace. We will always remember her.

    Lots of love to all, Carol, Jack, John Paul and Jordana

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  2. Kevin & Christina Sedor :

    To Curt & family,

    We only knew Ellen for a short time, but she truly was, as above, a “force of nature” and a friendly and kind person. We hope that your memories of your life together give comfort to you at this most heartbreaking & difficult time. May she rest in peace. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you.

    Kevin & Chris

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  3. Lisa, John and Harlow Simes :

    To Robyn, Mark, Curt and families,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Ellen was a wonderful woman, and a second mom to me. She will be truly missed.

    Lisa, John and Harlow

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  4. to: Curt and Robyn
    I am so sorry to hear of Ellen`s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences (Bonney (who resides in Oslo, Norway) & I, & Os). Ellen was indeed a spirited, kind and fashionable lady and we will all miss her.
    Her memory will forever be with us.


    Pat Graham

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  5. Warren & Michelle Steckly :

    Friends and Family,
    I would like to take a minute and share with you some of the memories that I have of Aunt Ellen. Over the course of the last week I have spent many hours thinking about Aunt Ellen and how she fit into my life. I came to realize during this time that she and I actually shared a few common interests and perhaps that is why I and my family were drawn to her. She had quite a knack to cook, and often provided delicious meals for friends and family; us included. I myself, while not a cook like her, enjoy the task of food preparation. I also recall that she had a passion for art, craftsmanship, and quality things. I too appreciate these things as well as creating them for others to enjoy. Aunt Ellen’s ‘flair’ was always apparent in how she decorated their homes and living spaces. When she embarked on a theme she was all in, and if you’ve seen the Kootenay cabin, you know that the theme was ‘Chickens’. Her ability to stray from the norm and branch out into the eclectic realm or in her words ‘funky’ was so well done that being surrounded by it was truly a pleasure. Not only did Aunt Ellen collect ‘things’, she also collected people. Her circle of friends was wide and varied; each of us receiving non judgemental care and welcome. I smile to myself when I think of the summer that I embarked on a journey into BC with a close friend on our Harleys. We did our best to make our entrance known, as all responsible bikers do despite knowing Aunt Ellen’s deep dislike of motorcycles and noise. This however, didn’t change the warm welcome and happiness to see us, but mention was made of keeping it down.
    One of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon in the sun is with a cold beverage, the sunshine on your face and music in the background, a favorite of us both. Aunt Ellen was always interested to hear about the adventures and journeys that life had brought our way. She was also eager to share hers, and so it was quite easy to find oneself in a good conversation perhaps over a glass of wine. Time spent with Uncle Curt and Aunt Ellen at their cabin in the Kootenays was paramount starting in my teenage years and carrying forward to the present time. Days spent in the sun, boating, followed by gourmet meals and evening games were quite often highlights of the summer. To be met with her smile and a hug, followed by an invitation to stay and visit was a continual reminder of Aunt Ellen’s genuine love and care. Her light shines on, and her memory will forever remain in my heart.

    So until we meet again Aunt Ellen, love and light.

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