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IANTKOW, Ella Marian (nee Best)

August, 17, 1922 – Sangudo, AB
February, 23, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Ella was born August 17, 1922 in Sangudo, AB and passed away, peacefully at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, AB on February 23, 2014 at the age of 91 years.

Ella was legally blind since the young age of ten, and was declared deafblind in 2004. Ella was a long-time strong advocate and caring educator of many youth regarding visual disability life issues.

Ella is survived by her immediate family of her husband, Louis; her two son’s Mark and Brent (Deb); and her grandson Tyler (Stevie); also her one remaining sibling, Muriel who continues to enjoy life in Penticton, BC.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 2:30p.m. Forward condolences through Friends and family who wish to make a donation in Ella’s name may do so to the Canadian Council of the Blind, Alberta Division, 15 Colonel Baker Place N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 4Z3, Telephone: 403-248-6075 E-Mail: Website:

In living memory of Ella Iantkow, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Leah Iantkow :

    Dearest Uncle Lou and Family,
    I am deeply sorry for the loss of Aunt Ella. She was such a lovely person with a very kind heart. I will never forget all the memories and times I had with her. God Bless Aunt Ella, may she Rest in Peace. Sending you love and hugs, Leah and the Boys

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  2. Jenny Tzanakos :

    Dear Lou and Mark and family,
    We are so sorry that our dear Ella has left this world. We loved Ella for her sweet and spirited personality, and her open heart. She always made us feel like we were part of your family and showed us so much love. We will miss you dear Ella. We hope your spirit is soaring in the sun and is full of joy and love. xo Jenny and family.

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  3. Muriel Keeling :

    I’m so sorry to hear of Ella’s passing. I had the pleasure of meeting her in your home and was struck by her vibrant personality. I have heard many wonderful stories of her involvement with children & work with them. May you find peace in your many wonderful
    memories of her.

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  4. Louise Gillis :

    On behalf of myself, CCB National board and staff I wish to convey our deepest sympathy to Ella’s family. Although many of us did not know her personally we did hear many good things about her. She will be missed by the folks of the Calgary CCB Chapter. Enjoy your wonderful memories of her.
    Louise Gillis Pres CCB

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  5. Hazel and Stephen Crowther :

    Sincere warm thoughts go to The Iantkow family at the sad loss of Ella, who was a dedicated Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. A remarkable lady who faced many challenges in her life who cared and taught many.
    Fondest wishes.
    Hazel and Stephen Crowther. Wales UK

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  6. Elaine Stewart :

    To the Iantkow Family

    May it be of some comfort to know that others are thinking of you
    and remembering you in their prayers.
    Love and prayers Elaine

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  7. Brenda Mychasiuk :

    Deb, Brent and family
    My deepest sympathy on your loss.

    Brenda and Steve Mychasiuk

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  8. Deborah Disley :

    To the Iantkow Family
    Our hearts go out to you in your time of grief.

    Deb and Glen Disley

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  9. Marion Gauzer and Mike Tzanakos :

    I love all the different facets of Ella–her compassion, gentleness, kindness and brightness well matched by great strength of character and a mischievous sense of humour. I loved hearing all her stories–the famous blueberry stew dinner, memories of how she grew up with but never buckled under her challenges, and how she brought those stories into classrooms so that children (and a young teaching practicum student) could understand and experience the day to day struggles and unexpected blessings of having a disability. She allowed us to imagine beyond our own limitations to empathize with the experience of others. In the days since she has left us I have told many people about the serendipitous way in which we met and what an impression she made on me.

    We shall miss you, Ella. Your spirit will always be with us. You treated my family so lovingly, and I thank you for that.

    To Lou and Mark and family, we wish you our deep condolences, and hope that you may find the strength, courage and patience and many happy memories of your dear wife and mother to help you through this.

    Marion, Mike and Xoli

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  10. Chris MacRae :

    Dear Lou, Mark, Deb & Brent, and Tyler & Stevie,

    I’m not sure that my Mom will ever let me forget how, when Ella looked after me as a kid, I would try and rearrange the furniture at her house. Not because I was mean, but because there was no way that this lady could not see, because she had this magical ability to see (and hear) everything that occured around her.

    I remember her coming to talk to the students at Lord Beaverbrook (the week after ‘Tracheotomy Man”) and talking about her life, what it was really like to be blind, and to truely help us understand how we as a society can help each other.

    Unfortunately I’m not able to return to Calgary for the service, but you are all in my thoughts.


    “Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am an thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond glint on snow
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn rain
    And when you wake in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry
    I am not there. I did not die.
    (Mary Elizabeth Fry)

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