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JANEWSKI – Ellen Kristine (nee Christensen)

August 1, 1931 – May 7, 2011


Ellen Janewski passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the age of 79 years.

Left to celebrate Ellen’s life are her children, Dennis (Cheryl), Murray (Kim), Dan (Christine), and Brenda (Lynn) McKenney; and her grandchildren, Shannon, Neal, Kevin, Cyndi (Kurt), Dale, Sarah, Simon, Robynn, Reanna, Vanessa, Travis, William and Connor.  Ellen was predeceased by her husband Bill and her brother Harold.

Ellen was born on August 1, 1931 in Calgary and was raised on the farm near Standard. She became a Nursing Aid and worked in Calgary as well as smaller towns in Alberta. Ellen married Bill in 1954 and raised their family of four children.  The gift that Grandma brought to the world was her unconditional love where nobody was judged and was always welcomed into her home, even unannounced. Ellen never complained about anything and every single thing she did was for someone else. She will be remembered for her famous home baked buns, cookies and thick grilled cheese sandwiches. She was the greatest audience her family could ask for, whether it was sports, music or any other event. Anyone who knew Ellen was made to feel a part of her family.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.  You may forward condolences through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mayfair Care Center, 8240 Collicutt Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 2X1 (403) 252 4445

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

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  1. Dennis & Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother.

    Jim Schmierer

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  2. Laura Workman :

    My most vivid summer memories while growing up, are of family vacations to Calgary. Every year the fun times we always had visiting Auntie Ellen and Uncle Bill. Lots of food was always consumed and there was plenty of laughter. I always enjoyed it when I got to go with Auntie Ellen to K-mart and Safeway, sitting in the very back of the big white station wagon. I thought I was so lucky…. and I was to have such a special Aunt.

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  3. Bruce Johnson :

    Very sorry to read of your mom’s passing, Dennis. Condolences from Bruce, Madalyn and Geoffrey to you and Cheryl and your family.

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  4. Evelyn Abbott :

    Ellen and Bill were among the first friends Murray and I had when we started our married life in Rimbey. We spent many happy times visiting with your folks. Ellen was so calm and welcoming. For years we kept in touch every Christmas. I was sad to hear of you Dad’s passing and now your Mom. I extend my sympathy to Brenda, Murray, Dan and Dennis.

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  5. Jenny Harris :

    To Dennis, Murray, Dan and Brenda:
    Thinking of all of you and sending my sincere sympathy and prayers. Bill and Ellen were very dear cousins whose visits were always enjoyed. I dearly cherish all those accumulated memories. I will not be able to attend the service on Sunday but send my condolences to all of you.
    Warm regards
    Jenny Harris(formerly from Drayton Valley and now from Edmonton)

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  6. Ann and Ben Larsen :

    To Brenda and family,
    Our thoughts are with you at the passing of your mother.
    Ann and Ben

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  7. Jim Oliver and Family, Kelowna, BC :

    My memories of Ellen (and of course Bill too) will always be her (their) warm and generous hospitality and encouragement no matter what the circumstances. It was always like we had a second home when we came to visit! I am sorry I was not able to make the memorial.

    Our deepest sympathy to Dennis (married to my sister Cheryl), to my neice Shannon and nephews Neal and Kevin, and to Murray, Dan, and Brenda and their families.

    Jim, Rose, Megan and Matt

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