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RUMPEL – Illa Leona (nee Pinkney)

 

                                      On April 29, 2011 we kissed “Our Special Lady“ goodbye.

Illa leaves Gordon her loving and caring husband of fifty-nine years; son Glen (Erin); grandchildren Sara (Kyle), Matthew, Lucas and her great-grandson Henry. She also leaves two sisters Phyl (Jim) and Myrt. Illa was predeceased by her son Jimmy; her parents William and Frances; sister Joyce (Gus); brother Glen (Delores); brother-in-law Ken; niece Debbie and nephew Murray.

Many years ago, Illa and Gordon began a love affair with Standardbred horses. It was an important part of her life; she also loved spending time at the stables. Illa’s other pastimes included skiing, waterskiing and golfing. All involved friends and family, whom were of utmost importance in her life. Perhaps Illa was best known for her talents in the kitchen. Growing up on the farm in Saskatchewan taught her how to be a cook and baker extraordinaire. Nobody ate a meal at the Rumpel house that they did not enjoy.

Illa was a friend to all who met her and she will be dearly missed. Thankfully we have many great memories to cherish. Remember her and be inspired to fill your days with care, courage, laughter, love, music and determination.

A Celebration of Illa’s life will be held at Calgary Golf and Country Club (one and one half blocks west of Elbow Drive on 50th Avenue SW) on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

The family appreciates all the love and attention that her wonderful caregivers Charlotte, Madge and Claire provided during her illness. A special thank-you to the staff and management of the Signal Hill Care West.

In living memory of Illa Rumpel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Todd and Nancy Brown :

    Our heartfelt condolences to Gordon, Glen, Erin and family. We love Illa and she was always so nice to us when we occasionally got together. Take care.

    Todd and Nancy

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  2. Linda, Evan, & Bo Ford :

    My heart felt condolence to the Rumpel family. I was around in the early years of her harness racing career Duster, Brett, Willow and the beginning of the great days ahead with Road. Years later when they visited PEI, Mrs. Rumpel knew me by name right off. Mrs. Rumple was a first class lady in every way class was meant to be.
    RIP Mrs. RUMPEL
    Sincerely, Evan Ford

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  3. Jackson Wittup :

    Gord and family:

    My thoughts are with the family on the passing of Illa, although she is in a more comfortable state now, it is always tough to accept. Anytime I talked to Illa she was always consistent in the fact of how much she loved her horses and horse racing.

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  4. Don & Lynn Sider :

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Rumpel. Just wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

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  5. Harold Haining & Family :

    Our thoughts and prayers for you, Gord and Family. It was always such a pleasure to see the joy that Illa brought with her to the races. May you find strength in the coming days.

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  6. Roger and Peg Des Roches :

    Gord and Family;

    Our thoughts go out to all the family, wonderful Lady, wonderful memories.

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  7. Margaret Homenuik :

    My thoughts go out to you Gord and your family. Horse people are special and she was indeed A Very Special Lady.

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  8. Harry & Grace Patrick :

    Our Prayers are With Gord & Glen and Your Family at this time.

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  9. Bob & Joan Hurst :

    Gordon, Glen, Erin & Family

    Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. You have lost a very special person.

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  10. Steve and Cheryle Tihov :

    Gord & Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Your “Special Lady” was Special to everyone who was fortuate enough to have met her.

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  11. Karl and Delaine Kuchinski :

    Our sympathy to you and your family Gordon. We will always cherish the memories of the good times we had.

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  12. Charlie & Marie Blum :

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you Gordie, Glen, Erin & family at this difficult time.
    We will always hold dear pleasant memories of our past.

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  13. Leanne Layne(RUSSELL) :

    My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time of loss in your lives. Illa was always very supportive with a smile that shone through to your heart. Bless you all and May my light be your light on this day.

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  14. Gordon and Karin Bryan :

    The loss of your “special lady” Gordon is a sadness that we all share with you, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  15. RON & SHARRON RAWLUSYK :

    GLEN
    YOU HAVE OUR CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF YOUR MOTHER. IT ALWAYS HARD TO LOSE SOMEONE THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO YOU. YOU ARE IN THOGHTS AND PRAYERS.
    RON AND SHARRON RAWLUSYK
    DRUMHELLER

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  16. Norma Wolters :

    My thoughts are with you, Gordon and your family. Illa was always a special friend to me and we so enjoyed living next door to the Rumpels. I wish you all peace.

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  17. Burke & Trudy Kromm :

    Gordon , Glen , Erin & family . We were deeply saddened to learn of your loss . Our thoughts are with you . Hold tight to memories for comfort.

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  18. Jan & Wayne Berg :

    Dear Illa is at peace. Lovely memories of golfing with her at Willow Park. She always had great stories & a ready smile. As well a good soul and kind heart. Our sympathy to all the family.

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  19. Steve, Dediree and Alexandra Normore :

    Gord, Glen, Erin and family. Although we can not be there with you today for the celebration of Illa’s life, our thoughts are with you all. Illa was a fantastic lady who we enjoyed very much getting to know over the years.

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  20. Bill Tainsh :

    My condolences to you and your family Gord. My our special lady rest in peace.

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  21. On behalf of the HRA Board, staff and the racing and breeding industry of Alberta I would like to express our deepest sympathies in the loss of Illa. Last summer Illa and yourself were gracious to let us into your very home and tape the incredible story of A SPECIAL LADY. The story of Gordon and Illa Rumpel and the amazing connection to the horse A Special Lady touched people across North America. Your story and love for horse racing truly inspired people all across North America and was the receipt of the prestigious USTA Hervey Award for roadcasting in all of North America.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and again I would like to thank you for being such great ambassadors of Alberta horse racing for many decades..

    Horse Racing Alberta Board & Staff

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