After a courageous struggle with cancer which she faced as a “challenge and adventure,” Elaine Van Tol passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at the age of 53 years.
Elaine was born on June 8, 1950 and was raised on the farm in Pincher Creek, AB. While in school she met her future husband, Richard Van Tol. They married in 1971. After a couple of moves following Richard’s career path they settled in Pincher Creek, where their children, Tony and Paula, filled their home. In 1989 the family moved to Cochrane where Elaine continued in her role of homemaker and mother. Her family was always appreciative of her and with their encouragement, she became a real estate agent. She worked with Royal LePage Cochrane where her fellow employees became valued friends. Elaine thrived on the challenges of her new-found job.
She also loved to curl, bowl, and to keep in touch with both friends and family via her phone. Elaine had a passion for flowers of any kind and in her spare time, she liked to sew, knit and crochet. She was always an optimist and friends and family will always treasure memories of her quick smile, her laughter, and her gentle nudge to find the best in any situation.
Elaine is survived by her husband Richard, and their children Tony and Paula (Trevor). She is also survived by her sisters Diana (Roy) Reed and Lynda (Ken) Cook; mother-in-law Vi Van Tol; sister-in-law Roselyn Jack; brother-in-law Allan (Jenny) Trodden; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Elaine was predeceased by her parents, Buck and Louise Jack; her brother Rick Jack; her father-in-law Dick Van Tol; and sister-in-law Karin Trodden.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church (128 ? 1st Street East, Cochrane) on Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Heather Koots officiating. A Family Graveside Service will be held in Pincher Creek at a later date. To forward condolences go to www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 944-2433.
In living memory of Elaine Van Tol, a tree will be planted at Nose Creek Valley by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences