Ilze Anita Abell, a cherished mother and grandmother, passed away on June 30th at the age of 85 in Vancouver, B.C. Ilze lived an exuberant and adventurous life, truly embracing every moment. She survived the perils of wartime during her early years in Latvia and later immigrated to Canada as a teenager. Ilze married Harvey Abell in 1960 and together they raised three children. In 2000, she found love once again and married her childhood sweetheart. Ilze was a talented artist, creating beautiful costumes, jewelry, and exquisite old country-style Christmas cards that were highly sought after at craft fairs. She possessed a passion for dancing and self-taught herself to play the accordion. Ilze held onto her cultural heritage, often delighting in singing traditional folk songs with her friends in the Latvian community. Sadly, her recent spouse, Vidvuds Kalnins, passed away last month, leaving behind a void in her life. Ilze is mourned deeply by her children, Colin Fox, Tia Abell (Kevin Lindstrom), and Neil Abell, as well as her former daughter-in-law Heidi Kutschera, Shannon Fischer, and her three cherished grandchildren, Tia Kutschera Lerat, Cyris Abell, and Finn Lindstrom. She also leaves behind countless friends and relatives in Canada and abroad. A lively celebration of Ilze’s remarkable life will take place on Saturday, July 22nd at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. In honor of Ilze’s memory, donations can be made to the BCSPCA, as she held a special place in her heart for their cause. Condolences can be offered at http://www.ForestLawn-Burnaby.com.
Ilze Anita Abell, affectionately known as a beloved mother and grandmother, passed away in Vancouver, B.C. on June 30th at the age of 85. Ilze lived a life filled with vitality, creativity, love, and a sense of adventure. Having experienced the perils of war during her early childhood in Latvia, she eventually migrated to Canada as a teenager alongside her parents. In 1960, Ilze tied the knot with her first husband, Harvey Abell, and together they raised three children. In the year 2000, fate intervened, and she reunited with her childhood sweetheart, marrying him. Ilze’s artistic talents shone through various creative outlets, including designing costumes, crafting exquisite jewelry, and painting charmingly nostalgic Christmas cards, which became quite popular at craft fairs. Alongside her artistic endeavors, she found joy in dancing and taught herself to play the accordion. Ilze proudly embraced her cultural heritage, frequently bonding with friends in the Latvian community through the harmonious singing of traditional folk songs. Tragically, her recent husband, Vidvuds Kalnins, passed away just a month ago, leaving a void in her life. Fondly remembered, Ilze will forever hold a special place in the hearts of her children – Colin Fox, Tia Abell (Kevin Lindstrom), and Neil Abell, her former daughter-in-law Heidi Kutschera, Shannon Fischer, her three grandchildren – Tia Kutschera Lerat, Cyris Abell, and Finn Lindstrom, as well as numerous friends and relatives both in Canada and overseas. An uplifting celebration of Ilze’s vibrant life will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. To honor Ilze’s memory, donations in her name to the BCSPCA, an organization close to her heart, would be greatly appreciated. Visit http://www.ForestLawn-Burnaby.com to extend your condolences.
We mourn the loss of Ilze Anita Abell, a remarkable mother and grandmother, who passed away at the age of 85 in Vancouver, B.C. on June 30th. Ilze lived an extraordinary life defined by her vivacity, creativity, love for others, and an adventurous spirit that knew no bounds. Her early years in Latvia were marked by the dangers of wartime, yet she remained resilient, ultimately relocating to Canada as a teenager in the company of her parents. Ilze engaged in a lifetime commitment when she married Harvey Abell in 1960 and together they welcomed three children into the world. In the year 2000, destiny played its part, reuniting Ilze with her childhood sweetheart, thus becoming the second chapter in her romantic journey. Through her various artistic pursuits, including designing costumes, crafting one-of-a-kind jewelry, and painting captivating Christmas cards inspired by old country aesthetics, Ilze left an indelible mark on those who admired her work. Her talent extended beyond the arts, demonstrating her impressive self-taught abilities on the accordion. Ilze remained rooted in her cultural heritage, forming strong bonds with her friends in the Latvian community, delighting in the tradition of singing age-old folk songs. Our hearts ache for Ilze’s recent loss – her husband Vidvuds Kalnins, who passed away only a month ago. Ilze’s children Colin Fox, Tia Abell (Kevin Lindstrom), and Neil Abell, along with her former daughter-in-law Heidi Kutschera, and Shannon Fischer, grieve alongside her cherished grandchildren – Tia Kutschera Lerat, Cyris Abell, and Finn Lindstrom. As her loss reverberates both in Canada and abroad, her impact is evident in the profound number of friends and relatives left to mourn. The celebration of Ilze’s vibrant life will transpire on Saturday, July 22nd at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. In recognition of Ilze’s affection for animals, donations made in her memory to the BCSPCA would be a fitting tribute to her legacy. Share your condolences at http://www.ForestLawn-Burnaby.com.