June 24, 1935 – February 20, 2021
It’s with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ellen Mary Kapler on February 20, 2021 at the age of 85.
Ellen was a fierce and sassy woman who always knew how to have the greatest time. Whether celebrating holidays and birthdays with her family or enjoying neighborhood get togethers with friends, Ellen was often the life of the party. She spent many years enjoying the sun in her backyard and everyone was always welcome to join her at the table for a drink (or two). One thing for sure was you never needed an invitation because everyone was always welcome.
Her love for her children and friends was only exceeded by her love for her grandchildren. Fiercely protective and always their number one fan, Ellen would do anything to make them happy. She loved “wine nights” with her grandchildren and made sure she got all the hottest gossip. She loved when any of them would pop in for lunch or a visit, even if it was just a quick one. She always made sure you left full of treats and love. When the great-grandchildren began to be born, she couldn’t be happier to spoil them down to the last drop. Her face lit up with excitement if she knew she was going to have a visit with them. She always wanted to make sure everyone was taken care of. She truly was the best Nana any of us could ask for.
Ellen loved window shopping at the mall and venturing the aisles of Walmart, Home Depot and Costco; often collecting treats for her home, yard, or her family. If she thought you needed it, she made sure you got it. She enjoyed crafting and creating beautiful decorations and sewing all sorts of items from dresses, to pajamas and even the odd Halloween costume. She also loved her pets (and all of ours). Whether it was dogs, parrots or kitties, she loved to snuggle them and always enjoyed having a little companion.
Often competitive in a game of cards, Trouble or Tile Rummy, Ellen knew the value of working hard but playing even harder. She was always ready to play a game with you or catch one on TV. A die-hard Oilers, Eskimos, Seahawks, Olympics, curling and figure skating fan, you would often find her yelling at the TV and cheering her teams on. It’s only fitting that she passed the night of back to back Battle of Alberta games, and only once she was certain the Oilers weren’t going to lose their 7-1 lead. She truly got to enjoy her last moments doing what she loved.
Nothing made her happier than knowing her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were taken care of and loved and was very proud of the people they all became. A lover of dark rum, shrimp rings and root beer floats, we know she will keep the party going until we can all be together again.
Ellen leaves behind her four children; David (Patti), Rick (Lisa), Barbara (Joe) and Kelly; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; her brother Robert Prince and aunt Gertrude Clow.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Ellen’s name.
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel