It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Elli Janke at the age of 72 years. Elli passed away in her home with family at her side on September 24, 2012.
Elli, who was our matriarch, our foundation, our love, will be forever missed by her husband, Helmut, and her three sons, Derek (Dawn), Robert (Erica) and Paul (Danielle). Elli was the most gracious grandmother to Devin, Karmen, Landon and Adison. She will be lovingly remembered by her niece, Tanya and nephew, Tristan and their families. She was also cherished by extended family in Germany and the many friends she touched.
Elli was born in Helenowo, Poland on March 14, 1940 to German farming parents. She emigrated from Germany to Canada in 1963 and later married the love of her life, Helmut in 1967. They had their first son, Derek, in 1969 and Robert in 1972 and then moved to Vernon where they welcomed Paul in 1975. Elli wanted her sons to have great education and was always very proud and supportive. She was involved in the Youth Soccer council while her boys were young and remained a dedicated soccer mom-grandmother throughout her life. Elli loved a good soccer match. Elli began practising Tai Chi in 1981, belonging to a core group who brought Tai Chi to Vernon. She very quickly became a committed instructor who loved helping others learn for almost 30 years. Elli also enjoyed being in the kitchen cooking healthful meals for her family and friends. Her table was always beautifully decorated with her flowers from the garden, her roses being her favorite.
Elli was both student and teacher throughout her life. She very eagerly studied numerous alternative teachings, healings and everything natural and organic, and then very graciously shared her knowledge and wisdom with others. She was always the most generous, thoughtful and supportive person to her family and friends but also to anyone who was in need.
In more recent years, Elli was the most devoted grandmother (Oma or Omi), which brought her such joy. She loved getting in her little red car, driving the kids to their activities and taking them anywhere they wanted to go. She made sure that each of them knew how special they were during their many outings and weekend sleepovers. They are incredibly blessed to have had her.
“Dear wife, mom, Oma and friend – WE say Goodbye now so that we may say hello later.”
Elli’s family would like to thank the many people who came to visit her, hold her hand, laugh with her and pray for her during her battle. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Centre for Awakening Spiritual Growth OR the Taoist Tai Chi Society.
A celebration of Elli’s life will be held on Sunday, October 14th at 1:00 at the Tai Chi Centre, 3105-28th Street.