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Ingrid Karla Edith Matilda Chalus

April 09, 1931 - December 23, 2021

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Obituary For Ingrid Karla Edith Matilda Chalus

Ingrid Chalus (nee Moll), resident of Rycroft, AB, passed away peacefully at the Central Peace Health Complex, on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at the age of 90 years.

Ingrid was born in Sexsmith, AB, on April 9, 1931, the eldest of five children. Brought up on a homestead in Westmark, AB, she was plunged into homemaking and caring for others at the age of 13, when her mother became ill with the birth of her youngest child. This left Ingrid, not only with a lifelong dislike of scorched and lumpy sunnyboy porridge, but also with very close ties to her family. After training for a year at a hairdressing school in Seattle, she moved to Rycroft, AB, in 1949, where she met Wasyl “Bill” Chalus. They married in 1953, and Ingrid settled into the routine of being a farm wife, growing a huge garden, keeping chickens and pigs, milking cows and selling cream, as well as working on the farm. She was as the old-timers used to say with approval “a good worker”. Elaine was born in 1956, and Stephen in 1961. While the children were still small, Bill’s widowed mother Elena had a stroke. Ingrid incorporated Elena into the household as well as cared for her at the home for several years until she needed full-time nursing.

A “maker” long before the term became trendy in the creative industries; Ingrid was always engaged in turning ideas into glorious actions and objects. Whether it was in painting, ceramics, clothing, sewing, crocheting, pysanka, eggery, baking, cake decorating or gardening. Her life was spent making beautiful, delicious, or necessary things.

She was both a community maker and (something whose value is all too often under-rated) a genuine homemaker. She was, among other community activities, an active member of the local OORP (Royal Purple) for more than forty years, a founding member of the Spirit River Hospital Auxiliary, and a long-time member of the United Church Women, the Rycroft Library Board and, until she broke her hip in 2019, the Merry Pioneers. She was never one to make her involvement ostentatious, she took part in community service consistently since moving to Rycroft. She was exemplary of a generation of women who believe(d) in the importance of community. As a farm wife and mother, with far fewer labour-saving conveniences than we take for granted today, she always took time out of what was already a busy life to give back to the community and make the area a better place to live.

Always an eclectic reader herself, Ingrid ensured that Elaine and Steve gained a love of reading early and encouraged their education. The resources of the local libraries were supplemented by regular packages of books from the Extension Library in Edmonton, AB. For someone who never loved driving for its own sake, she spent a lot of time on the road over the years, driving the kids to swimming lessons and swim meets in the summers and to piano and figure skating in the winters. She also put her considerable skills as a seamstress to work, making many of her own and most of the children's clothes. At the end of a long day, you would often find her downstairs at her sewing machine, turning out a fancy Halloween costume, a new winter coat, or the latest fashionable outfit for a teenager.

Her greatest love was family; she was always there for others. Not only was she unflappably able to deal with children's nicks, bruises, and lumps, she was also always supportive, kind and caring. As her brother, Jurgen remarked, “she was the pillar of the family”. The family home in Rycroft was where the extended family gathered for holidays and special occasions, and where those needing care or consolation could turn in bad times. When Bill lost his sight and became increasingly frail, she did all she could to ensure that he could stay at home as long as possible. Ingrid was a hands-on grandmother and very proud of her grandchildren, Jessica and Matthew. She loved their company and seeing them grow up, taking part in all their activities.

Ingrid will be sadly missed by her daughter Elaine (Jon Ryan); son Steve (Janet); grandchildren: Jessica (Sam) and Matthew; brother Jurgen Moll; nephews: Miles Cameron, Marcus Moll and Ivan Moll; as well as nieces Roxanne Harvey and Heather (Mike) Wisla.

Ingrid was predeceased by her parents Richard and Else Moll; husband Bill; as well as sisters: Keely, Maria and Katie.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial Donations may be made to Central Peace Health Complex Auxiliary Club (P.O. Box 866, Spirit River, AB, T0H 3G0), or to a charity of one’s choice.

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  • 01/22/2022

    Elaine, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your sweet mom. She was so generous with this duck out of water, just as you were She made my first, best, and only true chicken dinner with the freshest ingredients ever!! I still have her beautiful hand painted pen holder on my teaching desk and my favorite bowl and pitcher set beside my tub. She is still one of the sweetest people I have ever met!! ❤️ Thinking of you always. Kereen

  • 01/11/2022

    Our condolences to the Chalus and the Moll families on the passing of our dear friend , Ingrid! After every visit with her we would comment on what a kind ,caring loving , and gentle person she was! She was so special! We will miss exchanging " good books" with her! Discussing the events of the day. And reminiscing about the " good old days". Fondly remembered by Hartmann & Eileen

  • 01/05/2022

    Your dear Mom was such a kind and caring person. Our Moms were longtime friends and had a lot in common. What a beautiful obituary in her honour. May perpetual light shine upon her, may she Rest In Peace. Vicky & Ed Denis

  • 01/05/2022

    Sending sincere sympathy. May time and your memories help to ease your pain and sorrow. Love from Raymond and Barb.

  • 01/04/2022

    I will always remember Ingrid as a caring, gentle, loving soul. She radiated kindness always. My children and I treasure the Easter eggs that she gave us at the 2013 family reunion. Condolences to all the family. Sharon Woronuk Kupsch

  • 01/04/2022

    We want to say how fortunate we were to have known her and admired all that she was, a true inspiration and wonderful person. Our condolences to you and your families. Ernie and Lynn

  • 01/03/2022

    Ingrid was a fine, loving, caring lady. I miss her enormously and she has left a huge gap in our community. I'm sure heaven was just a little more brighter when she entered. I still see her smiling face. My thoughts and prayers are with Ingrid's family. Godspeed lovely lady, one day we will meet again 💙🙏 Debbie Krefting

  • 01/03/2022

    Sorry to hear of Ingrid's passing! I have some of her Easter eggs, paintings and her ceramics. Fond reminders of a lovely lady! Condolences to Steve, Jan , Jessica, Matthew and Elaine! Hugs and prayers! Joyce and Bob Babuik

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