September 2, 1962 – May 26, 2015

Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of Ingrid Janssen in Calgary on Tuesday, May 26 at the age of 52. She spent her final days the way she chose to spend her life, surrounded by family.
Ingrid was born on Labour Day in 1962 to Gert and Dora Janssen, and spent a happy child-hood in Calgary, where she grew up and graduated from Sir Winston Churchill High. In her teens she met her best friend and love of her life, Jeff Schellenberg, at Camp Valaqua, a significant place throughout their lives.
After attending CBI in BC and CMBC in Winnipeg, Ingrid and Jeff were married at Camp Valaqua in 1985. They attended university in Winnipeg and Quebec City, with Ingrid completing her education degree in French at College St. Boniface. She further expanded her language skills by learning Spanish while she and Jeff traveled in Central America. She then expanded their family, returning to Calgary pregnant with their first child, Anna, born in 1989.
Shortly thereafter they moved to Winnipeg where their 3 sons, Nikolai, Eli, and Sasha were born. The importance of extended family drew them back to Alberta where they began work as managers of Camp Valaqua. Ingrid began home schooling their 4 children and soon became very involved with the home schooling community, taking on the role of assessing and visiting other students and families even after her children had graduated.
If she wasn’t in her garden, Ingrid could be found cross country skiing, cycling, painting, at her potter’s wheel, riding and caring for horses, bee keeping or playing beautiful music.
She is greatly missed by her other half, Jeff, her children, Anna, Niko (Breanne), Eli and Sasha, her parents, Gert and Dora Janssen, mother-in-law Ina Schellenberg, siblings Vera (Jack/John), Karen (Rick), Conrad (Kelly) and Moni (Bartek); siblings-in-law Terry (Brenda), Mike (Sylvia), Gail, Craig (Patricia), Bob (Sandi) and Kim (Byron), as well as her many nieces and nephews, who adored her. She was predeceased by father-in-law John Schellenberg and sister-in-law Karen Beriault.
Special thanks to the staff at Foothills Hospital, in particular Grace and Trudy in Unit 102,
and Dr. Jay Easaw for the gift of hope.

A time to celebrate Ingrid’s life will be held at Dalhousie Community Church, 5511 Baroc Rd, NW, Calgary, on Monday, June 1, at 2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Ingrid’s memory, may be made to Camp Valaqua, Town-ship Rd 300, Water Valley, AB T0M 2E1 or MCC Alberta, 2946 32 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7.
“My life flows on in endless song”

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  1. On 28/05/2015 at 7:34 pm Elsie Geddert Said:

    I am so sorry to hear of Ingrid’s death. May God be with you and your family, Jeff, as you grieve and adjust to the loss of a loved one so young.

  2. On 30/05/2015 at 4:20 am Peter&KaetheGiesbrecht Said:

    We are sorry for the loss of your wife,your Mother .Special to Niko&Breanne.Breanne & Niko are our Grandchildren.You and your Family are in our prayers.God bless you.

  3. On 30/05/2015 at 5:47 am Arlene & Bill Said:

    Sending love to you all…
    Arlene & Bill, Winnipeg

  4. On 30/05/2015 at 12:32 pm John, Iris, Johan, Heywood, Sammy and Wesley Piera Said:

    Dear Jeff, Anna, Nikolai, Eli and Sasha,

    On behalf of my family, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your wife/mom. Every time I came to Camp Valaqua I made a point of seeing if Ingrid was on site so I could say hi because I enjoyed her company. She was a very caring, considerate and friendly person. I bumped into her about a month ago at Costco where we had a chance to visit for a few minutes. The loss of Ingrid will be felt throughout the Camp Valaqua community and Foothills Mennonite community.


  5. On 30/05/2015 at 7:18 pm Thomas & Lucy Said:

    Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of Ingrid – such a beautiful, lovely woman!
    Our prayers are with you.

    Thomas & Lucy Dueck