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FLATO, Ingelore

July 11, 1934 — July 28, 2023

Ingelore Flato passed away peacefully on July 28, 2023, in Kelowna, BC.

Ingelore was predeceased by her loving husband, Ernst Flato; her parents, Erich and Elizabeth Schwaldt; sister Brigette Schwaldt; and many other extended family members and friends.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Diana Fowler, Sandy (Rod) Libke, and Lenora (Brad) Manuel; her grandchildren Amanda Fowler, Andrew (Jennifer) Fowler, Ryan Libke, Corey Libke (Alicia Perry), Mia Papadopoulos, and Yanni Papadopoulos; great-grandchildren Arabella Fowler and Jack Papadopoulos; as well as her siblings Ulrich (Edith) Schwaldt and Heidi (Tony) Piluso; and many loving extended family members and friends.

Ingelore lived her life with grace, poise, compassion, and unconditional love.  Without her realizing it, she made a positive impact on everyone she met.

Ingelore was born on July 11, 1934, in the free city-state of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland), a fact that she was very proud of. Following the war, the family moved to Germany, and then Ingelore followed her true love to Edmonton, Alberta, where she raised her family.  For the last 13 years, she has lived in Kelowna to be near two of her daughters.

Ingelore was not a people person, but rather someone that people would gravitate to.  She was never the life of the party, but she knew how to throw the best parties.  Most of all, she was a “family first” type of person. Indeed, she spent her life devoted to caring for her family. She was a true caregiver. She loved being in the kitchen cooking and baking, sewing entire wardrobes for us, and having the best-looking yard in the neighbourhood.  Once all was quiet, there were warm summer evenings that she and Ernst spent in their backyard.

As well as caring for her family, Ingelore enjoyed camping, fishing, and winning at horseshoes. Her passion late in life became mastering multiple puzzles on her Ipad and spending time with her great-grandchildren.

From her perspective, the glass was always half full.  She took pride in herself. No matter how she was feeling, she got up, got dressed, did her hair, and was grateful for another day. She taught us the meaning of unconditional love.  She was supportive, confident, and a best friend to us all.  By watching the love between Ingelore and Ernst, we learned the true meaning of love.

As were her wishes, there will be no service.

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