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July 14, 1991 - August 27, 2012
Isaak Kornelsen died tragically in a collision on August 27 while biking to work along Whyte Avenue.
A bright student, lifelong runner, gifted musician, creative spirit, and thoughtful, loving friend, he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and teammates. Though he was exceptionally talented in many areas, his work ethic and humility were an inspiration to all. He was passionate about running, learning Swedish, vegetarianism, and his job as a server and cook at Cafe Mosaics.
Isaak is survived by his parents, Nikki Ellis and Kevin Kornelsen; his sister, Al; his grandparents, Donelda (Walter) Parker, Heidi and Rudy Kornelsen, and Robert (Wendy) Ellis; and his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1 at McKernan Baptist Church (11103 - 76 Avenue). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society or to an environmental charity of your choice.

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Published in Edmonton Journal on Aug. 31, 2012.
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August 29, 2013
The Cassidy family
August 19, 2013
April 21, 2013
I know this is bit late and I don't know if anyone will see this, but Isaac has never been far from my thoughts since the accident. As a regular customer at Cafe Mosaics, perhaps I did not know him as well as many of his close friends or family, but I felt that we connected on some level. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face when I went to the restaurant and also hoped that at some point we would actually be able to be friends. Now hearing more about him, I realize there were so many different things we would have had in common: music, running, and vegetarianism. I know this sounds corny, but this experience has taught me to never underestimate the value of acquaintances and to not wait when I want to build friendships. I will never forget Isaac, my life is richer for having even met him.
December 3, 2012
I just found out yesterday about Isaak from Malcolm D. What to say? My prayers are with you all. You may have moved from your old neighborhood, but you're not forgotten.
Peace to all.

Donald Panton
October 10, 2012
Isaak was easily one of the nicest people I have ever met. He was bright and filled with an inextinguishable brightness that will always reminded me just how much one person's smile and optimism can make such a tremendous positive impact on the people around you. I'll never forget his kindness.
October 1, 2012
Highly intelligent, athletic and musically gifted. All these things come to mind when I remember Isaak. But my overwhelming memory is of a very humble young man with a gentle spirit.

Nikki, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts.
Jeannie Poole
September 14, 2012
Alana, I'm sorry to hear about your brother.
Alex Konye
September 10, 2012
Kevin, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. While I never knew your son, he sounded so much like you. I am so sorry for your loss.
David Buckley
September 7, 2012
I didn't know Isaak personally, but I knew him as my favorite waiter at Cafe Mosaics who always served us with a smile and was always so cheery. You could tell he truly had a passion for life, and I will miss his smiling face when we eat at his restaurant in the future. xoxo
Lindsay Schreiner
September 4, 2012
To Isaak's family:

I had the honor to know Isaak and run in Edmonton Thunder with him and Alanna.

My brother Curtis told me of what happened recently and I was shocked.

I remember Isaak as so bright, so full of light, so intelligent and talented. Although his passing is sad, please feel solace in how much he touched even the most distant of acquaintances on his journey.

Sending you all support.
Chandra Merry
September 4, 2012
Nikki, Kevin and Alana

My heart is breaking for your family. I remembered very well when Nikki showed me newborn Isaak. He was beautiful baby, was able to see him grew up into fine boy till we moved away.
He will be greatly missed by many friends, families, neighbours. Your family is in our mind.
Old Neighbour, The Kvarnberg family.
Nyla Kurylowich
September 4, 2012
Dear Kevin,
I am shocked and saddened to hear of Isaak's passing. My thoughts are with you.
Dave Percy
September 4, 2012
To the Kornelsen Family,

We both went to Avalon with Isaak and we have nothing but good memories of him in class and at band camp. He was well liked by everyone we knew and admired by so many people for his brilliance, talent, and dedication. We would always compete for the highest marks with him but he always managed to be the best. Isaak was an unforgettable person and we feel lucky to have known him. Your family is in our thoughts and we hope that you know he touched so many peoples lives.
Camille and Anna
September 3, 2012
Dear Nikki and Alana,

We've met only a few times and always through your Mom and Grandmother, Donelda, with whom we regularly walk. We learned of the tragic accident while trying to track down Donelda last Wednesday. Over the years we have heard so much about Isaak and his accomplishments. Our shock and sadness can no doubt not approach what you are experiencing. But please know that our thoughts and hearts are with you all.

Lynn Kagan, one of the Vancouver walking group.
LynnKagan Kagan
September 3, 2012
Dear Kevin, Nikki and Alana,
We only knew Isaak as a precious and delightful baby during our time at McLaurin Memorial Baptist Church (before moving east twenty years ago.) Our hearts mourn with you in this time of pain, sorrow, and heartache. You continue to be in our prayers and in the midst of your grief we ask God to bring you comfort moment by moment. May wonderful memories of Isaak also help to soothe your grieving hearts.
With our thoughts, prayers, and care,
Pastor Frank, Donna and Julia Guinta (Dartmouth, NS) and Jonathan Guinta (Calgary)
September 3, 2012
I had the honor of teaching Isaak Mathematics at Strathcona High School. He was a wonderful young man, brilliant, humble, funny and a great athlete. I was unable to attend the funeral, but my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. He will be missed.
Darlene Scammell
September 3, 2012
Kevin, Nikki and Alana,
News of Isaak reached us when we got back to Edmonton today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your Parkallen neighbours
Bev Zubot & Bob Gephart
September 1, 2012
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Tim & Deanna Bensler
September 1, 2012
In all ways, Isaac epitomized what was best and beautiful in a life well-lived. Your pain at this time is more than any of us can even imagine. I am not able to attend the service today, but please know that I will be holding you up in prayer today and continuing on. May it bring you some comfort to feel the prayers of many people on earth and in heaven supporting you.
Vicki Webb, a former teacher at Avalon
Vicki Webb
September 1, 2012
Kevin, Nikki, and Alana
Although we will never know the grief you are experiencing, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Prudens, Parkallen
September 1, 2012
Our Deepest Sympathies on the loss of Isaak. He will be greatly missed.
Walkedens and Kings
September 1, 2012
Nikki, Kevin, Al, and the extended Ellis and Kornelsen families:

When Isaak smiled, his whole face lit up. The countless heartfelt tributes to him attest to how he also lit up the lives of those around him.

Nikki and Kevin, you raised a son who made the world a better place. Thank you.

We are so very sorry for your loss.

The Fenske/Finlay family
Susan Fenske
September 1, 2012
Dear Nikki, Kevin & Alana,

Words cannot express how I feel. I was lucky to have Isaak be a part of my life. I cherish my memories of him and remember his youthful spirit with fondness.
Drew Carver
September 1, 2012
I didn't have the honor of knowing Isaak but I'm a mother and a grandmother and I feel for you in your sorrow at this great loss.
Valerie Smith
August 31, 2012
It was my great privilege to be Isaak's Math 31 AP teacher at Strathcona High School. It was, for me, a wonderful opportunity to work with someone so brilliant and with such a passion for learning. Isaak was, in his quiet, determined way, an inspiration to his teachers and to his peers and his leadership at Scona will not be forgotten. He will always be my special "Mathlete". My heart is breaking as I think of the excrutiating grief that the tragedy of his loss has brought to so many, especially to his family.
Heather Baile
August 31, 2012
My deepest sympathies goes out Issack family on this terrible lost, my son Nick Pasin went to school with Issack in junior high and high school, Nick would say he is smart and in such a
nice kid, we will miss Isssck, our heart and prayers goes out to the family
Carolyn Joseph-Pasin
August 31, 2012
Our deepest condolences to your family. Isaak was a beautiful man that has left a legacy of love and respect to all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Carma,Craig,Briana,Rachel and Megan Leach
Carma Leach
August 31, 2012
To Isaak's family and friends,

My daughter and Isaak were classmates at Strathcona and members of the same graduating class. Alana always spoke of Isaak with warmth and appreciation for his unique and beautiful personality. I had the privilege of hearing Isaak's valediction and seeing the great affection his classmates had for him and their appreciation of his insights. We have made a donaton to the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society to honour Isaak's memory.

With deepest sympathy,

Liz, Alana and David Sawyer
Liz Sawyer
August 31, 2012
Kevin & Nikki Ellis & family:
We were your neighbors for a while in Parkallen and just heard the news about Isaak and were absolutely shocked and wish to send our love and prayers in these difficult times.
John and Vicky & Chrisy Kitsco
August 31, 2012
Kevin, Nikki, Alana: It is with shock and sorrow we learned of the tragic passing of your beloved Isaak. No words can convey our sympathies. We all remember a gifted person who excelled in music, academics and athletics. Please know we are praying for you and will continue to do so.
Martin, Loretta, Emily, Laura Friedrich
August 31, 2012
To the Kornelsen family: I didn't know Issak, but I have two boys of my own who are the same age. My heart is breaking for you. I am very very sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace.
Pam Tucker
August 31, 2012
Nikki, Alanna and Kevin,

My heart goes out to you and your family. What a loss to lose Isaak - his kind and committed spirit will live on. My thoughts are with you.
Heather Morrison and Peter and Graham Clyne
Heather Morrison
August 31, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Nikki. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
The Edmonton Columbians
August 31, 2012
Kevin, Nikki and Alana -Our prayers and our heartfelt sadness are with you at this time. Isaak was an inspiration to all of us young and old. He filled his life with a purpose daily and always kept a smile on his face no matter what the situation. He will be missed but I now that there is one more angel in Heaven.
Donna Terlecki
August 31, 2012
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family Nikki. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Lisa Oszust and Family
August 31, 2012
Stephen Kiss
August 31, 2012
What a wonderful son. Isaak may have left under the saddest circumstances we have ever heard. but his spirit will never leave. He left a wonderful inspiration to all who had the pleasure to meet him and those who didn't get the chance. Please accept our heartfelt condolances and know that he left a wonderful memory and he will always be around to our son and Isaak's many friends.
Maurice,Dorothy and Christopher Cassidy
August 31, 2012
Kevin, Nikki and Alanna; we are so deeply sadden and very shocked to hear about the untimely passing of Isaak. We cannot even imagine the grief you are experiencing. We are thankful to God that we had the privilege of knowing Isaak and he will always be a part of our good time memories while living across the street from you all in Parkallen. We wish we could be there to support you in person but please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers regardless of distance. HUGS AND LOVE.
Douglas, Lana, Mark, Nathanael and Timothy Olsen
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