Ilse von Glatz

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ILSE von GLATZ, BFA, ND Ilse von Glatz died peacefully on Friday, May 2, 2014 at Hill House Hospice in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Ilse was welcomed into this world by her parents, Heinrich and Elfreide von Glatz on August 21, 1958. Predeceased by her parents when she was a small child, her step-mother, Dr. Gesina Janssen of Toronto, also predeceased, raised Ilse. Ilse lived an engaged and passionate life, pursuing personal and spiritual growth. She touched all she met. She lived her life gracefully with dignity and style. Ilse filled her 55 years with good food, champagne, her beloved pets and many enduring friendships. Following her graduation from Branksome Hall, in Toronto, Ilse studied at Maxim's de Paris and was a lifelong gourmet chef. Her greatest pleasure was preparing meals for friends (or for just herself!). She worked as a chef, and catered with Sperling's, Toronto and David Wood Catering. Ilse also studied theatre at York University obtaining a BFA in 1984. She was a gifted actor and model, who worked in TV, film and on stage at Theatre Dortmund, Germany. Ilse adored "the movies" - often taking in a mid-week matinee. Her annual Academy Award ritual involved ballots, wine, a gourmet creation and phone commentary with a bevy of friends near and far. In her 30s, Ilse went on to study medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating and practicing as a Doctor of Naturopathy in Toronto. Ilse had a lifelong love for animals, which led her to rescue and care for countless cats. She provided a loving home for her dogs, budgies and, of course, "les chats"! Her passion for animals led to operating Happy Tails Inn, a successful pet boarding kennel for 15 years in Stouffville, Ontario. Ilse is lovingly remembered by her cousin, Tina Landert and by Ilse's German relatives: Hartmut, Inge, Almut, Dietland and Jan Knipper. Johanna Morgan ("Bibi"), "Aunt Henne," Brad Wright, Justin and Alisha Robinson and William and Sarah Rosenblat also cherish Ilse's memory. We are Ilse's "sisters of the heart" who treasure her friendship and memory - Aruna Mitra, Sue Rosenblat, Heather D. Swain, Carolyn Loucks, Maria Egevari and Patricia O'Connor. Thank you to the Oncology Department at Markham Stouffville Hospital and the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital where Ilse participated in clinical research trials, "... to help other women". Thank you also to the York CCAC Palliative Care team and the Hill House Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. Ilse requested no funeral. She asked that any donations be made to Hill House Hospice, 36 Wright Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4C 4A1 E-mail: [email protected]

Published in the Toronto Star on May 17, 2014