Elke Ingrid Blodgett

Elke Ingrid Blodgett

Birth
Stadtkreis Leipzig, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Death 15 Feb 2018 (aged 81)
Edmonton Census Division, Alberta, Canada
Burial Cremated, Specifically: ashes scattered
Memorial ID 187367940 · View Source
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Elke has been described as having a 'colourful' personality. She was well known for her efforts to save the environment. Elke was also recognised as a Master Potter, her creations are on display in various places around Alberta.

An excerpt from a speech given during the unveiling of her "rock" 15 Sept 2011 describes her quite well.

During the mayor’s address, he stated that Elke said she had spent the first third of her life being an artist, the second third working on the environment, but she hadn’t yet told him what she will do with the last third. We’re still waiting to hear.

At that point Elke stuck up her hand and said “I’m going to run for mayor”, much to the amusement of the crowd.

Elke accompanied me on many road trips to cemeteries around Edmonton. She will be missed.

Obituary published in The Edmonton Journal on Feb. 24, 2018
BLODGETT, Elke Ingrid
"Death is as much a reality as birth, growth, maturity and old age. It is the one certainty of life." Elke Blodgett, raku potter and long-time environmental and political activist, moved on to another world surrounded by family and friends in a poetic, song-filled passage on February 15, 2018 in Edmonton, AB.
Elke was born in Leipzig, Germany, on November 18, 1936. As a young woman, she lived briefly in France and the US, where she earned a BA, before making her home in St. Albert and near the Pembina River, where she designed and built, by hand, her dream home, the "woodshouse." For decades she fought tirelessly to protect Big Lake and the Sturgeon River and kept St. Albert City Council on its toes. The City of St. Albert recognized her commitment to the environment by naming a peninsula in Riel Pond "Elke's Point."
While raising her three children she built the woodshouse, knit countless socks and sweaters, made mukluks and parkas, became a raku potter, and taught raku firing and kiln building. Her clay works are in collections worldwide including at the Banff Centre, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the Consulate-General of Japan. In 2016 she received the (St. Albert) Mayor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
Her love of gardening, wild mushrooms, dandelion fritters, killer eggnog, and potent chokecherry wine will live on through her children and her much-loved grandchildren. She is also remembered by her sister and brother in Germany.
A celebration of Elke's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to BLESS (Big Lake Environment Support Society, PO Box 65053, St Albert, AB T8N 1R9).

Elke's ashes were scattered at her beloved Wood's House 8 September 2018 .


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  • Created by: Alison
  • Added: 16 Feb 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 187367940
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elke Ingrid Blodgett (18 Nov 1936–15 Feb 2018), Find A Grave Memorial no. 187367940, ; Maintained by Alison (contributor 46917968) Cremated, who reports a ashes scattered.