It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister in law and aunt, Eleanor Nordal on December 22, 2021 in Edmonton Alberta at the age of 91.
She was born in Winnipeg to Jonina Vestmann (nee Bjarnason) and Einar Vestmann, she grew up in Winnipeg and Gimli Manitoba. Eleanor was an inspiration to may through her art, she adored bright colors and enjoyed painting and creating throughout her life. She was very proud of her Icelandic heritage and participated in the Islendingadagurinn festival art show for many years, winning numerous awards, including best in show. Her children and grandchildren all have her paintings in their homes. She worked as a teacher’s aide and travel agent, but most of all she loved being a mother, amma and langamma. In retirement Eleanor and her husband Norman Nordal of 60 years travelled frequently and lived in Iceland for a year, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
She is survived by her three children, daughter Jonina (Randall), their children Carly (Derek), Stephanie (Omar), Tyler (Jade) and Solveig, son Kristjan (Ruth) and their children Alicia (Denver), Teifur, Kolton and Jenae, and daughter Evelyn and son Gunnar and one great granddaughter Allie. Sister-in-law Guðny, niece Ruth (Ron)and their children Adina and Zevi, nephew Victor and daughter Natalie as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Iceland.
Eleanor had a kind heart, was generous, friendly, compassionate and resilient, she had a great sense of humor, a bright smile, inspired us to follow our dreams, and loved to laugh. If you were fortunate enough to meet her, to be loved by her, be glad. This isn’t the end, she will welcome you once again with open arms.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, Manitoba. Click the following link to view the service http://youtu.be/NIrunnhIgKc
She will be buried in the family plot in Arborg Manitoba beside her mother and husband.
Rest in Peace
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