Angie Tysseland - Founding Member of Integrity / Saskatoon - Died December 14, 2010

ANGELENE GRACE TYSSELAND 1961 2010 Angelene Grace Tysseland passed peacefully from this life December 14th, 2010 at St. Paul's Hospital at the age of 49. Fondly remembering and celebrating her life are her children Liesl and Nicholas Nostbakken; her mother Ione Tysseland (Art Moen); brothers Sterling (Joyce) and Scott; sister Crystal Baschak (Darrell); dear friend and supporter Ross Nykiforuk; nieces and nephews Sacha Baschak, Sara Tysseland, Michael Baschak, and Trygve Tysseland (Nora); numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as a host of close friends. She now joins her father Alfred Tysseland. Angie was born in Camrose Alberta February 27th, 1961. As a carefree child she lived in four western provinces making good friends everywhere she went. She graduated from LCBI Outlook in 1979 and convocated from the U of S with distinction from the Department of Music in 1984. Her most recent accomplishment was earning a Masters Degree in Conducting in 2009. In 1984 Angie married Joel Nostbakken, father of her children. While juggling a busy musical career her children always came first. Angie's career started by singing and playing the piano in the church where her father was the minister. Later she taught piano lessons and accompanied various church and community groups. After earning her Music degree she supported herself and raised her children with her musical talents. Angie was music and choir director at several churches, spending the most time at St. James Anglican Church and the Refinery in Saskatoon. Angie performed and recorded with various local musicians making a significant contribution to the cultural life of Saskatoon. As well, she devoted time and talent to volunteering which earned her the Woman of Distinction Award in 1999. Angie's artistic career encompassed every aspect of music including composing, publishing, recording and directing. The deeply creative way she lived is aptly described in the following tribute by her friend Alan Kellogg: Above all, in her life and in her work, Angie Tysseland understood, embraced savoured the great and small paradoxes, the big-screen contrasts of the journey, the vicissitudes of the long not nearly long enough walk. The secular and the spiritual, the sacred and the profane, the exceptional and everyday, at home and faraway, parent and lover, bohemian and bourgeois, black bustiers and choir robes and way, way, far beyond, Angie drank deeply. She got it. She made art about it. She looked upstairs. To infinity. And downstairs. The flowers and the garbage. The angels and the bottom-feeders. And for so many, in so many different places, stations, callings, she carried us along with her in the crusade a force majeure not to be denied or trifled with, the ultimate passiveaggressive born-leader in pursuit of a noble goal of her own device. Inspiration. Perspiration this was someone who worked hard and demanded the same from those who joined in the cause. She reveled in victory a positive review, an admiring glance, a soldout house or a successful family outing. But she also (mostly) absorbed the commensurate body blows of public and private endeavour with good grace and the appropriate resigned, worldly-wise shrug as well. Witness the last months of her cruel affliction, endured with courage, practicality and humour. It is true that Angie's musical legacy imparts a degree of immortality to her time on this earth. There is also a premonition harboured among some of us that her splendid canon might find the broad reach it so deserves. But there is no denying that she will be profoundly missed, that this is a tragedy that cannot really be explained away. We grieve. We remember, laugh, weep. A good one a very good, unforgettable one who left this place infinitely better than she found it has fallen. We shall not forget. We will sing from her life's cantata, music from the spheres. Funeral Services will take place at 3rd Avenue United Church on Saturday December 18th 2010 with Prelude Music and Prayer beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the Memorial Service commencing at 11:00 a.m. For those so wishing memorial donations may be made to the Refinery for the Labyrinth Project. Condolences may be sent to mail@saskatoonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME. 244-5577

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