Ivan Samuel Kreller

Ivan Samuel Kreller

February 27, 1932 to February 12, 2023

Ivan Kreller, of Hanover,  passed peacefully at the Hanover & District Hospital on Sunday, February 12, 2023 in his 91st year. 

Ivan's passion for education earned him positions from teaching in one room schools to Principalship at Wellesley Public School and then Harriston Public/Senior Public School. He wed Norma Fischer in 1955 and they had 4 children. Ivan was an active member of the community serving the Town of Harriston, Palmerston Hospital and St Mathews Church. The memories of companionship, with friends and family were cherished collected from the years living in Wellesley, Harriston, Amberley and the Hanover area.

Ivan is survived by his loving daughters Cindy Whytock of Neustadt, Elisa Kreller of Vancouver, and Paula  (Edward) Hale of Georgetown.  Loved by his grandchildren Wes (Andrea) Whytock, Tom (Christie) Whytock, Brad (Amanda) Whytock, Jenna (Maitland) Underwood, Cassandra (Steve) Renton, Leslie Hale (Julian) and Nicholas (Haley) Hale, and five great grandchildren: Ethan, Tegan, Avery, Keeton and Birkson.  He is also survived by his in-laws Susie Kreller, Doris Fischer, Larry and Rose Fischer, and Sandra and Cam Dougall as well as many nieces, nephews, and their families. Predeceased by his wife Norma (nee Fischer), son David, parents Menno and Christina (nee Lantz) and siblings Elmer, Edwin, Fred, Irene and Sam, and brother-in-law Armand Fischer. 

Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service held at St. Matthew’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Hanover on Friday, February 17, 2023 at 1pm. Private family Inurnment in Hanover Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to St. Matthew’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Hanover or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. 

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Public Condolences

Paula , Eliza and Cindy -Mr . Kreller was kind, firm and fair; attributes of a good leader and ,I am sure , also as a good father. I remember his smile best. I am very sorry for your loss.
Elizabeth Eisner (Richardson)

- Elizabeth Eisner
February 21, 2023

Cindy, Eliza and Paula and families
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad, Ivan.
Elwood and I had good times with Ivan and Norma.
Eliza we enjoyed having you in our home.
Ivan will be missed by all who knew him.

- Marj. Douglas and family
February 20, 2023

Sympathy to you girls. Good to have memories of happy times.our thoughts are with you. We Iost Dean to Ftd in January So know the feeling of loss.

- Neil and Joan Murray
February 18, 2023

With great sympathy to the family on the passing of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. Many happy memories we have of the times spent with both parents for many years.
Paul and Rose Rae

- Paul and Rose Rae
February 18, 2023

Cindy, Lisa and Paula.... It is with deep sadness that I just heard the news
of your father's passing yesterday from Rosie in B..C.
I have been in to visit Ivan several times since losing my sister Edna who had been
living there too.The three of us would have coffee together and chat about
old times and the fun we had.
Your mother was one of my best long time friends, and still miss her.
Lisa, so glad you brought your father up for a lovely visit here at my house
in Thornbury last year, he so enjoyed it, as did we.
He will now be embracing Norma and David, and in a new place with Peace.
I send you all, and your families my Love.
Would have been there yesterday, had I known.
Big Hugs,

- Florence Farr
February 18, 2023

So sorry for the loss of your father. He will be remembered fondly by so many.

- Bonnie Mantler
February 17, 2023

We are sending our sympathies to all Kreller kids.I,Nancy taught with Ivan at Harriston Senior and I taught David.In times like these John and I have been comforted by Leonard Cohen's words..."So come my friends be not afraid.We are so lightly here.It is in love that we are made and in love we disappear." Thinking of each of you as you cherish the life of a father and grandfather. Nancy &John Patterson

- Nancy and John Patterson
February 17, 2023

Hi Cindy; Sorry to hear of the passing of your Father.

- Huck & Sandra
February 16, 2023

We wish to extend our sympathy to our neighbour Cindy and her sisters in the passing of their father. Our memories of Ivan and Norma goes back many years to Normanby.

- Harry & Ruth Bender
February 16, 2023

My condolences on the passing of your father.

- Brenda Pfeffer
February 16, 2023

Joanne and I wish to express our sincere condolences at the passing of Ivan. we had many great times as we travelled to Federation banquets. I especially think of Paula and David since I taught them. I didn't know of his passing.
Treasure all the memories.

- Don & Joanne Matthews
February 16, 2023

To Mr. Ivan Kreller I loved riding passed your place in Harriston when on my way to school. There were lots of memories I remember about David too now you are reunited with your Norma and David.. To your daughters you have great memories of your dad he always taught us students to be kind to one another.. that stuck with me while growing up.. Rest In Peace Mr. Ivan Kreller 🙏😢

- Carolyn Newman
February 15, 2023

Dear Kreller Family
Sincere sympathy to all of you on your Dad's passing
We cherish the good memories of all the good times we enjoyed with your Mom & Dad. Our thoughts and prayers will be there with you on Friday. Due to our health issues we can't be there. Love & Hugs from
Shirley & Ron

- Ron & Shirley Higgins
February 15, 2023

Eliza, Paula and Cindy
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of your father.
A special thought that comes to mind is that they are now together again.
We have many fond memories of happy times with your family.
Our thoughts are with you.
Judy & Joe Kosalle and family

- Judy & Joe Kosalle
February 15, 2023

Paula just heard the sad news your Dad passed. Condolences on the loss of your loved one. We wish you and all the family courage and strength to get through this very difficult time.
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely Margaret and John McPherson

- Margaret no John McPherson
February 15, 2023

Our condolences to the Kreller family We will miss Ivan as we do Norma. We had a lot of great times together. Ron and Gerry Leslie

- Ron and Gerry Leslie
February 15, 2023

My condolences Paula, Cindy, Lisa and families. I'm sure it's a difficult time for you. Hold on to the good memories.

- Sandy Lawless
February 15, 2023

Paula and Ed… sending hugs and prayers to you and your family. We will be thinking of you on Friday as you celebrate the life of your wonderful Dad❤️Love Michael and Susan

- Michael and Susan Hale
February 14, 2023

Paula and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the fond memories and remember to share his stories.
My condolences
Denese Killoran

- DENESE Killoran
February 14, 2023

Paula, Ed, and families - we wish you peace, comfort, and lots of love at this difficult time. Sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this.

- Jane and Grant McDonald
February 14, 2023

Sending hugs to all the krellers

- Way Julie
February 14, 2023

We are so sorry to hear of Ivan's passing. Ivan's vast knowledge and gentle demeanor made him a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.

- Cliff and Laurel Andrews
February 14, 2023

Our sincere condolences to Ivan's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult times.
Joan, Dale and Alvin Hershey

- Joan & Dale Hershey
February 14, 2023

Sincere sympathy to Norma and family in the loss of Ivan.. enjoyed his friendship and music talents....Ivan will be missed

- Joan kaufman
February 14, 2023

Sincere sympathy to Ivan's family.We have many fond memories of Ivan and Norma .

- Karen Dean
February 14, 2023

Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Dad and Granddad. Ivan was a wonderful person. We miss both him and Norma.

- Al and Lorraine Morrow
February 14, 2023