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Ilga Liga Cimbulis was known to The Edge community as a noteworthy animal communicator and intuitive, but she was so much more. She worked as a professional photographer before creating the Minnetonka-based Eat Play Love Pet Sitting business. In work and in play, Ilga served others with her compassionate love and energy, consistently enriching the lives of those she knew.

Ilga will be remembered as a bright shining light who made the world a better place for everyone she met. Ilga’s life touched so many and they were all changed for the better by her generous spirit and passion for life. Ilga enjoyed many years with her beloved horse, Julaan, and the many furry family members that she took care of through her business.

Theater was another passion of Ilga’s, frequently attending plays at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Old Log Theater, and the Minnetonka High School Theater. Her sanctuary for balance and wellness was at The Marsh, Minnetonka, where she enjoyed yoga classes, water aerobics, book clubs, and socializing during lunch and happy hour. She was also a long-time member of the Minnesota Arboretum and enjoyed the nature programs, the walking trails, and especially the holiday events.

Ilga Liga Cimbulis was born on May 6, 1954 to Egons and Liga Cimbulis in Minneapolis, and she passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2019, after an eight-month battle with cancer. She died in hospice care at Hopkins Care Center in Hopkins, Minnesota, surrounded by loving friends and nursing staff. Ilga was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Maris Cimbulis. Ilga was a graduate of Minnetonka High School in 1972.

Thank you to the wonderful staff at the Hopkins Care Center and Park Nicollet Hospice Care. A Celebration of Life Service will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at The Marsh, 15000 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka. Memorials can be made in memory of Ilga Cimbulis payable to Hopkins Health Services, 725 Second Ave. S., Hopkins, MN 55343, and will be used for resident’s needs, such as a new TV or new electric recliner. Our hearts ache but also rejoice that her pain is over. Ilga’s life touched so many and we were all changed for the better by her generous spirit.

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