It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Waldemar Potratz of Rimbey, Alberta, formerly of Edmonton, Alberta, after a lengthy illness at the Rimbey Hospital on July 9, 2014. He would have turned 84 on October 20th.
Waldemar will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his beloved wife of 65 years Eleonore Potratz, his daughter Gabriela (Ken) Petersen, and much loved grandchildren, Amy Petersen and Kim (Lyle) Beierbach and their children – cherished great grandchildren – Keelie and Kessler Beierbach, all of Rimbey, Alberta, as well as family in Germany. Waldemar was predeceased by two daughters Angelika Potratz and Jane Fancey.
Waldemar and Eleonore immigrated to Canada in September 1954 speaking very little English. They first resided in Leduc before moving to Edmonton. Wally had a number of jobs before he became employed with STELCO where he was a crane operator until his retirement. Wally had a love for woodworking and cement work and gardening. He was never happier than when he could be doing something with his family, who were always first with him, and in his later years loved watching his great grandchildren play hockey, it was one of his most treasured times.
With respect for Wally’s wishes no formal funeral service will be held. His ashes will be intered with his daughters’ ashes at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonton, Alberta.
A very special thank you to all the staff at Rimbey Hospital, who not only looked after Wally but always had such kind words for the family when we visited, you are all truly amazing. Thank you also to Rimbey FCSS who made this last while easier to cope.
If friends desire, memorial tributes in Wally’s name may be made directly to the Rimbey Hospital or to Rimbey FCSS.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM
serving Central Alberta with locations in Rimbey and Lacombe in charge of the arrangements. Phone: (403) 843-3388 or (403) 782-3366.
“A Caring Family, Caring For Families”