Otto passed away peacefully at the age of 85 years, surrounded by family at the Grey Nuns hospital. He was predeceased by his parents Johann and Maria, along with his two brothers Rudy and Herbert, and his three sisters Zitta, Anna, and Erna. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elisabeth, son Peter (Tracy), daughter Christina (Tim), five grandchildren: Theo, Erich, David, Adam, and Mathew; along with many nieces and nephews in Germany.
Otto was born in Romania, and shortly thereafter his family moved to Germany. During the war years, they moved throughout Germany and Poland. Otto will be most remembered for saving his baby sister Erna. He was only 10, and they had a special sibling bond ever since. Erna passed away only 3 days before Otto.
In 1960 at the age of 26, desiring a “new life”, Otto travelled by ship to Canada knowing no English and having only $1 in his wallet. He settled in Edmonton where he made many friends in the German community, eventually meeting his future wife Elisabeth. They were married in 1966.
Otto loved music, dancing, and socializing. He always had a good joke to tell. He played accordion for the Bavarian Schuhplattlers, and the Edelweiss Club. He was the life of the party. He truly enjoyed watching hockey and spending his weekends at “the farm” or at the Lake Cabin with family and friends.
Otto retired at the age of 63 from Petro Canada refinery. In his retirement, Otto developed a passion for golf, and shortly into retirement his 5 grandsons were born, providing new excitement and fulfillment to his days.
Due to public health concerns (Covid-19), Otto’s service will be private. As a final wish, Otto would love for you to pour yourself a beer and raise your glass. Prost!