Erich Strelau


Erich Strelau was born in Alt-Wolla, Kreis Plöhnen in Poland on Nov. 19, 1926, the eldest in a family of 8 children.
He served in the German army at the age of sixteen, as dispatcher, transmitting messages to adjust artillery fire. After 4 years in a Soviet POW camp near Novosibirsk, Siberia, he was released on May 3, 1949.
After arriving in Germany he became a Christ follower during revival meetings in Bornum, met Elfriede Kubsch in the church and married her in Ortshausen on June 30, 1951. Shortly after, Elfriede and Erich immigrated to Canada, with the aid of his aunt, Bertha Sam, but returned to Germany in 1960 to take care of Elfriede’s father. Their son, Eckhard, was born in Germany on May 24, 1964. In 1969 Elfriede and Erich returned to Canada, this time with their son.
Throughout his life Erich worked as farm hand, radio assembly technician, steel worker, construction worker, waste management worker, janitor, head custodian, building manager, maintenance technician, cook and building proprietor.
He was active in church as usher, choir member, board member, chauffeur, delivery driver and general volunteer. He loved to cook, bake, work in the garden, and most of all, be with his grandchildren.
On February. 26, 2016, Erich was called home to be with his Savior at 89 years of age.
A visitation will be held at Serenity Funeral Service, 5311-91 Street Edmonton, AB, on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 7:00pm 8:00pm
Interment at Mount Pleasant on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10:00am
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday March 4, 2016 at 1:00pm at Southside Pentecostal Assembly, 2821-109 Street Edmonton, AB.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Shepherd’s Care Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society

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