IN LOVING MEMORY OF EWALD (ED) HARTLIEB
July 28, 1933 – April 7, 2017
With heavy hearts, a deep sense of sorrow and loss, our family announces the passing of a wonderful husband and father, Ed.
Ed was born in Baldramsdorf, Austria, the 4th son and 9th of 10 children to Johann and Pauline Hartlieb. He lost his father in 1942, when he was 9, and his mother in 1974. As a young man, Ed immigrated to Canada in 1955 with the intention of working for a couple of years before returning to Austria. However, while in Canada he met his future wife thus leaving behind Europe to start his new life and adventures in Canada.
At 14 years of age, Ed learned the meat trade as a butcher’s apprentice and worked in Austria and Switzerland for 6 years to get his master certificate. With sponsorship from his sister Josephine, she encouraged her younger brother to come to Canada and settle in Edmonton. Initially Ed looked for work in Vancouver but hated the rainy gray weather and tried again in the North, in Anzac. One day unbeknownst to Ed, while riding a railway handcart for a beer run to Fort McMurray, he would meet his future father-in-law, Alfred at the only tavern in town. Upon returning to Edmonton, fate had a role in his future where he unknowingly was introduced to Alfred’s daughter, Trudy, when he was invited to her mother Justine’s birthday dinner. What a small world when Ed saw Alfred’s photo on the mantle and realized he was celebrating with his Fort McMurray acquaintance’s family. Liking Justine’s cooking, and feeling a sense of connection with his future father-in-law, Ed the butcher asked if he brought the meat would she cook the meal! Unable to resist those Austrian charms (and all that meat) Ed was forever endeared to his future in-laws after that. That young daughter, Trudy, was totally smitten with the smartly dressed distinguished slightly older man with the kindly disposition. The rest is history – 60 years of history!!
Ed started his trade as a meat cutter with Tom Boy and eventually with Safeway, working his way up to Meat Manager. Ed was a dedicated employee and was very proud of his 30-year employment with Safeway. He retired in 1993 hoping to hang up his apron or his knives; however, his butchering skills were always in demand as he continued to cut meat for friends and family almost to his last day.
Ed was a man’s man – proud, strong and tough; however, a gentle soul underneath that veneer. He took people at face value and never minced words. When Ed spoke, it was never said twice as you knew he meant what he said. He worked hard at everything he did. The family remembers fondly the many summers of fishing, camping and visits to the farm but not necessarily the travel to get there. The car trips were painful (destination first, then play) in the most lovingly remembered way. He loved nature and nature shows, anything about animals, wonderword puzzles and late night talk radio. Friends and family would enjoy great and rousing conversations; politics and outer space were favorites, as were a few hands of rummy or a mean game of cribbage. Ed easily made friends and there are too many to name, please know that you are fondly remembered in the family’s reminiscing.
In Ed’s earlier years he tried his hand at owning land in Rochester to grow wheat. This introduced us to the Hartman/Schleier families who became like a second family and where many summers were spent at their farm. There were dashed dreams; such as running a pig farm, owning a campground on Vancouver Island or living in Nelson with Debbie and her girls to run his own butcher store with a bed and breakfast on the side. Even with all these dreams, a piece of him was always in Austria. Our roots were deep in Edmonton and the Queen Alexandra neighborhood and Trudy did not want to uproot the family thus Ed honored his family’s wishes even if it meant giving up on those dreams.
When Ed retired, he found great pleasure in spending time with his family, grandchildren and extended families and friends. He was there through deaths and divorces. His sister Josephine held a special place in his heart and, after her death, continued to miss her every day. He puttered endlessly around the house and yard and was well known in the community for it….oh what to do with those squirrels! He will be remembered amongst his children and their families, for his continuous concern for our well-being which culminated in his brief but caring telephone calls; “Hi, how are you doing? Everything fine? …. Yeah, yeah I love you too. Here’s Mom”.
He became the grocery shopper for us all too! Oh my, no special deal would escape his discerning eye! Trudy was always reminding him that he was no longer feeding a family of 5 as the grocery cart was filled to the brim, so the bounty was shared with everyone. Ed’s children and grandchildren were his pride and joy and the love of his life. He was a loving father, although not demonstrative in affection until his later years, with a stern sense of right and wrong and a very caring grandfather who was always there if called upon. His presence in our lives, around the house, the yard and neighborhood will be greatly missed by all.
Ed will be forever lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Trudy, daughters Sonya Klassen (Andy) and Debbie Hartlieb (Darrell Christenson), son Dennis Hartlieb (Kealey Austin), and his adoring grandchildren Justine Hartlieb-Power (Garret Butland), Laurel Hartlieb-Power (Duncan Morris), Braeden and Aurora Klassen. In Alberta; sister-in-law Bridget Letourneau (Conrad), nephews Corey and Rodney Letourneau and their families, his nieces Lucy Troup, Maria Macor and their families. In Texas, niece Irene Mochulsky and her family. In Austria; brother Franz, sister Andrea Meyer, and their extended families. Ed was predeceased by his in-laws; Alfred and Justine Reil; his sister-in-law Doris Robert and her husband Marc; his siblings Frieda Tuppinger, Hans, Andreas, Herta, Olga, Paula Kaufman, Josephine Usnik and nephew Trevor Letourneau.
Trudy and her family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the wonderful staff of the University of Alberta Hospital, Unit 5D3 for their compassion, tenderness and support in Ed’s final days. We thank our families, friends and the Queen Alexandra community for their kindness and support.
Cremation has taken place and, per Ed’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ed’s honor may be made to the charity of your choice.
May He Rest In Peace
Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed its knees
By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me
And, I built a home
Until it disappeared
And now, it’s time to leave and turn to dust