It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Ewald Wanagas. Dad passed away peacefully at Sturgeon Community Hospital on January 16, 2017 after a brief illness. He was predeceased in 2012 by his devoted and much-loved wife of 62 years, Zelma.
Ewald is survived by his daughter, Connie (Graeme) Marsham, and three sons: Don (Lyndsay), Larry (Sheryl) and Rollie (Linda). Grandpa will be remembered with much love by his grandchildren: Aaron, Jesse, Timothy, Dustin, Jamie, Samantha and Alexis. Ewald also leaves his sisters: Lydia (Mervin) Smith and Gertrude Todd. He was predeceased by his parents, Anna and Gustav Wanagas.
Ewald was born in Suwalki, Poland on June 29, 1927 and, at the age of three, emigrated to Canada with his parents and Lydia. The family settled in rural Alberta near the town of Thorsby and began clearing land for the farm that would provide them with a living. To help support the family, Ewald left school after the eighth grade and joined his father in the fields. In spite of a lack of formal education, he was a well-read and articulate man who could speak fluently in five languages.
Ewald married Zelma in Minnesota in 1950 and came with her too North Battleford, Saskatchewan where they began their life together and started a family. Although he had a long and successful career in furniture sales in North Battleford and Edmonton, Ewald devoted his entire adult life to the Christian ministry with Global Missions Inc. and became a full-time missionary in 1973. He travelled extensively in Canada and the United States as well as overseas in Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Ewald will be missed and fondly remembered by the many people whose lives he touched,
Dad loved the outdoors, especially fishing — a passion he passed on the to his children. He was an excellent gospel singer and song-writer who accompanied himself on guitar. He continued to share these talents with those who attended his Sunday services at the residence where he lived until last spring.
Ewald’s children want to give our heartfelt thanks to the nursing staff on Unit 27 at Sturgeon Community Hospital for the compassionate care they gave our father and the support they provided us in his final days.
A Celebration of Ewald’s life will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Richmond Park Church (9340- 69 Avenue N.W, Edmonton.)
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dad’s memory to the charity of one’s choice