GITZEL, Donald Neil

Don transitioned on to his next great adventure in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on March 25th, 2021. He was surrounded by love with his family as he moved on.

Don was born in Luscar, Alberta, to Edward and Margaret (Kulyk) Gitzel and grew up in Hinton, Alberta, with his siblings Gerry, Sandra, Barbara and Laurie. Don spent the greater portion of his life living in Edmonton and Millet, Alberta. Don was a wonderful husband to his wife Sigrid for 47 years, together with Sigrid, Don was blessed to become a Father to Caroline (Richard), then Daniel (Erin), and ultimately Grandfather to Daniel’s sons Kai and Leo; all who he loved and supported dearly up to and beyond his passing.

A social butterfly, Don enjoyed meeting new people. Whether supporting his family, helping friends, caring for birds, or walking shelter dogs, Don’s heart was shared. As a mechanically inclined electrician, trouble-shooter, and constructor, Don helped many people with reliable solutions for their issues.

At home, a person would likely have found Don in the garage tinkering or building his Jeep. During the winters in Yuma he may have been found target shooting in the desert with his friends. Wherever Don was found there was always a was chance he may have been  bending the rules just enough to make things a little more fun.

Don will be honored by his immediate family with an intimate service taking place on Saturday April 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm. The service will be live streamed and recorded using the following link :

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Don’s name are graciously accepted to the Wetaskiwin Health Foundation  (6910 47 St, Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 3N3).

If you were unable to attend the service please see the following link:







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Neil and Colleen

Sincere Condolences to Sigrid, Daniel & Caroline, snd families….. Don was a vibrant person, full of a zest for Life and living it to the fullest. A broad smile & a ready laugh was always a greeting that we will carry in our memories. Neil certainly looked up to his “older” cousin with more than a touch of awe as a young boy growing up in a small town, and those will be very precious memories. We wish you all strength and love as you learn to navigate life without him.

Bill and Tammy Bergen

Our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Don was a great man and will be missed by many.

Robbin Ferguson

My heart is broken. The Gitzels were our neighbors in Hinton for many years and Laurie and I are still BFFs. My deepest sympathy go out to Donny’s family, Bunny and Laurie. RIP Donny
Virtual hugs xxx
Robbie (Nixdorf) Ferguson

Tracy & Larry Pepin

So very sorry to hear this, Our Condolences to Ziggy and family. Don was always such a happy wonderful man. He will be missed!

Bob and Donna Scott

We are so sad to hear of Don’s passing. We just found out today (Apr. 22/21) as we have been nursing Covid for a month. We remember a man who loved life, his family, and as his neighbors, know how much he loved hanging out and doing fun things with us. He also helped us with so many things. Bob loved working on projects with him. A great man will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolonces to Zig, Caroling, and Dan.

Helen Halliwell

My deepest condolences for the loss of Don.We met you both through John and Irmgard And enjoyed the times at the German club and the time visiting you in Yuma. May you treasure the times that you have had with him.
My Regards

Sandra Schell

We are so sorry for your family’s loss Don was such a wonderful husband,Father,and friend, he will be missed by everyone . Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sandy and Wayne

Ena Boudreau

I was very sad to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.

Shannon Vargas

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your husband/dad. He will always be remembered as a kind, caring and respectable man. My thoughts are with you all.

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