HAACK, John (Elmer)

Elmer passed away on February 21, 2021 in his 93rd year and was the youngest of 3. He was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan to Adolf and Anna Haack. Elmer grew up on the family farm and attended the University of Saskatchewan graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering in 1951. He was a member of the Professional Engineering Society of Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta. Elmer began his career with the City of Moose Jaw; Assistant Superintendent of Public Works. While working for the City he met his lifelong partner, Loreen Reid. They were married in 1954. In 1957 his career took them to Oakville, Ontario. They raised their 2 children, Cindy and Daryl in Oakville. In 1973 his career moved the family to Edmonton where he worked on the original design for the Syncrude Canada oil sands plant.  He was very active with the Kinsmen Club and the United Church. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Elmer and Loreen were married for over 66 years. They were a team enjoying bridge and dinner with many friends. Loreen encouraged his sense of adventure with many trips around the world. They were fortunate to escape the cold Edmonton winters for many years to Portugal and Florida. Elmer was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren – supporting them in their many endeavours. Elmer was thoughtful, calm, and had a quiet demeanour. His extensive knowledge was always there to help you out, be it fixing cars, plumbing, electrical, or home renovations.

Elmer was predeceased by his loving wife Loreen in December 2020. He is survived by his daughter Cindy (Brian); son Daryl; 5 grandchildren, Brett, Michael, Lindsay (Adam), Justin, Rob; great-grandson Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a charity of your choice in Elmer’s memory. The family would like to thank the staff of MacTaggart Retirement Residence for the compassionate care for both Elmer and Loreen over the past 10 months.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Gerry,Donna St.Laurent

Cindy, Brian and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of both Auntie Loreen
And Uncle Elmer so very close together.I remember lots of trips they made to Abbotsford to visit that consist of lots of home renovations, to hours of playing all sorts of card games, that mom always looked forward to.we are thinking of Everyone during this very sad time

Cathy Hatch

I was sorry to hear about Elmer’s passing. I’ve met him a few times over the years. He was a very pleasant personality.
I also have know Loreen for the last 35 years. I was part of the neighbourhood bridge group from Romaniuk Road for 20 years. Loreen was a very kind,fashionable, cheerful person. I have many fond memories.
May you find much comfort in your family memories at this difficult time.
In sympathy,
Cathy Hatch


Earth Angels live amongst us to teach us about Friendship Family & Love.

Apage- is patient & kind. True Love never dies

It’s the kind of Love Elmer & Loreen shared with each other and taught us about. They taught us the kindness & acceptance in Friendship. They taught us Family First. But now God has called two of his Best Earth Angels home. Just remember they will live in your hearts and will always be with you watching from the Heavens above. My deepest condolences to the family.

johannes koopmans

Dear Haack Family: Very sorry to hear of Elmer’s passing, so sad that he & his Loreen died so closely together. Elmer was involved in many associations & had a rich & long life. I’m proud to have known them both for so many years.



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