Harry was born on September 18, 1938 in the Polish city of Lodz, and his sister Marga was born January 2, 1939. His mother Lydia died December 19, 1940, when Harry was only 2 years old. His father, Zigmunt Priebe, then married Emanuele Schulz on April 19, 1941. On April 13, 1944, while in Russia during World War II, Zigmunt died, leaving Harry an orphan with his stepmother in what was then East Germany. In January 1946, Harry left Poland as there were a lot of problems in refugee camps, and made his way from east Germany and to Berlin. April 1949 his stepmother married Tischler Allgaier and they moved to Leipzig. While living with his stepparents, Harry went to school to become a machinist.
In 1957, when Harry was only 19, he fled to West Germany to visit his uncle Luzian Priebe and tante Lydia in Wuppertal and never went back. In 1959, Harry emigrated to Edmonton, where his aunt Leokadia Allgeier (Priebe) took him in. In 1961 Harry moved in with Art and Frieda Krueger. Around this time, Harry began working at Cessco Fabrication as a machinist.
Harry began dating Hilde Hoffmann and on July 2, 1966 Hilde and Harry were married. One year later, on October 14, 1967, they were blessed with their daughter, Carmen Lynn and on December 18,1969 their son David Harry was born.
Harry continued to work at Cessco until he was 65 in 2003. He was the 2nd longest standing employee the company ever had. By this time grandchildren had arrived, and he enjoyed his special Opa time with each of them. In March of 2012, Hilde found out she had pancreatic cancer. She continued to live life to the fullest. On September 25, 2012 Hilde passed away. Harry continued to live in their home with his bird Tweety, enjoying going camping in the summer, chess every Saturday at the German Culture Club, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
On July 5, 2022, Harry was called home to be with the Lord and his beloved Hilde.
A Memorial Service will be held for Harry on Saturday July 16th, 2022 at 1:00pm at Zion Baptist Church.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
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