Our cherished friend, neighbor, husband and father Siegfried Przybilla, age 85, of Millet, AB, passed away peacefully on September 18, 2017 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, AB, after many years with Parkinsons disease and recently a brief but incredibly brave and determined fight against a hidden aggressive B Cell Lymphoma in the bone marrow.
A Celebration of his rich full life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 near the family farm at the Telford Community Hall located at 48142 Range Road 262, Leduc County, AB. Following the wishes of the family, cremation has taken place and ashes will be placed in a special niche at a later date.
Sieg was born in the small village of Krzanowice (formerly Frauendorf in German Upper Silesia) near the city of Opole, Poland to parents Emma and Reinhold Przybilla on August 24, 1932. Childhood life was suddenly changed by the war with the family split apart as refugees with his survival over the next few years depending on intelligence, strength and tenacity even at such a young age. Still on the move, Sieg was eventually able to seize an opportunity to live and work on the Rhine River learning how to pilot the large cargo barges up to level of Captain. On April 4, 1954 at age 22, he arrived in Halifax on Pier 21 with plans to find work on a ship in Vancouver until he reached age 25 when he could go back and write the Captains exam in Germany. But the money ran out and he got off the train to find work in Edmonton. There he soon made friendships that have lasted a lifetime, especially with the Hugo and Ina Schneider family who had an incredible and beautiful daughter Barbara. Their wedding was in Edmonton on October 1, 1960 and as an inseparable team they built a secure, strong, stable, loving life together for 57 years. Sieg was self-employed as a painting contractor for many years until moving out of the city to start farming in 1977. The years were always full of hope and optimism to overcome all challenges. He was a true outdoorsman. The hard work and dedication of day to day life was balanced by many horse trips, hunting, camping, fishing, and guiding to explore the beauty of creation all over western Canada. Barbara and Sieg loved dancing, especially with the Bavarian Schuplattlers, and always took every opportunity to enjoy the company of good friends, family and the peaceful beauty of their home. He was a strong and loving husband and exceptional father, with much care devoted to his special daughter Cindy.
Siegfried is preceded in death by his parents Emma and Reinhold Przybilla of Oliver, BC, and his brother Gotthard Przybilla of Edmonton, AB.
Sieg is survived by his wife and soulmate Barbara; children Christina (Colin) Bredin, Mark (Joanne) Przybilla, Cindy Anne Przybilla; grandchildren Connor (Monica) Bredin, Ryan Bredin, Cameron (Erin) Bredin, Logan Przybilla, Mitchell Przybilla; great-grandchildren Ava and Carson Bredin; brother Horst Przybilla, brother-in-law Wolf (Ute) Schneider, sisters-in-law Martha Schneider, Hilda Przybilla; numerous nieces and nephews including Jason Schneider, Nancy Schneider-Deacon, Julie Jungert Robertson, Angel Schneider, Monika Uganecz, Rein Weber.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Parkinsons Association of Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Cres. SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6.
The family of Siegfried Przybilla wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the numerous health professionals of both Leduc Community Hospital and the Grey Nuns Hospital for the incredible care and diagnostic efforts, especially Dr. Robert Simard and Dr. Gillian Ramsay.