“Absent from the body, present with the Lord”
Werner passed away suddenly but peacefully, at the age of 89, on June 16, 2019, in Edmonton, AB. He was born on September 1, 1929 in Westhoyel, Germany.
Werner was predeceased eight months ago by his wife, Meta. He is survived by his children Dan Sudfeld (Marlene) and Andrea Schroth (Dan); along with eight grandchildren – Ben, Andrew, Mac, Jakob, Dawson, Abigail, AJ and Landon. He is also survived by his siblings – Maria (Henry), Martha, Magdalene, Walter (Angelika) and Martin (Elvira), along with many nieces and nephews and their spouses and children. He was also predeceased by his parents Gustav and Anna, along with his brother, Wilhelm, and sister, Hanna.
The Funeral Service will take place at 10:30am Friday, June 21 at McKernan Baptist Church, 11103 76 Ave, Edmonton. Viewing will take place prior to the service. Following the Service and a reception, internment will take place at Glenwood Cemetery. The service will also be accessible via live stream at www.mckernanbaptist.ca (click “Live Service”).
Donations may be made to either “McKernan Baptist Church Building Fund”
11103 76 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0J9, www.mckernanbaptist.ca
or “Wetaskiwin Mission Church.”
RR # 3, 3610 – 56 Avenue, Wetaskiwin, Alberta T9A 1X1, wetaskiwinmissionchurch.org
Werner was born in northwest Germany and raised on a small farm. He immigrated to Canada in 1954, working first in the mines of Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba, before eventually settling in Winnipeg. It was there that he received his journeyman ticket on the way to his lifelong vocation as a commercial carpenter, working almost exclusively with PCL Construction. He married Meta Maretzki in 1963. They lived in Winnipeg until 2013, when they moved to Edmonton to be near their children and their families.
Once he retired, Werner used his trade skills to intentionally design and build a family cottage in the Beaconia area. His vocation became his hobby. Being at the cottage became a form of both relaxation and invigoration. He took pride in his work. It was a great source of joy.
But Werner’s greatest joy was neither his earthly family, nor his earthly attainments. By God’s grace, Werner was a Christian. As such, he is now with Jesus, the One who died for his sins, as he repented and placed his trust in His perfect and sin-bearing life. He is now enjoying eternal life and his heavenly reward in the presence of his Lord and Savior.
Werner and Meta raised their family to value and love the church. He was a member of Mission Baptist Church in Winnipeg and very much arranged his activities around church life. When they moved to Edmonton, they enjoyed the fellowship of their new spiritual community at McKernan Baptist Church.
Once the cottage was sold and he was more limited physically, Werner dove headlong into his devotional life. He would read His Bible daily, sing often by systematically working through his hymnbook and pray for many. He also supplemented that with a daily dose of Christian radio. In conversations, he would eagerly share his faith with others.
In these last years, Werner loved visits from his children and grandchildren, always reminding them that he loved them and was praying for them.
The family is thankful to the staff at Wedman House and Shepherd’s Care (Millwoods) for their care over the past two years as well as the pastoral care staff and individuals from McKernan that took time to visit dad.
Werner will be missed. But he leaves, for his family and friends, many cherished memories.
Till we meet again…