Walter Widera

Obituary of Walter Widera

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Walter George Widera announce his passing at the age of 92 after suffering a massive stroke. Walter was born is Mumsdorf, Germany. Here he learned carpentry after the war in which he was forced to join Hitler’s youth. On October 18, 1949 he married his first and only love Ruth Hidlegard Thews. In July of 1952, together with their first born, Hildegard and pregnant with their second child, George, they immigrated to Hanover Ontario. In 1954 he moved the family to Red Lake, Ontario where he worked in the gold mines around Red Lake. He spent all his spare time hunting and fishing, not really for sport but to provide for his family. In 1957, he moved the family, which now included Dennis to Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. Here he bought a 160-acre farm with a large apple and plum orchard. He absolutely loved farming and gardening. He had acres of fruits, vegetables, chickens, rabbits, and cattle. His pride and joy were his property and his family. People would come from miles around just to see the results of his green thumb. In 1978, after the children were grown and moved out, they sold the property and moved to Powell River, BC on the sunshine coast. Powell River is the place he and Ruth found their true selves. The fishing, fruits, gardening, and the scenery is what he loved. He took up the art of smoking and canning salmon. It was well worth the annual trip of all the siblings to Powell River to reap the rewards. He loved putting harvested starfish under the potatoes and corn in the garden. Walter was proud of his 10-foot-tall corn plants. In 1995, Walter and Ruth moved to Sparwood, BC to be closer to medical centres in their golden years. As much as they loved living in the mountains, health declines forced them to move to Lethbridge Alberta in 1997. To keep busy he wrote his life history in a book called “An Emigrant’s Story”. Further health declines forced them to be closer to family and they moved to Moose Jaw, SK. They settled at Chateau St. Michael where they were well taken care of. Walter is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Ruth. He leaves to cherish his memory, his children Hildegard (Mark) Anderson, George (Katalin) Widera, Dennis (Christine) Widera; grandchildren Jeffrey (Jennifer), Stephen (Nikki), Heidi (Darren), Jennifer (Chris), Grant (Jessica) and ten great grandchildren. Walter was predeceased by his parents, stepsisters, and his great grandson Joel Luke Anderson. Walter had a great devotion to reading the bible in his belief of God. He enjoyed a large part of his life tilling the soil and watching God grow his fruits, vegetables, and flowers until he succumbed to living day by day. “Papa Grandpa” God bless you forever in the arms of Jesus. In living memory of Walter, a memorial planting will be made by Jones-Parkview Funeral Services.
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