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Elmar Abele



After a meaningful life, and surrounded by his loving family, Elmar Abele passed away on August 9, 2016.

He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to Paul and Regina Abele and in 1929 the family moved to Edmonton, where he attended Grandin Elementary School and St. Joseph High School. He married Irene Freed in June 1946 and established his family in the Parkview neighbourhood.

Elmar was a Grand Knight of his Knights of Columbus council and actively lived his Catholic faith at St. John the Evangelist Parish. He was active in the Sign of Hope campaign for Catholic Charities and the Serra Club. Professionally, Elmar sold life insurance and was manager for the Prudential of England Assurance and was later appointed general manager of the Western Catholic Reporter. He also sat as chair of the College of Alberta Denturists Board, coached minor hockey and was active in numerous charities. Ever curious, he explored many hobbies including beekeeping, gardening, wine making and stamp collecting. An artist at heart, Elmar loved painting and wood carving with the Northern Alberta Woodcarvers, for which he served as president.

He is survived by his three children, Randall (Roseanne), Tom and Marje (Len), his brother, Paul (Edna), five grandchildren Jonathan (Nikki), Christian (Lara), Catherine (Marc), Justin (Kimi) and Alison (Thierry) and eight great-grandchildren Joshua, Autumn, Jonah, Brady, Liam, Adilynn, Evan and Evelyne. He is also lovingly remembered by his many cherished friends and acquaintances. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Irene, in September 2007, by his sister Elsie and granddaughter Suzanne.

The family would like to thank the staff at Devonshire Care Centre for their excellent and loving care of Elmar. We would also like to thank the wonderful physicians who looked after Elmar for much of his life – Dr. William Campbell and Dr. Paul Kivi.

Reverend Paul Kavanagh will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2016 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 9530-148 Street, Edmonton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to charities close to Elmar’s heart: Sign of Hope (Catholic Social services – web: cssalberta.ca) or to the Marian Centre (10528 – 98 street NW Edmonton, AB T5H 2N4).

In Loving Memory of
Elmar Abele
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Funeral Service:
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, August 15, 2016
11:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist
9830 - 148 Street
Edmonton, AB
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105 Avenue & 117 Street
Edmonton, AB
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