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HANS-HERMANN ROBERT ROEDER (published on December 22, 2007)



HANS-HERMANN ROBERT ROEDER March 16, 1924 - December 17, 2007 Peacefully, on December 17, 2007 Hans died at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 83. He was predeceased by his parents Hermann and Mathilda; brother Adalbert; and his first wife Sonja. Hans will be sadly missed by his wife Leonore; daughter Edelgard; grandchildren Katrina (Jason), and O.J.; great-grandchildren Alyssa, and Tate; Sister Almut in Germany. Hans will also be remembered by Leonore's family; children Christopher, Gail, Jennifer (Vaclav), Deborah (Sheldon), and Erica (Alan); grandchildren Jocelyn, Michael (Sharon), Erin (Mike), Katya (Eugene), Alyssa, Graham, Kari, Sam, and Royden; great-grandchildren Isaac and Kai. Hans will also be missed by family in England, and Germany, as well as many good friends. Hans was born in Hanover, Germany and graduated as an engineer in 1949. He came to Canada with his family in 1954 and settled in Winnipeg where his wife's family lived. Hans started the German Saturday Morning School program and was involved in the German Community. Hans was the editor of the German-Canadian Business Review, and for his contribution to the cultural life in Manitoba, he was recognized by a Centennial Medal from the Canadian Government. He assisted in the development of the Community Folk Arts Council of Manitoba in 1965 and his efforts were very important in these formative years. Hans was a founding Member of the Folk Arts council of Manitoba, and a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister on Multiculturalism. He was a member of the steering committee for the formation of the Human Rights Commission of Manitoba. He gave a great deal of himself to community service through his volunteer activities. Hans was chief engineer at Monarch Industries until 1977 when he and Leonore moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan where he stayed active in the community. In 1983 he came back to Winnipeg and worked at Canadian Tool and Die until his retirement in 1992. Hans received many awards and recognition throughout his life, including the Metric Service Award, the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, and the Centennial Medal. He enjoyed travelling abroad with Leonore, Winnipeg's rich arts community, boating on the Red River, fishing, his purple martin house and his garden. The family would like to thank the homecare staff for their care and support. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. George's Anglican Church, 168 Wilton (at the corner of Wilton and Grosvenor), with a reception to follow at the church hall. Donations in Hans's name may be made to the United Way of Winnipeg, 3rd Floor - 5 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2T4; Winnipeg Symphony, 101 - 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1C3; or the Manitoba Theatre Centre, 174 Market Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0P8. Arrangements entrusted to: Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 885-9715


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