About Us
Funeral Homes
Order Laminates
Place Obituary
Send Guest Book Tribute
Share a Life Story
Photo Gallery
Printer Friendly Page

WILHELM (WILLY) TRAUTMANN (published on May 06, 2009)

WILHELM (WILLY) TRAUTMANN April 11, 1924 - May 4, 2009 With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Willy Trautmann, our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, on Monday, May 4, 2009 at the age of 85 years. Willy was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ella Trautmann. He is survived by his sisters, Emma Klein and Alwine Sperling of Germany. His memory will be cherished by his daughters: Petra LaRiviere (Jacksin Chamberlain), Rita Trautmann (Tom Tomchyshyn), grandchildren, Jason and Justin LaRiviere, Drew and Dana Tomchyshyn and great-grandchildren, Thomas and Emma LaRiviere. Willy will be lovingly remembered by his dear friend, Alice Lach. Dad was born near Odessa in the town of Worms, Ukraine. Surviving a childhood of oppression, famine and war, he married Ella Frank on June 14, 1947 in Hamburg, Germany. In 1951, they settled in Winnipeg where they worked together to raise their family in an orderly, peaceful home. Descending from a long line of blacksmiths, Willy worked along side his father in the shop. In coming to Canada, he could not have imagined how far his trade would take him. Willy began his career at Bristol Aerospace in 1951. He enjoyed the challenge of hard work. Most notably, he was proud of his contribution during the exciting times of the space age in the aerospace industry. Willy was involved in the production of the first broadly used jet engines and after burners. Using exotic materials and state of the art precision fabrication, he machined and tested components of nuclear reactors, Black Brant research rockets and the NASA Space Shuttle's Canadarm. In 1986, Willy accepted the position of Superintendent of Building #7. He retired in 1988 after 36 years of dedicated service. In his retirement, Willy laughed about his golfing and fishing adventures. He continued to build and repair anything that needed his attention. With great pride, he tended his tomatoes and flowers. He enjoyed his many friendships. He loved his home and his family. We were his priority. He gave us his time, his wisdom and his love. We are blessed. Thank you to our friends and family for your support during the difficult months of Dad's illness. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit of the St. Boniface Hospital. We treasure the gift of your graceful and respectful care. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. Interment will follow in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111

Share Life Story
Send Tribute
Photo Gallery
Send Flowers
Funeral Homes
Order Laminate
View Stories
View Tributes