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KARL BUEDDEFELD (published on December 26, 2009)

KARL BUEDDEFELD It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Karl Bueddefeld, on December 21, 2009. Karl is survived by his wife Hella, his daughter Karin (Richard) and their children Melissa (Nick) with son Omel, Martin (Lindsay), and David; also Karl's son Dieter (Deb) and their children Nathan, and Derek (fiancée Jill). Karl was born in Vasbeck, Germany, in 1929. His first job was as an apprentice to the blacksmith in the small farming community. Following his marriage to Hella in 1952, they moved to the city of Neuwied where he worked in steel bridge construction. In 1955 the young couple immigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg. After a short time working in manufacturing at Western Tools, Karl studied architectural drafting and began work for GBR Associates. Here he formed many strong friendships and relationships that lasted the remainder of his life. The last 10 years of his working career were spent with the Government of Manitoba in the Fire Commissioner's Office. Outside of his day jobs Karl loved to tinker, build and repair. There appeared to be no renovation project or fix-it challenge that he was not up to taking on and his children and grandchildren have benefited innumerable times from his expertise. He and Hella enjoyed traveling and pulled a trailer over most of North America in addition to visiting many destinations in Europe. After retiring, Karl made the most of the opportunity to golf regularly with his friends, teach himself to use the computer and to keep up with the exploits of his grandchildren. Karl was a continual source of encouragement to anyone who knew him and was always ready to lend a hand where one was needed. He will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at First Mennonite Church, 922 Notre Dame, with interment of ashes to follow in Brookside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or to a charity of your choice.

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