George Guenther of Fort St John, BC, passed away suddenly at the age of 76 on April 17, 2017 at the Fort St John hospital. He was born to Peter and Marie Guenther on March 21, 1941.
The love of his life passed away just 2.5 years ago and since then he has struggled to find his new normal. He challenged himself by creating some beautiful gifts out of wood. The baby cradles he made for his great grandchildren will be cherished. The friends he went for coffee with, his church family and of course his own family filled his days. A precious little great granddaughter named Peyton brought joy to his face each day. Peyton called him “gigi” because she couldn’t say grandpa George so now he will always be “gigi” in our hearts.
Mom and dad were married on July 21, 1962. Shortly after…I think about 10 months Melody was born. The girls just kept on coming and dad soon realized there may not be a legacy in farming to leave these young ladies. Moving into Osler was a highlight that took our family to a new world as grocery clerks. Dad was busy at Pioneer Grain and Mom and her girls were active in the store. Pioneer Grain orange quickly became the favorite color in our house when Josh told his friends that the best color was Pioneer orange. Dad volunteered at the church, with the school board and as a firefighter. At the age of 50 dad got his pilot’s license and began his dream of flying. We have fond memories of mom and dad flying up to see us in Prince Albert or North Battleford when then would meet us for coffee in the evenings. Seeing that little plane flying in to the sunset as they leave warms our hearts. When mom and dad started on their adventure to Stony Rapids, dad had a dream of flying the planes for the fishing camp. That didn’t work out but they had many adventures. Mom was able to continue doing what she loves to do while dad enjoyed the outdoors. They had some great adventures there but the most memorable are when his kids and grandkids went up to see them. Josh had a great time with grandpa under the sand fly net catching fish and of course having a ride in the airplane. After time they felt the longing to get back into civilization (those are my words of course). Retirement was a new adventure for mom as she got to spend more time with the grandkids.
They moved to North Battleford for a few years and had a wonderful experience being so close to Rose and her family. Dad became the chauffeur for Vanessa and Derek but also the biggest fan at hockey and dance.
Moving to Fort St. John was a bit of a surprise for three sisters…. but daughter number one was on cloud nine. Mel and her family could finally have mom and dad close to them. Mel and Jake have taken love to a whole new level as they built a suite for mom and dad to live right on their acreage. There were conditions that mom and dad were happy to comply with. Dad could be the “Gopher” for Jake’s flooring store and manage the day to day operations on the acreage. Mom was the baker and the cook and loved every minute of it. They were so incredibly happy in their new home. Melody and Jake are heroes to Sandi, Rose and Pat. By building a home for our parents and taking care of them, they have shown us what unconditional love looks like. Mom and dad felt the grace of God through their actions.
Left to cherish his memories are Daughters: Melody Braun (Jake) Fort St. John, BC, Sandra Unruh (Perry) Vermilion, AB, Rose Keller (Kelvin) North Battleford, SK, Patty Wiebe (Garry) Osler, SK.
Grandchildren: Melissa Willson (Mike), Fort St. John, BC, Ryan Braun (Whitney), Fort St. John, BC, Joshua Unruh, Saskatoon, SK, Vanessa Keller (Jeff Penner), Lloydminster, SK, Derek Keller, North Battleford, SK, Emily Wiebe, Osler, SK, William Wiebe, Osler, SK
Great grandchildren: Peyton Willson, Fort St John, BC, Nash Penner, Lloydminster, SK.
Brothers: Jake (Alma) Guenther, St. Catherines, ON, Peter (Louise) Guenther, Edmonton AB, John Guenther, Edmonton, AB.
Sister in laws: Ann Friesen (Bill), St. Catherines, ON, Tina Sawatzky (Pete), Saskatoon, SK.
He was predeceased by his wife, Rita Guenther, his parents Peter and Marie Guenther, his parent in laws, Anna & William Neudorf, five sister in laws; Margaretha, Sara, Agatha, Helen Teichroeb and Mary Dyck as well as three brothers in law; Bill Z Neudorf, Peter Neudorf, and Abe Neudorf.
Viewing will be on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Dalmeny Funeral Home, 139 3rd Street, Dalmeny SK. Interment to be held at the Reinland Cemetery at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 22, 2017 with Memorial Service following at the Osler Mennonite Church at 11:00 am. Lunch and fellowship to follow service.
The family would like to express their appreciation for all of the condolences and prayers. Our deepest appreciation to Hamres Funeral Home in Fort St. John and Dalmeny Funeral Home (306-254-2022).