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BRABENDER, Gunter Josef

March 2, 1938 – Bedburg, Germany
February 20, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Gunter Brabender, beloved husband of Elisabeth (Marliese) Brabender (nee Sieger) of Calgary, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the age of 76 years.

Born in Bedburg, Germany, Günter met the love of his life, Marliese, in the neighboring town of Kaster and they married in 1958. They immigrated to Calgary, Canada in 1961, a decision they never regretted.

Günter spent years as a millwright at Prudential Steel until his retirement at age 53. His retirement goal was to sleep on every continent which he achieved with their trip to Antarctica in 2005. Günter was known for his love of cars particularly his silver Corvette which he drove at high speeds.

Günter is survived by his spouse of fifty-six years, Marliese; his sister Erika Wilkomm; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Vinzenz and Margate Brabender.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Gunter Brabender, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Cathy and Gary Stephen :

    Cathy and I are saddened by Günter’s passing and wish Marliese our sincere condolences. We will miss him.

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  2. Marliese. Both myself and Dr. Hansen want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Gunter was such a great person and I loved to see him and yourself when he came in for appointments. Please take care of yourself and always think of the many good memories you had together.

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  3. Cathy and Dan MacFarlane :

    We are sorry to hear of Gunter’s passing. Marliese, we are thinking of you and sending our condolences.

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  4. Dear Marliese,

    This is a difficult time… I know of which I speak… You will gain strength as you remember all the good times and are grateful for a life well-lived.

    A White Hat Volunteer colleague… Helen Vik

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  5. Blake & Heather Chapman :

    We wish to pass on our sincerest condolences on your loss; Gunter was a great man and you will draw strength from your wonderful memories together.

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  6. Darryl Dronyk :

    Marliese,

    I know one of the last outings my mom made before her passing, was to pay her respects to Gunter. She spoke often about both of you.

    I personally viewed Gunter as an inspiration; especially his love of travel, cars and you. I can recall as far back as the 1970’s, visiting your place and admiring, Gunter’s prized possessions and his seemingly endless energy.

    Losing someone close to you is very difficult, I too have been assured it will become easier with the passing of time. Fortunately we have the memories that can still make us smile and help us though the sad times.

    Wishing you all the best on behalf of The Dronyk’s

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