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GAETZ, Ralph

October 23, 1926 – Faith, Alberta
December 5, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Ralph Gaetz, beloved husband of Bonnie Gaetz (nee McCaffrey) of Calgary, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the age of 88 years.

Ralph was born in Faith, Alberta, and was the 8th child of 11 born to Ignatz Gaetz and Anna Marie Ehnes. He grew up on a farm in Faith until 1948 after which he relocated to Edmonton and entered the Seminary. God however had a different plan for him, and in 1955 he married his angel Bonnie McCaffrey and began his life journey for the next 59 ½ years that showed the world of a life well lived and full of love. Dad was always there for his children and especially his wife Bonnie.

He spent the majority of his working career in the automotive parts industry finishing it working for the Catholic School system. He retired at 65 to spend more time with his children and grandchildren and to travel with his wife and best friend, as far south as the Caribbean and north to Alaska.

Ralph and Bonnie, among many, were some of the original members at Canadians Martyrs church, and Ralph was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers in the Parish. He will always inspire us with the very real courage and strength he showed in difficult times, and the many warm, loving hours in his presence. To the end, he shared with us all, the gifts of his happy smile, his quick wit, unconditional love and a warm hug.

Sweetheart, Dad, Grandpa, Papa, Brother, Son, Ralph…you will be missed by all of us!

Besides his loving wife, Ralph is survived by his 6 children, Gerry (Anne Marie) Gaetz, Raymond (Karla) Gaetz, Thomas (Colleen) Gaetz, Donald (Kim) Gaetz, Diane (Ian) Lockie and James (Cynthia) Gaetz. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Matthew (Stacie), Stephanie, Robert (Kasandra), Steven (Tanika), Travis, Jenna, Carlene, Celine, Adriana, Nicole, Loreena, Glenn, Kincaid and Lincoln; 1 great-granddaughter, Avianna; a soon to be second great grand-daughter; his sister, Bernetta Mastel of Medicine Hat, AB; his in-laws James S. McCaffrey, Tom (Lois) McCaffrey, Jerry Straus, Madge McCaffrey, Gordon Thielen, and Mae Gaetz;  stepsisters, Sr. Birgitta Haag and Laura Kuntz; stepbrothers, Matt (Margaret) Haag and Henry Haag; and countless nieces and nephews.

Prayers and Tributes are at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be held at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Ralph Gaetz, 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. Joe and Irene Trotta :

    Dear Jim and Cynthia, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Gaetz family.

    Joe and Irene Trotta

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  2. Sarah Boechler :

    I am so sorry to hear about his passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

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  3. Cathy Gaetz-Brothen :

    So sorry to learn of Uncle Ralph’s passing. He was a good, kind, and gentle man who will be greatly missed by his large family. Our love to you all. May the memories lessen the pain.I will be thinking of you.

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  4. Bonnie Gaetz-Simpson :

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Ralph. He was not well the last time I saw you all, and it must have been a difficult time.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Auntie Bonnie and all of your family. Ralph was fortunate to live a long, happy life.
    What a wonderful legacy to have so many loving members of your family to offer love and support at this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Bonnie Gaetz-Simpson

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  5. Marilyn and Stephen Jeans :

    Dear Bonnie, Ray and Family;
    Our sympathies are with you on the loss of your husband and father, Ralph. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you today.

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  6. Fred and Nelda Lyczewski :

    Sorry that we didn’t make to the funeral but Fred has a terrible head cold so doesn’t feel like going anywhere. Our deepest sympathy is with you at this sad time. We will certainly keep you all in our prayers. Merry Christmas and all our good wishes for the New Year.

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  7. Devon Lockie & Tom Hochman :

    To all the Gaetz family, we send our condolences and healing thoughts.
    love,
    Devon, Tom, Ruby, Una

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  8. I have been looking for Gaetz families in Canada and remember one name and that was Ralph and after reading the obit I recognizied some of the childrens names such as Diane and Donald –I met many of you in Aberdeen SD at a Goetz-Gaetz reunion many years ago–I have lost all addresses and names. I want to express my sincere sympathy to the entire family and hope we can correspond or email. I am interested in hearing more news from others that were also at the reunion in Aberdeen. I have many pictures that were taken that weekend. My prayers are with you all.

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