John Lampel, much loved husband and best friend of Josephine of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at the age of 65 years.
John passed away of a heart attack while undergoing chemotherapy for Mesothelioma, an Asbestos-related cancer. He was born on March 2, 1939 at Homer, MB to Paranka and Karl Lampel. John moved into Winnipeg in 1956 and worked in the sheet metal trade. In 1960, John was working with Josephine’s brother, Tony who decided John should meet his sister and set up a blind date. John owned and loved his motorcycle. John and Josephine enjoyed many rides around Winnipeg on his bike. In 1964, Josephine and John married and in 1965 they moved to Calgary where they made their home for thirty-nine years. John worked in the sheet metal trade in Calgary and various gas plants in the area. Among some of the projects he worked at were the Saddledome, University of Calgary and Place Concord. John took great pride in his work and was very meticulous about his yard, and cars and enjoyed checkers and cards. His infectious laugh around gatherings of family and friends will be greatly missed. John and Josephine enjoyed many Sunday drives throughout Alberta plus many trips to the Western United States. Holidays included Russia, Switzerland and other European countries as well as a visit to John’s grandfather’s place of birth and residence in Buchholz, Austria. In January John and Josephine took a trip to Puerto Vallarta. John and Josephine flew to Las Vegas where John celebrated his sixty-fifth birthday joined by some of his family. It was the highlight of his Las Vegas trip. John was an avid sports fan and was always up to date on the games of football, hockey, curling, and car races.
Besides his loving wife Josephine, John is survived and will be missed by his brother Carl (Rosemarie); sisters, Mary Caveza, Anne (Ed) Podaima, Rose (Len) Hiebert, and Liz (Wayne) Hedin and their families, Lynn (Larry), Sheri (Jonathan), Darrell, Colleen (Pat), Cory (Michelle), Steven, Danny, Sonja, and Susan; great-nieces and great-nephews, Lauren and Riley, and Stefanie and Chelsea. John will also be missed by Josephine’s (Kowalchuk) family, sisters Magdalen Bugera, Gert (John) Becenko, Isabelle (Ed) Nichol, and Julie (Ernie) Mazur; and brothers, August (Evelyn), Adolphe (Esther), Lawrence (Rosaline), Edmund (Stella), Bernard (Elsie), Tony (Lucy), Art (Charlotte), and Chester (Leona) and their families. John was predeceased by his parents, Paranka and Karl Lampel and siblings, Elizabeth, Margaret and Max in infancy and a niece Cheryl Hiebert.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 8:00 P.M.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Yarek, Celebrant. Graveside Service to follow in the Holy Family Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, or directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. or directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.
One or the other must leave
One or the other must stay
One or the other must grieve
That is forever the way.
That is the vow that was sworn,
Faithful till death do us part.
Braving what had to be borne
Hiding the ache in the heart.
One, how so ever adored,
First must be summoned away,
That is the will of the Lord
One or the other must stay.
In living memory of John Lampel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences