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LENGAUER, Karl Walter

October 22, 1926 – August 26, 2012

Karl W. Lengauer passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2012. He was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, and followed the post war call to ‘go west, young man’ to Canada in 1951. He made his home in beautiful Alberta, where he married, built a house and raised a family. Karl enjoyed hiking and skiing the Rockies until a devastating car accident altered the course of his life, and left him in chronic pain.

In the early days, Karl worked at Calgary Eaton’s until his entrepreneurial spirit prompted him to start Avanti Art & Glass Co. Ltd.. His inspired vocation as a self-taught stained glass artist spanned five decades and he touched the lives of countless people. He was respected as an artist, a mentor and a friend by those who worked with him, and his desire to create beauty left a legacy of magnificent windows throughout Alberta and beyond.

Karl’s intellectual curiosity and sense of conviction made for lively conversation with anyone in his sphere. He enjoyed exploring how things are made, from gadgets to The Universe. He delighted in the wonders of nature and he preferred to walk barefoot. He was a philosopher, a night owl, an introvert. Karl was a kind and gentle man, and we are better for him having been among us.

“Without Love, I am Nothing” He will always be remembered by his daughter Patricia, son Julian (Carla), their mother Barbara Lengauer and her relatives, and many dear friends, and the Ettmayer and Hirsch families in Austria who fondly called him Putzi-Onkel.

Please join in for a Celebration of Life, to be held at the North Glenmore Park Rowing and Canoe Clubhouse on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., with dessert to follow. Interment will be held at the Canmore Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through

The family would like to extend special appreciation for Alberta Health Care, to Karl’s medical professionals, and those at the Foothills and Rocky View hospitals, Carewest Glenmore Park and the Peter Lougheed Centre. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, if so desired, memorial tributes may be made directly to Karl’s chosen charities: The War Amps CHAMPS Program (1-800-250-3030) and the CNIB (1-800-563-2642).

In living memory of Karl Lengauer a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Ingrid & Jochen Grossmann :

    Liebe Trisha, lieber Julian,
    wir möchten Euch auf diesem Wege unser herzliches Beileid aussprechen und Euch sagen, dass wir in Gedanken bei Euch sind, wenn Ihr Euch von Eurem Vater verabschiedet. –
    Wir haben Euren Papa nie persönlich kennen-
    gelernt, haben aber bei unserem Besuch in Canada seine beeindruckenden Glasarbeiten
    – wir glauben es war in einem tollen Hotel in
    Lake Louise- in Erinnerung .
    Wir umarmen Euch und sind in Gedanken bei
    Liebe Grüße
    Ingrid und Jochen

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  2. It is always sad to loose a loved one and Karl’s family and friends will miss him and remember his kindness. His spirit will remain through his beautiful works of art and the fond memories will remain…

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  3. Dear Trisha, Julian and Barbara,

    Thank you so much for sharing this message with me. It reflects how I personally knew Karl. The memories came flooding back—– It is sad to say good by, never mind the age of a loved one, right? I have to be with you in Spirit because my circumstances don’t allow me to come to Calgary. You know I think about you but any of you are always welcome to visit us. I pray for strength and peace at this difficult time. With love Monika + Tante Monika

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  4. margitta und andreas grossmann :

    Liebe Trisha,lieber Julian,
    gerade haben wir Eure Nachricht von Vaters Ableben erhalten.
    Bei meinem einzigen Besuch in Canada habe ich Euren Papa kennen gelernt und seine wundervollen Arbeiten im Atelier bestaunen dürfen.
    Ein begnadeter Künstler.

    Wir sind traurig und denken an Euch
    Margitta und Andreas

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  5. John Sutherland BA LLb :

    I represented Karl years ago in his second suit against Safeways for a slip and fall and leg injury. It was always difficult to get him to talk about things other than his passion for stained glass. I enjoyed our conversations and send my condolences to his family.

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  6. Familie Sigrid Fessel-Walter, Germany :

    Liebe Bärbel, lieber Julian, liebe Trisha,
    wir sagen euch unser herzliches Beileid und unsere Anteilnahme. Wir wünschen euch, dass die Erinnerung an Karl immer weniger schmerzen wird und das Denken an ihn immer auch ein Lächeln auf eure Gesichter zaubert. Wie schön, dass er gelebt hat und weiterlebt in euch. Wir senden sehr herzliche Grüße zu euch und umarmen euch. Sigi und die ganze Walter Family

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  7. Clarence & Evelyn Buckley :

    So sorry to hear of Karl’s passing. His memory will carry on for a long time in our Springbank United Church where his work is displayed in at least 3 windows. Our family is very proud to exhibit “our” window in memorial to my parents Margie & Jack Buckley which is mounted in the entrance to the church. I recall meeting Patricia on one of my visits to the studio. He was also kind enough to loan me his elbow crutches when I had a hip operation. May God bless.
    Clarence and Evelyn Buckley

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  8. Lise & Louis-Georges :

    Very sorry to hear your father passed away Trish, from our readings on his life his spirit will live on eternally. Our deepest condolence, we are sending you a big cosmic hug. Lise & Louis-Georges

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