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March 15, 1929 – Langen, Germany
February 9, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Kurt Petri, beloved husband of Alfreda Petri (nee Lenhardt) of Calgary, passed away on February 9, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

Kurt commenced work at CP Rail very shortly after his arrival to Calgary in 1955. He worked in the shop initially, and upon honing his English language skills, commenced work at Ogden Shops, becoming a budget analyst over time. Kurt retired from CP in 1989 at the age of 60. Thereafter he and Alfreda moved to Penticton where they enjoyed twelve lovely years of weather and good camaraderie with their friends. Kurt, in his earlier and middle years, loved tinkering with cars, gardening, woodwork and working around his home. He took up photography and built an amateur photographic studio. Kurt always had a home project in the works. While in Pentiction, he learned the craft of “applewine making”. Though a modest consumer of spirits, Kurt won an award in 1986 for his applewine on one of his trips to Germany, where he and his wife visited on many occasions. His heart seemed to be drawn back to his homeland in his later years. Kurt was an old world gentleman with dignity and devotion to his family.

Besides his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Kurt is survived by his eldest daughter, Veronica Petri of Calgary, AB and partner Douglas Leslie of Carseland, AB and youngest daughter, Lorraine Petri and her spouse Rick Fleming of Coquitlam, BC; his youngest brother, Horst and his wife Ilona Petri of Langen, Germany; as well as many family members from Munich, Stadtallendorf-Schweinsberg, Langen and Frankfurt, Germany. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Gretel Petri and his oldest brother, Hans, and wife Waltraud Petri.

A Celebration of Life for Kurt will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Many thanks to the kind staff members at the Carewest George Boyak; we are ever so grateful for their genuine concern and for going the extra mile.

In living memory of Kurt Petri, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. June-Marie Body :

    I was so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing…
    “When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not here to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me.
    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
    I know how much you love me, as much as I love you.
    and each time you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too.
    When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
    For every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.”

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  2. Evelene Newsome :

    Dearest Veronica and Lori,
    Our deepest condolences to you both. These days will be so sad for you because I know how much you loved and respected your Dad. Trust in God and know that time will change your great sorrow you are feeling today into remembering the happy memories you shared with your beloved Father. Blessings to you and your Mother.
    With love,
    Evelene and Neil

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  3. Irene Belthazar :

    Dear Veronica,

    I am saddened by the news of your dad’s passing. May the love of your family and strength from your friends comfort you in this sorrowful time. Stay strong my friend and know that you are remembered in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and may the soul of your dad rest in the everlasting peace of our Almighty.


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  4. Dear Veronica and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of you Dad – you always spoke well of him and said what a kind man he was. Thinking of you.

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  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your kind, caring and loving husband and father. “Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.”

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  6. Dear Lorry,
    We are so sorry for your loss of your beloved father Kurt. He was a wonderful man and I cherish many memories of him during our growing up years. He was gentleness personified and he had a wonderful sense of humour. I remember helping him to paint horse jumps in your basement but I mostly remember his beautiful petunias that he planted in a rainbow of colours in your backyard. I’ve tried every year, without success, to emulate that stunning show of colour. I will forever more think of him when I see beautiful petunias.

    Our deepest condolences to you and Vernonica and your mom Freda. You are in our thoughts.

    Much love,
    Jo-Ann and Greg

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  7. Dear Veronica. My deepest Sympathy on the passing of your dad. We used to e-mail each other
    quite regularly while your parents lived in Calgary. I had no idea they had moved to B C.
    Kurt and my late cousin Hans Sallwey had gone to school in Langen.
    How is your mom doing. She and I are from Sprendlingen. We visited your parents on our way home from B C while they were still living in Calgary a few years ago. My wife also passed awayin September last year.
    Please give my Condolences to your sister. Thanks for letting me know. I am so sorry. Erich Kuch

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  8. Jacquie & Dennis Kolesar :

    Our deepest sympathy, Veronica to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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  9. Rudy and Marilyn Sundermann :

    We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your father, Veronica. He is in good company now in Heaven. Our loved ones are always close by in spirit.

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  10. Peter & Marie Panek :

    Dear Alfreda, Veronica and Lorraine,
    We were saddened by sudden passing of your husband and dad. Our thoughts are with you.

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  11. Ute Petri und Raimund Kress :

    Liebe Tante Elfriede, liebe Roni und Doug, liebe Lorry und Rick,
    bestürzt und mit tiefem Mitgefühl haben wir die Nachricht vom Ableben von Deinem Ehemann,Eures Vaters und unserem geliebten Onkel Kurt erhalten. Wir sprechen Euch unsere tief empfundene Anteilnahme aus. Wir hoffen von Herzen, dass Freunde und Bekannte Euch über den unersetzlichen Verlust hinweghelfen, Euch Trost und Kraft, für diese Zeit spenden.
    Vielen Dank für den wunderschönen Lebenslauf von Onkel Kurt. Wir sind davon überzeugt,
    dass Onkel Kurt wieder mit seinen Eltern und seinem Bruder Hans mit Wally verbunden ist.

    Meine lieben Cousinchen und liebe Tante Elfriede,
    Onkel Kurt war ein liebevoller und besonderer Mensch für mich.
    In Gedanken bei Euch und im stillen Gedenken an Onkel Kurt verbleiben wir

    Ute und Raimund

    “Gott schaute in seinen Garten
    und sah einen freien Platz.
    Dann schaute er zur Erde hinunter
    und sah sein müdes Gesicht.
    Er legte seinen Arm um seine Schultern
    und hob Ihn empor zu seiner Ruhe.

    Der Schmerz bleibt und er wird sobald nicht nachlassen.
    Aber mit dem Schmerz bleibt die Liebe
    und sie gibt uns die Kraft, die wir brauchen,
    um das Leben bestehen zu können.
    Nur wer Nichts liebt, wir ohne Tränen auskommen.”

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  12. Fred & Norma Bamford :

    Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you, and we will always remember the joyous memories that we are privileged to have in knowing your Father.

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