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REICHE – Hans Gustav

February 23, 1919 – February 21, 2011

Hans Reiche, beloved husband of Helene Reiche of Calgary passed away on Monday, February 21, 2011 at the age of 91 years.

He is survived by his brother Erich of Bruggen, Germany; daughter Ingrid (Allan) Thomas; granddaughters, Cristina (Phil) Roberts and Stephanie Thomas (Michael Sprake); great-grandchildren, Greta, Annelise and Eric; Helene’s son Doug (Kelly) Broszat and their children, Drew, Aaron and Dustin.

Born and raised in Wollin, Pommern, Germany, Hans began his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker at age 15. His career was interrupted by the war, a period in which he endured a great deal of hardship and loss. After the war he moved to Linkenheim where he met and married Margaret Nagel. In 1956 they immigrated to Canada, and settled in Calgary, where Hans established his reputation as an excellent cabinet maker and finisher, one of the best there was.

After Margaret’s passing in 1969, Hans met and married Helene (Leni). They enjoyed travels to Germany and Mexico, and many social occasions and family gatherings at their home. Hans greatly enjoyed his time as a long-term member of the German-Canadian Male Chorus, and together they sang in the Singemeinschaft with their many friends. Hans loved music, and could be heard singing or whistling right up until his passing. Always positive and happy, he was an excellent role model for us all. We will remember him always.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Please forward condolences through

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Foundation For Prader-Willi Research Canada in support of Han’s great-grandaughter, Greta. Go to and click “In Memory of Hans Reiche”; or a cheque made payable to Foundation for Prader Willi Research Canada can be sent c/o 237 Scotia Point NW, Calgary, AB T3L 2B1.

Arrangements by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Ken & Vicki Sprake :

    We are terribly sorry to learn about the death of Hans.

    We hope it comforts you to know that so many people care, and are thinking of you and your family at this time.

    Hans was such a wonderful person and took such delight in visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    So many will miss him.


    Ken & Vicki Sprake

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