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March 16, 1925 – Geismar, Germany
July 25, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Emil Sauermilch beloved husband of Gertrude of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the age of 89 years.

Emil was born to the late Karl and Melanie Sauermilch on March 16, 1925 in Geismar Germany,

He was drafted into the German army in 1943 and returned home in September 1947, where he trained to become a building engineer. He married the loved of his life, Gertrude vom Kolke in December 1950; together they immigrated to Hamilton Ontario in 1954, and later became Canadian citizens. His businesses were Mountain Bricklaying, Wenton Homes and later, Saunders Construction where Emil had a fine reputation in building custom homes.

After moving to Calgary in 1979, he became active in Real Estate, supporting the German Canadian Association, enjoyed singing in the St. Thomas More church choir, the Over 60 club, a Snow Angel at Parkridge Community Association, and participated in the walking club as well as many other activities that he was also passionate about.

He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and family in Germany, Canada, The United States and The Netherlands.

Emil is survived by his loving wife, Gertrude Saunders; daughter Dianne van der Elzen; son Brian Saunders; his grandchildren, Jeff van der Elzen, Melanie Pearce (Joseph Pearce); and his great-grandson, Rio Pearce. He was predeceased by his parents Karl and Melanie Sauermilch.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Thomas More (15 Templebow Road N.E.) on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire memorial tributes may be made directly to the Peter Lougheed Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 3500 -26 Ave N.E., Calgary, AB T1Y 6J4 Telephone: 403-943-5736.

In living memory of Emil Sauermilch, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. Lucy Cerato :

    My dear Gertrude & family – our most heartfelt condolences to you all. We will miss his smiles and his humour. God bless you all. – Lucy & family

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  2. Shanahan's Team :

    From the entire Shanahan’s Calgary staff we want to pass on our condolences to Jeff and his entire family in this moment of sadness.

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  3. Heidi, Bernd, Eric Luz, B.E.K. Metal :

    Dear Gertude and families, we want to send you our deepest sympathy in the loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. We are sorry that we only found out that the funeral is right now, otherwise we could be there for you now. But we hope that we can bring you our help in overcoming the grief of the loss you had. It is always hard to let go but we hope that with the help of God he can give you peace in your hearts and remember Emil the way he was. Now he has no more pain or memory losses, he is between angels that make him sing and smile all day and night and he is looking out for all of you and he will always be with you in your hearts and guide you. Our thoughts are going out to you today and our prayers will also be with you that you will live the coming days and months in peace and that you will overcome your grief with your prayers.
    May God Bless you all and keep you for the hard months to come. With our love from our family to yours and best wishes Heidi and Bernd Luz as well Eric & Danielle Luz and their families and Klaus Luz(Edmonton) and Christine with their families

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  4. Barbara Watson :

    Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Very nice service today.

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    Just wanted you to know that Emil will always leave an impression on our hearts and will surely be missed…

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  6. Annamaria & Don Matsui :

    Don & I just discovered, quite by accident, that Emil has died. We are very saddened by the news. None of the Calgary Cross PC Constituency knew. Our hearts go out to the family, especially Gertrude. God bless you.

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