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SPIESS, Hans Joachim

January 29, 1951 – January 22, 2013

Hans, beloved husband of Christina Spiess (nee Shapka) of Calgary, passed away unexpectedly on January 22, 2013 at the age of 61 years.

He is lovingly remembered by Christina, his wife of 41 years, daughter Shannon Hughes, son Greg (Rudy) Spiess and grandchildren Ethan and Cecilia Hughes. Hans is also survived by his mother Ruth Spiess; brothers Rudy (Marlene) and Andy (Lee); sisters Susi, Anne Marie and Barbie; father-in-law Steve Shapka; brothers-in-law John and Doug (Cheryl) Shapka; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He is best remembered for his unwavering commitment to his family, his kind and gentle spirit, and his insatiable curiosity for the world around him. Not a single day or experience was taken for granted by Hans, and he has left a rich legacy for those who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Hans at Centre Street Church (3900 2nd Street N.E.) on Thursday, January 31 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to Centre Street Church.

In living memory of Hans Spiess, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Marnevic Construction Ltd. :

    All of us at the Marnevic family want to express our condolences for your family’s loss. We always enjoyed working with Hans both as his co-workers and as his friends. Hans will be missed by all of us.

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  2. Todd DeCiccio :

    I just wanted to say that I will miss Hans a great deal. I learned a lot from him and always enjoyed our conversations. I always felt a bit of a special connection with Hans due to our similar back grounds.

    My thoughts and prayers are with him.

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  3. Shannon Seguin SL Oilfield Construction :

    On behalf of my family at home and at SL we would like to express our deepest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

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  4. Lori and Clint Johnson :

    Chris, we want to offer our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.
    Hugs
    Lori and Clint

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  5. Harry and Anne Engfer :

    Chris, Anne and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Lean heavily on the Lord and he will walk you through this time of grief. He is your best friend, especially right now. Trust him.

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  6. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Chris and family. Hans was a friend and I admired the love he had for his family, work and colleague’s. He will be missed and loved.

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  7. Barbara Lockhart (nee Schoenberg) :

    Dear Mrs. Spiess, I am so sorry for your loss. How sad and unexpected to lose a son. I know my mom would have wanted to have expressed her condolences as well. May God bless and comfort you in this very difficult time. Barbara Lockhart

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  8. Jack and Myrna Doyle :

    We would like to offer our sympathy to Cris and family. Hans was a great guy, a friend and mentor to myself,and someone who spoke often of his wife, children and grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  9. Gwen & Ambrose Gross :

    Chris and family, Gwen & I want to offer our deepest condolences. Hans was a man who always spoke of family with so much love and admiration, he will be missed by all. Take care.

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  10. Kathy and Jim Postlethwaite :

    We were saddened to see that Hans has gone to be with the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we have warm memories of Hans and Chris! Blessings to you, Kathy and Jim

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  11. Derek Riddell and RMP Energy Inc. :

    Our deepest sympathies to the Spiess family. Hans was an outstanding guy, he had a positive influence on everyone he met. Hans was a proud and devoted family man and often talked of his grandchildren and family. He will be missed but certainly not forgotten.

    Derek Riddell

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  12. From my family to yours,
    I would like to pass on my sympathy at your loss.

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  13. Robin & Genalyn Nielsen :

    We would like to offer our condolences to the Spiess family . I enjoyed working with Hans .

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  14. Kim and Christine Hubert :

    Christina and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. We have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Hans for the past three years. You could tell he held a lot of love and pride for his family as he spoke of you often. Hans will be greatly missed and we are sad to have lost an important part of our working family.

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  15. Sarah Patrick :

    I can not beging to express how deeply sorry I am to hear of Han’s passing. I did not know him well but the few occasions I was around him I saw him as a wonderful Father and an happy loving and greatly involved Grandfather. Playing laughing and tickling, gazing at Ethan and Cece with such love. I hope that your rich and beautiful memories will provide some comfort in this the most difficult of times. We are sorry for your loss.
    Much love,
    Sarah, Alex and Jade Patrick

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  16. Management & Staff of Vista Geomatics Ltd. :

    Spiess family and friends, our deepest sympathies to all of you. Working with Hans has been a pleasure for us and he will be missed by many. We sincerely hope that your memories will help to comfort you.

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  17. Managment and Staff at ARAMARK Remote Workplace Services :

    Spiess family, from all of us at ARAMARK we offer our deepest sympathies for your loss. Hans was a great man and a joy to work with. Having the opportunity to work so closely with Hans over the years was a true pleasure and he will surely be missed, but not forgotten.

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  18. Brent & Angie Cadrain -Freelance Signs :

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Hans’ passing. We will miss our evening visits we were so blessed to have when Hans would pop by the sign shop to say hello. He was a sweet man who always had great stories of the family to tell! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

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  19. Tom and Shirley Porter :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. We were fortunate to have been able to work with Hans and know he will be deeply missed by all.

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  20. Marc and Susan Sampietro :

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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  21. I was fortunate enough to know Hans for a couple of years once we started working on the same project. I was impressed by his love of family and appetite for knowledge that many have mentioned. My life is richer for the short time I worked with him. Hans has been in my prayers and I wish to extend my condolences to the family he loved so much.

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  22. Bill and Frances Anderson :

    Dear members of the Spiess Family, Having known the Phillip Spiess family since 1957, I was saddened to hear of Hans’ death. My condolences to the family.
    Bill Anderson and family

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  23. Ewald & Karin ediger :

    Dear Mrs. Spies and family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your son Hans. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Love, Karin & Ewald Ediger

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  24. Our family would like to express our sympathies for your loss. I worked with Hans for the past three years and I don’t know if a day went by that he didn’t talk about his family and ask about mine. A great loss to all who knew him.

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  25. Joe-and Shannon Nell :

    I am very sorry to hear of Hans s passing ,I always enjoyed working with him at Spiess construction ,back in the old days with his Dad and brothers.
    Our condolences to the family
    Joe and Shannon Nell

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