November 19, 1927 – December 12, 2011
Otto Steiner beloved husband of Claudia Steiner of Calgary, passed away on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the age of 84 years.
Otto Steiner was born November 19, 1927 in Rieden, Switzerland. He immigrated by boat and train to Canada April 30, 1958. His wife Claudia and children Reto and Angela followed in November of the same year. Calgary became home for the family. He came to Canada with $500.00 and spoke no English. He dug up all the strawberries, which he thought were weeds, as a result the job only lasted a day. Otto started his own company Superior Components, a cabinet making business. Atco bought Superior, and Otto became a part of the Atco family. He retired from Atco and then went on to build Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie, AB which opened in 1989.
Golfing and skiing were Otto’s passion. Heli skiing at 80 with his son Reto, and three hole in ones were highlights of his life. He was always early and never late. Otto and Claudia went to Hawaii every Christmas Holiday, and never missed a day of golf. He did a lot of wood carvings and woodwork right up until 2 months ago, he never quit using his hands. Otto loved a good wager, and was always happy to win a dollar. He taught his children that anything is possible and lived by that motto.
Otto is survived by his wife Claudia and children Reto (Julie) and Angela (Mike); grandson Brodie and granddaughter Jesse. He is also survived by his niece Irma (Franz); and great niece Nancy (Jason); great great nephews Eli and Owen. Otto is also survived numerous relatives in Switzerland.
A Celebration of Otto’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818.
In living memory of Otto Steiner, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences