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WIRTH, Rudi Erwin

November 29, 1921 – Frankfurt, Germany
July 8, 2017 – Cochrane, Alberta

Rudi Wirth passed away on July 8, 2017, just five weeks after the death of Lisa, his wife of 72 years.

Rudi was born in Frankfurt, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1954 with Lisa, and their two daughters, Uta and Ursula. The family settled in Ontario, where Rudi and Lisa lived until 1999, when they moved out west, to Cochrane, Alberta.

Rudi was an avid reader and fishing enthusiast. He was also passionate about art, collecting work by nationally-recognized artists whenever he could, and helping Lisa with her career as a painter. Boyed by his wife’s success, Rudi even took up oil painting as a hobby. Although never hung in a gallery, his work was well received by anyone who saw it, especially his grandchildren.

Rudi had a way of making everyone around him feel important and loved. His warm smile, sense of humour and caring nature will be missed.

Rudi is survived by his daughters, Uta Parks (Vic) and Ursula Reynolds (Rick); his grandchildren, Deanie, Vicki, Jason, Travis and Darcy; and his great-grandchildren, Murray, Lisa, Thompson, Scarlett, Craig, Lily and Eric.

The family is very grateful to Dr. Fundyts, the loving, caring staff at Bethany Care Home, Cochrane and his caregiver Marie-Linda Plante. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, on line at, or by phone 403-410-1112.

A Celebration of Rudi and Lisa’s Lives will be held in the fall. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Rudi Wirth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Deb Callaway :

    Ursula, Rick and family;
    Our thoughts are with you. Treasure the memories.
    Yvonne and Deb Callaway

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  2. Barbara Zaccai :

    Uta , Ursula and family

    We have fond memories of Lisa and Rudi from the Ontario days, with their ranch and the many great art shows they produced .
    What a great inspiration they have been for the strong bond of love and resilience thru a long and fulfilling life journey.

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