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KOEHLER, Bernhard Hermann

April 24, 1933 – Ziegenrueck, Germany
December 29, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Bernhard Hermann Koehler, beloved husband of Ursula Maria Edith Koehler (nee Meinokat) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the age of 85 years.

Bernhard was born April 24, 1933 in Ziegenrueck, Thuringen, Germany to Otto and Aenne Kohler. After escaping from East Germany in 1951, Bernhard met his wife Ursula and they married in 1956. Their first daughter, Ingrid, was born in 1958 and he immigrated to Canada with his family in 1960. In 1962 his daughter Barbara was born in Toronto, and after moving across the country to Calgary, his family was completed with the birth of Catherine in 1964. Bernhard’s first priority was always his family, and he worked tirelessly to ensure their well-being. His preciseness, determination, desire for knowledge, and his many skills have been passed onto his daughters and shaped their lives.

Bernhard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ursula, two daughters; Barbara Campbell and Catherine (Paul) Koehler-Aigner; son-in-law Don Schmidt; two grandchildren, Darick (Lianne) and Jayla (Ian); two great-grandchildren Kinsley and Kohler; and a large extended family in Germany. Bernhard was predeceased by his daughter Ingrid Schmidt.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS AND HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB), on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Stroke Recovery Association of Calgary, Box 4041, Station A, Calgary, AB T2H 1X1.

In living memory of Bernhard Koehler, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear of Bernhard’s passing and want to give my sincerest condolences to Ursula, Barbara and Catherine. I knew Bernhard since immigrating to Canada with my parents in 1969. I enjoyed his company growing up and have especially fond memories of our hunting trips together. He will be missed but always remembered.

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  2. Condolences to all Bernhard’s family but especially to Ursula at this time. The friends who knew both of them as part of the Stroke Recovery Association are saddened by his death. He was a devoted caregiver and did his best to support Ursula regain some independence after her stroke. He was also very helpful to me, as I struggled to interpret the income tax regulations with regard to German pensions. I was so grateful that he freely offered his time and knowledge even when he had so many other demands on his time. Rest in peace, Bernhard. Pauline

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  3. Dear Ursel,
    Six decades have come and gone. Sixty special years for you and Bernhard, so many moments to be remembered and many things to be thankful for.
    But there is no way to lessen the sorrow of losing someone so precious to you. Please remember that others care, and wish you and your family that healing may come quietly and gently, and comfort you with each new day.

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