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KRUSHEL, Howard Herman

May 9, 1940 – Hochfeld, Manitoba
June 27, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Howard Herman Krushel, beloved husband of Lee (Helena) Krushel (nee: Wagenhoffer) of Calgary passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the age of 77 years, with his wife by his side.

Howard was born in the village of Hochfeld, Manitoba. His childhood years were spent in southern Manitoba with his parents (Henry and Louise Krushel) and his brother Elmer, where he received his early education. Grades 9 and 10 were taken by correspondence. Howard and his good friend David Sawatzky attended the Altona Collegiate for their last years of High School. Howard obtained his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture (honors) from the University of Manitoba. He worked for the Government of Canada as an agricultural officer from 1962 until his retirement in 1996. Howard and Lee married in 1971 and were blessed with two daughters, Shannon and Sheri. He was an active member of the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe and a long time member of Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church.

Howard is survived by his wife Lee Krushel; daughters Shannon Krushel of Vancouver, Sheri (Jerimy) Hermary, Taylor, Justin and Emmily of Airdrie. Howard is also survived by his brother Elmer and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Louise Krushel, and sister-in-law, Diana Krushel.

Howard’s gentle personality and warm smile will be remembered at a celebration of his life to be held at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through If desired memorial tributes may be made directly to Agape Hospice, 1302 – 8 Ave. NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 or any food bank.

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  1. Pat Henderson

    Lee & Family. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your familynon the passing of Howard. Inworked with him for many years at Agriculture Canada. He was a wonderful person – always a gentleman – kind, caring and considerate to everyone he worked with. He was the consummate professional. I am sorry I am unable to attend his Celebration of Life as I am currently in Europe but will be thinking of you at this most difficult time.

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  2. Helen Gillespie

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Although Howard and I never met, as long time members of SGGEE we shared some occasional contact in our family research endeavours. His generosity in sharing his knowledge was much appreciated and he will be missed by all who knew him, whether in person or by other correspondence.

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  3. Kathy Livingstone

    We’re so sorry about the passing of Howard. It is so sad that he has left you and hope he wasn’t in too much pain. I didn’t know him well, but it was always nice to see him in church. We all hope and pray for peace for your whole family.

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  4. Bill Tucholke

    Sorry to learn about the passing of Howard. I really enjoyed our conversations during our SGGEE conventions. Howard provided me with invaluable assistance in researching my Tucholke family. He was able to find a book written in Portuguese of German families that settled in Brazil and found information on my grandfather’s uncle who immigrated in 1900. This information has resulted in my finding many Tucholke cousins who live in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay South America. I will always be thankful to Howard and think of him every time I correspond with my cousins.
    May God bless you and your family during this most difficult time,
    Bill Tucholke, Marcellus, Michigan USA

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  5. Stavileci Family

    Our sincerest condolences to you. – Howard was a sweet, caring, genuine gentleman who will always be remembered by us. We will forever be thankful for the impact he has made in each of our lives from the day we first met him.

    Howard has inspired us all to be better people; he will be deeply missed.

    ~ Shkelzen, Saranda, Rajmonda,
    Elona, Dardana Stavileci

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  6. Warren Krushel

    I know that Howard was a very special cousin to my dad Ernie Krushel. May you find peace in your memories of him, and that big smile!

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  7. Veronica Neufeld

    Lee, Shannon, and Sheri,
    Our deepest condolences with the passing of your husband/father Howard.
    We remember many a great times, visiting with your family, in your home in Silver Springs, Alberta. Howard was a ray of sunshine, and we remember his passion with studying genealogy.

    Dennis, Veronica and Anita Neufeld

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  8. Carl von Wolzogen

    Lee, Shannon and Sheri. My deepest condolences.

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