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SATTLER, Reiner Felix

February 4, 1936 – Huerth, Germany
May 3, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Reiner beloved husband of Ingeborg Sattler (nee Flockenhaus) of Cochrane, AB, passed away on May 3, 2018 at the age of 82 years.

Reiner was born February 4, 1936 in Hurth, a suburb of Cologne, Germany. He was a bricklayer before immigrating to Canada in 1957.

He learned English in his new country and then went to post-secondary school at Alberta College and the University of Alberta, where he graduated from the faculty of Education in 1967. He then embarked on a 30 year career with Edmonton Public Schools, inspiring others to share in his joy of learning.

He was also a member of the Royal Glenora, where he played many racquet sports. He won numerous trophies in tennis and badminton but he was most proud of his role as a coach of the youth team which produced a player that went on to be ranked 3rd in the world in women’s badminton. It was also at his time at the Royal Glenora where he met Inge Flockenhaus. The two quickly fell in love and were soon married, having two sons, Kevin and Derek.

In sharing his love of sport with his kids, he re-kindled his childhood love of soccer, coaching both to much success, including a provincial championship with Derek’s team. Even after his kids were older, Reiner continued to coach youth soccer, leading teams to play for the national championship. He was very proud that one of those players went on to play for his country in the World Cup. Reiner never forgot his love of racquet sports either. In 2005, Reiner won a silver medal in squash at the world masters games, just two years after recovering from a cardiac arrest. While his sports accomplishments are lengthy, it was his love for his family, for young people and for sport that motivated his life. He invested his time to make people better.

Reiner is survived by his loving and supportive wife Inge; his sons and their spouses Kevin and Megan, and Derek and Rut Serra; his granddaughters, Katie and Ellen; sister Irmgard and brother Helmut. He is predeceased by his parents Peter and Cacilie ; and brother Walter; as well as his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Sattler (nee Brusset).

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (East of the James Walker Trail and Highway 22 intersection, Cochrane, Alberta) on Saturday, June 02, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Reiner Sattler, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.

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  1. Cindy Teghtmeyer

    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Reiner was a great supporter of young people. We hope during this time it is a comfort knowing many cherished their interactions with Reiner and were positively affected by those interactions including both our girls and ourselves.

    Alan and Cindy Teghtmeyer

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  2. Annelies Price

    Sincere sympathy to the family- thoughts are with you all and wishing you strength during this difficult time. I had the pleasure of knowing Reiner a little bit through soccer and cycling- he always remembered me and would stop to visit. The last time I saw him he was biking strong on Horse Creek Road and we stopped to chat, appreciate the beautiful day and enjoy the view. He inspired me to be active and I will think of him often as I ride my bike and watch my children play soccer. Thank you Reiner- Rest In Peace.

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  3. Megan Teghtmeyer

    My condolences are your family in this challenging time. He was a great coach and a wonderful man.

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  4. A sad day for many but great memories of a gentleman and legend in sporting circles wherever he travelled. Reiner certainly made an impact in Cochrane, but also St Albert where he was brought up in discussions on my soccer travels. Not sure drop-in soccer will ever be the same in Cochrane where his calming influence on the game was a joy and he always had a quiet word for all.
    Sympathies to his family but he will always be remembered with great warmth and fondness. Rest in Peace Reiner – knowing you made a difference 🙂

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  5. Stew McDonald

    My condolences to the Sattler family. Reiner was a tremendous individual and I have wonderful memories from our days on the racquet and squash courts in St. Albert.

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  6. Many great memories of “battles”on the squash court in St. Albert with Reiner. Always amazed at his fitness! A real gentleman. Condolences to his family.

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  7. Conrad Jaeger

    To the family of Reiner,

    It is with great sadness that I hear the passing of Reiner. My name is Conrad Jaeger and I grew up in the town of Cochrane, Alberta. I knew Reiner for many years as a soccer player, badminton player, and soccer referee. Reiner was a shining example to me and many of my friends of how to age gracefully, and always display class and integrity. He showed me, by beating me many times at badminton as a teenager, how age is often just a mindset. While officiating my soccer games he gained the respect of all of the players by always treating us with respect and professionalism.

    I am struggling to express how much of an impact Reiner had on many of the young people within his community and how loved he was, as he was a man larger than life. Even in his photo above, I would have easily have mistaken him for someone 25 years younger; a great example of how he was an exceptional man. I think the best way I can explain this was that I was thinking about him and wondering how he was doing, ten years after last seeing him in my hometown. He made a lasting impression on all those people who interacted with him, and we are all better people for having the blessing of knowing him.

    He will be missed greatly.

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  8. Kevin Kindrachuk

    Deepest sympathy to the Sattler family. I too was one of the many squash and tennis players of St. Albert that Reiner “schooled” on a regular basis. Over the years I truly enjoyed playing many matches with him. Even though I was much younger, I can not recall ever winning any of these matches. I always marvelled at Reiner’s level of fitness and calmness when he played squash and tennis. I also enjoyed the friendly banter we shared after playing matches that went on and on and on…Reiner was a true gentlemen and the ultimate sportsman. I feel very blessed to have known him. He will not be forgotten.

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  9. Isabel van Essen

    Inge and family;

    So sorry to hear of Reiner’s passing, my condolences to you all. My son was well coached by Reiner, and enjoyed the travels with you and the team, while I remember the many great conversations we had with Reiner (and you as well Inge), on the sidelines of St. Albert soccer fields. May he find peace.

    Isabel van Essen

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  10. We were very saddened to hear of Reiner’s passing. His shared a love of sports with others, particularly youth, that was wonderful. I have fond memories of helping Reiner, for several years, coach the St Albert Spurs, a youth soccer team that went on to win provincial championships. In St Albert I occasionally meet players that were on that team and we all have great memories of that team and the greatest respect for Reiner, our coach. Sincere condolences to Inga, Kevin and Derek and families.

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  11. Richard Boonstra

    Dear Mrs. Sattler and family,
    I am so sad to hear of Reiner’s passing. I really enjoyed being coached by Reiner, and playing soccer with him. He was such a great person and great example for everybody. My heartfelt condolences,
    Richard Boonstra

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