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May 18, 1934 – Augustuvek, Poland
July 3, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Otto Weiss was born May 18, 1934 near Poland in the town of Augustuvek.

The family was moved by German military in 1939 to Wartegau, Poland. Dad’s father, Julius, was given a farm to manage and produce food for the German authorities. Julius was given specific objectives about how much of various quantities of crops and livestock he was to produce. Although dad was very young he helped where he could.

The family attended a Baptist Church in Poland pastored by Rev. Johannes Goetze. He was later baptized by Pastor Goetze in 1947, in Braunsweig, Germany.

In January 1941, the family was given two hours to pack up all their belongings and leave for Germany. They left in two horse drawn wagons. Dad and his brother Waldemar were placed on top of the few supplies, materials and horse feed that his father had quickly packed; they were covered with a heavy blanket and then strapped in so they would not fall out of the wagon. Their two wagons joined a long wagon train headed west towards Germany. The wagons had to follow one another in a single-file as the train headed west toward Germany.

After one week of travelling in the wagon train, dad’s father realized the wagon they had been following had lost track of the rest of the group and taken a wrong turn. They did not know which way the hundreds of other wagons had gone. Having searched everywhere they could think of, dad’s father found a military policeman and asked which direction the large train of wagons had gone. The policeman told them he had not seen any wagons go by.

Prayerfully making their way in the dark down a country road that they hoped would take them in the right direction, they came to a T-intersection. As dad’s father drove the horses in one direction the voice of a young child a called out of the dark, “uncle don’t go that way, go the other way”. Although he did not see the child that was speaking to him out of the darkness, he heeded the voice and went the other way.

A few days later they arrived in Germany and after searching extensively for the wagon train that they had started with, learned that their two wagons were the only ones to arrive from Poland in recent days.

Shortly after dad turned 18 he was on his way to Canada by himself on a ship called the Beaverbrea. Though he met a few people on the way he was quite lonely at times and greatly missed his family. When he arrived in Calgary he obtained a job as a painter with Peter DeLew and boarded with the Huber family.

A few years later while working as a painter for Beal Decorating in Calgary, Dad met Bill Dyer who was an estimator with Beal at the time. Dad and Bill took on some moonlighting jobs and eventually established their own business partnership under the name of Derwess Decorating.

Although they had met on the ship travelling to Canada in 1952, it wasn’t until later that Dad and Herta Betcher became acquainted, fell in love and got married in 1957. Together they raised four children, Fred, Ed, Karin, Kathy.

Otto is survived by his wife Herta of almost sixty-one years; two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Rene, Ed and Marci; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karin and Carlo Spoletini; Kathy and Tom Burke.

A celebration of Otto’s Life will be held at Thornhill Baptist Church (128 Tache Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to Samaritan’s Purse – Canada, 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5H5 Telephone 1 (800) 663-6500 or may be made directly to the Reach Out Youth Ministries, #1-240 Lougheed Road., Kelowna, BC, 1-250-575-1515 website: Condolences may be forwarded through A special thank you to our church family at Thornhill Baptist Church.

In living memory of Otto Weiss, 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: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Pastor Dieter Reda

    Dear Family,
    My sincerest condolences on the home going of Otto. I will never forget his kindness and the “family nights” at Otto and Herta’s home. May the Lord’s peace comfort you in these days.

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  2. Masikewich family

    Karin, Carlos and family. Our hearts are with you at this time. Know you are in our prayers. I know your dad was recieved with open arms in heaven. God Bless

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  3. Albert & Alice Fried

    Dear Weiss Family: Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Life partner, Dad, Opa, Uhr Opa. Otto fought the fight and he won the race! He was a great influence in our life and he will be truly missed. May you always remember the good times and know that he is home. May God give you his peace during this difficult time.

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  4. Heavan just got more fun loved your dad ,a great man, sorry for your loss ,the gang at auto check Al Ken Sue and Jody Also the Beagle clan

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  5. Greg & Susan Johnson

    Our prayers and sympathy are with your entire family, May the tender Love of God bring peace and comfort in a special way to your hearts.

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  6. Volker Zipprick

    Tante Herta, Fred, Ed, Karin and Kathy…although many years have gone by since our growing up years at Thornhill, I remember with great fondness our bond in the Lord and especially the encouragement of your husband and father in my life. He was always interested in the things of God and ready to share with whomever would listen…with a smile. Praying for you during this time…Karen and Volker

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  7. I’m sadden to hear of my good friend’s passing. Our condolences to you and your family Herta. May God shine down upon you and your family during this difficult time. Praying for you and your family. Dwayne & Marla Singer

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  8. Joseph V. Hayko

    I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss.
    My most sincere condolences.

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  9. Magdalena and Adam Sliwon

    Karin and Carlo,
    Our deepest sympathy for you and family. Saying goodbye to someone we love is hearthbreaking. May you find comfort in all special moments shared with you father. May God who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort and healing to your soul. We are honored to met Otto and spend little time enjoying his humor and soul.
    Magdalena and Adam Sliwon

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  10. Mohammed Abdel-Hafez

    I’m so saddened to know of your passing away, Otto! I was so privileged to get to know you well over the last twelve years… You were not just a patient among the thousands I care for in my practice. You have always stood out as a man with a character, an attractive charisma, a remarkable wisdom and a great inspiration to others. You have always brought smile to my face. I’m really going to miss you, Otto!
    My sincere condolences to Herta and the family.
    Dr. Hafez

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  11. Mark Laser, on behalf of the Romania team

    As I served with Otto as an usher at church, I recall Otto often making sure that the spotlight above the cross was turned on. We in Romania were very sad to hear of Otto’s passing. He spoke to us regularly about our trip and offered regular support for those of us who are serving here. We pray for the Weiss family, as we appreciate all the positive impact that they have had on our lives over the years. Otto’s life emplified humility and commitment to Christ. He always wanted to ensure that the light was on the Cross.

    Our sincerest condolences from the entire team in Romania.

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  12. Just saw this. May God bless you all. What a life, praise God!
    Willy and Lilly Resch

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  13. My prayers and sympathy to the Weiss family. Praying that you will rest in the comfort and peace of the Lord until you meet again. Such an amazing love for the Lord shone through Mr. Weiss.
    Lisa Schmidt

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