With great sadness we announce the passing of Winton Edwin Wangsness on Sun. Oct. 14, 2018 in Brooks, Ab. at the age 91 years. Same day as his father’s birthday.
Winton was born on Nov. 21, 1926, at home near Coronation, Ab. to parents Joe and Anna, the third oldest of five children. He met mom, Jean Schmidt at a function in Coronation and were married on Nov. 7, 1949.
They were blessed with seven children.
Dad grew up south of Coronation, went to Glengile and Sounding Creek schools. He was employed by Central Alberta Dairy Pool in Coronation hauling cream from farms in the area.
In 1953, he bought his own truck and hauled cream for another six years.
In the spring of 1960, he started working as a battery operator for Petcal Co. Ltd. who contracted for Canadian Homestead. In 1969 he was transferred to Duchess, Ab. where he operated their plant at Princess, Ab.
In 1971 he was transferred to the plant at Hatton, Sk. and they moved to Irvine, Ab. where he worked until he retired in 1991, and they moved to Innisfail.
They moved back to Brooks, Ab. in 2003 to be closer to family.
From Signature Square Apartment, they moved to Orchard Manor.
When his health failed in the winter of 2018, Brooks Long Term Care became his home, where he was treated with compassion and dignity.
Dad has always enjoyed woodworking and has sold his work to people in England and many parts of the U.S.A. and Canada. All of his family proudly display his work.
He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, drawing, feeding the birds, music, shuffleboard, tending to his flower beds and pots, going for drives, camping in the mini-home and Christmas was his very favourite holiday.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and loved each and every visit from his friends as well.
Dad will always be remembered and loved by his five daughters, Trudy (Gary) Koleyak of Duchess, Emily Elliott of Rocky Mountain House, Lorrie (Greg) Franz of Medicine Hat, Renie (Brian) McAmmond of Medicine Hat and Tammie (Lyle) Ebelher of Dunmore.
Also his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Michelle (Darrell) Elsbett, Brady and Tori, Tracie (Brad) Ion, Decker, Jordie and Payton, Curtis (Tammy) Elliott, Courtney, Colby and Ryan, Kim (Chris) Grubisic, Cole Isaac and Bensen, Jody (Nikki) Elliott, Jayda and Sienna, Kevin (Nicole) Franz, Chris, Mason and Tristan, Tara (Blake) Brown, Tanner, Jaden and Kaycee, Colin (Torani) McAmmond, Sheldon (Jenn) McAmmond, Aubrey, Devon and Dillon, Alicia Ebelher, Temara Ebelher and Clayton Ebelher;
He will also be mourned by his brothers-in-law Emil Nelson, Bruce Jewett, Pete (Alaline) Schmidt and David Glasier, sister-in-law Annette Barnes and Betty Schmidt and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Jean in 2014, their sons Ralph in 1951 and Winton in 1959, his parents Joe and Anna Wangsness, brother Walter Wangsness and sisters Irene Nelson, Alice Jewett and Bernice Wangsness, his in-laws Henry and Emily Schmidt, brothers-in-law Carl Wangsness, Henry Schmidt and Ron Barnes and sister-in-law Wilma Glasier.
Our dad was a quiet, gentle soul and will be greatly missed by us all. You have left us with lots of great memories – rest in peace Dad and Grandpa.
Funeral services were held on Sat. Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. from the Heritage Inn and Suites, Brooks. Rev. Esther Crews officiating. Interment at Brooks Cemetery.
In memory of Winton, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks and District Health Foundation for Long Term Care, Bag 300, Brooks, Ab. T1R 1B3.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to: Smith Funeral Home and Crematorium, Brooks, Ab. Condolences may be forwarded through www.sfh.ca, 403-362-4636 or Toll Free (866) 362-4652. “Our Families Serving Your Family Since 1951”.