(1943 – 2018)
Our cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew and friend passed away in Lethbridge, AB on March 3, 2018. Dieter was born in Kettershausen, Germany on September 23, 1943 to Heinrich and Baukje Sauerwein.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Janet Sauerwein of Cowley, AB; his daughter Darlyn (Patrick) Garrett of Taber, AB; his son Pat (Debbie) Sauerwein of Lethbridge, AB; his son Kristopher (Nadia) Sauerwein of Calgary, AB; his daughter Heather (Michael) Jaeb of Victoria, BC; three grandchildren Emma Louise Jaeb, Linette (Jason) James and Brandon Weilerman; and two greatgrandchildren: Bella and Jasper James. Dieter is also survived by his brother Robert (Gay) Sauerwein of Lethbridge, AB; brother Stanley (Bobby) Sauerwein of Sparwood, BC; sister Patricia (Dale) Kruse of Lethbridge, AB; brother-in-law Bryan (Susan) Warriner of Didsbury, AB; his darling Aunts: Ute (Gerd) Langner of Wurzburg, Germany and Marianne Greiter of Kempten, Germany; and numerous very loved cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in 1996, his mother in 1999, his sister-in-law Maggie Sauerwein in 2015, and his favourite Uncle Hans Greiter of Kempten, Germany in 2015.
Dieter immigrated to Canada on July 1, 1951. He grew up in Lethbridge and came to the Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek area at the age of 16 where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He laboured in a lumber camp in Dutch Creek, AB which was the start of his long career in the forestry industry. He worked as a sawyer for the Johnson Bros. Sawmill Ltd. and later became the owner/operator of Cowley Forest Products Ltd. from 1986 to 2001. Dieter had a passion for the outdoors and athletics. He loved camping and boating with his family and friends. He was the definition of a good sport and excelled at canoe racing, curling and later took up golf. He enjoyed coaching and championing young athletes. Dieter had a particular affinity for animals and was always willing to lend a helping hand to someone in need.
At Dieter’s request there will be no funeral service and his remains will be laid to rest with his much-loved parents-in-law, Kathleen and Stanley Warriner, and his Uncle and Aunt-in-law, John and Louise Demchuk, in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses for their kindheartedness and attentive care and to all who have generously provided gifts of food and flowers. Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance (1441 – Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7), or the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation “Dialysis Unit” (P. O. Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555