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Born: Dec 21, 1925

Date of Passing: Dec 18, 2017

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OTTO RUDOLPH SCHELBERGER December 21, 1925 December 18, 2017 Otto peacefully passed away 3 days before his 92nd birthday on December 18, 2017. Otto was born in Germany in the town of Petschau. In 1951, he immigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He fell in love and married Hildagard in 1955. Otto had the joy of making a career out of his love for classical music. He worked for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as the second chair French Horn player and later as the librarian for a total of 35 years. He also played with the CBC Orchestra for 30 years and the Rainbow Stage for 27 years. Otto was passionate about his faith in God, classical music, reading and nature. He loved fishing, gardening and any opportunity to be outside. After his wife passed away, Otto was blessed to find a new loving partner in Dorothy Diswinka. In 2012, Otto suffered a stroke which required him to move into the Maples Personal Care Home. In December 2017, Otto had another stroke from which he did not recover. Otto is predeceased by his parents, one brother, his wife Hildegard and partner, Dorothy. Otto will be lovingly remembered and missed by his Keenan step children and their families. The family would like to thank the staff of Maples Personal Care Home for their care for Otto over the past 5 ½ years and the nurses at the Seven Oaks Hospital. Public viewing is available on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. at the Klassen Funeral Home, 1897 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg. The funeral will take place at Klassen Funeral Home on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:00 am. A private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul." KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME 1897 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB (204) 338 0331 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 23, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My condolences to the family and friends of Otto. He was my first horn instructor and he influenced me to become a professional horn player and music teacher. He will be missed by his family and friends and as it is always with the Faith. Es War Einmal (once upon a time) and then it becomes Aufwiedersehen (see you later). The Lord be with him. - Posted by: Franz Unger (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • Our condolences to the Keenan family who have lost a father who was talented, inspiring, friendly, courageous, and godly. At this time, we encourage you to focus on the fond memories of the past and the glorious promise of the future as found in Revelation 21:4 ... "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Sincerely, Bret and Karen Dobbin - Posted by: Bret Dobbin (Family friend) on: Dec 30, 2017

  • Otto and Hilda (and later Dorothy) were our treasured neighbours during my high school and university years in Winnipeg. They were like a second mom and dad to me. I remember running across the street to tell them of my acceptance into dental school before I even told my own family. Otto instilled in me a love for classical music and opera, that is still part of my heart. Otto and Dorothy were very supportive and encouraging when my family went through very hard times. We will always appreciate that! It was such a joy to see Otto come to a living faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and grow in his faith! Even after his stroke in 2012, the few times we had a chance to speak with him by phone, he was genuinely concerned about our well being, always cheerful and encouraging. Rest in peace, Otto. To you, his family, our deepest condolences as you mourn the loss of this dear, genuine, generous, loving man. God bless you and comfort you, Dorothee and Ilse - Posted by: Dorothee Saleski (Friend and former neighbour) on: Dec 26, 2017

  • My deepest condolences to Otto's family. I have fond memories of Otto when my dad (Fred Hill) was at the Maples Personal Care Home. After suppertime as Otto passed my dad's table, Otto had the most biggest smile and he had a huge wave for us and a few words sometimes. Always sensed he was a very nice gentle man. May your memories give you peace and comfort now and the years to come. - Posted by: sharon hill (an acquaintance from the Maples Personal Care Home ) on: Dec 23, 2017

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