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Born: Nov 15, 1929

Date of Passing: Jul 25, 2020

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"The Legendary Charlie"
November 15, 1929 - July 25, 2020

"The mountains are calling and I must go."

Utho Steidle was born in Munich, Germany, and passed away on July 25, 2020, at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Bunny Mantei, his parents, Robert and Mathilde, his sister Maja, and brothers, Albrecht and Robert. He is lovingly remembered by his children, Doreen, Heather (Don) and Robert (Kelli), as well as his grandchildren, Chris (Bena), Graham, James and Katie Gwozdecky, Nickolas and Gabrielle Dudek, Caprice and Neal Steidle, great-grandson William Gwozdecky - who he was delighted to meet on his 90th birthday, brothers, Arbo, Christoph and their families, his special friend Kris Viddal, and her brother Terry (Karen).
Utho grew up in the idyllic setting of Aufham, the family home overlooking the Bavarian Alps, but immigrated to Canada in 1954 ending his long journey in Winnipeg. Although slated to study Medicine, he eventually changed course and obtained BA, BSW and MSW degrees at the University of Manitoba and at UBC. Following his graduation, he became a social worker and advocate for children, beginning in Flin Flon but spending most of his career in the farming country of the Eastman Region where his daily travels brought him great colleagues and many friends.
Utho was a born storyteller, regaled everyone with his adventures, laughed at his own jokes, loved pretzels and beer, and dumplings of all kinds. He visited his children wherever they lived no matter where in the world and often reminisced about his adventures in the US, Asia, the South Pacific and the Middle East, where he invented the unique family sport, Boing Hockey.
Utho had infinite love and patience for children, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson, and animals. Over time he enjoyed long, philosophical discussions on religion and reincarnation, but remained true to his church, the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, on Academy Road.
Despite the ups and downs of age and ill health he was so proud that he was able to complete his memoirs, "The Legendary Charlie" followed by "I Once Was Blind", which captured his unique sense of humour and the joys and challenges he faced in his life.
Although a private cremation has been held, the family will host a Celebration of Life to honour our unique father, grandfather and great-grandfather at a later date.
We would like to thank for their care and kindness Dr. Joshua Magnussen and nurse Kandis Feener of Riverwood Medical Clinic, the staff of the Portsmouth and Brightwater Seniors' Residences where he spent many happy days, and Dr. George and the staff of the Grace Hospital for their compassion in his last days. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Kroeker, Dad's cardiologist, who gave him permission, at the age of 90, to eat whatever he wanted.

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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My heartfelt condolences on your loss Doreen - Posted by: Andrew Smith (GAC) on: Aug 01, 2020

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