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Erich will lovingly be remembered by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth, and their children, Rita (Ed) Globa and John (Julie) Schoffner. Opa will also be remembered by his grandchildren, Andrea (Viktor), Adam, Owen and Reece and his great-granddaughter Sophia. Erich was predeceased by his parents, Anton and Marie Suttner, as well his sister Gudrun and her husband, Edwin Froemel. Also left to mourn his passing are his nephews, Doug and Norm Froemel.
Erich was born in Martnau Czech Republic in 1930. The Second World War disrupted the family's life and they were forced to flee and settle in Bad Kissingen, Germany, where Erich completed his education. Erich immigrated to Canada in 1953, and worked as a serviceman for Genzer's Furniture. Later, he purchased the service department and began his own company. He met and married Elizabeth, who worked with him to develop the successful Superior Appliance.
Erich was a great outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He and Elizabeth spent many summers at Caddy Lake, even portaging through the tunnels to find the best fishing spots. At any opportunity, Erich would love nothing more than to share a drink with friends and tell stories about their adventures.
After his retirement, Erich and Elizabeth enjoyed travelling with several visits to Europe, as well as trips to California and Florida. He especially loved their yearly winter holidays in Hawaii.
Though retired, Erich remained active by volunteering his time for the betterment of his community. He was president of the Parochial Society of St. Joseph's Parish for many years. He took great pride in establishing and running the Majestic Alps Pavilion for Folklorama with the help of many St. Joseph's parishioners.
Erich was very generous with his time and skills. He wouldn't hesitate to help his family, friends and neighbors with any project or repair, big or small. He could fix anything and gained a reputation for doing so.
Special thanks to the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital third floor, Unit 4, for their care in Erich's last hours. Their empathy and kindness toward him and family is much appreciated.
A private mass of Christian burial will be held for the family with Interment to follow at Glen Eden, with Reverend Father Boguslaw Wardzinski officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
We met Erich (and Elizabeth) about 5 years ago, when, after their stint at Caddy Lake, they had parked their 1970s Glendale trailer for the last time at Netley Creek resorts, and, after a few years, in which they added a cabana, decided that they would be nomads no more. Looking at the magnet bumper stickers, they had been to many places in North America. We had a short transition, in which we were impressed that in their eighties, with some family help, they still loaded the hot water tank, winterized the unit and did other seasonal maintenance, so we bought their unit from them. Though not all of the occasions were happy, we had a chance to meet some of the other members of their extended family. Good people all. - Posted by: Astrid Lichti John Wilmot (Associates) on: Oct 19, 2020
What a pleasure it was knowing Erich and his lovely wife. Friendly, jovial and full of stories to make your time in their company fly by with pleasure. My condolences to Elizabeth and family and their community, for he will surely be missed. - Posted by: Eilleen Veley (Footcare nurse) on: Oct 18, 2020
I share your grief in the loss of Erich. He was always a pleasant and friendly addition to the Wellness pool. I will remember him for his great story telling and the twinkle in his eye with his hardy laughter. May the many memories and the love of old friends help to comfort you, Liz. He will be surely missed! Regards, Katy Dann - Posted by: Katy Dann ( Friend from Wellness) on: Oct 18, 2020
My sincerest condolences to Elizabeth and family. May he Rest In Peace. - Kevin - Posted by: Kevin Smith (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020
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