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Born: Dec 07, 1936

Date of Passing: Jul 20, 2021

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December 7, 1936 – July 20, 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved dad, Walter Denis Altstadt, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Grace Hospital.
Left to cherish his memory are his four children, Dale, Shelley (Perry) Stewner, Dayna MacDearmid, and Stephen (Sheila); grandchildren, Amanda, Allison, Alanah, Courtney (Kris), Whitney (Colin), Marissa and Andrew; great-grandchildren, Haylee, Kayden and Rhett; his brother Glen (Linda); sisters-in-law, Betty and Dorothy; his stepdaughters, Shelley and Tracey and stepgrandchildren, Sydnie, Brenden and Keri-Anne; many relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his stillborn son, parents, William and Hulda (nee Howk), brothers, Arnold, Kenny and Ronald, sister Leona, and recently by Dale's wife Debbie.
Denis was born on the family dairy and grain farm in Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba. He married Donna Dales in 1958 and together they raised their four children in various Manitoba Hydro communities. His career with Manitoba Hydro began in 1954. He held various positions, eventually becoming Operating Supervisor for both Hydro Dams and Converter Stations. He was proud of the programs he developed and operator training that he provided. He was thrilled to be responsible for the startup and operation of Kettle Generating Station in Gillam, the largest dam in the province at the time. He retired from Dorsey Converter Station after 39 years with Hydro.
He always maintained his connection with the family farm and returned to help out at harvest time whenever he could. After he retired, his love of the farm drew him back and he designed and built his own home within sight of where he was born. He eventually returned to Winnipeg where he continued his independent lifestyle until he passed.
He was an exceptional father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family, always putting others' needs ahead of his own. He loved a good game of crib or push. He was an amazing cook. His soups, shortbread cookies and sauerkraut were second to none. He loved to puzzle, garden, sit by a campfire, travel, and spent many winters in Texas. He was an expert Toastmaster and was often called upon to speak at special occasions.
He always had a project on the go, whether he was restoring a car, fixing a tractor, tinkering around with anything mechanical or deciding what to build next. His 1955 Dodge Mayfair was a show winner. He was proud that he was one of the first to recognize recycling, often returning from the dump with more than he dropped off.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to his good friends, John and Irene. Thank you to the Winnipeg Firefighters and Paramedics for their kindness.
Cremation has taken place. He will be interred at a private family gathering in the fall at St. Paul Lutheran Church, River Hills, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to donate to CancerCare Manitoba, or a charity of choice.

We know you are breathing easy now Dad.
We hope Heaven is stocked with Chivas
and that you know we carry you
in our hearts forever.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
(204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

Publish Date: Jul 31, 2021

December 7, 1936 - July 20, 2021

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Walter Denis Altstadt, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
Cremation has taken place.
Longer obituary to follow Saturday, July 31.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
(204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

Publish Date: Jul 24, 2021

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021, Jul 31, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My condolences and prayers go out to you! I will always have fond memories of Denis. I had an on site job interview at Dorsey converter station in March 1977 and following the interview I was hired. Denis was the first person I met in Hydro and he was always a mentor to me. He will be greatly missed! - Posted by: Mark E Desjardins (Co worker) on: Aug 03, 2021

  • Our condolences to Dale, Shelley, Dana, and Stephen and their families on he passing of their Dad. I met Denis in Gilliam in the early 70’s, when commission of Kettle unit one and the AC yard at Radisson was in progress. It was a hectic time but I always remembered how Denis provided a stable influence to all the young technicians. When he found out you were from a farming background the talk was on. A good friend to all who met him. Rest In Peace old friend. Bud, Linda, Michelle and TJ Seens - Posted by: Bud Seens (Fellow Hydro Worker and Friend) on: Aug 02, 2021

  • Dayna and family We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Paul enjoyed working with Denis at Manitoba Hydro. He was a great man and coworker....may your fond memories of him help you though this very sad time. Paul and Elsie Pounder - Posted by: Elsie Pounder (Friend/ coworker) on: Aug 01, 2021

  • Still cannot believe one of our dearest friend has passed away. You will forever be remembered Denis and truly missed. Thank you for those wonderful years of the card game Push, phenomenal meals, garden tips, trip to Mexico, excellent engineering for the restaurant, and so much more. With all of our heart, we wish you a good rest, have a drink and we will catch up with you later. xoxoxo Nat and Joe - Posted by: Jozef and Nathalie Slavik (friends) on: Jul 31, 2021

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