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Born: Jun 05, 1932

Date of Passing: Sep 09, 2004

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TRIBUTE TO HENRY RATTAI On June 5, 1932, Henry Rattai was born into the loving home of Phillip and Ernestina in Saint Ouens, MB. He was the fifth in a family of seven children. With four brothers and two sisters, his life on the farm was adventure filled. In 1948 Henry moved to the city, but his heart stayed on the farm. He married the love of his life, Elfriede Hintz in 1952. As soon as possible they bought a little home on Furby Street. Into those walls God added the laughter of three little children, Ruth, Beverley and Gerhard. Dad loved his wife Frieda deeply. He loved his family, both immediate and extended. Family reunions were always a highlight for him. He enjoyed fishing trips with his brothers, and cottage days with his family, where he roused up many tennis games, competing fiercely with his ever improving children and grandchildren. Thanks Dad for teaching us how to drive, and how to water ski at a young age. Thanks for showing us how to love your spouse, how to forgive, how to live life to the fullest, but most importantly how to put God first in life. Henry started learning his carpentry skills informally on the farm. He worked for a few years as a journeyman carpenter, and then founded Kraft Construction in 1959. Over the next 45 years, Kraft built many schools, bridges, churches and other commercial industrial buildings around Winnipeg, across western Canada, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and northwestern Ontario. He was not just a builder, but a visionary too. He had a potential development plan for every vacant property that he saw. Henry served on the boards of not less than a dozen different organizations. He served on the board of the Winnipeg Construction Association, longer than any other member to date (1979 - 1994). Besides birthing Kraft Construction, he also founded the Kraft group of companies. Henry volunteered a lot of his time and energy to charitable organizations. Foremost amongst them was his home church. Immanuel Pentecostal where he served on the board for years, directed the band, led the choir, and taught Sunday school. Unexpectedly, on Thursday, September 9, 2004 while playing a game of golf with three of his close friends, he died at Falcon Lake. Our loss is great. Our pain is deep. Left to mourn his passing are his brother Ed Rattai and wife Elsie, sister Dorothy Kokot, Gordon Rattai with his wife Elizabeth, Herman Rattai and wife Jeanette, and sister Agnes Rist with her husband Seno. The immediate family, Elfriede, Ruth, Beverley and Erhard, Gerhard and Rosalie, Bryan with his wife Kelly, and Laura, Sheena, Samantha and Lucas all say "We love you Dad, and will treasure the good memories of all that you meant to us. Thank you for who you were. Well see you on the other side."

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 14, 2004

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