Klaus was supported and loved by his family while diagnosed with cancer in August of this year. Although he tried hard to overcome the side effects of radiation, his body gave in. Until the very end, he was mentally alert, active, and continuously visited with family and friends as if to say “Good Bye”.
Klaus is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 53 years, Hannelore, his daughter Monica ( Michael), his son Ralph, and his brother Jrgen, and sister Brigitte (Gunther) in Germany.
Klaus was also the proud and loving Opa to Marcus, Laura ( Danny), Stephanie, Hanna and Steven. He also was known as Opa to many others as well.
Klaus was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1955 to Kingston , Ontario. He was a journeyman machinist by trade before working as a pipefitter. In 1958, he moved to Calgary. Hannelore followed in 1962, they married and resided in Calgary. Klaus worked for Canadian Occidental for 32 years until he retired at 59. After helping build the natural gas plant in Balzac, Klaus became a 2nd class Gas and Steam Engineer, and then a shift supervisor. At any opportunity, Klaus and Hannelore loved to travel together. Klaus was very fond of the outdoors and purchased properties at Lake Windermere and Abbott Lake, Montana. He was always in his element when puttering around at these adventurous estates.
Klaus always enjoyed every milestone in life with humour, laughter, and a zest for life. He always found an occasion to celebrate, complemented by a schnapps with his family and friends.