March 8, 1929 – April 4, 2014
The family is deeply saddened to announce the loss of a dear husband, Dad, Opa, and great-grandfather. Herbert passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of Friday, April 4 at Royal University Hospital due to complications from surgery. He was born in Vienna, Austria, where he trained as a mechanic, and where he met Emilie, the love of his life. After they were married, they decided to seek a better life together in Canada, arriving in Halifax by ship on April 2, 1954 and heading west by train to Saskatoon to join Herbert's twin brother Walter. His first job in Canada was at J.H. Early Motors. Eventually, he established his own successful business, Production Machinery Service & Supply in 1968, which he operated until 1995. Opa was a proud member of the German- Canadian Club Concordia since 1967 and worked tirelessly to support it, being elected president three times. He still served on the executive at the time of his passing. One of Opa's greatest pleasures was spending summers at the family cabin at Little Bear Lake with Oma for nearly 40 years, where they made many friends. Herbert is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Emilie, sons Harold (Stefanie) and Fred (Michelle), grandsons Jeff (Lara) of South Africa and Jeremy, granddaughters Andrea Hudson (Jeremy) and Katrina Pexa, great-grandsons Seth Pexa and Hunter Hudson, and great- granddaughters Mackenna Hudson, Jett Hudson, as well as by siblings Peter and Christa Traudisch of Vienna, Franz Traudisch of Germany, and Hans Traudisch of Austria. He was predeceased by his mother Anna Traudisch, his twin brother Walter, and brother Heinrich Pexa of Melbourne, Australia. Opa, we loved you more than you could ever know, and we will never forget you. "Dear Herb, thank you for the 62 years we had together. I will always love you and miss you." - Millie. Arrangements in care of Saskatoon Funeral Home 306- 244-5572. Cremation. There will be a Memorial Service at the German Cultural Centre, 160 Cartwright Street on Wednesday April 9 at 2:00 p.m. Luncheon to follow.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2014