Albert Alexander Kroetsch passed away peacefully at his Amica residence in Unionville on Sunday Nov. 21, 2021 at the age of 89.
Albert is predeceased by his parents Leo and Bertha (nee Hartman), sisters Sister Gertrude and Sister Bernice, Agnes and Mary Ann, brothers Cletus and Fr. Jerry, sister-in-law Betty and brothers-in-law Ian MacDonald and Bert Paolini.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years Edna (nee Hughes), his sister Sister Sharon, brother-in-law Carl Voll, his children Sharon (Jim) Gusz, Jerome (Shirley Mantyla) and David (Jennifer), five grandchildren, Nikko (Thadsha), Johanna, Evan, Braeden and Christopher Gusz, and many nieces and nephews.
Albert was born in Waterloo where he attended St. Louis School and later St. Jerome's College.
As a child, in his spare time - between completing household chores, working part time in a furniture factory, and being an altar server - he enjoyed playing baseball, curling and activities with the Catholic Youth Organization.
Immediately following graduation, he began his long career with the Bank of Montreal. His work in the bank brought him and his family to Watford, Perth, Belleville and in 1969 to Toronto.
Albert enjoyed gardening, woodworking, volunteering with youth baseball and hockey organizations, wine-making and playing bridge. He was dedicated to the call to assist the church and others. He served on several parish committees and for many years was the coordinator of ShareLife in his parish.
The Visitations will be held at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave E. on Thurs. Nov. 25, 2021 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Proof of Vaccination is required upon entry of the Funeral Home.
The funeral Mass will be at Precious Blood Church, 1737 Lawrence Ave. E, Scarborough on Fri. Nov. 26, 2021 at 9:30 am. Live video streaming of the service is available at https://www.preciousblood.ca
. The burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery 8361 Yonge St. Thornhill, Ontario. Donations to the Congregation of the Resurrection and School of Sisters of Notre Dame would be appreciated by the family.
Published by Waterloo Region Record on Nov. 24, 2021.