John Wirth (1925 - 2016)

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July 25, 1925 - April 15, 2016
Beloved husband, father, Opa and
Grand-Opa, John Wirth went to be with his Lord
and Savior on April 15, 2016.
He was pre-deceased by his daughter Marie
Charlet in 2010.
John was born in Bonyhad, Hungary and
grew up working on the family farm. He met
his future wife Christine there and in 1947
they were married after their families moved
to Germany. John worked in Frankfurt for 6
years, helping to rebuild the city after the war.
The young couple immigrated to Canada in
1952 with their 3 year old daughter. They settled
in Valleyview, Alberta to homestead, where they
had two more children. As well as the full time
job of clearing the bush from their land, John
spent ten years working on the oil rigs. There were many,
many days that he only slept for a few hours between jobs, yet it was known that
he had the cleanest barn in the area!
In 1973, John sold the farm and moved his family to Calgary, where he worked
at a trailer manufacturing company for the next five years. His dedication to his
work earned him the respect of his boss and co-workers. No one worked harder
than John. After their last child was married in 1979, John and Christine retired
to Medicine Hat where John worked a the flour mill for a short time. He enjoyed
gardening and was an ardent recycler. You could see him every day picking up
bottles and cans as well as old bicycles and just tidying up the neighborhood
in general. He repaired many a bike and sold quite a few that he had fixed. One
thing you noticed about John, he was always singing or humming a tune. If you
were seated in front of him at church, you couldn't miss what a powerful voice he
had when it came time to sing hymns. In September of 2011, John and Christine
moved to Cochrane. A great big thank you to all the staff at Big Hill Lodge and
John's Home Care Nurses for their kindness and compassion to John over the last
few months.
John was a great example to his children and grandchildren, whom he loved
dearly. He will be missed greatly by his wife of 69 years Christine, his son
Alfred (Anne), his daughter Dorica Parrott (Norm), his son-in-law, Marie's
surviving husband, Dennis Charlet (Irma), all nine grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.
John believed that cleanliness was next to Godliness. If there are
brooms in heaven, he is sweeping the streets of gold!
A Funeral Service to honour John's life will be held at Cochrane Alliance Church
(902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane, AB) on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm with
viewing starting at 12:00 pm. Following the service, John will be laid to rest at
the Cochrane Cemetery. A time for fellowship and remembrance will follow the
graveside service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements in care of COCHRANE COUNTRY FUNERAL
HOME, Cochrane, Alberta. Telephone: 403-932-1039
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#6, 402 Railway Street West
Cochrane, AB T4C 2B6
(403) 932-1039
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Apr. 21, 2016