Rudolf Wieser
1926 - 2021

With deep sadness we announce the death of Rudi Wieser, aged 94 years.

Rudi is predeceased by his wife, Susan, and survived by his two sons Robert and Ralph, his five grandchildren Ellen, Marc, Maxime, Grace and Joseph, and his three great-grandchildren Julius, Anna Rose and Iris.

Rudi was born in the town of Mürzzuschlag in Styria, Austria in 1926. His young life and education were deeply marked by political upheaval and the outbreak of war. Conscripted into the army at 18, he was captured by American forces in France and interned as a prisoner of war until 1946. Following the war, Rudi obtained an emigration visa, and sailed for Halifax by steamer in 1951, travelling by train to Winnipeg.

Drawn in by her beautiful voice, Rudi met the love of his life, Susan Kroeker, at a singing party in her father’s Winnipeg home. Rudi and Susan were married in 1955, and soon had two children. Summers at Falcon Lake paved the way to the first family collage at Wallace Lake in 1969. A second cottage followed, after a catastrophic forest fire in 1987, and this is where Rudi and Susan spent the idyllic golden years of their retirement.

Rudi never shied away from a debate: His strong personality and sarcastic humour were legendary. He was a flirt and a tease and a daredevil, and he loved a good laugh. But, these characteristics belied a profound depth of feeling, of warmth, of fierce loyalty, and of unconditional love. His perseverance and ability not only to survive but to thrive in the face of impressive obstacles throughout his life, while always looking after his family and friends, will continue to inspire all who knew and loved him.

When he wasn’t busy building, repairing and tinkering, Rudi was often content to sit for hours at a time admiring the constant yet ever-changing view from his deck overlooking the lake. This is where we will always remember him, with a glass of homemade wine and a sense of wonder at his own good fortune, nodding along to Louis Armstrong’s classic song, “What a Wonderful World.”

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