Obituary of Villy (Willy) Kaj ANKERSTJERNE

September 29, 1932 – April 9, 2020, Calgary, Alberta

Willy Ankerstjerne, beloved husband of the late Viola Ankerstjerne (nee Black), passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the age of 87 years.

Willy was born in Aarhus, Denmark, immigrated to Canada in 1957, and in 1962 proudly received his Canadian Citizenship.  He lived in Calgary briefly before moving to Cochrane in 1970 with his wife, Viola, where he worked, raised his family and made life long friends, affectionately known as ‘The Cochrane Crew.’

In Denmark, Willy trained as a welder/fabricator before joining the Danish Air Force in 1953 where he was trained as a gunsmith. In 1957 he left the Air Force to immigrate to Canada.  He spent two years working on a farm and learning to speak English.  In his spare time he became an accomplished bow archer, having won many titles competing with the Calgary Archers Club.  Willy worked for Canada Post for fifteen years as a letter carrier.  Willy was also a talented carpenter and ran his own home repair business – if you needed it, he could build it; if it was broken he could fix it!  After leaving Canada Post, Willy was the building operator for Big Hill Lodge in Cochrane where he worked until his retirement.

Willy is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Doug Walker, and Karin and Scott Sargent; and his three grandchildren, Tegan Walker, Gillian Walker, and Reid Sargent; and also by his dog Emi.  Willy is also survived by his brothers in Denmark, Carl Aage Ankerstjerne, and Knud Henning Ankerstjerne. Willy was predeceased by his wife Viola, his brother Jørgen Gustav Ankerstjerne, and his parents, Kaj Henry and Magda Ankerstjerene.

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Willy’s obituary at

The family would like to thank the dedicated and caring staff at Cochrane Home Care.

In living memory of Willy Ankerstjerne, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3,   Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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