Wolfgang Mertens

Obituary of Wolfgang Johannes Karl Mertens

December 31, 1930 - Eringerfeld, Germany

November 20, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


Wolfgang “Wolf” Mertens, passed away peacefully at Staywell Manor in Calgary, Alberta on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the age of 91 years.


Wolf was born in Eringerfeld, Germany on December 31, 1930. He immigrated to Canada in 1951. He married the love of his life, Rosemarie, in 1958 and welcomed their only child, Patricia in 1959. In 1961, Rosemarie and Patricia also immigrated to Canada from Germany. After various odd jobs, Wolf started working on the oil rigs and stayed in the “oil patch” for over 40 years. His work took him to various countries including Norway where he lived with his family for ten years before finally returning to Canada in 1977.


Wolf was well read. He loved history, discussing current events and was an avid gardener. Many will remember him for his entertaining and interesting stories about working on the rigs. Wolf was proud of his family, especially his two grandchildren, Katrina and Travis.


Wolf is predeceased by his beloved wife of 56 years, Rosemarie. He is survived by his daughter Patricia Pohlen (Klaus); granddaughter Katrina Colleaux Nicolls (Levi); grandson Travis Colleaux; sister-in-law Brunhild Woll; and nieces Michelle Hurst (Stewart), Theresa Sullivan and Almut Brandenburg (Kilian).


As per Wolf’s request, there will be no memorial service. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Wolfgang Mertens, 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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