Obituary of Rudolf Klein
August 2, 1935 – Oberstüben, Czechoslovakia
November 30, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta
Rudolf ‘Rudy’ Klein of Calgary, AB passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at the age of 87 years.
Rudy was born in the German town of Oberstüben, Czechoslovakia, on August 2, 1935. Rudy lived in Augsburg, Germany, before immigrating to Canada in 1954. He moved to Calgary in 1955, married Gertrud “Trudy” Bauer in 1956, and started his family. He became involved with the Calgary German Community and became a member of the German Canadian Club of Calgary. He volunteered many years for the German Canadian Club and was also a board member. Rudy was recognized as a long-time member of the German Canadian Association of Alberta.
The Singgemeinschaft Choir of Calgary was very special to Rudy. He held the office of President for ten years and was a member for nearly 50 years. He enjoyed singing in the choir and enjoyed all the social events that were associated with the organization. Rudy was a member of St. Boniface German Church. He also attended Shepherd of The Hills Lutheran Church. He volunteered many years as an announcer, news reporter, interviewer and cameraman for the German Radio and TV Program for CJSW.
Rudy played soccer and handball in his younger years in Germany and played in Calgary with the men’s leagues. Rudy was a huge fan of the game of soccer. When he no longer played, he loved to watch the game whenever he had the opportunity. He was especially keen to watch the World Cup 2022.
Rudy is survived by his four daughters, Helen Klein of Calgary, AB, Marlene (Steve) Mackay of Calgary, AB, Christine (Doug) Heshka-Wolf of Spruce Grove, AB, and Angela Klein (Chris Roach) of Ottawa, ON; and six grandchildren, Ciera Heshka-Wolf of Edmonton, AB, Aaron Dalik of Calgary, AB, Connor Mackay of Vancouver, BC, Kira Heshka-Wolf of Spruce Grove, AB, Lauren Mackay of Calgary, AB, and Danica Roach of Ottawa, ON. Rudy is also survived by his three brothers, Manfred Klein of Hiltenfingen, Germany, Walter of Bobingen, Germany, and Arnold (Rita) of Friedburg-Süd, Germany; sister Margarete ‘Gretl’ of Augsburg, Germany; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Rudy is also survived by his long-time friend and companion Annie Breitwieser. Rudy was predeceased by his parents, Maria, and Johann Klein; two brothers, Erich, and Helmut; and two sisters, Anna, and Mitzi.
A Celebration of Rudy’s Life will be held at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (8007 Bowness Rd NW, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
The family would like to thank Bow View Manor for their excellent and compassionate care and support.
In living memory of Rudy, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Heritage, 1708 – 16th Avenue NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 0L7, Telephone: 403-243-8200.