In Loving Memory Of

Wilhelm Helmut Bloch

April 1, 1924 - September 19, 2012


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Wilhelm Bloch on September 19, 2012 at the age of 88 years. He was a longtime resident of Grande Prairie, and leaves behind family and many friends. Wilhelm or “Bill” or “Willie” to his friends was born in Wiory, Poland and in 1953 he immigrated to Canada. There he started as a farmhand in Dixonville and later signed on as one of the first workers on the Dunvegan Bridge. At Christmas in 1958 he returned to Germany and proposed to Irene Vogel. They were married on February 7, 1959. Shortly after the wedding, he returned to Canada to seek employment and his wife Irene followed later. Wilhelm started working for Canfor Plywood Division in 1961, earned his ticket as a Journeyman Carpenter and continued working there for 28 years until his 65th birthday. He was an avid hunter, providing his family with wild meat and later he enjoyed going fishing with friends. He was a longtime member of the Society of German Canadians. Wilhelm was always interested in new technology, had a great sense of humor and enjoyed music and social occasions with friends. He was also a great animal lover and had a compassion for his pets. He was predeceased by his sister Annie, and his son Frank. He will be greatly missed by his wife Irene, daughter Anke, granddaughter Kelsea, good friend Hans Gruttner, his brother and sister and nieces and nephews in Germany and many friends. Special thanks to the Grande Prairie Care Centre for taking such good care of him. Funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.


Sending our condolences to Irene & Fam as you gather for Funeral Tues at Trinity Lutheran Church in loving memory of Bill Bloch. We are cycling with seniors in USA, We return to GP, Sept 30th, and will plan to visit with you after we get back home. "Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted".

posted by Pastor Vern & RoseAline Begalke, Lanesboro, Minnesota, USA : Sep 21, 2012



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