GUST, Albert

Posted: August 4th, 2021


With great sadness we announce the passing of ALBERT “OPA” GUST, beloved husband of Kathe Gust. Opa passed away peacefully on Saturday July 31, 2021 at Fairmont Extendicare Lethbridge just 3 weeks prior to his 90th birthday.

Albert was born on August 26th, 1931 in Friedensfeld, Romania, formally known as Bessarabia. Albert was orphaned as a child.

At 14 years old he began his apprenticeship as a blacksmith for his master in Lehnsdorf, Germany. He immigrated alone to Canada from Germany in 1953 where he met the love his life, Kathe Rallion and married in Lethbridge on June 21st 1958.

Opa advanced his skills by obtaining welding and industrial mechanic tickets and began work at Canada Packers in 1965, retiring in 1991. Opa valued hard work and dedication and placed much of his worth in his workmanship which was evidenced in his yard, and crafting his many welding projects in the garage. Opa had a great love for all animals especially his many dogs which he spoiled throughout his life. Opa continued to work hard until he was slowed by a heart attack. Opa loved to share a cold beer and tell a story or two.

Albert is survived by his loving wife, Kathe of 63 years; two sons, Ron (Kelly) Gust of Spruce Grove; Ralph (Linda) Gust of Lethbridge. Two grandsons, Nicholas Gust (Celia Duncan) of Mission BC and Michael Gust (Lindsey Martini) of Sexsmith; and one granddaughter, his princess, Jessica Gust (Shaimus Tolman) of Lethbridge; and two great-grandsons Oliver and Jake of Mission, BC.

The family would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the caring staff at Fairmont Extendicare. Especially Edna and Jodie, Opa’s angels on earth.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 1:30 PM at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2825 – 32 Street South, Lethbridge, AB, with Patrick Siedlecki officiating. A public viewing will be held one hour prior to the service.


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