LITTAU, William “Bill”

Posted: August 21st, 2021

William “Bill” Littau

1930 – 2021

Mr. William “Bill” Littau of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Mrs. Hedwig Littau, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at St. Michael’s Palliative Care on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at the age of 91 years.

William was born in the German settlement of Josefsthal, Ukraine. In 1943, he moved to Germany and in 1951 he immigrated to Canada, arriving in Quebec on his 21st birthday, June 18, 1951. On October 25, 1952, he married Annie Geworsky and they resided in Coaldale celebrating their 50th Anniversary shortly before her death. On October 16, 2004 he married Hedwig Schiemann and they resided in Lethbridge for sixteen years until his passing.

Besides his loving wife Hedwig, William is survived by two daughters, his daughter Monika Wilk and her children Michael (Samantha) Wilk and Danny (Courtney) Wilk; and his daughter Gerda (Guido) Zanoni and their children Adam (Rachel) Zanoni and James (Sue) Zanoni; great grandchildren, Willow, Luke, Brady, Everlee, Lincoln, Brayson, Miguel, Brooke, and Kinsley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

William is also survived by stepchildren Heidi (William) Clarke and their sons Deakan Clarke and Evan (Maggie) Clarke, Karl (Natalie) Schiemann; Lily Schiemann (Ian Roberton) and their daughters Brigitte and Bronté; Rosemarie Schiemann (John Bohonis) and their daughter Chelsea; great grandchildren Owen, Abigail, Lorenzo, Aurora and Henry. Bill’s marriage to Hedwig brought him into a large family and he is much loved by numerous stepbrothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.

William lived a part of his life through difficult times but had an inner strength that carried him through with optimism and humor. He was proud to be Canadian where he could work hard and make a good life for himself and his family. William worked as a dispatcher and foreman at Revelstoke Transit Mix for many years and was owner/operator of Bills Trucking until his retirement at the age of 62. William loved to travel and enjoyed many adventures all over the world. He had a wonderful sense of fun and also humor.

William was predeceased by his first wife Annie, his parents Benjamin and Paulina, sister Lydia and brother Benjamin.

William was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed, and his memory treasured by his family and all whose lives he touched.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at the CHRIST TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 416 – 12 Street South, Lethbridge, with Reverend Olivier Ravelojaona, officiating.

Interment will follow in the Coaldale Cemetery.

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