Posted: January 23rd, 2017

EMILIE IRENE ZENTNER (nee ZIMBROD) beloved wife of the late Edward “Ed” Zentner, of Calgary, passed away peacefully with her daughter Estelle by her side at the Riverview Care Centre on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her family; Son -in-law Ken Basset of Bruno, SK and his children, Alain (Amanda) Basset and their children, Taylor and Tristan; and Andrea (Neil) Dielschneider and family Trace and Davin; Daughter Elaine (John) Gill of Edmonton, AB, and their children Laura (Mike Melenius) Gill and Peter (Jayme McColl) Gill; Daughter Estelle (Garry) Lux of Medicine Hat, AB, and their children, Ryan (Amanda) Lux, Andrew (Jennifer) Lux and their children McKenna, Benjamin and Seth and Kathryn (Derek) Robertson; Son Gerard (Maureen) Zentner of Edmonton, AB and their children, Matthew (Braden O’Neill) Zentner and Emilie (Patrick Boutet) Zentner; Daughter Peggy (Brad) Zeran of Victoria, BC and their son Thomas Zeran; and Son Ralph (Angela Donison-Cornforth and her daughter Taylor) Zentner of Lethbridge, AB and his children, Chad (Sarah) Zentner and their children, Rowynn and Carter and Travis (Kinga) and their children, Emma, Jaxon and Kamryn; Also left to cherish Emilie’s memory are numerous nieces and nephews, one brother-in-law, Ron (Joyce) Zentner and sister-in-law, Pat Beiswanger of Okotoks, AB.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Ed, daughter Mary Lea Basset, daughter-in-law, Faith Zentner, sister Rose Weisgerber, sister-in-law, Audrey (Zentner) Swires and brothers-in-law, Lawrence and Dennis Zentner.

Emilie was born to Anton and Mary Zimbrod in St. Anna, Romania on August 20, 1928. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1930 when she was only 18 months and her sister Rose, 5 years old. They settled in the Englefeld/Watson area of Saskatchewan. Emilie received her education in Saskatchewan then went on to become a government telephone operator in Watson, which is where she met

Ed Zentner, from Romance, SK. They were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Watson on February 20, 1950 then settled in to raise their family.

In 1968, they moved their family to Humboldt, SK, where Emilie worked as an administrative secretary at St. Mary’s Villa and a part-time accountant at the community college. In July 1981, the family moved to Calgary for Ed’s career in the insurance industry.

Emilie was a devout Catholic and a great believer of prayer. She was a life time and charter member of the C.W.L. since 1957, serving as Treasurer and a volunteer for many years. She was a lover of nature and enjoyed gardening. Once her children were grown and moved on, Emilie devoted her time to her grandchildren. She loved her dogs Skippy and Paige. She had many hobbies including dressmaking, sewing, baking, painting, knitting and crocheting; her family has said many times that if she lived to be a 150 years old, she would never finish everything she wanted to do.

Emilie’s husband and family of six children were the most important part of her life. In her later years, she also found great joy spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Emilie’s family and friends will remember her for her kindness, good sense of humour and loving, gentle nature. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

Prayers and tributes will be said at ST. CECILIA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321-90 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at ST. CECILIA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 321-90 Avenue S.E. Calgary on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Frank Feldman, Presiding and Rev. Wayne Poile, Celebrant.

Interment will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In memory of Emilie, memorial donations may be made to The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, #150, 9405-50th Street, Edmonton, AB T6B 2T4 and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta NWT & NU, #100, 119 – 14th Street N.W. Calgary, AB. T2N 1Z6.

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