Posted: February 10th, 2024

WILBERT THEODORE ZINGER December 3, 1931 – February 7, 2024

It is with a mixture of joy and sorrow that we announce the passing of our precious father Wilbert Theodore Zinger. He went to his eternal home with his Lord and Saviour on February 7th, 2024, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Wilbert was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan on December 3, 1931, and grew up in Denzil. He loved spending time on his grandparents’ farm driving the tractor, combining, pitching bales, picking rocks and feeding the animals. Dad left home in Grade 8 and worked at various jobs before he began his lifelong profession in North Battleford as an electrician. He helped put power into the North where he met a beautiful teacher who later became his wife, Christina Miskolczi. They were married on September 1, 1958 and raised eight children together.
Mom and dad moved to Kerrobert in 1963 where they started their own business, Twin Electric and C & W Services. Later he was employed by Interprovincial Pipeline (Enbridge) where he worked out of Rosetown and then Regina where he was Terminal Operations Coordinator until his retirement. He later volunteered at the Post, fixing anything they would let him.
Faith was always part of his life and was a great influence on his children and grandchildren. We had a big garden and dad’s motto was “no weedie, no eatie”. In 1968 they purchased a cabin at Aquadeo Beach where the family enjoyed fishing and boating. Dad had a great sense of humor and loved to make faces for the camera. He was a strong man and a hard worker until his brain injury in 2018.
Dad was a mentor to his children as well as many others. He was generous with his time and talents and there was always room for another person at our table or home. He and Chris opened their home to his father in 1980 and they continued to care for him for 13 years until his passing at 103 years of age.
After Mom’s passing Dad split his time between the farm, helping Barb and Joe’s family with spring seeding, going to the lake and returning to the farm for fall harvest for many years. “Why wouldn’t a guy” was dad’s favorite saying later in life.
He is survived by his children: Lynn Zinger (Kaz), Allan, Gale Driedger (Calvin), Barbara Bell (Joe), Karen Zinger, Cecile Seebeck (Al), Michael (Shanann), Mark (Twyla); 13 grandchildren (Adam, Kevin, Greg, Krystal, Brant, Branden, Miranda, Blair, Jordan, Evan, Kayla, Alex and Carter) and 15 great-grandchildren whom he shared great joy and laughter with, along with many a Gee-Breaker. He was lovingly referred to as Grampa Gee-Breaker. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Klotz; sisters-in-law, Sister Ernestine Miskolczi, Maryrose Ryan (Mike) and Isabel Miskolczi as well as numerous nieces, nephews, special friends and relatives.
He was predeceased by his wife, Christine; mother, Frances; father, Theodore; brother, Father Cecil Zinger; three stepsisters, Marjorie, Irene and Lorraine; sisters-in-law, Marie and brothers-in-law, Philbert, Peter, Alfred, Eugene, Ernest and Eddie.
We as a family are so grateful for all the people who helped and cared for our father in his final years. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 – 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Vincent Tuan Ha celebrant. Funeral Mass will be live streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience the Mass may visit the Cook Southland website and select the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. A time of fellowship in the Parish Hall will follow the Mass with interment thereafter at Hillside Cemetery (Condolences may be expressed at www.cooksouthland.com) In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Wilbert’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, #306, 10430 – 61 Avenue N.W., Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 2J3. Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral
Chapel Crematorium &
Reception Facility
901 – 13th Street S.W.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4
Phone 403-527-6455
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  1. Cheryl Schopff says:

    My deepest condolences to Barb and her family and siblings…..May peace and comfort be with you all during this time, treasure the memories, she’d tears, laugh and your father is on a new journey …hugs n love

  2. Tom & Marlene reiniger says:

    Our fun loving mischievous grinning hard working caring attitude with outstanding physical strength cousin will be forever remembered

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