Posted: September 5th, 2012

MRS. MARIA KIESSLING (nee Griefenstein) of Lethbridge, beloved wife of the late Mr. Kurt Kiessling, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at the age of 79 years, on their wedding anniversary.
Maria was born in Neu Sivac Yugoslavia, in a German farming community. She immigrated to Canada with her daughter a year after her husband came. Maria and Kurt spent some time in the United States, but returned to Winnipeg, Canada until Kurt’s passing. She then relocated to Lethbridge, a place that Maria had visited and fell in love with, and was joined here by her daughter Wanda and her American son-in-law Ken, who came to Lethbridge to allow Maria to remain in her home, surrounded by the love of her family, until her passing. Though Maria had avariety of occupations, her greatest pride was in being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Through the years her favorite hobbies were bowling, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. She quietly made friends and was a perfect example of love, patience, kindness, humility, and selflessness. Her sweet presence will be sorely missed.
Maria is survived by her daughter Wanda (Kenneth) Young, her grandchildren Ian (Jessica) Payne and Daniel Payne, great-grandchildren Seth Furtado, Brandon and Jordan Payne, her sisters Elisabeth Geiser and Kathy Eckert, as well as nieces, nephews and their families.
Besides her loving husband Kurt, Maria was predeceased by her parents Friedrich and Elisabeth (nee Aulenbach) Greifenstein, and brothers Adam Greifenstein and Phillip Greifenstein.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at MARTIN BROTHERS CHAPEL OF PEACE in Mountain View Cemetery, 1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge.
Interment at Mountain View Cemetery.
Those who wish, donations in Maria’s memory may be made to the Jack Ady Cancer Centre, c/o Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1A129, 960 19th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 1W5.
Send condolences at
Martin Bros. Funeral Chapels Ltd.
610 – 4 Street South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4P3
Phone: (403)328-2361 Fax: (403)382-3623
Toll Free: 1-800-382-2901

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