Posted: September 22nd, 2014

December 15, 1926 – September 16, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce John Frederick Zaretski passed away surrounded by family at the St. Michael’s Health Centre September 16, 2014. John will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. John was born December 15, 1926 in Grenfell Saskatchewan to Emilie (Litke) / Zaretzki and Wilhelm Zaretzki. Baptized by Pastor Mondinger in the Lutheran church in Grenfell Saskatchewan: John Frederick. There were seven children in the family, three girls and four boys. John grew up on a homestead two and one half miles west and a mile and a half south of Archerwill Saskatchewan. He attended Echo Park and Archerwill schools. John is predeceased by his infant children Carman Nov 21/60 and Robert Dec 6/63, granddaughter Christine Jan 6/90, daughter-in-law Caroline Jan 4/10 and daughter-in-law Lorraine May 11/10. He is also predeceased by many other relatives including his father-in-law Andrew Honnef March 29/77, brother-in-law Elmer Olson April/77, uncle Emanuel Dec.16/77, mother Emilie May 20/78, father Wilhelm April 01/91, sister Freda (Fay) July 03/95, brother-in-law Allen Parrington Nov. 29/95, mother-in-law Mary Honnef March 04/97, cousin Ingrid Grobl in 2001, aunt Ida Borchardt March 11/04, aunt Minnie Zaretzki Jan 03/05, sister Elsie Sanchuck Dec 03/06, brother-in-law Edgar Dukes Sept.06/06, sister Mary Parrington July 24/09, uncle Willi Borchardt Oct. 12/12. Survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Frances and their children, Erroll (Tasma), Eulane, Gwen (Gordon), Eldon (Deb), Karen, Wayne (Irene), Dale (Stacey), Don (Tammy), Laureen and Sharlet (Karl); also by his grandchildren throughout Canada, Shawna (Ryan) Lussier, Dana (Steve) Lyons, Duane (Kelly) Zaretski, Delilah (Chris) Carson, Coreina (Dave) Hubert, Sheamos (Amanda) Zaretski, Eva, Tamara, Tannis, Jeremy, James (Kristi) Zaretski, Stephanie (Cody) Turnbull, Chantel (Lance) Langan, Cassondra, Katia and Katerina; also by his 25 great grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends. The Celebration of life will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the MARTIN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 610 4th Street South, Lethbridge with Reverend Aldeen McKay officiating. Interment will follow service at the Mountain View Cemetery on Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, Alberta. Those who wish may make a donation in John’s memory to the charity of their choice. Send condolences at

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