OBITUARY

Alois Mandel

10 February , 19251 January , 2019
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Alois Mandel peacefully passed away on January 1st, 2019 at Stirling Heights long term care facility in Cambridge, Ontario. Predeceased by wife Anna Mandel. Loving father of Gerdy (late Mike), Joe (Nicia), Linda (Mike) and Laura (Bob). Devoted grandfather to Susan, Lisa, Kristi, Michelle, Matthew, Joey and Melissa. Alois will be greatly missed by his great-grandchildren Cecilia and Fynn and many cousins. Friends and family will be received on Friday, January 11th from 6-9pm at Coutts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre located at 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge. A funeral mass will be held at St. Clement's Church on Saturday, January 12th at 10am with a reception to follow in the church lounge. Burial to take place at Parklawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to The Juravinski Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.couttsfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 11 January , 2019
  • Prayer Service Friday, 11 January , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 12 January , 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, 12 January , 2019
  • Reception Saturday, 12 January , 2019
REMEMBERING

Alois Mandel

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Lisa Frantzke

12 January 2019

I will miss you opa. From helping you in your garden on Balintyne to the fearful but fun indian rug burns you used to give. You were like a big stuffed bear always ready to give the largest and most heartfelt hugs. That is what I will miss the most. With all my heart I will miss you opa.

Melissa Mandel / Barakett

9 January 2019

All my love. You will be missed Opa. Legend!

Cheryl and James Wall

7 January 2019

What a great totally devoted family man, who would always have a happy and proud smile on his face when surrounded by his family and friends. I remember he was always so very kind and treated everyone as if they were family. My condolences to all of his family I am sure he will be sadly missed.

Walt & Brenda Wolosinecky

3 January 2019

Alois , our family will really miss your spirit, wisdom and sense of humour .
Rest In Peace ...you will always have a special place in our hearts.

Walt and Brenda Wolosinecky







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Biography

Loui Mandel was born Feb.10, 1925. He had a rural upbringing and life in Burgenland,( Boor gan land) Austria. When World War 11 broke out, he was compulsorily enlisted to fight in the war. He was trained to serve as a radio operator. When the war was over, he was able to go back to the family farm. He acquired brick laying skills when he began to work on repairing local homes and churches. It was while working on the home of a neighboring farmer that, he met for the first time their only daughter, Anna. He married Anna in 1948. In 1949, he became a proud father of the first of his 4 children, Gertrude. In 1950, he emigrated to Canada in search of a better life for his wife and daughter, He met up with his Uncles: Albert and Otto, in western Canada. With them, he moved across Canada to Galt, Ontario. One of his first jobs there was working on the building of the Galt hospital. His wife and daughter were then brought to Canada. He obtained employment at Babcock Wilcox Canada, where he learned how to build, install and repair industrial boilers. During this time, Loui and Anna increased their family with a son, Joseph and later twin daughters, Linda and Laura. He was a proud and devoted husband and father. His family and faith always came first. An example of this was that he learned to drive at the age of 40. He bought his first car in 1965, however, this seemed strange to the insurance company that a 40 year old man was buying his first car. An agent came to the house and spoke with the only person home, Gertrude. He asked her if there was some reason why her father couldn’t buy a car before, thinking that Loui might be an insurance risk. Gertrude simply said that her father made sure that his family had the things that they needed, such as a home, good food, good clothing, and shoes before he spent money on a luxury, such as a car. The insurance agent left without another word and Loui got the insurance and the car. Loui’s cars were always in mint condition when he traded them in for a new car. Even the engines and everything under the hood and frame of the car was spotless, as on the day he first got the car. Loui was an avid gardener. He grew large vegetable gardens, and the different houses that they lived in always had showcase gardens. Anna loved flowers, and Loui planted them. He was a good friend to all and was a skilled self-taught handyman. He was often called upon to build or repair something. When his children got married, bought houses, and started their own families, he was always there building something, wallpapering, and painting something for the new families. He never said no, or that he didn’t know how to do it, he figured it out. He was also a proud and loving Opa to Susan, Lisa, Kristi, Joey, Melissa, Michelle, and Matthew, and an extremely delighted grand-Opa to Cecilia and Fynn. He loved seeing his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for them. He especially delighted in sneaking candy to them so that they might like him better than Oma. The younger kids figured this out quickly enough and played it to their advantage when they could. His faith was important to him and helped him through tough times, especially when Anna, his beloved wife of 67 years died in 2015, on May 24th, and his granddaughter, Susan died in 2017 on June 13th. He prayed every day for his family, and for the souls of departed members of his family and departed friends. His final residence, after Anna died was Sterling Heights Long Term Care Home where, he received excellent care, and even though the food was, in his opinion, good but, not as good as Anna’s. In his opinion, only a few of their friends could cook as well as she could. He passed peacefully January 1st, 2019. He is survived by 4 children: Gertrude, Joseph, Linda and Laura. Also Grandchildren: Lisa, Melissa, Joey, Michelle and Matthew, as well as Great Grandchildren: Cecilia and Fynn. He left a legacy and example of how to work hard, live faithfully and treat others with respect and friendship.