November 20, 1921 – September 25, 2019
Heinz Kratzmann's soul has left us for a better place, carried there on the wings of his unshakable faith in his Saviour. Heinz, the 3 pound prematurely born infant was not expected to live. But live he did. A large life indeed for a man who never weighed over 125 pounds. Heinz, the boy who could outrun bigger and older competitors, who was an amateur gymnastics instructor and a provincial league handball star back in his native Germany. Heinz the reluctant midshipman in the Navy of the Third Reich. Then the carpenter who could. The father to only one son whom he inspired by example. But Heinz was a devoted husband to three wives, all of whom predeceased him. Isn't the norm one wife and three children? While Heinz Kratzmann did not try to stick out from the crowd, he was, to those whose lives he touched, an exceptional man, with commitment, conviction and, when needed, courage. To those who love and miss Heinz, his son, Peter, and spouse Tracy, granddaughters, Vanessa (John), Meredith (Giovanni), and great granddaughters Lydia and Lulu, his nieces and nephews in Canada and Germany and all of his Brothers and Sisters in Truth….he was a lasting example and inspiration to them all.
In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to the North Okanagan Hospice House in Vernon, British Columbia; Canadian Cancer Foundation or Heart and Stroke Foundation in Heinz's memory. Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.pleasantvalleyfh.com Arrangements entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 250-542-4333
- Memorial Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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September 30, 2019
My condolences to the whole Kratzmann family, it’s has been a tumultuous year of change for you all, and very inspirational how you have rallied around Heinz and Elva in their year of great transition. Heinz and Elva were warm and loving to friends and family . Very touching to see how loving and humble they were as people , and yet so involved in their loved ones lives. I only knew them in the very last stages of their lives, they were both charming, funny and full of life. Remarkable how Heinz valued the simple true things in life and valued all those who extended friendship and love. I’m very glad to have known the. Both and know they will give us an ongoing lesson in how to surmount difficulties, and bring joy to others. Fly high and strong , dear Heinz.