Obituary of Ervin Stanley Albrecht
Oct 9, 1924 - Aug 4, 2019
After 94 years of a full and well-lived life, Ervin Albrecht completed his journey on Earth and passed peacefully on August 4th, 2019. Reunited with the love of his life, his wife Marjorie. He will be deeply missed by his five children; David, Carman (Carolyn), Dalton (Ruth), Terry (Suzie), and Colleen (Robert) Stevenson. Ervin is lovingly remembered for his liveliness and game-playing by his grandchildren; Julian (Ellen), Daniel (Maria), Chris (Rachel), Laura (Richard), James (Erica), Anthony, Brianna, and Tristan. A proud great-grandfather to Lily, Clara, Mia, and Emilia. A dear brother to George Albrecht and Eileen Woolner, and brother-in-law to Lucille Albrecht, Marcella Martin and Mervin (Gladys) Roth. He is warmly remembered by dozens of nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
Ervin was born in Mornington Township. His drive, indomitable spirit, and strong work ethic were borne out of his experience growing up during the Great Depression. In his young adult life, he was a Fuller Brush salesman and was known by the nickname “Romeo”. During this time, Ervin met his wife Marjorie Roth and they shared 64 years together. He and Marjorie moved up to Minettville where he attempted farming and started their family. After realizing that farming was not possible there, he found a job at Inco in Sudbury. Ervin and Marjorie later moved back to Kitchener where he earned his Stationary Engineer certification and worked at Burns Foods. Ervin decided he was more of an entrepreneur and purchased a farm and built a very successful poultry business. Ervin and Marjorie had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world and met many wonderful people along the way. But what he and Marjorie enjoyed the most was being with family. Ervin revelled in many family gatherings over the years with his children and grandchildren.
Ervin was ahead of the environmental and well-being trends of today. He was drinking apple cider vinegar, brushing his teeth with baking soda, composting, and recycling rain water decades ago! While he did not have the opportunity to earn a degree, he had an intellectual curiosity and a quest for lifelong learning and knowledge. Ervin had strong Christian values and was known for his enduring generosity. He lent a hand to many people over the years to help them start their lives and businesses. Charity also took the form of volunteer work, including Habitat for Humanity, driving cancer patients to appointments, and driving for the Children’s Aid Society. He kept extremely busy until the age of 90 when he was diagnosed with dementia, which robbed him of his independence, intellect, and physical strength.
Ervin was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Magdalena (nee Steinman), wife Marjorie, and grandson Jeffrey Albrecht. He was also predeceased by sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Selina and Enos Boshart, Clara and Alvin Schlegel, Verna and Carl Siemon, Lorne and Emma Albrecht, Emmanuel and Laurene Albrecht, Lena and Robert Shantz, Armand and Elenore Albrecht, Edith Albrecht, Gordon Woolner, Harry Albrecht, Clarence and Alma Roth, Elmer and Barbara Roth, Clayton and Marjorie Roth, Lester Roth, Clayton and Irma Shultz, Viola and Abner Leis, Mildred and Melvin Shantz, Gladys and Jake Spenler, and Henry Martin.
Ervin’s family would like to thank all the staff at Nithview Home for their compassionate care and support.
Friends and family are invited to share their memories of Ervin with his family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Wednesday August 7, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9 pm. The funeral service will be held at First Mennonite Church, 800 King St. E., Kitchener, on Thursday August 8, 2019 at 2pm with Rev. Rene Baergen officiating. Internment follows at First Mennonite Cemetery.
In honour of Ervin’s memory, he would encourage you to take the time to help others, forgive others, respect the earth, and if inclined to do so, donate to a charity such as Habitat for Humanity, Mennonite Central Committee, or First Mennonite Church at www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home at 519.745.8445.