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DeGinnus, Mike

mike deginnus

April 26, 1921 — May 28, 2019

Mike DeGinnus of Fort Macleod, beloved husband of the late Vada DeGinnus, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the age of 98 years.
Mike is survived by his daughters Gail Loof of Fort Macleod, Peggy Clarke of Fort Macleod and Susan (Doug) Simpson of Calgary; his grandchildren Lee, Nigel and Terri (Stephen), his great grandchildren Derian, Brandon, Brianna, Ryan, Sarah, Naomi, Thomas and Harrison; one great great grandson Robert; and his sisters Elizabeth Weiss of Beaverlodge and Anita Knoblick of Cardston.
Besides his loving wife Vada, Mike was predeceased by his parents Michael and Anna; his brothers Leonard DeGinnus and Dale DeGinnus; his sisters Clara Salberg, Elma Zackodnik, Laura Helgeson and June Pontarollo; his brothers-in-law Nolan Weiss and Harold Knoblick; his son-in-law Willi Loof; and his grandson Todd Clarke.
Mike was born on April 26, 1921 in Bernard, Man. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Saskatchewan. After a few years they relocated to Alberta.
Mike did his schooling in Alberta and helped his father farm. In his early twenties he participated in rodeo throughout Alberta.
On Aug. 12, 1946 Mike married his sweetheart Vada James at her family home in Magrath. By then Mike was a licensed mechanic and they lived in Taber. After Gail was born they moved to Lethbridge where Peggy was born. A few years later Mike, his father, brothers, and an uncle rented a dairy farm in Pincher Creek. After Susan was born the family moved to Fort Macleod.
In his forties Mike became a licensed welder, a career that he continued until he retired at age 65. Well into his nineties Mike always said he wished he still worked.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at the Queen’s Hotel, 207 24th St. Fort Macleod, and a private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
Donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society, No. 40, 1201 Second Ave. S., Lethbridge, T1J 0E3
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