Obituary

Ernst Wilhelm Rosger ?Ernie? passed away on October 3rd 2004 at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Hospital in Grande Prairie Alberta at the age of 60 years.

A memorial will be held October 26th 2004 at 3:30pm at the Christ Church (Anglican) 591- 4th Ave, PO box 279 Fernie BC V0B 1M0. The Reverend Bill Inglis will hold the service. Following the memorial, Ernst?s cremains will be returned to his homeland Germany where his funeral will be held in his hometown of Rheda Weidenbrock. He was always the happiest when he was in Germany and so his ashes will be spread in area sentimental to him.

Ernst immigrated to Canada on November 18th 1972 with his wife and two of his three children.

He was educated in Germany and completed a Master?s Degree in Interior/exterior design and antique/building restoration. He was also a Journeyman painter/designer. In Canada he worked for several mining companies, Noranda Mines (Bell Copper/ Babine Division/ Goldstream Division) Granisle & Revelstoke, BC 1973-1984 and more recently for Quintette Operating Corporation, Tumbler Ridge BC from 1984-2000 as a Blaster/Driller/Equipment operator.

Ernst was born on May 18th 1944 in Rheda KRS Wiedenbrock Germany as the youngest of three sons to Ernst & Luise Rosger (Poggenclas). Raised as a son of a professional Gardener, he loved to garden himself and had an appreciation for the beauty in nature. As an artist, he was always creating, his love of art never faded. He enjoyed fishing and foraging for berries and mushrooms. He also liked to stay active with long walks and cross-country skiing. He always told his children to walk looking down at the ground??you?ll never know what you?ll find?. He was a great collector of many kinds of things. He had a gentle soul and a kind respect for living things.

He is survived by his daughter Katharine Rosger, his son-in-law John Hofer and his only granddaughter Ella Mae Hofer of Fernie BC, also by his sons Frank Rosger of Dusseldorf Germany, Stephan Rosger of Cranbrook BC, and his only surviving brother Gerd Rosger of Hamburg Germany.

His mother and father, his infant sister, and one of his brothers preceded him in death.