We regret to announce the death of Henry
Neustaedter at Polson Extended Care Unit on
October 6, 2008, at the age of 97 years. Henry
was born into the loving home of Paul and Maria
Neustaedter on an estate in Ekaterinoslav, Russia,
on September 23, 1911. He was the second
oldest of seven brothers and one sister. The family
moved to Canada in 1924.
Henry started in the construction industry working
for Bird Construction in Winnipeg during the Second World War. In 1945 he began
building houses and founded Neustaedter Construction Ltd. He had a successful
career in the homebuilding industry as well as in commercial construction. Henry
retired in 1976 and moved to Vernon, BC with his wife Maria to enjoy retirement, be
closer to their daughter Hildy, and spend time fi shing.
Henry was active in a number of community and business organizations in Winnipeg.
He personally sponsored German immigrants to enable them to come to Canada; he
raised funds to provide assistance to orphans in Germany; he was president of the
German Society of Winnipeg for two terms – 1958 and 1965; he was a founder of
Camp Neustadt located on Lake Winnipeg; he was on the building committee for the
construction of Grace Lutheran Church in East Kildonan; and he was president of the
Winnipeg House Builders Association for one term – 1965. Henry was very proud
of constructing and contributing towards the construction of the Hansel and Gretel
house in Kildonan Park. In recognition of his work, Henry received a Certifi cate of
Merit for his outstanding contribution as a Builder from the Winnipeg House Builders
Association and a Community Service Award from the City of Winnipeg.
Following Henry’s retirement to Vernon, he was also active in his community. He
was on the Court of Revision from 1986 to 1989, and he joined the Schubert Centre.
He felt the Schubert Centre made an important contribution to the community and
enjoyed visiting for lunch and listening to the music. Henry loved fi shing and spent
many years on Lake Okanagan and Kalamalka Lake trying to catch the big one. One
year he won a trophy for catching the largest fi sh in a fi shing derby.
Henry was predeceased by his wife Maria on June 22, 1998. He leaves to mourn his
daughter Hildy, his son Michael and daughter-in-law Karin, his granddaughter Carla,
and his grandson Charles and his wife Jackie and their children Alexander and Lauren.
Henry also leaves to mourn his brother Peter and wife Helen and other extended
family and friends.
We wish to offer our love, thanks and respect to Dad for giving us opportunities in life.
In lieu of fl owers friends wishing to remember Henry are asked to send donations to
Polson Residential Care, 2101 – 32nd Street, Vernon, BC V1T 5L2 or German Society
of Winnipeg, 285 Flora Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2W 2R2.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel
of Vernon Funeral Home with Pastor Al Pinno offi ciating. Interment will follow in
Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home