It is with a mixture of joy and sorrow that we announce the passing of our precious father Wilbert Theodore Zinger. He went to his eternal home with his Lord and Saviour on February 7th, 2024, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Wilbert was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan on December 3, 1931, and grew up in Denzil. He loved spending time on his grandparents' farm driving the tractor, combining, pitching bales, picking rocks and feeding the animals. Dad left home in Grade 8 and worked at various jobs before he began his lifelong profession in North Battleford as an electrician. He helped put power into the North where he met a beautiful teacher who later became his wife, Christina Miskolczi. They were married on September 1, 1958 and raised eight children together.
Mom and dad moved to Kerrobert in 1963 where they started their own business, Twin Electric and C & W Services. Later he was employed by Interprovincial Pipeline (Enbridge) where he worked out of Rosetown and then Regina where he was Terminal Operations Coordinator until his retirement. He later volunteered at the Post, fixing anything they would let him.
Faith was always part of his life and was a great influence on his children and grandchildren. We had a big garden and dad’s motto was “no weedie, no eatie”. In 1968 they purchased a cabin at Aquadeo Beach where the family enjoyed fishing and boating. Dad had a great sense of humor and loved to make faces for the camera. He was a strong man and a hard worker until his brain injury in 2018.
Dad was a mentor to his children as well as many others. He was generous with his time and talents and there was always room for another person at our table or home. He and Chris opened their home to his father in 1980 and they continued to care for him for 13 years until his passing at 103 years of age.
After Mom’s passing Dad split his time between the farm, helping Barb and Joe’s family with spring seeding, going to the lake and returning to the farm for fall harvest for many years. “Why wouldn’t a guy” was dad’s favorite saying later in life.
He is survived by his children: Lynn Zinger (Kaz), Allan, Gale Driedger (Calvin), Barbara Bell (Joe), Karen Zinger, Cecile Seebeck (Al), Michael (Shanann), Mark (Twyla); 13 grandchildren (Adam, Kevin, Greg, Krystal, Brant, Branden, Miranda, Blair, Jordan, Evan, Kayla, Alex and Carter) and 15 great-grandchildren whom he shared great joy and laughter with, along with many a Gee-Breaker. He was lovingly referred to as Grampa Gee-Breaker. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Klotz; sisters-in-law, Sister Ernestine Miskolczi, Maryrose Ryan (Mike) and Isabel Miskolczi as well as numerous nieces, nephews, special friends and relatives.
He was predeceased by his wife, Christine; mother, Frances; father, Theodore; brother, Father Cecil Zinger; three stepsisters, Marjorie, Irene and Lorraine; sisters-in-law, Marie and brothers-in-law, Philbert, Peter, Alfred, Eugene, Ernest and Eddie.
We as a family are so grateful for all the people who helped and cared for our father in his final years. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 238 - 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Vincent Tuan Ha celebrant. Funeral Mass will be live streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience the Mass may visit the Cook Southland website and select the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. A time of fellowship in the Parish Hall will follow the Mass with interment thereafter at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Wilbert’s name may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, #306, 10430 - 61 Avenue N.W., Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 2J3.
RIP Wilbert, our dear friend, one in a million, we are so blessed our paths crossed will cherish all the wonderful memories, fun and laughter you gave us, our thoughts and prayers go out to your family, you will be for ever in our hearts God Bless
So sorry to hear of the passing of our dear cousin Wilbert! RIP! Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go to all the family in this time of loss.
I will be with you in spirit while watching the funeral mass on live stream on Monday! ❤️🙏
Our sincere condolences to all the family. Lyle worked with Wilbert and we have many fond memories of him.
So sorry to hear of the passing of our dear cousin Wilbert! Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go to all the family. I cherish the many times we were together with Wilbert and Father Cycel while visiting Lindy Beker in good soil.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time.
We extend our sincere sympathy and condolences to all family members and friends, on Wilbert's passing. May God bless and receive him.
Love and prayers,
Jim and Terry
Wilbert was a good friend and neighbour! He always had time to help, visit and go for a walk!
He truly was one of a kind! He would try to fix anything that was broken, often with very creative ideas!
We have definitely missed him in the neighborhood but are assured that he is in a better place now!
Our condolences to his family-your dad,grandfather was very proud of each of you!!
Rest in Peace Wilbert!!! You have certainly earned it!!!
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Wilbert. Our thoughts and prayers to Doris and the entire family on your loss of this special person.
Bob & Carol Reiniger
When I heard of Wilbert’s passing many memories came flooding back to me. My Dad (Lorne) and Wilbert were partners in the 60’s. Wilbert and Chris were my godparents. I have memories of playing hockey in the Zinger back yard, fishing with Wilbert at Aquadeo and later working at IPL/Enbridge at the same time as him. Wilbert was one of kind. To say he was a strong man is a huge understatement. His work ethic and strength were legendary. My condolences to the family at this time. I will make sure that my Mom and Dad get setup to watch the livestream of the Mass.
Please accept my sincere condolences to Wilbur’s family. I worked with Wilbur in Regina. He was so enjoyable to be around and had impeccable ethics. And he was one of the toughest and smartest guys I ever knew.
Our sincere condolence to all of the family. We have many good memories of times spent with the Zinger family. As well as the time that Lorne and Wilbur spent together at Twin Electric holds many lifetime memories. RIP Wilbur.
Dear Zinger family: Pete & I are sending our sincere sympathy to you all. We have some great memories of spending time with your dad & mom and some of your family members as well; we always felt very welcome in their home & cabin at the lake.
Love & Prayers
Pete & Adeline Sitter
Our heartfelt sympathy to all of Wilbert Zinger's family on the loss of your father. He was a good man, always hardworking and willing to help anyone in need. We will treasure all the fond memories of Wilbert. May he rest in Peace!
Armella & Dorothy Rollheiser
So sorry to hear about Wilbert's passing. He and Chris were very special friends of our family and we have many fond memories. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Sorry I couldn't physically be there with you today, however, I did watch the live service and it was lovely. Your father would be so proud of all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all my brothers- and sisters- in-law on this sorrowful day.
Gale, Calvin and Family , and all of Wilbert’s Family. We were saddened to hear of Wilbert’s passing and extended our Heartfelt and Sincere Condolences to you all. We are sorry we couldn’t be there to give you our Hugs. What a lovely tribute to Wilber❤️. We have many fond memories of our conversations and time spent with him. A strong man both in character and physically, with strong values and love for his family. He was so proud of you all. Thinking of you all as you share your memories of a wonderful man.
Sincerely Terry and Debbie Bodnarchuk
To the Zinger family:
We offer our deepest condolences on behalf of my mom (Kathy), Brad, myself and the Burgardt family. We all have the fondest memories of spending time with Wilbert and family at Aquadeo Beach over many, many years. We enjoyed the birthday celebrations, the masses Fr Cecil had for the Zinger/Burgardt families, fishing, and just the day to day visits. Wilbert was loved by all of us. He will be deeply missed. RIP.