Obituary of Siegfried Hansi Rittammer
Siegfried "Fred" Hansi Rittammer
(June 24, 1937 - May 1, 2023)
Siegfried Rittammer of Daysland, Alberta passed away May 1, 2023 at the age of 85.
Fred was born in Gross Orlin, Poland to Reinhard and Hedwig (Heidi) Rittammer June 24 ,1937. World War II interrupted Fred’s early life.
In 1947 Fred with his family fled Poland and came to Liebeck, Germany where his dad found work in Winkelman’s butcher business. In early March of 1949, he and his family sailed from Bremenhavin, Germany on the refugee ship, the Beaverbrae, to Canada arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia March 11, 1949.
After a long train ride across Canada, the Rittammers arrived in Strome, Alberta where Reinhard’s two half-brothers lived, Albert and Eddie Hahn.
He went to Leith school, a country school. His parents lived on the farm with Albert Hahn. Reinhard found work at Gordon Mohler’s in Daysland, Walstein’s in Forestburg, and Walter Dorin’s in Holden.
The Rittammers came back to Daysland and bought City Meat Market from Gordon Mohler in 1951.
Fred and his sister Benita helped their parents in the store as they learned english in school.
Fred spent the next 44 years working in the Meat Market and owning the store which he named Daysland Meat Market.
Fred loved sports, soccer, golf, ice curling, refereeing hockey, fishing, and hunting. Then went to floor curling and card playing at the Daysland Senior Center.
In 1964, Fred married June Nielson of the Kelsey District. They raised three sons, Randy, Kerwin, and Troy. Fred loved his boys. June taught school for several years then worked in the Meat Market.
Fred is survived by his wife of 58 years June; his three sons Randy of Camrose, Kerwin (Alison) of Red Deer, and Troy (Marylene) of Edmonton; six grandchildren Conner, Emily, Gavin, Lucia, Anna, and Naomi; and sister Hanna Lewis of Nelson, B.C.
Fred was predeceased by his parents Reinhard and Hedwing; three brothers in Germany; sisters Edith Rolf and Benita Hendry; mother-in-law and father-in-law Axel and Ellen Nielson; brothers-in-law Robert Rolf, Dr. Mervyn Lewis, Milton Nielson, Russell Nielson, and Ernie Wakariuk; and nephew Drew Wakariuk.
A memorial service and fellowship was held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6th, 2023 at the Daysland Drop In Center.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Fred's memory may be made to Daysland Cemetery, or to Daysland General Hospital Foundation.