Walter Edward Gitzel

Walter Edward Gitzel “Papa Bear”, resident of Grande Prairie, formerly of Bezanson, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2019, in Grande Prairie, AB, at the age of 81 years.

Walter was born June 10, 1938 in Debolt, AB. He was an outfitter, guide, farmer and trapper. Walter was also a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Irene Gitzel; children: Travis Gitzel (Diane and family); grandchildren: Lane Gitzel (Alexis); Karl and Barb Siemens and family; and sister Alice Palser.

He was predeceased by his father Otto Gitzel, mother Emma Gitzel, brother Donald Gitzel, sister Florence Givens, and sister Loreen Goebel.

The family would like to thank the staff of 5 North at QEII Hospital for their incredible support and dedication to Walter’s care.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 1:00pm at Bezanson Community Church (9801 103 St.).

Memorial donations may be made to Peace Country Wilderness Camps (711038 B RR 52, County of Grande Prairie #1, AB, T8W 5A2, www.pcwc.ca), or to the charity of one’s choice.

Block 100, Lot 3


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