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Obituary of Walter Manley Viste
Walter Manley Viste was born Nov 8, 1929 and passed away June 17th, 2019 in the Hanna Nursing Home at 89 years.
Walter grew up on the family farm at Dowling, AB. He attended the Weise school which was a mile & a half walk in the summer, and a dogsled ride in the winter. He worked and helped on the family farm until he married his Weise School classmate Freda Gaugler on Dec 7, 1952.
Walter & Freda moved to, and worked on the Hutton farm, south of Dowling Lake, until 1955. Their next move was back to the Gaugler family farm, where they spent the next 28 years farming and ranching with Freda’s brother, Bill. In 1984 they moved to Hanna, where Walter still continued farming, but now with his son, Don.
Walter was very community oriented. He played baseball with the Dowling Braves, and hockey with the Scapa team. He later helped coach the Boothill Bandits hockey team. As well as being involved in local sports, he was a long-time member of the Scapa Athletic Association, the Special Areas Road Advisory Committee, and held the Secretary position for the Sullivan Lake Rural Telephone.
Walter was instrumental in the restoration of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Scapa, and was also a founding member of the Hanna North history book.
Walter spent countless hours summer-fallowing and haybining. He especially enjoyed harvest time while running his combines, or Grandpa Gaugler’s threshing machine. He also loved spoiling his cows and kept them pleasantly plump.
Walter loved to visit every chance he got. This led him to spending time hunting, snowmobiling, curling, and playing cards. You could also find him searching for Indian artifacts and traveling with Freda. All of the above while always having candy and sweets within reach.
When Freda could no longer look after herself, Walter stepped up and lovingly cared for her; both at home and in the nursing home. After she passed in 2009, Walter lived by himself until December 2014, when he moved to the Hanna Lodge. He loved his time living at the lodge; visiting, reading history books, watching curling on T.V. and spending time with his great-grandchildren.
In April of this year, he was moved to the Hanna Nursing Home where he thoroughly enjoyed the care and attention he received by the staff, as well as friends and family, who stopped by for a visit.
Walter is survived by his children; Doug (Ardith) Viste, Don (Michele) Viste, Lynn (Brian) Gutsche; Grandchildren: Crystal (Aurora, Elena & Alex), Cory, Crawford & Shayla, Nicole & Conway (Kayler), Torie & Colt (Reina, Rydon), Janice & Brad (Colby, Alex), Mandy & Cory; Siblings: Dwight (Dorothy) Viste, Stan (Shirley) Viste, Gene (Garry) Burns, John Kaster (Brother in law), …and many special nieces & nephews.
Walter was predeceased by his loving wife, Freda, Parents: Manley & Pearl Viste; Siblings: Calton Viste, Carol Lohrman, Alva Kaster; Parents-in-law: Ralph & Beatrice Gaugler; Brothers & Sister-in-law; Bill Gaugler, Perly & Lucy Scott, Lou Lohrman; Niece: Pam Schooler; and Nephew: David Buchwitz.
Donations in Walter’s memory are gratefully accepted to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Box 622, Hanna, AB, T0J 1P0.
A funeral service was held on Friday, June 21, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hanna. Interment took place at St. Peters Lutheran Church Cemetery, Scapa, Alberta.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5959, www.hannafuneral.ca