Adolf (Al) Emil SEMLER

(April 28, 1921 – Feb. 7, 2012)

Adolph was born in Jansen, Saskatchewan to Jakob and Pauline Semler. He had one younger brother, Wilfred (Bill).

He lived with his parents in Jansen, where they operated a wheat farm midway between Esk and Jansen. He attended school in Esk and always considered Esk his home town.

He moved to Chilliwack with his parents in 1936 at the age of 15, where they farmed near Rosedale. From there he moved to the Fairfield Island farm on Kitchen Hall Road where he operated a dairy and mixed farm until he was 40 years old.

When he was 21 he met and married Emma Tetz. They had three children, Dorothy, Arthur and Lillian.

In his 40’s, he became a life insurance salesman for Manufacturers Life Insurance company. He moved to Kamloops in 1961 where he and Emma managed apartments as well as his sales position. In his late 50’s he and Emma moved to Whitehorse, Yukon where he worked with his son. They moved back to Chilliwack for their remaining years. He passed away in Cascade Lodge at 90 years of age.

Adolph was predeceased by his wife Emma (nee Tetz); his parents, Jakob and Pauline; his brother, Wilfred; his sisters-in-law, Anne (Tetz) Warkentin, Ida (Schinkel) Tetz, Josephine (McNeil) Semler, Martha (Tetz) Russell; and brother-in-law, Ray Tetz; grandson Paul Cunningham; and niece Darlene (Warkentin) Matthews.

Adolph is lovingly remembered by his children and their families, Lillian and Bradford Cunningham; Dean, Jason and Tracy, Heidi and Jay and seven great-grandchildren; Arthur and Beverly (Dinning) Semler, Robbin and Shelley; three great-grandchildren; Dorothy and Winston Sampson; Kathleen, Robert, Rex and Rena, Joanne, Leslie and Yves, Roger and Anne, seven great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

He is especially remembered by his very dear and special friend Bea Mattie and her family.

Also mourning his loss is brother-in-law Gordon Russell; brother-in-law Jack and his wife Hilda Tetz; brother in-law Pete and his wife Rosalea Warkentin; many beloved nieces and nephews, friends and neighbours.

Many thanks to Dr. Scott Markey, the Bradley Centre and the management and staff at Cascade Lodge for their kindness and care to his well being and comfort, often going above and beyond the call of duty. It was greatly appreciated.