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Memorable Manitobans: Waldemar “Wally” Rempel (1936-2015)


Born in Altona on 3 December 1936, son of Henry B. Rempel and Katharina Sawatzky, he attended school in Blumenort and Gretna, including at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute, along with attaining BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba, and graduated from Provincial Normal School (1957). He first taught on permit at Edington School (1954-1955), followed with tenure at Sommerfeld School (1957-1962; Principal 1961-1962), Elkhorn School (1962-1965, Principal), Altona (?-?), and Steinbach as Principal (1966-?) of Woodlawn School. He continued in school administration until retirement in 1992. He was a Liberal candidate for the Provencher constituency in the 1984 federal election. He was also actively involved in sports as a player, coach, and on-field official. He was a member of the Elkhorn Blue Sox (1959-1964) and Steinbach Millers (1964-1969), both of which were inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 and 2015, respectively. He married Irene Klassen around 1960 and had four children. He died at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach on 7 May 2015 and his cremains were interred in the Gretna Cemetery.


“Rempel to carry Liberal banner,” Steinbach Carillon, 18 July 1984, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 2015, page A35.

Obituary, Steinbach Carillon News, 14 May 2015, page 10.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 August 2018

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