VOIGHT, Fredrick Paul
Fred was born July 27, 1924 in Mellowdale, Alberta to Christian and Emma Voight. When not working on the family homestead he worked in the mills in the Mellowdale area. He married Violet Granfield (Morin) who had two children Bonnie and Allan. Fred and Violet had two more children, Dianne and Chris. Fred and Vi later separated and were divorced in 1962. They had moved into Edmonton and for a while he worked for the city of Edmonton and later started his own construction company, Voight Holdings Ltd. He also kept busy with a homestead north of Edmonton and bringing up Dianne and Chris as a single father – he was great! He was very active in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where Dianne and Chris were confirmed, and also where he met the love of his life, Marvelyn Schwermann. They were married there July 20, 1974 with her father, Pastor Albert Schwermann, officiating. In 1979 they sold the construction company and moved to Westbank, BC due to Marv’s health. They had a home built on Glenrosa Road with views from Westbank to Kelowna. They were very active in initiating the Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Camp in Westbank. They welcomed many new people to the area and to their church along with contributing greatly to many church and community volunteer activities. Together, they travelled extensively.
Fred and Marv moved into a condo in downtown Westbank in 1990 as Marv’s health continued to deteriorate and on March 26, 2006 she passed away. Fred stayed in Westbank till 2011, then he moved to White Rock, BC to be closer to Dianne, Grant and their family. He kept busy in White Rock by attending Zion Lutheran Church and later White Rock Lutheran and helping out at the food bank, carpet bowling, gardening at the church and the House of Hope. He made many wonderful friends through his volunteering and extensive travels.
The Lord called Fred home on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 92 years of age, after having an extremely healthy life until the last few years. He was in Peace Arch Hospital for almost six weeks and very well taken care of at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta for six days, our sincere thanks to all the wonderful staff.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marv, brother Albert Voight (Gladys), sister Rose Henderson (Jack), son Chris, grandson Dennis Granfield, daughter-in-law Diana Granfield and granddaughter Alysha Roussel. He leaves behind his sister, Martha Neuman (Barrhead, AB) step-daughter, Bonnie Carnegie and husband, Buzz, (Barrhead, AB) and their children Debbie Rossman (Don), Leah Macahonic (Dave) and Ryan Carnegie (Lynette) and three great grandchildren from each couple; his step-son, Allan Granfield and wife Rose, (Edmonton) son Wayne (Lisa) and 2 great-grandsons and daughter Jennifer and 1 great granddaughter and his daughter Dianne and husband Grant, (White Rock, BC) and their daughter Courtney Robichaud (Eric) and great-grandson, Landon (Aldergrove, BC) and son-in-law Gavin Roussel and great-grandson, Matteo (Vancouver, BC), and numerous nephews & nieces.
A celebration of Fred’s life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church at 5950-179th St., Surrey, BC on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:30, reception following. In the Spring there will be another service at Mellowdale Church in Alberta & inurnment at the Vega Cemetery for his many Alberta family and friends. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, White Rock, BC or the Irene Thomas Hospice, Delta, BC.