Wilfred Stauffer of Tofield, Alberta was born July 18, 1929 (about 30 minutes before his twin brother Wilbur); he passed on October 5, 2021 at the age of 92 years. They were born at their home in Duchess, Alberta to parents Howard Otterbein Stauffer and Stella (Brubaker) Stauffer and joined an older brother Norman, aged 4. When Wilfred was only 4 years old his mother died giving birth to his sister, Fern. Later on, his father married his stepmother, Mary Holderbein. A half brother Charles was stillborn and was buried in the Mountview Mennonite Church plot near Aldersyde, Alberta. They later adopted a baby girl, they named her Faith and this completed their family.
Wilfred attended school in Duchess, then in Rosemary for a time, then the family moved to High River area where they lived and farmed until he was about 22 years old. At that time the family moved to the Tofield area where they continued to farm. In 1967, Wilfred met the love of his life Margaret (Johnston). They met on April 5th, 1967, their first date was April 6th, 1967 and they were married May 5th, 1967.
Once uncle was done farming he started finishing/refinishing hardwood floors. He really enjoyed doing floors as he told us quite often how much he enjoyed this type of work. Uncle and auntie then began managing high rise apartment buildings. They were in Burnaby, BC and Calgary, AB for many years. Uncle was the fix it, maintenance man and auntie did the bookkeeping.
They would usually come to Tofield in the summer with their car and travel trailer. Once uncle and auntie moved back to Tofield their favourite pastime was going to Tilley’s for supper and had their daily coffee date there also. Wilfred was predeceased by his wife Margaret; his mother and father; stepmother Mary; a second step mother Barbara; brother-in-law George Boese; sisters Fern and Faith; brother and sister-in-law Norman and Evelyn Stauffer; and his twin brother Wilbur Stauffer. He has many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
On November 14th, 2018, Wilfred prayed the sinners prayer with Coleen and Gwen. As soon as he prayed the prayer his eyes opened really wide, he said “WOW!!” and started to cry. He was then asked “you really felt the Lord’s presence?” He said “yes and I’ll never forget this,” he started crying and kind of laughing too. He was so touched! Gwen and Coleen felt it was such an honour and privilege to be part of such a special and holy moment. Wilfred was such a joy to be around. He brought such joy to those all around. He was a very social person. He loved visiting with family and friends.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date at Salem Mennonite Church, south of Tofield. Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee.