Arnold Joseph Rolheiser was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan on June 12, 1941 to Joseph and Helen Rolheiser (nee Schiebelbein). Arnold was the oldest of 12 children and grew up on the family farm in the Compeer, Alberta area.
Arnold married Linda Kelsch on October 28, 1967 and they began their life together on the Rolheiser family farm. They later moved to Macklin where they raised their four children. In Macklin, Arnold worked for Dieser’s Garage and Kohlman’s Machine and Welding before starting his own company, Arnold’s Welding Ltd. His retirement in 2006 did not last long. He soon accepted part-time employment at the Macklin transfer site where he became known to his grandchildren as “Grampa Dumpy.”
Arnold’s children and grandchildren were the light of his life and he was extremely proud of their accomplishments. He would be delighted to FaceTime with family, especially during the last couple of weeks when visiting was not permitted.
Arnold was truly a man of deep faith who loved to serve the church in various ways and did so for many years. He was very dedicated to the Knights of Columbus and was a 4th Degree Knight. He was an active member of his community serving on various boards and committees including the Credit Union, Town Council, School Board, a member of the voluntary fire department, and many others over the years.
Arnold had an extraordinary sense of humour, was very gifted with his hands, and had more friends than one can count. He was blessed with a razor sharp memory and could recall any date or history event with no given notice ... always ready with information and was most often correct. In his free time, Arnold enjoyed golfing, fishing, family camping trips, watching sports, tinkering in the garage, playing guitar in several family bands, and enjoying a cold drink with friends.
He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory: his loving wife, Linda and their three children, Myrna (Darryl) Brossart; Carolyn (Peter) Sieben and Anthony (Karissa) Rolheiser. Grandpa is mourned by his nine grandchildren: Kayla (Kyle) Stefiuk; Nate and Avery Brossart; Carter, Nolan and Chloe Sieben; Emma, Brody and Kinley Rolheiser; and great-grandchildren, Adley and Cohen Stefiuk.
He is survived by his siblings: Sr. Armella Rolheiser, OSU, Allan (Lorna) Rolheiser, Elaine (Garnet) Kinghorn, Clifford (Shirley) Rolheiser, Marianne Rolheiser, Joey Rolheiser, Jeff (Dixie) Rolheiser, Janice MacDougall, sister-in-law (Olga) Rolheiser and sister-in-laws: Hilda Morrissette, Phyllis Chicoine, Bernice (Darcy) Brisson, Toni (Dave) Fuller, and Annette Kelsch, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Dean (1986); his parents; his siblings, Gerard, James and Doreen; and brother-in-laws, Dale and Richard.
We would like to thank Dr. Erasmus, NP Andrea Zimmer, and Macklin Homecare for the care Arnold received throughout his courageous battle with cancer. A huge debt of gratitude to family friend and nurse, Krista Gurney. Her constant compassion and support allowed Arnold to pass with dignity in the comfort of his home surrounded by family.
Due to the restrictions of Covid-19, we plan to celebrate the life of Arnold with family and friends at a later date.
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