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March 17, 1931 – July 4, 2021

Hans went to be with the Lord peacefully and unexpectedly on July 4, 2021, at the age of 90 in Kelowna, BC.

Hans was born on March 17, 1931, in St. Ingbert, Germany, to Friedel and Hans Peter Hollemeyer.

He grew up in several different German towns close to the French border. When he was old enough, he apprenticed as a cabinet maker with his Uncle Heine in Scheit, Germany. In 1954, Hans and his brother, Siegfried immigrated to Canada, being taken directly to Edmonton, AB. There they both found jobs in construction, learned to speak English, and met their wives. Hans married Rosemarie Stephani on September 1, 1962. Due to his asthma, Hans had to relocate to a warmer and drier climate; thus, Kelowna became his new home in 1966. Here he worked as a journeyman carpenter until he retired in 1996. Hans also worked away from home in the 1980s on the Revelstoke Dam project in BC, and the Limestone Generating Station in Manitoba.

Hans was a stable, kind-hearted, hard-working man, who supported his family, church, and friends. He had a strong, quiet faith in God, a quick sense of humour, the ability to make others feel welcome, and a love for playing games. Hans will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Hans is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemarie Hollemeyer; his children Bernard (Karen) Hollemeyer and Heidi (Mark) Bashor; his grandchildren Lindsay, Dylan, Loralee, Kenan, Grant, Caleb, Alana, Micael, Amanda, and Janessa; his great-grandchildren Lillian, Ronen, Jadon, and Jordan; his siblings Siegfried (Chris) Hollemeyer and Christel (Werner) Samp; brothers- and sisters-in-law Ernie (Pat) Stephani and Charlotte (Chris) Ahlskog; and many extended family members.

He is predeceased by his parents Hans Peter and Friedel Hollemeyer; his parents-in-law George and Erica Stephani.

There will be a Celebration of Life at Evangel Church, 3261 Gordon Dr, with Pastor Will Sonchen officiating SATURDAY JULY 17, 2021, at 11:00 AM. There will also be a viewing at 10:00 AM prior to the service at Evangel.

Donations can be made to the Kelowna Gospel Mission.

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