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Zigrids "Zigi" Eisler
December 7, 1932 ~ August 30, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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In the early morning hours of August 30, 2023, the world lost the most beautiful soul. Zigrids Eisler, passed with family at his side at the Chinook Regional Hospital. Those who knew him could attest to the truly beautiful human he was.
Zigi was born on December 7, 1932, in Riga, Latvia to Emily and Robert Eisler. The family immigrated to Canada shortly after WWII. Early life in Canada included courting and marrying his lifelong sweetheart, Terry. They wed in 1954 at St. Basils Parish in Lethbridge. Together they raised their three daughters, Darlene, Adele, and Anita. They built a life together on the North side of Lethbridge, which included wonderful and amazing lifelong friendships, gardening and travels. Zigi, was first and foremost a family man, at times working two jobs to support his young family. Eventually he became a certified Bodyman working for years in autobody at Beny’s. His talents with automobiles ensured that all three of his daughters had beautiful cars to drive on their 16th birthday.
Outside of work, his family, gardening and yearly trips to Vegas occupied his time. He was always up for family card games each weekend or watching wrestling every Saturday. He would spend hours taking his young grandchildren to the park, sneaking in some candy store trips, and always letting us order that extra Shirley Temple. One of the most outstanding qualities he had was his positivity, tenacity, and ability to focus on his blessings. At a young age he suffered a massive stoke leaving him paralyzed on half of his body. Most thought this would spell the end. However, for Zigi, it just meant the future looked a little different. He worked tirelessly to learn how to do things that once were old hat, and even found a way to continue managing his garden and roses for years to come. What is so inspiring is that through all his challenges is that he always found a way to share his love, amazing sense of humor and that he never quit. His loss will leave us all with a huge gap. However, we are so very thankful for his example to continue to love and be grateful though all of life’s challenges.
Zigi leaves behind his daughters Darlene Lagace, Anita (Dave) Field, his grandchildren Danielle (JP) Tone, Andrew (Brittany) Field, Allise (Anthony) Field-Macpherson, all of Lethbridge; and Breonna (Benjamin) Steinman, and Madison (Donavan) Smith, both of Calgary; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Charlie and Emmerson Tone, Fynn and Gracee Macpherson, Halle Field, Ashir and Peyton Steinman; and a number of siblings, nieces and nephews all of Ontario.
He was predeceased by the love of his life Terry; his daughter Adele Sikking; infant twins; and both his parents and parent in-laws.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC PARISH, 355, COLUMBIA BLVD W, Lethbridge, Alberta with Father William Monis, celebrant.