Obituary: John Keiper
John Keiper, aged 94, passed away on November 15, 2023, surrounded by his family, concluding a life well-lived after a prolonged hospital stay. He was the beloved husband of Herta Keiper (née Heinz) for 65 years. A devoted father to John (Diane), Roland (Wendy), and Ed (Elissa), John was also a proud and loving Opa to Graham, Ian, and Delaney Keiper, Sarah Wantola (Greg), and a great-grandfather to Hayden and Liam Wantola.
Born in Tscherwenka, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, within the Danube Swabian German community, John spent his childhood and attended primary school with his future spouse Herta. After the Second World War, at the age of 16, he and his family relocated to Bavaria, Germany. In 1951, as a 21-year-old, he immigrated to Canada on his own to pursue a new life. After establishing himself in Toronto, he reconnected with Herta, who had immigrated to New York, and they were married in 1958.
John dedicated almost 40 years to founding and operating a building contracting business, finding satisfaction in the art of construction. However, his true focus and joy lay in his family's well-being. Actively participating in his grandchildren's lives, he attended their sporting and extracurricular activities, demonstrating his love for being an Opa, and reciprocated by his grandchildren who loved him dearly.
Throughout his life, John faced health challenges with resilience, making the best of the difficulties to continue sharing time with Herta, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His love, respect, and care for his wife were evident to all who knew him. Predeceased by his sister Maria Egner and survived by his sister Elsa Sontag (Juergen), John's legacy lives on in the hearts of his family.
In the past year, John battled aplastic anemia, receiving frequent supportive blood transfusions. The family encourages blood donations in his memory to support those currently in need. John's family finds solace in the belief that he is now with God, free from suffering. Rest in peace, Opa.