Waterloo Region Generations
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David George Dreisinger

David George Dreisinger[1]

Male 1917 - 1993  (76 years)

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  • Name David George Dreisinger 
    Born 7 Nov 1917  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Military WW2 - R.C.A.F - Newfoundland 
    Occupation Dreisinger Funeral Home, 7 Arthur Street N., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    funeral home operator 
    Religion 1921  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number 00072-4245.67 
    Died Nov 1993  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I102439  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 

    Father George Edward Dreisinger,   b. 23 Jun 1897, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1949, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Clara Lichty,   b. 4 Mar 1893, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1984, St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Family ID F2832  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Caroline Reist 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Dreisinger,   b. Feb 1958, Of, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1958, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F40492  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eileen Thorpe,   b. Abt 1920, Of, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Feb 1981 
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F40588  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    David George Dreisinger
    David George Dreisinger
    image from Marion Roes 2015

  • Notes 
    • Former Town of Elmira Councillor
      Community mourns death of Elmira funeral director David Dreisinger


      Friends of David Dreisinger described him as a well-respected and caring individual who would help anyone. Dreisinger, 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 9 at K-W Hospital. He was born in Elmira on Nov. 7, 1917. He was a third-generation funeral director, who, according to close friends, learned the business from his grandfather, Chris Dreisinger. David Dreisinger obtained his funeral director's licence in 1938. He was a former member of Elmira town council from 1956 to 1959. Elmira town council was in existence prior to the region taking over in 1973 and forming the current Woolwich township. At the time Dreisinger was on council, each term was for one year. Dreisinger served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the second world-war. He was a member of the Elmira Kiwanis club, the Elmira Legion, and of the Masonic lodge. During the remembrance-day dinner at the Legion on Thursday, there was a moment of silence in memory of Dreisinger. Eddie Bearinger, of Elmira described his friend since childhood, as "very sincere. He was very meticulous. If he said 'I will meet you at a certain time,' he meant it. David would help out many people. He was always there to lend a helping hand, but he did not want people to know about it. He was a man behind the scenes. He was very well respected especially by the Old Order Mennonites. David knew their customs. He knew how to conduct a funeral," Bearinger said. Ernie Kendall of Elmira, taught Dreisinger. "He was one of those students who always asked questions, as any student should. In later years, he was a neighbour. David and his wife were great friends of ours." Kendall said that the Dreisinger family has done "a great job" when it comes to funerals as there has been no competition. "The Dreisinger name is very well known and respected," he said. Kendall continued that his long-time friend was "very proud of Elmira. David thought a great deal about the town." Kendall and Bearinger said that Dreisinger was a supporter of local events. "If there was a special need, or a gift was needed, David would give, but asked that his name not be used." Another long-time friend, Bette Musselman, of Elmira, also described him as "a true friend. He was always there when I really needed him. I'll always remember what he did for me when Art died." He was the husband of Eileen Thorpe; father of John and his wife, Susan, of Elmira; Colleen and her husband, Frank Zanetti, of Battle Creek, Michigan; brother of Hazel (Mrs. Donald Brown), of Elmira; also survived by five grandchildren. Burial was in Elmira Union cemetery. Donations to Gale Presbyterian church or St. James Lutheran church, both of Elmira, would be appreciated.1a


      Elmira Independent, November 1993

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      Dreisinger, David G. - On Tuesday, November 9, 1993, at K-W Hospital, David George Dreisinger, age 76 years, of Elmira. Mr. Dreisinger was born in Elmira November 7, 1917. He obtained his Funeral Directors Licence in 1938 and was active in his profession until the time of his death. Husband of Eileen Thorpe; father of John C. and Susan Dreisinger of Elmira, Colleen and Frank Zanetti of Battle Creek, Mich; grandfather of Christin, Kelly and Kimberly Dreisinger of Elmira, Alissa and Andrew Zanetti of Battle Creek, Mich; brother of Hazel (Mrs. Donald Brown). Friends may call at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira on Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. At David's request, a private family committal service will be held with interment in Elmira Union Cemetery. For those who desire, memorial donations may be made to Gale Presbyterian Church or St. James Lutheran Church, as expressions of sympathy.


      Kitchener-Waterloo Record, November 1993

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), September 16, 1958 - Obituary of Thomas Dreisinger.

    2. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      David G./ Dreisinger/ 1917 - 1993.

    3. [S992] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Independent, Nov 1993 - Obituary of David Dreisinger.

    4. [S2121] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1921, Sub Dist.. 13 Page 10.

    5. [S2067] Book - From A Horse-Drawn Hearse to Studebakers, Packards and Cadillacs: Dreisinger Funeral Vehicles.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Nov 1917 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - funeral home operator - - Dreisinger Funeral Home, 7 Arthur Street N., Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1921 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Nov 1993 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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