12/09/1917 - 12/19/2005
Erwin was born in Schonebeck, Germany (former East Germany). His parents were Minna and Erwin Karl Haynitzsch. He had two sisters and one brother. Erwin married Kathe Elwart in October of 1940. They survived World War II enduring very difficult times. Two children were born during the war and the third immediately after. Times were very difficult but Erwin was always able to provide for his family despite the lack of jobs and food. After the war, Erwin and Kathe worked for a manufacturing company and also managed a private garden club restaurant. Erwin enjoyed singing and acting as a young man. He belonged to an acting club and was actively involved in small stage plays and entertainment. After several years of attempting to seek permission to immigrate to the US, approval was granted in 1959 and the entire family immigrated to Sacramento at the age of 42 and began a new life. Times again became very difficult with three teenagers, learning a new language and being accepted into the community. Erwin and his wife, Kathe enjoyed camping with their travel trailer and later a motor home. They belonged to a time share camping club and traveled often until his wife, Kathe’s health deteriorated. They enjoyed gardening and their dog Lucky who they rescued from the animal shelter. They also enjoyed the casino’s occasionally and spending time with family. Erwin loved his family, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Erwin remained independent until he was diagnosed with cancer at age 87. He was loved by many for his sense of humor, kindness and respect. His departure has left an emptiness in his family’s hearts.
Survivors include his Son, Gerhard Haynitzsch of Sacramento, his daughters Gisela Telm of Pleasanton and Renate Smithburg of San Diego. Six grandchildren, Christine and Kathy Haynitzsch of Sacramento, Stephan Telm of Davis, Tania Henderson Pleasanton, Jeff Walker of Dana Point and Jason Walker of San Diego. Three great-grandchildren, Victoria Walker of San Diego, Justin Dillard-Telm of Davis and Mathew Cockrell of Sacramento, his sister, Jennie Ehrenberg of Altenau, Germany and several other relatives in Sacramento and Germany.