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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 67

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 10:16 p.m.


It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband, dad, grandpa, and Opa, John Froese, of Niverville, Man. He was born in Russia on Nov. 16, 1925 and passed away after a lengthy battle with brain cancer at the age of 79 years, Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 at the De Salaberry District Hospital in St. Pierre-Jolys, Man. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Tina (nee Leppky); daughters, Barb (John) Friesen, Kathy (Harold) Martens; son Jack (Rita) Froese; and their families. He also leaves behind two sisters, three brothers, a sister-in-law, and their families, and a host of friends.

John was predeceased by one grandson and two granddaughters, all in infancy, his parents, a brother-in-law, sister-in-law and a nephew.

Among his many places of employment were Radio Oil and Kimberley Clark, where he worked for many years. His passion was singing and he spent many hours over the years entertaining seniors with the Hope For Tomorrow Singing Group and also with the Mitchell Seniors Choir. He loved his work with MCC, both in soap making and at the Relief Sale in Morris.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kryck and his staff at HSC and Dr. Brennan and her staff at the St Pierre Hospital. Thank you for the many prayers, phone calls, cards, visits and food, both at home and at the hospital.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Word of Life Church, Niverville, with interment at Hespeler Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, 306-2265 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5J3, or De Salaberry District Hospital Palliative Care Unit, in care of South Eastman Health, Box 88, St. Pierre, MB, R0A 1V0.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.


Peter W. Friesen was born May 20, 1906 to Klaas F. and Anna Friesen at Greenland, Man. He passed away Oct. 24, 2005 at the Maplewood Manor, Steinbach, Man., reaching the age of 99 years.

He spent his childhood years at Greenland. At the age of seven, together with his parents, they moved to Needles, B.C. They returned to Manitoba seven months later and settled on a farm south of Steinbach.

At the age of 15 he felt his need of a Saviour and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite Nov. 20, 1921 by Minister Fred Fricke. The church was precious to him and he supported it wholeheartedly, leaving us a clear testimony that he was ready to go.

May 6, 1934 he was joined in marriage to Margaret Penner at Greenland, Man., by Minister Jacob T. Wiebe. Here they lived all their married life, where farming was their livelihood. He took a real interest in life and found ways to serve the need of his fellowmen in a quiet way.

Mother and Dad shared life's joys and sorrows for 54 years. Mother passed away Nov. 9, 1988, leaving Dad very lonely, and he often expressed his desire to go to heaven. The Word of God was meaningful to him and we often found him reading his Bible. He appreciated his family and took a keen interest in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his last audible prayer, he prayed especially for the "little ones."

In April 1996 he moved to Maplewood Manor, where he was lovingly cared for. He appreciated the frequent visits and care from the family, especially his two daughters.

Those left to cherish fond memories are two daughters, Leanna and Dorothy, and one son, Edgar (Clarice), all of Ste. Anne, Man.; five grandchildren, Harlan (Barb) of Ste. Anne, Weldon (Bev) of Silver Valley, Alta.; Allen (Evelyn) of Bow Island, Alta.; Glenn (Reanne) of Silver Valley, Karen (Randy) Gable, Clarkesdale, Mississippi; as well as 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Neta Friesen and Roselin Friesen. Also very dear to him was niece Marlene and husband Alvin Toews and their five sons.

Dad was predeceased in death by his parents, his wife, two sons in infancy, three brothers and one sister.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Greenland, Man., with local ministers in charge. Burial at the Greenland Cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

1919 — 2005

Henry F. Kliewer was born Sept. 3, 1919 on the family farm near Otterburne, Man. He met his life's partner, Vera, in 1941 and they were married May 24, 1942.

He spent most of his career working in automobile and real estate sales. He enjoyed meeting people and made many friends and lasting relationships. He was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church and served as their Sunday School Superintendent for many years.

Henry passed away peacefully on Oct. 20, 2005 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Vera, one daughter Sandra and her husband Jim Reimer, one granddaughter Kristal and her husband Doug Fehr, and one great-granddaughter Nicole.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

Sept. 15, 1931 — Aug. 4, 2005

A Celebration of Life will be held for our friend, fellow curler and golfer, and community leader, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005, 2:30 p.m., at the Ste Anne Curling Club.

1917 — 2005

Our dad was born Oct. 18, 1917 near Steinbach, Man., to Henry T. and Johanna Reimer.

He received his education and grew to manhood in the Steinbach area. At the age of 22 years, Dad realized his need for salvation and upon true repentance received forgiveness of his sins. Dad was baptized Sept. 17, 1939 into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Steinbach, and lived as an example to all of us for the rest of his life.

Oct. 20, 1940, Dad was united in marriage to Gertrude Toews of Niverville, Man. They shared many years together, celebrating their 65th anniversary Oct. 20, 2005, and were blessed with three daughters, two sons, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As a young man, Dad enjoyed making cheese, operating heavy equipment and driving truck. He spent many years working very hard to provide for his family, and although there were times of struggle in his life, Dad's faith in the Lord always carried him through. He often found great comfort in reading Psalm 23.

Dad lived a long, full life, and was in good health until a few years ago, when he went through numerous surgeries that left him with a lot of discomfort. However, every time we went to visit he was always his cheerful, encouraging self.

Our dad was relieved from his suffering Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005 when he went to meet his Lord and Saviour.

Left to cherish loving memories are his wife, Gertrude; children: Lorne (Helen) Reimer of Halstead, Kansas, Johanna (Gladwin) Reimer, Mavis (Allan) Plett, Orlan (Sharon) Reimer, all of Steinbach, Man., Angela Unger of Abbotsford, B.C.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters: Ida Nickel, Margaret (Don) Bartel, Dorothy, Audrey and Emily Reimer; and sisters-in-law: Margaret Reimer, Viola Hiebert, Violet Wall.

Dad was predeceased by his father, mother, four brothers, two sisters, three brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, one granddaughter and one grandson in infancy.

Viewing will be held Thursday, Oct 27, 7:30 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct 28, 10:30 a.m., at the Church of God in Christ, 280 Loewen Blvd., Steinbach. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.


Jean passed away at 10:30 p.m., Oct. 21, 2005, after valiantly fighting breast cancer for two years.

Jean loved spending time with her family more than anything else; and her passing will leave a great void in their lives. Loving husband to Rudi for 42 years; and a wonderful mother to Randi 41, Tami 39, and Robyn 34. Devoted grandmother to Joey 17, Katelyn 15, Jason 10, and Carter 4.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct 29, at 12 noon, at the NEW First Alliance Church at 12345 40 St SE, Calgary, Alta.

We love you Jean!


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Helen Wynychuk. (nee Gilchuk), Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, at the age of 69 years, with her children at her side.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Stephen (1991); parents, Michael and Medoria Gilchuk; brothers, Harry, John, Alec, and Bill. She is survived by one sister, Mary. Helen will be lovingly remembered by her children, Nettie (Orest) Paciorka, David (Linda) Wynychuk; grandchildren, Gregory and Michael (Gail) Paciorka; Derek and Craig Wynychuk; great-grandchildren, Jared and Kaitlyn.

Helen was born Feb. 7, 1936 in Sundown, Man. At the age of 15 the family moved to Winnipeg, Man., where she found employment. In 1952 she met and married Stephen Wynychuk on Oct. 25. They briefly lived in Winnipeg and then moved to the family farm in the Pansy, Man. area. From there, in 1957 they purchased their own farm on Pansy corner, where they got into dairy farming and raising their children. In 1980 they sold the dairy farm and moved near Sarto, Man., where they started into beef farming.

Mom was never afraid of life's challenges. She loved gardening, flowers, picking mushrooms, cutting grass, and so on, whatever it took to enjoy the outdoors. In September of 1998 she sold the farm and moved to Chapel Dr. in Steinbach, Man. In July 2000 was the start of her biggest challenge, cancer. After a couple of surgeries her life began to decline, but she still forged ahead. Family functions, fall suppers, and playing cards with her senior friends were still all part of her life. Mom's last few months were spent in the Bethesda Hospital, where the children would like to thank all family and friends who came to visit and provide support; the homecare workers who looked after her over the years, from both Steinbach and Vita, Man.; Dr. Karen Toews and the nursing staff at Bethesda Hospital for their care and services. Also special thanks to the Vita Funeral Home and their support during this difficult time.

Prayers and viewing will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, 7:30 p.m., at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pansy, Man. The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, 10 a.m., at the St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Vita Funeral Homes, Vita Chapel, in care of arrangements.

Oct. 4, 1915 — Nov. 3, 2005

Maria Dueck passed away peacefully at the Grunthal Menno Home, Nov. 3, 2005. She was predeceased by her husband Reinhard, her parents, one brother and two sisters. She will be sadly missed by her sons, Reinhard and Werner (Brenda); her daughter Hildegard; as well as her grandchildren, Lianne, Candace, Nathan, Zachary and Tanya.

Maria was born in Ahlen, Germany to Heinrich and Katarina Averdung, and lived on the family farm for 35 years. She married Reinhard Dueck in 1950 and immigrated to Canada shortly thereafter. They established a successful dairy farm in Kleefeld, Man., where they raised their three children. Maria's work on the farm was invaluable. She loved nature. Flowers and the vegetable gardens were very important to her and brought her much pleasure. In 1974 she moved to a house on Greenwood Bay in Grunthal, Man., where she enjoyed her retirement. In her later years she was a resident of the Grunthal Menno Home. We, the family, would like to thank the nurses and staff for the wonderful care our mom received during her stay there.

Funeral services were held at the Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Monday, Nov. 7, 2005. Interment at Grunthal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Menno Home Foundation, Box 280, Grunthal, MB, R0A 0R0.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.


Nick passed away peacefully at the Rainy River, Ontario Health Centre, Nov. 1, 2005. He was born Dec. 14, 1921 in Trentham, Man., and lived most of his life on the family farm. To supplement the farm income he worked at various places in southern Manitoba. In 1970 Nick moved to Rainy River, Ont., and in 2001, in failing health, got admitted to the Personal Care Home there.

Left to mourn are brother Bob (Iris); two sisters, Ann Lischinski and Terry (Charlie) Merrick; plus many nieces and nephews. Nick was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Helen Osadchuk; two brothers, Mike and Taras; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (Louie) Chernicki, Winnie (Steve) Feniuk, Sophie (Mike) Platsko, Elizabeth (Bill) Kraynyck; as well as brother-in-law William Lischinski.

The funeral was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Nov. 5, with burial at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Sarto, Man. Officiating was the Very Rev. Fr. Miron Pozniak and Rev. Fr. Oris Naherniak. Cantor was Martin Chobotar. Pallbearers were: Peter Osadchuk, Nick Osadchuk Jr., Wally Lischinski, George Friesen, Danny Kis and Tony Lazaruk.

Flowers are declined. Donations may be made to the Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Sarto.

Vichnaya Pamyat

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.


It is with profound sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Verna, Monday, Nov. 7, 2005.

Predeceased by her husband Jack in 1998, left to cherish her memory are two sons, Gerry (Gloria) Smoliak, Gordon (Nancy) Smoliak; two daughters, Marilyn (Rodney) Cote, Vicky Doberstein and Renι Caya; nine grandchildren, Ryan, Laura and Kevin Smoliak, Jeffrey and Andrew Smoliak, Chris and Kevin (Bonnie) Cote, Kyle and Blair Doberstein; also two great-grandchildren, Kade and Kayla Cote.

Verna was born Nov. 11, 1924 in Arbakka, Man., the youngest of nine children; surviving are two sisters, Della Hawrish and Dora Krentz.

Mom's greatest love was her family, always caring for them, preparing wonderful meals for them and sending food packages home for later. She was an active member of the St. Demetrius Catholic Church for over 50 years; her faith was of utmost importance to her and inspired her strength and beliefs.

Mom's passion for gardening was illustrated in her dedicated hard work resulting in a display of bountiful vegetables and flowers. Mom enjoyed her many social activities with her dear friends and neighbors and was always ready for a good game of cards. She was the most gentle, kind, compassionate woman; always looking after others' needs before her own. Her friendly and hospitable nature always drew a welcome to her home.

Mom, we'll always love and miss you forever. Many thanks to the wonderful staff at the Vita District Hospital and Victoria General Hospital.

Prayers are to be held Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 at Steinbach Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Mass to follow Monday, Nov. 14, 2005 at St. Demetrius Catholic Church in Vita, Man. at 10:30 a.m., with Father Zubacz officiating; interment to follow at St. Demetrius Catholic Church Cemetery, Vita, Man.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home.

Jan. 12, 1918 — Nov. 5, 2005

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Matt Shuwera at the age of 87 at his farm in Vita, Man. He will be deeply missed by his children: Beverley, Brian (Charmaine), Denise (David), Angela, and Kelvin (Lisa); grandchildren: Jasmine, Elizabeth, Braxton, Keenan and Petra; as well as many family members, neighbours and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Iwan and Palahna; his wife Sophie; his daughter Christine; brothers, Mike, Wilmer, John; and sister Ann.

Matt was born and raised in Caliento, Man. Nov. 21, 1948 he married Sophie (nee Kushniryk) and together they built a home on a foundation of unconditional love, a strong faith in God, hardworking spirit and welcoming hearts.

Our father was a farmer all his life and always worked hard to provide for his family. This strong work ethic was still evident even after his heart attack at age 75. He enjoyed nature and looked forward to the harvest time. Dad will always be remembered for his kind, gentle, and loving nature. He was a man of few words, but his strong faith, integrity, discipline and passion for living became a pillar of strength for his family. Nothing can replace the warmth of his smile and the twinkle in his eyes.

We would like to acknowledge the wonderful care that Dad received from his daughter Ang. Her commitment to his care is greatly appreciated. Also, thanks to Edward and Yvonne for their help and support.

Prayers will take place Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., at Steinbach Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m., at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vita, with Father Gregory Zubacz officiating. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Please join the family for a reception at Steinbach Funeral Home following interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Vichnaya Pamyat.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home.


May LaRose was born Oct. 24, 1937 to Homer and Hazel Joslin at Manistique, Michigan. As a girl she attended the Bethel Baptist Church at Manistique. At an early age she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord and was baptized into the faith. In her teenage years she learned of the Mennonites; the more she learned the more she felt the Lord wanted her to be a part of this Biblical faith. To this she was obedient. She was a faithful servant to the Lord and the Holy Scriptures all the days of her life.

Nov. 14, 1958 she was married to me, Arlen Kauffman, at Manistique, Michigan. Two sons, Jonathan and Nathan, were born to us; two daughters, Stephanie and Julie, were adopted. Our family moved several times during our growing years. Farming was our lot, so our family could grow up together. We farmed in Michigan, Northern Ontario, Manitoba and Northern Alberta at Bay Tree.

May's life ended Nov. 1, 2005 at the age of 68. The Lord wanted her home so she left us alone. Her kidneys and her heart failed to maintain her physical body. Left to mourn are her husband, three surviving children, two daughters-in-law, three grandchildren and one sister.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m., at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Kleefeld, Man.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

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