Our mother, Alvina Reimer, went Home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Jan. 20, 2006, while in Intensive Cardiac Care at Boswell Hospital, Sun City, Arizona. Born Alvina Kliewer on Jan. 7, 1924, in Steinbach, Man., she attended Bristol School and Grace Bible Institute.
She lived most of her working life in Colorado Springs, where she retired from the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1992. She was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs and the Sun Cities. She was an avid reader and expert crossword puzzler. Those of you who knew our mother will recall her quiet demeanor, exceptional moral character and strong work ethic.
She was preceded in death by husband Paul J. Reimer; and her brothers, Bert, Richard and Otto Kliewer.
Surviving are her children, Kathleen Brenner and husband Richard of Colorado Springs, CO, Curtis Reimer and wife Luanne, Lone Tree, CO, Karen Montalvo, Avondale, AZ; and grandchildren, Lindsey and Brian Reimer, Erika Montalvo, Christina and Benjamin Brenner; sisters, Maryanne Reimer, Winnipeg, Man., Darlyne Klassen, Steinbach, Man.; and brother Clarence Kliewer, Long Beach, CA.
Alvina was remembered and interred Feb. 3 in the Rose Garden at Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, AZ. Memorials may be made to the building fund for the New Hope Fellowship Church, 14435 R. H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, AZ 85375.
George Enns, born April 28, 1942 in Neuanlage, Menno Colony, Paraguay; died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006 in Winnipeg, Man.
Philippians 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
George loved life and did quite well in certain areas of academics. Even though he only had eight years of education, he excelled in memory work, loved to sing, and had memorized many of the German hymns that he would sing with gusto. His favorite was The Great Physician. When we came to Canada he learned to speak English and in time taught himself to read. After his salvation, in the spring of 1964, he became a faithful reader of scripture and a faithful witness. Several years later he attended Prairie Bible Institute for a year and also attended several short term Bible school sessions in Manitoba. Several years ago we talked about some of the Christians who had been influential in our family's salvation. I had seldom seen him as excited as when we talked about the godly influence of Christians who brought us to the point of salvation. We talked at length about some of our Christian friends and about Mom and Dad. He then began to talk about his anticipation of Heaven. He talked about being healed; about having a new body that would be perfect because there will be no sin. He wrote many "poems" and a recurring theme in them was Heaven.
He was predeceased by his sister Maria in 1940; by his mother, Maria (nee Penner) in 1992; and by his father, Cornelius, in 1999. He is survived by five brothers and three sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
As a family we want to express a special thanks to the Oakview Nursing Home for the excellent care that they provided for him in the later years of his life. We also want to express our thanks to the Ness Avenue Baptist Church for ministering to him and caring for him in many ways. As brothers and sisters, we want to express a very special thanks to our sister Nettie, who so faithfully and regularly visited him and during these last weeks and months, sat with him, and reminded him of the love of Jesus that really encouraged him, even though he could no longer verbally respond.
Funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m., with viewing one hour before the service at the MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, 433 Main Street, Stonewall, Man. Interment will take place at Victoria Cemetery, Balmoral, Man.
MacKenzie Funeral Home, Stonewall, in care of arrangements.
Peacefully, Feb. 4, 2006, at the Vita and District Health Centre, Mary Lazaruk passed away at the age of 87. Mary was born Oct. 17, 1918 in Caliento, Man., to Joseph and Yuhanka Hawryliuk. Her youth was spent there until she went to work in Winnipeg, Man. In 1939 she married John Lazaruk. Together they worked hard on the family farm in Caliento, where they raised five children. In 1974 they retired to Vita, Man.
Mom was a person of immense kindness to all and had a strong and deep religious faith. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, church activities and family gatherings.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Ben and Annette Lazaruk, Iris Osadchuk, Tony and Dianne Lazaruk, Leonard and Sherry Lazaruk, Grace and Greg Crayston; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anne Maxymowich, Jennie Stadnyk; and brother Marko Hawryliuk.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband John, son-in-law Bob, sister Maggie Storozuk and brother Mike Hawryliuk.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Vita Hospital and Personal Care Home for the care they gave Mom.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Fr. Gregory Zubacz officiating. Interment at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Vita, Man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
Aug. 23, 1935 - Feb. 4, 2006
With family by her side, at Bethesda Hospital, Eleanor Martens (nee Kornelsen) went to be with her Lord and Saviour.
Ellie was born in Morris, Man. and grew up in the Rosenort/Riverside, Man. area. After attending Cloverplains school she worked a number of years as a Kjäakjsche for her older brothers and sisters.
She married Alvin Loewen when she was 19 and had a family of four children. When Alvin passed away in 1970, she suddenly became a full-time farmer in addition to her full-time mothering responsibilities.
In 1991 she married Abe Martens and moved to Jantsied. She became a partner and helpmate to Abe and together they shared a vibrant life, running a farm and integrating into the active Kleefeld, Man. social scene.
Family left to cherish her memory are her husband Abe; her four children, Stuart (Cindy), Wendy (Chris), Charles (Susan) and Earl (Shelly); her three stepsons, Rob (Peggy), Gary (Pat), and Paul (Shirley); and 17 grandchildren.
The funeral service for Ellie will be held Feb. 9, 2006 at the Rosenort EMC at 2 p.m., with interment at the church cemetery. Viewing was held at the Steinbach Funeral Home, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006.
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home,
5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.
KAREN P. LEMAY
Our mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and aunt died peacefully after suffering from cancer, at the Ste Anne Hospital in Ste Anne, Man., Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, with her family by her side. She was 71 years old.
Karen leaves behind, in the hopes of being reunited in the Lord's house, her husband Paul, her son Joseph of Winnipeg, Man., and his son Paul, her son
Christopher of The Pas, Man., his wife Daphne and their sons, Eric and Jordan. She also leaves her daughter Michelle Lynch and Andy Desautels of Lorette, Man., and her granddaughters Aurora Lynch and Alix Lynch. Karen's daughter Teresa, who she fondly called Terry, also is left behind. Terry and her husband Warren live in The Pas, Man., along with their sons Denny and Jake. Karen's brother Bernard Murphy and his wife Margo of Bloomington, Minnesota, and her brother Kevin Murphy and his wife Barbara of Hemet, California also survive. Brother-in-law William LeMay and his wife Rhonda of Thunder Bay, Ont., and sister-in-law Isabelle LeMay of Ottawa, Ont. mourn her passing. She leaves her only aunts, Mary Catherine Hamman of Prescott, Wisconsin, and Ethel Murphy of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Karen kept close to many cousins through correspondence and to many friends acquired through the years all over North America through her "Annual Christmas Blurb."
Karen was born in Minneapolis, Sept. 5, 1934, to Jack and Dolly Murphy. She graduated from St Stephens Parochial School and St Margaret's Academy in Minneapolis. She attended the College of St Catherine in St Paul, Minnesota for two years. June 11, 1955, she married Paul LeMay in Incarnation Church in Minneapolis. They made their home in Port Arthur, Ont. This town is now called Thunder Bay; their four children were born there.
Karen continued her education at Lakehead University, and she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in May, 1969. In July, 1969, the family moved to The Pas, where they remained for 14 years. Karen commenced employment with the Public Service of Canada in 1973, and she continued this employment in Winnipeg until she retired in 1991. Karen and Paul moved to the country near Lorette, Man. in 1983. After retiring, Karen and Paul enjoyed travelling the world.
Karen was a member of the Notre Dame de Lorette Roman Catholic Church and served on the Liturgy Committee and as a Lector. She also was on the Board of Directors of the Taché Christmas Hamper Committee and was a member of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in her parish. Her great joys were her grandchildren.
Funeral Mass was held at Notre Dame de Lorette Church in Lorette, Thursday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Viewing was held one half-hour prior to the Mass, with interment in the church cemetery. Those who wish, may donate to the Canadian Catholic Organization of Development and Peace, 225-210 Masson Street, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0H4, in Karen's memory.
LeClaire Brothers in care of arrangements 775-2220, Winnipeg, Man.
MICHAEL (JIM) NAGONCHY
Peacefully, after a lengthy battle with cancer, Michael passed away Feb. 1, 2006 at the age of 58 years.
Michael was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Helen.
His memory will be cherished by his aunt Annie Cesmytruk; his dear friends, Robert and Maureen Drummond, Gene and Marion Gaines; his loyal companion Brownie; and numerous other family members and friends.
Michael was born in Winnipeg, Man., Sept. 11, 1947. He was employed with Manitoba Public Insurance, retiring early in 1995.
Michael was a simple and unassuming man, a generous soul who was always eager to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed one. He enjoyed going to garage sales, visiting his Auntie Anne is Vita, collecting antiques, and shopping trips to Grand Forks with Maureen. His biggest thrill was spending Christmas with the Drummonds and then heading out for Boxing Day shopping with Pixie.
Michael was a huge Blue Bombers fan; he had season tickets for years, enjoying the games with Robert. A special thank you to Lyle Bauer and the rest of the Bomber players and coaching staff for their recent conversations and support to Michael.
Michael was a compassionate supporter of animal rights and causes. He was especially generous to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
Funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, 1 p.m., at Vita Funeral Home, Vita, Man., with burial at the Vita Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery following the service.
We sincerely thank the staff at HSC and Cancer Care Manitoba for their compassion and care they took with Michael.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or Cancer Care Manitoba.
Vita Funeral Home's "Vita Chapel" in care of arrangements.
Albert Goossen passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, Feb. 6, 2006 at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man. in his 88th year.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Minna; children, Mary Jane (Calvin), Christine (Bill), Beth (Barry) and Robert (Joyce). He was the loving grandfather of nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., at the Steinbach United Church, 541 Main St., Steinbach, Man.
If friends so desire, donations in memory of Albert may be made to Bethesda Foundation, Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A3, or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
ALICE CURÉ (née Sarrasin)
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother, Alice Curé.
Mom passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006 at the DeSalaberry District Health Centre in St-Pierre-Jolys, Man., at the age of 87 years.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Lucie (Luarent) Lambert, Roger (Louise), Albert (Agatha), Rita (Noël) Catellier, Émile (Ginette) and Suzanne (Ron) Giesbrecht; 16 grandchildren, three foster grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; sisters, Olive Curé and Agnes Bourgeault; one brother Philippe Sarrasin; as well as her in-laws, Alice Curé (Joe), Barbara Sarrasin, Dorothy Bittleston and Steve Sofraniuk.
Alice was predeceased by her husband Nérée; brothers, Émile, Armand, Florent, Léo and Raoul; sisters, Iréne and Cécile.
Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, 2 p.m., at the St Malo Roman Catholic Church, St Malo, Man., with Father Marcel Chaput. Viewing will take place half an hour prior to the funeral mass. Interment will take place in the St-Pierre-Jolys Cemetery, St-Pierre-Jolys, Man.
Mom touched our lives in such a special way that we all feel so blessed to have been a part of her life. She will be fondly remembered as a gentle and caring person who lived an unselfish life. She was a loving mother and grandmother whose family meant everything to her.
We, the family, wish to thank Dr. DuPlessis and the caregivers at the DeSalaberry District Health Centre in St-Pierre-Jolys and the Chalet Malouin in St Malo, Man. for their kindness and care.
For those who wish, donations in Mom's memory may be made to the DeSalaberry District Health Centre, St-Pierre-Jolys, or to the Chalet Malouin in St Malo.
"We love you Memére"
Vita Funeral Homes, St-Pierre-Jolys Chapel, in care of arrangements.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Mary Eliuk, wife of the late Theo Eliuk, formerly of Sundown, Man. She passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 in her residence at Shady Oaks Lodge in Vita, Man.
Mary was born to pioneers Wasyl and Sophia (Moroziuk) Danylchuk on April 6, 1922. She married Theo in 1947 and settled in Sundown, where she resided until August 2005. Mary was a life-long member of the Ukrainian Women's Association and the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church.
Mary was dearly loved and will be very sadly missed by her children and grandchildren: Nicholas and JoAnn Eliuk, Brittany and Brendyn, Cathryn and Dennis Mushaluk, Genevieve and Madeleine, Mary Anne and Rev. John Nakonachny, Melanie and Michael; Theresa and Boris Happychuk, Brock and Naomi, as well as many relatives and friends. She also leaves to mourn, her brother Bud Danylchuk and his wife Flora of Fort Frances, Ont., and sister Olly Beyak of Atikokan, Ont. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Alex, and sisters Elizabeth Bilych and Michalena Popowich.
Her greatest happiness and her proudest achievements were her family. She cherished every card, visit, and phone call. To have her family together was her greatest joy. She was forever thankful for the friendships extended to her throughout her life. Many of these friendships endured from the time she moved to Sundown, to when she was suddenly widowed and went to work at Shevchenko School, and then after her retirement until her passing. It is a tribute to her that these friendships extended across all ages, and many were life long. She was often heard to remark, "People are so good to me," and they were, because she was that type of person. We, her family, mourn her deeply and are thankful and proud to be her children and grandchildren. She left a legacy that will be with us forever: that it is family and friends who are most important.
Prayers were held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man., Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. The funeral service and Divine Liturgy were held at the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Sundown at 10 a.m., Feb. 14, with Father Myron Pozniak officiating. Interment followed at the parish cemetery in Sundown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 204 - 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr.; Steinbach, Man.
Mary Penner of Steinbach, Man., formerly of Blumenort, Man., passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 at Rest Haven Nursing Home at the age of 100 years.
She is survived by her children: Rose (Nick) Plett of Fisher Branch, Man., Margaret of Blumenort, Cornie (Evelyn) of Blumenort, Harry (Tina) of Ste. Anne, Man., Jim (Linda) of Ste. Anne, Norma (Peter) Thiessen of Blumenort, one son-in-law, Ben Wiebe (Carolyn) of Anola, Man.; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry (Mary) Barkman; two sisters, Katherine Dueck, Lena Barkman; one sister-in-law, Winnie Barkman; and one brother-in-law, Frank Plett. She was predeceased by her husband Peter C.L. Penner in 1984; two daughters, Linda in 2003, Edna in 2002; and one granddaughter, Jean Reimer, in 2005.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 at the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church, with interment at the church cemetery. Donations may be made to Rest Haven Foundation, 177 Woodhaven Ave.; Steinbach, MB, R5G 1K7.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.