MARTIN P. PENNER
Martin Penner was born in Giroux, Man., July 4, 1915, to John and Sarah Penner. He was number nine in a family of 13, 10 of whom were boys. As you can imagine, his growing up years were very lively.
Dad accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and was baptized as a young adult and became a member of the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church.
When World War II came along, Dad registered as a conscientious objector, but never went to CO camp. He was given permission by the government to stay at home and run his farm instead.
Dad married Justina Reimer on his 28th birthday, and they spent more than 54 years together. Mom and Dad had nine children, four sons and five daughters. Two of the sons died in infancy.
Dad, together with Mom and his family, farmed half a mile north of the Ridgewood Church. Most of his farming life he ran a mixed farm, a few cows, pigs, turkeys and land, but the last years of his farming career he had a hog operation.
Dad very much enjoyed traveling together with Mom. They made numerous trips to Indiana, a trip to Paraguay and Belize, Texas and Mexico, as well as a number of trips to B.C.
Mom and Dad were elected and became ordained deacons when Dad was approximately 51 years old. They served in this capacity in the church until they retired. They spent a lot of time visiting the elderly, the sick and the bereaved.
When Dad was 70 years old, Mom and Dad moved off the farm to a house in Blumenort, Man. When this became too difficult for them to look after, they moved to Woodhaven Seniors Apartments in Steinbach. During the time that they were living there, Mom passed away. This was a very hard time for Dad. He missed Mom intensely, in spite of being thankful that Mom was relieved of her suffering.
When Mother died, Dad told us that he thought that he would live to be 90. None of us believed at that time that this would actually happen. But last summer we celebrated his 90th birthday. We had a birthday party for him and he really enjoyed that and felt honored that so many people came out to celebrate with him.
Dad lived at the Rest Haven Nursing Home for a little over three years.
During this time his health gradually declined, but he kept on enjoying life. Last fall it looked like Dad might not make it another Christmas, but he did and enjoyed the family Christmas gathering very much. Since then it seemed that he was steadily getting weaker and was often a little confused. March 18, the nursing home called the family to let us know that Dad was not doing well. He passed away peacefully with some family members at his side at a quarter to two in the afternoon. He is now safe in the arms of Jesus and we are thankful that God took him before he had to suffer too much.
We would like to thank all the staff at the Rest Haven Nursing Home who cared for Dad so lovingly and with so much compassion. We would also like to thank Dr. Krahn for the care that he gave to Dad.
We will miss Dad a lot, especially his good sense of humor, his bright smile and his twinkling eyes.
Left to cherish Dad's memory are two sons: Elden and Annie of Ridgewood, Man., Roland and Connie of Ridgewood; and five daughters, Jessie and Menno Plett of Ridgewood, Edna and Reuben Plett of Steinbach, Man., Ann and Abe Suderman of Niverville, Man., Elfrieda and David Hildebrandt of Landmark, Man., and Florence and Bernie Dupas of Langley, B.C. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, numerous grandchildren-in-law and 30 great-grandchildren, as well as by one brother Ben and Elda, one sister Helen and Ben Thiessen, and sister-in-law Helen Penner.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Justina; two sons in infancy; two grandchildren, Casey Penner and Erin Hildebrandt; one great-grandchild, Cody Reimer; parents, John and Sarah Penner; brothers, Abraham, John, Peter, Jacob, Klass, Cornelius, Isaac and Frank; and sisters, Gertrude Janzen and Margaret Reimer.
The funeral service for Martin P. Penner was held Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the Ridgewood E.M.C., with burial in the church cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, 400 - 280 Smith Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 1K2.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
FRANK D. PLETT
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Peacefully, March 17, 2006, at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Gimli, Man., Frank Plett died at the age of 82 years. He is survived by one daughter, Barb (Menno) Friesen; three sons, Waldon (Eileen), Roger (Clarice), Tim (Dawn); 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and all his brothers and sisters and their families.
Frank was predeceased by his wife Helen in 1990.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 2 p.m., at the Menville Evangelical Mennonite Church, north of Riverton, Man., with interment in the church cemetery. A service of thanksgiving for his life was held Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m., at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, Man., and viewing at the church prior to the service. If friends desire, donations may be made to the Gideon's International Bible Plan or E.M.C. Missions.
Friends Funeral Service in care of arrangements, 339-5555.
Eugène Verrier passed away peacefully Monday, March 20, 2006, at the age of 81.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 60 years, Solange (nee Courcelles); sons and daughters, Gilbert (Annette Bourrier), Roland, deceased (Diane Chatel), Marie-Paule (Claude Bourgouin), Victor (Gisèle Labossière), Madeleine (Jorge da Silva), Denis (Irène Pelletier), Diane (Maurice Lévesque), Angèle (Roland Kirouac), Gilles (Thérèse Marion), Armand (Cécile Harel), Réal (Louise Lévesque), Nicole (Léo Lévesque), Ginette (Gérald Jolicoeur), Hélène (Shane Shodine); 40 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn are two brothers, nine sisters, many brothers and sisters-in-law, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Eugène was born in Aubigny, Man., May 17, 1924. At the age of 4, he moved to La Broquerie, Man., where he went to school, raised a family with his wife, farmed and enjoyed his retirement. Throughout his life, he served on various committees and volunteered his time to the parish.
Eugène cherished spending time with his family. He loved the outdoors, fishing and gardening. He was a man of many talents who was equally at ease building a barn as he was repairing a watch. He was also an accomplished musician, and the family will especially miss the sound of his harmonica.
In celebration of his life, prayers will be held Friday, March 24, 7 p.m., at Desjardins Funeral Home, 357 Des Meurons, Winnipeg, Man. Viewing will take place Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m., followed by mass at 10:30 a.m. at La Broquerie Roman Catholic Church. Interment to follow at La Broquerie Parish Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, The Heart and Stroke Building, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
Peacefully, after a brief illness, it is with sadness we announce the passing of Reginald Gregory, Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at the Vita Hospital in Vita, Man., at the age of 89 years.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 18, 2006 at Vita Funeral Homes Vita Chapel at 2 p.m., with Chaplain Joy Andrusiak officiating.
Vita Funeral Homes "Vita Chapel" in care of arrangements.
It is with heartfelt regret that we announce the passing of George Zahara, at the age of 93 years, Monday, March 20, 2006, at his residence in the Vita Personal Care Home in Vita, Man.
Viewing took place Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at Vita Funeral Homes "Vita Chapel" from 4 to 8 p.m. George's funeral service was held Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 10:30 a.m., at the St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Gardenton, Man. Interment followed the service in the church cemetery.
LOUISE M. MUELLER
Louise Mueller of Marquette, Man. passed away at Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg, Man., Sunday, March 19, 2006 at the age of 56 years.
Louise was born in Steinbach, Man. and raised in the Whitemouth Lake area. She had a long career with MTS. She enjoyed reading and loved movies, cats and dogs, and keeping up to date on current events. She married Alfred in 1970 and was a devoted mother to Trevor.
Louise is survived by her husband of 36 years, Alfred; son Trevor of Marquette; sisters, Johanna Zimmerman of B.C., Bessie (Lyle) Baldwin of St. Pierre, Man.; brothers Marci (Judy) Zimmerman and Albert (Linda) Zimmerman of Vassar, Man.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Lottie Zimmerman.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Riverview Health Centre for the care given to Louise.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 25, 2 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man., with interment at Vassar Cemetery. Reception to follow at Vassar Hall.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
DENISE HUPE (nee Proulx)
Peacefully on April 16, 2006, with family by her side, Denise Hupé (nee Proulx), beloved wife of the late Emile Hupé, passed away at Villa Youville in Sainte-Anne, Man., at the age of 95 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Emile Hupé; a daughter and son-in-law, Edna and Charles Auguste Saindon; also by her sisters, Célestine and Solange; and her brothers, Joachim, Louis-Paul and Ernest; and by two half-brothers, Raymond and Michel.
Denise leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Alphonse (Annette) Hupé, Eveline (Horace) Nault, Ernest (Marie) Hupé, Bernice (Gilles) Saindon, Jeannette (Roger) Grouette and Liliane (Clay) Paterson; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves her sisters, Elise, Otilia, Cecile; and her brother Edmond (Agnes).
The family wishes to express their special thanks to the wonderful staff at Villa Youville for their compassion and loving care given to our mother.
Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 20, 2006, 2 p.m., at the Sainte-Anne Roman Catholic Church, with Father René Chartier officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place at a later date in the Ste. Anne Cemetery.
In memory of Denise, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6 (phone 204-949-2000).
We love you so much. We will miss you forever.
The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
JAMES (JIM) DOOLEY
Peacefully, with his family by his side, Jim passed away April 12, 2006 at the age of 83 at Bethesda Place in Steinbach, Man. Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elsie (nee Elliott) ; his two sons, Ralph (Julie), Joe (Kathy), both of Winnipeg, Man.; daughter-in-law Linda (Mike Shaughnessy) of Sundown, Man.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers and five sisters. Jim was predeceased by his eldest son Robert in 1983.
Jim was born in Hartney, Man. in 1922. He served in the Canadian army overseas in WWII. After returning from the war, he married our mother in 1950. In 1962, after many moves, Mom and Dad settled in Piney, Man., and in 1982 Dad retired after 31 years working with Manitoba Hydro. Dad spent his final years at Bethesda Place, Steinbach, where he received excellent care. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Cranberry Cove.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m., at Piney Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Arthritis Society, 386 Broadway Ave., Suite 105, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3R6.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
SOLANGE VIELFAURE (nee Desrosiers)
It is with great sorrow that the family announces the death of Solange Vielfaure after a lengthy illness on April 12, 2006.
Solange was born in Otterburne, Man., Dec. 2, 1927. She attended school both in Otterburne and in St. Pierre-Jolys, Man. After completing her studies, she taught school in La Broquerie, Man., and later in St. Norbert, Man. She continued her education and graduated from the St. Boniface Hospital as a Laboratory Technician. She pursued her career at the Grey Nuns' Hospital in Regina, Sask., and then returned to Manitoba to practice at the Misericordia Hospital.
In 1951 she married Albert Vielfaure of La Broquerie, where she resided until the time of her death. Solange raised a family of five children and was a devoted full-time Mom.
She leaves to mourn her husband of 55 years, Albert Vielfaure; and their five children: Jocelyne (George Burrow); Monique (John Mackenzie); Paul and Gisèle (Leclerc) and their children Miguel, Kristine, Chantal, Sofie and Ghyslyn; son Denis and Nicole (Bonneville) and their children Eric, Joel and Jérémie; son Claude and Barb (Magnusson) and their sons Réjean and Alex; and one special great-granddaughter Izabela. She also leaves behind two sisters, Hélène (Ed McShane), Anita (André Courcelles, deceased); and two brothers, Gérard (Gwen), and Gilbert (Sylvia); two sisters-in-law, Thérese Desrosiers and Lois Desrosiers. She was predeceased by her parents, Horace and Dorothée; her brother Lucien; niece Gisele Lee; and her beloved granddaughter, Lynne Vielfaure.
In 1995, Solange underwent emergency open heart surgery for a ruptured ventricular septum. She miraculously survived thanks to Dr. S. Bhattacharya and a wonderful team of skilled professionals at the St. Boniface Hospital. With great determination she enjoyed 11 more years of life, overcoming breast cancer and other medical conditions. Her tenacity and courage were an inspiration to us all.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Gérald Gobeil, her family doctor since he began practicing in Ste. Anne, Man. some 40 years ago, for his devoted care and his wisdom during all of these years. We would also like to thank the staff at the Ste. Anne Hospital and the Bethesda Hospital for their dedication and compassion during the numerous times that Solange was a patient. A special thank you to Yvonne Boulianne, Home Care Nurse, for her ongoing support and encouragement.
The mass of resurrection was held in La Broquerie on Monday, April 17, 2006 at 10:30 a.m., presided by Mgr Albert Fréchette, accompanied by Father Louis Vielfaure, m. afr.
The interment of the ashes will be held at a private ceremony at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Solange's memory to the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, D1003-409 Taché Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 9Z9 (phone 237-2067).
The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
Mr Benjamin Dyck, with family at his side, passed away peacefully in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Thursday, April 27, 2006, after suffering a stroke the previous Sunday.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rita; his father, John; daughter, Joy (Alan) Barkman of Steinbach; sons, Ben (Laura) Dyck and William (Debbie) Dyck of Steinbach, daughters, Brenda Dyck of Winnipeg, Man. and Meghan Canty of Surrey, B.C.; stepdaughter, Wanda (Tie) Hoekstra and stepson, Kim (Birgit) Babott of Vernon, B.C.; his grandchildren, Lindsay, Tessa (Isimeli) Masi, Scott, Tyler (Jessi), Joel, Kyle, Kayla and Kyndal, all of Steinbach, Krystle, Devon and Jessie of Vernon, B.C., Shayla (Ryan) Noel of Calgary, Alta.; his brothers, John (Lois) of Surrey, B.C. Harvey (Sharon) of Steinbach; sisters, Anne (Hubert) Beisel of Swift Current, Sask., Elizabeth Foster of Winnipeg, Man.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth; and sisters, Luella Sinclair and Olga Friesen.
Ben was born in Herbert, Sask. in 1934 and then moved with his family to Steinbach, where he grew up. He was a true entrepreneur and was always able to turn his latest idea or hobby into a business. He also maintained a constant passion for horses, which he loved to train and ride. Ben was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and sponsor. He touched the lives of many and will be fondly remembered for his humor and ability to say it as it is. His fighting spirit was evident to the end, but he is now in a better place with the Lord.
Cremation preceded memorial services celebrating Ben's life, which will be held in Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, Steinbach, on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 4 p.m., and later at the Falkland Community Church, 2940-Chase Falkland Road, Falkland, B.C., on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dave Berg officiating. Lunch and refreshments will be served following each service. Cremation arrangements were made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5.
April 9, 1921 — April 29, 2006
It is with great sorrow the family of Mr. Adrien Martell of Winnipeg, Man. announces the passing of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, after a lengthy illness, April 29, 2006.
Dad leaves to cherish his loving memory his four daughters, Gladys Harel (Arthur), Yvonne McMahon (Wayne), Jeanne Chabot (Archie Sr.), Dianne Hornick (William); his grandchildren, Arthur Jr. (Diane), Steve (Mary), Sandy (Bernard), Pam (Steve), Trish (Kurtis), Archie Jr. (Liz), Brenda (Jon), Darlene (Walter), Brad (Joanna); his great-grand children, Colleen, Shawn, Kevin, Dustin, Brianne, Chelsey, Jennifer, Heather, Derek, Adrien, Landon, Logan, Leland. Nicholas, Faye, Edward, Amber, Cole; one sister Edna Mortlock; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his loving wife Rolande (1993); parents, Emilie and Joseph Martel; seven brothers, Albert, Noel, George, Marcel, Evanglist, August, Andrew; two sisters, Marion and Olive.
Prayers will be said Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in Thomson "In The Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, Man. A Christian mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 4, 2006, 11 a.m., in St. Vital Roman Catholic Church, 1629 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg, with Rev. Dr. Patrick A. Morand presiding. Lunch to follow.
Pallbearers will be Arthur Harel Jr., Steve Harel, Archie Chabot Jr., Brad Hornick, Kurtis Holmstrom, and Steve McCulloch.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Davey and the staff at the St. Boniface General Hospital Ward 6E.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Adrien's memory to a charity of one's choice.
God gave sunshine to the roses,
To the violets He gave dew,
To the world He gave the rainbow,
Then, He smiled and gave us you.
Thomson "In The Park" Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, Man., in care of arrangements.