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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 75

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 10:26 p.m.

Oct. 27, 1947 - March 30, 2005

After a courageous battle with cancer, our loving husband, father and grandfather left us to go with his Heavenly Father, where pain and suffering no longer exist, Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at home, with his loving family by his side.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife, Diane (Chatel); his daughters, Thérese (Ken Dandeneau), Roselyne (Allen Sawka); his sons, Claude (Chantal Perrin), Robert (Corry Adams); his grandchildren, Marissa and Jessica Martel, Daniel, Danica and Déanne Dandeneau, Justin, Janelle and Alex Verrier, Stephanie Maclean, Andrew Verrier, Brady Sawka and Zane Coleman; his parents, Eugène and Solange (Courcelles); his brothers, Gilbert (Annette Bourrier), Victor (Gisèle Labossière), Denis (Irène Pelletier), Gilles (Thérèse Marion), Armand (Cécile Harel), Réal (Louise Levesque); his sisters, Marie-Paule (Claude Bourgouin), Madeleine (Jorge DaSilva), Diane (Maurice Levesque), Angèle (Roland Kirouac), Nicole (Léo Levesque), Ginette (Gérald Jolicoeur), Hélène (Shane Shodine); his mother-in law and father-in-law, Marcel and Marie-Jeanne (Vandal) Chatel; his sisters-in-law, Jeanette (Dan Letekeman), Cherie (Brian Tysoski); his two brothers-in-law, Ron (Louise Paillé), Alan (Michelle Pelland); and his many, many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his precious granddaughter, Alliah Verrier; and sister-in-law, Gisele Levesque.

Roland was born in Steinbach, Man., Oct. 27, 1947. He spent his entire life living in La Broquerie, Man. Together with his brothers, Gilbert and Victor, he owned and operated a successful dairy farm until 1988. His dreams for his future began to unfold and over the years he built what he called his own little paradise on earth, where he enjoyed taking long walks in the trails, quading with his precious grandchildren, and enjoying nature. Everyone who knew him knew that there was perfection in everything he did. Our lives have been so richly blessed for the time that we have had with him. His dreams and his memory will forever live on in his family. What a blessing it is when God takes us when we can't take it any more. Till we meet again, my love.

The funeral service was held Saturday, April 2, 2005 at the St. Joachim Catholic Church in La Broquerie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roland's memory to the Bethesda Foundation, Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A3. Please specify "In memory of Roland Verrier towards furnishings of the new Cancer Care Unit in Steinbach".

The family would like to thank Dr. Karen Toews and the chemo unit staff of the Steinbach Cancer Care Clinic for their exceptional care and compassion shown towards our loved one.

We would also like to thank Anne Plett and the homecare staff for the wonderful care we received.

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


Our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully March 30, 2005 at the Gimli Community Health Center at the age of 79. Dad was born to Peter D. and Sara Kroeker April 29, 1925, on the farm north of Steinbach, Man. He was the oldest of nine children - three brothers and five sisters.

He became a Christian at the age of 21, followed by baptism and membership in the local Steinbach E.M. church. He entered Steinbach Bible College in 1947 and received his diploma in 1950. He married his wife, Aurelia Peters, July 24, 1949. He moved his family to Portage La Prairie, Man. in 1960. In 1962 Dad moved his family to Kola, Man. and started a professional painting business. He was elected into the ministry in the Kola E.M. church. In 1970 he received a call to pastor the church in Riverton, Man. In 1978 they moved to MacGregor, Man., where he pastored the E.M. church. Upon his retirement in 1990, he served in short-term ministries in Taber, Alta., Kola, and twice in Mexico.

They moved back to Riverton in 1996, where they settled to be closer to their children. Some of his joys and highlights were baptizing some of his children, marrying some of his children and one grandson. He loved music, especially singing. He loved reading and studying. He enjoyed nature - feeding the birds, fishing, animals, lakes and mountains. He preached his last message Nov. 14, 2004 on Psalm 51.

He is survived by his family: wife Aurelia; sons, Mark (Frances), Roy (Viola), Terry (Marilyn), Wendell (Rita); daughter Debbie (Brad) Kornelsen; son Dennis (Linda); 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also by three brother, three sisters, their families, many in-laws and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, grandson Josh and two sisters.

Visitation will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at Klassen Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3 at Riverton Gospel Chapel, Riverton, with Rev. Erwin Kroeker officiating. Interment to follow at Menville E.M.C.

Arrangements entrusted to Klassen Funeral Home, 1897 Henderson - North of McIvor, Winnipeg, Man.


With the love of her life by her side, Mary peacefully passed away May 2, 2006 at the Repos Jolys Nursing Home, St. Pierre, Man., at the age of 86.

Mary was born in Lublynec-Nowyj, Lubaczow, Poland to Ivan Zinkewycz and Ksenia Duda on April 29, 1920.

On Oct. 25, 1946 she married Michael and in 1949 they immigrated to Carey, Man.

Settling in Rosa area in 1952 and then moving to the town of Rosa in 1965, Mary worked at St. Malo Sewing Factory until her retirement. She was a member of the UCWL - Rosa Branch, Shevchenko Ukrainian Centre, and the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Mary proudly became a Canadian citizen on Nov. 20, 1995.

Mom/Baba will always be lovingly remembered for her speed and precision in potato peeling, passion for feather plucking, her kindness and her smile, which would light up a room.

Mary was predeceased by her Parents, Son Nicholas, Grandson David and one Grandson in infancy.

Mary is survived by her husband of 59 years, Michael; Sons, Roman (Judy), Tony (Denise) and Jarvis (Cindy); Daughter Elsie (Reid Runka); Grandchildren, Michael (Sara), Melissa, Glenn, Erin and Adam; Great-Grandchildren, Tyler and Brendan.

Pallbearers: Michael Hrynenko, Adam Runka, Glenn Hrynenko, Melvin Lischynski, Roman Chubey and Nicholas Werestiuk.

Thank you to the staff of the Repos Jolys for the outstanding care they provided to Mary over the years.

Prayers will be said Sunday, May 7, 7 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man. The funeral service will be held Monday, May 8, 10 a.m., at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rosa, Man., with Rev. Fr. Gregory Zubacz officiating. Interment at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Holy Eucharist Catholic Church of Rosa marked "Cemetery Fund", Box 24, Rosa, MB, R0A 1N0

"Vichnaya Pam'yat"

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


Dean Lloyd Maki was born in Winnipeg, Man., April 17, 1971, to parents Kenneth and Lucille (nee Oswald) Maki, who resided near Steinbach, Man. Dean was married to Frieda (nee Giesbrecht) on March 5, 1994 and they were blessed with two little girls: Mikaela Alisha, born July 15, 1994, and Emily Isabella, born Oct. 25, 1996. Dean was baptized in the Southland Community Church on March 5, 2000. Dean battled with leukemia over the last 10 years of his life, and was taken to the Health Sciences Centre March 21, 2004. Dean went home to be with his Lord on April 3, 2004.

Dean was a loving father, husband, son, and friend. His interests included hunting, fishing, reading and making memories with his daughters. Dean had a love for history and knowledge and easily made people laugh with his dramatic stories. He was loyal and faithful in all of his friendships. Most of all, Dean will be remembered as a man who deeply loved his family. In the midst of his battle with leukemia, he consistently and unselfishly placed the needs of his family before his own.

He will be deeply missed by his wife Frieda; daughters, Mikaela and Emily; parents, Kenneth and Lucille; grandma, Mabel Oswald; brother Larry; niece Kristi; nephew Kenny; many aunts, uncles and cousins; his in-laws, John and Katharina Giesbrecht, Will and Sherie Giesbrecht, Elviene Giesbrecht, and all who know him.

Dean, we love you and there will never be anyone to replace you. Make things ready for us. It won't be long until we'll be together again.

The funeral service was held at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Thursday, April 8, 2004, 10 a.m. Interment at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations in Dean's memory may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, Room ON109 - 675 McDermot Ave.; Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.


David G. Hiebert of Steinbach, Man. passed away Sunday, April 4, 2004 at the Bethesda Hospital, at the age of 94. He was born Dec. 2, 1909 to David W. and Susanna Hiebert at Chortitz (now Randolph), Man., the sixth child in a family of 12.

He was predeceased by his wife Aganetha and son-in-law Clarence Mantie, his parents, two sisters and five brothers.

He is survived by two sons, Alex (Frances) and Edgar (Rita); and one daughter, Eunice (Richard) Thompson.

The funeral service was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Wednesday, April 7, 2004. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.

Feb. 15, 1912 - April 3, 2004

Abram Hiebert of Menno Home in Grunthal, Man., formerly of Kleefeld, Man. and Abbotsford, B.C., passed away peacefully April 3, 2004 at the Desalaberry District Health Centre. Abe was born Feb. 15, 1912 to Jacob J. and Susanna Hiebert.

He is survived by one son, Grant Lane and Loretta; one daughter, Terry Hiebert and Martin Bergen. His grandchildren held a special place in Abe's heart. They are: Michelle, Claudia, Justine, Matthew (and their spouses), Daniel, Geraldine, Melissa, Samantha and Trevor. He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren; as well as three brothers: Peter, Cliff and Ben; and by special lifelong friend, Mary Loeppky of Winnipeg, Man.

In his retirement years, Abe looked back fondly to his many years of truck driving, most of them with Penner International.

Viewing was held Wednesday, April 7, 2004, 7 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 8, 2004, 2 p.m., at Kleefeld EMC, with interment to follow at Randolph Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man.


As the sun was shining on the morning of Thursday, April 1, 2004, Ed's life peacefully slipped away. He kissed Elizabeth, his wife of nearly 52 years, farewell and rejoined his creator. He passed away due to complications of diabetes. We celebrate Ed's life and give thanks for such a peaceful, gentle death. This was the end that this loving, gentle man deserved.

Left to cherish his memory are his four children and their families: Jim Pitura of North Vancouver, B.C., Judi Tardi (Tom) of Maple Ridge, B.C., Jerry Pitura (Guylaine) of Ste. Anne, Man., and Jeff Pitura (Nuiok) of The Woodlands, Texas; six grandsons, Tyler and Cam Tardi, Storm, Marty and Jim-Bob Pitura, and new baby Eric Pitura.

May the footprints we leave behind

Show that we've walked in kindness toward the earth and every living thing.

May our lives be a dance of celebration

And may the wind broadcast peace to all our children's children.

We will celebrate Ed's life, Saturday, April 10, 2004 at Snodgrass Funeral Chapel, Okotoks, Alta., at 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us and help to carry the burden of our loss. In lieu of flowers we would appreciate any donations be made to The Canadian Diabetes Association.

Arrangements in care of Snodgrass Funeral Home (Okotoks) Ltd.

June 21, 1950 - Aug. 5, 2003

Suddenly, in Phoenix, Arizona, Edward passed away, on to his eternal home. He joins his parents there, who predeceased him; his father Peter G. Kehler in 1961, and his mother Elvina in 1998.

He is survived by his daughter, Tara Lee Kehler of Phoenix; one brother, Peter (Larisa) of Kelowna, B.C.; two sisters, Roselle (Gord) Reimer of Landmark, Man., children, Colin and Leanne, Melanie and Noel, Brent and Evan; Diane (Morris) Thibedeau, children Cari and Glen, Chad, Vince and Mavis of Steinbach, Man.; and many aunts and uncles, cousins and good friends.

He lived for 20 years in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked as a stonemason, often at the artistic end of masonry. His strong will and determination took him through the good times and adversity. He will be missed for his outgoing personality and ability to make others feel accepted. He was proud of his Mennonite heritage and he loved to talk about his childhood and the time when our dad died. His recommitment to Jesus as Lord of his life two years ago gave him hope and joy. He enjoyed his travels and lived in numerous places in the United States and Canada.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 15, 2:30 p.m., at Prairie Rose EMC in Landmark.


Peacefully, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, Martha died at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, at the age of 81 years.

Martha was born June 25, 1922 in Piney, Man. to Augusta and Isaac Grawberger.

She will be lovingly remembered by daughters: Lillian Daly (Beed), Linda Erickson (Bill), Nora Miller-Blunt (Ed); sons: Dan Sanness (Susan) and Dean Morken; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sisters: Irene Dokken, Millie Berg (Sigford), Violet Flamand (Marcien) and Phyllis Warner; brother Clifford Grawberger and friend Aggie; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Joyal Culleton (Betty). Martha was predeceased by her parents; her first husband Thomas Sanness; second husband Andrew Morken; daughter Marion Culleton; sisters: Mary and Jane; brothers: Tommy, Alf, George and Bob.

At Martha's request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m., in the Piney Hall, Piney. A private interment will take place at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Brian, Bruce and Mitchell Daly, Wayne and Jeremy Culleton and Daniel Sanness Jr.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Martha's memory may be made to the Badger Cemetery in Badger, Man., c/o Bernice Grawberger, Piney, or a charity of one's choice.

Wojcik's All Beliefs & Faiths Funeral Chapel and Crematorium in care of arrangements.


Mary Wiebe Toews was born to Peter and Katherine Toews Wiebe, Aug. 6, 1911 in Greenland, Man. Three weeks after she suffered a stroke, she peacefully passed away at Maplewood Manor on Aug. 12, 2003, six days after her 92nd birthday.

When she was six weeks old, her parents moved to Needles, B.C. In 1917 they moved back to Manitoba, and settled on a farm a mile south of Steinbach, where Mother grew up. They purchased and operated the Steinbach Post Office for some years.

Mother gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Steinbach on July 29, 1929 by Minister F.C. Fricke. She remained true to this faith.

Sept. 20, 1931, Mother married Ben E. Toews of Greenland. They lived in the Steinbach area, where they shared almost 60 years of married life together. God blessed their home with seven children: five sons and two daughters. Her family was very important to her. Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild held a special place in her heart and she specifically prayed for each one of them. Her concern for the welfare of her loved ones was an inspiration to us all. She was a "keeper at home" where she enjoyed gardening, berry picking, hooking rugs, reading and singing.

Our father passed away Aug. 7, 1991. Five years later Mother moved to Maplewood Manor, where she eagerly anticipated the visits of friends and family.

Those left to cherish her memory are five sons: Donald and wife Norma of Montreal, Quebec, Allan and wife Ruth of Bredenbury, Sask., Lorne and wife Margaret of Steinbach, Kenneth and wife Sandra of Port Elgin, NB, John and wife Elaine of Steinbach; two daughters, Katherine and husband Willard Isaac of Kleefeld, Man., and Helen and husband Ralph Wiebe of Kleefeld; daughter-in-law Joyce Toews of Steinbach; 28 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren; one sister, Katherine Penner (George); in-laws, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by our father; six brothers and five sisters; in-laws; one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff at Maplewood Manor and Dr. Duerksen.

A public viewing will be held at Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Friday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Steinbach, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, with a public viewing from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment at Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach.

Arrangements entrusted to: Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach

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