After a lengthy illness, Margaret Dueck of Steinbach, Man., beloved wife of Peter U. Dueck, passed away to be with the Lord on Dec. 25, 2004 at the Bethesda Hospital, at the age of 85 years.
Margaret loved her family and friends dearly. She enjoyed cooking, baking and fellowshipping with family and friends. Margaret was always hospitable and enjoyed serving others. She will be dearly missed, but we know she is in a better place, with the Lord.
Margaret was born July 14, 1919 in Rosenhof, Man., the youngest of the John W. and Maria Dueck family. She was predeceased by her parents; six brothers; four sisters; her father-in-law, Peter K. Dueck; mother-in-law, Justina Dueck; several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her husband Peter; daughter Lorena (Otto) Zacharias of Winnipeg, Man., son Rick (Pam), two grandsons, Zackery and Nicholas, of Salmon Arm, B.C.; one sister, Agnes, of Steinbach; and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
We, the family, would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Bethesda Hospital for the care given to Margaret during her extended hospital stay. Also thank you to family and friends for their prayers and support.
The funeral service was held at the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Steinbach, Man., Friday, Dec. 31, 2004. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
Donations may be made to EMC Missions, 440 Main St., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Z5.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld, Dr., Steinbach, Man.
FRANK L. FRIESEN
Frank L. Friesen, beloved husband of Eva Friesen, went to his heavenly home Monday, Dec. 27, 2004 at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital, at the age of 81.
His memory will be forever cherished and he will be deeply missed by his beloved wife of 59 years, Eva; his five children: Les (Irene), Margaret Rose (John), Janice (Jake), Lucille (Abe), Judy (Robert); 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; as well as his sisters, Mary, Betty, Helen and Agnes.
Frank was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Margaret Friesen; his brothers, Cornie, Pete, Abe; four siblings as young children; and one great-grandchild, Holly Braun.
Frank was born and raised in McTavish, Man. He accepted the Lord and was baptized in his teen years. Frank married his sweetheart, Eva Kroeker, Oct. 7, 1945. They lived in McTavish, where Frank did carpentry and farming. In 1963 they moved to Roseisle, Man., where they farmed for 5 1/2 years. In 1968 they moved to Steinbach, Man., where Dad first worked for Reimer Overhead Doors, and then later as an orderly at Bethesda Hospital. After retirement, Dad continued to demonstrate this love for people by caring for numerous individuals in their homes. He also took up woodworking and carving, in which the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends have been recipients of his beautiful work. Dad enjoyed a variety of music. He sang in a quartet with his brothers, enjoyed family singsongs, and in recent years played in a harmonica band.
On Dec. 11 he suffered a stroke. Shortly after his admission to the hospital he sang this song:
"My home is in heaven, How happy I'll be
My home is in heaven, Just waiting for me
My home is in heaven, The rent is free
For Jesus paid it on Calvary."
Dad will be fondly remembered for his love for his wife, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 30 at the Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Evangelical Mennonite Conference Missions, 440 Main St., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Z5.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
1913 - 2004
Aron Suderman of Landmark, Man. passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, Man., at the age of 91 years.
Aron will be sadly missed by his wife, Annie, to whom he was married for more than 66 years; children, Dick, Agnes (Bill), Mary (Gerald), Peter (Lynda), Betty (Garry), and Bob (Gay); as well as 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three sisters.
He was predeceased by his son John, granddaughter Jacquie, and daughter-in-law Rose.
Aron was born in Michaelsburg, Furstenland Colony, Ukraine, Sept. 23, 1913 to Dietrich and Margaretha Suderman. In 1926 he, along with his family, immigrated first to Mexico and then to Manitoba, where they farmed in the Birtle area. It was here that he met and married his wife, Annie Reimer. In 1944, they moved to Friedensfeld, Man., and in 1948 to Silberfeld, Man., where they farmed till retirement in 1978. They continued to live in the country, where he could indulge in his gardening and other hobbies.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, with interment at the Steinbach Heritage Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Rest Haven for the excellent care of their father, and should friends so desire, donations can be made to Rest Haven Foundation, 185 Woodhaven Ave., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1K7, where his wife Annie is still a resident.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
May 27, 1915 - Dec. 22, 2004
In loving memory of Anne Zahara (nee Nastluk), formerly of Gardenton, Man.
Anne passed away after a short illness at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, at the age of 89 years.
She was beloved wife of the late Matthew Zahara, dear mother of Sonia Zahara (Slade Brett) of Toronto, Ont., Don Zahara of Markham, Ont., Ted Zahara (Debbora Lem) of Collingwood, Ont.; loving Baba of Suzanne Pratley (Mark), Leslie Zahara, Owen Zahara; Prebubka to Breanna Pratley and Jacob Pratley.
Cremation has taken place, with interment at York Cemetery, Toronto, Ont. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held in the New Year.
EARL M. POIDEVIN
Earl Poidevin, aged 76, went to be with his Lord, Dec. 26, 2004, at the Foothills Hospital in
Calgary, Alta. The funeral was held Dec. 31, 2004 in Caronport, Sask. Officiating: Pastor John Barkman. Interment: Caronport Cemetery.
Earl is survived by his loving wife Helen; daughter Andrea and her husband Ed Hammond, their children Amanda (Joel) South, Braden, and their foster son Tony Schwimmer; daughter Dale and her husband Rick Hay, their children Vanessa (John Paul) Peters and Allison (fiancÚ Mike Rogers); son Llewellyn and his wife Heather (Seale); son Leighton and his wife Lynda (Gale), their children Sara and Eva; stepdaughters, Deb Kreutzweisfer, Rhoda Donst, Monica Mackenzie and their families.
Earl was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) Poidevin (nee Schmidt).
Earl was born Oct. 5, 1928 in Winnipeg, Man. He worked at various jobs before embarking on his chosen career with the Manitoba Telephone System, where he worked his way up to management in System Planning. He left MTS in 1981, when he and his second wife, Betty, and their two sons relocated to Caronport, Sask., where he managed the Pilgrim Inn Restaurant for a year before moving to the Accounting Department of Briercrest Bible College. While in Caronport, Earl volunteered for the fire department, served as Mayor for two terms, served on the board of the Golden-Agers, and was instrumental in the designing and building of the Senior's Condominium.
Dad's last three years with his wife Helen were a tremendous gift. Together they traveled twice to the Dominican Republic, and drove to the Maritime Provinces, Boston, and the Black Hills. They loved each other's families and cherished the time spent with them.
In lieu of flowers, donations to his memory may be made to the E. Poidevin Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Briercrest Family of Schools.
JOHN WILLIAM (JACK) PATRICK
March 15, 1920 - Dec. 25, 2004
Jack lost his courageous battle with cancer on Dec. 25, 2004, in his 84th year, at the Vita & District Health Centre.
Jack was born in St. Boniface, Man., March 15, 1920. He was the oldest of three children. Jack came to Piney, Man. with his parents in his 12th year. He did leave to find work in the fields of Saskatchewan, and in the bushes of Ontario in the 1930s. Jack joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII, serving in the RCAF Service Police until the end of the war.
Jack then came to Piney, and married his wife of 52 years in 1950. He worked as a mechanic, truck driver and at the mill in Sprague, Man. until it closed, all the while working the family farm. In 1978, Jack took a partner, his son David, into the farm business. David will carry on the third generation of Patrick Farms. Jack also enjoyed playing his guitar and singing for dances into the 1950s.
He and Monty raised their seven children on the farm. They also raised foster children and the younger Repeska children, who came to live with aunty and uncle for a while after their mom passed away.
Jack was predeceased by his wife Monty (Maria) in April 2002; his parents, John and Mamie Patrick; and sister, Celia Baines.
Jack is survived by his children, Rebecca (Beckie) and Bill of Gravenhurst, Ont., Ileana (Lanie) of Winnipeg, Man., Greg (Pat) and Judy of Drayton Valley, Alta., David and Jennifer of Piney, Roslyn and Keith of Toronto, Ont., Richard and Susan of Winnipeg, and Stewart of Kitchener, Ont. Jack was a loving grandfather to 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Patricia Norman of Winnipeg, and several nieces and nephews.
Jack's wish was to be cremated, so there will be no interment. The family, as honorary pallbearers, carried their father with the strength and love as he did throughout their lives. A memorial service was held at the Piney Community Church, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, 2 p.m., with Rev. Louis Hermanson presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or to The Heart and Lung Foundation.
Vita Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
ONEZIME (ZIM) LAMBERT
Nov. 9, 1914 - Jan. 5, 2005
Jan. 5, 2005, at St Pierre Hospital, Onezime Lambert's battle with cancer ended. He leaves to mourn his passing, his sisters: Regina Delorme and Rose Delorme, and their children. He was predeceased by his wife Lillian (Peggy); and his parents, Jules and Dovica; as well as his brother Pete and his sister Albina.
Onezime was born in St Norbert, Man., Nov. 9, 1914. He was raised in Marchand, Man., where he lived for many years, working in the bush cutting lumber. He also joined the Canadian Army when in his 20's and he was always very proud of the time he served for his country. Zim and his wife Peggy met while she was working on a farm near Marchand. They eventually married and lived together for the next 40 years, until she passed away.
Anyone who knew Zim was well aware of his passion for sports and how he faithfully followed the progress of his favorite teams in baseball and hockey. He always enjoyed having company, entertaining friends and playing cards. Onezime loved to joke around and his friends all knew his great sense of humor.
For the last six years, Zim resided at the Chalet Malouin in St Malo, Man. We, the family, would like to thank the staff there for all the wonderful care and attention they provided him all these years. Also, thanks to the doctors, nurses and support staff at St Pierre Hospital for the great care they gave him these last couple of months.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man.
PETER P. REMPEL
Peter P. Rempel, husband of the late Gertrude Rempel and the youngest of three children, was born on March 10, 1925, to Abram and Susanna Rempel (nee Penner) of Steinbach, Man. Dad was baptized on the confession of faith and became a lifelong member of the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in 1948. He passed away on Jan. 5, 2005, at the age of 79 years.
He leaves to mourn six children: Shirley Hiebert, Barbara Poetker and husband Leonard, Susanna Martens and husband Cornie, David and wife Kim, Rose Delorme and husband Bill, Tom and wife Michelle; 27 grandchildren, their partners, and 26 great-grandchildren, in addition to one sister: Mary Schellenberg of Steinbach and brother Jake and wife Sadie of Bolivia; brothers-in-law: Jake Harder and wife Mary, Ben Harder and wife Tina; sisters-in-law: Mary (Jake) Klassen, Kay (Abe) Harder, Helen (Henry) Harder, Mary (Peter Harder) Reimer and Kay (John Harder) and husband Cornie Harder; many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Gertrude in 1995; twin newborn sons, Abram and George, in 1952; son-in-law Abe Hiebert and grandson-in-law Harlyn Reimer in 1993; as well as 11 brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law.
As a one-year-old, Dad and his two siblings, Jake (2 1/2) and Mary (3 1/2), were orphaned when their mother died of pneumonia at the age of 28. The three youngsters were cared for by grandmother Rempel until her death in 1935. Their father then created a home for them, with 12-year-old Mary making the pluma moos, reiwa jebrodne eadschockea (raw fried potatoes) and schinkjea fleesch (ham). Taunte Oat (Agatha) and Taunte Gret (Margaret) Hiebert and their families also played a role in raising the children, in addition to other aunties.
Dad completed grade 6 by attending schools in Mitchell and Steinbach. During the Second World War he served as a CO, building a bridge in Fort William, Ont. His good looks and black wavy hair attracted his future wife, Gertrude Harder, who he met at a show in Steinbach. They were married in 1950. This was one of the very few occasions when he wore a suit, claiming a fitted shirt and necktie and large formal gatherings weren't designed with him in mind. Having gained one daughter (Shirley) at marriage, the family moved to the north end of Winnipeg, where they rented various places from 1951-1959. Living in Winnipeg didn't lessen the growing family's ties to Steinbach, since they spent many weekends in the area at the homes of relatives. Eventually, a two-acre hobby farm east of Steinbach was acquired in 1961 for $500, which came to be the family home. Dad moved to Steinbach several years after Mom's death in 1995. Recently, he lived on the sixth floor of Fernwood Place, from where he could enjoy seeing the sunset, the changing seasons, and the fields in the distance as he reflected on Frie Joa (years back). Dad also liked to talk about his work at Ideal Brass, a plating company in Winnipeg, where he had been a faithful and dependable employee for 13 years, making tables, counters and chairs with pride. As a Bechtrieta (storyteller) we got to know the well worn routes he took, the people and the situations he encountered and loved to weave into imaginative stories, as a Granny's Poultry truck driver for 24 years.
He was a man of integrity who was blessed with a quiet faith, gentleness, much patience and a sense of humor that was expressed in teasing, stories and jokes. That he could reach out and become a grandpa to those who had never had the privilege of enjoying one was evident in the close relationship he developed with Irma Poetker, in addition to the grandchildren who came into the family by marriage. Dad had no favorites. Having family gatherings and buying Christmas presents for his big family was one way he showed how much he cared. He was proud of everyone's accomplishments, from his grandchildren to his siblings, Jake and Mary, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. A boast was often accompanied by a smile as he'd relate what the people he cared about were up to. He believed people should be treated with kindness and admonished his children that if they were loaned something to give it back in better shape than when they received it. His pleasures were simple like his beliefs about the golden rule and revolved around family, the Manitoba seasons, and of course, Mennonite food and pastry chased down by black coffee he jokingly said kept his black hair from going gray early.
Spring was a favorite time of year, when he'd like to drive around and look at spring run offs, spin tires in Manitoba gumbo, burn off old grasses and till the garden in preparation for seeding. Summer was spent making Migja Ruak (mosquito smoke), killing off the weeds fata Han and Schweins Krut (pig weed) and garter snakes who he reminded us symbolized satan's temptations. Fall gave him the opportunity to burn leaves and sometimes be persuaded by Mom to be the one to wield the axe at the chicken chopping block, a job he didn't like. Winter, of course, brought the fun of challenging snowdrifts with small cars like the Anglia he had years back. He assured us that the various gadgets he plugged into his cigarette lighter besides the cigarettes he usually denied smoking could get him out of any jam when push came to shove and that we did when the snowdrifts he challenged got higher than the car.
His ability to still use a rifle with accuracy surprised us when, not long before Mom died, despite his bad tremors, he shot a fox that he believed was threatening her feathered friends. He enjoyed the family dogs, while Mom enjoyed everything else she could manage to breed or find room for on two acres, including a cow. Former Tietfedrief (hobbies), like playing hockey since his youth (he coached the Bantams, a junior team our brother Tom played on in the 70s), snaring rabbits with the kids, the reading of westerns, playing crazy 8s and later Scrabble with Mom, Uncle Henry and Aunt Mary, gave way to watching hockey and "Jeopardy" on TV. A Ford man, he later had to set aside his Thunderbird for a scooter that he drove around town. Travel further away included a trip to Paraguay in 1988 with Mom to visit Uncle Jake and Aunt Sadie and their family after 40 years of not seeing his brother.
Dad had been in poor health for many years. His quiet courage in dealing with his advancing prostate cancer in recent months was an inspiration to those who spent time with him. He greatly appreciated visitors, in addition to the hospital and home care staff who cared for him so well. Dad's life was best exemplified by: "And just as you want people to treat you, treat them in the same way." (Luke 6:31).
Viewing will take place at the Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Jan. 6, 2005 at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Jan. 7, 2005 at 2 p.m. Interment to follow at the Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach.
CORNELIUS (NEIL) P. STOESZ
March 9, 1943 - Dec. 22, 2004
Cornelius Stoesz, age 61, of Steinbach, Man., passed away at Bethesda Hospital, Wednesday, Dec. 22.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 39 years, Yolande; his son Paul (common-law wife Joanna), grandsons Tyrone, Tyler, Tyson and their mother Sheryl Stoesz; son Neal (wife Mellany Saindon), granddaughter Madison Stoesz; four sisters: Esther (Peter) Martens, Rosie Stoesz, Brenda (Bruce) Reimer, Joey (Ernie) Dyck; mother-in-law Jeanne Tougas; brothers and sisters-in-law Emile (Nettie) Tougas, Gabe (Shirley) Tougas, Monique (Don) Reid, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, George and Helen Stoesz; and his father-in-law, Armand Tougas.
Special thanks go to Dr. Thiessen and the rest of the nursing staff at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital.
The funeral took place at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
Margaretha Brandt of Steinbach, Man., formerly of Riverton, Man., passed away Jan. 5, 2005 at Rest Haven Nursing Home. She is survived by seven daughters and four sons and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Frank P. in 2003.
Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church, Sunday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. Interment at Blumenort Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld, Dr., Steinbach, Man.