HELEN DRIEDGER (nee Krahn)
Helen Driedger passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004 at the Menno Home for the Aged, Grunthal, Man., at the age of 94 years.
She was born on a farm in the village of Grigorievka on the steppes of the Ukraine on Dec. 16, 1909. Her parents were Bernhard and Katherina (nee Bartel) Krahn. When she was 13 years old, her father died, leaving her mother a widow with seven young children to care for. This was also a time when the political climate in Russia had become most unstable and somewhat dangerous. In 1925, the family, together with their widowed Grandfather Bartel, emigrated to Canada, seeking greater security and opportunity for the children. They eventually settled on a small farm in Pansy, and later in Grunthal, Man.
Helen married John A. Driedger in 1932. She personified the boundless love and devotion that only a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother can give. Her deep faith in God and her Saviour Jesus Christ seemingly gave her an endless capacity for love for her large family of seven children, 24 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. She shared the joys and sorrows, successes and failures of each and every one and was their biggest "prayer warrior". She constantly thanked God for keeping her large family relatively healthy, and made "Oma's house" a haven of warmth and security for all of them! We, the family are most grateful for the many years she was given to us.
She is survived by her children, Lena (Jake) Schapansky, Albert (Mary), John (Judy), Ellie (Jake) Friesen, Johanna (Lloyd) Kellett, Fred (Shirley) and Victor (Cindy), and their families.
Viewing was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 25, 2 p.m., at Elim Mennonite Church, Grunthal. Interment in Grunthal Cemetery.
In memory of Helen, donations may be made to the Menno Home Foundation, Box 280, Grunthal, MB, R0A 0R0, or to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
JOHN H. PETERS
Sept. 26, 2004, 9 a.m., at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man., with his loving wife and daughter Margaret by his side, our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John H. Peters, age 82, passed away peacefully.
Dad was born May 5, 1922 in Hague, Sask. His parents moved to Mexico when he was five years old, where he grew up and married the love of his life, Aganetha Klassen. Twelve children were born to them in Mexico, and in October of 1960 they decided to move the family to Canada. They had one child born to them in Canada. They made their home in Steinbach. Dad worked for A.K. Penner Construction until his retirement. He was a hard worker and provided well for his family in spite of back problems and being gone from home a lot.
He was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on July 11, 1981 and was a member of the Southdale congregation.
After suffering numerous heart attacks in December 2000, he had open-heart surgery. Until August of 2004, Dad enjoyed reasonably good health. All who know him will fondly remember him for his quick wit and relentless sense of humour.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, Dave and Helen Peters; three brothers; five sisters; one son-in-law; and two great-grandchildren. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife of 61 years, Aganetha (Nettie); 13 children and their spouses: Helen (Jake) Friesen, Agatha (Pete) Reimer, Nettie (Herman) Friesen, Margaret Peters, Sarah (Lorne) Sobering, Dave (Olga) Peters, Anne (Frank) Reimer, Ben (Martha) Peters, Ike (Tina) Peters, Tina (Gary) Derksen, Mary (Jake) Funk, Martha (Willie) Reimer, Susie (John) Kauenhofen; 52 grandchildren and 74 great-grandchildren.
We love you and will miss you very much.
- The Family
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
AGNES (LEWIS) WHITWELL
It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Agnes Whitwell, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003 at the Morris Hospital after a brief illness.
She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her present husband Cliff; her three sons and two daughters; Danny
(Darlene), granddaughter Tanya (Dan), great-granddaughters,
Adison, Danika and Ashely; Bob (Carolyne), grandsons Jason (Jennifer) and Colin; Kathy Wintoniw (Ernie), granddaughters Jen and Becky; Kevin (Shelia), grandsons Trevor and Bradley; Colleen Sawatzky (Tom); her stepdaughter Linda (Roy), Chad and
Kimberly; stepsons Bob, Ron (Bonnie).
Agnes was born in Vermillion, Alta., Nov. 18, 1920. As a young child, Agnes moved with her family to Watrous, Sask. In her late teens, Agnes meet Dan Lewis and they were married Oct. 9, 1939. After being stationed in Rivers, Man. with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Dan and Agnes moved to Somerset, Man., where Dan worked for three years as a baker.
Three weeks before the 1950 flood, Dan and Agnes bought the Emerson Bakeshop. Agnes raised a family of five and assisted in the operation of the bakery for 33 years, spending the morning running the family household and the afternoon serving the public at the family business.
During her time in Emerson, Agnes was an active member of the community as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies' Auxiliary, Royal Purple, and the New Horizons Club. Agnes has assisted in many fowl suppers, flood relief and charity work.
Agnes married Cliff Whitwell Feb. 19, 1994 and they happily shared companionship, golfing, going to the casinos, playing cards at the New Horizons Club, traveling, dancing, walking and visiting family, up until her passing. She always had an optimistic outlook on life, even through her illness.
She was predeceased by her first husband Dan in 1983 as well as all her siblings.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Inc., 109-675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, 2 p.m., at the Emerson United Church, with interment following at the Emerson Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Wiebe Funeral Home, Altona, Man.
Katharina Moeckel (nee Schiffer), wife, mother and Oma, born Jan. 3, 1930 in Cologne (Koeln), Germany, peacefully passed away Sept. 12, 2003 after a courageous battle against
cancer, at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital. "Sie Hat Es Ueberstanden."
She leaves to mourn her loving husband Walter; son Paul (Janice); and grandson David. The family would like to thank the nursing staff, volunteers and Chaplain Larry Hirst for their excellent care and support given to Katharina.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Bethesda Place Chapel, 399 Hospital St., Steinbach, Man.,
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at 2 p.m., with Chaplain Larry Hirst officiating. In lieu of flowers donation could be made to the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach.
KENNETH RICHARD (RICK) TKACHUK
Peacefully after a courageous battle with diabetes, it is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Rick. He passed away Sept. 12, 2003 at the St. Boniface General Hospital at the age of 47 years.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Eleanor; three daughters, Victoria, Christine, and Cassandra; brothers, Bob (Diane), Lorne; and his mother Mary. His father John predeceased him.
Rick lived in Gardenton, Man. all his life and was always concerned with the politics of his community. He was a councilor in the R.M. of Stuartburn for seven years in ward 1 and was currently serving as Reeve for the R.M. of Stuartburn. He loved life, farming, and talking to anyone who would listen.
The funeral service for Rick was held Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, 10 a.m., at St. Michael's Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Parish in Gardenton, with Father Miron Pozniak officiating. Interment followed the service in the Parish Cemetery.
Thank-you to the doctors and staff at the St. Boniface General Hospital, Vita Hospital, fellow councilors, family and friends for your kindness and support throughout Rick's illness.
Vita Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
PETER D. DUECK
Feb. 8, 1922 Sept. 10, 2003
Peacefully, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003 at the Palliative Care Unit at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital, Peter D. Dueck of Rosengard, Man. went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Peter will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Mary of 58 years; son Peter (Helen) of Kleefeld, Man.; daughter Mary (Bernie Pohl) of Edson, Alta.; son Jake (Margaret) of Rosengard; son Ed (Marci) of Steinbach, Man.; son Lawrence (Sue) of Rosengard; daughter Betty (Russ Harder) of Steinbach, Man.; 20 grandchildren and their families; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary and Anna; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Elizabeth, in 1968; and one son-in-law, Leonard Thiessen in 1976. Special thanks go out to Dr. Gordon Dyck, the nursing staff at Bethesda Hospital, homecare workers, and the staff at Birchwood Funeral Chapel for all their kind help and support.
Viewing was held Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003 at the Rosengard Chortitzer Mennonite Church. The funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m., at the Steinbach Chortitzer Mennonite Church, with interment at the Rosengard CMC Cemetery.
"For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
After a battle with cancer, Richard, aged 80, went to be with Jesus on Sept. 16, 2003 at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, Man.
Richard was born Jan. 12, 1923 to Richard and Isabel Campbell in Carman, Man., where he spent his first 30 years. The next approximately 30 years were spent in Portage la Prairie, Man., at the Developmental Centre, where Richard enjoyed feeding cattle. From there he moved to Grunthal, Man. to live with Pete and Mary Harder and family for almost 21 years. This is where he still resided at the time of his passing.
He is survived by three sisters: Florence, Marge and Frances; four brothers: Gordon, Ronald, Ken and Frederic; and foster parents, Pete and Mary Harder and family.
He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Richard enjoyed life to the fullest he enjoyed cleaning up outside and in winter pushing snow. He also enjoyed going to the Red River Workshop and to church on Sundays. He enjoyed people.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 19, 2 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment in Grunthal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red River Workshop, 112 Main St., Box 280, St. Malo, MB, R0A 1T0.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
Art Neufeld of Kola, Man., beloved husband of Marie, passed away to be with his Lord, Sept. 13, 2003, at the Virden District Hospital, at the age of 74 years.
Art was born July 22, 1929 in Steinbach, Man. to Peter K. and Elizabeth Neufeld. He was one of four boys and two girls. Art attended school in Steinbach. In 1951 he married Marie Peters, also of Steinbach. They resided in Steinbach until 1957, at which time they moved to Kola, where he was still living at the time of his death. In his early years, he maintained roads in the RM of Hanover. When he moved to Kola, he began a building construction career. He retired from his business in 1988.
At the age of 18, he dedicated his life to the Lord. He taught Sunday school, led youth groups, and participated in choirs and quartet. Because of his Bible school training and his commitment to the Lord, he was elected to be the minister of the new EM Church in Kola.
In 1960, a son, Donald Craig came to Art and Marie. In 1963, they received a daughter, Diane Marie, and to complete the family, a son, Eric Dean (Chuck), in 1969. During his life he enjoyed watching his children, and later his grandchildren, with their achievements in sports, music, and other activities. He also enjoyed family fishing trips and vacations.
His relationship with is Heavenly Father took him to many places to teach and preach the Word of God. He based his family, business and personal life on the teachings of the Bible.
He was predeceased by his father Peter K. Neufeld and his mother Elizabeth; stepmother Margaret; brothers, Bill and Harry; sister Margaret Toews; a sister in infancy, Helen; and his sister-in-law Tina.
He passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife Marie; son Don (Jan), their children Miles, Nicole and Victoria; daughter Diane (Barry) Koop, their children Blair, Brock and Shanley; and son Chuck (Denine), their children Kaila and Chad.
We, the family, would like to thank all of our friends and family for their prayers and support during our time of bereavement.
1919 - 2003
David Friesen, age 84, of Glendale, California, USA, formerly of Grunthal, Man., passed away peacefully Aug. 24, 2003, after a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife Joyce; two sons and two daughters. He was predeceased by his parents, Mr and Mrs Henry Friesen.
A memorial service was held Aug. 28 at the Church of the Nazarene in Glendale.