NORMAN JAMES MACKIN
Aug. 15, 1937 — Sept. 23, 2005
Norman passed away suddenly, Friday morning, Sept. 23, 2005, after suffering a heart attack. Norman had been enjoying retirement with his beloved wife June, and visiting family in their native Liverpool, England. Norman and June had spent the summer touring around Europe. They had just returned to England from a wonderful week in Portugal when Norman collapsed in the Manchester airport. To everyone's loss, he was never revived.
In addition to his wife June, he is also survived by his mother Charlotte; his sons, Roy, Paul and Norman; his daughters-in-law, Michele and Stephanie; and his grandchildren, Jonathon, Andrew and Alyssa. Others who will miss Norman are his two best friends and brothers-in-law, Frank Pauls of Port Coquitlam, B.C. and Richard Pauls of Winnipeg, Man., and their respective wives, Margaret and Shirley, Carol and Bernard Sebastian of Port Coquitlam, Edna Pauls of Liverpool, England, and countless other family in Liverpool and friends from Winnipeg, Ste. Anne and Steinbach, Man.
Services for Norman are taking place in both Liverpool, England and Winnipeg, Man. While services are being conducted in Liverpool, a memorial service will be held at the same time at Green Acres Funeral Home, Oct. 5, 2005, at 9 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Norman's favourite charity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada.
EDWIN LLOYD BOBERT
Edwin Lloyd Bobert of Saskatoon, Sask. passed away accidentally Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005 at the age of 65.
Surviving is his loving wife Joyce; one daughter, Larissa (Shane) Kolenosky; one son, Ryan (Patricia) Bobert; one granddaughter, Alannah; family pet and companion Scamp; two sisters, Theresa and Nora; and one brother, Henry. He will be sadly missed.
Service of Remembrance will be held at a later date.
EMILY LUCEK (Milka Howard)
Suddenly, Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 at her home near Beausejour, Man., Emily was called from us to move on to her new heavenly home at the age of 89 years to be with her daughter Ethel.
Emily leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 70 years, Mike; grandson, Sean Michaels (Joanne) of Beausejour, Man., brother, Stanley Howard (Clara) of Garson, Man.
Emily was predeceased by her daughter, Ethel Urbanski, in 1983; parents, Henry (Eva) Howard; sister Julie; and brothers, Frank and John.
She was born in Garson, Man. Emily worked on the family farm until she met and married grandpa Mike Lucek and they then began their married life on their own farm near Hazelglen, Man. Grandma enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening and all types of farm animals. In 1974 they sold the farm to retire near Ste. Anne, Man. They resided on a hobby farm until October of 2002, when they purchased a home near Beausejour, Man., to be closer to Sean and Joanne. Here she still enjoyed having fresh vegetables from her garden this summer, with the help of her sister-in-law, Eve Washnuk, who tended to it with Emily's husband Mike. Her dear and close friend, Gladys Hastmann, was always there to help her out with many other things through the years.
A special thanks to her homecare worker, Dorothy; also Dr. Van Rensburg and to the Beausejour ambulance attendants.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005 at 2 p.m., from Russell Funeral Home, Beausejour, Man., with Pastor Hugh Laidlaw officiating. Services will terminate at the Chapel, with cremation to follow.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation, Winnipeg, Man.
Russell's of Beausejour, Man. in care of arrangements.
VICHNAYA PAM YAT
W. KENNETH MOWAT
Kenneth passed away following a lengthy battle with heart disease, Oct. 10, at Bethesda Hospital, at the age of 81 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Isabel; two sons, Grenville (Marisa), Adrian (Anne-Marie); one daughter, Heather (John) Fehr; 12 grandchildren; one sister, Elsie Johnston; one sister-in-law, Catherine Mowat, both of Northern Ireland; nephews, nieces and many cousins, all of Northern Ireland; one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law of Australia.
He was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion-Steinbach Branch #190; a member of the British Legion-Larne Branch and the Whitehead Branch. He served in the Royal British Navy during the Second World War overseas. Following the war he was a member of the Royal Fleet Reserve for 12 years and a member of the Masonic Order. Kenneth came to Canada in 1964 with his wife Isabel and three small children. He worked for the CN and enjoyed his hobby farm. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling to Ireland every year until his ill health.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m., at Steinbach Funeral Home, with cremation to take place at a later date.
On behalf of the family, thank you to Dr. Gordon Dyck for his care of Ken at home, and to the nursing staff of Bethesda Hospital for the care of him during his frequent stays.
Donations in memory of Ken may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus"
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.
OLGA (GIESBRECHT) PLETT
Suddenly and peacefully, at her home in Landmark, Man., formerly of Menisino and Selkirk, Man., Olga Plett was ushered into the presence of her Lord on Oct. 8, 2005 at the age of 81.
Left to mourn her death are: her beloved husband, Cornie P. Plett; and children, Lorraine Brandt (Wally), Reg Giesbrecht (Marilyn), Dan Giesbrecht (Karen), Vivian Giesbrecht (Dennis), Gerry Giesbrecht (Judy), Tim Giesbrecht (Penny) and Marilyn Davidson (Don); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nine stepchildren, numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; as well as her brother Walter Kroeker; sisters, Tina (Ed) Barkman and Helen Plett. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jake L. Giesbrecht; and sisters, Margaret Plett, Linda Kroeker (in infancy), and Betty Loewen.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005 at Prairie Rose E.M.C., with interment at 3 p.m. at the Menisino Norwegian Cemetery.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
ISBRAND T. FRIESEN
Oct. 8, 2005, Isbrand T. Friesen, aged 75, of Grunthal, Man., passed away at Bethesda Hospital. His last minutes were peaceful, with family at his side.
Isbrand T. Friesen was born March 18, 1930 at home, in the R.M. of Hanover. He married Eva Hiebert on July 20, 1952. This union produced 10 children, 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
I.T., as he was fondly known, was predeceased by his wife Eva, daughter Janice and grandson Nathan Bezditny. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family; daughter Shirley and Peter Bezditny (granddaughter Tannis and Justin St. Louis, great-granddaughter Piper); son Raymond and Leona (Larry, Trevor, Jennifer and Tristin); daughter Karen and Gerald Cavat (Michelle, Colleen, Blaine and Alison); son Bob and Liese (Bradley and Michael); daughter Marilyn and Derek Fillion (Kyle, Samantha and Tessla); daughter Sandra and Ed Dueck (Faith); son Douglas and Sara (Travis, Kayla and Vanessa); son Jerry and Tracy (Justin, Amy and Maddison); and daughter Patty. Also left to mourn his passing are two sisters, Agatha Dueck, Nettie Dueck; as well as his brother-in-law and friend, John Hiebert.
Most of his life was spent living on the homestead in Grunthal. The family spent periods at Camp Robinson and Red Lake, Ont., where I.T. worked as a logger. He returned to farming the homestead and worked many years at the Manitoba Sugar Factory. The move to Steinbach, Man. was greatly enjoyed by his wife Eva, and Dad adjusted to the different pace. Following Mom's death and the decline in his health, Dad moved to the Menno Home apartments, where he made many new friends.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Interment at Grunthal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to South Eastman Palliative Care Program - Steinbach, Box 88, St. Pierre, MB, R0A 1V0.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
JACOB F. KORNELSEN
Oct. 9, 2005, our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jacob F. Kornelsen, passed away peacefully at Ste. Anne Hospital, after a short battle with cancer.
Our dad was born July 31, 1931 to Isaac and Elizabeth Kornelsen at Heuboden (Kleefeld), Man. He was baptized in 1948 at Blumenort, Man. At the age of 17, he moved with his parents and siblings to Mexico. It was here that he met and married his wife, Elizabeth Hein, June 29, 1952, at Quellen Colony. Dad was always a hard worker, working at many different feed mills while farming at the same time. Life was hard in Mexico, with many disappointments. In 1958, the parents, with three young children, tried their hand at making a new life in Belize, then British Honduras. This did not work out well either, so 2 1/2 years later they moved back to Mexico. In 1971, the family moved to Canada, where they lived in Blumenort while Dad worked at A.K. Penners for a few years. Later Dad and Mom moved to Regina, Sask. for a few years, where Dad again worked at a feed mill. Moving back to Manitoba around 1985, they settled in Steinbach, and began attending the Calvary Chapel, where they felt accepted and loved. Dad was a great prayer warrior, who for many years attended prayer meetings on a weekly basis. His faith in God was sincere and his great desire was to see his family know and live for Christ. Dad and Mom were well known for going for coffee every day. Dad was also a family man, who loved nothing more than getting together with family for wiener roasts or supper and especially to play table games. Who can forget his excitement while playing "Aggravation?" Three weeks ago, Dad was taken to the hospital, where his health continued to decline until his passing.
Jacob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty; two sons, Abe (Marcy), Frank (Elizabeth) of La Broquerie, Man.; and one daughter, Sarah of Winnipeg, Man.; also by 10 grandchildren, Lilly Rempel (sons Ethan and Quillan), Lucy (Willie) Friesen, Tony Kornelsen, Joey Kornelsen, Charles, Cheryl and Andy Kornelsen, Rachel Bueckert (daughter Samantha), Sarah (Dan Pelletier) and Isaac Bueckert (fiancée Suskya Geerligs). There are also two brothers and five sisters left to mourn his passing. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, son Richard in 1975, and two children in infancy, as well as one granddaughter, Felina, in 1985.
A service in memory of Jake was held Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, with interment at Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach, Man.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
From the heart of
I, Maria Harder, was born Oct. 8, 1917 to Peter and Maria Klassen in Pansy, Man. I lived there till I was 10 years old when together with my parents and siblings, I moved to Paraguay. When I was 13 years old my mother died of a poisonous snakebite, leaving behind her husband and nine children. Because I was the oldest, I was left to take on the responsibility of my younger brothers and sisters.
At age 18 I was baptized upon my confession of faith in Jesus Christ by Elder Martin C. Friesen. At age 19 I married Cornelius F. Harder, with whom I shared the joys and sorrows of life for 50 years - minus two weeks. In our life together we did a variety of things. We owned a farm in Volverk, Paraguay, farming cotton and peanuts. We had a fruit orchard and many heads of cattle. I also loved working in my flower garden. I especially loved the roses. Our hearts' desire was to raise children who needed a home, so we took in many children who brought us much joy. We had the opportunity to welcome Neta and Deidrich into our home, and decided to make them family. As a family, we decided to move to a leprosy mission and worked there for a year. A few years later we decided to add to our family and took in Victoria and Suzie. As we got older and the farm got too much for us, we built a house and moved to Loma Plata. We kept the farm and cattle in Volverk for a while. We lived in Loma Plata till Cornelius died on Sept. 29, 1986. While Cornelius was still alive we would work closely with the Native Indians, building homes for them and teaching the ladies to sew blankets and clothing. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you from Canada who shipped clothes and supplies to help with our mission work. After my husband, Cornelius, passed away, I decided to make my home in Canada, where most of my brothers and sisters and children lived. Since 1988 I have made my home in Winnipeg, Man. For the most part I have enjoyed it here, but found English language difficult to speak and understand. Praise God for the German church services, Bible study group and ladies meetings I was able to attend whenever possible.
Predeceased by: my husband Cornelius F. Harder; parents, Peter and Maria Klassen-Funk; four brothers: Abram Wiebe, Peter Klassen, Johann Klassen and Frantz Klassen; two sisters: Agatha Klassen and Neta Klassen; two sisters-in-law: Anna Klassen and Agatha Wiebe; and one brother-in-law: Johann Wiebe.
Survived by: four children: Nettie (Ben) Toews, Diedrich (Anne) Dueck, Victoria Wiens, Susie Klassen; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters: Tina Wiebe, Anna (Johann) Giesbrecht in Winnipeg; one sister-in-law: Tina Klassen in Paraguay; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Maria passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2005 at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg at the age of 88 years.
The funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 at the North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, Springfield and Gateway, Winnipeg, Man. Interment at Grunthal Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Family Life Communications, 200 - 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2J1.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
PETER U. DUECK
After a brief illness, Peter U. Dueck of Steinbach, Man., passed away to his home in glory on Oct. 9, 2005 at the age of 86. His passing was only 91/2 months after his dear wife passed away on Dec. 25, 2004.
Peter enjoyed reading, writing, studying languages and bookkeeping. He taught for many years in various places. He had a very gentle, kind spirit and loved his family and friends dearly. Peter had a good sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke.
Peter was born Oct. 22, 1918 near Steinbach, the oldest of the Peter K. and Justina Dueck family. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret, his parents, one sister in infancy, one brother, numerous in-laws, and nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his daughter Lorena (Otto) Zacharias of Winnipeg; son Rick (Pam) and two grandsons, Zackery and Nicholas, of Salmon Arm, B.C.; eight brothers, four sisters, numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Thursday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m., at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, 422 Main St., Steinbach. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to EMC Missions, 440 Main St., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Z5.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB.
June 29, 1912 — Oct. 6, 2005
Peacefully, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, Peter Ballen passed away at the age of 93, at his residence in the Vita Personal Care Home, Vita, Man.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005,
2 p.m., at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Tolstoi, Man. Viewing took place prior to the service. Interment followed the service in the church cemetery.
Vita Funeral Homes "Vita Chapel" in care of arrangements.
1928 — 2005
Roméo Gauthier of La Broquerie, Man. passed away at the Villa Youville, Ste. Anne, Man., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005 at the age of 76.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean (Connelly); four daughters, Rachelle (Gerard) Leclerc of La Broquerie, Diane (Bob) Querel of Kenora, Ont., Monique (Dan) Blahitka of Oakville, Ont., Joanne (Dennis) Wiebe of La Broquerie; two sons, Gerald (Judy) of Oakville; Gilbert (Julie) of La Broquerie; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, four sisters, and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
The funeral mass was held at the St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church in La Broquerie, Oct. 10, with Msgr. Albert Frechette officiating. Cremation to follow.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
ANDREAS (ANDY) BLATZ
1932 — 2005
Andy Blatz of Redcliffe, Alta., formerly of Steinbach, Man., passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2005 at the Medicine Hat Hospital, at the age of 73.
He will be sadly missed by his wife LaVon; son Bruce (Cindy); and daughters, Darlene (Ben) Poetker, Brenda Blatz (Don Sussey), and Sandra (Glen) Hawkins; his grandchildren, April, Amanda, Kelsey, Crystal, Tanner, Shawn, Scott, Steven and Samantha; and brothers and sisters, Helena (George) Funk, Peter (Anne), John (Margaret), Mary (Dan) Roberts, Cornie (Frieda), Tina (Richard) Mobley; brother-in-law Fred Schalla; and sisters-in-law, Mary Blatz, Lana Blatz, and Marty Hildebrandt; also many nieces and nephews.
Andy was born Aug. 16, 1932 on the family farm in the Kleefeld area, located on Blatz Road in Manitoba. He worked on the family farm as well at various jobs in Winnipeg, plumbing and heating with his father-in-law in Vancouver, floor-covering, and several restaurants. He was the fourth eldest of 12 children. Andy was predeceased by his parents, Agatha Blatz (Toews) and Cornelius Blatz; his sister Nettie; oldest sister Barbara Schalla; and brothers, Jacob, Danny, and Diedrich.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 2348 Dunmore Road at Crestwood Mennonite Brethren Church, Medicine Hat, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005.