MELVIN E. KOOP
Melvin Earl Koop of Grunthal, Man., formerly of Kleefeld, Man., passed away peacefully at Bethesda Hospital on Wednesday, June 21 at the age of 54, after a two-year battle with cancer.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Ruth, daughter Erin and her husband Andrew Unger of Steinbach, Man., son Kent Koop and his wife Erika of Richer, Man., and son Kyle Koop of Grunthal.
He also leaves behind his parents, Peter and Anna Koop of Mitchell, Man.; brother Lorne (Maryann) Koop of Winnipeg, Man.; and four sisters: Emily (Dennis) Thiessen of Steinbach, Phyllis (Felix) Boileau of Vassar, Man., Wanda Farian of Winnipeg, and Wilma (Allan) Onyschak of McCreary, Man.
Dad appreciated the friendship of Mom's family: Irene Bronk, Thelma (Marc) Litvinsky, Hilda Neufeld, Jim (Carol) Neufeld, Joyce (Don) Sawatzky, and many nieces and nephews.
Dad was born March 16, 1952 in Steinbach to Peter and Anna Koop. He worked for his parents on the family dairy farm in Kleefeld, until the roles reversed in 1975, when he assumed management of the farm. Dad met Mom in 1974 and they were married June 5, 1976. Dad and Mom bought the family farm from his parents, but nothing really changed. Grandma and Grandpa still worked together on the farm just as before.
Dad had a keen sense of humour, and a very kind and thoughtful nature. He was never one to shy away from a good debate, and he enjoyed being involved in many activities. Dad threw himself into life in so many different ways; it's hard to name every board and committee he was involved with. Dad farmed until 1999. In recent years, Dad drove truck for Funk's Livestock Transport. This was his semi-retirement plan, which he intended to enjoy for many years to come. After years of having to stick close to home because of farming, Mom was able to join him on some of his longer trips, and they really appreciated this travel time together.
A few weeks ago, they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at the hospital with a few close friends and family. Dad was very ill, but we did what we could to make it special for him.
The family would like to take this opportunity to express thanks to Dr. Krahn and Dr. Reimer, Palliative Care, and the nurses of Bethesda Hospital. Thank you also to everyone who has helped out with yard work, brought food, and has kept our family in prayer. We are blessed by your presence in our lives.
The funeral service was held Monday, June 26 at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, with interment in Heritage Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in Mel's memory may be made to Roseau River Bible Camp, Box 40, Roseau River, MB, R0A 1P0.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, Steinbach, Man.
DONALD MICHAEL PICKLYK
1956 - 2006
Donald passed away at his residence June 21, 2006. He is survived by his mother Evelyn, sister Maryann (Wayne), brother Boris (Myra), one niece and five nephews. He was predeceased by his dad Mike J. in 1980.
In accordance with Donald's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private service was held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald's memory can be made to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Vita Funeral Home, Vita, Man.
John was born to Johann and Anna Kasdorf in Gorofka, Russia on Sept. 19, 1915. As a young lad, his family, together with other families, started a lengthy process of immigrating out of Russia via Moscow. Their intended destination was Canada. After an eight-month delay in Moscow and hopes to enter Canada totally lost, they were promised a future in southern Brazil. With no idea what could possibly await them in this strange country, they set out on the long ocean voyage via Germany. Their aim was freedom from communism and oppression.
Hard work and perseverance in the jungles of Brazil called for a constant song on the lips and hearts of the pioneers to make each day worthwhile. Strong ties with each other and with God kept them courageous and energetic.
In 1941, John married Margaret Federau. After living in Brazil for 30 years, the Kasdorfs, together with their five children, decided to immigrate to Niverville, Man. Farming was a central part of this couple's life. After retirement, John and Margaret moved to Winnipeg, Man. and enjoyed 10 years of a relatively healthy life there. They celebrated their 64th anniversary Feb. 12, 2005.
March 25, 2005 Margaret suffered a devastating stroke from which she never recovered. April 23, she went to be with her Lord and Saviour, in whom she had put her trust. John moved to Donwood Manor personal care home. Here he was cared for and nurtured till he passed away June 25, 2006.
John was predeceased by two children who died in infancy and his wife Margaret. Left to mourn the loss are children Art and Ursula Boschmann of Winnipeg, Henry and Eileen of Steinbach, Helmut and Elizabeth of Winnipeg, Dan and Linda Klippenstein of Niverville, Ewald and Debbie of Niverville; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Viewing and devotional will be held Thursday, June 29, 2006, 6:30 p.m., at Donwood Manor Personal Care Home, 171 Donwood Drive. Funeral service will be held at the North Kildonan M.B. Church, 1315 Gateway Road, Winnipeg, Man., July 1, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Hespeler Cemetery, Niverville. Friends Funeral Service of Winnipeg in charge of the arrangements.
Nellie Hudson was born in Herbert, Sask., July 17, 1916. She was one of 13 children and one predeceased brother at birth. Her parents, Cornelius and Sarah Nickel, were born in Russia. She met her husband Robert in Virden, Man. area and they married in November 1942. They moved to Steinbach, Man. in 1950 with their three daughters and completed their family with two sons. Mom lost her husband Bob in 1980, which left a great void in her life.
Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep, at Bethesda Hospital, June 22, 2006, and she will be sadly missed by her three daughters: Betty and Henry Renz, Roberta and Mike Grumm, Judy and Alan Lenius; two sons: Jim and Teresa Hudson, Chuck and Sylvia Hudson; grandchildren, great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by four brothers, Jake, Cornie, Peter and Hank Nickel; three sisters, Helen Penner, Mary Hedison, Annie Wiens; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, John and Abe; three sisters, Lydia, Sara and Margaret; two grandchildren and one grandson-in-law.
Mom did a variety of jobs to supplement her family income, from beet fields to restaurant cooking. She touched a lot of lives through her jobs and always remained a true Mom to everyone.
She retired at the age of 64 and moved to her daughter's in Victoria, B.C. for two years. She enjoyed her time there with her children and grandchildren. She returned to Steinbach and lived the rest of her years around family and friends. She spent her time quilting, crocheting, knitting, sewing and babysitting. She loved to travel and loved to read in her quiet time. She enjoyed having coffee with her friends and going for walks until her very last day.
Mom's faith was instilled upon her by her parents. She was baptized in McAuley, Man., July 13, 1935. She wanted to live her life by loving others like Jesus.
The legacy she left for all of us is to remember the good things and to love each other.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 26, at Steinbach Funeral Home. Ash interment will take place at a later date in Memorial Cemetery.
We will cherish your memory till we see you again.
Love you Mom.
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.
WENDY JEANETTE PERSOWICH
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing our dear wife, mother, daughter (in-law), sister (in-law), aunt, Wendy Jeanette Persowich, June 29, 2006, at St. Boniface Palliative Care, at the age of 45.
Wendy will be lovingly remembered by her loving and devoted husband of 24 years, Edward; and the three most precious lights of her life, son Evan, daughters Brianna and Meagan. Also left to cherish her memory are her parents, Nick and Nettie Boychuk; father-in-law John Persowich Sr.; one brother, Wayne (Lynn); sisters, Sonia (Brian), Audrey (Orest), Bonnie (Wesley) and Connie; brothers-in-law, John Jr. (Joyce), Gary (Bonnie); sisters-in-law, Chris (Alec), Judy, Pat, Jacquie (Bob), Irene (Jan); numerous nieces and nephews; as well as many other family and friends. Wendy was predeceased by her mother-in-law, Marion.
Wendy was born July 30, 1960 in Sundown, Man. She was raised and made her home in Sundown. Wendy married Edward on Aug. 8, 1981. Together they began their life and raised three children. Wendy made her career as an Administration Office Coordinator, working for the South Eastman/Vita Health Centre for 26 years before her battle with cancer. She was an active member of the St. Elias Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Women's Auxiliary. Wendy took great pride and joy in supporting Evan, Brianna and Meagan's sporting activities, as well as their academic accomplishments. Wendy's all-around good nature and friendship, along with her warning smile and sense of humor, will be lovingly remembered by everyone she has touched. She always put a smile on your face.
Prayer service was held July 2 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man. The funeral service took place at St. Elias Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Sirko, Man., Monday, July 3 at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wendy's memory to the Manitoba Cancer Care, Room ON1160 - 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9 or a charity of choice.
"Thank you, Mom, for being there through all the changes in our lives, for sharing the happy times, easing the hurts of our bad times, for believing in us and most of all, for your love"…love Evan, Brianna, Meagan.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
1934 - 2006
Paul Brandt passed away suddenly June 19 at the Boundary Trails Health Centre, Winkler, Man., at the age of 72 years.
Paul is survived by his wife of 50 years, Myrtle; three daughters and four sons: Murray and Muriel Brandt, James and Sherisse, Michelle and Brennan, Tyler (Klassen) and Jody; Bill and Deb Brandt, Lacey and Colby; Pat and Joe Anderson, Kaylie, Riley, Kara, Cheyenne and Tessa; Kerry and Barb Brandt, Jackson, Savannah and Ashton; Tracy and Marla Brandt, Bentley and Ethan; Vickie and Mike Friesen, Braden, Carson and Jory; Angeline and Mike Martin.
Paul is predeceased by his granddaughter Angela, brother and best friend Levi, sister Justina, and his parents, Peter and Aganetha Brandt.
Dad's faith was very important to him. Dad lived his life to the fullest, sharing his love and fun with everyone. He founded Paul Brandt Trucking in 1971 and has been involved in farming all his life.
The funeral service for Paul was held at Rosenort EMC, Saturday, June 24. Interment took place at the church cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre. We thank you all for your prayers, support and kindness through this difficult time.
In memory of Paul, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba (200-6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6) or the Samaritans Purse Canada (20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, AB, T3J 5H5).
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.
BEN F. LOEWEN
Ben F. Loewen, age 89, passed away peacefully at the MSA Hospital in Abbotsford, B.C. on July 7, 2006.
He was predeceased by his first wife Alvina in 1993 after 53 years of marriage, second wife Tina in 2001 after 4 1/2 years of marriage, grandson Craig Loewen in 1981, and sister and brother -in-law Katherine and Harvey Van Penner and brother-in-law, Linden Penner.
Dad is survived by his daughters, Grace Enns (Pete) and Lucille Kliewer (Reg); his son Larry Loewen (Geri); seven grandchildren, Paul Enns (Wendy), Mark Enns, Matthew Enns (Erika), Jonathan Kliewer (Candis), Robert Kliewer (Kristin), Rachel Loewen and Chad Loewen; and seven great-grandchildren, Emily and Avril Enns, Avareigh and Ryder Enns, Logan Kliewer, and Jaimie and Andrew Kliewer.
He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Penner, Edna Reimer (Bill), Anne Loewen, Eileen Fast [George]; and his brothers, George Loewen (Margaret) and Herman Loewen (Doris).
When his wife Alvina passed away, Dad married Tina Warkentin, and always enjoyed his relationships with Tina's children and families.
Dad was born in Steinbach, Man. in 1917 to Peter T. and Anna Loewen. His father started a General Motors car dealership in Steinbach in 1923, and Dad, with his two brothers, took over the dealership from their father. During that time, he also was involved in the Steinbach Volunteer Fire Department as the fire chief for many years. Dad sold his interest in the dealership in 1966, and with Mom moved to Abbotsford, B.C. the following year.
Dad trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord at an early age, and was always thankful for what God had done for him. Dad was faithful and active in Grace Church, particularly in choir and music ministries and was a big supporter of missions. He was enthusiastically involved in the Bakerview Senior Choir and the Abbotsford Male Chorus until last fall.
Our dad was a people person. In his travels with his family or alone later in life, he would not hesitate to keep in contact with as many people as he could, and keep up those friendships. He had such a keen ability to remember names and faces, history and events. He had a lot of stories to tell.
Dad especially wanted to keep in touch with his grandchildren, and even if he couldn't do that daily, he always included them in his prayers. We as a family will miss him and his prayers dearly.
Funeral services were held at Grace Church, 2087 McMillan Road, Abbotsford, Tuesday, July 11 at 11a.m. Viewing was held Monday evening, July 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Woodlawn Funeral Home, with a devotional at 8 p.m. Private family interment prior to the service.
If friends so desire, Dad would have appreciated donations to Send International, #1-22423 Jeffries Road, RR5 Komoka, ON, NOL 1RO.
"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath." Psalm 104:33
Peacefully, with her family by her side, Hilda Penner, age 81, passed away at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital on July 9, 2006.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her children: Pauline (Bill) Wiens, daughter-in-law Eleanor (Frank) Thiessen, J. Ernie (Gladys) Penner, Kathleen (Geoff) Williams, Mary (Harry) Friesen, Geric (Patsy) Penner; grandchildren: Karen (Corey) Wiebe, Cynthia Wiens, Laurel Wiens, Andrea (Kris) Kroeker, Darryl (Tricia) Penner, Teresa (Dwayne) Klassen, Nathan (Alisa) Penner, Amber Penner, Candace (Brendan) Bingham, Leah (Julian) Barker, Japheth (Gillian) Martens, Krysta (Daniel) Friesen, Priscilla (Albert) Giesbrecht, Sheri (Tom) Bueckert, Rebecca, Lindsey, Katherina, Clint David Penner; great-grandchildren: Shaylene, Brycen, Karlana Wiebe, Seth Kroeker, Tailor Klassen, Shauna, Mason, Coltin, Francis Nicole Penner, Taylor Marie, Liam James Martens, Cole, Gabrielle, Sutton Brooke, Cruise Friesen, Tommi-Jane Giesbrecht, and Chase Bueckert; sister Alice (John) Dueck and brother John Voth.
Hilda was predeceased by her husband David in 2004; one son Henry in 2001; parents Johann and Anna Voth; sisters: Gredel, Tina, Annie and Joan; and one brother Willie.
Hilda was born March 27, 1925 in Memrick, Russia to Johann and Anna Voth, the third youngest of eight children. When she was two years old they immigrated to Canada. She grew up in the Willow Ridge school district. She and her brother Willie were very close. They were close in age, did their chores together, carried the supply of wood in together, and played together. In the summer they took turns riding bareback as the horse pulled the cultivator through the row of potatoes and corn. When Willie was almost finished grade 8, he suddenly became ill with meningitis and passed away at the age of 14. Mother missed him very much. She would talk about him to us often as we were growing up.
Mother's parents were not well and her little sisters needed to go to school. After finishing grade 8, mother stayed home and helped with the different chores that needed to be done, including baking bread when she was 12, cooking and putting meals on the table, as well as helping outside.
In the winter of 1945, her mother encouraged her to take a six-week short course in sewing, as she loved to sew. She has made good use of this course over the years, sewing clothing for each child, suits for dad and the boys, as well as dresses, pants, coats - practically everything. We of course were proud to wear them. Mother has written two books: Precious Voth Memories and To Mother with Love.
Mother and Dad were both baptized in 1945 in the First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. In 1946, mother married David H. Penner and moved to his farm in the Landmark, Man. area and then to a dairy farm in the Friedensfeld, Man. area, where they lived for 40 years.
They retired to Steinbach, Man. in 1993. In 2004 they moved into the Woodhaven Manor, where mother lived until now.
Mother was a great prayer warrior, and had a wonderful communication with the Lord Jesus. She loved sewing, reading, crocheting, knitting and the outdoors. She always had a listening ear, was a confidant, willing to give of herself to others. On behalf of the family, we would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Bethesda Hospital for their great care and sympathy.
The funeral service was held at the Steinbach Mennonite Church on July 13, 10:30 a.m., with interment at Heritage Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Osteoporosis Society, 870 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0P1.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
Jacob T. Wiebe
1934 - 2006
Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Jacob Wiebe, was born May 16, 1934 and has passed away at his home in Steinbach, Man. on July 8, 2006.
He was diagnosed with cancer in January of 2005. Although his wish was to live, his prayer was to accept God's plan in his life. He endured his illness with grace, patience and dignity.
Left to cherish precious memories are his wife of 46 years, Lily (nee Penner); children: Joann Wiebe of Calgary, Alta., Bonnie (Garry) Barkman of Creston B.C., Edward (Linda) Wiebe of Vita, Man., Allan Wiebe of Grunthal, Man., and Michelle (Harold) Schmidt of DeRidder, Louisiana; also five brothers: Ted (Dora), Albert (Elma), Edwin (Violet), Cornie (Velma), and Peter (Norma); four sisters: Nellie, Irma (Leonard), Viola (Jake), and Lottie (Eugene); in-laws, Alvin (Leona) Penner, Leo Penner, and Rosa Ginter.
Jacob was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Agnes Toews Wiebe; one sister and one brother-in-law.
He made his living through his accounting and tax business. He was a wise counselor to many. Dad was a people person and his job gave him the opportunity to connect with and make lasting relationships with many.
Funeral services for Jacob were held Wednesday, July 12, at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite in Greenland, Man. Interment took place at Steinbach Heritage Cemetery.
Special thanks to Dr. Duerksen, Dr. Krahn, the staff of the Cancer Care of Bethesda Hospital, Debbie, Dorothy, Carol, Harry and Peter, who walked this journey with us in this difficult time.
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.