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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 97

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 10:53 p.m.


It is with sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Sylvester Chmura, age 76, of Tolstoi, Man., July 11, 2006, at the Vita Hospital, Vita, Man.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Lillian; one son Donald Chmura; and one daughter Margret (Donald) Denyer; seven grandchildren and their families; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Sylvester was predeceased by one daughter, Virginia.

Prayers will be said Friday, July 14, 2006, 10:30 a.m., at The Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Tolstoi, Man., with funeral mass to follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow the mass in the church cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations in Sylvester's memory may be made to the Red Cross or to Cancer Care Manitoba.

Vita Funeral Homes "Vita Chapel" in care of arrangements.


Anne Klassen of Steinbach, Man. passed away at Rest Haven Nursing Home Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at the age of 85.

Anne was born in Grünfeld, Russia to Martin and Anna Penner and immigrated to Canada at the age of 21 where she met and married Henry H. Klassen. Together they operated a poultry farm in the Ste. Anne, Man. area and later retired to Steinbach. After the death of her husband, she transferred to Rest Haven Nursing Home, where she remained until the time of her passing.

She is survived by sons Ed (Dora) of Steinbach, Will (Linda) of B.C., Victor (Jean) of Steinbach, and Ervin (Denise) of Steinbach; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister Tina Penner of Steinbach. She was predeceased by her husband Henry in 2000 and granddaughter Jamie in 2005.

The funeral service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m., with viewing prior to the service. Interment to follow at Heritage Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to Rest Haven Foundation, 177 Woodhaven Ave., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1K7.

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


Mary Barkman was born March 18, 1924, in the R.M. of Morris to David T. and Justina Kroeker. After her mother's death in 1928, Mary, then aged 4 years, was taken in and given a new home by Jacob and Maria Kornelsen of Kleefeld, Man. In February of 1950, together with her family, she moved to Mexico, where she met Peter Barkman, and the two married on Dec. 9, 1952. In the late `50s Peter and Mary moved to Canada and settled in the Riverton, Man. area and later moved to Blumenort, Man. A son, Johnny, was born to them on Aug. 4, 1960, and on Dec. 14, 1991, at the age of 31 years, he passed away.

Peter and Mary remained in Blumenort as long as health permitted, and in 2002 Mary was admitted to Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, Man., and shortly thereafter, Peter moved into Woodhaven Manor to be near his wife.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at the age of 82 years, Mary passed away at the Rest Haven Nursing Home. She is survived by her husband and companion, Peter, with whom she shared over 52 years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 29, 2006, 2 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, with interment to follow in the Blumenort EMC Cemetery. Friends may pay their last respects at the Chapel prior to the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

April 6, 1925 - July 24, 2006

Monday, July 24, 2006, Marika (Mary) Alexiuk, cherished daughter to the late Lena and Harry, died with peaceful dignity at the Vita Personal Care Home. Marika departs us now to join her parents and her baby brother Eli. She was also predeceased by her beloved family members: sister-in-law Dorothy, brother-in-law Peter and nephew Allan. She is survived by her five brothers: John and Marion, Matt and Lorraine, Paul and Pat, Andy and Edith, Phil and Marlene; and her sisters, Jean and Ed Genik and Nettie Yarmie; as well as many generations of nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends.

A gentle soul, "Meeka" provided a delightful narrative along her way through life with all of those blessed by her company. She maintained a sharp wit, backed by genuine opinions. She called life as she saw it in her naming of things with whimsical terms of endearment. Her anecdotes and sense of humor will perpetuate as she is dearly quoted by her family.

Marika contracted smallpox and scarlet fever in the 1926 epidemic at the age of six months. She was tenderly nursed to health by her dear Baba Alexiuk, but this devastating disease left her in delicate health her entire life. Throughout her 81 years, she faced her challenges bravely and with courage. To attend Sundown school, she trudged back and forth 4 1/2 miles. Her home-life was lived on the family farm near Sundown, Man. Ever loyal, she later in life tended to her aging parents while managing the household chores, purchasing groceries and paying the monthly utility bills.

She always enjoyed her lively fashions and dressing up for functions and the many gatherings that brought the family together. It was nearly impossible for company to surprise Marika, as she could often be found peeking around a curtain from anywhere inside the house. Free in her way outdoors, she loved walking in the woods, picking mushrooms and berries. She went everywhere on the Alexiuk farm, keeping a watchful eye on her environment and all creatures great and small including her nephews and nieces, the flowers and the fields. She knew all the best spots for scratching one's back along her paths to and from the highway, garden, barn or bush. She lived a humble life and greatly appreciated God's gifts bestowed upon her and lived in quiet harmony with nature.

Our precious Marika, you are so loved and missed. We bid you a very fond farewell as we faithfully treasure your memory. May the winds blow softly, and the earth sit lightly upon your grave.

The funeral service was held Thursday, July 27, 10:30 a.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, Steinbach, Man., officiated by Very Rev. Fr. Miron Pozniak and Rev. Fr. Oris Naherniak. Following the reception, burial took place at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in Sundown.

If friends so desire donations in memory of Marika may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association (Manitoba Division), 200 - 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6.

Vichnaya Pam'yat

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


Peacefully, at home and in the presence of his wife Mary and his four children, Menno Giesbrecht, aged 67 years, left for Glory as the day was dawning Thursday, July 20, 2006.

He was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Winkler, Man. to Peter and Maria Giesbrecht, the sixth of nine children and the first son. At the age of 8, after his parents' death, he was welcomed into the home of John and Justina Unger in the district of Edenthal, east of Gretna, Man. He married Mary Fedoruk in 1960 and they shared 46 years of life together. They first made their home in the Altona, Man. area, where Menno worked for Red River Insurance. Accounting work then took them to Winnipeg, Man., where he worked as a financial advisor for Indian Affairs. In 1975 they moved to the Blumenort, Man. area, where they farmed for 26 of their 29 years there. The last two years of retirement were spent south of Steinbach, Man.

Left to treasure his legacy are his wife Mary; his children, John and Darlene Giesbrecht, Jenni-lynn, Melissa, Michaela and Tanner; Carol and Daryle Froese, Tara, Amy, Rachel, Joel and Jessica; Donna and Tim Loewen, Josiah, Shannon, David and Lisa; and Michael and Raquel Giesbrecht, Jillian and Greysen.

He is also survived by all of his Giesbrecht siblings: Mary Penner, Edna (Hans Schemann), Martha (Sydney Deck), Olga (Abe Teichroeb), Helen Harder, Dave (Bernice) Dueck, Dorothy Greatrex and Alice (Dave Peters); as well as his Unger sisters: Susan (Otto Hamm), Justina Penner and Helen Giesbrecht.

He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Maria Giesbrecht, and John and Justina Unger, and an Unger sister, Tina Friesen, and by several brothers-in-law.

A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, July 27, 2 p.m., at Southland Community Church in Steinbach. A private burial has taken place at Blumenort EMC Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Bridges of Peace", Box 21001, RPO Charleswood, Winnipeg, MB, R3R 3R2.

Thank you to all those who have faithfully stood by us with your prayers, encouragement and support as we journeyed as a family through this brief battle with cancer.

"Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thess. 5:16-18.


Mrs Marie H. Doerksen of Ferintosh, AB, formerly of Wetaskiwin and Forestburg, AB, passed away Friday, July 28, 2006 at the age of 87 years.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Josephine McKinnon of Dauphin, MB, Loraine (Jim) Funk of Tumbler Ridge, BC, Lorne (Delphine) of Ferintosh, Roselee (Gary) Keith of Lamont, AB, Elizabeth Doerksen of Prince George, BC, and Heather (Richard) Fehr of Dauphin, MB. Marie is also survived by her 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.

Marie was predeceased by her husband Jacob, son-in-law Bill, grandson Gregory, three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m., from the Ferintosh United Church with Rev. Donna Jacques officiating. Interment followed in the Forestburg Cemetery.

If friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to St Mary's Hospital (4607 - 53 St., Camrose, AB, T4V 1Y5) or to the charity of your choice.

Burgar Funeral Home (4817 - 51 Ave., Camrose, AB, T4V 0V4) in care of arrangements, 780-672-2121. "Dedicated service since 1906".


Erin William Carl Feilberg peacefully went to be with our Heavenly Father, July 25, 2006, at the age of 41 years. Erin will always be lovingly remembered by his wife Leanne of 21 years, his sons Justin, Brendan and Riley, and his daughter Lauren. Also left to cherish his memory are his loving parents Carl and Lorna, devoted grandmother Lena Feilberg, his sister Heather McDonald (Dean), his brothers Eric (Julie) and Lars (Val), mother-in-law Shirley Winslow, sister-in-law Lorna Nazar (Brian), and brother-in-law Lennard Winslow (Tanya). Erin will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews, and fondly remembered by his many good friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents William and Mabel Nakka, Haakon Feilberg and father-in-law Bill Winslow. Born in Winnipeg and raised in East Braintree, he later married Leanne Winslow and settled on the family farm to raise their family. Erin spent his life operating a logging business with his father Carl, brother Eric, sons Justin and Brendan, brother-in-law Dean, and good friend Walter. He enjoyed the simple farm life and raising his herd of cattle with his family. Erin always said he was a simple man because he loved the simple things that life had to offer; God, family, and nature.

Erin's love of the outdoors involved working in the woods and on the farm, hunting, fishing, and camping holidays with his family. It was during his battle with cancer this past year that his God-given wisdom became very evident to all who spent time with him. Thank you Erin for giving so generously of yourself. Our prayer for you is that you left us knowing how much you were loved and respected.

The family wishes to extend deepest gratitude to all of the team at Manitoba CancerCare, and especially to Dr. Paul de Moissac and the wonderful nursing staff at the Ste. Anne Hospital. Their kindness and empathy was a huge help to the family. As per Erin's wishes, cremation has taken place. There was a celebration of Erin's life Monday, July 31, 2006, 11 a.m. at the Reynolds Community Club in Prawda, Man.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Erin's honor to the charitable organization Focus on the Family, Box 9800 Station Terminal, Vancouver, BC V6B 4G3


P.S. Remember my farmer boy, we will all be right behind you as there is no time where you are. Love always, your sparklegirl.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.


After a long, courageous battle with numerous ailments, we rejoice that Susan has gone to be with the Lord. Susan Giesbrecht was born September 26, 1928, in Lowe Farm, Man. She passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Man. at the age of 77 years.

She is survived by her husband Peter J. Giesbrecht of Rest Haven Nursing Home, two sisters, Evelyn (John) Goertzen, and Nora (John ) Wiebe; two brothers, John (Susie) Harder, and Peter (Mary) Harder, one sister-in-law, Mary Harder, one brother-in-law, John J. Giesbrecht (Clem), numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Cornelia Harder, brother Frank and sister-in-law Agnes Harder, brother Abe and sister-in-law Josie Harder, brother Ben Harder, sister Anne and brother-in-law Rossaire Curtaz, sister Marie Gornick and sister Tina in infancy.

Sue loved family gatherings and it brought her special joy when nieces and nephews visited her.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 31, 2006 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, with internment at Heritage Cemetery.

Family would like to thank home care and nursing staff and Steinbach Bethesda Hospital and HSC staff for all of the loving care provided.

Funeral arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Steinbach and Winnipeg.


Alvin Hutt of Tolstoi, Man. passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006 at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, Man. at the age of 65. He was born Jan. 28, 1941.

Alvin was an active member of the Tolstoi and District Seniors Inc, serving for many years on the board and presently as vice-president. He will be dearly missed at the senior's events such as being the caller at the bingos. He enjoyed square dancing, playing cribbage and being Santa at the Christmas party. He also enjoyed taking part in community events. Alvin had a pleasant disposition and will be remembered for his kindness and his wonderful sense of humor. He will be sadly missed by all the seniors.

Alvin will be remembered by his sister Beverly (Walter) Liwczak and their family; brothers Earl and Gordon (Noreen) and their families; nine nieces, two nephews, 13 great-nieces, three great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Alvin was predeceased by his parents Edd Hutt (Nov. 29, 1989) and Alvina Hutt (May 23, 1996), brother Bob (Dec. 17, 1967).

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to cousins Eleanor and Joyce for being there for him and to the doctors and nurses who took care of him in Bethesda Hospital.

A devotional will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach. The funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, August 6 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Friedensthal, Man.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach & Winnipeg.


Tuesday, Aug 1, 2006, Jacob David Letkeman of Steinbach, Man. age 92, passed away at the Rest Haven Nursing Home to go home to spend eternity with his Lord and Saviour. Dad was born September 17, 1913 in Michaelsburg, Fuerstenland in Russia, to David Jacob and Helena (Leppke) Letkeman. Dad was baptized upon the confession of his faith March 10, 1935 by Rev. Johann P. Klassen into the Schoenwiese Church.

Dad first met his future bride Anne Neudorf in Foxwarren, Man. and on Easter Monday, April 22, 1935 the two were married. After the wedding they returned to Beulah where Dad was farming. Dad and Mom's four oldest children were born while they lived in Beulah. In 1952 they made a move to a farm in the La Broquerie, Man. area, where the youngest three daughters were born. It was also at that time that they joined the Steinbach Mennonite Church. In 1969 they sold their farm and moved to Steinbach where mother passed away in 1984.

He leaves to mourn his passing three sons: David (Mary) of Medicine Hat, Alta., Jack (Irene) of La Broquerie, Jerry (June) of Plum Coulee, Man. and three daughters: Mary Jane (Walter) Esau of Abbotsford, BC, Chris (George) Wiens of Steinbach, Linda (Ron) Buhler of Mitchell, Man. 24 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his parents in 1919 and his brothers David (1925), George (1972), first wife Anne (1984) and second wife Mina (2002) and infant daughter Linda in 1956.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Aug 4, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, with interment to follow at Memorial Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Rest Haven Nursing Home for their tender love, compassion, and care that they extended to Dad and to us, the family.

"Schloap schein, Dad, schloap schein"

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach & Winnipeg.

November 17, 1965 — July 29, 2006

It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Barry (Buzz) Smith at the age of 40 years.

Left to cherish Barry's memory are his mother Helen Smith, sister

and brother-in-law, Barbara and Dennis Schultz, nephews Curtis and Justin Schultz, special caregiver Keith Griffin, his aunts and uncles and many cousins. Barry was predeceased by his father, Dennis Smith and his sister, Lynn Smith.

Barry was born in Emerson, Man. and lived his whole life on the family farm in Woodmore, Man. He was given great pleasure by the simple things in life. He loved to watch the crop be harvested, go for a car ride on a sunny afternoon, listen to country music, have a bowl of ice-cream in the evening, and always enjoyed a trip to McDonald's. His face would light up when people visited or when the family dog would lay his head on his lap. He didn't have the use of his body, so he used his mind and heart overtime. His smiling face will be forever missed.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006 at the Greenridge United Church with Reverend Bev Ward officiating. If friends so desire, donations in Barry's memory can be made to the Greenridge United Church Memorial Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Morris General Hospital and The Boundary Trails Health Centre for their care during Barry's short stay.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.

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