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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 101

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Tina Wohlgemuth, aged 70 years, of Landmark, Man., passed away peacefully on Sept. 19, 2006 at Ste Anne Hospital.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Elmer Wohlgemuth; their two daughters, Jackie (Elmer) Harder, Laurie (Peter) Penner; two sons, Terry (Jackie) and Tim (Marilyn); 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters.

She was predeceased by her parents, Jacob P. and Tina (Martens) Wiebe, and sister Edna (Wiebe) Friesen.

Mom was born in Horndean, Man., July 26, 1936. She committed her life to Jesus at an early age. Mom married Dad June 2, 1962, and spent a wonderful 44 years with him.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held Sept. 23, 11 a.m., at Prairie Rose Evangelical Mennonite Church in Landmark, with interment to follow at the church cemetery.

Should friends so desire, donations in Tina's memory may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association, 200 - 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6.

Special thanks to Ste Anne Hospital, Dr. De Moissac, and all the nurses. A very special thanks to Pastor Leonard and Betty Barkman and all the friends from Pansy Chapel.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.

Oct. 27, 1951 - Sept. 20, 2006

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, Leslie Schroeder went home peacefully after a two-year struggle with cancer. His mother Susan Schroeder predeceased Les.

He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Linda, his daughter Wendy Heier (Paul), his son Jerry Schroeder (Brenda) and three grandchildren, Jessica Heier, Kyle Heier and Morgan Schroeder.

Les is survived by his father John Schroeder and his siblings, Brian (Chandra), Martha Reimer (John), Esther, Kenneth (Anne), Sharon Mueller (Raymond), John, Henry (Kim), Phillip (Margaret), many nieces and nephews.

He will be sadly missed by his in-laws Coral Wilson, Pat and Len Luders, Les and Ted Clampitt, Barb and Byron Rutley, Doug Wilson and Helen Redko, and nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at the Word of Life Church, 233-3rd Street South, Niverville, MB with viewing one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare MB Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Rm ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Rock Fontaine Funeral Director in care of arrangements, 1-866-499-2601 or 204-223-2576.


Jean D. Kleppe (nee Werestiuk), age 71, of Poulsbo, Wash., formerly of Sundown, Man. and Fort Frances, Ont., passed into the care of our Lord on Sept. 2, 2006, from cardiac arrest after a courageous battle with cancer, with her loving son Kurt and daughter-in-law Cynthia by her side.

Jean was born in Roseau, MN to John and Pearl (Prociuk)

Wirstiuk on July 23, 1935. She was raised and educated in Canada. She graduated from United College in Winnipeg, Man. in 1954, where she majored in religious education. After teaching in many rural communities in Manitoba and Northern Ontario, she chose a career in banking, starting as a teller and retiring as a Senior Commercial Loans Officer from Bank of America in 1991. She married Edward E. Kleppe of International Falls, MN in 1962. Her son Kurt Jonn was born in 1971.

Jean was predeceased by both parents, father John Wirstiuk of Sundown in 1971, and mother Pearl Jackowski of Winnipeg, Man. in 1984, and brother Paul Wirstiuk of Winnipeg in 1965.

She leaves to mourn her passing, son Kurt Jonn (Cynthia) of Poulsbo, Wash.; sister, Sylvia "Sally" Byblow (Harvey) of Ituna, Sask.; granddaughter Brooke of Poulsbo; and nephews, Dan and Russell Wirstiuk of Winnipeg.

A private service was held at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Friday, Sept. 8, inurnment following at Stone Chapel Mortuary, where she rests in peace.

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Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, Danny Wiebe Funk, 32 years, of Petrolia, Ont., passed away in Nicaragua. Danny was the pastor of the Petrolia Christian Fellowship.

Danny is survived by his loving wife, Marielle (nee Fontaine). Dear father of Benjamin, Jessica and Moriah. He is also survived by his parents, Henry and Helena Funk of Paraguay; brothers and sisters, Ben, Peter and Jacob Funk and Tina Lawson, all of Manitoba, Erna Mason of Saskatchewan, Hilda Harder, Eveline Dueck and Rudy Funk, all of British Columbia, Eva Dueck of Scotland, Ont., John Funk of Petrolia and Jimmy Funk of Alberta; and his mother and father-in-law, Jacqueline and Rock Fontaine of Quebec.

Visitors were received Friday, Sept. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia. The funeral service was held at the Petrolia Christian Fellowship, 4521 Petrolia Line, Petrolia, Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Interment in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Petrolia Christian Fellowship Church (for assistance for Marielle and family). Memories and condolences may be sent on line at


Erna Sellge passed away at Bethesda Hospital on Friday, Sept. 25, 2006 at the age of 86. She is survived by her husband, Rudolf Sellge.

Erna was born March 4, 1920 in Lindau, Germany. She enjoyed a carefree childhood.

Sept. 25, 1943 she married Paul Bergmann and was blessed with one child. Paul was killed in the war, and her only child died during the war while fleeing from the enemy. After the war, Erna worked on a vegetable farm in Spreewald, close to Berlin in East Germany. She risked her life by crossing the border into West Germany. She met Rudolf when they both became employed on the same farm. After six years of courtship they decided to get married. Hard work enabled them to start a business. Erna was always at Rudolf's side, helping and making sure things were done right.

In 1976 Rudolf and Erna bought a grain farm in Arnaud, Man. New friends, the outdoors, a big garden, and many pets brought Erna much happiness. In 1998 they bought some land close to Grunthal, Man. and built a new house, which Erna enjoyed very much. Many flowers were planted, a new garden was seeded, and more cats and dogs entered her life. Birthday celebrations were special and happily celebrated. She was always a satisfied person.

In 2002 Erna suffered a stroke, which left her right side paralyzed and her speech impaired. She had therapy in Steinbach Bethesda Hospital and was then moved to the Grunthal Menno Home. Visits from Rudolf and friends were very important to her. Her days were always bright when she knew that she was able to go home for a weekend.

Thank you to the staff at the Grunthal Menno Home and the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital for the wonderful care that Erna received.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, 2 p.m., at Elim Mennonite Church, Grunthal, with interment at Grunthal Cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.


After a lengthy battle with heart disease, Abe Bestvater passed away at Bethesda Hospital on Sept. 21, with his loving family at his side.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Brigitte; his sons, Stacy and Steve (wife Ginette and granddaughter Mia); his sister, Helen Peters; and brothers, Henry (Mary), Jake (Mary), John (Shirley); and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Abram and Margareta Bestvater; sister Tina Bestvater; brother-in-law Henry Peters; and sister-in-law Helen Bestvater.

Abe was born July 8, 1931 at Grandfather Martens' farm in Grunthal, Man. He received his schooling in Grunthal, and after grade 10 worked several years on the farm. He them moved to Winnipeg, Man., taking several jobs, including working at McLeod's and Eaton's. On the suggestion of his sister Helen, he attended Teacher's College in 1957-58, and started his teaching career at Elm Creek, Man.

Abe loved to learn and returned to Grace College of the Bible, graduating in 1961. That fall he took a teaching position in Niverville, Man., and in 1962 he transferred to Steinbach, Man., where he would spend the rest of his teaching career.

During the summer of 1961 Abe was a counselor at Red Rock Bible Camp. This began a 40-year involvement with Red Rock that included sitting on the camp Board of Directors.

Abe and Brigitte met several times, but their courtship started just after the blizzard of 1966. They were married Aug. 20, 1967. In 1969, they took a sabbatical where they attended Tabor College, both graduating in 1970. Their first son Steve was born in 1971, followed by Stace in 1973.

Abe loved to travel. In 1972, he took his young family on his first of nine trips to Alaska, helping at a mission. Other family trips included destinations such as Florida, Texas, Victoria, Kansas, and Chicago, all in his customized camper vans. Abe's hobbies included operating his ham and CB radios, electronic, automotive and clock repair, locksmithing, taxidermy, hunting, and farming. His family, friends and acquaintances benefited greatly from his gifted mind and skilled fingers. After retirement, Abe spent much of his time volunteering at the MCC self-help store, fixing everything from phones to clocks and toasters. Abe was a devoted and amazing father and husband, never losing sight of what was important for his family. We would like to thank the wonderful nursing staff and Dr. Thiessen at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach for their excellent care. A special thank you to all who supported the family in prayer. The funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Steinbach. Interment at Heritage Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Red Rock Bible Camp, 204 - 320 Main St., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Y6. Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.


Jacob Voth of Steinbach, Man., formerly of Winnipeg, Man. and British Columbia, passed away at Bethesda Hospital Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006 at the age of 80.

He is survived by his siblings: David of Steinbach, Olga Neufeld of Fresno, CA, Neta (David) Pauls of Abbotsford, B.C., Justina (Arthur) Dyck of Renton, WA, Cornelius (Helga) of Chilliwack, B.C., Harold (Joyce), Esther (Ian) Oliver of Parksville, B.C., Arnold (Sue) and Alvin. He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Sara Voth, and his brother Henry in 1989.

The funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 22 at the Mennonite Brethren Church in Steinbach, Man., with interment at Glen Eden Cemetery, Winnipeg, Man.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.


Ed B. Rempel of Steinbach, Man., formerly of Kola, Man., passed away peacefully of lymphoma at Bethesda Hospital Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 at the age of 69.

Ed was a laborer and carpenter by trade.

He is survived by his wife Agatha; son Bill (Lisa); daughters, Suzanna (David) Libby, Nettie (fiancÚ Thomas Ong), Mathilda (Werni) Kauenhowen; two granddaughters and two grandsons. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry D. and Annie Rempel of Rosenort, Man.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m., at the Steinbach Mennonite Church, with interment at Heritage Cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.

SALLY KOOP (nee Plett)
1916 - 2006

Monday, Oct. 2, 2006 at her residence, Sally Koop (nee Plett), aged 89 years, of Morden, Man., formerly of Nipawin, Sask., went to her eternal rest.

Mom will be deeply missed by our dad and her husband of almost 68 years, Henry; 13 children: Dan and Norma Koop and Dorothy and Isaac Brown of Morden; Roy and Diane Koop, Rachelle Koop and Priscilla and Mike Belosevic of Edmonton, Alta.; Gordon and Lois Koop of Nipawin, Sask.; Jerry and Lois Koop of Francois Lake, B.C.; Abe and Debbie Koop of Lima, Peru; Tim and Mabel Koop of Gig Harbor, Washington; Sandra and Gilles Bernier of Montreal, PQ; Susan and Gerry Dirks of Squamish, B.C.; Debbie and Einar Sandland, Eunice and Richard Emilson of Calgary, Alta.; as well as 30 grandchildren, plus their 17 spouses and 26 great-grandchildren, for a grand total family tree of 100.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, 11 a.m., at Morden E.M.M. Church, with Rev. Dan Koop and Rev. George Derksen officiating. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Sally's memory to Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada, 4316 10th St. NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6K3.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden, Man. in care of arrangements, 822-4755

1937- 2006

Peacefully, Sept. 28, 2006 at the age of 69 years, Gordon T. Plett went to be with his Lord and Savior. To the testimony of his faith he was baptized Aug. 12, 1951.

He is survived by Betty Wiebe of Steinbach, Man., Wilbert (Mabel) of Edson, Alta., Edwin (Esther) Plett of Steinbach, Henry (Helen) Plett of Calgary, Alta., Mary (Cornie) Thiessen of Hadashville, Man., Ken (Katie) Plett of Blumenort, Man., Cathy (Bob) Francois of Saskatoon, Sask., brother-in-law Dennis Horne of Shanovan, Sask., Amelia (Bill) Krasniuk of Steinbach, many nieces and nephews, and his companion Marina Plett-Lyle of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his parents, David R. and Katherine Plett, his sister Minna at infancy, brother David, sister Joyce Horne, and step-mom Gertrude.

Gordon loved the outdoors. In his growing up years he worked in a logging camp and went on to drive truck for C.T Loewens and Steinbach Hatchery. The last driving job he had was with Reimer Express, until he became sick due to Parkinson's.

Special thanks to his main caregiver, Marina, and to the seventh floor staff of the Deer Lodge Center in Winnipeg, Man.

Services were held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., with viewing at 1 p.m. Interment at Blumenort EMC Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 171 Donald St, Suite 302, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 1M4.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 1-204-346-1030.


Our papa, husband, son, brother, and friend, Kenneth Frank Kehler, died Sept. 20, 2006 at the Riverview Health Center in Winnipeg after a short intense battle with cancer. He will be missed by his wife Kate; his two daughters, Maeve and Cedey; his parents, Abe and Agnes Kehler; his five sisters (Laura, Mary, Kathy, Carol, Joyce); and two brothers (Al, Walter); and their families, and his many friends.

Ken was born June 27, 1963 in Steinbach, Man. He completed elementary and secondary school in the Steinbach area, and graduated from law school at the University of Manitoba. His legal career included private and public practice, working in Ottawa, Thompson, Iqaluit, and Winnipeg. In 1999, he married Kate Van Doninck, and they became the devoted parents of two daughters. In 2003, he and his family returned to Winnipeg so that his children would grow up with their grandparents and extended family. Ken and Kate participated in Hope Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, Man.

Ken combined a keen intellect with incisive perspectives and a sensitive spirit; he loved people, enjoyed entertaining, and built community wherever he lived. While accomplished in his profession and recognized as a courageous and innovative leader, his biggest joy was his family, especially his two daughters and his wife. He delighted in the wisdom and goodness of his parents.

A service of remembering and celebration for Ken Kehler was held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 at First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, with family, friends, and colleagues attending. He was loved, and will be deeply missed.

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