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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 102

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 10:59 p.m.


Peacefully, Oct. 2, 2006 at the Emerson Personal Care Home, at the age of 93, Mike Stefiuk flew on the wings of his daughter Joyce Keller and son Ed Stefiuk with God's guidance into his eternal home. Mike was born in Caliento, Man. on Feb. 26, 1913.

He is survived by his wife Anne and daughter Karen (Steve) Hopkins; six grandchildren, Monty (Lee) Keller, Pam (Tony) Boutet, Michael Keller, Chad Stefiuk, Elyscia (Josh) Doyle, Christopher Hopkins, and Chelsey Hopkins; six great-grandchildren, Dylan and Nevin Keller, Troy and Tyson Boutet, and Kylie and Alexandra Doyle; son-in-law Bruce Keller and daughter-in-law Chris Stefiuk; plus numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and great-cousins, and so very many dear friends.

Mike was predeceased by his son Ed Stefiuk, daughter Joyce Keller, brother Fred Stefiuk, sister Helen Sportak, and sister Sonia Lewitski.

Mike, with his wife Anne, moved to Dominion City, Man. in 1940, one year after they were married. He bought a piece of land just northeast of town. Mike delivered milk, cream, and butter to the local people in town for about four years on horse and buggy. They survived the 1950 flood, but their house did not, so Mike and a few close friends built on higher ground.

A few years later, Mike started up a prosperous farm implement dealership called M.S. Sales and Service. He ran that for 10 years until he retired.

After retirement, Mike donated many hours and devotion in generating the development of the Gardenton Ukrainian Museum along with President Linda Shewchuk. Together they developed the Ukrainian Festival as it is today. Mike was very proud of his heritage and the museum for what they made of it and for what it stands for.

He also was asked by the Manitoba Museum to "stook" some sheaves for their display, as he was the only one who knew how to do it like they did in the old times. The display still stands to this day along with pictures of him.

Everyone will remember Mike as having a very courteous smile, a nice word, and his very famous jokes.

You will be missed by all you have touched....until we meet again.

Your Loving Family

Cremation has taken place. The funeral service will be held at the Dominion City United Church, Friday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.

If friends so desire, donations in Mike's memory may be made to the Dominion City United Church Memorial Fund.

Arrangements by Morris Funeral Home, 746-2451, toll free 1-866-746-2451.

July 29, 1920 - Sept. 27, 2006

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, who passed away peacefully, with loving family by her side, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, Man. She was 86 years of age.

Mom was predeceased by her parents, Abram W. and Anna Dueck; sister Justina; brother Abram; and brother Abram in infancy. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Wilhelm U. Dueck in 1979, and her second husband, David P. Reimer in 2004. She is survived by her children, John (Helen), Abe (Helen), Ann (Ed), Minna (Abe), Bill (Karen), Verna (Glen), Martha (Rod), Adeline (Eldon), Albert (Debbie), Leonard (Darlene); and 13 stepchildren. She was also a proud and loving grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Mom made a decision to walk with the Lord. She stayed steadfast in her faith. She was a prayer warrior for herself and her family. Mom devoted her love to her family and worked hard on the family farm alongside her husband. After her first husband passed away in 1979 she sold the farm and moved to Steinbach in 1983. She was alone for many years before she remarried in 1996. After the passing of her second husband, Mom's lengthy illness became a burden, almost too heavy for her to bear, but her strong faith and family's encouragement gave her the hope and strength she needed to finish her journey. She grew so weary and yearned to go home for so long. God finally sent an angel to take her home. We live in confidence that God has welcomed her as one of his own.

Her celebration of life was held Monday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m., at Ridgewood EMC church in Giroux, Man. Mom was laid to rest at the Rosengard cemetery.

Mom entered into eternity Sept. 27, 2006, 27 years after the passing of her first husband Wilhelm Dueck, who died Sept. 28, 1979. Her celebration of life was Oct. 2, 2006 and his was Oct. 3, 1979.

The family would like to thank the wonderful homecare staff at Fernwood for loving and caring for our mother, Dr. Fournier, Dr. Duval, nurses, chaplains and staff at Ste. Anne Hospital for their excellent care, compassion and support. The family would also like to thank Dr. Krahn, nurses, chaplains and staff at Rest Haven Nursing Home, where Mom resided at the time of her death, for their care, support and compassion.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man., 326-1351


Bruce passed away Oct. 2, 2006, in Winnipeg, Man., at the age of 38. He is survived by his parents, Ben and Mary; one brother, Gordon (Shari); one sister, Debra; three nephews, Jessey, Dyton, and Drake; one niece, Danielle; and will be sadly missed by Angel.

Bruce was born Feb. 28, 1968 in Winnipeg, and lived most of his life in Niverville, Man. He was the owner of Voth Ventures and co-owner of Bruce's Station in Selkirk. He also worked security at the MTS Centre.

Viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 6 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man., at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m., with coffee to follow. The funeral service will be held at the Word of Life Church, 233 3rd Street S, Niverville, Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at the Silberfeld CMC Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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

ALVINA HOLME (nee Freund)

Oct. 10, 2006, at the age of 92, our mom passed away peacefully at the Grunthal Menno Home, with her family at her bedside.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy, Phyllis, Norman (June), Gladys (Lawrence) Whetstone, Jeff (Rose); 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her siblings, Adele, Roy (Adlaide) and Eddie; and sisters-in-law, Rose Freund and Helen Freund. Mom was predeceased by her husband Alexander in 1981; parents Adolph and Julianna Freund; her brothers, Gottlieb, Gustava, Adolph, William, Leonard and Manuel died as an infant; sisters Julianna, Milena, and Linda; sons-in-law, Ernest Steffan, Orest Chornoboy, Paul Wyraha; and her great-grandchild, Bailey Chornoboy.

Mom was a kind and caring person. She was always there if you needed help; always there for us if we needed a babysitter.

We'll miss her dearly, but know she is now in a better place.

A special thanks to the Menno Home staff for the wonderful care they gave our mother.

Viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 13, at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 465 Henry Street, Steinbach, Man., at 2 p.m. Interment will take place at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

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

KSENIA KIZIUK (Sonia) (nee Jaworiska)

It is with great sadness we mourn the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Sonia Kiziuk, age 84, at the St. Pierre Nursing Home, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006.

Sonia was born March 2, 1922 in Vishenka, Ukraine to Tekla and Mikita Jaworiski . She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Peter, sisters Maria and Julia, and two siblings in infancy, as well as her husband William.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Donna (Aaron) Redekop; her three grandchildren, David (Jennifer), Robert (Darlene), and Kathryn (Bryan) Payne; two great-grandchildren, Connor Bryce Redekop and Samuel Aaron Joseph Payne.

Mom (grandma) immigrated to Canada from Germany with her daughter Donna in November, 1949. She married William Kiziuk on April 15, 1950 and they lived in Arnaud, Man. until her husband passed away in November 1975 of cancer.

Mom (grandma) had a long and eventful life and survived the war in Germany, working as a laborer on a farm in Wasseralfingen. She was removed from her home in the Ukraine at the age of 18 by the German army and sent to Germany, never to see her family again. After the war friends wrote to Canada about her and her small daughter. This led to her writing to her future husband William, who brought her to Canada. In later years she was able to locate her family through the Red Cross and wrote to her mother and sisters for several years. Sonia went to work as a housekeeper in Winnipeg, Man. after the death of her husband. She worked until her health forced her to retire and move to Niverville, Man. to be close to her daughter. Her grandchildren will always remember her stories about all her experiences and great love and respect for her family.

Sonia's greatest surprise was to live past 80 and she thought this was a huge milestone for her. Another joy for her was to have her two great-grandsons visit her and explore her apartment.

She was baptized at Calvary Temple and rejoiced about her Christian faith and her love for her Lord until her death. We would find grandma most days napping in her favorite chair in her apartment and whenever we would wake her she would usually respond with, "I wasn't sleeping, only resting my eyes." Now we will respond to her, "Grandma, you can rest your eyes until we all meet again".

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Society in her memory or a charity of your choice. Interment will be held in the Arnaud Cemetery Oct. 12 at 10 a.m., followed by a service at the Word of Life Church in Niverville at 2 p.m.

Many thanks to the staff of the St. Pierre Nursing Home for all their care.

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


Peacefully, Oct. 4, 2006, Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma passed away in the Cardiac Care Unit at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 91 years.

Mom was predeceased by her husband, Klaas P. Unger; a daughter in infancy; daughter Bernice Wiebe; son-in-law Ed Wiebe; one great-grandson; three brothers and one sister.

She leaves to mourn her passing, four sons: Don and Gloria and their children Scott Unger and Candice Rosa, Rob and Shaylene Unger and their children Emily, James and Mersadie; John and Elfrieda and their children Brad and Korine Unger and their children Elijah and Emma, and Lauren Unger; Allen and Lorraine Unger and their children Shannon and Nathan Simpson and their son Dominic, Matthew and Kathy Unger, and Rachel Unger; Earl and Caroline and their children Andrew and Erin Unger, and Colin Unger; and grandchildren Darian and Helen Wiebe and their children Blake and Erica, Riley and Carolyn Wiebe and their children Courtney, Korey and Brett, and Carmelle and Greg Recksiedler and their children Shane, Tiffany and Cole. Also remembering Mom are Eleanor Wiebe and her children, Jared and Terri Wiebe and their children Justin and Brooklyn, and Jason Wiebe and his daughter Vienna; four sisters and three brothers.

Mom was born May 4, 1915 to John and Maria Reimer and lived most of her life in the Steinbach, Man. area, living for a short time near Roblin, Man. and Swift Current, Sask. She married Klaas P. Unger on June 21, 1936. She spent many hours ministering with him as he sang and preached in various places. Mom spent her years since Dad's death in the Woodhaven Apartments. She had many friends there, including her sister Margaret. She enjoyed the activities at the home, as well as doing puzzles, word searches, crocheting, and knitting.

Mom will be remembered by us all as a gentle, soft-spoken woman. She loved her family and always had a special gift and a bowl of zurah komst borscht for each one of the family at Christmas. Mom delighted in visits from her family.

Mom accepted Jesus as her Saviour and was baptized at the age of 16 years at the EMC Church in Steinbach. Her faith was a true example to us all. She prayed daily, by name, for each child, grandchild and great-grandchild. Whenever there was a need or a decision to be made, Mom would pray! We have truly lost a great prayer warrior!

We wish to thank Dr. Grobler and all the medical staff for the excellent care that Mom received.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, 2 p.m., at the Steinbach Funeral Home. Viewing took place Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, 7 p.m., at the Woodhaven Apartments in the multi-purpose room.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man., 326-1351


John P. Loewen was born Jan. 14, 1921 in Blumenort, Man., to Isaac and Maria Loewen. He was the second child of a family of seven.

He married Helen Friesen of Greenland, Man., Oct. 9, 1949. Five sons and three daughters were born to Mom and Dad. One daughter, Florence, was abruptly taken from them through a farming accident on their yard in 1955.

Dad and Mom built their first house on the farm where he grew up and a few years later he started his own homestead half a mile down the road. Eleven years ago they moved off the farmstead and moved into Blumenort, Man. They built their retirement home with room to host many a family and friend. This past January they left this place to move into Oakview Manor, Blumenort.

Dad trusted the Lord Jesus for his salvation at age 16 and was baptized at age 18. When the Lord called him into the ministry, he slowly gave up his farming interest. He became a deacon in the Blumenort EMC in 1954. Then a year later he was ordained as a minister. In 1958 Mom and Dad went to Mexico for a one-year mission assignment. At age 42 he became the pastor of the Blumenort EMC and served the Lord as pastor for 23 years, from 1962 to 1985. They moved to Aylmer, Ont. in 1986 to1988 to pastor the Mount Salem church.

He served on the EMC mission board for more than 20 years and this took him to Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Germany on several occasions.

For the last six years he endured the crippling effects of Parkinson's Disease and in the last year suffered congestive heart failure and a lung condition. Oct. 4 at 12:40 p.m. he finished his race and crossed the finish line.

We would like to thank Dr. Kaethler and Dr. Krahn, the home care staff and the medical staff of Bethesda for their care of our dear father.

He leaves to mourn his passing and to carry on his legacy of faith: his loving wife Helen, son John and Maria of Stratton, Ont., son Arley and Janice of Afghanistan, daughter Marian and Peter Redekopp of Crystal City, Man., son Cliff and Pauline of Blumenort, daughter Junia of Winnipeg, Man., son Glenn and Mary of Portage, Man., and son Dale and Corie of Steinbach, Man.; and 21 grandchildren.

He also leaves to mourn his passing, one brother, Dick and Tina Loewen of Blumenort, sister-in-law Gertie Loewen of Blumenort, and two sisters, Elizabeth and Menno Dueck of Mexico and Tina and Elmer Plett of Mexico.

The funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m., at the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church, with interment at the Blumenort EMC Cemetery. Donations in memory of John may be made to EMC Missions or Pamir Productions (Ministry in Afghanistan).

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


The family wishes to announce that Bill passed to his eternal home Oct. 8, 2006 at the age of 51. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Darlene; daughters, Melanie and Ashley; sister Kathy and Bob Harris of Winnipeg, Man.; brother Laurence and Pearl, (Laura and Sarah) of Elma, Man.; father-in-law Lawrence and mother-in-law Muriel Durston of Dauphin, Man.; sister-in-law Judy and Derek Timm (Cory and Christa) of Dauphin; as well as many relatives and friends. Bill was predeceased by his parents.

Bill was born in Altona, Man., Feb. 13, 1955, to Katherine and Arthur Knutson of Dominion City, Man. He moved to Overstoneville, Man. and later to Winnipeg. Bill was employed by Winnipeg Transit since 1987. In 1980 he married Darlene Durston. They moved to Oakbank, Man. in 1983 where they raised their family.

Bill was a dedicated man who believed in God. His travels took him to Texas, Thunder Bay, B.C. and Alberta, as well as many other places. He enjoyed collecting stamps and working on his old truck.

"For by grace we have been saved through faith - not of works." Eph. 2:8-9

The family would like to give special thanks to Pastor Norm Neufeld, church members at Willowdale Fellowship, doctors, nurses, staff, and home care workers who helped during this time.

Memorial service was held Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, 2 p.m., at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg. Viewing was held Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006 from 3 to 4 p.m., at Friends Funeral Service. Interment at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin.

Arrangements entrusted to Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, Man., 339-5555

June 8, 1910 - Oct. 7, 2006

Peacefully Mary passed away Oct. 7, 2006 at the Vita Personal Care Home at the age of 96 years.

Mary is survived by one daughter and two sons: Morris (Phyllis) Sokoliwsky, Diane Roy and Bill (Eva-Lynne) Sokoliwsky; and many grandchildren.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, John Sokoliwsky, May 23, 2005; two daughters: Stella Murillo and Ann Horbul; three sons-in-law: Bill Horbul, Roger Roy and Alex Lakusta; and three grandchildren.

Mary was always involved with the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Tolstoi, Man.

The funeral service for Mary Sokoliwsky was held Thursday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m., at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Tolstoi. Prayers were held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Steinbach Funeral Home in Steinbach, Man.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Vita Personal Care Home.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man., 326-1351

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