"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elsie Schultz, beloved sister, aunt, great-aunt, and friend on Oct. 16, 2006 at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man. Elsie is predeceased by her parents, David and Susanna Schultz; her brother-in-law Jacob Loewen; and her nephew Leonard Funk. She will be lovingly remembered by her sisters, Susie, Rosie (Corny), Verna; her brother Elmer (Edna); her nieces and nephews, Gloria (Paul), Kelly, Clarence (Hilda), Delma (Edwin), Randy (Carlanna), Jennifer (Larry), Delbert (Linda), Russ (Rocio), Brenda (Robert), Dallas (Monica), their families as well as many friends.
Elsie was born in Chihuahua, Mexico May 9, 1931. She attended school there and learned to speak Spanish and cook Mexican food. Elsie moved with her family to Kleefeld, Man. in 1951 and was baptized in 1953 in the CMC Church in Grunthal. She worked on the family farm and took care of her father and mother until they passed away in 1987 and 1995 respectively. She was a hard worker with a wonderful sense of humour who enabled her parents to continue to live a happy life on the farm close to their children, grandchildren and animals. She moved to Steinbach in 1995 and soon started to volunteer at the MCC Thrift Store, something she enjoyed very much and where she made many friends.
Although we will miss her always, we know that Elsie has gone to be with her Lord in Heaven where He was waiting for her with outstretched arms. She had lived her life with humility and grace and dedicated it to the service of others while always keeping her foremost focus on Him. She truly loved others unconditionally without judgment or blame and this love and acceptance was felt by all who knew her. Everyone knew that they would always be welcome with open arms and a friendly smile and she made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the world.
Elsie was a great cook and together with Auntie Susie always made everyone's favourite dishes when they came over to their house, ranging from traditional Mennonite food to Mexican dishes like enchiladas and frijoles. She was also a talented gardener, growing beautiful flowers and vegetables in their garden. Elsie also had a great compassion for all animals, from cows to cats to birds, always going to great lengths for their care and well-being. This compassion was evident in how she looked after the two cockatiel birds that she shared with Auntie Susie as well as how she took care of wild cats that needed some help to get through the winter.
Funeral services will be held for Elsie on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, 1 p.m., at the New Bothwell Sommerfeld Church in New Bothwell, Man., with interment to follow immediately after the service. The funeral service will be officiated by Reverend Henry Friesen. A viewing will be held on Thursday Oct. 19, 2006, 7 p.m., at the Steinbach Funeral Home and will be officiated by Reverends John Penner and Peter Harms.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mission to Children or MCC.
Elsie's family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Krahn and all of the nurses who made Elsie's final days as comfortable as possible.
"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." (Isaiah 41:13)
Nos Vemos in Heaven, Liebe Tia.
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home 5 Chrysler Gate, steinbach, mb, 326-1351
Friday, Oct. 13, 2006 our mom, grandma and great-grandma, Susie Martens went to be with her Lord.
Mom was predeceased by her first husband, Peter W. Martin, in May of 1985, and her second husband, Peter T. Martens in December 2000. She was also predeceased by her parents, Abram K. and Helena Loewen, one brother, one sister and twin brothers in infancy.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Richard (Marilyn) Martin, Dennis (Hilda) Martin, Luella (Reg) Reimer, Bruce (Valerie) Martin and Patricia (Farrel) Reimer; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mom was born Dec. 30, 1918, the second of six children. She was baptized on confession of her faith in July 1939, in Rosenhof. She married Peter W. Martin on Oct. 25, 1942.
Mom married Peter T. Martens in November 1986. After his passing, Mom's memory deteriorated to the point of being admitted to the Rest Haven Nursing Home, where she lived until her passing.
Mom will be remembered for many things. Among them are her love of flowers and singing, the pride she took in her baking, her love of our children, but by far the most we will remember her sense of humor. She loved to laugh and always had a twinkle in her eye.
Our deepest thanks to the staff at Rest Haven for your loving care of Mom.
The funeral was held Wednesday Oct. 18 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach with interment at the Rosenort EMC Cemetery.
We will miss you Mom and we look forward to seeing you again. The family.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
LYDIA HIEBERT HARMS
Lydia Hiebert Harms, a resident of Dallas, OR died Friday, Sept. 29 in Salem Hospital due to a stroke. Lydia was born on July 31, 1921 in Delmany, Sask., the daughter of David and Sarah Friesen Hiebert. Lydia worked as a housekeeper for Jim Sinclairs in Winnipeg, Man., enjoying their friendship for 50 years. She earned a practical nursing degree in Steinbach, Man. In her adulthood, she lived in Fresno, CA, Hawaii, Manitoba, British Columbia and Oregon. She did housekeeping and catering in Fresno. She loved to travel and drive, taking her to mainland USA, Alaska, and Canada. She loved to cook and entertain in her home. She was a member of the Evangelical Bible Church. Her Christian outreach included churches rolling bandages, Child Evangelism, Rest Home visits, Fresno Rescue Mission, Fresno Evangel Home and singing in various church choirs.
She is survived by her daughter Sandy and her husband Ron of San Jose, CA; sister Mary Hiebert; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Lydia was preceded in death by four husbands, Peter Dueck, Neal Fast, Bill Hiebert, and Paul Harms.
Services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas. Visitation was held Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Memorials may be made to the Church Memorial Fund. To leave an online condolence go to www.dallastribute.co.
JAMES ROBERT TOUGH
"I am fearfully and wonderfully made; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!" Excerpt from Psalm 139.
Jim was born Sept. 16, 1944 in Vancouver to Bob and Margaret Tough. He died very unexpectedly, yet peacefully, at home on Oct. 10, 2006 at the age of 63.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Kiersten and his son Rob, both of Halifax, NS, daughter Rayne (Tony) Wiens of Pansy, Man, and son Clint; his parents Bob and Margaret Tough of Kelowna, BC and one brother David of Prince Rupert, BC. He was predeceased by his brother Ron.
Dad's childhood was a happy one, in spite of the fact that he sometimes had a rough time because of his allergies. His Mom wisely made him a banana cone instead of the ice cream when he and his friends celebrated. She always said he was an easy baby and a pleasure to raise. He had many good memories from his childhood years.
At 18, Dad joined the navy with the goal of becoming a pilot and that is exactly what happened. In fact, career-wise, whatever he set his mind to do, he made a success of. His coworkers loved him. He had a good sense of humor. He remained faithfully in the service of the navy for thirty some years. When he needed a change, he went first to the electrical field and later became a draftsman. His last five years, he was at C.T. Loewen and loved the challenge; not only the job (architecturally) but the people as well. He will be sorely missed there.
A real highlight in Dad's life was when he got to understand the message of Jesus Christ, accepted Christ personally and was baptized upon his faith at Pansy Chapel. Although later, being the deep thinker that he was, he sometimes really struggled with various questions, but one thing remained clear to him always, Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. He rejoiced in that and he lived it in his daily life.
A memorial service for Jim was held Friday, Oct. 13 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel with ash interment to take place at a later date.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
GILBERT (GIL) PATTYN
April 16, 1938 - October 14, 2006
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Gilbert (Gil) Pattyn on Oct. 14 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 68 years.
Gil is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mimi. He will be sadly missed by his children, Robert (Suzanne), Michel (Denise), Carole (Guy). He also leaves his grandchildren, Jules, Andrée, Eric, Stéphane, Yvan, Aimée and Demi. He is also survived by his sisters, Yvette Charrière (Paul), Gisele Jubinville (Gene) and his brother Denis (Claudette) and his numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews. We'd also like to include Gil's very special friends Maurice and Linda Laramée.
Gil was predeceased by his parents David and Evangéline Pattyn and sister Anne-Marie.
Gil was a very hard working individual, self-employed for 46 years. He was well known for his willingness to serve the community. Although, what was most dear to his heart was spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
Gil / Dad / Pépère a piece of you lives on in all of us and you will be remembered for all you were, and all you did - "you are our favorite"!!
Prayer service and viewing were held at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the Ste. Anne Roman Catholic Church in Ste. Anne, Man. There will be a PowerPoint presentation at 1:15 p.m. prior to the funeral service for Gil which will be held at the Ste. Anne Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. The service will terminate at the church. Cremation to follow.
Special thank-you to a very close friend Dr. Gobeil and the palliative care team, especially Hervé Soulard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ste. Anne Hospital Fund Inc., 52 St-Gerard Street, Ste. Anne, MB, R5H 1C4.
"Ce n'est qu'un aurevoir, nous t'aimons beaucoup cher Dad!"
The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949.
Our mother was born to Martin A. and Aganetha Hiebert on November 6, 1924 in the RM of Hanover, in Manitoba, Canada.
Mom's parents moved their family to Chaco, Paraguay when she was about two years old, where she spent her formative years. As a young adult, she was baptized upon the confession of her faith in May of 1944 by Bishop Martin C. Friesen.
August 29, 1946, she married our Dad, Jacob U. Ginter. This union was blessed with five sons and seven daughters. In their early life together, they moved to various communities in the search of the best way to provide for their family. These moves brought with them many struggles and hardships, such as the loss of their oldest daughter in infancy, the need to care for a physically challenged daughter, who died at the age of 16, poverty, and Dad being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, just to name a few.
July 26, 1969, Mom and Dad finally managed to come back to their homeland of Canada with ten of their twelve children. They settled down in Steinbach, MB, where Mom proceeded to learn a whole new way of life. Having been accustomed to working very hard in the harsh climate of Paraguay, she, nevertheless, had a lot of adjustments to make.
The extreme differences in weather, culture and lifestyle from Paraguay to Canada were at times difficult. Mom's strong faith, will, and determination were fundamental in her finding ways to overcome these differences. She always found new and creative ways to take care of her family and do things she loved so much.
Her love for cooking, making a large garden, fall canning, and sewing gave her much joy and fulfillment as long as her health allowed. The way Mom shared these things with others, especially her children and grandchildren, showed us the kindness and generosity of her heart.
Sunday, October 22, 2006, the Lord saw fit to answer Mom's prayers and longings to go home. We as a family were blessed to see her so at peace and were able to support her in song and prayers as she fell asleep to awaken in God's glory.
She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons; Ben (Marian) of Mitchell, Man. and John of Winnipeg; five daughters: Neta (Abe) Reimer of Steinbach, Susie Ginter of Gretna, Eva Werner-Stern, Esther Penner of Winnipeg, Frieda (Jake) Unrau of Steinbach, twenty one grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by one brother, Peter (Maria) Hiebert of Winnipeg; three sisters: Aganetha (Henry) Wiebe of Steinbach, Eva Wiebe of Steinbach, Elizabeth (Peter) Wiebe of Bolivia, SA and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob U. Unger, three sons: Dave, Wilhelm (Bill) and Martin; two daughters: Anna and Maria; one grandson, Garry, and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents: Martin A. and Aganetha Hiebert, one brother and five sisters.
During the last few years, Mom's healthcare needs greatly increased and she required much medical care. We wish to sincerely thank the Homecare staff; doctors and staff at Steinbach Bethesda and St Pierre Hospitals, Rest Haven Personal Care Home, and Bethesda Place for the loving and kind-hearted care they provided. We remember Dr. Wilfred Kaithler with special gratitude for his compassionate care for our Mother. His attention to her medical, emotional and spiritual needs have strengthened and encouraged her many times.
We also wish to thank Todd Harder and his staff at Birchwood Funeral Chapel for the personal and professional care.
A public viewing will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, at 7 p.m. with a devotional at 7:30 pm. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 27, at 2 pm at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, 479 Hanover Street, Steinbach, with interment at the Rosengard Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Bethesda Place, Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A3.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel Steinbach & Winnipeg, MB
ANTON (TONY) HOVORKA
It is with great sadness that the family of Anton Hovorka announces his passing Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006 at La Verendrye General Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont., at the age of 94.
Anton was born on May 19, 1912 in Mahnomen, Minn. to Anton and Marie Hovorka. In 1943 Anton and his wife Rosie (nee Klapka) and their three children moved to Rainy River, Ont. Over the years he operated numerous businesses including, hauling pulpwood, taxi service, school bus route and a grocery store and barber shop. In later years Anton operated a mail route to the Harris Hill area. Anton later married Margaret (nee Paulson) Antonson, who predeceased him in 1992.
Lovingly remembered by daughter Christine Green of International Falls, Minn.; Sylvia Shannon of Renfrew, Ont.; and son Robert Hovorka of Rainy River, Ont. Sadly missed by grandchildren Danny La Pierre (Bonny), Gregory Green (Rhonda), Cindy Lopez, Debby (Shannon), Jerry Jr. and Brett Shannon and many great-grandchildren.
Also survived by brother Joseph (Lillian) Hovorka of Vassar, Man.; stepdaughter Irene (Mike) Baranowski of Nestor Falls, Ont., and many nieces and nephews.
Anton was also predeceased by sister Annie Szeliga, brother Frank Hovorka, and stepdaughter Alice Bernst.
Funeral service was held Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, 1 p.m. at the Knox United Church, Rainy River. Visitation was held two hours prior to service. Rev. Frances Flook officiating. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Rainy River.
If desired, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
YVONNE MARIE AUDETTE (nee Proulx)
Peacefully on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006 at home with her husband and children by her side, Yvonne completed her journey to Heaven.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband (Hunk) of 49 years, Marcel. She will be deeply missed by her children Ralph, Brenda, Raymond (Darlene), Reynald (Judy), Donna (Roger). Her memory will live forever in the hearts of the grandchildren, Danielle, André, J. R. (Patty), Rachelle (Mark), Chrissie, Tom, Vanica, Michael, Katelyn Rae, Richard, Rayanne and her two great-grandsons Merrick and Tristen. She leaves behind her beloved brothers and sisters Aurore (Marcel), Oram (Verna), Aurele (Marie Anna), Emile (Emma), Norm (Mary), Roger (Denise), Rene (Dea), Rhea (Len), Evelyn (Flo), Paul JR and many nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her son Randy, her parents Paul and Diana Proulx, her brother Horace (Anette) Proulx, her mother and father-in-law Dedace and Cecile Audette.
Yvonne was born on March 16, 1940 in a small community near Ste. Anne, Man., called La Coulee. She was one of 12 children and loved to share fond memories of her childhood adventures with her grandchildren.
She met Marcel, the love of her life, and they married in 1958. Their marriage was a beautiful example of love, faith and commitment.
Mom loved the simple pleasures of life. She enjoyed her log home and nature trail rides, bonfires with her friends and family. She created a happy loving home filled with lots of warmth, laughter and delicious home cooked meals at our family gatherings. Mom was a strong intelligent and compassionate woman. Family was the most important aspect in her life and she unconditionally loved and supported all of us.
Mom's strong faith gave her the inner strength to face many of life's challenges with dignity ad grace.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Roman Catholic Church in Ste. Anne.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. J. Minnaar, Dr. D. Reimer and palliative care nurses Debbie Krahn and Anne Plett; our home care nurses and aides Guylaine, Yvonne, Clara, Elaine and Pat. Your care giving was greatly appreciated.
Special thanks to relatives and friends whose visits, prayers, love and caring helped to make Mom's last journey a peaceful one.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030
JOHN G. FRIESEN
John G. Friesen, aged 64, of Steinbach, Man., passed away suddenly on Oct. 21, 2006, at his home.
He is survived by Eleanor Rempel, and our mother Elizabeth Friesen, son Peter and Michelle, (Dorian and Jeremy); daughter Wendy and Gilles LeBrun, (Damian, Joey, and Daniel); daughter Shirley and Ray Lajenesse, (Nicole, Janelle, and Kyle); son Bob and Gail, (Madison, Tracy and Bobby), son Chris and Jenn, (Rayden); and son Mike and Michelle, (Ethan); His brothers Abram, Martin, Jacob, William, and Peter; his sisters Anna, Lisa and Trudy, and all of their families. He was predeceased by his parents Martin and Elisabeth, and sisters Tina, Maria, and Helena.
Viewing was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., with a devotional to following at 7:30 p.m., and at the church prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, 479 Hanover St, Steinbach on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. with interment at the Rosengard Cemetery.
If friends so desire donations may be made to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030