FRANK C.L. FRIESEN
1917 - 2005
Dad was born Sept. 9, 1917 in Rosenhoff, near Morris, Man. He grew up on the farm with his mother and father, eight siblings, four stepsisters, and four stepbrothers. His mother died when he was nine years old.
As a young boy, Dad worked very hard on the farm. Prior to venturing out on his own, he gained valuable farming experience by working as a farm hand. The church played a very important role in Dad's life. He was baptized Sept. 29, 1935 at the age of 18 years, and became a member of the Rosenort Kleine Gemeinde. During World War II Dad served as a Conscientious Objector, working at a pulp and paper mill in Amesdale, Ont.
April 17, 1944 Dad married our mom, Lena Brandt, in the Rosenort EMC. They started their married life on a small mixed farm. Dad usually worked a second job, including the Morris Steel and Iron Company, Manitoba Sugar, and he also drove the school van for many years. Besides work, the family has pleasant memories of play, enjoying baseball, croquet, and "Knipse Brat", and camping trips to places like Clear Lake.
After many years of farming, Dad and Mom retired to Rosenort. As physical mobility became an issue, they moved to the Rose Bay apartments. Just over two years ago Dad made the very difficult move to the Red River Valley Lodge in Morris. In spite of his loneliness, Dad was extremely grateful for the exceptional love and care he received from the staff at the Lodge.
Dad's resiliency and lack of complaining in spite of his physical limitations will be something that the family will remember a long time. His positive attitude was definitely a real inspiration to those who knew him. He passed away at the Lodge, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005.
Left to mourn his passing are his beloved wife Lena; his children, Henry and Angelè, Elmer and Julie, Mary and Mel Friesen, Norma and Roger Bartsch, Lydia and Jeff Friesen Rempel, Alvina and Wes Friesen, Luella and Chuck Brandt, Rose and Colin Reimer, and Ron and Eleanor; daughter-in-law Hendrika (Alex Webster); and 20 grandchildren and their families. He was predeceased by his son Levi in 1987.
If friends so desire, donations in Dad's memory may be made to EMC Missions.
The funeral service was held at the Rosenort Evangelical Mennonite Church, Saturday, Feb. 19. The funeral arrangements were under the care of Morris Funeral Home.
LILLIAN OLSON (nee Yaschuk)
July 29, 1919 - Feb. 22, 2005
Lil passed away peacefully at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man. She was predeceased by her husband Algot in 1993; her son Allan in 1985; and her brothers, Nick and Stanley.
Lil will be missed and her memory cherished by her daughter Linda and her husband Laurence Friesen, and two grandsons, Kevin and Melissa Friesen (and great-granddaughter Tanya) of Steinbach, Man., and Todd and Ruth Friesen of Regina, Sask. Also mourning her loss are her sisters: Annie Biolous of Vancouver, B.C. and Mary Borsuk of Moose Jaw, Sask.; brother Bill Koslowski of Moose Jaw; sister-in-law Dora Yaschuk of Moose Jaw; brother-in-law Lorne Dennison of Regina, Sask.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Lil was born near Congress, Sask., July 29, 1919 to William and Mary Yaschuk. In 1941 she married Algot Olson and moved to Assiniboia, Sask., where she resided until 1996, when she moved to Steinbach to be near daughter Linda.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 465 Henry St., Steinbach, Man. Viewing at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 1080 Kingsbury Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R2P 1W5.
The family wishes to express their thanks to Drs. Reimer, Garba and Horne, the Home Care workers and the nurses at Bethesda Hospital for her physical care.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
PETER F. SCHROEDER
Peacefully, Saturday morning, Feb. 19, at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, Man., Peter Schroeder passed away at the age of 76 years.
Peter was born March 9, 1928 to Abram and Maria (Funk) Schroeder in Randolph, Man. He was the youngest of eight sons. He was predeceased by his mother in 1951 and his father in 1960. He was the last surviving son and was predeceased by his brothers, George in 1971, Abram in 1998, Aron in 1990, Jacob in 1995, John in 2003, Henry in 1999, and Frank in 2003. Peter was also predeceased by his nephew, Harry Schroeder, in 1998 and by four sisters-in-law: Katharina (Loeppky) Schroeder in 1940, Anna (Friesen) Wiebe in 1985, Elisabeth (Wiebe) Schroeder in 1998, and Anna (Hiebert) Schroeder in 2005.
He is survived by one sister-in-law, Eva (Hildebrand) Schroeder, 21 nieces and nephews and their families, and also other relatives and friends.
Peter was raised in Randolph (Chortitz) on the family farm. He went to school in Randolph and was baptized in the Chortitzer Mennonite Church. After his parents passed away he remained on the family farm with his brothers, who were well known as the Schroeder Boys at the intersection of highways 52 and 206. As age and health concerns became apparent, the boys moved off the farm. Peter went to live with the Frank Harder family in Bristol. As Peter's health deteriorated he spent time in the Bethesda Hospital and eventually in the Rest Haven Nursing Home.
Peter was a unique individual and left an indelible mark on those who met him. He had a cunning sense of humor and could be very entertaining. He generally liked to stick to the background and simply passed the time listening to what others had to say. Peter was a master of the subtle joke and left a long-lasting and positive impression on the nieces and nephews. His memory will always be cherished.
The family would like to thank the Harder family for caring for Peter and are also grateful to the staff of the Rest Haven for their gentle and attentive care.
Services for Peter were held Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., at Steinbach Funeral Home, with interment at the Randolph Cemetery. Donations in Peter's memory may be made to the Rest Haven Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home Steinbach, Man.
NETTIE (ANGANETHA) BANMAN (nee Funk)
Peacefully, Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital, Nettie Banman passed away at the age of 85 years.
She will be sadly missed by one daughter, Linda (Eldon) Fuchs; grandchildren, Matt, Scott and Dolly (Rhea). Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Wieler of Steinbach, Man. and Tina (Bob) Penner of Winnipeg, Man., and many relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Peter K. Banman, Feb. 22, 2001; parents, Jacob and Agatha Funk; five brothers and two sisters.
Mom was born in the New Bothwell, Man. area Dec. 31, 1919. She was baptized upon confession of her faith May 12, 1940. Mom married Dad June 25, 1954 and together they farmed the homestead until their retirement, when they moved to Steinbach in 1986. In January of 2001 they moved to Fernwood, where Mom resided until her passing.
Mom will be most remembered for her generous heart, patience and love for her family. We will miss you.
Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Friday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, 479 Hanover, Steinbach, Man. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
Rudolph (Flint) Wiebe was the firstborn of Abram and Anna, who predeceased him in 1963 and 1998. Rudy was an older brother to 13 siblings. At the age of 61, Rudy died suddenly, painlessly, and peacefully on St. Valentine's Day at Glamorgan Care Centre in Calgary, Alta. At five minutes before noon Rudy had just finished a cup of coffee—one of his great pleasures in life—when he suddenly closed his eyes and rested in God's eternal care.
Rudy was an uncle to Tabetha and Bruce and Sydney; to Quentin and Robin and Christian Braveheart; to Nathan and Heather; to Vincent and Jaunita and Cedric and Lavinia; to David and Sharaya; to Sean and Joshua and Laura; to Amanda and Jackson; to Mellisa and Jessica; to Orion and Pollux and Castor and Cygnus.
Even in a wheelchair and in poor health, Rudy carried himself with a certain military air. He proudly recalled enlisting in the Canadian Forces as a young man. Rudy had a great and colourful collection of military books, and was particularly fascinated with the history of WWII. Rudy had a gentle spirit, and was slow to anger and swift to forgive. He was seldom irritated, and quick with a smile that was as broad as his heart. Rudy did not accumulate wealth or possessions. Instead, he hoarded the good will and love of family and friends. Rudy loved his hand rolled smokes and 7/11 coffee. And we 13 siblings loved our big brother: Anne, Susan, Irene, Abe, Clarence, Rosalind, LaVerna, Sharon, Ronald, Sylvia, Timothy, Mark, and Kevin. Rest in God's eternal love, Soldier. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart And Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 1825 - Park Rd. SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G 3Y6.
Heritage Family Funeral Services in care of arrangements.
Agnes Bartel was born to Jac and Margaret Barkman Penner in the Landmark, Man. area, Sept. 24, 1907, and peacefully passed on to her reward Jan. 4, 2004, reaching the age of 96 years. Mother married Ben Bartel on Dec. 18, 1927 and they spent 63 happy years together, till he predeceased her Oct. 6, 1990. She has since made her home in the Maplewood Manor, Steinbach, Man., where she was lovingly cared for in the full care department the last five years.
Mother's personality was shaped and tempered by the rigors of pioneer farm living through the depression years, bearing her 10 sons and daughters, and her faith in the Almighty God, whom she had accepted into her heart and life as a young girl. She was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, which faith she embraced to the end.
She left behind, daughters, Lorena (Levi Boese), Linden, Alta., Margaret (Melvin Warkentin), Ste. Anne, Man., Adeline (Dewayne Warkentin), Ste. Anne; sons, Gladwin (Audrey), Qualicum, B.C., Jake (Lorraine), Nanaimo, B.C., Eldon (Paulina), Benito, Man., Bert (Louise), White Rock, B.C., Fred (Gladys), Ste. Anne, Clifford (Vivian), Saltcoats, Sask., Larry (Connie), Norquay, Sask.; and 54 grandchildren, 145 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; four sisters; four brothers and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Ben; her mother and father; one daughter-in-law; four brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were held in Greenland Church, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004 at 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
MICHELE MARIE CASSON
Michele Marie Casson was born in Winnipeg, Man., Aug. 5, 1963. She died at St. Michael's Centre Hospice in Burnaby, B.C., Dec. 28, 2003, after a very difficult battle with cancer.
She was predeceased by her mother, Cecilia Maier, in July, 2003. She is survived by her father, Kenneth W. Casson of Parksville, B.C.; and her sister Suzanne Pottinger (Rob).
Michele endured her long illness with stoicism, dignity and determination. She will be remembered and missed by her many co-workers and friends, who will always consider her as "part of the team." Thank you to the compassionate professionals at the hospice for the care and consideration provided during the last month of her life.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, 11 a.m., in Tsawwassen United Church, 693 - 53rd Street, Delta, B.C. Should friends desire, donations in Michele's memory may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, 565 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 4J4.
Personal Alternative Funeral Services (604) 946-7759.
EDWARD H. REMPEL
Peacefully on Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, surrounded by his loving wife and family, Ed entered his eternal home.
Ed will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Helene (nee Kihn) of nearly 65 years, and his children: Evelyn (Henry) Harder of Mitchell, Man., Melvin (Johanna) Rempel of Red Deer, Alta., Lorraine (Gordon) Pachal of Steinbach, Man., Ruth (James) Ketler of Yellowknife, NWT, Randy (Carol) Rempel of Kleefeld, Man., and Don (friend Mariette Kirouac) of Marchand, Man.; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three brothers and seven sisters. He was predeceased by his parents, Otto and
Julianna Rempel, four brothers and one sister.
Ed was born in Hochstadt, Man. on March 31, 1914 and married Helene on June 1, 1939. He served on church council for many years and turned the first sod for the construction of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Steinbach, where he was a faithful member all his life. He was also president of Kleefeld Co-op for many years. His greatest joy came from watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow, and he was interested in any and all of their activities.
Ed had numerous jobs during their early married years, including cutting wood, custom baling, sheep shearing and gravel hauling. Ed and Helene farmed in the Kleefeld area for 47 years. In addition to their egg-laying operation, Mom and Dad spent countless hours tending to their well-manicured yard. The flowers and trees were greatly admired by all.
Dad was an avid reader and well-versed on the issues of the day. He loved hunting, fishing, boating, and camping with his family. Mom and Dad did a lot of travelling over the years, with destinations including California, Niagara Falls, B.C., and Hawaii. They retired to Steinbach in 1986, built a new home, and kept active by beautifying their yard. Dad enjoyed clearing snow for his many neighbors on their street.
Ed led a long, healthy and enjoyable life until April, 2003, at which time his mobility became limited due to a stroke. He cherished each and every visit while he was in the hospital.
We, the family, are truly thankful for the love, care and compassion given to Dad by Dr. Kaethler and the entire staff at Bethesda Place. A special thank-you to the homecare staff for their dedicated care, and to Rev. Al Maier for his love and support.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2004 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 365 Henry Street, Steinbach, with viewing on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, followed by a short devotional. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of one's choice.
Rest in Peace, Dad.
Arrangements entrusted to: Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
On Jan. 1, 2004, 3 a.m., at Lions Manor, Peter Wiebe of Winnipeg, Man. passed away at the age of 95.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Helen; daughters, Rosalyn (Eldon), June (Bill); grandchildren, Heather, Brian, Bruce (Rita), Kerry, Melanie (Greg), Kelly; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Dieter, Tyler and Issabelle; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Abraham K. Wiebe, Susanna (Toews) Wiebe; his siblings, Cornelius, Tina, Julius, Helen, Abraham, Susie and Mary; and by two very close friends, Ernest Reimer and Saul Schaeffer.
For most of his adult life Peter was a teacher, always hoping to make a difference in someone's life. Nothing pleased him so much as former students dropping in to see him and let him know how much they appreciated what he brought to the history and literature classes, and several said he had inspired them to become teachers. Thank you to those former students who took the time to let him know.
Many thanks to the nurses and staff at Lions Manor, where he was lovingly cared for by a wonderful staff.
Cremation has taken place and by request there will be no service. Flowers gratefully declined, but if friends should so desire a memorial donation may be sent to the charity of their choice.
Green Acres Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematorium in care of arrangements.
ROXANNE JEAN HARDER (nee Miller)
Peacefully, with her loving husband by her side, at Bethesda Hospital, Jan. 5, 2004, Roxanne went to be with our Lord at the age of 32 years.
She leaves to mourn, her husband Earl; daughter Vanessa; sons, Gregory, James, Zachary and Lance; her parents, Roy and Priscilla Miller of Regina, Sask.; her grandparents, Mike and Clare Marusiak of Regina; and many, many friends and other family members.
Many thanks to the staff at HSC Women's Hospital and Bethesda Hospital for making her last days as comfortable as possible. You were all wonderful.
A Memorial Celebration of Roxanne's life will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m., at Church of the Rock, 1397 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, Man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roxanne's memory to Church of the Rock.
"From Heaven Sent,
To Heaven Went"
Cropo Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.