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May 21, 1942 Jan. 3, 2004

It is with indescribable grief that we announce the sudden passing of our devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Allan, at the age of 61.

Allan leaves to mourn his passing, his adoring wife of 39 years, Carol; loving daughters, Cheryl (Peter) Rudnicki, Heather (Blair) Kelly, Charlene (Ward) Penny, Tammy (Chris) Van Steelant, Laureen Kemp (Grant Penny); his grandson Allan (AJ) South; his granddaughter Hannah Kelly; and his grandchild "Peanut" Van Steelant, who will be arriving shortly. He also leaves to mourn him, his mother, F. Emily Kemp; mother-in-law Laura Pittman; brother Jim (Mary); godson Kevin Allan Side; sister-in-law Pat; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and many other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Allan was predeceased by his father, Ted; brothers, Bob and Don; sister Joan; nephews, James and Jeff; and father-in-law William Pittman.

Allan provided for his family as a dedicated and loyal employee of Conviron for the past 39 years.

Allan was well loved and respected by all who knew him. He was always there whenever someone needed a helping hand, never asking for anything in return. He was just glad he was able to help. We live our lives by his example.

He will always be lovingly remembered and sadly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Ostenfeld Lutheran Church, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of his memory to Ostenfeld Lutheran Church or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Many thanks to the staff of Beausejour Hospital, the paramedics and RCMP officers who assisted, the many neighbors who plowed the road so that we were able to get Allan to the hospital, and all of our family and friends for your support in our time of sadness.

"There's an ache in our hearts that will remain 'til it is time to meet you again."

Carol, "Daddy's five little girls", your "sons", and all of your grandchildren.

Sobering Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Beausejour, in care of arrangements.

Jan. 21, 1952 Jan. 2, 2004

It is with immense sadness that we announce the very unexpected passing of Ernie Fehr, at the age of almost 52 years, at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He was born Jan. 21, 1952 in Colonia Menno, Chaco, Paraguay. The Fehr family immigrated to Canada in August 1955 when Ernie was 3 years old.

Ernie is survived by his loving wife Rae of 27 years; and his dearest daughters, Ashley and Courtney; his brothers, Ruben (Anne), Herman (Nancy), Ike (Martha), Harry (Joan), and Rudy (Marie); and by his sisters, Hannah Koop, Sarah (Adolf Koop), and Lil (Terry Curle); and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sister-in-law Marcia (Robin Hill), nephew Christopher Hill, and mother-in-law Linda Peters.

Ernie was predeceased by his father and mother, Henry B. and Sara Fehr; as well as a niece, Judy Koop; brother-in-law Henry Koop; and his father-in-law Henry W. Peters.

Ernie married his high school sweetheart, Rae Peters, in July 1976. Ernie was already in the flooring and roofing business, in partnership with his best friend, Mike Kehler. Ernie continued his flooring business, known as Ernie Fehr Flooring, for 32 years, mostly in commercial jobs - for E.G. Penner Flooring, across Canada and countless trips to northern communities. His Saan Store contracts took him from Vancouver Island to Prince Edward Island, as well as the Northwest Territories. Everyone knew him as a hard working, very outgoing, loyal, and totally unselfish person. Ernie's career began and ended with nothing but hard work; there was not an idle bone in his body.

At times his jobs took him away from his beloved family for stretches of two to three weeks, but he kept in touch daily, doing "double time" with them when he came home. He loved nothing better than spending time with his daughters and somehow always managed to be home for all their special school activities and birthdays. We often marveled how he managed this.

For many years he was very involved in sports Little League baseball, junior hockey, and later with the Steinbach Huskies as a forward, and with the commercial Puckers. He especially loved a round of golf with all his brothers.

Ernie has left a void in all our lives that will be impossible to fill. His love of life and ability to do almost anything will remain with us always.

If friends wish, donations in his memory may be made to ACL, Steinbach branch.

Funeral services to be held at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, 422 Main Street, Steinbach, Man., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at 2 p.m. This is Ernie's home church from the time of his youth.

Public viewing will be held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, 7 to 8 p.m., with family viewing at 8 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man


Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, following breakfast coffee and morning devotions with Mom, Dad suddenly left this earth and began the new day in heaven with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Ed will be forever remembered and deeply missed by his beloved wife Malinda; son Cliff (Iris) Dirks of Steinbach, Man., and their children, Robin, Wren and Jay; daughter Corinne (John) Bartelings of Winnipeg, Man., and their children, Nathanael and Jethro; daughter Rowena (Kim) Coursey of Steinbach and their children, Clarissa, Eric and Joel; son Erwin (Heather) Dirks of Winnipeg and their children, Heidi and Janna; son Cal (Pauline) Dirks of Steinbach and their children, Jessica, Hali, Stefan and Emily; and son Russ (Ramona) Dirks of Landmark, Man., and their children, Matthew, Katelyn and Karl. Ed will also be lovingly remembered and missed by many extended family members and friends.

Born May 15, 1919 in Waldheim, Sask., to Abram and Adeline Dirks, Ed was the second oldest of 13 children. Ed grew up working and helping on the farm. Following completion of Bible school, he was married to Malinda Friesen on Aug. 12, 1945 in the Langham EMB Church in Langham, Sask. Dad and Mom's love and concern for the spiritual lives of children directed them into camp and school ministry, ministry that subsequently led them to British Columbia and then to northern Saskatchewan. They came to Steinbach with their family to continue school and camp ministry, and after working to support themselves, finally settled on the family farm south of town, where they lived and worked together for the last 41 years.

Dad's first passion was to shine the light of Jesus into every opportunity and to serve others in whatever way he could. In addition to camp and school ministry, Mom and Dad were involved in beginning and actively serving in the Grunthal EMB Church. More recently, they had become involved with the 55+ Seniors group in Steinbach. Together they enjoyed having friends of all ages over for meals, visiting and games. Dad's kind, compassionate heart, warm sense of humor, and fun-loving nature made everyone feel welcomed. Dad especially loved spending as much time as possible with his 17 grandchildren and took a lively interest in their many activities.

Dad loved gardening and took much pride in a clean and productive garden, often sharing the bountiful harvest with family and friends. Fishing, traveling, building and fixing almost anything were among other activities he thoroughly enjoyed. Dad also loved animals and all his livestock and pets were treated with care and compassion.

The funeral service for Edward Dirks will be held at Cornerstone Bible Church in Steinbach, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at 2 p.m. Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Friday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. Interment at Heritage Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed's memory may be made to Red Rock Bible Camp, Box 790, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Z1.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach.


Oleksa Earl Balla passed away peacefully at the age of 85, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004 at the Vita Personal Care Home. Earl was born Jan. 6, 1918 in Zhoda, Man., where he grew up and helped work the farm, till he moved to Winnipeg, Man., where he worked for CNR.

During that time he was enlisted with the army. Earl eventually moved to Sioux Lookout, Ont., where for many years he worked with forestry in the bush camps, until he became employed with Hudson Saw Mill until his retirement, at which time he retired at the homestead in Zhoda.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Anna; and three brothers, Nick, Alexander and Michael.

Earl will be sadly missed by his sisters, Lena (Pete) Owchar of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Olga Fosty of Zhoda; brothers, Maurice of Dryden, Ont., Bohdan (Irene) of Atikokan, Ont.; sisters-in-law, Helen Bella of Steinbach, Man., and Elsie Balla of Thunder Bay, Ont.; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at Vita Funeral Home, with Deacon Leon Twerdun officiating. Internment took place in the Balla Family Cemetery in Zhoda following the service.

Vita Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Finally on July 12, 2004 at Bethesda Hospital, Frank Froese of Steinbach, MB was able to enter his eternal home after a three-year courageous battle with cancer. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Helga of 37 years, their children Richard and Kimberley, Carl and Brandee, Alison and Jeffery and grandchildren Jacquelyn, Zoey, Jeremy and Heaven Dawn. He is also survived by his brothers Ted and Irene, Eric and Anne, John and Judith, Peter and Gerda, Jac and Margaret and sisters Frances Derksen, Marian and Abe Banman, Hertha and Wilmer Tessman and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Franz and Elisabeth Froese and brother-in-law Abram Derksen.

He will be greatly missed by his extended family, hosts of friends and by our international family with whom he had a special bond: Lina Sawadsky, Christine Gorgs, Betina Loewen, Milan Ristow and Zhuo Shao.

Frank was born in the Ukraine on January 6, 1942 during the turbulent war years. Together with his family and many others, they fled the country, experiencing hardships, a series of refugee camps and holding areas, pressing always westward to freedom and a new home. The family arrived in Steinbach in 1948 where Frank started school at age six. He received all of his formal education in Steinbach and upon graduating from Grade XII, started his employment with Derksen Printers that lasted 42 years.

Work was a pleasure for him. Besides his full time employment he put his heart and soul into projects he believed in, such as Camp Moose Lake, Mennonite Heritage Village and the Steinbach Mennonite Church. He acted "the servant role", living out his Christian convictions of faith and commitment. One of his favourite ways to serve the community was with his gift of photography. Frank always had a camera to document the goings-on at the museum and church and the miles of film that went through his camera are a testament of his faithfulness to his community.

Many happy times were spent on vacation with the family. A special pleasure was to joke and banter with his brothers. Frank had a profound commitment to both his immediate and extended family, and his unconditional love and support sustained us all.

In church he was known as the candy man. When he ran out of candy he gave loonies or toonies to the children. He also enjoyed his years as usher and greeter. Often people were surprised by his uncanny gift of remembering birthdays or anniversaries or other special occasions.

Three years ago Frank's health began to fail and, after many tests, much waiting and finally a diagnosis of colon cancer with metastasis, life came to a stunting halt. He had surgery and was placed on a stringent regime of chemotherapy for the next three years. While it kept the cancer at bay, and kept him physically able and mostly pain free, it took its toll on mental capacities and character. He was stoic in his suffering. The last nine months were difficult. He used humour to lighten the load of those around him.

Finally he was able to return to his Maker in whom he had placed his trust and whom he was ready to meet.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Friday, July 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Steinbach Mennonite Church, 345 Loewen Blvd., on Saturday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.

We want to extend heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming prayer support, love and kindness we have experienced. The medical staff has provided the most empathetic care.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in Frank's memory may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive; Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9

"We love you Frank and will always keep in our hearts the legacy you have left." - The family

Arrangements entrusted to: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr.; Steinbach, Man.

April 15, 1921 - July 8, 2004

Albert was predeceased by his father Anton and his mother Julia. Although he has no known remaining family, Albert will be sadly missed by his church family, the many friends and workers of the Villa Youville who went the extra mile to care for him in the last years of his life, and also by the many other caregivers over the past years.

He will be laid to rest with his parents in Hilbre, Man.

Arrangements have been made by the Ashern Funeral Chapel for a small graveside service, Thursday, July 15.

A memorial service will be held at Dayspring Fellowship Church in Ste Anne, at 7 p.m., Monday, July 19.


Tragically, on Tuesday, July 6, 2004, we lost our little Angel Bryann, daughter of Arnold and Kim of Dufresne, Man., at the age of 2 years.

Bryann is survived by her loving parents, Arnold and Kim; big brother Jonathan; and big sister Ria; Willy and Maria Lange (Oma and Opa); John and Priscilla Loates (Grandma and Grandpa); Great-Oma Dirks and Great-Granddad L.W. Kertland; aunties and uncles: Heather Loates, Kieth Loates, Harry and Cindy Lange, Gerrie and Jeff Stolz, Pieter and Wendy Lange, Bart Lange and Rebecca Marchinko; cousins: Derek, Ryan, Nicole, Amy, Isabelle, Damon, Owen, Emily; and many very special aunties, uncles and friends.

She was predeceased by her Uncle Bryan Loates; great-grandparents: Jean and Albert Loates, Evelyn Kertland, Geertruda and Arnoldus Bongers, Hendricus Lange, and Petrus Dirks.

Prayers were held Friday, July 9, 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Hope Church, Anola, Man. Funeral Liturgy was celebrated Saturday, July 10 at 11 a.m. in the same church, with Rev. Fr. Owen Steeves presiding. Interment followed at Millbrook Cemetery. Pallbearers for our little Angel were her uncles, Harry, Pieter, Bart and Jeff.

Our family would like to extend a special thank you to all the Lorette and Landmark Emergency Response Team, 911, the paramedics, Dr. Chatel and the nurses at Ste Anne Hospital and the emergency room doctors and nurses at Children's Hospital, Chaplain Daily DeGagne and especially Father Owen Steeves, as well as Dr. Christo Minnaar for all the care and love during her short stay with us.

To all our family and friends, we thank you for your love and support. Donations in Bryann's memory may be made to Our Lady of Hope Memorial Fund, Box 265, Anola, MB, R0E 0A0.

"Sleep peacefully, our darling Angel, we miss you and love you dearly."

Love, Mommy, Daddy, Jonathan and Ria

November 13, 1919 July 1, 2004

After a long courageous struggle with cancer, Susan died at the break of dawn July 1.

Susan was born at Blumenhof, MB, the first of 12 children of Peter and Sussana Friesen (nee Loepky). She was predeceased by brother Eddie in 1929, by her father in 1974 and by her mother in 1988. She is survived by six brothers and four sisters.

The funeral Service was held on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 at the Gospel Fellowship Church, Steinbach. Interment at the Halbstadt Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr.; Steinbach, MB.


It is with deep sorrow we announce the passing of Fred Norris on June 22, 2004 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Man., at the age of 79 years. It gives our family comfort knowing he is with his beloved wife, Anne, who predeceased him on Dec. 24, 2003.

Fred was one of eight children born to Mary Anne and Norman James Norris. He was raised and attended school at McMunn, Man. Fred met the love of his life, Anne Trowsdale, whom he married in August, 1948 and together they raised their two children, Sandra and Reg. Fred worked at the Forestry at West Hawk Lake when they were first married. He later worked for the Highways Department during the summer and in the winter worked in the bush cutting wood to support his family. They moved to Winnipeg, Man. in 1960, where they resided until 1986. During these years Fred worked at Richardson Farms and later the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 1986. Fred and Anne then moved back to McMunn, where they built their beloved home along the Birch River, where they enjoyed many years of their retirement before moving to Brandon, Man. in 2002.

Fred was a hard worker and took great pride in his work, home and family. We will always remember him for his loving and caring ways. His grandchildren will forever cherish the many memories of summers spent at Granny and Grampa's. Dad was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He leaves to cherish his memory his son Reginald (Diane) Norris of Winnipeg; daughter Sandra (Roy) McTavish of Rapid City, Man.; granddaughter Cheri (Troy) Sylvester; special great-granddaughters Madison and Sarah of Minnedosa, Man.; grandson Brent McTavish of Rapid City, Man.; sisters, Mabel Nakka of McMunn, Sadie Trowsdale of Winnipeg, Arlie (Walter) Trowsdale of Winnipeg; brother-in-law Walter (Arlie) Trowsdale of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Verona Norris of Morris, Man.; and many nieces and nephews.

Fred was predeceased by his loving wife Anne; parents, Mary Anne and Norman James Norris; brothers, Ormand Norris, Arthur Norris, Gordon Norris; sister Vera Nakka; sisters-in-law, Alice Davidson, Linda Norris; brothers-in-law, William Nakka, Ernest Nakka, Chelsey Trowsdale, Norman Davidson; niece Beverley Gourlay.

A celebration of Fred's life will be held Saturday, June 26, 2 p.m., at Green Acres Funeral Chapel, Hwy. 1 East at Navin Road, Winnipeg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

His Journey's Just Begun

Don't think of him as gone away
His journey's just begin,
Life holds so many facets
This earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
From the sorrows and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
That we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away.
And think of him as living
In the hearts of those he touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost
And he was loved so much.

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