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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 113

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Helen (Hiebert) Carlin was born to John L. and Susanna Hiebert on Nov. 11, 1932. She was the third of 11 siblings, so Helen did a lot of chores and babysitting the years she spent at home. At age 18 she moved to Winnipeg, Man., with her best friend, Lottie Wilson, to go to work. Helen always worked hard and when she came home on weekends she helped Mother with the endless housework. At age 20 she moved to Vancouver, B.C., and at 23 to Ontario. On visits home she would wash all the walls and ceilings for Mother. She spent most of her working years as a waitress, at which she excelled. In later years, she was a manager in a restaurant.

Helen was always very healthy until two years ago, when she had stomach aneurysm surgery, during which she had a heart attack. She never quite bounced back from that. During this past winter she became quite ill, thinking it was the flu. When she called she would say, "I am just not getting over this flu," and sounded weaker each time she called. In May she went into the hospital in Trenton, Ont., at which time she was diagnosed with lung cancer and told she had about two months to live, unless she went into remission. May 31, she moved to Newmarket, Ont., where she could be closer to her children and grandchildren. Her health deteriorated quite rapidly, and June 5 she was admitted to the Richmond Hill hospital, where she passed away peacefully on June 13 at 2:50 a.m. Helen is now in heaven, walking the streets of gold with Dione, her parents and five siblings, and all those who died in Christ.

Helen is survived by two sons, Paul (Nancy), Ellen and Ian McCauley; Bob (Caroline), Johnathon, Jean, Kathleen and Andrew McCauley; Dione's twin sons, Matthew and Joshua and their

father Bruce Taylor; two daughters, Ingrid (Alex) Choy and Brendan and Sandra (Don), Jack and David Middleton; three brothers, Jake (Hanna), John, Leonard (Olga); two sisters-in-law, Helen, Alvina (Henry) Klassen; two sisters, Susan, Tina (Paul) Friesen; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one daughter, Dione; parents, John L. and Susanna Hiebert; four brothers, Dick, Pete, Harry and Erwin; one sister, Linda; and one sister-in-law, Luella Sinclair.

The family gives special thanks to her friend, Lottie Wilson, who was like a sister to her all her life; also all her friends in her apartment building in Trenton, with special thanks to her friend Colin, without whom she would not have been able to manage this past winter and until she moved to Newmarket.

A memorial service will be held at the Silberfeld CMC, Sunday, June 27, at 2:30 p.m. An interment service was held by her family on June 12, 6 p.m., in Newmarket, Ont.

LENA (Schroeder) SHILKE

The Schroeder family regrets to announce the passing of Lena (Schroeder) Shilke in Vancouver, B.C., June 1, 2004. Lena was born in the Friedensfeld, Man. area in 1927 to Dan and Emilie Schroeder. She lived in the area until she married Ernest Shilke in 1947, and they then moved to Vancouver.

She leaves to mourn, her husband Ernie; a son, Allen (Shilke) Sommers; brother Jona and wife Suzanne; nieces, Janet, Donna (Terry Klein), Bonnie (Jeff McEachern) and great-niece Sydney McEachern.

Burial and interment took place June 4 in Surrey, B.C.


Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, Mary Danilchuk (nee Woytowich) passed away at the age of 89 years, at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Man.

Mary was born in Winnipeg, Sept. 23, 1915, but lived most of her entire life in Spurgrave/Carrick, Man.

Mary is survived by her six children, Jim of Carrick, Helen June of Long Beach, California, Sandra of Winnipeg, Edward of Birds Bill, Man., Debbie of

Winnipeg, Wanda of Halifax, NS; grandchildren, David of Toronto, Ont., Cindy of Winnipeg, Jennifer and Dana of Birds Hill, Melissa and James of Winnipeg; and great-grandchild, Amanda of Dallas, Texas.

Funeral services were held at Knysh Funeral Chapel, Winnipeg, with burial at the Badger, Man. cemetery.


Surrounded by the ones she loved, Mary Martens passed away at her residence at Linden Place, Steinbach, Man., Friday, Feb. 25, 2005 at the age of 88.

She leaves to treasure her memory, four sons: Bill (Kathy), their family - Keith (Kym), children Duncan and Julianna Martens, Kurt Martens and friend Colette Nault, Korey Martens and son Brentten, all of Steinbach; Curly (Erna) of Steinbach and daughter Jaime (Steve) Billesberger of Lacombe, Alta., Cork (Sara), their family - Dion and Carla Martens of Steinbach, Charla and Bill Friesen and son Theryn of Steinbach, Clint Martens of Steinbach and fiancée Melissa Loidalt of St. Cloud, Minn.; Jake (Lucy), their family - Eric, Kerri and Karlissa Martens, all of Steinbach.

She was predeceased by her husband, Cornelius F. Martens, in 1989; and one granddaughter, Cheryl Lyn Martens, in infancy.

Mary was born near Morse, Sask., Oct. 9, 1916, to Wilhelm and Anna Goertzen. She spent her growing up years in Saskatchewan, and in 1936 joined the Sommerfeld Church. Two years later, on July 7, 1938, she was married to Cornie Martens. They spent the first years in Saskatchewan, then in 1940 moved to Manitoba, where they raised their family. During the 51 years they were married, they shared their lives and their home with many people, not only with friends of their own, but also with the many friends the boys made over the years.

After her husband passed away, Mary moved to Linden Place. There, too, her door was always open to friends. She was an active participant in the variety of events that took place at Linden Place, such as the Bible studies, monthly "faspas", Christmas parties, and more, and residents there were regularly treated to fresh baked goods from her kitchen. Her warm and welcoming nature endeared her to many, and she will be missed by those who came to love her as a friend.

Her greatest joy was her four boys and their families, and together they created memories that will bless her children and grandchildren for many years to come.

The funeral service for Mary Martens was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Wednesday, March 2, 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Henry Friesen officiating. Interment followed at Heritage Cemetery.

The family extends sincere thanks to Aggie Esau, Sandy Klassen, home care staff, Anne Plett from Palliative Care, and especially to friends at Linden Place for their kind and compassionate support.

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


It is with sorrow and sadness that we say good-bye to our beautiful daughter and sister, Jamie Klassen. We were given the precious gift of Jamie on Oct. 25, 1983.

Feb. 27, 2005 near Sanford, Man., Jamie died accidentally at the young age of 21 years, 4 months and 2 days.

Jamie will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her parents, Ervin and Denise; sister Ashley Klassen (Karl Friesen); and by her uncles, aunties, cousins and many friends. Jamie was predeceased by her Opa Henry Klassen in 2000.

Jamie had lived in the Steinbach, Man. area, but recently moved to Winnipeg, Man. with her sister Ashley. Jamie lived her life to the fullest, and impacted many people along the way. Anyone who knew her knew that she had the voice of an angel and love for Christ in her heart.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the paramedics, the hospital staff, the chaplains, and for the many friends and family who came and supported us at the hospital and at home, as well as for all those who are praying for us.

Viewing is at Christian Fellowship, 417 Hanover St, Steinbach, Thursday, March 3, from 7 to 8 p.m., with a devotional at 8 p.m., and at the church prior to the service. The funeral service for Jamie Klassen will be held Friday, March 4, 2:30 p.m., at Steinbach Mennonite Church, 345 Loewen Blvd., with burial at Heritage Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pan De Vida Orphanage.

A web page has been set up in honor of Jamie and Jordan:

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

1936 - 2005

Feb. 25, 2005, Johan Wiebe of Steinbach, Man. passed away at the Bethesda Hospital at the age of 69.

He is survived by his wife Eva; five sons, Erdman (Kathy) of Kleefeld, Man., George (Sarah) of Kleefeld, Wilf of Hong Kong, Ed (Wilma) of Steinbach, Andy (Donna) of Mitchell, Man.; three daughters, Trudy (Abe) Reimer of Bolivia, Hilda (Henry) Reimer of Grunthal, Man., Tina (Hans) Kolano of Sundown, Man.; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Jacob of Paraguay and Peter (Elizabeth) of Bolivia. He was predeceased by two brothers, Phillip and Henry; three sisters, Trudy Pries, Anna Wall, Helena Ginter; and one great-grandchild in infancy.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, March 2, 2 p.m., at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church at New Bothwell, Man. Interment at the church cemetery.

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


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Stella Sawka, Feb. 28, 2005 at the Vita and District Health Centre.

Mom was born May 10, 1921 in Vita, Man., and she lived in the Vita area until she married Dad (Mike Sawka) on Jan. 23, 1940. In 1942 they purchased a homestead in Piney, Man., and they lived there together until dad's demise in 1989. Mom continued to live in their home in Piney until health reasons dictated that she move to the Shady Oaks Lodge in Vita on May 1, 1997. Mom's health further deteriorated, necessitating her move to the Personal Care Home in Vita in August of 2003.

Mom was very much a community-minded person, and during the 55 years she lived in Piney she was an active member of the Women's Institute, the 4-H Club, the Community Club and the Piney Community Church. Mom was a kind and generous person and she was always willing to give of her time to help in all community activities or to help anyone in need. There was always a cup of coffee and a piece of cake available to anyone who happened to stop by for a visit, and if you were fortunate enough to stop by at mealtime you could be treated to a plate of the delicious perogies and cabbage rolls for which she was renowned.

Mom's favorite pastimes were playing bingo, whist drives, knitting, gardening, and in the latter years, with the advent of casinos and slot machines, yes, even our dear mom/grandma could be seen wandering the aisles at the Casino in Warroad with her container of nickels, in search of that lucky machine that was ready to spew out a bushel of coins.

In her final years, Mom was plagued with severe illnesses, which included diabetes, Alzheimer's, glaucoma and Parkinson's, and through it all she persevered with the courage and dignity that had always ruled her life and made her the wonderful person she was. "Mom and Grandma are meaningless words unless those names are earned, but you certainly were more than deserving of those titles. You have left a void in our lives that can never be filled. We love and miss you Mom/Grandma."

Mom was predeceased by our dad (Mike) in 1989, son-in-law David Dahl in 1993, and grandson Kelly Sawka in 2001. She was predeceased by her parents; two sisters, Mary and Nellie; and two brothers, John and Harry.

She is lovingly remembered by three sons, Earl (Barb), Bill (Sheila), Gordon (Esther); and two daughters, Mary (Joe) and Karen (Don). She also leaves to mourn her loss, 10 grandchildren, Barry (Sandra), Jodi (Greg), Lori (Brian), Julie (Jared), Allen (Rose), Chris, Michael (Erin), Leanne (Dean), Daryle (Tanya), Jennifer (Tim); seven great-grandchildren, Colin, Justin, Zane, Brady, Kalie, Kaitlin, Casey; and three step-great-grandchildren, Nicohle, Debron and Kyle.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m., at the Piney Community Church, with Reverend Louis Hermanson officiating. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the commencement of the service and a private family burial will take place at the Vita Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, where Mom will be laid to rest next to Dad.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the caregivers at the Vita Personal Care Home and the Vita and District Health Centre, who took such good care of Mom, and also a special thank-you to her friends at Shady Oaks, who were always ready to lend her a helping hand in time of need.

We also would like to acknowledge the help and guidance provided to us by Bill Dyck and staff at Birchwood Funeral chapel.

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

1922 - 2004

Anne Kroeker, aged 81, died unexpectedly yet peacefully, Friday, Nov. 5, 2004 at Bethesda Hospital.

Anne was born in Ile des Chenes, Man., Dec. 12, 1922 to Peter T. and Louise Kroeker. She spent most of her school years in Steinbach, Man., until her family moved to Prairie Rose. She helped at home till the age of 21, which was the custom at the time. She then moved to Winnipeg, Man. and stayed at the Mädchen Heim until she was settled. Soon thereafter she continued her education. She became an LPN at Concordia Hospital and then took further training to become an X-ray technician. Anne stayed in that field of work and at Concordia Hospital until her retirement at age 65. In her retirement she continued to enjoy her yard and garden until she moved to the Woodhaven Apartments in Steinbach. Anne was a very strong and independent person. She loved to travel and was able to do so for many years.

Anne was concerned about the family. When her dad was sick with cancer she looked after him and made it possible for him to be at home. She provided a second home for her younger sister Elvira, giving her unconditional support and love.

Anne is survived by brothers, Ed (Tina) Kroeker, Arno (Elnora) Kroeker, Norman (Sara) Kroeker and Jake (Evangeline) Skjaerlund; sister, Melane (Pete) Gunther, Elvira Kroeker, Maisie Hildebrand and Margaret (John) Frey; sister-in-law Gertrude Kroeker; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; one brother, Vernon Kroeker; and one brother- in-law, Harold Hildebrand.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., at Prairie Rose Evangelical Mennonite Church, Landmark, Man. Interment at the church cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Pennfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.


It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Shirley Margaret Rempel, wonderful wife to Peter; mother to Angela (Gordon) and Jonathan (Jennifer); Nana to Vanessa, Ryan and Camille. She is also survived by her brother Clarence (Agnes), sister Elda (David) and brother Albert (Tina).

With her family by her side, Mom passed away peacefully Nov. 7, 2004 at the Riverview Health Centre's Palliative Care Unit, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

She was predeceased by her mother, Margaret Kroeker, in 1987; and her father, Frank Kroeker, in 1992.

Mom's infectious and quirky sense of humor, her keen intellect and razor-sharp wit, her love of gardening and her passion for music (particularly Elvis) will be fondly remembered by her family and friends.

Mom was also an avid reader, often going through several novels over the course of the weekend, and she loved the challenge of crossword puzzles. She was particularly proud of completing the New York Times Sunday crossword in ink with no mistakes, a task she accomplished for the first time only a few short years ago.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Shirley found pure joy in making other people happy and most often put the needs and wants of others before her own. She had a natural talent for turning everyday gatherings into special events and she was clearly in her element when planning pool parties, holiday gatherings and family get-togethers, and nothing pleased her more than putting her superior culinary talents to work for her family and friends.

According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service in celebration of Mom's life will be held Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, 1 p.m., at Thomson 'In the Park' Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, Man.

The family would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Dr. Fewer and the staff at the Health Sciences Centre, the staff at Cancer Care Manitoba, and the wonderful staff and people at the Riverview Health Centre's E-3 Wing Palliative Care Unit.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, 109-675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9, and/or Riverview Health Centre's Palliative Care Unit, 1 Morley Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 1A2.

We love you Mom and we will think of you often. Bye for now.

Thomson 'In the Park' Funeral Home and Cemetery in care of arrangements.


With great sadness, we announce the passing of our sister Darlene Semeniuk Gobeil at Victoria General Hospital on Sunday, May 29, 2011.

The memorial service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, MB, on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m., with interment at Dutka Cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


Isaak (Ike) Friesen, 89, of Steinbach formerly of Grunthal, passed away at Bethesda Hospital on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

He is survived by his wife Tina six sons and their families; two sisters, three brothers and their families.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. and at the church prior to the service. The funeral service will be held Friday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel with interment at Grunthal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street; Wpg., MB R3C 2B7

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel

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