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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 115

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 11:15 p.m.


Niels Melvin Brian Annell passed away peacefully on May 10, 2011 at Concordia Hospital at the age of 69 years.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lorna (nee Fielberg), four daughters, one son and their families; seven sisters and one brother. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers.

The funeral service for Niels Annell will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, in Steinbach on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 12:00 Noon. Ash burial will take place at a later date at the East Braintree Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Niels may be made to the University of Manitoba President’s Fund, 79 Freedman Cres, Winnipeg, MB R3T 9Z9

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel

Sept. 5, 1934 – May 10, 2011

Sarah passed away at Parkview Place in Winnipeg at the age of 76 years.

She was predeceased by her parents Gilbert and Esther (Mezzo) Styve, brothers Knute Styve of Nanaimo, BC and Henry Styve of Sprague, MB and her sister Bertha Dowell of Dartmouth, NS. She is survived by her siblings, Anne (Bill) Fehr of Aylmer, ON, Louis (Sandra) of Aylmer, ON, Norman (Lillian) of Sprague, MB, Melvin (Jeanette) of Woodridge, MB and Wilfred (Alice) of Edinburg, Texas as well as many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with viewing prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Norwegian Cemetery in Menisino, MB.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel

May 27, 1928 – May 8, 2011

Esther passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 8th, 2011, after a very brief stay at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach at the age of 82 years..

Esther was predeceased by her husband Wayne Johnson and two brothers. She is survived by her son Edward and her two grandchildren, Jenna and Gary. She is also survived by two sisters, four brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Esther Johnson will be held on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, Steinbach, MB, with viewing prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Heritage Cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


With sadness in our hearts as well as joy for the completion of a life well-lived, we announce the homecoming of Gladwin Plett. At the age of 81 years, peacefully, with wife Jean and family members at his side, Gladwin went to be with his Lord.

Left to treasure his memory are his wife Jean, children Beverly, Barbara (Conrad) and Brian (Wavenie Brathwaite), and grandchildren Carmen (Adrian), Angie, Amy (Graham), Melanie (Mike), Daniel, Nathan, Shanti, and Devyn, and great-grandchild Marlow. Waiting to welcome him are his father Abram, mother Elizabeth, stepmother Susanna, brother Harold, sister Alvina, and daughter-in-law Sherry.

We would like to thank the staff of Donwood Manor Personal Care Home for their compassionate care of dad in his final months.

Viewing will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 12 at 10:30 am at McIvor Mennonite Brethren Church, 200 McIvor Avenue. Interment in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.

Friends Funeral Service - Tel: 339-5555 Fax: 339-5225

Elizabeth (Liese) Toews nee Loeppky
Dec. 26, 1920 – May 7, 2011

Surrounded by family, Elizabeth passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at Bethesda Place, Steinbach, MB at age 90. She was predeceased by her husband Peter P. Toews in 1995.

She is survived by her daughter Rose (Peter) Doerksen of Winnipeg, their children Bonnie Appelt of Winnipeg and Raymond Doerksen and partner Mike of St. Mary’s, ON; son Allen (Bettie) Toews of Winnipeg, their children Jaime (Darren) Spyksma of Nanaimo, BC and Adam (C0ri Dreger) Toews of Gillam, MB; son Don (Linda St. Godard) Toews of Harcourt, ON and daughter Kimberly Toews of Minden, ON, Billie of North Bay, ON and CJ of Bellville, ON and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister Anne Doerksen, in-laws Marie Loeppky, Helen White, Mary and Stan Kehler, Abe and Mary Kehler, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Dr. Reimer and the entire health care team at Bethesda Place and Woodhaven Manor for the care given to Mom during the last 12 years.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, in Steinbach, MB, with viewing prior to the service. Interment at the Silberfeld CMC Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethesda Place, 399 Hospital St., Steinbach, MB R5G 0E6.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


Early Tuesday, May 2, 2011, Ken left his family to find greener pastures to plant his garden. He will be greatly missed by wife Betty, children Brian and Heather (Brian Heinrichs) and the great joy of his life, grandchildren Brenden and Kaeden Heinrichs.

Surviving his memory are his mother, Ethel Dracass, of Nipawin, SK, his sisters Irene (Larry) Stevenson, Shirley (Corny) Ruiter and Helen (Brian) Wiebe, his brothers Barry (Jeanette) Dracass and Bruce (Carol Anne) Dracass, brother-in-law Dan Verbeke plus numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at Bethesda Place, 399 Hospital Street in Steinbach.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, gied and friend, Peter Senkiw, Nov. 5, 2004, at the age of 87.

Peter leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 61 years, Pauline; his six sons, Lawrence (Lorna) of Winnipeg, Man., Norman (Sandi) of Steinbach, Man., Bohdan of Sarto, Man., Alvin (Andrea) of Steinbach, Wayne (Maria) of Sarto, and Dale of Kelowna, B.C.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Sophia Storozinsky of Hamilton, Mary Mazur of Winnipeg; and one daughter-in-law Peggy. Peter was predeceased by his parents, Stephan and Anna; brothers, John and Paul; sister Pauline; and grandson Ryan.

Born in Sarto on July 4, 1917, Peter spent his entire life on "the farm." Farming was his passion. He enjoyed working the land and he loved his animals, but his greatest pride was his family.

Prayers will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m., with viewing prior. The funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Interment at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Sarto, Man.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Association for Community Living - Steinbach Branch, 395 Main St; Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Z4.

"Vichnaya Pam'yat"

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


Mr. John Vogt, age 80, of Steinbach, Man., dearly beloved husband of Anne, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004 at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Anne (nee Schalla); his son Earl (Isabel); daughters; Shirley (Gerry) Klassen, Carol (John) Funk; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Erna Peters; and daughter-in-law Irma (Jim) Dyck.

He was predeceased by his son Gerald in 1997, and his twin brother Ed in 1986.

John operated Vogt Realty for 30 years. He also owned and operated Johnny's Grill, J & A, Vogt Snack Bar, and South Junction Motel and Restaurant. He was actively involved in the church, Steinbach Lions Club, Steinbach City Council, the Hanover School Board, and the Fernwood Manor Board.

"Dad was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and special friend to many."

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Steinbach, with Pastor Al Maier officiating. Viewing was held Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, and also one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Dad was very generous, donating to every charity possible. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one's choice.

The Family

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


Wilhelm "Bill" Plett, 64, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at Concordia Hospital. Bill was born in Landmark, Man., Oct. 23, 1940 to Peter A. Plett and Margaret (Reimer) Plett. His early years were spent on the family farm in Landmark. On April 16, 1961 he married Irene Toews.

His occupation and source of pride was that of a successful commercial construction contractor. He loved his work and the sports in which he participated till his last days. As a young man, Bill played football with the Landmark Flying Dutchmen and later in life came to enjoy both curling and golf. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Irene. His children and grandchildren will also miss him very much, as he was their favorite storyteller, champion and supporter of whatever they did.

Bill is survived by his wife Irene; his son Michael (Debbie); daughter Cheryl Reimer; his daughter Deborah (Ben) Koop; and his grandchildren, Devin, Nicholas, Amara, Brianna, Perry, Jonathan, Carmen, Shaylyn, Geoffrey and Madeline. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter A. Plett and Margaret Reimer Plett; and parents-in-law, Edward A. Toews and Anna Reimer Toews.

The funeral service will be conducted at the Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church, 500 Lagimodiere, Friday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m., with Pastor Ron Koleba officiating. Interment at Glen Lawn Cemetery.

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

(1955 - 2004)

Friday, Nov. 5, during the early morning hours, Dianna Barkman, with her loved ones at her side, passed away peacefully at the Bethesda Place, following a lengthy battle with M.S.

She is survived by and will be sorely missed by her husband, Walter, and their two daughters, Cynthia (Chad) Brown and Ashley Barkman; by her parents, John and Anne Funk; her three sisters, Alvina (Wilbert) Falk, Irma (Chris) Garret and Thelma Goertzen; her three brothers, Larry (Anita) Funk, Ernie (Anne) Funk and Kevin Funk; by Walter's parents, Leonard and Betty Barkman; Walter's four sisters, Jolyn (Darrell) Braun, Laurie (Arthur) Wiens, Lois (Ted) Gresiuk and Wendy (Kory) Dyck; and one brother, Dylan (Sheila) Barkman; plus his supportive biological siblings, Paul (Christene) Wyryha, John (Maxine) Wyryha, Garry Brandt, Kevin Fast, Arlene Wyryha (Ed Gennick), Dwayne (Candy) Barkman, Aime (Sandi) Plett, Wayne (Victoria) Sykora, Sharon Sykora (Ken Flat); and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Wyatt Goertzen, in 2002.

Special thanks are in order toward the staff members of Bethesda Place, whose loving care has been second to none; to the many faithful Home Care workers of the past years, whose friendship and going-the-second-mile attitude will always be cherished; and to all the family and friends who so tirelessly supported, visited and helped meet Dianna's many needs. Thank you so very much, and may God reward you all.

The funeral service took place at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Main Street E.M.C., with interment at Pansy Chapel.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, Steinbach, Man.


David H. Penner passed away peacefully on Nov. 9, 2004, at the age of 85, at Rest Haven Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 10, 1919.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Hilda; children, Pauline (Bill) Wiens, daughter-in-law Eleanor and Frank Thiessen, J. Ernie (Gladys) Penner, Kathleen Williams, Mary (Harry) Friesen, Geric (Patsy) Penner; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret Penner. He was predeceased by one son, Henry; three brothers and four sisters.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m., at the Steinbach Mennonite Church. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.

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

1948 - 2004

Delbert F. Plett, Q.C., passed away peacefully after a battle with liver cancer, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man., at the age of 56 years, with friends and family at his bedside.

He is survived by his sister Kathy and husband Harry Peters (Roberta and Todd); brother Norman and wife Heidi (Ian, Lennie, Clinton); brother Nathaniel and wife Lucille (Jason); and brother-in-law Gerry Doerksen (Juanita, Mimosa, Garth, and Keith).

Predeceased by his parents, Jacob Reimer Plett and Gertrude Plett Friesen of Blumenort, Man.; and oldest sister, Clara Doerksen.

Delbert was born March 6, 1948 in Steinbach. He grew up on the "Plattehof" in the Blumenort district and enjoyed a happy and secure childhood. He attended school in Blumenort, Man., enjoying his studies, but also frequently getting into mischief. As a teenager he helped his Dad on the farm and in the family's bush camps. At 16 he left home to work in construction camps in Saskatchewan and in Northern Ontario. He began his university studies in 1968 and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a law degree in 1972.

Delbert was baptized upon confession of his faith in Jesus Christ on June 7, 1964 in the Ridgewood Evangelical Mennonite Church. In 1975 he married Doreen Thomson of Winnipeg. On Dec. 1, 1985 they joined the Steinbach Mennonite Church. To his lasting regret the marriage eventually failed and ended in divorce in 1998.

In 1973, Delbert started his own law firm, and in 1975 joined with Ernest R. Goossen to form Plett, Goossen & Associates. Delbert continued to practice with various associates until this year. In February 2004, Delbert was diagnosed with colon cancer and consequently, on June 1, retired from his law practice. He enjoyed his practice immensely, meeting and serving clients up to his very last day at the office, March 12, 2004.

Delbert had a zest for business, and land development in particular. Over the years he was involved in various development projects in and around Steinbach, Mitchell, Blumenort, and La Broquerie.

His "farm" in the Friedensfeld area gave him special enjoyment, as he would spend countless hours wandering the fields in deep contemplation over the mysteries of life. He enjoyed listening to the sounds of nature around him in the woods or fields, which he considered God's great cathedral.

Delbert served his community and province by sitting on various committees and boards. He was honored to be appointed "Queens' Counsel" by the Government of Canada in 1992.

Having a passion for history since grade 9, Delbert turned to the study of his own roots and heritage in about 1978. He studied the Mennonites who immigrated to Manitoba in the 1870s, as well as their history in Russia, Polish-Russia and Flanders. In 1995 he organized the first of five Mennonite heritage tours, retracing the steps of Mennonite ancestors in Europe. In early June 2004 Delbert was privileged to lead this tour one last time, participating in the Bicentennial Celebrations of the Molotschna Colony (1804-2004).

Delbert wrote and compiled 14 books on conservative Mennonites, and published as many by other authors. In 1988 he organized the Hanover Steinbach Historical Society and oversaw its operations until 2003, when the name was changed to Flemish Mennonite Historical Society Inc. Delbert has been the editor of the history magazine, Preservings since 1995. In 2001 he and Adina Reger co-authored, Diese Steine, a popular history of the Russian Mennonites. This book became his defining work, of which he was very proud.

Above all, Delbert had a dream of a Mennonite people projecting a united testimony of peace in a world of violence. His dying wish was to see the Mennonite people all over the world united and working shoulder to shoulder as one brotherhood. Since Delbert left no immediate family, he has left the bulk of his estate to the "D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation Inc.", meant to foster and encourage research and writing about the conservative and traditional Mennonites.

Condensed version: prewritten by D. F. Plett

The family would like to thank Delbert's many friends for helping us carry out Delbert's preplanned funeral arrangements and willingness to participate in it. We, as well as Delbert, extend our heartfelt thanks for the overwhelming prayer support, love and kindness that he experienced from his many friends during his illness.

The medical staff at the Bethesda Hospital provided the most empathetic care. A special thank you to Dr. Kaethler for his extraordinary care of our brother, medically, spiritually, and for "taking him on"!

Delbert wrote, "I especially want to thank Mr. Peter K. Reimer for being my constant companion and angel of mercy during my time of sickness." Thank you Mr. Reimer, from the bottom of our hearts.

The Plett Family

Viewing was held Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004 at 7 p.m., followed by a devotional service at the Blumenort EMC. The funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, 1:30 p.m., at the Blumenort EMC in Blumenort, Man., with interment at the Steinbach Heritage Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethesda Foundation Life, Hope, Healing; to the Cancer Wing in Memory of Delbert F. Plett, P.O. Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A3; or D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 1960, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1N5.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home Steinbach, Man.

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