It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dan Chubey, of Rosa, MB Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 at the age of 90 years.
Dan was predeceased by his loving wife Susie on Aug. 25, 1983; his parents Nazarko and Katherine; sister Lily Capek; brothers John, Jack, Frederick and Morris.
He will be fondly remembered by his sons Lawrence (Marilyn), Jarvis, and Dennis (Karen); daughters Elsie (Doug) Kathler and Audrey (Rev. Henry) Lakusta. He was the cherished Dido of Tammy (Randy) Grieman, Angeline Lakusta, Rachel (Jeff) Smith, Tom (Cathy) Hopkins, Jason and Dan Chubey, Courtney and Kevin Chubey. His great-grandchildren Emily, Adam and Maxwell Grieman, Nathalie Hopkins and Xander Smith will miss their "Dido from the farm". Also left to mourn are brothers Sam (Mary) and Bert (Sally); sisters Anne Cummings and Audrey (Al) Johannesson; sister-in-laws Helen Chubey, Lena Chubey, Nettie Holodryga and Anne Twedochlib; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dan was born on the family farm in Rosa, MB Oct. 7, 1917. He farmed in the Rosa area all his life. His love for his family, the land and the animals in his care was evident in every action that he took. Dan's Faith in God was also a very important part of his life. He was one of the founding members of Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Rosa and served in many capacities within the church. He took great pride in ensuring that the church, hall and cemetery grounds were immaculately groomed until August of this year.
Prayers were sung Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Rosa, MB with Very Rev. Miron Pozniak and Very Rev. Henry Lakusta officiating. The Cantor was Martin Chobotar. Interment followed in the Parish Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dan's memory to the Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Cropo Funeral Chapel, 586-8044.
Peacefully, with his family by his side, Morris Wiwchar of Piney passed away Saturday, Oct. 13 at the St Boniface Hospital at the age of 82.
He was born to William and Tekla Wiwchar in Overstoneville, MB, Dec. 30, 1924.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean, his children; sons Daniel, Robert (Donna), Tracy (Cathy), and daughter Nancy (John) Brunelle, four grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Wiwchar and Kirsten and Gillian Brunelle. Also surviving him are his two sisters, Olga (Ray) Blixt, and Helen Blixt, plus numerous nieces and nephews.
Morris was predeceased by his infant son, Alan, his parents, sisters Sophie Lebedynski and Ann Link, parents-in-law Bern and Zelma Shaw, brothers-in-law Ron Shaw and Wilbur Blixt and nephew Cory Shaw.
As a teenager, Morris worked at the creosote plant in Sioux Lookout, and in the bush both in Ontario and Manitoba. In 1961, he and his family moved to Piney, MB, where he worked for 24 years for Manitoba Highways and later 10 years with Manitoba Housing.
Morris was an extremely hard worker, but in his spare time he enjoyed fishing, tinkering and watching hockey.
Morris accomplished quite a feat in that he spent over nine years on peritoneal dialysis. However, this took a toll on his heart and he finally succumbed to his illness. We didn't want to let you go. You were a good man, husband, father, and papa. We love you and miss you. You will be in our hearts forever.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the P.D. Unit, the staff in the M.I.C.U. at the St Boniface Hospital and the Home Care nurses, especially Adina Meek. Your care and compassion were greatly appreciated.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, Steinbach, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Manitoba Branch, 730 Taylor Ave.; Wpg., MB R3M 2K8.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
Peacefully at St Adolphe Nursing Home, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 at 6:45 a.m. Marie Suderman of Niverville breathed her last breath and went to be with her Lord, at the age of 85 years.
Marie was predeceased by her husband Dietrich in 1987, her brother Menno Klassen and twin grandsons Patrick and Dale Schellenberg.
She is survived by her son Abe and his wife Ann Suderman, daughter Martha, husband Cal Schellenberg and grandson Jason Schellenberg and his wife Karoline, daughter Marleen and husband Richard Burgess, grandchildren Scott Leaman (Angeline), Angie Mardell (Terry), Tammy (Mike) Brunell and seven great grandchildren, one sister Kathleen Klassen, one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Klassen as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held at the Elim Mennonite Church in Niverville Thursday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. with interment at Heritage Cemetery immediately following the service.
If friends so desire donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission; PO Box 1073; Stn. Main; Wpg., MB R3C 2X4
Special thanks to the staff at St Adolphe Nursing Home for the absolutely wonderful loving care given to our mother over the last 10 months. We could not have asked for anything more.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
KATHARINA KRAHN KEHLER
Peacefully Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, Katie Kehler, daughter of the late Peter Wiebe and Margaretha Krahn and widow of David Kehler, passed away at the age of 85.
Born in Barkfield, MB on Sept. 11, 1922, Katie grew up on a farm near Pansy, MB. When she was nine, the family moved to Paraguay but returned to Manitoba the following year. Katie was married June 10, 1945 to David Stoesz Kehler. They lived in many different towns including Woodridge, Barkfield, Pine Falls, McArthur Falls, Brandon, Selkirk, Grand Rapids, Steinbach and Winnipeg, where they were long-standing members of Grant Memorial Baptist Church. Katie enjoyed many happy times visiting with family and friends, going on camping trips and cooking at Bird River and Hilbre Bible camps. Katie delighted her family with her cabbage rolls, perogies, borscht, cinnamon buns, and especially, her date cookies, which she used to hide in the freezer, leading her sons to acquire a taste for frozen cookies which continues to this day!
She will be sadly missed by her five sons Raymond (Martha) of Abbotsford, Rodney (Carol) of Langley, Donald (Karen) of Fort Saskatchewan, Barry (Helen) of Winnipeg and Norman (Elizabeth) of Gimli; her eight grandchildren Ryan, Kevin, Paul (Pamela), Jennifer (Paul Sellars), Jill, Ariann, Jeffrey and Lisa Kehler; and her four great-grandchildren Isaak, Hannah, Sarah and Tydin Kehler. She will also be fondly remembered by her sisters Minnie Wiebe, Nettie Martens and Margaret (Jake Wiebe), her brothers Jake Wiebe (Anne) and Bill Wiebe (June) and her sister-in-law Agnes Wiebe; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Peter Kehler (Eva), Maria (Ike Giesbrecht), Betty (Gustav Dueck), Helen Kehler, Stan Kehler (Mary), Helen Hildebrandt, Ben Kehler (Martha) and Ernie Kehler; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband David in 1975 and her grandson Nathan in 1988.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Ave, Winnipeg, with interment at Brookside Cemetery.
If friends so desire donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba; 200-6 Donald Street; Wpg., MB R3L 0K6
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
HELEN SCHROEDER (nee Steer)
Helen completed her earthly journey Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, MB, Canada. She was born Nov. 13, 1926 at Damascus, Ohio, USA.
She is survived by husband, Dr. George Schroeder, Steinbach, sister Dorothy Cobbs (Kenneth), Sebring, Ohio, brother Don (Sandy), St. Petersburg, Florida, and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by parents Ralph and Nellie Steer, and sister Marjorie Dunn (Rev. Roy), Cupertino, California.
Helen and George were missionaries in Nigeria for 30 years, on staff at Ilorin Bible College. Her ministries/instruction revolved around teaching English, music, and choirs and coordinating a regional Christian film library.
In spite of significant health issues, she remained active until their retirement to USA and Canada (Steinbach) in 1994. She excelled at accompanying small or large choirs, quartets, etc, and she accompanied George whenever he sang at services/conferences.
A viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. at Mennonite Brethren Church, Lumber and Second Street, Steinbach, with Pastor Abe Klassen officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.
At Helen's request, flowers are graciously declined. Donations may be made at the service to Family Life Network; 225 Riverton Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2L 0N1; 1-800-565-1810; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
LENA REIMER ISAAC
Mother was born to Peter I. and Margaret Reimer Dec. 31, 1920 at Greenland, MB. She passed away at Bethesda Hospital Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007 at 4 p.m. at the age of 86.
In her mid teens she answered God's call and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite by Min. John A. Koehn. She lived at home with her folks till she was united in marriage to our father Klaas F. Isaac July 4, 1948. They lived a busy life on the dairy farm at Kleefeld, MB till they moved to their retirement home in 1987. Mom and Dad loved visiting and having company. The trips they made were highlights in their lives. They kept up contact with their in-laws, uncles and aunts and friends. In 2002 she moved to Stonebridge Villa in Steinbach, MB. She spent her last few months at Maplewood Manor and Bethesda Hospital. Mother was an energetic person. Her hands were never idle. She always was up to something: sewing, making quilt tops, washing, gardening, cooking, whatever it took to keep us all going. Her family's welfare was very important to her. Family gatherings, babysitting, visiting, keeping up with family events were her specialty. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly.
She faced the challenges of life with courage and faith that encouraged us all. Singing and Bible reading exemplified her desire to be close to God, and family devotions were important to her.
She is fondly remembered by her children Willard and Katherine, twin daughters Lorna and Leana, Kenneth, Russel and Kim; seven grandchildren Sharon, Gerald, Benjamin, Amy, Julie, Shana, Bentley, brother Herbert and Ella, sister-in-law Katie Reimer, in-laws Jessie and Walter Braun, Herman and Frieda, Helen and Ray Leduc, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Her husband Klaas, son Denver, one son in infancy, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
The funeral services were held at Church of God in Christ, Kleefeld, MB, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 with interment at the church cemetery.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
MATT (DMYTRO) DEREWIANCHUK
Peacefully on Thursday, July 10, 2008, surrounded by his loving wife and family, Matt (Dmytro) Derewianchuk journeyed to be with the angels after a lengthy illness.
He will forever be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years Helen (Makowsky); his children, Susan (Don) Phillips, James (Maryanne), Katherine (Michael) Bially, Iris (Don) Goodfellow, Richard (Regina), Rachel (Barry) Hudson; 14 grandchildren: Reggie, Jeremy, Michael, Dallas, Nicholas, Tommy, Keith, Chelsea, Shelby, Mitchell, Madison, Hillary, Ashley and Chloe; one great-grandchild, Nicole; and stepgrandchildren, Lana, Mickey and Kiersten.
He is also survived by sisters and brothers, Mary (Kiziuk), Jarvis, Anne (Eugene) Podolsky, Elsie (Bill) Skryba, Steve (Iris), Jean (Ray) VanKooten, Nellie Diduck, Peter (Mariette), Alec (Eloise); sisters-in-law, Elma and Sara, Margaret Bordun, Anne Makowsky, Marie Bugera; brother-in-law, Nick (Molly) Makowsky; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Matt was predeceased by parents, Alexander and Anastazia; brothers, Roland, Walter, Boris (Kay); sister, Stella (Matt) Kyrzyk; in-laws, Nykola and Anne Makowsky; brothers-in-law, William, Peter, John, Mike and Wally.
Dad was born Aug. 8, 1930 in Vita. He loved people and started his working career at Vita Bakery. After the tornado Dad worked for Tolstoi Transfer. He then purchased his own truck and became a jobber for KUB, Weston's and Don's Bakery, delivering bread in southeastern Manitoba. Dad worked hard, starting his delivery runs at 3:30 a.m. To this he added a milk run, first with Co-op and then St Pierre Dairies. In 1977 the family moved from Sundown and together with Mom and son Jim, started a family grocery business "Derewianchuk & Sons Superette", of which he was very proud. Dad strived hard to satisfy his customers. He was a lifelong member of the Sundown Catholic Church. Dad enjoyed cracking jokes, driving friends to bingo, playing cards, and treating his family at his favorite Chinese restaurants. Most of all, he just enjoyed being around his children and grandchildren.
Prayers were held Monday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Ukrainian National Home in Vita. The funeral service was held Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Sundown.
Loving thanks to our devoted mother for providing Dad with so many opportunities to be part of this world when he could no longer do things on his own. Special thanks to the staff at Whispering Pine Lodge (Vita PCH) for the humor and loving care they provided him since August, 2003.
Dad loved little children and never wanted to see them hungry or suffering. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, 235 McGregor Street, Winnipeg, MB R2W 4W5. Please specify "Orphanage Fund" on your donation.
We will forever love and miss you, Dad. Thank you for teaching us to be compassionate, caring and hard-working adults. You did a great job.
Arrangements by Vita Funeral Homes, "Vita Chapel", Vita, MB, 1-204-425-3114.
Vichnaya Pamyat, Eternal Memory.
Helen Dueck passed into the presence of her personal Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, July 13, 2008 in Abbotsford, BC, aged 86 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jake; her infant brother, Peter and brother, Henry; as well as her sister-in-law, Jenny; and her parents, Peter and Lena Unrau.
Helen is survived by her children: Evelyn and husband Don, Linda, and Sharlene and husband Randy; her grandchildren: Pat, Andy, Phillip, James, Tyler, Braeden and Madisson. Helen is also survived by her brothers and sisters, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
A family graveside service will be held on Friday, July 18, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Grace Church, 2087 McMillan Rd., Abbotsford.
First Memorial, Aldergrove, BC, 604-857-0111.
Helen Peters was born August 24, 1927, to Peter F. and Aganetha Dueck of Kleefeld, the third child in a family of eight. She was baptized upon her confession of faith in 1943 and joined the Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church. Helen then joined the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in 1948 which she and Dad served in faithfully. Benno and Helen were married in the EMB Church on June 16, 1948 and recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Their marriage was blessed with three children — Paul, Patrick and Lori. Helen provided a loving home specializing in cooking, sewing and gardening. Her huge garden provided soup greens for many people, and fabulous flower arrangements for church each week. She volunteered for many years with the Treble Teens, the Mennonite Heritage Village and her church ladies sewing circle. She sewed hundreds of braided rugs to sell for her missions project in Haiti. She was also food coordinator for Union Gospel Mission banquets for many years. Her faith in God was strong, and she taught children's Sunday School for 40 years.
Helen and Benno traveled extensively to many countries including Haiti, Curacao, India, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Europe and South America particularly Paraguay, visiting missionaries, extended family, and making many new friends on each trip. During one trip to Paraguay in March 1983, she slipped on the mud while getting off the bus enroute, resulting in a broken hip and then replacement surgery in Loma Plata. This still did not prevent Helen from planting and tending a full garden the same summer. Their travels ceased three years ago when she fell, fracturing her back, and she spent her remaining days severely weakened and bedridden. During this time, Dad faithfully provided care for her, including all of the domestic responsibilities that Helen could no longer do. She passed away peacefully in her sleep with Benno at her side at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach on July 10, 2008.
Helen was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, George and Frank. She is survived by husband Benno of Steinbach, her three children — son Paul and Vi Peters of Steinbach and their children Amy and Chris Kroeker, Ian and Jessica Peters, Chad and Lenora Peters; also her son Patrick and Alvina Peters of Steinbach and their children Corey Peters, Bonnie Peters and Andrew Peters; and her daughter Lori and Peter Taylor of Fort Mill, South Carolina and their son Samuel; and six great-grandchildren — Jayden, Emma, Henry, Anneka, Arwen and Ebony. Helen is also survived by three brothers — Gus, Henry and Wilbert, and two sisters — Anne and Mary.
The family would like to thank the medical staff and caregivers who so graciously assisted in caring for Helen during her illness, with special thanks to Dr. Mark Duerksen and Esther Gerbrandt.
We, the family, thank God for our Mom's steadfast example of persevering prayer and enduring love for us.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 13, 2008 at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, Steinbach.
If friends so desire, donations in memory of Helen Peters may be made to Mennonite Central Committee or Union Gospel Mission.
MARTIN P. BARKMAN
The loving wife and children of Martin P. Barkman bid him their final good-byes at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach. He quietly fell asleep at the early dawning, Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. His sudden passing was the result of pneumonia and complications of Parkinson's.
He was born to John J. and Anna Penner Barkman on July 21, 1919 at Steinbach. Father grew to manhood in the area. He was converted and baptized Oct. 28, 1938 by Minister Harvey Fricke and became a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite at Greenland, MB. After a reconsecration experience, which was very precious to him, he married the girl he loved, Selma Toews, on Dec. 15, 1940. God gave them more than 67 beautiful years together.
From the spring of 1942 to 1945 he served in various alternative service posts in Western Canada. In July of 1945 the young family moved to Whitemouth, MB as one of the pioneers of the new congregation. On the farm 'by the river' they raised their family of four sons and three daughters. Father provided a living with carpentry and mixed farming. As children we remember a contented and happy life, learning of life's values rather than an abundance of earthly goods. On June 7, 1948 he was ordained to the gospel ministry by Minister Jacob Wiebe. He found a mentor, Minister Jacob F. Barkman and later, Minister John M. Penner, in his duties to the fledgling congregation. The congregation grew and so also did his calling to the Church at large. His life's work centered on the Bride of Christ, the church. This included times spent in various congregations.
In the fall of 1979 they joined the congregation at Bredenbury, SK and made this their home for the next 25 years. After their youngest sons married, Dad and Mom enjoyed a time of service away from home, starting with the outpatient home and pastoring the congregation at Carrot River, SK. Next they enjoyed the challenge of two years as missionaries at Schloss Holte, Germany. Dad loved to travel and we all, even the grandchildren, recall enjoyable trips together.
In the fall of 2004, with their health declining, Dad and Mom made the move to the self-care suite at Maplewood Manor, Steinbach. Here they enjoyed the fellowship of their peers, brothers and sisters and friends. The last two years they have been lovingly tended to by the staff of the care home, for which the family is very grateful. And also we say thank you to the Steinbach congregation for their benevolence.
Our father shared spiritual guidance, encouragement and prayers throughout our lives. He took a personal interest in each grandchild and they in turn loved him dearly.
Lovingly remembered by his wife, Selma, and leading the way for us, his children: Denton and June of Cartwright, MB, Ann and Roland Warkentin of Willows, California, Ken and Marlis of Cartwright, MB, Carol and David Friesen of Roblin, MB, Irene and Burt Friesen of Saltcoats, SK, Don and Charlene of Bredenbury, SK, Garry and Bonnie of Creston, BC, his 36 grandchildren and 82 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Mary and Stanley Giesbrecht and one brother, Stanley and Alice. He will also be missed by special friends of the family, Dorothy and Leanna Friesen and many other relatives and friends. His parents, two brothers and one grandchild predeceased him.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite in Greenland with interment at Heritage Cemetery in Steinbach.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030