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JOHN SEMENIUK

John Semeniuk born Aug. 30, 1936 long-time resident of Menisino, MB, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in his favourite chair Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008.

Left to cherish his memory are his children Daphne (Albert) and Daniel (Anna) and his grandchildren Eric (Marcy), Elton, Tara, Olivia and Cody. Also mourning his loss is the mother of his children, Bernice and his siblings Steve, Elizabeth (Michael), William (Josephine), Evelyn (Maurice), Ollie, Ellen (Len), Alice, Darlene, Phyllis (Fred), Terry (Chris) and Jackie (Wayne), brother-in-law Jim and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his son Leonard, parents Dan and Maria and sisters Linda and Anne. We would like to express our deep appreciation to our Uncle Steve for being his constant companion and helper over the past number of years. We would also like to thank his cousin Brian for sharing all of those fishing expeditions with dad and being a good friend through his retirement years. Dad we will miss your fun loving teasing and tall tails and know that you have the perfect fishing weather every day now.

Funeral service will be held at the International Christian Fellowship Church (by the border) in Piney, MB. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. and service will be at 11a.m. Lunch at the Piney Hall and interment at Dutka Cemetery to follow.

Pallbearers will be nephews Steven Semeniuk, David McCallum, Danny McCallum, Michael Gushulak, Jeffery Gushulak, Keenan Yaremchuk and cousin Brian Mydaniuk.

Arrangements caringly carried out by Vita Funeral Home.

MICHAEL JACOB ZAHARA
1914-2008

On Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, with his family by his side, our father, grandfather and great-grandfather left us to join his beloved and dearly missed wife Mary.

Dad was born on Aug. 2, 1914 to Jacob and Maria Zahara (Kosowan) of Gardenton, MB. He farmed first at the original homestead in the Gardenton area then later, after he and mom were married, built the homestead and farm just south of Tolstoi. Dad was a dedicated father who was known for his fun-loving and gregarious nature. How he loved to socialize! He was known to stop and chat incessantly with friends old and new, and he sure loved to tease the ladies. Those who knew dad no doubt experienced his hospitality and generosity on more than a few occasions. Dad enjoying sharing a drink with anyone who stopped by and children never left without cash in hand. Any neighbor who needed help got it. Dad also loved music and he loved to sing Ukrainian Christmas carols. He especially loved a rousing game of Hola and was so proud of his victories!

After losing mom in 2004, life became a struggle for dad. How he missed her! In 2007 dad moved off the farm to Chalet Malouin in St Malo, where he was lovingly cared for. Despite having family near, he spoke only of the day when he could join mom. Though the family grieves his loss, dad's wish has been granted and for this we are grateful. We thank those friends and family who took the time to visit dad at the Chalet, this meant so much to him.

Mike was predeceased by his parents, his wife Mary in 2004, his daughter-in-law Janet, his sisters Sophie, Pearl, Irene and Lillian; his brothers John, Bill, Samuel and Manuel. He is survived by his only daughter Eva Goletski (Ed), sons Gord (Suzanne), Don (Brenda), Eddy and Allan; grandchildren, Cindy, Charlene (Dan), Ryan, Jason, Beverly (Chris), Aaron, Adrian, Aviree; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Hayley, Taylor, and Ashley; his sister Anne Graham, brother Nick Chalaturnyk and many nieces and nephews.

Prayers were held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 at 7 p.m. at Green Acres Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 at St Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, at 10:30 a.m. in Gardenton, MB, officiated by Rev. Fr. Miron Pozniak. Interment followed in the Ukrainian Historical Cemetery in Gardenton, MB. There was a gathering of family and friends after each service. The family would like to extend a most heartfelt thanks to the staff at St Pierre hospital, whose loving-kindness and compassion to dad and the family will not be forgotten. Many thanks also to the staff at Chalet Malouin for their excellent care of dad. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Michael's Ukrainian Historical Church, Box 20, Gardenton, MB, R0A 0M0.

Vichnaya Pamyat

GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery # 1 Green Acres Lane, (204) 222-3241

ADRIEN BELLEMARE

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Adrien Bellemare on Monday, Sept. 15, 2008. Adrien was born Aug. 23, 1942 in St Jean Baptiste, MB.

He worked for Merchants Consolidated for many years starting from an entry warehouse position and working his way up to a supervisory position up until the company closed. He then started his own landscaping business and operated it for a short time. Most recently he was enjoying retirement and looking forward to the years ahead. He loved his sports, especially hockey and curling. He lived most of his adult years in Grande Pointe raising a family, then moving to Ile Des Chenes in recent years.

Surviving Adrien are his two sons Michael Stewart Bellemare (wife Leah) of Oromocto, NB and Robert Jean Bellemare (wife Lori) of Steinbach, MB, grandchildren Jenny, Benjamin, Andrew and Jack; his sister Denise from Wawanesa, MB, brother Norbert from Montreal, QC and sister Mathilda from Edmonton, AB. He is also survived by the mother of his children Reta Burroughs (nee. Rempel) of Sioux Narrows, ON. Adrien was predeceased by his parents, Pierre and Blanche Bellemare and his beloved dog Bailey.

The funeral will be held at the Catholic Church of Ile Des Chenes located at 453 Main Street, Ile Des Chenes, tentatively Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. For confirmation please call the church at (204) 878-3359.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

ERDMAN (ED) J. DRIEDGER

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, nine days after his 93rd birthday, Grandpa, peacefully in his sleep, went to be with his Lord and Savior.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Mary of 59 years, his children Anita (Neil) Friesen, Kathy, Margi (Dennis) Friesen, Shirley (Alex) Toth, David, Richard (Emily), Ken (Sheryl), his sister Rose and brother Ben, 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and other family members.

Grandpa was born on Aug. 30, 1915 to Johan and Aganetha Driedger in Gruenthal Village (Gretna), MB. Grandpa spent his first four years there. His father died when he was four years old. His mother then married Isaac Kehler. His life for the next seven years was very unsettled. His family moved frequently trying to keep food on the table. Because they were very poor Grandpa needed to leave home at the age of 11 to look for work in order to support himself and help his family. He spent many years working for different farmers tending livestock, working the land, doing mechanical work and a variety of other jobs.

At age 28, Grandpa joined the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and began training for the army. He trained in several places in Manitoba including Winnipeg and Shilo. He also went to the Isle of Wight near England for further training. He was then sent to France to join in the combat there. It was during the time that Grandpa was there that he found the Lord. While there, he was injured and was sent back to Canada via England to recuperate.

He met Grandma, and they were married on June 19, 1949. They lived in Morden for 11 years and then Grandpa bought a farm near Dominion City. Grandpa began work as a mechanic in Dominion City and farmed his half section of land evenings and weekends. Grandpa suffered a heart attack in 1987. He sold the farm 10 years later and they moved back to Morden and retired there. During their time in Morden they did some traveling and enjoyed life being retired.

Four years ago Grandma became ill and Grandpa became her major caregiver. He very generously gave his time and his love to her. The family appreciates the time and patience of the homecare staff and nurses as they visited with them and continue to do so. The last while Grandpa had minor heart problems and early Tuesday morning passed away in his sleep.

In spite of the many difficulties that Grandpa faced in his life he was a very generous man, giving freely of his time and money to help anyone in need. He felt God had really blessed them.

We will always be thankful for the love and guidance that Grandpa has given to us.

The funeral service was held at the Morden EMM Church on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 with interment at Chapel Cemetery in Morden.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

PETER T. FUNK

After a brief illness, Peter T. Funk of Grunthal passed away at Health Sciences Centre on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 at the age of 65 years.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Maria (nee Giesbrecht); six children: John (Sharon) of Grunthal, Susie (Cornie) Reimer of Grunthal, Rudi (Alvina) of Niverville, Andy (Martha) of Grunthal, Art of Steinbach and Wilfred of Portage la Prairie; 10 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, five sisters, three brothers and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Susanna Funk, three sisters, one brother and one granddaughter.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in Grunthal on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. with interment at Grunthal Cemetery.

If friends so desire donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, Room ON109 675 McDermot Ave.; Wpg., MB R3E 0V9.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

PETER W. PRIES

We, as family, in great sadness announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Dad passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept.10, 2008 at Concordia Hospital, Winnipeg.

Dad was born June 9, 1929 to Peter F. and Mary Pries in the RM of Hanover. He married our mother (Tina) on July 28, 1951.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tina (of 57 years of marriage); children: Linda (Peter), Leona (Ken), Leonard (Miranda), Larry (Wilma), Luella (Gord), Laura (Rick), Monty (Maureen); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers: Jake, John (Edna), sisters: Mary (Dick), Agatha, Helen (Cornie), sister-in-law Agatha, brother-in-law Abe (Laverna) and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Joanne, great-grandson Jordan, his parents Peter F. and Mary Pries, parents-in-law Peter B. and Agatha Wiebe, his brother Bill; as well as numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

There was nothing Dad enjoyed more than having his family around him. His family meant the world to him and he meant the world to us. We, as family, are so thankful to have had a loving father like he was. We will miss him dearly, but we also visualize Dad experiencing renewed health and release from pain as he enters his home in heaven safe in the arms of Jesus.

The funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, Steinbach with interment at Heritage Cemetery.

We express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. A. Bissonette and the many health care staff for the care that was given to our Dad. Special thanks to the friends and relatives for all the prayers and comforting support given to us during this difficult time.

The Pries Family

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

EMMANUEL SCHULTZ
Oct, 12, 1926 Sept. 1, 2008
Age 81

Manuel was born October 12, 1926 at La Broquerie, MB to William and Amelia Schultz. Manuel's mom passed away when he was 12 years old. Years later, his dad married Augusta.
Manuel had six brothers: Art, Henry, Reinhold, Herbert, Leonard and Stanley; two sisters, Adela and Adeline; and one step-sister, Dorothy Singbeil.
FUNERAL SERVICE Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at 2 p.m., Emmaus Lutheran Church, Drayton Valley, Alberta
OFFICIATING Pastor Quinn Adams
PALLBEARERS: Henry Schultz, Herb Schultz, Stan Schultz, Brian Schultz, Gordon Bredahl, Justin Paradis
EULOGIST Jack Savage
SOLOIST Trina Christensen
How Great Thou Art Amazing Grace
PIANIST Mona Kuhn
HYMNS What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Blest Be the Tie that Binds
INTERMENT Riverview Cemetery, Drayton Valley, Alberta, Drayton Valley Funeral Services

ANNE THORDARSON
Nov. 22, 1940 Sept. 11, 2008

It is with deep regret that we announce the sudden passing of our dear mother, grandmother and sister Anne Thordarson on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 at her residence in Winnipeg at the age of 67.

Anne is survived by one daughter Cindy (Bill) Budd, two grandchildren Brian and Meagan; four brothers Jake, Henry, Peter, and John; three sisters Agnes, Hilda and Katie and their families. She was predeceased by her parents Henry and Agatha Poetker.

Mom attended New Bothwell School and later worked in Winnipeg as a health care aide. After getting married she became a homemaker. She was kind and generous to family and friends and always had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. She had a playful spirit. Her hobbies included writing stories and baking. She was a devoted, long-term member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Winnipeg.

The funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel with interment at Heritage Cemetery.

If friends so desire donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200-6 Donald Street; Wpg., MB R3L 0K6.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

BENJAMIN BARKMAN UNGER
July 22, 1917 Sept. 14, 2008

Our sorrow is blended with great joy as we celebrate the home-going of our father and grandfather Ben B. Unger, who has entered into the presence of his Savior and King, Jesus Christ.

Dad was born on July 22, 1917 to Cornelius W. and Maria B. Unger near Steinbach, MB. He committed his life to Christ shortly before his marriage to Aganetha (Agnes) Guenther and together they entered the waters of baptism on July 11, 1937. Their marriage took place on Sept. 25, 1938 and soon after they settled in La Broquerie Municipality where they farmed and raised their family.

Left to celebrate his life are Wilbert (Della); Miranda (Jack) Ward; Cliff (Linda); Eva (Herman) Penner; Earl (Mary); Mary-Anne (Len) Hart; Shirley (Dan) Wiebe, 23 grandchildren and their spouses, and 36 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Dave; Dan (Tina); Mary Roos; Winnie (John) Dyck; Victor (Mary); and his sister-in-law Annie Sawatzky. He was predeceased by his wife Agnes; his infant twin sons Peter and Cornelius; four young grandchildren; his brother Cornelius, and his sister Elizabeth.

Dad was a gentleman and a gentle man. It is only appropriate that his greatest earthly passion was for the draft horse, also known as gentle giants. He and Mom were instrumental in the founding of the Southeastern Manitoba Draft Horse Association and they volunteered countless hours at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum. Along with horses, Dad's hobbies included logging, his sawmill, his antique John Deere tractor, pitching sheaves, and anything that involved fieldwork. What is extremely interesting about this is that these are the ways that Dad supported his family over the years. In other words, work was play for Dad, and the harder the work, the more he enjoyed it. This work ethic continued right up until a few weeks before his death at the age of 91.

Another defining characteristic of Dad's life was his devotion to Jesus as Lord. His very demeanour reflected a Christ-like kindness and gentleness. For several years he taught a boys' class at the EMB church where he held membership for most of his life. He was consistent with his daily devotions and spent considerable time praying for his family and the various missionaries that He and Mom had supported over the years. It is significant that he passed into glory as the family gathered around him was singing Just a Closer Walk With Thee.

We as a family would like to extend our heart-felt thanks to Dr. Minnaar and the medical/nursing staff at Bethesda Hospital. They were fantastic. We would also like to thank the staff at Fernwood Place for the consideration they extended to Dad during his residence of the past eight years.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 at 7 p.m. with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cornerstone Bible Church, 290 First St, Steinbach with interment at Heritage Cemetery.

If friends so desire donations may be made to The Gideons, PO Box 3619 Stn Main; Guelph, ON N1H 9Z9.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

ANNE WIEBE
June 20, 1933 Sept. 15, 2008

Peacefully, our wife and mother, Anne (Broesky) Wiebe, aged 75, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, MB.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Aaron Neufeld of Steinbach, her children, Shirley (Harry) Funk, John (Sheila) Wiebe of Pine Falls, Janet (Pete) Doerksen, Judy (Geoff) Stevenson, Earl (Edna) Wiebe, Ruby (Tony) Poetker and her 11 stepchildren; grandchildren, Kevin (Melanie) and Christopher (Sarah) Funk; Michelle, Brandy and Dustin Wiebe, Kayla Doerksen, Dayna, Katie and Annabelle Wiebe, Morgan, Bryce and Caelan Poetker; great-grandchild Ebony Wiebe as well as grand-dogs, Bart and Chase Stevenson.

She is also survived by three sisters, Kathy Schroeder, Nettie Penner, Helen (Stan) Banman, five brothers, John (Edna) Broesky, Jake (Linda) Broesky, Cornie (Pauline) Broesky, Martin and Peter Broesky and brother-in-law Peter Wiens.

She was predeceased by her first husband, John Wiebe (1989) and her son, Harry James (1985). She was also predeceased by her parents, John W. and Anna Broesky, as well as her sisters Mary Wiens, Agatha Neufeld and brother-in-laws Menno Penner and George Schroeder.

There was nothing Mom enjoyed more than our family gatherings. She was blessed with seven wonderful children whom together with her grandchildren were her greatest joy. She devoted unconditional love and understanding to us all. Her life was complete when she married Aaron and they spent four fun-filled years by each others side, traveling, going out to eat, babysitting, planting flowers, laughing and just enjoying life.

Mom had great faith and instilled this value in her children. She experienced many hardships in her lifetime and her love and trust in Jesus helped her through it all. She firmly believed that God never gave you anything he thought you couldn't handle.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. with a short devotional at 7:30 p.m. A celebration of life for Mom will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie Avenue at 2 p.m. Burial at Heritage Cemetery.

Thank you to Dr. Minnaar and the staff at Bethesda Hospital as well as all the palliative care volunteers. Special thanks to the friends and relatives for all the prayers and comforting support given to us during this difficult time.

If friends so desire donations in Anne's memory may be made to the Canadian Liver Foundation, PO Box 1943, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3R2.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

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