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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 121

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It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Walter Trowsdale on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Arlie and children James (Peggy), Sharon (Brian) Bencharski, Kim (Jamie) Hay and Kelly (Darren) Farr. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Megan, Ian and Allison Hay; Caitlyn and Matthew Farr; three step-grandchildren Kim (Dave) Overton; Dan (Melanie) Chegus and Meghan Chegus and three step-great-grandchildren Noah, Lisa and Emily Overton as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Artimas and Annie, brother Chesley, sisters Alice and Anne.

Walter was born in Winnipeg on Feb. 12, 1924. He was raised in Hadashville, MB on the family farm. He enlisted in the army during WWII and was stationed in Halifax with the Medical Corps. After being discharged in 1945 he did various jobs before starting a career in the forestry service with Manitoba Natural Resources. It was at this time he met and married the love of his life, Arlie Norris on Sept. 1, 1951. Throughout his 34-year career span with the provincial government, he was stationed in various locations within Southeastern Manitoba until his retirement in 1983.

Following his retirement, mom and dad now had more time to travel. They enjoyed a trip to the east coast with their dear friends Carole and John Hreno as well as several road and bus trips throughout the United States.

A true outdoorsman, dad was his happiest when he could be working in his yard or puttering around in his garage. His birdfeeders were never empty.

There was nothing dad enjoyed more than having his family around him. His children and grandchildren meant the world to him and he meant the world to us.

Dad was a quiet, proud, kind man who would rather be on the sidelines than in the spotlight and it was these qualities that earned him numerous lasting friendships throughout his lifetime.

Respecting dad's wishes, a private family gathering will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation or the CNIB.

We love you dad and we'll miss you.

Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1 Green Acres Lane, 222-3241.

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Abram B. Eidse, much loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008. Many times in the course of the past year he told us he would like to fall asleep and never wake up. God granted him his desire, and answered our prayers for his healing.

Dad was born in the village of Rosenhof on Dec. 5, 1926, although his birth certificate states it was Dec. 12. Apparently, by the time his father got around to registering him he had forgotten which Tuesday it actually happened.

Abie, as he was known by friends and family leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Matilda; his children Sylvia and Larry Dyck, Robert and Diane, Kerry and Joanne, Ray and Kimberly, June and Marc Rogers; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; and five great-grandchildren. As well, he is survived by two sisters, and was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters, with his brother Dick passing away just a week before.

Dad grew up on the farm in Rosenhof and attended school until Grade 7. From that point on his education consisted of the school of experience and hard work.

In the winter of 1945 Dad met Matilda Friesen, and they were married on Oct. 8, 1950. They moved into a tiny house on our grandmother's yard where they lived for four years. Following that they built their own house not far from the original homestead, and named it Four Winds Farm.

Dad was always first and foremost a farmer, but he spent the first six winters after marriage hauling logs on the Vermillion Bay/Kenora area. When spring came and the ice on the lakes broke up, Dad returned with his family to the land he loved and resumed his passion, farming. During the seventies and eighties CB radios were widely used by farmers, and Dad's CB handle was "Colonel Wheat", which seemed appropriate both for his character and occupation.

Dad became very adept at fixing things, however, he was not always the most patient man. His attitude and actions were characterized by the oft-spoken words "daut mut gonne", it has to work.

His love for work and concern for people melded to form a compassionate and practical hands-on man of action. These attributes were a perfect fit for his years of involvement with the Mennonite Disaster Service.

One of Mom and Dad's greatest blessings to family, friends, and the community at large was one they did not intentionally plan for when they purchased their cottage at Betula Lake in 1979.We as a family can hardly put into words what time spent at the cottage has meant to us children, and now our grandchildren. We know that many in and outside of our community have been the beneficiaries of Mom and Dad's generosity as they "rented" it to friends and their families.

About 15 years ago Dad began a slow but steady decline in his health. He contracted four different kinds of arthritis, and had a number of back and neck surgeries. The relief gained was only temporary, and he was basically confined to a wheelchair for the past year. It was difficult to watch a proud, independent, and hardworking man become dependent. We have been amazed and awed at Mom's determination and ability to care for him at home, until July 27 when he entered Morris Hospital.

We, as a family, are so thankful to have had a father who has modelled to us so much of our Heavenly Father. We will miss him sorely, but we also visualize Dad experiencing renewed health, energy, and release from pain as he enters his new home and meets his Saviour.

The funeral service was held at the Rosenort Evangelical Mennonite Church on Sunday Aug. 31, with the burial beside his brother Dick in the Rosenort Cemetery. Arrangements by the Morris Funeral Home.

If friends so desire, donations in Dad's memory may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service.


Anne Kittleson passed away at the LifeCare Roseau Manor on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at the age of 88 years.

Anne was born in Sprague, MB on March 30, 1920 to John and Ida (Haakonsen) Kittleson. Her older brother and sister, Chester and Selma, along with her parents have preceded her in death.

Anne received her education in Sprague, finishing her high school and nurse's training in Winnipeg, MB. She immigrated to the United States following her nurse's education and worked in Roseau, MN for Dr. David O. Berge for three years before joining two RN friends to work as surgery nurses in Detroit, Michigan. Returning to Minnesota after a year they worked in Minneapolis hospitals, after which two responded to a call from New Ulm Union Hospital as surgery nurses, where they worked for ten years.

In 1960, Anne had to interrupt her course in anesthesia in Minneapolis in favor of a less stressful field in Public Health, due to warning signs of multiple sclerosis. She attended the University of Minnesota for a major in that field and then graduated from the University of Dubuque, Iowa with a major in school health. She worked for the remainder of her career in the New Ulm Minnesota School District, retiring in 1986.

While living in New Ulm in 1950, Anne made her decision to ask Jesus Christ to be Lord of her life. She was active in church life and was instrumental in establishing the First Baptist Church of New Ulm.

Beginning in 1986, Anne spent seven of her earlier retirement years in caring for the final life needs of a Norwegian first cousin marine engineer. Haakon had been brought to the United States in 1942 during WW II after having been torpedoed in a British supply convoy in the Atlantic. Since Norway was occupied by Germany, he would not go there so he chose to stay in the U.S. where he joined the U.S. Navy. He moved to Minneapolis from New York in 1986 and died there in 1993; he is buried in Sprague along with his Aunt Ida's family.

Anne lived in Minneapolis for six years prior to moving to Roseau in June 2006 in order to help her sister Selma at the Oak Crest Assisted Living facility. Selma passed away in September 2007.

Anne is survived by her sister-in-law, Hilda (Chester) Kittleson, Sprague, MB; nephews, Harold (Verna) Kittleson, Sprague, MB and Allen (Jane) Kittleson, Granbury, TX; nieces, Carol Naslund, Jacksonville, FL and Ida Lynne (Gary) Sigurdson, Sprague, MB; grand-nephews, Sheldon Naslund, Alaska, Shon (Melissa) Naslund, Fergus Falls, MN, Shane (Rebecca) Naslund, and sons, Warren and Luke, Bismarck, ND, Ryan Kittleson, Winnipeg, MB, Adam (Rebecca) Kittleson and Emily, Vassar, MB, Dale Kittleson, Winnipeg, MB and William Kittleson, Granbury, TX; grand-nieces, Aerielle and Alexis Sigurdson, Sprague, MB.

Funeral services for Anne Kittleson of Roseau, MB were held on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau with visitation one hour prior to the service.


Peacefully, with Henry by her side, on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Elizabeth Friesen passed away at the age of 87 years at Arborg Personal Care Home.

Besides her husband, she is survived by daughter Heidi (Stephen) Iwaniuk, son Mel (Diane), son Henry (Mary), daughter Trudy (Abe) Loewen, son Les (Jennifer); 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one sister Katherine (Henry) Plett and many other relatives and friends.

Elizabeth was predeceased by 2 sons Alfred and John and one daughter Bernice.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, January 8 at 3:00 p.m. at the Morweena Evangelical Mennonite Church, with interment in the church cemetery to follow. Viewing Saturday, January 7 from 6-7 p.m. with a devotional at 6:15 at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, and at the church prior to the service.


Daniel F. Friesen, 68, of Steinbach passed away at Bethesda Hospital on Thursday, January 5, 2012. He is survived by his wife Ann, two daughters and three sons and one sister.

He was predeceased by one brother and one sister.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Sunday, January 8 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 Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Ridgewood Church, Hwy 311 E .at 1:00 p.m. with interment at the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


David Cayer was born December 22, 1921 and passed away peacefully on January 5, 2012. David resided in Vassar, MB for most of his life. Chalet Malouin, St. Malo was home for 15 years and lastly Vita Personal Care Home.

David was predeceased by his wife Antoinette; his parents Albert and Alma, brother Raymond, sisters Aurore Levesque and Grace Lamy. He is survived by brothers Richard, Cub (Joyce), sisters Francis Rempel , Lorraine Sinclair, Gert Cote, Gail Hunter (Richard) and Judy Preteau.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr, Steinbach.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


John Homer Calder, 90, of Vita formerly of Carlowrie passed away at the Vita Personal Care Home on Friday, January 6, 2012.

He is survived by two daughters, two sons and their families. HE was predeceased by his wife Effie and one brother.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenridge United Church with ash interment at the church cemetery.

If friends so desire donations may be made to the Greenridge United Church Memorial Fund.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


Lena passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, January 7. 2012, at the Vita Hospital, at the age of 85.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Larry (Kim), Lorraine (Ray), Jim (Mary), Raymond, Audrey (Dillon); grandchildren: Rhonda, Kyle, Christopher, Janine, Courtney, Justin, Keanan, Jayden; her faithful guard dog Chester; sisters Mary, Cassie, Jenny, Nellie, Orise, Elizabeth, Alice, and numerous relatives.

She was predeceased by her parents Nykfor and Sophie Kucharski, her loving husband Stanley, son Stanley Jr., sisters Anna, Polly, Ellen, and brothers Johnny, Martin, Alex, and Joe.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Drive, Steinbach, MB, with ash interment at a later date.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


With family at her bedside, Mary Regehr passed away peacefully at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach on January 7th, 2012.

Predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers in childhood, 3 sisters, & 6 brother-in-laws.

Left to mourn her passing are 4 sisters and their families.

The funeral will take place Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mennonite Brethren Church, 340 Second Street, Steinbach, with interment at Heritage Cemetery. Viewing will be at the church prior to the service.

Donations may be made to Gideon Memorial Bible Plan.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our daughter, grand-daughter, sister and aunt Emily Rose Friesen on January 8, 2012 at Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, AB.

Emily is survived by her parents, Ken and Tara, brothers Brent, Justin and Ben; sisters Brittany Kari and Emma.

Emily also leaves behind grandparents Ben and Mary, uncles Abe (Gloria), Andy (Geraldine) and Jim, two nieces Arianna and Seraphiina and one nephew Brycen as well as numerous cousins.

A private service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, MB on Monday, January 16.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Variety Children's Heart Centre,
685 William Avenue, Room FE241, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z2

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel

April 10, 1928 – January 9, 2012

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Tena. She passed away on January 9, 2012 at the Poseidon Care Center in Winnipeg at the age of 83.

Tena was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ed. Tena is lovingly remembered by her family; daughters Lynda, Noelle (Larry) and sons Nathan (Debbie) and Don (Chris) and by her grandchildren Stephanie, Jordan,Amber, Dallas, Jason and Chad and great grandson Josiah.

Viewing will take place at Vita Funeral Home on Friday January 13 at 7:00 pm.

The funeral will be held at the Stuartburn Gospel Chapel on Saturday January 14 at 2:00 pm. Burial to follow at the Grace Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements by Vita Funeral Home 256 Railway Avenue Vita, Manitoba Phone 1 204 425 3114

May 27, 1926 – January 10, 2012

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at the age of 85 years, Dad passed away after a courageous struggle with his family at his side, to be reunited with our Mom. He was born on May 27, 1926 in the RM of Hanover to John and Maria Kehler.

Dad leaves behind to remember him, his five children, Ron (Margaret) Kehler, Carol (Fred) Kroeker, Lorna (Harry) Warkentin, Russ (Carol) Kehler, Randy (Alice) Kehler; as well as 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, two sisters and brothers and sisters-in-law. He was predeceased by his wife Susan, his parents, and two brothers.

A celebration of Dad’s life will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach. Interment will be at Silberfeld Cemetery following lunch. Last respects can be paid prior to the service. We would like to thank his home care aids and the nurses at the Ste. Anne Hospital for the care Dad received during his stay.

If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Ste. Anne Hospital Palliative Care.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel

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