HELENA WIEBE (nee Kliewer)
July 18, 1943 — Nov. 11, 2008
Peacefully, with her family at bedside, Helen left this world for another after a brief battle with cancer.
Left to remember her are her husband of 43 years, Raymond, sons Chris (Alanna) and Dale, sister Dora (Cornelius) Krause, uncle John Peters, aunts Helen Friesen and Ida Kliewer, countless cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Her parents Katherina and Peter Kliewer and parents-in-law Lily and Peter Wiebe, also of Niverville, predeceased her.
Helen was born in Niverville, MB, where she was raised and educated. After graduating high school in 1961 she moved to Winnipeg to work at Manitoba Hydro. She lived with her sister, then with her friend Roselyn, before staying with her aunt Betty and uncle John Peters. It was on a 1962 holiday with Betty and John to the Calgary Stampede when she ran into a former schoolmate, Raymond. They were married July 18, 1965 in the church where she had been baptized-Chortitizer Mennonite in Niverville.
Upon the birth of her children Helen retired from work to raise them, frequently volunteering at Carpathia School and eventually returning to work as a teaching assistant for Winnipeg School Division 1. She touched many young lives through the years, especially once taking a permanent position at River Heights Middle School. There she formed many friendships and nurtured many special needs students. She retired in 2001, to spend more time doing the things she loved: flower gardening, sewing, reading, going to the cottage at White Lake, and visiting friends and family.
Helen was a friend to everyone she knew throughout her life, and held those relationships dear. She also drew much strength from her faith, which gave her courage and peace in her final weeks. Many thanks to all who visited, supported, and included her in their thoughts and prayers during her illness. Your love and kindness brought her great happiness and comfort.
Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr, Steinbach on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m., with devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be at Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m., with reception to follow. Burial will take place afterward at Hespeler Cemetery in Niverville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen's memory to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030
HELEN MARY SMITH nee: Andrusyk
Dec. 15, 1937 - Dec. 8, 2006
Suddenly Dec. 8, 2006, Helen beloved mother and grandmother passed away at the age of 68.
Helen is survived by her children Barbara and Dennis Schultz; grandsons Curtis and Justin Schultz; sister Iris and William Wachna and family; brother John and Carol Andrusyk and in-laws Garry and Leisa Smith and family and countless relatives and friends.
Helen was predeceased by her husband Dennis, daughter Lynne and son Barry.
Helen was born in Vita, MB Dec. 15, 1937, married Dennis Smith Nov. 21, 1953 and lived her entire life in the Woodmore, MB area. She was a caring mother and grandmother who welcomed everyone into her home. She enjoyed the company of good friends, a good card game and a win at bingo. Over the years she enjoyed gardening, the farm life, traveling and in the winters curling.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who visited, called and cared for Helen in the recent months.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 at the Greenridge United Church with Reverend Bev Ward officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greenridge United Church Memorial Fund.
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KATIE NIKKEL (nee Bartel)
February 1934 - December 2006
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Katie Nikkel, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at the Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, MB. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jacob Nikkel; one son Dennis and Shirley Nikkel (Theresa, Stephanie, Jennifer); three daughters, Elsie and Russ Lemke (Shawn and Sadie Hoffarth, Tyler and Chad Lemke), Hilda Nikkel, Eleanor and Rod Friesen (Brittany and fiancé William Thiessen, Justin). Also remembering her are: four brothers, one sister and their families. Katie was predeceased by her parents David and Elizabeth Bartel, one sister, one brother, two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.
Most sincere thanks go to Dr. Ilchyna, Dr. Krahn, the nursing staff and cancer care staff at Bethesda Hospital for their wonderful care and compassion.
Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. with a devotional to follow at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be at Elim Mennonite Church in Grunthal Friday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at the Grunthal Cemetery. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Steinbach CancerCare Centre.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful." 2 Timothy 4:7
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
À la mémoire de Guy Le Gal
Guy Le Gal, fils, frère, époux, père, grand-père, oncle et ami est décédé le 2 décembre 2006 à l'hôpital Bethesda de Steinbach à l'âge de 61 ans.
Guy laisse dans le deuil son épouse de 39 ans, Gisèle (née Fiola) son fils André, sa bru Isabelle Blais et ses deux petits enfants, Gabrielle et Mélodie. Guy est précédé de ses deux autres enfants Julie, 1977 et Joseph (Joey), 1983.
Guy laisse aussi dans le deuil ses soeurs et son frère, Yvette (Edgar) Poirier, Denis (Berthe née Balcaen), Anita (Wesley) Caldwell, Lorraine (Louis) Gauvreau, Diane (Émile) Trudeau, Monique (Raymond) Paulhus, ainsi que plusieurs neveux, nièces, cousins, cousines et amis à qui il manquera beaucoup.
Guy est précédé de son père Joachim, 1984, sa mère Lodia (née Laporte), 2000, ses frères Roland, 1955 et Jean Paul 2006, sa soeur Thérèse Gendreau, 1996 et son neveu Guy Gendreau en 1973.
Guy est né le 3 novembre 1945 à Richer, Manitoba. Durant ses premiers 21 ans de jeunesse, il vécut et oeuvra sur la ferme paternelle au nord de Richer. L'éducation formelle pour Guy se passait surtout dans la vie quotidienne plutôt que sur les bancs d'écoles. En 1966 il fut embauché à travaillé pour la ville de Winnipeg (Water and Waste Management) et comptait prendre sa retraite en avril 2007.
En 1967, Guy épousa Gisèle Fiola de Ste-Geneviève et ils ont été béni de trois enfants: André, Julie et Joseph (Joey). Dans son engagement comme époux et père, Guy était aimant, gentil, vaillant et pourvoyait à tous les besoins de sa famille.
Guy s'est toujours dévoué corps et âme dans tout ce qu'il entreprenait. Dans son travail, ses collègues nous disent qu'il était consciencieux, précis, tenace et persévérant; nul défi était trop petit ou trop grand pour Guy.
La prière et son attitude douce, respectueuse, accueillante et aidante reflétaient sa grande spiritualité et sa compassion pour les autres. Guy se dévouait sans compter comme membre des chevaliers de Colomb, membre la chorale de l'église et aux diverses activités de la communauté.
Sa grande passion était la musique. Chanter et jouer la mandoline, la guitare, l'harmonica ou le violon lui servaient de prière. Guy fit ses débuts comme musicien durant les années soixante et avec les années son goût pour la musique moderne se transforma à la musique française folklorique et spirituelle. Comme musicien, chanteur et comédien, Guy savait plaire à la foule du plus jeune au plus vieux en les faisant rire aux éclats. Guy était non seulement un musicien talentueux mais aussi un excellent divertisseur.
Le dernier groupe musical auquel Guy appartenait est « les Frères Guy »: quatre musiciens avec le même prénom : Guy Lacroix, Guy Manaigre et Guy Loyer. Les Frères Guy ont présenté plusieurs spectacles en régions manitobaines et au Festival du Voyageur. La musique ainsi qu'une grande amitié se développa entre Guy et ses frères; ils sont devenus de réels frères.
La célébration pour la vie de Guy a eu lieu le 8 décembre à l Église Notre Dame de Lorette. La messe a été célébrée par le père Armand Le Gal, et concélébrée par l'abbé Marcel Chaput, l'abbé Maurice Jeanneau et le diacre M. Gérard Desrosiers. L'inhumation du corps a eu lieu au cimetière de Prairie Grove.
La famille tient à remercier tous ceux et celles qui ont donné de l'appui, soit par les cartes, les prières, les visites, les appels téléphoniques et la participation à la célébration de la vie de Guy. On remercie tout spécialement le personnel préposé aux soins palliatifs de l'hôpital Bethesda de Steinbach.
Cher Guy, ta chaleur humaine, ton sourire, ta joie de vivre ainsi que ta disposition respectueuse nous ont touché gentiment le coeur et vont nous manquer.
LUKIAN (LUKE) LUBIANSKY
July 8, 1919 - Dec. 11, 2006
Lukian Lubiansky of Vita, MB passed away peacefully Dec. 11, 2006 at the age of 87 years at the Whispering Pines Lodge in Vita.
Luke was born July 8, 1919 in Szelpaky, Ternopil, Ukraine where he spent his youth and met his future wife, Ewhenia (Jean). He served in the Russian Army for four and a half years from 1940 to 1945. When the war was over, he rejoined Jean in Germany and they were married March 11, 1948 in the city of Ulm. They spent the next year in England and immigrated to Canada in May 1949. They stayed with Luke's sister Mary in Prince Albert, SK where their son Ehor was born.
In the following year they moved to Winnipeg, MB where Luke was employed as a tailor. They moved to a farm in Arbakka, MB in 1954 where their son Jerry was born in 1956 and their son Boris in 1957. The family worked a mixed farm but Luke continued to work in Winnipeg for several years. He then found employment as a caretaker at Shevchenko School in Vita where he worked for a number of years until he retired in 1984. Luke continued to farm well into his eighties. Luke especially enjoyed getting together with friends and family. He had a wonderful sense of humour and was a great storyteller. He was especially proud of his five grandchildren and he looked forward to their visits.
After Jean passed away in 2000, Luke lived on the farm for a year and a half. He then moved to Shady Oaks Lodge in Vita in 2002 where he made many friends. In April of this year, Luke moved to the Whispering Pines Lodge where he lived until his passing.
Lukian was predeceased by his wife Jean, his infant daughter Anne, his parents Nicholas and Anne Lubiansky, his brothers Matt Lubiansky and Steve Pastushenko and his sister Mary Wawro.
Luke leaves to cherish his memory his sons Ehor (Barb), Jerry (Denise), and Boris (Sheila) Lubiansky and his five beloved grandchildren Angela, Jennifer, Nick, Erin and Jared Lubiansky. He will also be sadly missed by his sister-in-law Lydia Pastushenko and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The family would like to thank all of Dad's friends, his home care workers and the staff of Shady Oaks Lodge for their many kindnesses and help.
They would also like to thank Dr. Ahmad and the staff at the Vita and District Health Centre for their care and compassion.
A funeral mass will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006 at St Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vita, MB at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Father Greg J. Zubacz officiating.
Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Vita Funeral Homes "Vita Chapel" Vita, MB.
LILLY-ANN LOEWEN (nee Wiebe)
Peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006 surrounded by her loving family Lilly-Ann Loewen went to be with her Lord and Saviour. Lilly-Ann was born Feb. 14, 1950 to John and Lillian Wiebe.
She was predeceased by her father John Wiebe; two brothers, George and Johnny; and one grandson C. J. Rempel. She is survived by her husband Peter Loewen; four daughters: Lucille, Linda, Petrina and Pamela; 10 grandchildren; her mother Lillian Wiebe; five brothers, Jack (Marcedith), Gerald (Louise), Bill (Julie), Andrew (Lorraine), Rodney (Colleen); sisters-in-law Dawn and boys; and friend Marlene.
Special thanks to the staff at Victoria Hospital: Jason in the E.R., Linda, Candace, Kathy, Edith, Robert, Heather and Kathleen and at Bethesda Hospital: Corrina, Gladys, Krystalee, Lori, Lorraine and the emergency staff.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel with interment at Heritage Cemetery.
Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB, 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.
EDWIN ARTHUR GRIENKE
1929 - 2006
It is with joy and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Edwin Arthur Grienke, age 77 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Katarina (Schroeder) of 54 years; six children: Marcia and Larry Henzel, Calvin and Evelyn Grienke, Mavis and Dale Krentz, Terence and Tracey Grienke, Marla and Monty Seper, Meriena and Brian Dowhy; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Carl Grienke on July 13, 1995 and Pauline (Fender) Grienke on Jan. 25, 1996; his in-laws, Gerhard Schroeder on Dec. 2, 1971 and Anna (Friesen) Schroeder on Jan. 30, 1985.
Dad was born on Aug. 27, 1929 at home in Friedensfeld, Man. He was baptized on Sept. 1, 1929 in the St Paul Lutheran Church. He married Katarina Schroeder in 1953 and bought the farm next to his parents, where he farmed and lived until December, 1999, when he and Mom moved to their condo in Steinbach.
Dad loved his family, he enjoyed children and always said he wanted six of them, which he eventually got. He was always community-minded and served on many boards and committees during his lifetime. Dad served on church council, school trustee, Manitoba Farmers Union, Friedensfeld Community Centre, Hanover Planning Commission and the New Bothwell Cheese Co-op where he was president for the last 13 of his 27 years of tenure.
Dad loved having his family around, playing rook, visiting friends and family and going for rides to check fields and the countryside. Dad was a gentle, loving, patient, kind and soft spoken man who usually wore a gentle smile. He operated the bells and ran the PA system at the German church service for many years.
In his later years on the farm, he worked the land for Calvin and checked up on everything concerning the farm. Dad and Mom lost two barns due to fire in 1967 and 1978. These two events were very stressful for Dad, as farming was his greatest joy, but he rebuilt and continued on both times.
In 2004, Dad was diagnosed with Parkinsons, Alzheimers and dementia. In August of 2005, Dad took a turn for the worse. He went into the hospital and was never able to come home again. Last September, Dad was sent to Vita where he stayed until Nov. 11 of this year when he fell and broke his hip. He had surgery in Winkler and was brought to Steinbach Hospital where he remained until his passing.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Curtis Krahn, the nurses and staff at the Vita Hospital and Personal Care Home, the Steinbach Rehab nurses and staff for the excellent care they provided for our dad.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinsons or Alzheimers Society or the St Paul Lutheran Memorial Fund.
Viewing will be held Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, at 7:30 p.m. with a program at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church, with viewing prior to the service. Interment at St Paul Lutheran Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home.
MYROSLAW "MAURICE" BALLA
Sept. 24, 1924 - Nov. 27, 2006
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Dad and Grampa, Maurice Balla at the Dryden Regional Health Center Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2006 with family and friends by his side.
Maurice was born Sept. 24, 1924 and was raised on a farm in Zhoda, MB by his parents Hryhory (Harry) and Anna, who emigrated, from the Ukraine in the early 1900's.
Dad left home in his early 20's, traveling by train to work in the bush camps in Thunder Bay, ON. A pioneer of bush work, he recalled the many cords he cut with Swede/buck saw and then hauled out with horse and sleigh.
In 1957 he married Jean Krasniuk and together over the years they had three children.
In 1958 he started employment with the Dryden Paper Company. Dad worked in the Woodlands Division as a feller bucker, Piler operator and slasher operator in various bush pcamps. He retired on November 1, 1989 after 31+ years of service with the company.
Dad took much pride in missing only three days in 35 years of work, with 18 years without a day missed.
He enjoyed playing many card games, especially cribbage with the boys, horse shoes, and was exceptionally hard to beat in checkers.
His greatest enjoyment though was the time he spent with his six grandchildren. One of his favourites was taking them to the Central Café for breakfast.
Dad's favourite pastime was gardening. Every spring you would find him in his garden getting it ready for planting. Spending many hours and taking meticulous care to ensure it would be the best it could be. Dad's garden had exceptional results most notably in his "cucumber patch", from which he made his famous pickled cucumbers. He often teased his fellow gardening friends about having the first, the most and the biggest cucumber.
He is survived by his daughter Gale (Don) Gigolyk, sons Norman (Dawn) and Kevin (Nicole) all of Dryden. Grandchildren Kaylii, Jamie and Nicki Gigolyk, Russell, Cara and Leah Balla, all of Dryden.
Also surviving are sisters Lena (Peter) Owchar of Thunder Bay, Olga Fosty of Zhoda and brother Bohdan (Irene) of Atikokan,ON, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Maurice was predeceased by his parents Hryhory and Anna, brothers Nick, Alex, Mike and Earl.
Funeral masses were held to celebrate Dad's life Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Dryden with Father Luigi Filippini officiating and Saturday, Dec. 2 in St. Demetrius (Zhoda) with Father Gregory Zubacz officiating.
Interment in the Balla Family Cemetery in Zhoda, MB followed the services on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers and if friends so desire, donations may be made to the CT Scan Fund at the Dryden Regional Health Center may be made through the Stevens Funeral Homes Moffat Chapel, P.O. Box 412, Dryden, Ontario P8N 2Z1.