1919 - 2004
On Monday, January 5, 2004, following breakfast coffee and morning devotions with Mom, Dad suddenly left this earth and began the new day in heaven with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Ed will be forever remembered and deeply missed by his beloved wife Malinda, son Cliff (Iris) Dirks of Steinbach and their children Robin, Wren and Jay, daughter Corinne (John) Bartelings and their children Nathanael and Jethro, daughter Rowena (Kim) Coursey of Steinbach and their children Clarissa, Eric and Joel, son Erwin (Heather) Dirks of Winnipeg and their children Heidi and Janna, son Cal (Pauline) Dirks of Steinbach and their children Jessica, Hali, Stefan and Emily, and son Russ (Ramona) Dirks of Landmark and their children Matthew, Katelyn and Karl. Ed will also be lovingly remembered and missed by many extended family members and friends.
Born on May 15, 1919 in Waldheim, Saskatchewan to Abram and Adeline Dirks, Ed was the second oldest of thirteen children. Ed grew up working and helping on the farm. Following completion of Bible school, he was married to Malinda Friesen on August 12, 1945 in the Langham EMB Church in Langham, Saskatchewan. Dad and Mom’s love and concern for the spiritual lives of children directed them into camp and school ministry, ministry that subsequently led them to British Columbia and then to northern Saskatchewan. They came to Steinbach with their family to continue school and camp ministry, and after working to support themselves, finally settled on the family farm south of town where they lived and worked together for the last 41 years.
Dad’s first passion was to shine the light of Jesus into every opportunity and to serve others in whatever way he could. In addition to camp and school ministry, Mom and Dad were involved in beginning and actively serving in the Grunthal EMB Church. More recently, they had become involved with the 55+ Seniors group in Steinbach. Together they enjoyed having friends of all ages over for meals, visiting and games. Dad’s kind, compassionate heart, warm sense of humour, and fun-loving nature made everyone feel welcomed. Dad especially loved spending as much time as possible with his 17 grandchildren and took a lively interest in their many activities.
Dad loved gardening and took much pride in a clean and productive garden, often sharing the bountiful harvest with family and friends. Fishing, traveling, building and fixing almost anything were among other activities he thoroughly enjoyed. Dad also loved animals and all his livestock and pets were treated with care and compassion.
The funeral service for Edward Dirks will be held at Cornerstone Bible Church in Steinbach on Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 9th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interment at Heritage Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s memory may be made to Red Rock Bible Camp; Box 790; Steinbach, MB R0A 2A0
Elizabeth (Louise) Neufeld
April 3, 1918 – January 12, 2004
Peacefully, with her family by her side, Louise Neufeld passed away at Menno Home of Grunthal, MB.
Born in Russia, Louise immigrated with her family, Herman and Elizabeth Froese in 1926. Growing up in the Pansy area, she married C.F. Neufeld on June 30, 1940. She worked alongside Dad on their farm until 1973 when they moved into Grunthal. There they enjoyed gardening and spending time with their family. Mom and Dad moved to Winnipeg in fall of 1988. Dad passed away in August of 1989. Mom made her home at Menno Home in 1993 where she resided until her passing.
She leaves to mourn her passing daughter Heidi (Dave) Hiebert of Winnipeg, sons Eric (Evelyn) of Minnedosa, Helmut (Rosanna) of Shoal Lake and Albert of Grunthal. She has six grandchildren: Joyce (Pat) McKee, Eugene Hiebert (friend Carla), Jason Neufeld, Shannon Neufeld (friend Neil), Suzanne Neufeld (fiancé Les), Steven (friend Erin), and three great grandchildren Brandon, Tristan and Kelby Bayer. She is also survived by her brother Peter Froese and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband C. F. Neufeld, her parents Herman and Elizabeth Froese, sister Anna Kasper and brother C. M. Froese.
The funeral service will be held at Elim Mennonite Church in Grunthal on Thursday, January 15 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Henry Warkentin officiating. Interment at the Grunthal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Menno Home Foundation, Box 280, Grunthal, MB R0A 0R0
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all the staff of Menno Home who not only treated her as a resident but as a good friend to them, especially Shirley, Debbie, Jeannette, Susie, Helen and Kathy.
Peter S. Hiebert
1924 - 2004
On January 14, 2004, Peter S. Hiebert, aged 79 of Niverville went on to his eternal home.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife Helen of 55 years, children Lynda, Henry (Barb), Jake (Wendy), Tony (Wendy), Sarah (Darrell) Alexander, Agnes (Don) Neufeld, Margaret (Howard) Kyle, Anamaria and fiancé Craig, 18 grandchildren, as well as two brothers, six sisters and their families.
Viewing will be held on Friday, January 16 at the Word of Life Mission Church, 233 3rd St. S, Niverville, MB from 7 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 17 at 1:30 p.m., with viewing prior to the service, at the Word of Life Mission Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Niverville Youth for Christ, Box 896, Niverville, MB R0A 1E0 or Circle Square Ranch, Box 99; Austin, MB R0H 0C0
“May I hear thee say to me, fear not, I will pilot thee”
Peacefully, after a brief illness, our mother Annie passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital, Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at the age of 86.
She is survived by her daughter Florence (Dennis) Kupiak, sons Brian (Carol), Wayne (Beverly), two daughters-in-law, Sharon and Valerie, 10 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, eight brothers: Mike (Mary), Pete (Marie), Andy, Fred (Rose), John (Francis), Bill (Helen), Ed (Mavis), Alec (Liz); six sisters: Mary Hanes, Katie (Mike) Triska, Jean (Fred) Klasz, Pearl (Bill) Sopotiuk, Minnie (Herb) Humphrys, Vicky (Len) Toporoski, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Sam in 2001, her father Nick Kaluzny in 1971, her mother Nettie in 1984, sons Raymond in 1991 and Gordon in 1992.
Mom was born in McMunn, MB, September 7, 1917. After her marriage to Dad, they lived and raised their family in Hadashville. After Dad passed away Mom moved to Riverbend Manor, Whitemouth where she spent her last years enjoying her new friendships.
Mom was proud and honoured to be a member of the Hadashville Women’s Institute. She cherished the many true and strong friendships that were developed from the many long hours that she and her life long friends dedicated to volunteer work for church and community services. She also loved her flower garden and trending to her houseplants. Mom was strong willed and a hard worker all her life.
The funeral service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 10 a.m. Viewing will be held one-half hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hadashville, MB.
Pallbearers are Shelley Quiring, Raquel Lincoln, Shauna Smerechynski, Colleen Adams, Lisa Kulczycki, Leah Doornbos and Cindy Kulczycki. Honorary Pallbearers are Trevor Kulczycki, Cory Kulczycki and Neil Kulczycki.
Special thanks to Riverbend Manor Homecare and to the staff at St. Boniface Hospital.
Flowers gratefully declined, but if friends so desire donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Peter “H” Enns
1925 - 2004
On January 30, 2004, Peter Enns, age 78 years passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Bethesda Place in Steinbach.
He is survived by his beloved wife Elvira (nee Pankratz), three sons: Charles (Karen), Garnet (Patricia), Elwood (Karen), grandchildren Kurtis and Tiffany, Patrick , Matthew, Daniel, Tyler and Katrina Enns.
The funeral service for Peter Enns was held Monday, February 2, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church.
The family wishes to thank Bethesda Place staff, nurses, doctors and Chaplain Larry Hirst for the loving care given to their father.
Should friends so desire, donations may be made to the Gideons, PO Box 3619, Stn Main; Guelph, ON N1H 9Z9
Peter L. Giesbrecht
1926 - 2005
Pete was born May 30, 1926 in Ile Des Chenes. Mother and Father welcomed him Home March 2, 2005. He died suddenly while he was digging in a friend’s garden. Pete is survived by three sisters Margaret, Elizabeth and Mary, three sisters-in-law, as well as nephews, nieces and cousins.
He grew up on a farm and pursued some sports, e.g. hockey. In the 50’s, he attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska. From there, he took the Oregon Trail to Salem, Oregon where he opened a driver training school that lasted thirty years. His travels were combined with missionary participation. In the 90’s he was involved in house-to-house calls in the Ukraine.
As a family we grieve and miss him greatly, but hope to be reunited with him.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel with viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment at Prairie Rose E. M. C. Cemetery at 2 p.m.
DENNIS EARL PENNER
1936 - 2005
Peacefully, with loving family at his side, Dennis passed away on March 5, 2005 at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home.
Dennis will be sadly missed & lovingly remembered by his daughters Janette Penner & Mike Young of Portage la Prairie, Rachelle Penner of Winnipeg and their mother Laura Penner (nee Marion).
He is also survived by his mother Anna Penner, sisters Irene & Frank Barkman, Dorothy Jones, Caroll & Erwin Kroeker and brother Eric Penner & Bev Funk. He was predeceased by his brother Wesley in 1965 and his father Ben D. Penner in 1991.
Dennis was born on February 20, 1936 in Steinbach where he received his high school education. Later he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. Dennis was employed for 29 years as an Advertising Manager with Princess Auto, Winnipeg.
His creative talent was displayed in his enjoyment of art. This included sketches, painting on various media, including acrylic on canvass, acrylic on wood, metal on wood, and throughout his advertising career. After his retirement he re-energized his artistic career. He created many more works of art using his distinct style. There were showings of his work in several Winnipeg galleries, with local TV coverage, and at the Winnipeg Concert Hall for several weeks. Other showings were held as far away as Calgary, Florida and Mexico.
He enjoyed traveling, worldwide, especially to Mexico, fishing in Northern Manitoba, and vacations with his family. Some of his other interests included, playing cards, chess and a variety of sports, all of which he played, including baseball, football, and curling.
Special thanks to all who provided care at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 11 at 2:00 pm. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr.; Steinbach
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10 – 120 Donald Street; Wpg., MB R3C 4G2.