TIENA ELSIE BERGEN
1922 - 2003
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully at her residence Thursday, June 12, holding daughter Delores's hand. She was born April 13, 1922 to Henry P. and Anna Bergen at Lowe Farm, Man.
Tiena was a very gentle, kind, quiet lady who, right to the end, wanted the best for everyone. She tried to do things even though paralysed for almost 15 years and totally confined to her chair. She was always willing to give advice and help to daughter Delores, who took such good care of her for the 15 years of confinement.
We will miss her ready smile, her sparkling blue eyes and her witness.
Tiena was survived by three children, whom she loved dearly: Delores of Steinbach, Man., Phyllis (Ray) Krentz of Thompson, Man., and Tracy Harder of Ontario. She is also survived by one brother, John (Leona) of B.C.
She was predeceased by her husband Dan Harder, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
The funeral service was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Sunday, June 15, 2003, with Pastor John Neufeld officiating. Burial at Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach.
Thanks to the home care staff, the nurse, Dr. Duerksen, Pastor John, and all her friends who helped in making Tiena's home going a little easier.
Rest in peace, Mom.
We love you.
Arrangements entrusted to: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
CALVIN HANNES KEAST
Jan. 19, 1925 - June 17, 2003
At home in Steinbach, Man., with his family by his side, Calvin's valiant struggle with Multiple Sclerosis ended June 17.
Calvin was born in Calder, Sask., the son of Alfred and Mary Egilsson Keast. At an early age he moved with his family to Roblin, Man., where he grew up, attended school and resided until he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943 and served overseas until 1945 when the war ended.
After brief periods spent in Thunder Bay, Ont. and Alberta, he returned to Roblin, where he joined the family business at Keast's Garage on Main Street, where he remained until his early retirement. A talented athlete, he played hockey, baseball and hunted with his father and brothers in his early years. Later he curled and golfed and took up playing pool when his illness prevented participation in other sports. Calvin loved life, people, his family, motor vehicles and the town of Roblin.
He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion-Roblin Branch, a life member of the Roblin Lion's Club and a founding member of the Roblin Golf and Country Club.
In 1995, due to deteriorating health, Calvin and Connie relocated to Steinbach to be close to family. His unfailing optimism and sense of humour inspired everyone whose life he touched.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Connie; children, Barbara Coutts (Bryan), Cam Keast (Gina), Tanis Keast (Rudy Dyck), Kelly Keast (Joanne Perchaluk), and Tracey Keast; and grandchildren, Chelsea and Chloe Coutts, and Riley, Haley and Braedon Keast. He is also survived by brothers, Gordon Keast (Doris), Bill Keast (Sadie); sisters, Marjorie Sharpen and Thelma Riach (Clarence); sister-in-law Betty Keast; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Bob and wife Doreen, brother Harold and nephew Patrick Keast.
Cremation has occurred and a memorial service will be held in Roblin at the United Church, Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m.
An informal reception will be held at the Keast residence in Steinbach, Thursday, June 19 at 3 p.m.
Calvin and family wish to thank our Home Care friends and many others who helped and encouraged us, especially as the journey became more difficult. We will never forget you.
"When the one great scorer comes
To write against your name
He marks not what you have won or lost
But how you played the game"
Donations in memory of Calvin may be made to South Eastman Health's Palliative Care Program, the Roblin Golf and Country Club, or the M.S. Society.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
ANNA POETKER (nee Klassen)
Our loving mother and grandmother, Anna Poetker, was born March 19, 1914 and went to meet her Lord on June 14, 2003 at the age of 89. She was born in Ohrenburg, Ukraine and emigrated to Canada with her parents, Gerhard and Agatha Klassen, in 1926 together with one sister and three brothers, while three sisters and one brother remained behind.
Under the sponsorship of Canadian Pacific Railways, in 1926 they boarded a ship named the Empress of France, and landed three weeks later in Halifax, Canada. From Halifax they traveled to Dundurn, Sask. by train, where the first winter was spent in a sod house. After a crop failure in the second year, the family relocated to Reesor, Ont., where logging became their source of income.
After a number of years in Reesor the family relocated to the Steinbach, Man. area, where Anna spent most of her life. As a mid-teen, Anna began to contribute financially to the family needs by working as a nanny and housekeeper in Winnipeg for several years. During that time she developed many long lasting relationships.
In 1938 Anna married Jacob Poetker and they worked together on the family farm near Steinbach, raising their 11 children. In 1991 they sold the farm and moved to Steinbach, and shortly after that Jacob could no longer care for Anna's daily needs as the effects of Alzheimer's disease eroded her ability to function independently.
In January 1992 Anna was admitted to the Bethesda Personal Care Home where the staff lovingly cared for her until she passed away. She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob Poetker in 1995; and two children, Mary and Eleanor in infancy.
She is survived by her children, Helen Christoffersen (Monty), Art (Sadie), Frieda Fast (Dennis), Jake (Dorothy), Irene Rochon (Don), Peter (Shelley), Betty Osborne (Reg), Ben (Darlene), Edith Huskins (Kohler), Irma Esau (Brian), Phil (Heidi); 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother John (Sarah) and her sister Susie Penner.
Anna's hospitality and generosity was extended to all those who entered her home and her children and grandchildren stand up and call her blessed because she devoted her life to caring for them unselfishly. She is now in the arms of Jesus and enjoying fellowship with those who have gone before.
We thank the staff at Bethesda Personal Care Home for their kind and affectionate attention to her daily needs throughout the 11 years of her residency there.
The funeral service was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Wednesday, June 18, 2003. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
If friends so desire donations in memory of Anna may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9 or Back to the Bible, Box 10, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2G2.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
Following a long and courageous battle with cancer, Maria Quiring passed away June 16, 2003, in her 74th year. She was predeceased by her husband Cornelius, as well as one daughter and three grandsons.
Beloved mother of John, Neil (Sharon), Mary (Jim), Ann (Art), Peter (Pat), Helen, Sue (Ron), Kathy, and Elizabeth; as well as 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mom always thought of others before herself. A member of The Springs Church in Steinbach, Man., she drew much strength from her devout faith. She was the heart and soul of the family, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Many thanks to all the caregivers at Bethesda Hospital, and all the people who took time to visit Mom during her lengthy illness.
The funeral was held Wednesday, June 18, at The Springs Church, with interment following at the Heritage Cemetery.
Oct. 9, 1936 - June 13, 2003
Peacefully, June 13, at the Riverview Health Centre, Henry went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Henry was well known for his many years in the stucco trade. People all over Southern Manitoba came to know his quality and expertise in his chosen field of work.
Henry was well loved by all who came in contact with him. He had a reputation for giving directions by using Robins Donuts as a starting point and spent many hours there. He was always concerned about other people and would often stop and talk to them about what was going on in their lives. Henry loved to drive around the streets of Niverville on his little scooter, which was given to him by his children for his birthday. He enjoyed many vacations with the love of his life, Helen, the last being to Hawaii in February, just three weeks prior to being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Helen; two sons, Jack (Marg), Pete (Faye); one daughter, Louise (Jeff); five grandchildren, Rachele, Matthew, Ian, Christopher and Terra; two brothers and five sisters.
Henry was predeceased by his parents, John and Helena Klippenstein; brother Bill; and granddaughter Allyn.
Viewing was held Monday, June 16, 7-8 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17, 2 p.m., in The Word of Life Mission Church, Niverville, Man., followed by interment at Hespler Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Riverview Health Centre on 3E for their love and care of Henry and his family.
Donations may be made to the Riverview Health Centre Palliative Care Unit 3E, 1 Morley Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2P4.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach.
Our beloved father and grandfather, Alex Sherman of Holy Family Nursing Home and formerly of Stuartburn, Man., passed away in his sleep June 18, 2003.
Left to cherish Alex's memory are his children, MaryAnn (John) Prociuk, Peter (Gail) and Norm (Jan); his grandchildren, Darryl (Lynne), Michele, Janine, Larissa and Stephen; as well as great-grandchildren, Samantha and Matthew; brothers, Peter and Bill (Anne); sisters-in-law, Jennie and Rose; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Anne; parents Anna and Dmytro; brothers, John and Steve; and sister Mary.
Dad grew up in Stuartburn, where he also met and married his wife Anne, Oct. 23, 1943. They lived in Winnipeg, Man. for a few short years and then returned to Stuartburn, where they raised their family and made their home for the next 48 years.
Alex was a long-time active member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Stuartburn, and served on the parish council and as a church elder.
An accomplished carpenter, Alex travelled to many parts of Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and worked on commercial and residential construction projects. He had a unique and creative talent for being "Mr Fixit."
In his retirement he was an avid fisherman, mushroom and berry picker and he loved entertaining with his fiddle playing. Many visitors from near and far enjoyed the hospitality of their home in Stuartburn for evenings of music and card playing. Dad has also left his legacy through his special lumber camp pancake recipe.
After suffering a stroke 12 years ago, he was a resident of the Vita and District Personal Care Home, and for the past 10 years at Holy Family Nursing Home in Winnipeg. Special thanks to the staff, especially those of St Francis Ward for their compassion and caring.
Funeral liturgy was celebrated Saturday, June 21, 2003, 2 p.m., at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Stuartburn, with interment at the parish cemetery. Father Ihor Royik officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to: Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15
Rudolph Johnson was born to Carl and Ellen Johnson in the Pelly, Sask. area. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Clarence and a sister Edith. He is survived by his brother Art and wife Viola, and two sisters living in Yorkton, Sask., Mildred and Alice.
After a lengthy stay at Bethesda Place and Personal Care Home in Steinbach, Man., he began to fail in health in the last 18 months, becoming completely dependent. In the third week of June, 2003, his condition worsened considerably, and on June 20, Rudolph entered the pearly gates of Heaven.
The funeral service was held Monday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. in the Steinbach EM Church. Officiating at the service were Rev. John Dyck and Pastor Hans Rahn. Pallbearers were Almon Reimer, Reg Reimer, Ron Kornelson, Jake Cornelson, Ben Friesen and Henry Fast. Interment was at the Memorial Cemetery, Steinbach.
The family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at Bethesda Place, as well as the doctors who gave care to Rudolph, as well as the Steinbach EMC for the help they were to Rudolph.
While Rudolph lived with challenges, he loved people and always expressed thanks for what anyone did for him. His faith in God, his reading of the Bible never waned in the over 50 years he lived for the Lord.
On behalf of the family,
Ben Friesen, friend of Rudolph
Aug. 18, 1918 - June 18, 2003
Harry Bilski, 84 years, died peacefully at Bethesda Place, June 18, 2003. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Anne, of 50 years.
Thank you to care giving staff at Bethesda Place.
Funeral service was held Monday, June 23, 3 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel, with interment at Memorial Cemetery, Steinbach, Man. Viewing was held Sunday, June 22, 7 to 8 p.m., with a devotional at 8 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
JOHN (JOHAN) F. SCHROEDER
Peacefully, June 20, 2003, Dad passed away at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, Man. Dad was born Jan. 2, 1919 to Abram and Maria Schroeder of Chortitz, Man.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Eva of 41 years; their children, Elmer (Leni) Schroeder, Maryann (James) Plett, Frieda (Albert) Wiebe and Raymond Schroeder and Cora Chojko-Bolec; the grandchildren, Johan, Rebeka, Candace, Dawson, Landon, Trenton, Auriel, Sidney and Celia; and one brother Peter.
The funeral service was held Monday, June 23, 2003 at the Steinbach Chortitzer Mennonite Church. Interment at the Randolph Cemetery.
As a family we would like to extend our thanks for the care and love shown to Dad by the staff of Rest Haven Nursing Home.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.