EVELYN KATHERINE TOOTH
Evelyn (Ev) Katherine Tooth, born March 14, 1958 in Winnipeg, Man., peacefully passed away Saturday, April 30, 2005 in Steinbach, Man., after a courageous battle with cancer.
Evelyn is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband Dave, son Brent and daughter Madison; parents, Frank and Tina Wiens; as well as Evelyn's siblings, Harry (Sue), Bob (Ruth), Peter (Kathy).
Evelyn's first love was her children. She loved them and was proud of being their mother. Evelyn loved life. She was an encouragement and a bright light to everyone who met her. Evelyn never let life's challenges diminish her positive outlook towards life. She loved gardening, traveling, golfing, and cross stitching for her children.
Evelyn's undying faith in Jesus Christ was an inspiration for many people. She maintained her sense of humor right to the end.
Evelyn was a longtime employee of the City of Steinbach. She enjoyed her workplace, made all the more special through the camaraderie she shared with her fellow employees.
The family would like to thank all family members, as well as many friends, for their support and prayers. The family is also thankful for the kindness shown by all the health care providers at the Bethesda Hospital and Dr. Krahn.
A celebration of Evelyn's life was held Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at Glenlea Mennonite Church in Glenlea, Man.
If friends so desire, donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2B7 or Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.
Peacefully, Oct. 30, 2004 at the age of 95, beloved Mother and Grandmother, Christina Bilawski (nee Lupkey), passed away at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man. She was born May 10, 1909 and married Wasyl Bilawski May 9, 1937, and together they settled in Zhoda, Man. to farm and raise their family.
Her passion was her family, friends, and her love for cooking and gardening.
She was predeceased by her husband Wasyl; son Eugene; brother Dmytro; and sisters: Mary, Nellie, Anne, Pauline and Margaret.
Christina leaves to mourn, her daughter, Anne and Bill Myskiw of Zhoda, daughter-in-law Jean Bilawski, and three grandchildren: Cathy and Craig Dearborn of Winnipeg, Man., Dennis and Mandi Bilawski of Winnipeg, and Larry Bilawski of Zhoda. She will also be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Dr. Krahn and the staff at Bethesda Hospital for their care.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3 at Zhoda Ukrainian Catholic Church, with interment at Zhoda Community Cemetery. A Prayer Service was held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2 at Loewen Funeral Chapel.
"We love you and we'll miss you."
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man.
RANDALL DARRYL (RANDY) SOBERING
Mr. Randy Sobering of Winnipeg, Man. passed away after a brief illness, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004 at the Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 49 years.
He is survived and will be sadly missed by his daughter Dana Cotton (Ryan) of Drayton Valley, Alta.; his brother Doug and his wife Marlene of Beausejour, Man.; his nephews, Brett Sobering of Creston, B.C., and Steven and his wife Melanie of Beausejour; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Bernice in 1992 and his father Albert in 1994.
Randy worked as a drywall applicator all of his life until his heart surgery in Calgary in 1995. He was slightly handicapped after his surgery, but continued to work in a limited capacity until another heart surgery in Windsor in 2000, when he suffered a stroke. After his stroke, he moved back to Winnipeg, where he lived until his passing.
Funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m., at the Sobering Funeral Chapel, Park Avenue East, Beausejour, with Rev. Hugh Laidlaw officiating. Graveside service will take place at 3 p.m. at the Steinbach Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach, Man. Friends viewed prior to the service and on Wednesday at the funeral chapel from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald Street, Suite 200, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Sobering Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Beausejour, in care of arrangements.
SHIRLEY MAY FRIESEN
1963 - 2004
Oct. 30, 2004, Shirley May Friesen (nee Giesbrecht) passed away peacefully at Bethesda Hospital following a brief illness.
Beloved wife of Philip Friesen. Beloved mother to Kristie Mitchell (Trever), Jennifer Penner (Rick), and Beverly Penner. Shirley also held a special place in her heart for her granddaughter, Paige Mitchell. She is also survived by her parents, William and Anne Giesbrecht; two brothers, Bill and Jeff; and one sister Marlene. She was a beloved aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. A celebration of Shirley's life will be held Friday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Peter Braun officiating. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
Special thanks to Dr. Eschun and Dr. Mink at St. Boniface Hospital, along with their nursing staff. Also thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Bethesda Hospital for all their care and compassion.
If friends so desire, donations in her memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
Stephen Bond of Steinbach, Man. passed away quietly in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Bethesda Place Personal Care Home.
Stephen was born June 1, 1917. He didn't talk too much about the early years. Both his parents died before he was two years old and his grade school years were spent in foster homes.
Very early in his life he recognized the need for a good education, so in exchange for the privilege of attending school he worked for farmers in the area, later taking factory jobs, until finally in 1941 he was able to enroll at the United College (presently the University of Winnipeg). After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1946, he took further courses at the University of Manitoba to obtain his Bachelor of Education.
Stephen's Manitoba teaching experience took him to Emerson and Morris, Man., teaching English and French. It was while he was in Morris that he met Chris Baker, whom he married in 1958.
In 1955 he took a teaching position in Fort Frances, Ont., where he remained until his retirement; at which time he and Chris moved to Steinbach.
Stephen's church was an important part of his life, as was his music. He loved the old hymns, as well as the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, and was often heard singing a portion of one of those productions. Both of Stephen's stepdaughters felt blessed when he consented to sing at their weddings.
During the summers of 1954 and 1955 Stephen attended the Banff School of Fine Arts, where he obtained a certificate in choir conducting, which he later put to use conducting the church choir in Fort Frances, as well as conducting The Messiah in International Falls, MN.
Always learning, he took a handwriting analysis course in the late 80s and appreciated any opportunity to practice this art.
Stephen is survived by one brother Bill of Anaheim, California; two stepdaughters: Louise Janke (Lloyd) of Winnipeg, Man., Dorothy Dixon (Mick - deceased) of Swan River, Man., and all of their children and grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Chris in 1989, and two brothers.
The funeral service took place at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 1, 2004 at Steinbach United Church, with Reverend Steven Johann and Mary Annan. Interment to take place at a later date. Viewing service was held from 7 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004 at Loewen Funeral Chapel.
Should friends so desire, donations in Stephen's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man.
Peacefully, Peter Mykytiuk passed away Friday, Nov. 12, 2004 at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital, at the age of 82 years.
Peter is survived by his children, Paul (Gwen), Steve (Florence), Annie, John (Carol), James, Edward (Lorna); grandchildren, Darryl, Terry, Teresa, Tammy, Andrea, Nicole; and great-grandchildren, Brittaney, Trent, Copeland, Connor; three sisters and two brothers and their families.
He is predeceased by his parents, Mary and Joseph; son Billy; one daughter, Mary; brothers, John, Boris; and sisters, Annie and Mary.
Peter loved going out for coffee, doing yard work, and especially watching deer in his front yard.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at Steinbach Funeral Home, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment took place at the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Steinbach Bethesda Hospital and Peter's homecare worker Frank Dyck for their loving care, and a special thank you to Aunt Phylis for her support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society or the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home Steinbach, Man.
PETER F. REIMER
Peter F. Reimer, age 80, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home, November 11, 2004.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gertrude; his four daughters, Bertha (James) Friesen, Anne (Emile) DuBois, Maria (Peter) Unrau, and Ruth (Gary) Buhler; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two sons, Paul in 1960 and Fred in 1978, and one grandson, Paul, in 1972.
Dad was born in Glen Kerr, Sask., Nov. 5, 1924 and married Mom, June 8, 1948. They spent most of their married life in Grunthal, Man., before retiring in Kleefeld, Man., and later moved to Steinbach, Man.
Special thanks to Dr. Kaethler, all the nurses on Main Floor and home care, who all looked after Dad with compassion and loving care.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 at Sommerfeld Church in New Bothwell, Man., with interment at the church cemetery.
If desired, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
On Nov. 12, 2004, Wasylka Panchuk, aged 97 years, passed away at the Vita Personal Care Home, Vita, Man.
She was born July 22, 1907 at Arbakka, Man. Her parents died at an early age, and she helped raise her brothers. Wasylka went out to work at an early age as a housekeeper for different families to help support her family. In 1929 she married George Panchuk at Arbakka, Man. Wasylka and George had three daughters, Olga, Elsie and Jean. They lived in different communities until 1968, when they moved to Vita.
Wasylka loved her church, garden, flowers, embroidering, crocheting, and hooking rugs. In 2000 she moved to the Vita Personal Care Home.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughters, Olga of Sioux Lookout, Ont. and Jean of Gladstone, Man.; grandchildren, Linda (Juri) Pridritaire, Sharon (Adam) Wilson, Louise (Lenny) Rausch, Debbie (Mario) Rasetti, Rick (Pam) Dezall, Rob (Addy) Dezall and Lori (Ward) Lennon; great-grandchildren, Kelly, Sheldon, Anthony, Danielle, Miranda, Jennifer, and Thomas; one sister, Daria Rutka of Vita; sisters-in-law, Julia Woronuik, Evelyn Woronuik; one brother-in-law, Pete Panchuk; many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband George; daughter Elsie; brothers, John, Nick, George, Matt and Mike; sons-in-law, Geordie Roblin and Douglas Dezall; and many sisters and brothers-in-law.
Visitation took place Monday, Nov. 15, 2004, from 2 until 8 p.m., at Vita Funeral Home. Funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, 10 a.m., at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Arbakka, with The Very Reverend Father Miron Pozniak presiding. Interment followed the service in the churchyard cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined; donations may be made, if desired, to The Vita Personal Care Home.
Vita Funeral Home in care of the arrangements.
HELEN FUNK BRANDT
Helen Funk Brandt was born Sept. 15, 1909 in Altona, Man. She married John H. Brandt Oct. 19, 1930 in Lowe Farm, Man. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Steinbach, Man., where "Jack" began Brandt Construction and their four children were born. In 1963 they moved to the United States and resided in Lincoln, Nebraska until they retired in Santa Ana, California in 1966.
Helen was very active in her church and used her wonderful gift of hospitality to many visiting friends and missionaries.
She passed away Nov. 8, 2004 and leaves behind three children: Norma Kroeker, Mervin Brandt, Alice VanProyen; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and their families.
1931 - 2004
Olga Harder was born on Nov. 20, 1931 to George and Katharina Harder of Lowe Farm, Man. She passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2004 at Bethesda Place at the age of 72 years, 11 months and 3 weeks.
Olga was the youngest of 14 children. She leaves to mourn her sister, Mary Klassen; and brothers, Jake and wife Mary, Ben and wife Tina; sisters-in-law, Kay (Abe) Harder, Helen (Henry) Harder, Mary (Peter Harder) Reimer and Kay (John Harder) and husband Cornie Harder; and one brother-in-law, Peter Rempel (Gertrude Harder); many nieces and nephews and their families; as well as several cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, Gerhard and Katharina Harder; six brothers, George, William, John, Henry, Peter, Abe; and four sisters, Margaret, Katherina, Anne and Gertrude, as well as two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.
Olga was baptized and became a member of the Chortitzer Mennonite Church at the age of 21 years. In 1968, she began to worship at the Gospel Fellowship Church. The death of her parents, first her mother in 1971 and then her father in 1973, resulted in her being placed in a personal care home at the age of 40. Her small stature was seen to be a problem for her to live alone. She first lived at Rest Haven Nursing Home, then Bethesda Personal Care Home, and finally, at Bethesda Place.
She valued being kept informed of sermons and church activity in addition to the spiritual nurturing she received from devoted Gospel Fellowship Church members and leadership after she was unable to attend services. Olga also greatly appreciated the relatives, volunteers and friends who made her life more meaningful and fun, as well as those health care workers, nurses and physicians who attended to her with care over the years.
The Harder family moved from Lowe Farm in 1940, when Olga was 9 years old, to a small farm that she loved in East Steinbach, Man. While she never had the opportunity to attend school, she did learn the `three Rs' with the aid of a tutor. She also mastered the family piano by ear. Later, the piano had to be traded for a sewing machine, which enabled her to become a very accomplished seamstress. She liked to accessorize the latest styles she'd sew with pearls, necklaces, brooches and earrings.
Olga had an active physical life for many years, even after she lived in personal care homes. Early on her time was spent sewing for others and her family of dolls. Her beautifully dressed doll collection included a bride doll, crying dolls, talking dolls, walking dolls, a black doll, porcelain dolls, antique dolls, and every other kind. Many dolls were given to her as gifts.
She loved to dine out with friends and relatives or visit with them in their homes. Olga was eventually confined to a wheelchair after losing her ability to walk. The Handi-Van proved to be a good way to get around, especially to the Clearspring Shopping Centre, where she loved to go. The driver was frequently rewarded with a coke when he would pick her up at the ice cream stand.
Some of her dolls were later sold so she could acquire an electric wheelchair. She was thrilled at the ability this gave her to have a more normal life. Her telephone also proved to be a lifeline. Many were the calls to family and friends wherever they might be found to the worry of some who knew she could ill afford it. Olga understood the value of money when it came to keeping in touch with those she loved. Her memory never failed her when it came to the comings and goings of over 90 nieces and nephews, their partners and offspring, as well as their families. They were the family she would never have. She was prayerfully concerned about them spiritually and in every other way. Her faith was the bedrock of her life since she accepted the Lord into her life at 17 years of age. It was in the last year that the glow in her eyes seemed to grow dimmer after she lost the use of her electric wheelchair. She became weaker and struggled with a lot of things - it seemed she was losing her interest in living. Hers was not an easy life. While she was small in stature, Olga was large in faith, vision and abilities, and a measuring stick for those she left behind.
Viewing took place at the Steinbach Funeral Home, Monday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. The funeral service was held at the Gospel Fellowship Church, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 at 2 p.m. Interment followed at the Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach.
Arrangements were entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home Steinbach, Man.