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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 21

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 8:33 p.m.

1939 -­ 2002

Peacefully, Oct. 17, 2002, with family at his side, Abe Unger went home to be with his Lord, after three years with cancer. He was 62 years old, proud husband, father of eight and grandfather of 15.

Dad was born Nov. 24, 1939 in the Grunthal, Man. area. He married Mary Falk on May 10, 1964 and they had 38 happy years together. He was baptized upon confession of his faith at the age of 23 and attended the Reinland Mennonite Church his entire married life. Dad worked 30 years at Big Freight (Southeast) Transfer.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Mary; daughter Bev (Albert) Dueck, Ryan and Coralie; son Tony (Darlene), Tyler and Josh; son Jake (Christine), Brittany, Riley and Hillary; daughter Marlene (James) Froese, Reagan, Michael, Kaitlyn and Natalie; son Allen (Cindy), Ashley, Darius and Dane; son Brian (Sandra), Dillon; son Wes (Carla); son Benny; two brothers; four sisters; four brothers-in-law; six sisters-in-law; and their families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Gerhard and Maria Unger (nee Sawatsky); two sisters; three brothers; two brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and parents-in-law, David and Maria Falk.

Viewing for Abram Unger was held Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. The funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in New Bothwell, Man., with interment at Grunthal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9 or Cancer Care Manitoba, Room ON109 ­ 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.

1917 ­- 2002

Peacefully, Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, Peter P. Friesen, 85, of Blumenort, Man., formerly of Fisher Branch, Man., passed away in Steinbach, Man. after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Margaret of 63 years; children, Linda (Clarence), Elda (Rudy), Marie (Bernie), Donald, Laura (John); 11 grandchildren and their families.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, 2 p.m., at the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church. Viewing will take place Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 to 8 p.m., with devotional to follow, at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, and at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.

(1915 ­ 2002)

It is with deepest sorrow and sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Margaret Neufeld at Desalaberry Hospital, St. Pierre, Man., Oct. 20, 2002, at the age of 86 years.

Margaret was born Nov. 27, 1915 in Steinfeld, Russia. She came to Canada at age 17. She met and married Jacob Neufeld of Niverville, Man. Their family consisted of one son and two daughters. She lived in Niverville Place until the time of her death.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband in 1947 and her son John in 1999. She is survived by her two daughters: Nora (Ernie) Froese and Ginger (Bob) Hyshka, both of Winnipeg; and daughter-in-law Vonne Neufeld, also of Winnipeg; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two half-sisters and numerous loving relatives.

Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, 2 p.m., at 4th Avenue Bible Church in Niverville, officiated by Pastor Rick McCorkindale and Rev. Abe Neufeld. Interment at Niverville Cemetery.

The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff at the DeSalaberry Hospital in St. Pierre for their special care.

Donations in Margaret's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association ­ Manitoba Division; 102 ­ 310 Broadway; Winnipeg, MB R3C 0S6

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, at the Menno Home for the Aged in Grunthal, Man., Ernest Meyers passed away at the age of 78 years.

Ernest was born Oct. 8, 1924 in Beausejour, Man. In 1967 he came to live with the Frank Harder family near Steinbach, Man. and later transferred to Abe and Janet Harder's home, where he remained till 2000. Due to declining health Menno Home became his residence for the last 2 1/2 years of his life, where he made new friends, especially among the caregivers, who along with the residents there became his family.

Funeral services for Ernest were held at the Menno Home in Grunthal Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Al Maier officiating. Interment will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Beausejour.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach.

May 18, 1925 - Oct. 29, 2002

Wilfrid Unrau died at (Dawson Creek) Pouce Coupe, B.C., Oct. 29, 2002.

He is survived by his wife Vi; brother Norman (Joyce); sister Dorothy Penner (Peter) and sister-in-law Helen Unrau (Irwin); nieces, nephews and a special step-granddaughter.

Wilfrid was predeceased by his parents, Peter J. and Maria Unrau and his brother Irwin.

Wilf's earthly sojourn came to its conclusion on the morning of Oct. 29, 2002. Mercifully, his torment wasn't lengthy!

Ecclesiastes: 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return to God who gave it.

Wilf left his native Manitoba in 1953 to become employed with the B.C. Ministry of Highways. Working as a machine operator, the following place names became regular stops, and temporary homes for him. He made friends at McLeod Lake, Crooked River Cabins and Honeymoon Creek. After transferring to Dawson Creek he lived at Mile 5 on the Alaska Highway, then lived out his final years at Pouce Coupe.


Peacefully Oct. 27, 2002, Fernand Vrignon of Woodridge, Man., aged 94, passed away at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man.

Fernand was predeceased by his mother Valerie Vielfaure, his father Aimé Vrignon, his stepmother Marie Vrignon, his brother Roger and sister-in-law Marcelle, brother Bernard and his niece Louise Lanoue.

He leaves to mourn his brother Gilbert, his sister-in-law Georgette, many nephews and nieces, along with many great-nephews and great-nieces who will miss him.

Cremation has taken place. Funeral mass will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, 2 p.m., at St. Alexandre Church in Woodridge, Man.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bethesda Hospital for their caring, and the family and friends for their support. Donations in Fernand's memory may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, Room ON ­ 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.

June 29, 1951 - Nov. 8, 2002

Suddenly but peacefully, after a long, courageous battle with cancer, Ray left us on Friday, Nov. 8, 2002.

He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Aileen; his mother, Nora; brother Murray (Brenda), nephew Micheal and niece Nicole; sister Brenda (Allan) Beaton, niece Chelsea and nephew Nicholas; sister Debbie (Kelly) McDonald and nieces Caitlin and Megan. He will be long remembered by a large circle of extended family and friends, and by his beloved Springer Spaniel buddy, Herman. He was predeceased by his father, Art; by a sister in infancy; and by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Jessie Gunn.

Born in Rosenfeld, Man., June 29, 1951, Ray spent his life in Steinbach, Man. After numerous building construction jobs, he became shop foreman at Randolph Cabinets, where he developed his life-long love of carpentry and meticulous woodworking. For 15 years he worked for the Town of Steinbach in the Department of Parks and Recreation, where he is fondly remembered by numerous hockey parents and pool staff. At the time of his illness, Ray was doing independent carpentry and renovation work.

Ray loved fishing, golf, and curling, being extremely active in all executive levels at the Steinbach Curling Club for over 20 years. He was especially proud of being part of the first rink Vic Peters took to the Provincials in 1982, finishing third in the province, and of being part of the Steinbach Legion team that won the Dominion Legion Championship in 1988.

Many happy hours were spent at the Steinbach Fly-In Golf Course, hooking his tee shots into the driving range, and enjoying the company of the gang in the clubhouse.

The family would like to thank Dr. Curtis Krahn and the nurses at Bethesda Hospital and Drs. Nason, Hayakawa, Chowdhury and the staff at CancerCare and Health Science for the wonderful care Ray received.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, 3 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 465 Henry Street (at Kroeker), with a reception to follow at the Steinbach Curling Club. A private interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.

We celebrate a life too short, but well lived!

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


Peacefully, in the comfort of his home in Buffalo Point, MB on Nov. 10, 2002, Maurice Roland Gauthier, beloved husband of Lucille, passed away at the age of 75 years.

Besides his wife Lucille of 53 years, Maurice leaves to mourn his passing three children-Carol (Charles) Horvath of Steinbach, Paul (Cathy) of Pine Falls, MB, Jason and friend Sonia of Steinbach, and four grandchildren-Kira Lunde (Nate) of Minneapolis, Kiley Horvath of Steinbach and Dana and Paige Gauthier of Pine Falls.

He is also survived by seven sisters and one brother-Marie Paule Rivard (Olivier), Germaine Colette (Florent), Gerard Gauthier, Armelle DeGagne (Charles), Marguerite Roy (Alfred), Aline Sabourin (Leon), Yvette Mozol and Gisele Horvath (Eddie), all living in Manitoba, and by brother-in-law Claude Joyal (Anna) and sister-in-law Yvette Joyal, and their families.

He was predeceased by his father on April 2, 1975 and his mother on Dec. 17, 1990.

Dad was born on Dec. 3, 1926 in Ste Agathe, MB to Philippe and RoseMarie Gauthier and lived on the family farm during his early years. He married our mother, Lucille Joyal of Ste Agathe, on Aug. 27, 1949.

He was a great lover of the outdoors and managed to combine this passion with his long career in the hospitality business. Over many years he and Mom owned and operated the Vassar Hotel where he made numerous friends and formed long-lasting relationships with many residents of the community and beyond, throughout southeastern Manitoba and into northwestern Minnesota.

They also owned and operated the Pinewood Hotel in Powerview, MB and later lived in Selkirk after buying and managing the Selkirk Motor Hotel.

Family members and friends would often seek out Maurice for advice on many matters and his wise counsel would often help resolve an issue. His advice to his son Jason and grandson Kiley was invaluable in the decision by the two young men to go into business together, first in Pinawa and more recently in Steinbach.

Dad and Mom retired to Buffalo Point in 1998 and greatly enjoyed their life there. It is a peaceful place where Dad spent many hours with friends, puttering in the garage and tending to his tomato plants and flower beds of which he was very proud. He had just bought his hunting licence and was looking forward to another outing in the woods. Dad avidly followed the career of his favorite hockey player, Mario Lemieux, No. 66 for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and also enjoyed playing the "Penguins" in Warroad, MN just across the border.

Our father had a tremendous zest for life and took an interest in a wide variety of activities. Nothing made him happier than having the house full of family and friends. He was especially fond of his grandchildren and would spare no effort in looking after their interests and needs.

Prayers were said on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. at Christ Our Saviour Roman Catholic Church in Steinbach.

Honourary pallbearers were Nathan Lunde, Raynald Rivard, Chris Janz, Rob Desaultels, George Bouchard and Ernie Cyr.

Dad's wishes were to be cremated and he will be laid to rest in a private family service at a later date.

Nous garderons toujours de lui le souvenir precieux d'un pere at grand-pere et d'un epous tres courageux, engage et entierement devoue, a sa famille qui a toujours ete au coeur de sa vie.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.


Suddenly, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002 at St. Boniface Hospital, James Desrosiers, of Woodridge, Man., passed away at the age of 72 years.

He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife Theresa; son Jimmy and wife Lori and grandson Jayme of Woodridge; daughter Elaine Desrosiers of Vancouver, B.C.; brothers, Harvey (Hilda), Art, Norbert (Irene), Al (Audrey); sister Marguerite; sister-in-law Mary; brother-in-law John (Marion); as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral mass was held Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002 at St. Alexander Church in Woodridge. At James' request, cremation has taken place.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, and Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach for their caring, and the family and friends for their support during James' illness. Your kindness will not be forgotten.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.

April 30, 1907 -­ Nov. 12, 2002

Peacefully, Nov. 12, 2002, at her residence at Bethesda Place, Steinbach, Man., Susana Bergen (nee Wiens), aged 95 years, passed away into the arms of Jesus.

She was predeceased by her husband Peter H. Bergen on March 8, 2000; daughter Sarah Friesen in 1994; sons-in-law, George Friesen in 1990 and John Friesen in 2001. She was also predeceased by two grandchildren, Alma and David Friesen and two great-grandchildren, Jessica and Christopher Sawatsky.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sons: Abe of Errington, B.C., and Bill (Tina) of Steinbach; four daughters: Tena (Art) Spencer of Steinbach, Trudie (Bill) Ringer of Winnipeg, Man., Margaret Friesen and Mary (Jake) Harms of Steinbach; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are two brothers: Dick (Therese) Wiens and Walter Wiens, all of Winnipeg, and one sister, Helen Wiebe of Grunthal, Man.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m., at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, New Bothwell, Man., with Rev. Henry Schroeder officiating. Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 to 8 p.m., with a devotional to follow. Interment in the church cemetery.

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Bethesda Place, as well as to the home care workers who gave her gentle, compassionate care.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.

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