1913 - 2002
Peacefully, Nov. 7, with her family by her side, Anna Kroeker, aged 89 years, of Steinbach, Man., went home to be with her Lord.
She was born June 13, 1913 in Neuendorf, Ukraine, Russia. In 1932, Mother was baptized upon the confession of her faith in Jesus Christ and accepted as a member in the Neuendorf Mennonite Church.
Sept. 25, 1932 she married our father, Jacob Kroeker, and their union was blessed with nine children, of whom one died in infancy.
She will be sadly missed by her husband of 70 years, Jacob; eight children: Jake (Margaret), Anne (John) Klassen, Ike (Elsie), Katie, Mary (Eric) Rempel, Henry (Penny), Irma, Frieda (Howard) Doerksen; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind one sister, as well as many friends and relatives.
She was predeceased by her parents, 10 siblings, one son Isaac, one grandson Henry Klassen, and one great-grandson David Sawatzky.
The funeral service for Anna Kroeker was held Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9
The family would like to thank Dr. Kaethler for his gentle care and the wonderful homecare workers who so lovingly looked after our mother.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
GEORGE JACOB KRAHN
1917 - 2002
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted."
George Jacob Krahn of Steinbach, Man. passed away Nov. 13, 2002 at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital.
He was born April 29, 1917 at Kitschkas Village #12, Orenburg Colony, Russia, the youngest son of Jacob George Krahn and Helena Bergen.
As a small lad of nine, George immigrated with his family to Canada. He arrived on the SS Montrose in the port of Quebec City, Oct. 9, 1926. The first winter was spent with relatives in Wymark, Sask. In 1927 the family moved to a farm three miles east of Bridgeford, Sask.
He was baptized upon the confession of his faith in 1941 at the Tugaske Mennonite Church by Ältesta J.J. Klassen. After moving to Steinbach, Man., he was honored to have been a founding charter member of the Grace Mennonite Church.
He often recounted how a diverse group of God's children came together to form a welcoming church for the refugees from the narrow-mindedness and religious intolerance of the day. It was safe place to disagree and even debate ideas and concepts of theology, religion and social issues, for these pilgrims seeking a new home.
George was one of the three "dashing" Krahn boys who had moved with their parents to Bridgeford. Besides his skills as an excellent horseman and a "water diviner", he was well known as a great dance partner - he could cut a fine "schottische" on the dance floor.
After having danced Betty (Elizabeth) Martens off her feet (not bad for a daughter of an Ältesta), he married her at the family farm on Dec. 5, 1942.
In 1959 the family moved to the farm just east of Steinbach in the Ekron District and the family farmed both locations for 10 years.
In later years when his health began to fail the farm was sold and George and Betty moved to Hanover Street and George started to work at the Southeast Veterinary Clinic.
George enjoyed puttering around his woodworking shop and many friends and relatives got to experience the gift of a handmade object.
Sept. 1977 a granddaughter, Josephine, was added to the family. The "retirement" years were enjoyed with family and friends in trips, outings and volunteer efforts and activities.
Nov. 12, 1998 Betty, his life partner and helpmate, died and shortly afterwards the house was sold and George moved into Fernwood Place.
George's later years of fading health makes it hard to remember him as the vibrant volunteer, friend, farmer and the cowboy that once was, or the vitality of youth who courted Betty all the way to Toronto; or that wit and humor which was once his.
That closeness to the land, which he had, and the knowledge of the cycles of the seasons, is reflected in his life and by his birth and death.
During his last months of life his finest moment was being able to hold his great-granddaughter Rachel in his arms. His lowest moment was not being able to have morning coffee with his buddies.
Even to the very end his humor and biting wit never left him. Let us remember this:
"Death's but a path that must be trod,
If man would ever pass to God.
A port of calms, a state of ease,
From the rough rage of swelling seas."
A memorial service of George's life will be held at Grace Mennonite Church, 430 Third St., Steinbach, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m., officiated by Pastor Phil Campbell-Enns.
All those whose lives were touched by George are to be considered his honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee (earmarked for Western Prairie Farmer Relief Projects), 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
DAVID G. NEUFELD
David G. Neufeld passed away peacefully Nov. 6, 2002 at the age of 83 years. He was predeceased by his mother Margareta Enns; father Peter Neufeld; stepfather Henry Enns; brothers, Henry and Jake Enns; sisters, Margret Enns and Elizabeth Olfret.
He is survived by his loving family, wife Violet; three sons, Dennis and wife Veronica, Reg and wife Kisch, and Bill; one grandson, Chris and wife Adina Neufeld; and one granddaughter, Anita Neufeld. He is also survived by his sister Hilda Unger and husband Ike Sawatsky, brother Walter and wife Erika Enns, brother Rudy and wife Blondina Enns.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m., in Valley View Memorial Gardens, Surrey, B.C. followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Abbotsford, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations made in his memory to the Northern Canadian Evangelical Mission, P.O. Box 3030, Prince Albert, Sask., S6V 7V4 would be greatly appreciated.
Woodlawn Funeral Home in care of arrangements, 604-853-2643.
ELIZABETH "SOPHIE" WASKUL
Elizabeth "Sophie" Waskul, 87, of Willmar, MN, died Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Rice Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND, with Rev. Doug Klungtvedt officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Fargo. Visitation was from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to services at the church in Fargo.
Sophie was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Sirko, Man., the daughter of Peter and Anna (Kostnuyk) Naturkach. Her father, Peter, died when she was a few days old and her mother married Harry Persowich.
She was raised in Sirko, where she attended rural schools. In September of 1936, she was united in marriage to William Waskul. Following their marriage, they lived in Arbakka and Sundown, Man., before moving to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1949. In October of 1954, William and Sophie immigrated to Fargo. While living in Fargo, Sophie worked at the Fargo Clinic. William died on July 20, 1988 and in 1990 Sophie moved to Willmar to be near her son Dennis.
Sophie enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, picking raspberries and spending time at the farm. She was a wonderful cook, always feeding those who came to her home. Sophie was proud of her heritage, traditions and ethnic foods. She was a witty person.
Surviving are her son Dennis (and Peggy) Waskul of Willmar; grandchildren, Elizabeth (and fiance Jody Wittman) of Willmar; Dennis (and Michele) Waskul II of Cedar City, UT; great-grandson Nathaniel and great-granddaughter Mikayla; brother John Persowich and sister Mary Boychuk of Vita, Man.; and sister-in-law Francis Naturkuch of Fort Frances, Ont.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; infant son John; great-grandson Zachary; and brothers, Peter and Bill Naturkuch.
FRIEDERICH (RED) EFRAM KIESMAN
It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Fred, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002 at the age of 80 years.
He was born Dec. 8, 1921 in Moosehorn, Man.
Remaining to cherish Fred's memory are his wife Otilia, of 59 years of marriage; his children, Bev (Roy), Connie (Jim), Oarval (Sharon), Darlene (Lloyd) and Judy (Gil); 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Adolph (Mary), Raymond (Terry), Ernest, Leo (Rose) and Theodore (Barbara); sisters-in-law, Nina and Lydia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, August (1973), Bertha (1984); brothers, Leonard in infancy, George (1982) and Elmer (1992).
Dad was raised in the Moosehorn-Bayton District. He was confirmed in the St. Thomas Lutheran Church.
Fred enlisted in the Armed Forces in July, 1941 and was always disappointed that he would not serve in active duty.
On November 6, 1943, Dad and Mom were married by Pastor Wolf in Winnipeg and lived most of his life in Marchand, Man.
Dad was employed as a Stationary Engineer at Canada Packers for 27 years and also worked for Prairie Protein Products and Friendly Family Farms until he retired in 1984.
He enjoyed working with his horses. He had a great love for all living creatures and appreciated the beauty and goodness of each day.
In his last few years "Farmer Fred" found great enjoyment in helping others. He had a great time preparing food and preserves for his family and friends.
A celebration of Fred's life was held Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., in the Faith Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, Man., with Pastor Larry Ulrich officiating. Viewing was held one hour prior to his service.
Dad's interment was held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Glen Lawn Cemetery, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd, Winnipeg, Man.
Pallbearers were Dad's grandchildren: David Kiesman, Vern Gall, Bentley Coates, Ryan Kiesman, Michael Turenne and Cory Gerbrandt.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made in Fred's memory to the Faith Lutheran Memorial Fund, 1311 Dakota Street, Winnipeg, MB, R2N 1V8.
ESTHER ANDERSON FEILBERG
Esther Feilberg died peacefully at Ste Anne Hospital, Nov. 20, 2002. She was born in Lundar, Man., June 20, 1916. She grew up in McMunn, Man. February 15, 1946, Esther married her sweetheart, Nikolai Feilberg. He predeceased her on Dec. 20, 1996.
She will be sorely missed by her four children: Lorna (Neils) Annell, Lawrence (Annette); Margaret and Paul Feilberg; as well as 14 grandchildren; Kari (Len) Penner, April (Carl), Heidi, Britta, and Anders Annell; Farrell (Tegan), Lorella, Lorianne and Robin Feilberg; Ingrid (Cory) and Christopher Hellesoe, Cheri, Candace, Benjamin Feilberg; also six great-grandchildren: Dylan, Tyler, Ryan, Quinn and Jordan Houston, Jasmine Feilberg.
She is also survived by one sister, Sophie Bazay, and one brother, Alfred Anderson, both of Ontario; and by sister-in-law, Gwen Feilberg of B.C. and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lena and Haakon Feilberg of East Braintree, Man., as well as many nieces and nephews in Norway, Denmark, Canada and USA.
She was predeceased by her parents, Ingrid and August Anderson; husband Nikolai Feilberg; her sisters, Gudrun and Annie, both of Norway; sisters-in-law, Eva, Anna, Marie of Denmark, Elizabeth of Saskatchewan; and brothers-in-law, Henning of B.C. and Nils-Peter of Denmark.
Esther Anderson Feilberg was the heart of our family and the centre of her community. If there was an event happening in East Braintree, she was probably doing most of the work and enjoying every minute of it. She compiled a community history book in 1990 and provided the push that secured the old Midwinter School as a Manitoba Heritage Site. Esther was known for her love of gardening and for her love of God. She was one of the founding members of the East Braintree Community Church.
Funeral service was held at the East Braintree Evangelical Church, Monday, Nov. 25, 2002 at 2 p.m. (Private family viewing one hour before the service.)
A donation in Esther Feilberg's memory can be made to The Midwinter Heritage Site, c/o Lorraine Kerr, East Braintree, MB R0E 0L0 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel.
1938 - 2002
Luella Sinclair, beloved wife of Verne Sinclair of Calgary, Alta., went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, at the age of 63 years.
She was born Dec. 14, 1938 in Herbert, Sask. to parents John and Elizabeth Duck. In 1955 she married Peter Hiebert. During their 26 years together they lived in Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta. They had two daughters and one son, Lucy (Jake) Martens of Steinbach, Man., Alan Hiebert and Terrie Dutton of Calgary, Alta.
In Steinbach, Luella worked as manager at the Eaton's catalogue sales office, and on the Eastman Handivan pilot project and held other sales positions. She was a very outgoing, friendly and hospitable person and will be sadly missed by family and friends.
In 1983 Luella married Verne Sinclair of Calgary. Two sons, Bradley (Pam) Sinclair and Randy Gabert joined her family at that time.
Besides her loving husband and five children she is survived by 10 grandchildren; Eric, Kerri and Karlissa Martens, Joseph and Breanne Hiebert, Sherry Walden, Ashlee and Kristopher Dutton and Rayne and Tyler Sinclair.
She is also survived by her father, John Dyck of Steinbach; three brothers and three sisters: Ben (Rita) Dyck, B.C., Olga (Bill) Friesen, Manitoba, Anne (Hubert) Beisel, Saskatchewan, Elizabeth Foster, Manitoba, John (Lois) Dyck, British Columbia, Harve (Sharon) Dyck, Manitoba and several members of both the Hiebert and Sinclair families.
Luella was predeceased by her husband Peter Hiebert in 1981, brother-in-law Gary Foster in 1982 and mother Elisabeth Dyck in 2001.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 18 at McInnes and Holloway's "Eastside Memorial Chapel." Graveside followed at Rocky View Garden of Peace, Calgary.
The family extends its deepest gratitude to Pastor Dave Pahl and the wonderful staff at the Bethany Care Centre during Luella's 13 months in their care.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Bethany Care Centre Airdrie, Alzheimers Ward, 1736 First Ave., Bag Service No. 3, Airdrie, AB., T4B 2C4.
"God will wipe away every tear . . .
there shall be no more death or sorrow, . . ."