Our mother and grandmother, Annie Kehler, passed away peacefully with family by her side, Feb. 27, 2003 at the age of 81.
Annie was predeceased by her parents, Cornelius and Maria Martens; sister Katherina; brother Cornelius. She is survived by three sisters, Helen, Mary, and Agnes and husband Abe G. Kehler; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Left to mourn is her loving husband John of 57 years; four sons, Larry and Joan (Kevin and Jason); John; Elmer and Laureen (Erin and Jeremy); Les and Shannon (Scott and Ryan).
Mom was born Dec. 12, 1921 at her family home in Niverville, Man. She was baptized as a young adult at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in Randolph. She married Dad on Nov. 4, 1945 in her parents' Niverville home. She was a homemaker for all her life. Mom loved spending time at home with her family. We all enjoyed her delicious home cooked meals that always included everyone's favorite dish and plenty of dessert. Gardening was another pastime of Mom's, often taking advantage of any garden space offered to her. In her latter years she started volunteering at the MCC Thrift Store in Steinbach. She spent countless hours making jean blankets for the store. Even in her last moments here on earth she was preparing materials for these blankets.
Mom's greatest pleasure and pride were her grandchildren. She had a great love for them and her energy never ceased when it came to playing games. Each grandchild had their favorite game, which ranged from a variety of different board games to playing soccer or baseball.
Mom's never ceasing love and care for her husband, children and grandchildren will be sadly missed but never forgotten. May God be with us all.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thanks to the nurses at the Bethesda Hospital for their compassion and care; relatives and friends for their prayers and support.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Annie's memory to the MCC Thrift Shop. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m., at Chortitzer Mennonite Church in Steinbach, Man., with interment at Mitchell CMC cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.
MARLIES LYDIA SPLETZER
Born at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg
June 8, 1967
Feb. 28, 2003, Marlies Spletzer passed away to be with her Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Marlies had a great sense of humour and will be very much missed by all of us. She spent all of her school years in special schools, Ellen Douglas being one of them. She went on to Grant Park High School where she graduated from a Life Skills program. This program helped her live on her own for a number of years in one of Uncle Martin's apartment blocks. In 1997, it became evident that she needed more care than we could give her, so she found the nursing home that she wanted to live in. We tried to convince her to move closer to North Kildonan where most of her friends, church and family lived. However stubborn as she was, she chose West Park Manor in Charleswood where she spent five years. She loved living there.
In spring of 2002, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and from then on, she spent a fair amount of time at Grace Hospital. At the end of January, she was transferred to the St. Adolphe Nursing home where they were able to supply her with the oxygen she needed. She received very good care in St. Adolphe Nursing Home. Everyone opened their hearts to her very quickly as she had the kind of character that was open to everyone. As well, she never complained until she was in such severe pain that she could not stand it anymore.
Marlies has fought the good fight; she has finished the race and is now walking straight and standing tall with her personal Saviour, Lord Jesus.
She was predeceased by all four grandparents, as well as a brother, Marky, who passed away in infancy.
Her parents (Reinhard and Lydia) survived her, as well as her siblings Roland, Angela (fiance Brian Hargreaves), and Darren (wife Lisa-Jane).
Marlies is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins who were as close as brothers and sisters.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 4, 2003, 2 p.m., at Rowandale Baptist Church, 162 Rowandale Ave, Winnipeg, Man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. Adolphe Personal Care Home, 420 Main St, Winnipeg, MB R5A 1A1.
Klassen Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
GEORGIANA FRIESEN (nee Plett)
Georgiana was born in Winnipeg on April 2, 1933 to Abraham and Martha Plett. Her father passed away in 1975, her mother in 1998, and a brother Herman died in infancy.
She has seven younger siblings, Olga and husband Pete Martens, Leona and husband Edward Friesen, Frank and wife Jeannie Plett, Virginia and husband Ed Reimer, Benjamin and wife Dianne Plett, Stan and wife Lorraine Plett, Oliver and wife Genevieve Plett.
As the oldest, Georgiana often took on the role of mother to her younger siblings. She must have enjoyed it enough to want a family of her own. When she married Ted Friesen in 1955, it seemed that children was one of the main topics they discussed. Her view on how many to have was quite firm it was 12 or none. With only those two options, the decision was clearly made after their first child was born. There was no choice but to have 11 more.
Ted and Georgiana's family has grown from 12 to 32; Gerald of Edmonton, Alta., Merv and Caroline of Calgary, grandchildren Nicole and Jennifer, Randy and Carmen of Edmonton, grandchildren Tyler, Conor, and Dylan, Ken of Knoxville, TN, grandchildren Michelle and Darrell, Julie and Kenton Penner of Rosenort, Man., grandchildren Tyson, Jana, and Stan, Lyndon of Sherwood Park, Alta., Val of Winnipeg, Man., Brad and Yvonne of Edmonton, Sher and Art Sawatzky of Niverville, Man., grandchildren Megan and Ashley, Lori and Leonard Wiebe of Carman, Man., and expectant treasure, Vern of Winnipeg, and Gwen and Sean Cook of Komarno, Man., grandson Cameron.
Mom's health problems first appeared in 1980 when she was diagnosed with diabetes. Her health did not slow her down a whole lot then; she continued to be involved in many things. The greatest struggle Mom encountered was about two years ago when her eyesight began to decline. She was unable to drive and do many other things she loved to do.
About a year ago Dad and Mom made the very difficult decision to move off the farm. It was too much for them to take care of everything. She missed the farm tremendously. She had so many wonderful memories of the farm and she kept them close to her heart.
June of 2002 was the first sign of how much her health had deteriorated. She was admitted to hospital, where she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
Her greatest treasure here on earth was her family, and what a wonderful moment for our family to surround her as she passed from this world into the arms of Jesus Feb. 23, 2003. Mom's faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, never wavered. How glorious heaven must be for her!
Georgiana's funeral service was held at the Morris Fellowship Chapel, Feb. 26, with interment in the Rosenort Cemetery. The arrangements were under the direction of Morris Funeral Home.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Back To The Bible, Box 10, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2G2.
After only three days in the intensive care unit at Health Sciences Centre, our Dad, with family at his side, went to meet his Lord and Saviour on Sunday evening, March 2 at the age of 92.
Dad was the fourth child, born September 14, 1910 to David and Maria Falk at Steinfeld, Ukraine. Six months later the family moved to Arkadak where they lived until they immigrated to Canada in 1929, settling in the Niverville area. At the age of 14 years he accepted Christ as his Saviour and was baptized upon confession of his faith after they came to Canada. He has been a faithful member of the Niverville MB church ever since.
As a 19-year-old, Dad took on the responsibility of providing for a recently widowed mother and six younger siblings, the youngest being only three years of age. They arrived penniless with debt from the voyage but they were happy to be in this land of freedom and opportunity. Dad worked hard and could soon buy the farm, where he was working as a hired hand, for his mother. A few years later he bought a farm for himself.
He married our mom, Elsie Friesen, on September 10, 1938 sharing almost 60 years of married life. They farmed together with their four oldest sons in the Niverville area until his retirement to the town of Niverville in 1986. Farming with his sons was a real delight for him.
Dad was truly a "man of the soil" who loved farming. He worked hard and was not afraid to take risks, like buying more land, new equipment and using new methods and technologies.
He also loved animals, especially horses and always took excellent care of his livestock. He was a caring and compassionate man, always helping where help was needed. Since he was one of the few people to own a car and truck in the '40s he was often called upon to "taxi" neighbors to and from hospital or appointments. (Only one baby was born enroute to hospital.)
After a snowstorm he would frequently open the roads to the school and to the highway with his own caterpillar. Harvest time would often find him helping friends and neighbours complete their fall work after his was done. During the '40s and '50s our parents sponsored many "displaced persons" which often placed extra financial stress and responsibility on them, but they wanted others to have the same opportunity for a new life in Canada.
During their retirement Dad and Mom loved to travel and enjoyed trips to their homeland of Russia, the Holy Land, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, South America, many MDS tours, and numerous trips to Ontario, British Columbia and Fresno, California.
Dad has always had a big heart for missions, but especially dear to his heart was Russia where he concentrated much of his giving. He built a church in Tipliechny and assisted in building one in Beardjantz, both near Zaporosche. He also supported a Children's Bible camp in Russia.
Dad taught us the value of hard work, honesty, integrity and a personal relationship with the Lord. We know he prayed daily for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Elsie in April of 1998. He will be sadly missed by his five sons and one daughter and their families: ALVIN (Lydia) Sheldon and Cynthia Falk, Katrina, Karissa, Ryan, Kristelle, Lorraine and Harv Barkman, Jordan, Melissa, Jason and Chantelle, Kevin and fiancée Zoe Poitras; VIOLA (David Toews), Caroline; WILLIE; BERNIE (Lillian), Angeline (Tony Schellenberg) Kieran, Gemma; Chad, Tim; ERWIN (Diane), Bonnie (Paul Gubernachuk) of Montreal, Heidi (Travis Friesen); DENNIS of Fresno, California. He is also survived by three brothers - Dave, Bill and Jake, and two sisters - Mary and John Penner of Ontario and Betty Koslowsky of Winnipeg.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kaethler for his gentle and compassionate care, as well as all the nurses and staff at Bethesda Hospital during his frequent hospital admissions this past year.
A celebration of Dad's life will be held on Friday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at the 4th Ave. Bible Church (Niverville MB Church). Viewing will be held at Loewen Funeral Chapel Thursday from 7-8 p.m. with a devotional at 8 p.m.
Should friends so desire, donations may be made in Dad's memory to Gospel Outreach Ministry to the Ukraine (a charity that Dad faithfully supported) available at the church. Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.
Peacefully, in the evening of March 2, 2003, God took Mom to the Mansion that Jesus has prepared for her.
She was born at Schoenwiese, in the local municipality of Rhineland, Man., on Dec. 26, 1910. She was baptized in the spring of 1928 upon the confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
July 8, 1928, she committed herself in marriage to David C. Friesen by the Reverend Abram Friesen. This marriage was blessed with 11 sons and 7 daughters.
She is survived by nine sons and six daughters and their families. She was predeceased by her husband, two sons, one daughter, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral for Justina Friesen will be held Friday, March 7, 2003, 10 a.m., in the Chortitz Mennonite Church, 479 Hanover St., Steinbach. Viewing will be held at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the service.
Mom was an amazing woman, and in the middle of raising 18 children she managed to keep herself and the home neat and tidy. She would not tolerate a messy home. Mealtimes were extra special because they were made with love and a grateful heart. That's probably why everything tasted so good, especially the desserts like rhubarb pie, cinnamon buns, baked apples or gramma cookies.
Mom loved children and few things would light up her face more than to have a child on her lap, communicating love to the child. Just like Jesus did, He took little children on His lap and blessed them.
Mom displayed an attitude of contentment seldom seen in today's world. Four years ago she suffered a broken hip and had to get around in a wheelchair. Her attitude stayed the same, always thankful, and she said so to everyone who would serve her. Often times she would even volunteer to pay for the care that was extended to her. The last four years she was a resident at Bethesda Personal Care Home, and if you were to go there and ask the staff and residents about her, you would hear comments like, "She was so easy to take care of," "She didn't complain," "We are going to miss her," "She was always grateful" or "After chapel time, she said Danke Schoen to the chaplain for the program."
We look forward to a grand reunion with her and Dad, because Jesus has made it possible for us to see them again, some great and glorious day.
The family extends sincere thanks and appreciation to all the home care staff and the Bethesda Place residents and staff for the excellent love and care Mom received up until the time Jesus called her home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethesda Chapel Fund, or the Chortitz Mennonite Church Mission Fund.
William Kischuk, born March 5, 1910 in Vita, Man., passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at Arranglen Lodge, Qualicum Beach, B.C. Predeceased by his wife Mary on Oct. 11, 1994 and his infant son Paul on March 9, 1932, Bill is survived by son Jarvis (Elizabeth) Kischuk of Kenora, Ont.; daughter Betty (Don) Forsythe of Courtenay, B.C.; grandchildren: Debbie, Robert, Jeff, Sharon, Bev and Alan; as well as 12 great-grandchildren.
He was born and raised on his parents' homestead in Vita. In 1955, he moved to Winnipeg where he was employed as a welder until his retirement in 1975. Two years later, he moved to Victoria, B.C. then north to Courtenay in 1980.
Bill and Mary participated in many seniors' activities in both Victoria and the Comox Valley. In his leisure, he enjoyed bowling, dancing, gardening and a good game of cards.
A service of remembrance in celebration of his life was held Friday, Feb. 21.
Peacefully, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, Ont., Saturday, March 15, 2003, Effie "Faye" (Bially) Williams, formerly of Grand Bend and Dorval, Quebec, passed away in her 82nd year.
Effie was the beloved wife of Robert S. "Bob" Williams of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend; loved mother of Robert "Bob" and Cindy Williams, and loving grandma of Nicholas and Stacie Williams and Matthew Williams, all of Brockville; dear sister and sister-in-law of Olga Frederick of Hinton, Alta., Jack and Helen Bially and Eva Bially, all of Tolstoi, Man., Vera and Archie Morrison of Grand Bend, Joan Collins and Pauline Williams, both of Montreal, Joan Williams of Calgary, Alta., and Jack Dingle of Vancouver, B.C. She will also be remembered by many nieces, nephews and their families.
She was predeceased by brothers Bill, Mike and Milton Bially.
A memorial service was held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Ont., Wednesday, March 19, 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Harry Disher officiating. Cremation has taken place. Interment at Overstoneville Independent Cemetery, Tolstoi.
If desired, memorial donations to Queensway Nursing Home or charity of choice would be appreciated.
JOHANNA (BETTY) WIEBE
January 1, 1930 - December 30, 2011
On December 30, 2011, with family by her side, Betty passed peacefully into a new life to be with her heavenly Father.
She is survived by six children — Gayle Delaurier, Brenda Lee Summers, Gloria (Greg) Nicol, Peggy (Daniel) Hebert, Carolin (Bob Albrecht) Wilson and Gary (Dorothy) Wiebe, 18 grandchildren as well as 21 great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Allan, on September 27, 1986.
A celebration of Mom’s life will be held Tuesday, January 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Niverville Word of Life Church with lunch to follow. A private interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hiebert Heritage Cemetery Inc. (information will be available at the Church) or a charity of choice.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel
Sept. 22, 1909 - Dec. 29,2011
Our dear father passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2011 at the Villa Youville Personal Care Home in Ste. Anne, M.B. at the age of 102. He will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by his children, Georges (Bibiane) Peter ( Adèle) Alice (Terry) Louise (Jim) Anne (Bert) Denise (James) Victor, Cecile; fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great- grandchildren. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife Mary, daughter –in-law Irene, son- in- law Arnold, parents Joseph and Denise Gobeil, five sisters and nine brothers.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Villa Youville; Sr Irene Rioux and Sister Marguerite Forest for the unending support , love and prayers and Dr. Demoissac for his compassionate care.
Funeral service will be held January 20,2012 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church, South Junction, MB. Internment of ashes in the parish cemetery.
A reception for family and friends will follow the funeral service in the church hall.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel