NICHOLAS JACOB BRAUN
Peacefully, April 4, 2003, 10:15 a.m., at the age of 89 years, Nicholas passed away at the Red River Valley Lodge in Morris, Man., with his family at his side.
Dad leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years, Helena; nine children, Ernie (Linda) Braun of Morris, Nick (Janet) Braun of Kelowna, B.C., Helen (Pete) Friesen of Carlowrie, Man., Art (Sharon) Braun of Kelowna, Harry (Susanne) Braun of Morris, Elvera (Hal) Nodsle of Orlando, Florida, Ruth (Gordon) Coates of Morris, Charlotte (Mark) Burch of Winnipeg, and Leona (Leonard) Gerbrandt of Landmark; 33 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, John and Sara Braun; his siblings, John, Betty, and Jake; two sisters and one brother in infancy; his daughter Erna (Henry) Engbrecht; son-in-law Ken Klassen; and grandson Darren Nodsle.
Dad was born in 1913 at Nova Petrowka, Southern Russia. He immigrated to Canada in 1925 with his family when he was 11 years old. They settled in the Ste. Elisabeth, Man. area. In 1930 Grandpa Braun bought the farm in the Morris area where Dad and Mom raised their family.
Mom and Dad met through church activities and were married Oct. 30, 1937. Ten children were born to Mom and Dad, the first being twins much to their surprise.
Dad and Mom farmed together for 50 years. In 1986 they built a house in Morris. Dad developed Parkinson's disease at the age of 61. With the deterioration of his health, he moved into the Red River Lodge in 1997, and enjoyed their gentle and loving care. Mom visited the Lodge regularly and continued caring for Dad.
Funeral services were held at the Morris Fellowship Chapel, with Pastor Dave Smith officiating, Tuesday, April 8, 2003. The funeral arrangements were in the care of Morris Funeral Home. If friends so desire, donations may be made in his memory to the Red River Valley Lodge, Box 507, Morris, MB R0G 1K0.
HENRY DANIEL HILDEBRAND
Henry Daniel Hildebrand was born May 17, 1914 at Greenfarm, Man. After a valiant struggle with cancer, he passed away, surrounded by his family, in Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora, Ont., Friday, April 25, at the age of 88 years.
Henry was predeceased by his wife Susan on Aug. 15, 2001. He will be lovingly remembered by son Richard (Georgina) and daughter Gloria (Waldy) Loewen; grandchildren, Carmelle, Marc, Tanya, Jason; and great-granddaughter Serena.
He began his adult life farming in the Greenfarm area. He later moved to a career in construction and eventually developed his own stucco business in Steinbach, Man., until his retirement. During his retirement he enjoyed playing harmonica, guitar and golf, as well as keeping the house and yard in tip-top shape. He loved getting together with his family at his home in Steinbach.
The last 18 months of his life were enjoyed in Kenora, where he took pleasure in watching the seasons change on Black Sturgeon Lake.
The final six months were spent at Pinecrest Home for the Aged, where he received the loving care of Pinecrest's excellent staff. Many thanks to the staff at Pinecrest Home for the Aged, the physicians and staff at the Lake of the Woods Hospital, and the Senior Support and Palliative Care Workers.
Funeral services were held at Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Sunday, April 27, 2003, 2:30 p.m., with Rev. Bill Rempel officiating. Interment followed in the Heritage cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to: Loewen Funeral Chapel
Lena Neustaedter, aged 92 years, formerly of Steinbach, Man., passed away peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Sunday, April 27, 2003, at Calvary Place Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Man.
Mom will be remembered as a loving, caring person, very devoted to her family, as well as to anyone else who needed a hand, a meal or a visit.
One of her greatest gifts was that of hospitality. The fact that she loved to bake and cook really complemented that gift.
The greatest legacy she left to us, her family, was her faith in Jesus Christ and her life of prayer. Her main desire, one she mentioned often, was that all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren would come to know and follow Jesus. She looked forward to a great reunion in heaven.
She is survived by her children, Al (Eleanor) of Winnipeg, W.A. (Jim) Phyllis of Steinbach, Irene Giesbrecht of Winnipeg, Irmgard (Rob) Neufeld of Waterloo, Iowa, Waldo (Bonnie) of Steinbach; 17 grandchildren and their spouses; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry (Jessie) Peters; one sister-in-law Annie Peters.
She was predeceased by her husband Abram P. Neustaedter in 1974; two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at the Steinbach Mennonite Church, 345 Loewen Blvd., Friday, May 2, 2003, 1:30 p.m., with interment to follow at the Memorial Cemetery.
Our thanks especially to all the staff at Calvary Place PCH for their outstanding tender, loving care and support they gave to Mom this last year. God bless you all!
If desired, donations may be made to Back to the Bible Broadcast, available at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
It is with deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our (husband, father, grandfather) during a stay at the Grace Hospital on April 21, 2003, at the age of 85.
Formerly of Arbakka, Man., and Steinbach, Man., Steve was born in the small farming community of Arbakka, to the late Mikilo and Elizabeth Kostynyk (nee Woronuik). He married Doris (Choboter) of Sundown, Man. in 1940. Settling in Sundown, they had a mixed farm. Steve loved farming and also worked very hard in the logging industry for 40 years. He was "Master of the Chainsaw".
During retirement in 1980, Steve and Doris moved to Steinbach and resided there until May 2002, when they moved to Winnipeg to be near family. He often spoke of his good friends in Steinbach whom he missed very much.
Lovingly remembered and left to cherish his memory, his wife of 63 years, Doris; daughter Joyce (Joe) Marquette of Winnipeg; grandchildren, Lori, Daryl, Randy (Suzanne), Shelley, Chad and his mother Kay Thomas; brother Mike (Nellie) Kostynyk of Sundown; sister Lena (Mike) Gushliak of Surrey, BC; sisters-in-law, Anne Kostynyk of Winnipeg and Anne Kostynyk of Fargo, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also special mention of friends he spoke of so often, including Frank Marquette, with whom he worked for over 16 years and always maintained a close relationship.
Steve was predeceased by his son Gerald; brothers, George, Bill, Nick, John, Ted; and sisters, Mary, Doris and Sophie.
We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all the nurses and staff of 3 North at the Grace Hospital for their compassion and kindness.
A funeral service was held Thursday, April 24, 2003, 10 a.m., at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, with reception following at the Glen Eden Reception Centre, and interment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Daryl Marquette, Randy Marquette, Chad Thomas, George McQuade, Amel Kostynyk and Richard Choboter.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, Suite 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L OK6, or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 102 - 310 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3C OS6.
Arrangements entrusted to: Chapel Lawn Funeral Home Cemetery And Crematorium.
JACOB B. KROEKER
Peacefully, April 26, with his family at his side, Jacob Kroeker, aged 98 years, of Steinbach, Man., went home to be with his Lord.
He was born Oct. 22, 1904, in Neuendorf, Ukraine, Russia. In 1925 father was baptized upon the confession of his faith in Jesus Christ and accepted as a member in the Neuendorf Mennonite Church.
Sept. 25, 1932, he married our mother, Anna Wiebe and their union was blessed with nine children, of whom one died in infancy.
While we rejoice in his home-going, he will be sadly missed by his 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. He also leaves behind one sister, nieces and nephews in Canada and Germany, as well as many friends and relatives.
Dad was predeceased by his loving wife Anna in 2002; one son Isaac; one grandson Henry Klassen; and one great-grandson David Sawatzky. He was also predeceased by his parents and eight siblings.
The funeral service for Jacob Kroeker was held April 30, 2003 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church, with 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 father.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
ANNA PRIES BROESKY
Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital, Anna Pries Broesky, age 93 years, of Grunthal, Man., went joyfully to meet her Lord and Savior.
She is survived by five sons and four daughters: John and Edna Broesky of Grunthal, Anne Wiebe of Steinbach, Man., Jake and Linda Broesky of Niverville, Man., Cornie and Pauline Broesky of Sarto, Man., Tina and George Schroeder of Mitchell, Man., Martin Broesky of Grunthal, Nettie Penner of Steinbach, Helen and Stan Banman of Winnipeg, Man., Peter Broesky of Grunthal; two sons-in-law: Aaron Neufeld of Steinbach and Peter Wiens of Kleefeld, Man.; 48 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one half-brother, William Pries of B.C., and one sister-in-law, Agatha Funk of Steinbach.
Mom was predeceased by our dad, John W. Broesky, in July of 1991; two daughters, Mary Wiens and Agatha Neufeld; two sons-in-law, Menno Penner and John Wiebe; five grandsons and one great-grandson.
Viewing will be held Friday, May 2, 7 to 8 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2003, 2 p.m., at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, 479 Hanover St., Steinbach. Interment at Rosengard Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service are Ken Broesky, Randy Broesky, Ray Neufeld, Darryl Penner, Allan Penner, Derek Schroeder, Earl Wiebe and Tom Wiens.
The family would like to thank the staff of Steinbach Bethesda Hospital and Home Care for the excellent care they gave our Mom.
Donations in her memory may be made to Canadian Sunday School Mission, 200-189 Henderson Hwy; Winnipeg, MB R2L 1L7.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
NELLIE RUDY (nee Sirman)
Sept. 27, 1924 - April 28, 2003
Peacefully, at her home, April 28, 2003, our beloved wife, mother, and Baba, passed away at the age of 78 years.
Mom was born in Vita, Man. She married Harry Rudy, Oct. 22, 1944 and together they raised their three children on their farm in Zhoda, Man. Besides caring lovingly for her family, Mom enjoyed gardening, reading, writing, and was an avid nature lover. One of the true joys of Mom's life was her grandchildren, with whom she cherished her time. In recent years Mom and Dad moved to Steinbach, Man. to spend their senior years.
She will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her husband Harry; sister Ann Kyrzyk of Oakville, Ont.; daughter Patricia Sirman of Winnipeg, Man.; two sons, Russell (Dorothy) of Steinbach and Larry (Pam) of Marchand, Man.; her grandchildren, Jackie, Candace, Dana, Kris, Jamin, and Jordan; step-grandchildren, Bradley and Eric; one step-great-grandson Zachery; many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Nellie was predeceased by her sister Mary Sobistiansky.
The funeral service was held Thursday, May 1, 2003 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Nellie may be made to the Bethesda Foundation, Box 939, Steinbach, MB R0A 2A0.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.
After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our loving husband, father, and grandfather, John Koslowsky, at the age of 72 years. John passed away peacefully into the presence of his Lord, Saturday, May 10, 2003, with his family at his side at St Boniface General Hospital.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Helen; daughters, Arlene (Robert) Bruneau, Andrea (Tim) Toews, Sheila (Glenn) Rempel, Tracy (Erik) Perison, Kari (David) Hertzsprung; grandchildren, Christine (Steve), April, Michelle, Brent, Isaiah, Thomas, Kaitlin, Hannah, and Jonathan.
He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Agatha Koslowsky; two brothers, one sister, and one brother-in-law.
John was born April 8, 1931 in Niverville, Man., where he grew up on the farm. In his early years he attended the Leblanc School, and he finished his high school education at Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna. He pursued a career in agriculture and business at University of Manitoba and Success Business College. He moved on to become a successful businessman and president of Puratone Corporation, from where he retired in 2001.
John was a devoted husband for 43 years to Helen, whom he married on June 13, 1959. As his children, we thank our Dad for carrying on to leave us a legacy of generosity, patience, honesty, and a consistent faith in God.
His many interests included involvement in golf, curling, bowling, gardening, hockey, and music. John's passion was in serving His Lord and Master. His commitment to love God was demonstrated in all aspects of his life, including business, social, family, and church.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the medical and nursing staff in St Boniface General Hospital, De Salaberry Medical Center in St Pierre, and Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. A special thanks to the staff in Emergency and the Medical Intensive Care Unit at St Boniface General Hospital for their tireless efforts on John's behalf, and genuine care and concern shown for him and the family in his final hours.
Viewing was held Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at Klassen Funeral Chapel at 7 p.m. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 15, 2003 at North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church, 1315 Gateway Rd. Interment will be held at 5 p.m. at Hespeler Cemetery in Niverville.
Arrangements entrusted to Klassen Funeral Chapel, Winnipeg.
SHERRY LYNN SMITH
Sherry Lynn Smith (nee Howes) of Lorette, Man., formerly of Gillam and Brandon, Man., beloved wife of Brian and dear mother of Justin, Courtney and Taylor, passed away suddenly at home on May 2, 2003 at the age of 37 years.
Sherry was born Aug. 13, 1965 at the Brandon General Hospital. She was raised in Brandon and graduated from Crocus Plains High School. During her lifetime, Sherry was employed at the CO-OP in Gillam, Man., and was recently employed at Dawson Trail School in Lorette.
The most important job in Sherry's life was raising her three children and being Brian's wife. She had several interests, including hockey, needlepoint, fishing, coaching and cheerleading. She was an "all-around" organizer a real people person. She was the personal "welcome wagon" of the neighborhood.
Sherry is survived by her husband Brian; her children, Justin, Courtney and Taylor; her parents, Douglas Howes and Elaine Horton (David); grandmas, Millie McKerracher and Dorothy Clark; siblings, Donna, Rodney (Lisa) and their daughter Stepheny, Brad (Teresa) and son Ben, Naomi (Dave); in-laws, Tom (Cindy) Smith; sister-in-law Bernadette and her children, Sean, Chad and Kelsa; her Kokum McKay; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Sherry was predeceased by her grandfather Steve Clark.
A celebration of Sherry's life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. A private family interment took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sherry may be made to Epilepsy Manitoba, 825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan, Brandon.
Hilja Sonya (nee Mikk), born Oct. 4, 1925 in Parnu, Estonia, died peacefully May 11, 2003 in White Rock, B.C. She leaves to mourn, her daughters: Dorothy (husband Bo and children, Eryka and Emma), and Cathy (husband Perry and children, Teigan and Lauren); her nephew Alec and family; her niece Tina and family; and all her dear friends around the world.
Though she was born and raised in Estonia, WWII eventually brought her, via an unbelievable journey, to Winnipeg, Man. in 1948. Her incredible fortitude and zest for life enabled her to bring her mother, sister, niece and nephew to Canada while studying English and nursing, and working in a TB sanatorium.
She met and married Steve, our dear father, in 1956 after which they moved to Steinbach, Man. There, Hilja gave up her nursing career to work side-by-side with her husband in his veterinary practice and to dedicate her life to her family and friends. She selflessly helped all those around her with loyalty and devotion. Her love of music, theatre, books and the outdoors was passed on and shared with her family and friends.
She showed, throughout her life, her belief in God, her courage and bravery, even through all the pain and to the very end. May her wonderful memory live on in all of us who were loved and touched by her gracious life. She was our angel on earth and remains, eternally, an angel in heaven. We will miss you every day, though you will never be far away!
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2003 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2340-148th Street, South Surrey, B.C. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Canadian/BC Cancer Society.