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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 42

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Nov. 11, 1929 - Oct. 18, 2003

Arthur M. Vogt of Steinbach, Man. passed away Oct. 18, 2003 at Bethesda Place in Steinbach.

"Art" was predeceased by his parents, Peter A. and Susan J. Vogt; "sisters" Frieda Neufeld, Lies Friesen; and his brother Roy. He is survived by his brothers, Ernie (Kathy), Erich (Barbara), Peter (Linda) and John Vogt, and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Art was a lifelong resident of Steinbach. He made it his business to know as many people in the community as he could, as well as their family ties and any stories about them he found memorable or amusing.

After completing as much school as he was able to, Art worked in his father's grocery store and then at Penner Foods. For many years he sold lottery tickets around Steinbach and from his booth in the Economy Mall.

Art had a lifelong love of music and sports. He was a curler in his youth and later an enthusiastic spectator and volunteer at the Steinbach curling rink, the local hockey arena and baseball diamonds. He excelled at the game of cribbage. He loved to spend an afternoon or evening exchanging jokes and stories over a long game of cards.

Life was not always easy for Art, but he made the best of it without complaining. He had a wonderful sense of humour and an infectious, hearty laugh.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Bethesda Hospital and Bethesda Place for their patience and understanding, and the medical staff of the Steinbach Medical Clinic.

Also, special thanks to Rev. Larry Hirst and Mrs. Lorraine Friesen for the care they provided Art in recent years, and to Chris and John Neufeld for their outstanding support.

Thank you, as well, to Wes Keating, Betty-Ann Barkman, Jason Siemens and the many people of Steinbach who cared for and visited Art and considered him their friend. He loved all of you.

A celebration of Art's life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Art's memory to Bethesda Foundation Inc., Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R0A 2A0.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


Katharina Kroeker (nee Siemens) passed away peacefully, in her home in Steinbach, Man., Saturday morning, Oct. 18, 2003. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Henry; her children, Jac (Mechthild), Irene (Henry) Schmidt, John (Irene), Peter (Ruthild), Marlene (Earl) Klassen, Laurie (Glenn) Warkentin, Linda (Richard) Peters; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sons, Frank in 1952, and Henry and daughter-in-law Lynda in 1971; as well as two brothers, Dietrich and Heinrich.

Our mother Katharina was born April 18, 1921 in Neuendorf, Ukraine and lived there until early adulthood. During World War II our parents fled to Germany, then emigrated to Canada in 1948 with their two young sons, establishing their new home in the Steinbach area. Seven more children were born to Katharina and Henry over the next 13 years.

Mom was a wonderful cook and a beautiful seamstress. She enjoyed preparing delicious dinners and faspas for family members and many friends. Her creative spirit and love for beauty was also apparent in her beds of bright red geraniums and assorted plants and flowers around their home.

Mom had an unwavering faith in God, which she attributed to the zealous spiritual guidance given to her by her father prior to his imprisonment and execution during the time of Stalin. Her profound trust in God's enduring love and constant presence brought great joy to her life and gave her the strength to survive its many challenges and crises.

A viewing service was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Wednesday, Oct. 22. The funeral service will be held at the Steinbach Mennonite Church Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Heritage Cemetery following the service.

Donations in memory of Katharina Kroeker may be made to Faith and Life Communications, 200 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2J1 or to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Irma Lyndon, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003 at the age of 69, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Jack (1997); and parents, Julianna (1987) and Otto (1985) Kowalsky.

Irma will be lovingly remembered by her children, Gayleen (Ross) Robertson, Gerald (Lynette) Lyndon; grandson Christopher; sisters, Gertrude Nykorak, Frances (Ron) Giese and Florence Kowalsky.

Mom devoted her life to caring for her family. We will miss her strong will, sense of humor and love for family. She enjoyed many hours of quilting, and Bible study with her friends at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, where she was a member for many years. She drew her strength from her love and devotion to God.

The family of Irma Lyndon would like to express their heartfelt thanks to those who cared for her, from the homecare workers to the hospital staff at Grace Hospital Palliative Care Ward.

Funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, 2 p.m., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Steinbach, Man., 465 Henry St., with Pastor Al Maier officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or the St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.


Otto Schnell, age 93, of Tolstoi, Man., passed away peacefully Oct. 19, 2003 at the Vita Personal Care Home.

Otto will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Dorothy; two sons, Larry (Doris), Ralph; one daughter Debby (Jim); four grandsons, Curtis (Allison), Randy (Shelley), Kelly, Kirby (Tricia); and two granddaughters, Nicole (Michael) and Bobbi-Jo (Joey); 12 great-grandchildren, Corrine, Rachel, Jack, Tiarra, Hunter, River, Dakota, Brenna, Kirby Jr., Brooklyn, Colton and Faith.

The family wishes to express special thanks to all the staff at the Vita & District Health Centre.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, 1 p.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church, Friedensthal, Man.

Donations in memory of Otto may be made to the Vita Personal Care Home, Box 160, Vita, MB, R0A 2K0 or to the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.


"How beautiful heaven must be!"

Frank P. Brandt, age 90, of Riverton, Man., passed away at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Steinbach, Man., Oct. 21, 2003. He is survived by his beloved wife Margaretha; seven daughters and four sons: Levi and Yvonne, Erna and Dick, Mary, Barbara, Jacob and Mary, Ben and Rosa, Bertha and Glenn, Margaret and Ben, Teena and Larry, Peter, Leanne and Al, Laura and Gerald; 29 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m., with interment at the Blumenort Cemetery.

Our family would like to thank Todd Harder at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Rest Haven nursing staff, Dr. Krahn, the chaplains and others who have cared for and loved our parents during their stay at Rest Haven.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.

Feb. 8, 1911 - Dec. 17, 2003

Adrien Lajoie passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003 at Ste Hospital, Ste Anne, MB, at the age of 92.

He was predeceased by his first wife Madeleine and four sons, Joseph, Louis, Arthur and Michel. Adrien is survived by his wife Lauraine and 12 children, Raymond Lajoie (Jeanne), Irene Paradis (Jean), Paul Lajoie (Monique), Leo Lajoie (Alma), Isabelle Wirch (Erwin), Therese Chaput (Andre), Ernest Lajoie (Claire), Cecile Lesage (Roger), Diane Liske (Cal), Lorraine Lajoie (Leigh), Denise Wall (Dave), Jeannine Levesque and two daughters-in-law, Alice Lesage and Monique Lajoie. He also leaves 33 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, one brother Johnny Lajoie and one sister Marguerite Harms.


Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, with peace and serenity, our dear mother, Mary Shewchun, age 83 years, passed on at the De Salaberry District Health Centre in St Pierre-Jolys, Man., in the presence of her son Dennis, her daughter Patricia, and son-in-law Randy, and the very caring and supportive medical staff. Death gives our mother freedom from cancer and reunites her with her loved ones who passed on before her. Knowing this brings us great comfort.

She is survived by her brother Steve and his family, her Aunt Lena and Uncle Steve, her cousin Nettie in Maple Ridge, B.C., her nephew Donald and his wife Pat and their children, Iris and Bill and their family, Jim and Connie and their children, and other extended meaningful friendships. She will be missed by many friends, as she had the wonderful ability to form long, meaningful friendships. She will be especially missed by her cherished childhood friend, Frances, in Rainy River, Ont., and her dear friends, Ed and Elizabeth and children in Winnipeg, Man.

Knowing that death was approaching, we had the opportunity to talk about the special memories of life. These included her exhiliarated joy of being a student at United College, skating on ice ponds in Prince Edward Island, parenting, working at Grebb Shoes, where she was employed as number one skiver (skiving is the process of splitting leather with a skiving machine, a term first used in 1875), and then at Boeing Aircraft as a plastic technician, having various pets, her trailer at St Malo campground, her love of gardening and California poppies swaying in the gentle breeze. Meeting with the ladies of the church to make perogies was a very special time for her, and her passion for reading, cooking, knitting, sewing, music, and doing word puzzles. Life was always full and those who met her experienced her joy of life and her sweet, beautiful smile and sparkling eyes, which remained with her until the very end of her time with us.

She wanted us to give a very special thank-you to her "extended family" at the Chalet Malouin in St Malo, Man., where she resided. These were truly cherished years for her, filled with many wonderful memories and friendships. We, her children, say thank-you to the staff and residents for adding so much happiness to our mother's life and for your tender, watchful care of her throughout her battle with cancer. On Dec. 24, 2003, we remembered her life with the residents and staff of the Chalet, with a remembrance service and tea at the Chalet.

A very special thank-you to the staff of the De Salaberry District Health Centre. It was such a comfort to us to know that in her frequent stays she felt so safe in your devoted care. A heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Duplessis, Deacon Louis Gosselin, Rev. John Melnyk, and Marion and Wayne Wiwsoniski.

Respecting our mother's wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will not be a formal service.

In summer, her favorite time of the year, with the flowers in bloom, the leaves on the trees, and the birds in song, we, her children, will celebrate Her life.

We will think of you each day as you will always be in our hearts.


Peacefully, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, Mike passed away at the Pinawa Hospital, Pinawa, MB, at the age of 90.

Mike leaves to mourn, his wife Pauline; one son, James Nickols (Jeannette); grandchildren, Jeremy (Laura) of Saskatoon, Sask., Jennifer, and Jason; great-grandchildren, Julia and Gwyneth; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son Lorne in 1982; brothers, John and Steve Nickolievich, John Bonk; and sister, Grace Tataryn.

Mike was born Saturday, Nov. 8, 1913. He married in 1950, and soon after started farming. Mike enjoyed the challenge of working farmland, and constructing all his farm buildings. He believed that hard work was one of the keys to a long and healthy life.

Prayers were sung Friday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m., in the Reynolds Community Hall, Prawda, Man. Funeral service was celebrated Saturday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m., at the Hadashville Ukrainian Catholic Church, Hadashville, Man. Rev. Deacon Walter Knysh officiated. Interment followed in the churchyard cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Chris Nickol, Jason Nickol, Gordon Stelman, Kenny Mardynalka, Mark Senkow, and Danny Stelman.


It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Tina Wiebe (nee Martens). She passed away Dec. 18, 2003 at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, Man., with her family at her side.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four daughters, Tina (Elmer) Wohlgemuth of Landmark, Man., Ann (Frank) Broesky of Steinbach, Agatha (Ron) Klein of Steinbach, Dorothy (Art) Funk of Blind River, Ont., and one son-in-law, Ed Friesen; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ben (Edna) Martens; one sister, Anne (Cornie) Bergman; three sisters-in-law, Louise, Tina, Sarah; one brother-in-law, Roy Kaiser.

Her husband Jacob P. Wiebe, one daughter, Edna Friesen, one son-in-law, one grandson, two sisters and six brothers predeceased her.

The family wishes to express their appreciations to Dr Grobler, the nursing staff and Chaplain Larry Hirst of Bethesda Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, 1 p.m., at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, New Bothwell, Man. Viewing was held Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel and prior to the service. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.


Peacefully, at her home in Steinbach, Man., Edna Annie Kaita, age 70 years, went to join her Savior, Dec. 23, 2003, with her husband and children at her side. Edna, formerly of Niverville, Man., leaves to mourn her passing, her loving husband Fred, two sons, two daughters and their families. She was predeceased by her parents and five grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Vajcner and staff at St. Boniface Hospital. Special thanks go to Dr. C. Krahn and Dr. Thomas and staff at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, Man. Thanks also go to the helpful staff from Palliative Home Care.

Funeral services were held at the Fourth Avenue Bible Church, Niverville, Dec. 29, 2003. Interment followed at Hespeler Cemetery, Niverville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St.; Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2B7.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.


Peacefully, at age 92, Peter F. Doerksen, formerly of Silberfeld, Man., passed away at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Steinbach, Man., Dec. 24, 2003.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Katarina in 2000 and a granddaughter in infancy, he will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his children: Tony (Claudette) of Winnipeg, Man., Jacob (Maria) of Ile des Chenes, Man., Peter (Arleen) of Steinbach, Rudy (special friend Lorraine) of East St. Paul, Man., Stan (Julia) of Landmark, Man., and Marilyn (Larry) Blatz of Steinbach; as well as his 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, three sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Peter Friesen Doerksen was born July 19, 1911 in the Grunthal, Man. area to Abram B. and Helena Doerksen. At the age of five his parents left the Grunthal area to establish a new farm in Silberfeld. At 12 years of age, he was left an orphan, first by the passing of his mother on May 8, 1922, then his father on Christmas day 1923. As an orphan, he was taken in by the Jacob Kehler family, with whom he made his home until he reached young adulthood.

Dad was baptized upon the confession of his faith in the spring of 1941 in the Mennonite Church at Chortitz. Nov. 9, 1941 he married our mother, Katarina (nee Krause). Together they had a wonderful marriage that lasted 59 years. During this time they established their home on a small mixed farm in Silberfeld. Dad operated the farm while also working at various seasonal jobs until 1958. At this time he took full-time employment with Blumenort Poultry Co-op (Granny's Poultry). He retired from Granny's in the fall of 1981. Although he had already quit farming some years earlier, they remained on the farm until 1986, at which time they moved to Steinbach. Together he and Mom enjoyed their retirement visiting with their many friends. Dad also enjoyed the fellowship at the local coffee shop.

The funeral service for Peter F. Doerksen was held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, 1 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Interment at the Silberfeld Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.

A special thank-you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Rest Haven and especially for the pastoral care and the many friends for their faithful visits.

In God we trust.

"We sorrow, yet not as those who have no hope."

The family

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach.

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