WILBERT G. SEWARD
Wib, aged 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep, July 13, 2003, at his Ridgeville, Man., farm home. Left to mourn are his wife Loraine and three sons Dennis (Margaret), Ridgeville; Danny (Lynda), Winnipeg and Dale of Fairview, Alta. Wib dearly enjoyed his eight Grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Denise, DeeAnne, Daniel, Darren, Dana, Derek, Candace, Doug, Chism and Justin. Also one sister, Louise of Kelowna survives Wib. His parents and one infant brother predeceased him.
Besides his family Wib will be greatly missed by his many friends and relatives. A favorite pastime was visiting and reminiscing about times gone by. Wib always enjoyed a good "bull" story, of the Hereford variety, of course.
Wib was born June 14, 1916 at Ridgeville to Bert and Agnes Seward and spent his life working the family farm and raising Hereford cattle. He married Loraine Spence October 21, 1940. They lived a wonderful full life at Ridgeville raising their three sons. Wib and Loraine retired from farming in 1975 and moved to their home at 150 Park Street in Emerson, Man. Even though this meant town living, Wib's heart was still on the farm at Ridgeville and he returned there almost daily to ensure Dennis was carrying on the family tradition in the proper manner. The year 2002 made Wib especially proud as the family farm celebrated its 100th birthday and became a Century Family Farm.
In 1998 Wib and Loraine sold their house and moved to Oakview Manor. Wib was not meant to live his remaining years in an apartment so he returned to his first love a farm at Ridgeville.
Respecting his wish, cremation has taken place. The family is holding a private memorial service and interment at Greenridge Cemetery with Reverend Bob Stark officiating. Wiebe Funeral Home, Altona handled the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emerson Volunteer Fire Department, Box 337, Emerson, Manitoba R0A 0L0.
"Love is measured, not in time,
But in timeless moments."
Sunday, July 6, 2003, at age 40, Chad Wachtendorf died as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Chad was born on June 30, 1963 in Winnipeg and lived on the family farm in Niverville, Man., for most of his life. Together with his dad, he ran a mixed grain and hog farm and for many years was also in the sugar beet growing industry. He was an avid motorcyclist, taking part in many runs for charity and for fun, and attended events like Sturgis annually.
Chad will forever be remembered for his larger-than-life presence, his love of Harleys, his interest in history and antique vehicles, his carefree spirit, and his annual Chadstock parties.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his soul mate Christine Gislason, his parents William and Minnie Wachtendorf, his siblings Reg (Lora) Wachtendorf, Darnelda (Bruce) Friesen, Cheryl (Paul) Turnley, Tricia Wachtendorf (David Satran), and their families.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Fourth Avenue Bible Church, Niverville.
A private family interment will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Glen Lawn Funeral Home.
FREDERICK ROBERT WEEDMARK, Jr.
Peacefully, with his family by his side, Frederick Robert Weedmark Jr. of Beausejour, Man., dearly beloved husband of Eleanor, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre Friday, July 11, 2003.
Fred was born on April 15, 1941 in Vita, Man. and was raised in Dominion City, Man. He enjoyed working on the farm, and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked for help. He worked for Mines and Resources as an Engineering Aide II for 41.5 years. Fred and Eleanor (Zielke) were married at Beausejour (St. Ouens) February 23, 1963.
He is survived by his wife Eleanor, four sons; Dale, John (Loretta), James and Stephen; grandchildren; brothers: Garnet (Adele), William, Donald, Frank (Adeline), Allan (Joanne), Richard (Diana); sisters: Rosemary (Bill) Wnuk, Bernice McKnight (Reg), Cynthia (Leonard) Jamieson, also many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frederick R. Sr. in 2001 and Marjorie (Brooks) in 1987, and his brother Raymond (Joe) in 1969.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 16 at 2 p.m. at the Sobering Funeral Chapel, Beausejour, with Rev. Leonard Wurch and Rev. Cecil Dewey officiating. Interment will follow at the Beausejour Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba.
CORNELIUS (NEIL) HIEBERT
July 12, 2003, after a graceful and courageous struggle with cancer, Neil passed away peacefully at his home in Crystal City, Man. A funeral service was held on July 16 at the Crystal City Mennonite Church.
Neil was born in Hamburg, Chihuahua, Mexico, September 11, 1948. He and his family immigrated to Canada in 1954. He is predeceased by his parents, Jacob E. and Elizabeth (Martens) Hiebert.
Neil is survived by his loving wife Lily (Heinrichs) Hiebert; his children: Karen (Merril) Pauls, Tracey Shillington, Christie (Darren) Nickel, Michael Hiebert; their mother and his partner for 26 years, Linda (Friesen) Hiebert; Lil's children: Vic (Candace) Giesbrecht, Teresa (Dan) Walls, Jennifer (Richard) Shrupka; and all his grandchildren. His stepmother, five brothers and five sisters will also miss him.
He will be remembered for the many lives he touched: in church; through his work at Canada Post in Altona, Winkler, and Morden; his work as a car parts salesman in Steinbach; and all his volunteer work. He will be remembered for his passionate faith in God, his love of people, and his strong work ethic. Neil believed he had a calling to help the less fortunate and he devoted much of his life doing just that. His last days were a precious gift to those he loved.
The family expresses appreciation to Dr. Cornie Woelk, and the staff at the Boundary Trails Cancer Care Unit and the Rock Lake Palliative Care Program for their care and support. Donations can be made to the Mennonite Central Committee (134 Plaza Dr., Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9) or the Rock Lake Palliative Care Program (c/o Rock Lake Hospital, Crystal City, MB R0K 0N0).
LORRAINE BRULÉ (nee Gagnon)
Peacefully, with her family at her side, Lorraine passed away Sunday, June 22, 2003 at the Ste Anne Hospital.
Lorraine will be lovingly remembered by husband René; sons: Jimmy (Cathy), Ricky, Daniel (Rachel); grandchildren: Stephanie, Cheyenne, Zacchary and Jasmin. She also leaves to mourn her brothers and sisters: Marie-Anna Proulx (Aurèle), Léo (Louise), Gérard, Aimé (Doris), Roland (Yvette), Florent (Evelyne) and Jeannine Gagnon (Michel); as well as many other relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Urgel and Irène Gagnon, and brother Arcel.
The family would like to thank Dr. Fredette and the staff of Ste Anne Hospital for their compassionate care and graciousness during Lorraine's illness and her last days.
A celebration of her life was held at the Ste Anne Roman Catholic Church, Wednesday, June 25.
"Those who live in our hearts
will be with us always.
We love you Mom, we love you Memère,
We miss you."
HELEN ZUPPAN (nee Horvath)
It is with deep regret we announce the sudden passing of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Helen Zuppan, at the age of 87 years, Jan. 10, 2004, at Parkview Place in Winnipeg, Man.
She is survived by one daughter, Laura (Ivan) Mattson; and two sons, Mike, and Ben (Sharon); grandchildren, Shirley (Terry), Debbie (Bill), Robert (Stacey), Chris (Victoria), Angela (Jay), Judy (Thieri), Patrick, and Jody; great-grandchildren, T.J., Kayla, Natasha, Micheal, Kelly, Katrina, Tiffany, Cassandra, Ryan, Kyle, Carly, Jessica, Rachael, and Zachery; and one sister, Rose Benton.
She was predeceased by her husband Gabriel on Jan. 14, 1998; one son Len in infancy; four brothers and two sisters.
Mass was held Wednesday, Jan. 14, 11 a.m., at the Piney Community Church, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment took place at the Menisino Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Helen's memory to The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man.
ELIZABETH WARKENTIN (nee Peters)
1908 - 2004
Peacefully, Jan. 11, 2004, Mom went to be with her Lord after a brief stay at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man., at the age of 95 years.
She is survived by four daughters and one son: Mary (Peter) Block, Lydia Mathes, Edith (Peter) Nikkel, Helga (Frank) Froese, Harold (Marlene) Warkentin; many stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; one sister, Katie Peters.
She was predeceased by her first husband George Warkentin in 1950, her second husband Jacob A. Klassen in 1976, and her third husband Jacob Warkentin Jan. 9, 2004; her son Ernie in 1956; one grandson Terry Block in 1995.
Mother was born to Isaak and Elizabeth Peters on Jan. 23, 1908 in South Russia (now Ukraine). She was the eighth of 13 children. At age 17, because of war and famine, she immigrated to Canada, together with her parents and siblings.
She was married to our dad in 1931. Six children were born to them. Life was a struggle during the years of the Great Depression, but mother, being resourceful and energetic, provided for her family. Her cooking, baking, canning and making-over hand-me-downs kept us fed and clothed.
She knew sorrow as Dad was taken from us in 1950, after a three-year illness with leukemia. Six years later her older son Ernie drowned at age 20.
After 19 years of widowhood she was married to Jacob Klassen. This marriage only lasted eight years, but they were wonderful years for her. After his death there came a time of adjustment, several moves and she married again, this time to our Uncle Jacob Warkentin. He predeceased her by two days.
Mom could be found with some item of handwork, such as knitting, crocheting, quilting or sewing. Her children and grandchildren will cherish her labor of love.
Her joy was her family and get-togethers with them. Her faith in her Lord Jesus sustained her throughout her life and we firmly believe she now sees in whom she believed.
Service will be held Friday, Jan. 16, 2004 at the Steinbach Mennonite Church, Loewen Blvd., Steinbach, at 2 p.m., with viewing one hour prior to the service
Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Cedarwood Apartment and the staff and Dr. Toews at Bethesda Hospital. Special thanks to Mary Penner and Suse Wiens, who "saw her off" with singing.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MCC.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
Mary Kehler was born July 7, 1933 in the Moray School District. She went to be with her Lord on Jan. 10, 2004 at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man., at the age of 70.
Mary will be forever remembered and deeply missed by her husband Abe; son Del (Sharon) of Grunthal, Man., and their children, Derek and Mandy; daughter Bev (Dale) Bracken of St. Clements, Man., and their daughter Tess; two brothers, one sister and their families. Mary will also be lovingly remembered and missed by many extended family members and friends. She was predeceased by her parents and one brother.
We, the family, wish to thank Dr. Kaethler and the staff at Bethesda Hospital. A special thank you to the home care staff for their dedicated care and to Pastor John Neufeld and the congregation for their love and support.
Funeral service was held at the Christian Fellowship Church in Steinbach, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Bethesda Regional Health Care Auxiliary, Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A3.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach.
ELIZABETH (LOUISE) NEUFELD
April 3, 1918 - Jan. 12, 2004
Peacefully, with her family by her side, Louise Neufeld passed away at Menno Home of Grunthal, Man.
Born in Russia, Louise immigrated with her family, Herman and Elizabeth Froese, in 1926. Growing up in the Pansy, Man. area, she married C.F. Neufeld on June 30, 1940. She worked alongside Dad on their farm until 1973, when they moved into Grunthal. There they enjoyed gardening and spending time with their family. Mom and Dad moved to Winnipeg, Man. in fall of 1988. Dad passed away in August of 1989. Mom made her home at Menno Home in 1993, where she resided until her passing.
She leaves to mourn her passing, daughter Heidi (Dave) Hiebert of Winnipeg; sons, Eric (Evelyn) of Minnedosa, Man., Helmut (Rosanna) of Shoal Lake, Man., and Albert of Grunthal. She has six grandchildren: Joyce (Pat) McKee, Eugene Hiebert (friend Carla), Jason Neufeld, Shannon Neufeld (friend Neil), Suzanne Neufeld (fiancé Les), Steven (friend Erin); and three great-grandchildren, Brandon, Tristan and Kelby Bayer. She is also survived by her brother, Peter Froese, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, C. F. Neufeld; her parents, Herman and Elizabeth Froese; sister Anna Kasper; and brother C. M. Froese.
The funeral service will be held at Elim Mennonite Church in Grunthal, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2 p.m., with Rev. Henry Warkentin officiating. Interment at the Grunthal Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Menno Home Foundation, Box 280, Grunthal, MB, R0A 0R0.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to all the staff of Menno Home, who not only treated her as a resident but as a good friend to them, especially Shirley, Debbie, Jeannette, Susie, Helen and Kathy.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
Jan. 25, 1923 - Jan. 12, 2004
Peacefully, Jan. 12, 2004 at the Ste Anne Hospital, surrounded by love, Rosaire entered his eternal home.
Rosaire will be sadly missed by his wife Alice of 59 years; his children: Louis (Linda), Denis (Suzanne), Marie (Roland) Petit, André (Merle), Carmelle (Daniel) Bernard, Colombe (Ben) Kehler, Jacques (Helena), Mariette (Rolland) Sarrasin, Claude (Denise); as well as his 26 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers; and three sisters.
He was predeceased by his parents, Magloire and Desneige; his sisters, Orise and Hortense; his infant daughter Marie-Ange; his son-in-law Norbert Lemoing; and his granddaughter Joséphine.
Viewing and prayers will be held at the Ste Anne Catholic Church, Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. A Eucharistic celebration of his life wil be held Friday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m., with Father Rene Chartier officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
The family would like to thank the doctors of the Ste Anne Hospital, especially Dr. Bissonnette and Dr. Lemoine, for their compassionate care, as well as the nurses for their support and tender, loving care. Special thanks to the home care workers at the Villa Youville for their caring and love. We would also like to thank Sr. Rioux, Sr. Forest, Father René Chartier, Father Gérald Michaud, and Father Isaii Blanchette for their love and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Ste Anne Hospital Fund" for the palliative care room at the Ste Anne Hospital, 52 St Gerard St., Ste Anne, MB, R5H 1C4.
As we say good-bye for now, we thank you, Dad, for your unconditional love. You have shown us how to live life to the fullest, to trust in God's way and to love each other.
Farewell - Rosaire, Papa, Pépère
VIOLET MAY OLSON
Peacefully, after a brief illness, with her family by her side, Violet May Olson was called to join her heavenly family at the age of 77.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Keith (Heather), Christopher; three daughters, Janice (Ken), Cheryl (Allen), Gail (Dale); grandchildren, Clayton (Natasha) Brooks, Teresa, Kelly, Michele, Jennifer, Matthew, Keith, Joey, Chad, Rae Ann and Kayla; as well as extended family, Brenda Olson, Neil Cote, one grandson Robert Friesen; brothers, Ronald (Barb), Burt (Ruth); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Violet will be welcomed into her new home by her husband Rolly; parents Alex (Katherine) Christofferson; brothers, Elmer, Edmond, Dalton; and her sisters, Margaret and Evelyn.
Vi enjoyed the simple pleasures in life - hunting, fishing and doing her crossword puzzles. Nothing gave her more pleasure than sitting outside with her cup of tea, surrounded by family and Mother Nature. Now she is as free as the birds she loved to watch.
Final farewell will take place Dec. 19, 2003 at the Middlebro Community Centre at 2 p.m. Interment to take place at a later date. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Special thanks to Dr. Smith, Dr. Trollip, Dr. Humpherys, all the staff at the Vita Hospital, and Violet's homecare workers.
Vita Funeral Home in care of arrangements.