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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 50

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March 10, 1923 - April 17, 2004

Peacefully, Saturday, April 17, 2004, Gérard Laurin passed away at Ste Anne Hospital. He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife of 58 years of marriage, Emilia; his six children: Lucille (Gilbert), Lionel, Fleurette (Dave), Claire, Louise (Don) and Noël (Rachelle); his 15 grandchildren, and 11 greatrandchildren. He also leaves to cherish, his two sisters, Yvonne and Laura. Gérard will be deeply missed by his granddaughter (daughter) Debbie (Dino).

He was predeceased by his father (Adélard), mother (Maria); four brothers, Eugène, Arthur, Emile, Joe; and one daughter Lucille.

Gérard was born March 10, 1923 in Richer, Man., and lived most of his life in the area. During the course of his lifetime he worked hard at providing for his wife and family. Dad was also known for his skill in woodworking and craftsmanship. He was self employed until his retirement.

Gérard was very close to his wife (Mia) Emilia. They enjoyed spending time going on their car rides to their favorite pie and coffee place, and would return home for a game of crib. Emilia was a big part of his life – she will truly miss him. The children would like to mention their fondest memories of their dear father. Going back from camping days, Dad would always take time out of his busy schedule to share in family gatherings or socializing with friends. Our father had a strong will to succeed in life and we knew his priorities were to provide for his family. He had a unique way of showing us he loved us. Dad was Dad, and we loved him dearly.

Emilia and her children would like to thank the nurses and Dr. Gobeil at the Ste Anne Hospital for all their compassion and love, caring and respect. We also would like to thank l’abbé René Chartier, Soeur Rioux and Soeur Forest for all their support and prayers. Special thanks to Soeur Rioux for the kindness she showed our father during his illness.

Funeral mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at the Ste Anne Roman Catholic Church, Friday, April 23, 2004. Interment to follow in the Ste Anne Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1P6.

The Desjardins Funeral Service in care of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolence at


John Thiessen, aged 80 years, of Roseau River, Man., passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, April 15, 2004.

He was dearly loved by his precious wife Rose; children, Darlene (Dave) Holland, Grace (Ralph) Gliege, Carol (Ted) Hartog, Arthur (Jacqueline) Thiessen, Marilyn (Melvin) Thiessen, Lois (David) Klassen, Debbie (Rick) Woodall, Kelvin (Lorie) Thiessen, and their families. He will also be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters. He was predeceased by granddaughter Jolene Joy Thiessen.

Joshua 24:15: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”. As children God has left us an incredible heritage to follow. Throughout his life Dad was an example of faithfulness and love: faithful to God, his wife, his children, his church and his community.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at the Cornerstone Bible Church, Steinbach, Man. Interment at Grace Cemetery, Stuartburn, Man.

Should friends so desire, donations may be made to Millar College of the Bible, Box 25, Pambrun, SK, SON 1W0.

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

Sept. 27, 1943 – April 17, 2004

Tragically, April 17, 2004, our beloved Joe was taken from us at 60 years of age.

Joe was born in Simcoe, Ont. and moved to Manitoba in 1980, where he worked for 21 years at Herbsiegwill Dairies in Randolph, Man., before going to work for Invicta Securities, where he worked until his death.

He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Anna (nee Felinski) Sherban; his sister, Annie Yurkiw; and infant son, Andrew Sherban.

He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Donna (nee Palmer); two step-sons, Jason (Tammy) McQueen, Steven (Cheryl) McQueen; four step-grandchildren, Shelby, Haley, Aiden, Brody; three nieces; and cousin, Dianna (George) Lloyd of Simcoe, Ont.

Joe was a hardworking, fun loving man, who has forever left an imprint on every life he has touched.

Services will be held at the First Baptist Church, 375 Loewen Blvd., Steinbach, Man., Saturday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. Interment in Simcoe, Ont. to be held at a later date.

Grandpa Joe, we’ll miss you.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 730 Taylor Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3M 2K8.

Neil Bardal Inc. in care of arrangements.

April 1, 1924 – April 17, 2004

After a lengthy illness, Leonore Haak passed away at the Bethesda Place Personal Care Home in Steinbach, Man.

Born in Olk, Ostpreussen, she was the eldest of three children. At the end of the Second World War she moved from Danzig to Denmark and then on to southern Germany, where she found work until 1972 and returned to northern Germany to reunite with her family. Later she immigrated to Canada in 1981 with her daughter Ursula and Friedel Mueller and their children Dirk and Andreas. In 1982 she gained a third grandson, Dennis. She was predeceased by her parents, a brother and grandson Dirk. She was a big help at the farm, looking after the children and keeping the house.

In 1995 she fought cancer and survived. In 2001 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was moved to Bethesda Place. We are very grateful to the staff for the excellent care she received.

A memorial service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Friday, April 23, 2004 at 2 p.m.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to Bethesda Place, Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A3.

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


Peacefully, April 18, 2004, at the Vita Health Centre, Mary Horvath passed into eternal rest, having reached the age of 92 years.

Mary was born April 30, 1911 to Frank and Vera Horvath at South Bend, New Jersey, and moved to the Menisino, Man. area as a young child. It was in this area that she spent the next 70 years, living the rural pioneer lifestyle, attending school, working tirelessly to raise her family, and eventually enjoying her opportunity to retire to a more leisurely pace. A quiet lady, Mary appreciated the love of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, while enjoying the solitude of nature and life in the country. In 1985 she moved to Seniors’ Housing in Woodridge, Man. Her recent years were spent in the care of daughter Elsie at Sprague, Man.

Mary will be lovingly remembered by her children and their families: Elsie (George) Listmayer of Sprague, Martin (Lois) Horvath of Steinbach, Man., Mary (John) Byman of Menisino, Eddie (Gisele) Horvath of Buffalo Point, Man., Rose (Stan) Goodman of Piney, Man., Martha (Murray) Yankoski of Winnipeg, Man.; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Betty (John) Sarko of Welland, Ont., Agnes Nagy of Evansburg, Alta., Irma (Mike) Geng of Watertown, NY.

She was predeceased by her loving daughter Anne in 2000; husband Louis in 1988; parents, Frank in 1949 and Vera in 1977; brothers, John (Slim) in 1991, Frank in 1994, Joe in 2001 and Anton in 2002.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, April 24, 2004, 2 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, with Chaplain Larry Hirst officiating. Cremation has taken place. Private ash interment will take place at a later date.

The family is grateful to the Home Care workers, nurses and staff of the Vita Health Centre for their compassionate care of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2B7.

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


Peacefully, late in the afternoon, Monday, April 19, 2004, at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital, with most of his family at his side, David P. Reimer slipped from the bonds of this earth into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Dad was born June 28, 1915, in Giroux, Man., to Abraham and Helena Reimer. He was predeceased in 1992 by his first wife, Elizabeth (nee Kornelson), whom he married Dec. 20, 1936. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Anna; eight sons; five daughters; 37 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and countless friends.

He farmed in the Seaton School District area until 1950, when he moved to the town of Kleefeld, Man., where he purchased and ran an automotive repair shop. By 1955 he had ventured into the farm feed service business. He continued to work in farm related occupations and finished his working career farming in the Ridgewood, Man. area until his retirement in 1983. Upon retirement he moved into the City of Steinbach.

Retirement did not mean idleness. He soon converted his two-car garage into a woodwork shop, where he designed and created innumerable craft items for family, friends, and also for sale at the Mennonite Heritage Village museum. Amidst all this he found time to work the blacksmith shop at the museum. He took particular pleasure in making little rings out of horseshoe nails for the hundreds of school children who would come through on tours.

We will miss you deeply, but our pain will be mellowed by our absolute confidence that you are now totally at peace, without pain, and awaiting our arrival.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 23, 2004, 10:30 a.m., at the Ridgewood Evangelical Mennonite Church, Ridgewood, Man., with interment to follow at the church cemetery. Viewing will be held at Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Thursday, April 22, 2004, from 7 to 8 p.m., with a devotional at 8 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man.


Abram was born Feb. 8, 1907 and grew up in the Niverville, Man. area. He passed away April 22, 2004 at the age of 97 years and 74 days.

He attended a private school. He was baptized upon his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in the Chortitzer Mennonite Church at Chortitz (now Randolph), Man. In 1928 he married Helen Leppky. After a couple of years they bought a small farm just east of Kleefeld, Man., near Hwy. 52. They moved to that farm in 1931 during the depression. In 1943 they sold this place and bought a larger farm in Randolph. They lived between the church and the general store. Living next to the church, Dad was soon appointed or elected to different positions in the church. He became a song leader in the church and had German Bible studies on Saturdays.

Dad was also elected into the Weisenamt (a church mutual aid and trust association). In 1948 Dad was ordained a minister in the Chortitzer Mennonite Church and served until 1981, when he retired from that service. In 1970 Mom and Dad retired and moved to Steinbach, Man. In 1992 Dad moved into Fernwood Place and lived there until he was hospitalized seven weeks before his death. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren always enjoyed seeing him and he loved them. Dad passed away April 22, 2004, 10:30 p.m., at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach.

Dad will be lovingly remembered by his children, Peter (Anne) Kehler, Abram Kehler, Eva (John) Doerksen, Margaret Kehler, John (Tina) Kehler, Esther (Max) Friesen and Helen (Bryan) Howell; as well as the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Dad was predeceased by one son Ernie in 1977, his wife Helen in 1986, and daughter-in-law Mary Kehler in 2004.

The funeral service was held at the Steinbach Chortitzer Mennonite Church, Tuesday, April 27 at 2 p.m. Interment at the Steinbach Memorial Cemetery.

Special thanks are extended to Dr. Thiessen, nurses and staff at Bethesda Hospital, and the home care workers at Fernwood Place.

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

Oct. 31, 1936 - April 27, 2004

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Theodore (Ted) Daignault, age 67, peacefully at his home in Vassar, Man.

Ted leaves to cherish his memory, daughter Wendy (Tom); sons, Darren (Nancy) and Terry (DeAnn); grandchildren: Kevin, Wade, Kailea, Sheena, Lyndsey, Ethan, Miranda and Marissa; his brothers, Raoul and Omer; sisters: Germaine, Yvonne, Jean, Terry, Laura and Hank; as well as good friend Shirley; many relatives and friends.

Ted was predeceased by his wife Rose; father Frank; mother Aldia; brothers, Gordon and Dennis; and sister Cecile.

Ted will be sorrowfully missed by all.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 1, 2004, 2 p.m., at the Sacred Heart Church, Vassar.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.

1918 - 2004

Monday, March 29, 2004, Jim Gunther of Lethbridge, Alta., passed away suddenly at the age of 85.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Anne; his children: Gord and Roberta Gunther (Calgary, Alta.), Tim Gunther and Betty Carels (Winnipeg, Man.), Jennifer Rose (Calgary), Cheryl and Brian Esau (Mitchell, Man.), and Jim and Cindy Gunther (Steinbach, Man.); and his 11 loving grandchildren: Chandra, Laura, Heather, Natalie, Kevin, Colin, Megan, Kimberly, Tyler, Nicole, and Ashley. Numerous siblings and their families also survive Jim. He was predeceased by his first wife, Vera, in 1979.

His memorial service is scheduled for Friday, April 2, 11 a.m., at the Southminster United Church, located at 1011 - 4th Ave S in Lethbridge, Alta., with a lunch to follow at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization across the street. Jim will be sorely missed!

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Lung Association would be gratefully appreciated.

Mildred Louise Bultz (nee Solnes)
August 11, 1925 - March 24, 2004

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Mildred Bultz, who passed away on March 24, 2004 at Morris Hospital with her family by her side.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 56 years, Bill; children: Judy (Archie), Carolyn (Leonard), Susan (Doug), Lori (Merv); grandchildren: Michael, Tracey (Roger), Jordy, Kris, Mitchell, Kyle and Marc; great-grandchildren: Taylor, Connor, Dallas, Shelby, Riley and Jared. Also left to mourn are numerous relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Hannah and Alfred Solnes and her brother Norman.

Mildred was born Aug. 11, 1925 in Arnaud, Man. After her marriage she spent her life on the farm raising her four children, until their retirement to Dominion City, Man. in 1990. Her family was her whole life and we all loved her dearly.

Mildred managed her journey through her illness with a grace, peace and sense of humour that brought great comfort to us all.

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 27, 2004 in the United Church, Dominion City with interment following.

The family would like to express their heart felt thanks to Dr. Roy Strank and the staff of the St. Pierre Hospital for their wonderful care of Mom.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Dominion City Heritage Park & Pool.

Flowers are gratefully declined.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, MB

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