Dietrich D.F. Warkentin was born Aug. 7, 1923 in the village of Grunfeld, in southern Ukraine, Soviet Russia, to Sarah (Friesen) and Dietrich Aron Warkentin. Before he was one year old, his mother died in June and his father married Aganetha Klassen in October. The Warkentin family immigrated to Canada and arrived in southern Manitoba in the fall of 1926. The family moved to the Grunthal, Man. area in the spring of 1942.
After receiving his Conscientious Objectors status, Dietrich worked on different farms until after the war. In June 1946, he was baptized upon his confession of faith by Bishop Johann J. Enns and accepted into the Grunthal Elim Mennonite Church. He transferred his membership into the Spencer Bergthaler Mennonite Church before his marriage to Katharina Klassen on July 10, 1948. After living in Winnipeg, Man. for almost two years, they moved onto a farm southeast of Grunthal in the spring of 1950. Here they farmed and became the proud parents of seven children. However, as fate would have it, their joy was short-lived when his wife Tina died suddenly on Nov. 26, 1966. After much prayer, the Lord directed him to a wonderful Christian woman, Anna Rempel. They were married May 3, 1969, and had close to 35 years together.
In the summer of 1974, our parents sold their poultry farm and built a house on a 10-acre lot about two miles north of Grunthal. After working at different jobs and being self-employed for some time, retirement took over and it left our dad with more time for his hobbies, like iron- and woodworking, building children's playhouses, and making large lawn ornaments. Also, it left him more time for his hobby of stamp collecting, which he had started during his school years. He really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Dietrich D.F. Warkentin of Grunthal died peacefully on March 30, 2004, at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife Katharina in 1966; his second wife Anne on March 8 of this year; and one grandchild Kathryn Toews in 1994. He is survived by seven children: Helene Friesen of Winnipeg, Hildegarde and John Toews of Grunthal, Peter and Bridget Warkentin of Grunthal, Fred Warkentin of Calgary, Alta., Hermina and Len Janz of Grunthal, Elinor Warkentin and Dhanook Singh of Vancouver, B.C., John and Regina Warkentin of Omaha, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren, Adriane Friesen and Shaun Smart, Blake Friesen, and Skyler Friesen; Sheila and Darrell Runke, Matthew and Andrea Toews, and Mark Toews; Veronica Warkentin, and Sean Warkentin; Jessica, Luc, Joe, and Megan Janz; and five great-grandchildren, Alexi, Dalen, Janessa, and Kade Runke, and Nicholas Toews. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters, brothers-and-sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will take place Sunday, April 4, 2:30 p.m., at the Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church, with John B. Wiebe and Colin Plett officiating. Burial will take place in the Grunthal Cemetery. The family thanks the staff of Bethesda Hospital, and the many visitors, for their care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MCC Manitoba
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
CECIL ALLAN MAIN
1941 - 2004
Very peacefully, with his family by his side, Cecil Allan Main passed away at the Ste Anne Hospital, Friday, March 26, 2004, at the age of 62 years.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Lea; his children, David, James (Diane), Donald (Karen), Daniel, Jeffrey (Sharlene) and daughter-in-law Carrie. He will be lovingly remembered by his father, Cecil Sr.; father-in-law, Albert Laramée; two brothers; 17 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Cecil was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy; mother Odile; sister Doreen; sons, Kenneth and Robert; granddaughter Cecilia; and mother-in-law Louise Laramée.
Cecil was raised and lived all his life in Richer, Man. For the past 20 years, Cecil and Lea had a special loving relationship that bonded their two families as one. He was a man of few words, yet his advice was taken highly. He loved seeing his grandkids, bugging his daughters-in-law, as well as having good laughs with his boys while relaxing in his garage on summer days.
Because of Cecil and his brother Norman's special bond, the family requested Norman to be the urnbearer for the service. The funeral service took place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 30 at the St Joachim Catholic Church in La Broquerie, Man., with Msgr. Albert Fréchette presiding. Interment followed in the Parish Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gobeil and staff at the Ste Anne Hospital and Lois from the CancerCare-Steinbach Branch for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cecil's memory to CancerCare Manitoba, ON109 - 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
ELIZABETH JOANNE BARKMAN
Friday, March 26, 2004, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer, Elizabeth Joanne Barkman (nee Penner) went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Joanne is survived by her husband John; daughter and son-in-law Barb and Ian; son and daughter-in-law Brent and Gillian; grandchildren, Robert John, Zarina and Micah. She is also survived by her extended family, Elma and Rollin Reimer, Martha and Edmar Rempel, Adina
Penner, Milton Penner and Gilbert and Heather Penner.
Joanne joins in heaven, her parents, Peter K. and Elizabeth Penner; sister-in-law, Marlene Penner; and niece, Beverly Rempel.
Joanne was born Aug. 1, 1942 in Steinbach, Man. Joanne lived her school years in Steinbach, before moving to Caronport, Sask. to attend Briercrest Bible School with her high school sweetheart, John. Joanne and John were married May 4, 1962. They spent time in Great Falls, Montana, and Kenora, Ont. before moving back to Caronport in 1966 to join the staff of Briercrest Bible School. Joanne and John spent 33 years at Caronport, raising their children while being instrumental in the lives of many other young people. Joanne will best be remembered in Caronport as the lady from the library who was willing to host anyone in her house.
Joanne and John moved to Regina, Sask. in 1999, where John became senior pastor at Faith Baptist Church, while Joanne worked for the Regina public library system, a job that gave her much fulfillment. Joanne continued to open her heart, time and home to all in need.
Joanne will always be remembered for her giving heart, her continuous support to all, and her commitment to her family and friends. But, most of all she will be remembered for her unending commitment to her risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
Although we will miss Joanne, we celebrate that we will see her once again in heaven. As Joanne said throughout her illness, "I have hope in a God who has a plan for my life." We want all to share this hope with Joanne.
Joanne's favorite passage of scripture throughout her illness was Psalm 23.
Funeral services were held to celebrate Joanne's life. These were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, at Faith Baptist Church, Regina, and at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 31 at the Hildebrand Chapel, Caronport. Interment followed Wednesday at the Caronport Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Faith Baptist Church in Regina or Briercrest Family of Schools in Caronport.
Special thanks to the 3B Oncology team of the Pasqua Hospital and the palliative home care team. You have brightened our lives over the past months.
John and the kids
Eric Guenther passed away peacefully to be with the Lord, at his home, Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at the age of 83 years. Eric was born in Orenburg, Russia, Nov. 12, 1920.
He is survived by his daughter Sandra Klassen (Vic) of Grunthal, Man.; son Raymond (Noreen) of Oyama, B.C.; four grandchildren: Ryan and Ian Klassen; Jeremy and Julia Guenther; four brothers: Ike (Anne), John (Marie), Ed (Margaret), Frank (Margery Forgay); sister-in-law Agatha Guenther; and brother-in-law Martin Schellenberg.
He was predeceased by his wife Nettie; brothers, Gerhard and Arthur; and sister Alice.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, March 30, 11 a.m., at the First Mennonite Church, Kelowna, B.C., with Pastor Clare Neufeld officiating. Interment followed in the
Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, c/o First Mennonite Church, 1305 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 3E7.
Funeral arrangements by Springfield Funeral Home Ltd.
Tina Guenther, aged 86 years, of Winnipeg, Man., passed away at the Altona Health Centre, March 28, 2004.
She is lovingly remembered by her brother Anton (Isabel) Guenther; sisters, Neta Martens, Maria Sawatzky, Margaret Lundin, Rose (John) Thiessen; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Tina was predeceased by her parents, Jacob and Anna Guenther; sisters, Anna and Pete Klassen, Elisabeth Guenther, Susan and Dick Schroeder; brothers, David and Millie Guenther and Jacob Guenther.
The funeral service will be held Friday, April 2, 2004, 11 a.m., from the EMM Church in Altona, Man., with interment to follow in the Gretna Cemetery.
Viewing will be at Wiebe Funeral Home Altona Ltd. in Altona, Thursday, April 1, 2004, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and at the church prior to the service.
Wiebe Funeral Home Altona in care of arrangements.
April 21, 1921 - March 24, 2004
Mary Brandt (nee Wiebe) of Laguna Hills, California passed away March 24, 2004, at the age of 82 years, 11 months.
She is survived by her loving husband, Albert Brandt, formerly of Steinbach, Man. (founder of Steinbach Dry Cleaners); daughter LaVirda and husband Paul; son Raymond and wife Thalia; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
JOSEPH LUDGER FAVREAU
It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph (Jos) Favreau of Ste. Anne, Man. announces his passing on June 10, 2004 at the age of 81. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Eva; sons, Ronald and Maurice (Rhonda) and their children Marc, Mathieu and Leanne; daughters, Janine (Loren) and their son Mitchell, and Suzanne (Bill). He is survived by his brother Leonard and sister Eliane. He also leaves to mourn numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at the St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church, La Broquerie, Man. Interment at St. Joachim Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. De Moissac and the staff at Ste. Anne Hospital. Also special thanks to the Gagnon family and the Foubert family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3A 1P6.
Papa, repose en paix
Arrangements entrusted to: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
1926 - 2004
After a lengthy illness and a courageous battle with cancer, it is with deep regret that we announce the death of Otto (Papa) Gerull, Monday, June 14, 2004 at the Vita and District Health Centre, at the age of 77 years.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Gisela Gerull (nee Balz) of Vita, Man.; daughters, Sandra (David) Maxymowich, Vita, Man., Rita Gerull of Winnipeg, Man.; one grandson, Jordan Maxymowich of Vita; one brother, Willie Gerull of Germany; and one sister, Greta Buttner, also of Germany.
Otto was predeceased by his son Richard; parents, Emilie and Georg of Germany; brothers, Kurt, Bruno, Paul, Hans; and one sister Anna.
Born in Ostpreusen, Germany on June 29, 1926, Otto served in WWII at the young age of 17. In 1954 he came to Canada, where he worked for many years as a logger and prospector. Later he returned to Germany, where he met his wife, Gisella Balz, whom he married April 19, 1968.
They farmed at Carrick, Man. until his retirement in 1996, at which time they moved to Vita. Otto enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife, and the farm, which was his pride and joy.
Funeral services for Otto will be held Friday, June 18, 2004 at Vita Funeral Home, Vita, Man., at 11 a.m., with viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Badger Cemetery. Honorary pallbearer will be Jordan Maxymowich. Active pallbearers will be David Maxymowich, Jerry Maxymowich, Russell Maxymowich, Gordon Lempen, Randolph Lempen and Scott Johnston.
We, the family, wish to thank Dr. Glezerson, Dr. Smith, Dr. Krahn and staff at the Vita and District Health Centre.
Donations in Otto's memory may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.
Vita Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.
DAVID D. FEHR
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David. D. Fehr, Tuesday June 15, 2004 at Donwood Manor, at the age of 67 years.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m., at Grunthal CMC. Viewing will take place Friday, June 18, 7 to 8 p.m., at Klassen Funeral Chapel, 1897 Henderson Hwy., and prior to the service.
Klassen Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.
SADIE WIEBE (nee Hildebrandt)
Sadie was born to Henry and Tina Hildebrandt of Lowe Farm, Man., Dec. 3, 1924, the second youngest of a family of 12 children, all of whom predeceased her. At an early age Sadie became a caregiver, because she had to oversee the activities of her handicapped brother Dietrich. Sadie was blessed with the gift of singing. She sang at church and community functions and on several occasions at musical festivals.
Sadie and I had known each other since early childhood but had never really met. But on Oct. 31, 1940, at my sister's wedding, it all changed. Four of us were crowded into the back seat of my dad's 1927 Chevy. I summoned an S.O.S (slide over Sadie). That was the beginning of our romance. We were married Jan. 6, 1943. In March of 1942 Sadie received Jesus into her heart and was baptized upon the confession of her faith.
My preaching career began in 1950. Sadie has always stood with me in good times and bad. Last week I shared a few highlights of our 61 years together with one of the nurses at the Health Sciences Centre. "What was the secret of your success?" she asked. I told her prayer, the Word of God and the support of my wife. She was moved. Sadie traveled with me in gospel outreaches for over 40 years - USA to the south, Alaska to the northwest and to four countries of Europe. Many were the times that she shouldered the responsibility of parenting when I was away on a preaching mission.
Sadie is survived by her husband Jacob; son Ken (Judy) and their children Dwayne (Barb), great-granddaughters Amber, Megan and Chelsea, and Pearl (Russel) Petkau, great-grandchildren Corey and Madyson; daughter Alvina (Melvin) Price and their children, Brian, Jackie and Dustyn; son Joe (Kathy) and their children, Jordan, Stephanie (Blake) Thiessen, great-grandson Brandon, Luke (engaged to Tiphani Plett), and Nathan; and son Max (Pamela) and their sons, Codie and Samuel.
Sadie has had eight major surgeries since 1969. Wednesday, May 26, Sadie became ill. We took her to the hospital in Steinbach, Man., and the following day to Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man. Saturday, May 29 she underwent brain surgery, which was complicated with a severe case of pneumonia. All four children and I gathered around her bed the last three days. The children sang for her. It appeared as though their singing paved the way for the last lap of her earthly journey. On Saturday at 8 p.m., ever so quietly and peacefully, she slipped over into the presence of the Lord whom she had so passionately loved and served.
The funeral service was held at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Tuesday, June 15, 2004. Interment at Heritage Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations in Sadie's memory may be made to Back to the Bible, 100 - 189 Henderson Hwy., Winnipeg, MB, R2L 1L7.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.