RONALD JAMES WIEBE
July 24, 1945 - Sept. 7, 2004
We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. With great dignity and peace, surrounded by his loving family, Ron Wiebe, age 59, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital.
His memory will be forever cherished and he will be lovingly and deeply missed. He leaves a precious legacy of love and dedication to those who mourn his passing: his faithful wife Susan and their five children: Charlene, Dianna, Sherry (Trevor) of Kelowna, B.C., James and Lisa of Steinbach, Man.; his seven grandchildren: Charisse, Stacey, Lynette, Scott, Jeremiah, Tristan and Jessica, all of Kelowna; and one great-grandson, Bailey of Steinbach. He also leaves behind four brothers, four sisters, their families and numerous other family and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, John K and Helen Wiebe; sister Susie; brother Peter; and granddaughter Ashley.
Dad grew up in Steinbach and later moved to Alberta, where he met and married our mother Susan. Through his many hardships in life, Dad remained a loyal, trusting father and friend, who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. Dad was a very hardworking man at love, life and work. He also enjoyed his life on the hobby farm; the open country is where he loved to be.
He had an everlasting love for his children and grandchildren, and towards the end his greatest concern was for his wife Susan and great-grandson Bailey. He will be greatly missed.
A special thank you to Dr. Dyck and his team of Clearspring Medical Center, the nursing staff at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach Cancer Clinic, Dr. Krahn, Maggie Smith and staff.
Viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 10, 7 to 8 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service. Funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m., at the Steinbach CMC, 479 Hanover Street, Steinbach, Man., with burial at Heritage Cemetery.
Donations may be made in memory of Ron Wiebe to the Steinbach CancerCare, Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1A3.
A cluster of beautiful memories
Sprayed with a million tears;
Wishing God had spared you
But for a few more years.
Thanks for the years you gave us
And for the happy times we shared,
We only pray that when you left us
You knew how much we cared.
Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
Our chain will link again.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man.
Abram passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 6, 2004 at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 95.
He will be missed by his wife Agnes; children, Mary (Lloyd), Martha, Jake, John (Linda), Eva (Pete), Herman, Peter (Leslie), Ruth; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Tina Unger.
Dad was born Oct. 23, 1908 at Gnadenfeld, Man. He married Agnes (nee Wiebe) Nov. 28, 1943. Together they operated a mixed fam in the Tolstoi, Man. area until 1968 when they moved to Steinbach, Man., where they resided until his death.
Dad's greatest joy was to see his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We, the family, would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff on the Trauma Ward, 2nd Floor at the Health Sciences Centre and the staff at Emergency at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach.
Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Friday, Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m., with interment at Heritage Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to World Vision, PO Box 1000, Stn. Streetsville, Mississauga, ON, L5M 9Z9
I Thessalonians 4:17 "Then we which are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
ELISE LUCILLE GUERET
It is with deepest sorrow that we, the family, announce the passing of our dear mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother, Elise Lucille Guéret (née Bédard), at the age of 78 years.
After a lengthy, courageous battle with cancer, Mom passed away peacefully at the Bethesda Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004 at 2:05 p.m.
Elise will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Roger (Brenda), Gilbert (Leanna), Robert (Rose); her daughter-in-law Mary (Joe); her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and `adopted' son Joe Ruhe (Pat).
She also leaves to cherish her memory, one brother, Noé (Hélène) Bédard; sister Louise (Peter) Dyck, sister Marie Hughes, sister
Angeline Grimard; sister-in-law Marie Bédard; and many nieces and nephews.
Elise was predeceased by her husband Ignace in 1995, her son Paul in 2000.
The family would like to thank the nursing staff and doctors for their excellent care of Elise during her stay in the hospital.
The memorial service for Elise Gueret will be held Sept. 11, 2004, 11 a.m., at the St Joachim Roman Catholic Church in La Broquerie, with Monseigneur Albert Fréchette celebrating the mass.
LeClaire Brothers in care of arrangements.
GERALD JOSEPH MARTEL
With deepest sorrow, we announce the passing of Gerald Joseph Martel of Lac du Bonnet, Man., on Aug. 31, 2004, at the age of 71.
Gerald was born and raised in Middlebro, Man. He attended
elementary school there and later adult education in Piney, then
proceeded to attend Red River College, where he completed a course in electricity. He worked at Abitibi in Pine Falls, Man. most of his adult life, until he retired.
Gerald was an avid reader, retaining most of the information he read. He loved to fish and hunt, and loved to reminisce about his hunting experiences. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus of Lac du Bonnet and also served as a trustee on the Ross L. Gray school board.
Gerald was very mechanically inclined and upon his retirement, his garage was always filled with machinery people brought to be repaired.
Gerald leaves to mourn his loving wife Jean; daughter Teryl (Ron); sons, Mark (Paula) and Todd; three granddaughters, one grandson; two great-grandchildren; his sisters, Orise (Wesley) and Florida; one brother Fortuna; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Marcien and Florentine; four brothers, Fred, Leon, Philip and Vezena.
Gerald will be sadly missed by all those who loved him. An ash interment has taken place at Middlebro Cemetery.
BRIAN DAVID PETER GAY
On Monday, September 6, 2004, two weeks after suffering from strokes, God called Brian home. Because he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord and put his trust in Him, his wife Maria and sons, David and Stefan, do not grieve as those who have no hope, but know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
He leaves behind his mother-in-law Anna Marciniak; sister-in-law Sophie Clarke (Leroy); brother-in-law George Marciniak; his brother Ron Wally and family; and World Vision foster son Franz. Brian was predeceased by his parents, Nicholas and Mary Gay; grandparents, Peter and Polly Kuczer; and father-in-law Theodore Marciniak.
Brian was born June 24, 1946 and worked for the provincial government with the Department of Water Control and Conservation in Winnipeg and then with the Department of Highways and Transportation in Steinbach. He took early retirement and concentrated full-time on his business B. D. Gay Drafting and Design Service.
We wish to thank Dr. S. Vignadu and paramedics at Vita and Steinbach, Man., as well as the doctors, nurses, aides and orderlies of St. Boniface 5A South Wing. God's richest blessings to you and to family, friends, co-workers and members of the body of Christ who visited, comforted, offered support and prayer. Brian appreciated the hospital chaplains and pastoral staff from Calvary Temple and always responded to the prayers.
Brian's funeral service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, should friends so desire, donations in Brian's memory may be made to Trinity Television, Calvary Temple "campership" program or to an inner city mission.
"God is worthy to be praised!"
Wojcik's Crematorium Inc., Winnipeg, Man., in care of arrangements. 1 (204) 223-1239
Theodore Stencel Llewelln Strange was born at the family farm at Greenridge, Man., Sept. 2, 1910. He then lived at Carlowrie, Man. with his family until his teen years. At that time he moved to Greenridge to live with his uncle, Herbert Davison, so that he could continue his education at the Greenridge School. During those years, he did many things to earn some spending money. He and his brother Clifford dug Seneca root and raised chickens. He worked for farmers at any job available. He worked with his uncle Bert on the farm until Bert's death, at which time Theo took over the farm. In the early 50s his cousin, Edith Thompson, came to the farm to keep house for Bert and Theo, and remained with Theodore until his death. Theo loved to putter and was always happy taking things apart and putting them back together again. He enjoyed the challenge of constructing things that could much more easily have been purchased. He taught himself to play the violin, guitar and organ.
Theo was active in the community. He was secretary of the Forresters, served on the Greenridge Pioneer Hall committee, Greenridge Cemetery committee and farmers' union. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to a neighbour in need.
Theo died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004. He is survived by his cousin and companion, Edith Thompson; one sister, Dorothy (Floyd) Shelby; one brother-in-law, Dave Hodgson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Clifford; sisters, Violet Shelby, Frances Hodgson, Kathleen Lutomski.
The funeral service was held Dec. 1, 2004 at the Greenridge United Church. Interment at Greenridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenridge Cemetery Association.
Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
ABRAM D. KROEKER
Abram D. Kroeker passed away December 1, 2004. Memorial services will be held Sunday, Dec. 5, with viewing at 2 p.m., and service to follow at 3 p.m., at the E.M.C., 422 Main Street, Steinbach.
Netty Hildebrand (nee Kauenhofen) of Steinbach, Man. passed away suddenly in her sleep, early on Dec. 6, 2004. She leaves to mourn her husband of 19 years, Ken Hildebrand; her children, Shannon, Tony, and Mindy (Andrew); and her father, Frank. She also leaves behind: her twin brother Frank (Debbie), Pete (Jessie), Chiro (Barb), Annie (Jim), Johnny (Susie), Henry, Abe (Faye), Memo (Joey), and their families. She goes home to join her beloved mother Susan and her sister Susanna.
Netty was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, then moved to Steinbach with her family when she was 15. Netty was an incredible woman. Despite living with chronic back pain, she always had a smile. If you came over at 3 a.m. you would find her ready to visit, as some of us did, in her kitchen, with some kind of baking or other food experiments in the works. She was so easy to talk to. She was non-judgmental, accepting, and always seemed to know exactly what to say. Many people called her mom, and nothing in the world meant more to her then her family. Because of her health, she was unable to work, but she found many ways to keep busy and to be productive, such as volunteering countless hours at the MCC Thrift Store, even taking work home, and making donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association. In her 49 years, she touched many, many lives and will not soon be forgotten.
There will be a viewing at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man., from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9. The funeral will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Friday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., with the interment to follow at the New Bothwell Sommerfeld Church Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 102 - 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, after a courageous fight with cancer, Eleanor (Ellie) of Grunthal, Man., died at the age of 63 years.
Mom was born Dec. 10, 1940 to the late John A. and Helen Driedger. She was married to Jake N. Friesen July 23, 1961, her husband of 43 years. They started their life together living in Winnipeg, Man. and moved to Grunthal in 1966 to open a hog farm in Gnadenfeld. They started their roofing business in 1970 and built their house in 1973, where they have resided ever since. Throughout the years, Ellie worked at the Auction Mart, taught piano lessons, volunteered at the Menno Home and at the Self Help. Ellie worked with Jake in his roofing business; but spent her time mostly raising their children. You would often see her at all the various sporting events that her children and grandchildren played during the year. She loved that. She and Dad loved to go from event to event to watch or just spend time together at home.
Mom was predeceased by her son, Kurt Douglas Friesen, Aug. 21, 1981; her father, John A. Driedger, Sept. 15, 2002; and her mother, Helen Driedger, Sept. 22, 2004.
Mom was known to always be a positive influence and loving supporter to her husband, all of her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Her love knew no bounds. She had devoted many years to church with her gift of music; playing the piano and singing in the various choirs over the years. Her courageous battle with cancer in the last couple of years was something that we can admire, she was an amazing woman. She was giving and gracious right to the end. Her strength and love of God only increased with each passing year.
Besides her husband, Jake, she is survived by her three children and their families: Connie (Mike) Gauthier and children Jade, Kaelyn, Casie and Brooke; Glenn (Karen) and children Sean, Kirsten and Kayla; Wendy and daughter Loghan; and many relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be held at Grunthal Bergthaler Church Thursday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. Interment in the Grunthal Cemetery.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to St. Pierre Hospital, with cheques payable to: Palliative Care Program, South Eastman Health, Box 88, St. Pierre, MB, R0A 1V0, or Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, Room ON109 - 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
ABE D. KROEKER
1914 - 2004
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Abe D. Kroeker, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Man., at the age of 90 years.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his four children: Irma Friesen, Steinbach, Man., Bert (Alice) Kroeker, Caronport, Sask.,
Bonnie (Isaac) Derksen, Winnipeg, Man. and Dave (Doris) Kroeker, Steinbach, Man.; grandchildren: Paula (Rick) Kornelson, Pam (Jeff) Toews, Jeremy Kroeker, Stuart
(Lindsey) Kroeker, Gabe (Katrina) Derksen, Deidre (John) McIntyre, Ian Kroeker, Jordan (Stephanie) Kroeker, Landon Kroeker and
Kaitlin Kroeker; and great-grandchildren: Dana and Jenna Kornelson, Athalia and Emma McIntyre, and Austyn Kroeker; two sisters, Anne Fast and Katherine Toews; one brother, Richard; several brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, Rev. Peter B. and Elizabeth (Dueck) Kroeker; his first wife Sara in 1978; his second wife Helen in 2001; his daughter Mary Beth; his son-in-law Vern Friesen; his brothers, Peter, Frank, John, Ben, Jac, Henry, Andrew; his sisters, Susanna and Margaret; several nieces and nephews.
Abe was born June 8, 1914 to Peter and Elizabeth Kroeker and grew up on a farm near Steinbach, just one mile from where he later raised his own family. He attended the Clearspring School and helped his parents on the farm. In March, 1940 he married Sara Barkman, and they had five children born to them.
Dad was a man who enjoyed life - he loved his family, his friends, the church and his work. Most of his life was spent in trucking, which included hauling wood and building his own successful sand and gravel business. He maintained his equipment and liked everything to be in its place. He was not afraid of hard work, rising early and working late to get the job done. He made several trips to Mexico, hauling farm equipment to the colonies there. He had many colorful stories to share of these trips.
Dad loved social activities and enjoyed fishing, bowling, and golfing with family and friends. Winter vacations in B.C., Phoenix, Palm Springs, and Hawaii were often shared with friends. Other travels included the East Coast, Florida, New Zealand and Australia. He loved Chinese food, coffee with his buddies, walking on his hands, hot chili peppers, playing crokinole, teasing the grandkids - and other unsuspecting children, and talking about his "young blood".
Dad had a steadfast faith in God and lived his life with integrity and faithfulness. He enjoyed music and participated in many singing groups, often visiting shut-ins or nursing homes to bring cheer and friendship.
Although he was generally a quiet man, all who knew our Dad recognized his sincere faith, his wisdom, his sense of humor, his generosity and his gentle spirit.
Thank you for showing us the way - we will forever cherish the memory of our Dad.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the EMC Board of Missions in memory of Mr Abe D. Kroeker.