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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 59

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 9:26 p.m.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gertrude Encontre (nee Curé), Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at the DeSalaberry District Health Center, at the age of 68 years.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband François; children, Madeleine (Karl) Hoffmann, Anna (Marty) Andrea, Raymond; and grandchildren, Valerie and Melissa Hoffmann, Mitchel and Heather Andrea. She will also be deeply missed by her five brothers and five sisters.

She was predeceased by her parents, George and Josephine Curé; and siblings, Robert Curé, Andre Curé, Henri Curé and Diane Bucek.

Mom will always be remembered for her vibrant sense of humour. She was a loving person who always saw the good in any situation. She opened her home to every friend and family member and took great pleasure in preparing meals for her large extended family. Mom will also be remembered for the many homemade quilts she lovingly sewed over the years. Her quilts were made with much love and each one contained, we believe, a little piece of her heart.

The funeral service was held May 23 at the St. Malo Catholic Church, with interment at St. Malo Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 102 - 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0S6, or the DeSalaberry District Health Centre Foundation, Box 320, St. Pierre Jolys, MB, R0A 1V0.

The family wishes to express thanks to Dr. Brennan and the wonderful staff at the DeSalaberry District Health Center for their excellent care.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.


Peacefully, in her sleep and after a brief illness, Justine Virginie Therrien of La Broquerie, Man. passed away at Bethesda Hospital, Friday, May 20, 2005 at 71 years of age.

Justine leaves to mourn, her husband Arsène, after 51 years of marriage; her four sons, Normand (Lori), Luc (Nicole), Richard (Debbie), Gilbert (Barbara); one daughter, Carole; and 11 grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn her passing, three brothers, Vincent, Émile and Augustin; as well as one sister, Henriette.

Justine was predeceased by her parents, Georgina and Jules; sister Élise; and three brothers, Paul, Henri and Fernand.

Prayer services were held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man., May 24. Cremation has taken place and the funeral was held May 25 at the Paroisse Saint-Joachim Church in La Broquerie. The interment will take place at a later date at the parish cemetery.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ilchyna and the nursing staff at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach.

If friends so desire, donations in memory of Justine can be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200-6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 9Z9.

Friends and family will remember her for her hospitality, her work ethic and her gift of sharing.

Go with God in peace.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.


Peacefully John passed away May 23, 2005 at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, Man., at the age of 91 years.

John is survived by his wife Mary; two daughters and two sons: Stella Murillo, Morris (Phyllis) Sokoliwsky, Diane Roy and Bill (Eva-Lynne) Sokoliwsky; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

John is predeceased by daughter Ann Horbul; sons-in-law: Bill Horbul, Roger Roy and Alex Lakusta; and three grandchildren.

John was always involved with the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Tolstoi, Man.

The funeral service for John Sokoliwsky will be held Saturday, May 28, 10:30 a.m., at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Tolstoi. Prayers will be Friday, May 27, 7 p.m., at the Steinbach Funeral Home in Steinbach.

The family wishes to thank Sylvia and her mother Olga from Home Care, Vita and Steinbach Hospital doctors and nurses, and the Vita and St. Pierre ambulance attendants.

In John's memory, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation Manitoba, or to CancerCare Manitoba.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home
5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man.


Peacefully, May 19, 2005, the Lord called my beloved mother to be with Him in her eternal home.

She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter Alvina (Peter) Wiebe; three stepdaughters: Elda (Ben) Penner, Mabel (Wilburt) Plett, Nettie (Ellis) Penner; three stepsons: Charles, Reuben (Natalie), Dan Unger; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Nettie (Harry) Wiebe; and brother, John (Diane) Classen, both of Oregon.

Mom was predeceased by her first husband, Bernhard K. Dueck, in 1961; her second husband, Cornelius Unger, on Dec. 3, 2000; two infant children; son and daughter-in-law, Arley and Verda Dueck; two stepdaughters and their husbands: Evelyn and Willie Manke, Erma and Otto Unger; stepson-in-law Benny Plett; her parents; one sister and two brothers.

Mom was born in Meade, Kansas, Nov. 9, 1913, to John and Agnes Classen. There she grew up and received her education. She accepted Christ and was baptized at the age of 15. Her deepest desire was to serve the Lord.

She married my father on Feb. 15, 1936. They lived in Rosenort, Man., his home community, for six years, after which they moved to Dallas, Oregon, where Mom's family resided. They returned to Manitoba 15 years later and settled in Steinbach, Man.

March 20, 1970, after being widowed for almost nine years, Mom and Cornelius Unger were married. Her early dreams of having a large family finally came true. Their acceptance and love for her were a real comfort and blessing to her, especially in later years.

In April 2000, she and Dad moved to Rest Haven Nursing Home, where they received the care they needed. The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Krahn, the nurses and staff, for their very thoughtful, gentle care during her stay there. May God bless each one who was a part of the team.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach. Interment at Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rest Haven Foundation, 177 Woodhaven Ave., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1K7.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

1919 - 2005

On May 19, at 2:55 a.m., Mrs. Esther (Buhler) Martens passed away peacefully at the Donwood Personal Care Home to be with her Lord and Saviour.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Jacob in 1964; her daughter Erna in 1991; and her brother Abe.

Esther will be lovingly remembered by her children: Linda (Werner) Wiebe, Frieda Martens, Ben (Marietta) Martens, Bertha (Cornie) Epp, Herman (Barb) Martens, George (Nola) Martens, Kathy (Bert) Dyck, Andrew (Donna) Martens, Lydia (Michael) West, Hermina (Peter) Hildebrand, Wanda (Wayne) Guenther, David (Clara) Martens, son-in-law Claude Champagne, his wife Lisa, and Rebecca (Ken) Guenther; 28 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Esther is also survived by sisters, Kathy Schnell and Annie Buhler; and brothers, Pete and George.

The funeral service was held at the Grunthal Bergthaler Church, May 24 at 2 p.m. Interment at Grunthal Cemetery after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Donwood Personal Care Home. A special thanks to Rosella and Sharon.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

May 7, 1957 - May 24, 2005

After a lengthy illness, on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, Marie-Paule Courcelles passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at the St Boniface Hospital, at the age of 48.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband Emile; her three daughters, Brigitte Gauthier (Paul), Danielle Bruce (Daniel), Michelle Nault; and her son Wayne Pfiel. Mémère Marie will be deeply missed by her eight grandchildren: Devon, Taelor, Rilan, Chloe, Shanelle, Shaedyn, Dominic, and Shanessa. She also leaves to cherish her two sisters, Aurise André (Roger), Rolande St. Laurent (Carol) and Maurice Vandal (Annette); also many nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her mother- and father-in-law, Pierre and Lucille Courcelles and their family.

She was predeceased by her parents, Bill (1981) and Eleonore Vandal (1994).

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of MICU at the St. Boniface Hospital. A special thanks to her nurse, Marcel Prairie, for his care, and to her niece, Karen Lake, as well as our aunts and uncles for their love and support.

"Mom and Mémère, we will miss you, we cherished all the time we spent together. You will always be in our hearts and prayers. Now you will be at peace with Jésus. Ma peanut, I will always miss you and I will pray for you and hope one day we will be together again, my love. Love you."

The family

Funeral mass will be celebrated Friday, May 27, 2005 at 3 p.m., at the St. Eugene Catholic Church, 1007 St. Mary's Rd., Winnipeg, Man. Interment will follow at a later date in the Ste. Anne Parish cemetery. Donations can be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Nov. 12, 1988 - May 30, 2005

It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Quentin Blair Park, aged 16 years, of Steinbach, Man.

He will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Margaret (Peter) Funk; father, Don (Nicole) Park; brothers, Justin, Ryan, Jordan; sisters, Kayla and Ariele Park; grandmothers, Linda Rupert and Ethel Park; stepbrothers, Ivon Funk, Bradley Reimer; stepsisters, Cherise (Marvin) Stoesz, Nikki Funk, Caiti Reimer, Celine Park; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Quentin will be remembered with a fishing rod in his hand and a smile on his face. He was very loyal to his family and friends and could be counted on when you needed him.

The funeral service will be held Friday, June 3, 2 p.m., at Steinbach Mennonite Church, 345 Loewen Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to aid with the funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

1916 - 2005

Dorothy Schellenberg of Steinbach, Man., formerly of Winnipeg, Man., passed away Thursday, May 26, 2005 at Bethesda Hospital at the age of 88 years.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, Peter; daughters, Eileen (Robert) Anderson of Selkirk, Man., Betty Morrison of Winnipeg, Dorothy Poetker (Jake) of Steinbach, Marie (Greg) Gretchen of Coalhurst, Alta., Carole Schellenberg of Richmond, B.C.; sons, George (Alice) of Victoria, B.C., James (Sandra) of Winnipeg, Allan (Marcia) of Winnipeg; 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by son-in-law Allan Morrison.

Dorothy worked at Safeway for 25 years.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 31 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Interment at Steinbach Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man.

1960 - 2005

Maurice Saindon of Richer, Man. passed away Friday, May 27, 2005 at the age of 45.

He is survived by his parents, Jean-Paul and Adrienne Saindon; siblings, Lorraine (Paul) Laramee, Paul (Lorna) Saindon, Robert Saindon; nephew Lucien (Sheri Scott) Laramee; nieces, Sheri and Annette Saindon; grandnephew Aden Laramee; as well as the family dog Lady.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 10:30 a.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.

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

Aug. 7, 1922 - May 21, 2005

Peacefully, with family at her side, at the Red River Valley Lodge in Morris, Man., May 21, 2005, Tina Siemens, aged 82 years, passed on to be with her Lord and Savior and many family and friends in Heaven.

Tina is survived by nine siblings; her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, Jac; and her six children, Marilyn Kornelsen and husband Leo, Glenn Siemens and wife Irene, Jerry Siemens and wife Helen, Peter Siemens and wife Angela, Val Kroeker and husband Jerry, Elden Siemens and wife Lynda. Also left to cherish her member are 16 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Mom was born Aug. 7, 1922 in Rosenhoff, Man., the sixth born of 20 children of David and Elizabeth Eidse. Mom, the ultimate caregiver, learned her trade early on in life by providing care and nurturing to her younger siblings. Her parents were successful farmers who would often employ help from outside the family to assist with their large grain farm operation. In addition to her many family duties, Mom would spend the seeding and harvest times providing meals to many hired laborers. She worked tirelessly to ensure the men were well fed and the cookhouse was kept neat and orderly. Her siblings all have fond memories of Mom, specifically her caring nature and ability to make light of many situations.

Tina was baptized on her profession of faith into the Kleingemeide Church in 1942. Oct. 22, 1944 Tina married the love of her life, Jac Siemens. Their children were truly blessed to witness the deep love that these two soul mates shared with each other, as well as the abundance of love they so freely gave to their children. There was never any doubt that Mom loved Jac and her children, as she told them so daily and showed it through her many acts of selflessness and unconditional acceptance of everyone in the family. Mom's faith and trust in God was strong and her prayer was that she and Dad would some day be in Heaven together with their whole family. Mom leaves a great legacy of love, caring and doing good with all whose lives she touched.

In October 2001, Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Although a difficult journey for her to travel, when first told about it by her children, Mom's initial response was, "It has always been Dad's and my prayer to grow closer to the Lord in whatever comes our way." That she did; never was this in doubt, even as the disease progressed, forcing the family to make the painful decision to have her admitted into the Red River Valley Lodge in Morris, Man. on June 28, 2004. It was there that she spent her last year with us, family at her side, walking with her as she faced this unkind adversary head on, drawing on the strength of God and those alongside of her. Mom took great comfort in the many Bible verses she had memorized throughout her life; Proverbs 3:5,6 and Psalms 69:30 were particularly meaningful to her. As well, even during the later stages of Alzheimer's, she could often be heard singing or reciting the words of her favorite hymns.

On behalf of Mom, the family would like to thank all the countless people who visited, prayed for and showed support to her through this time. Additionally, the family expresses their deep gratitude to all the staff at the Red River Valley Lodge. Your true caring and compassion both for Mom and her family was always evident. The family would also like to thank Dr. Ann Loewen of the Morris General Hospital for her many years of respectful and diligent medical care for our mother. Your expertise and guidance with Mom's diabetes and other physical complications over the past few years were a blessing and a comfort to the family.

Although Mom's passing will leave an emptiness in the lives of those who loved her so dearly, we take great solace in the fact that she is now at peace.

We will miss you Mom, but we are so thankful that God relieved you of your suffering when He took you Home.

The Family

A celebration of Tina's life was held May 25, 2005, at the Rosenort Evangelical Mennonite Church in Rosenort, Man. In lieu of flowers, donations for the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba will be gratefully accepted. The funeral arrangements were under the care of Morris Funeral Home.

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