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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 100

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After a lengthy battle with cancer, Roger Trudel passed away peacefully at home with his wife and family by his side.

He leaves to mourn his wife Lucille; children; Diane, Doreen (Lévis), Norman (Gisele), 5 grandchildren; Stepchildren; Lyse (Ruben), Don (Teri), Lynn (Jay), Mona (Allan); 5 stepgrandchildren; 9 brothers, 3 sisters and their families.

Roger was predeceased by his father and mother; his first wife, a son-in-law; sister-in-laws; brother-in-laws; nieces and nephews.

Roger will always be remembered as a man who was both strong and good. In the earlier years, Roger's career earned him the nickname "Plumber" around town. His love for the outdoors was reflected in his passion for deer and moose hunting. Fall was his favorite time of the year. His time spent with family and friends and at the cottage in Woodridge fostered a collection of wonderful memories.

For all the lives that Roger touched, one of the greatest gifts he leaves is his keen sense of humor. Roger could easily put a smile on your face and fill a room with laughter when he was sharing jokes or telling his hunting stories.

In the love that surrounds us, we find strength. In the memories we cherish, we find peace.

We will celebrate his life at the St.Malo Roman Catholic Church Friday, Sept. 22. Prayers at 1:30 pm followed by Mass at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Cancer Care Manitoba.

The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to everyone that supported Roger during his illness.

Arrangements entrusted with Vita Funeral Homes St. Pierre Chapel, St. Pierre, Man.

Aug. 24, 1938 - Sept. 13, 2006

Peacefully Wednesday Sept. 13, 2006, with family by his side, Ernie passed away at the Morris General Hospital.

Ernie is survived by his wife Linda (Rainkie); his son Gordon and wife Cindy (Phelan) and their sons Nick and Alex; his daughter Sandra and husband Brent Morrison and their son Nathan; their mother Marilyn Born; his mother Helen Braun of Morris; his brothers and sisters and their families, Nick and Janet Braun, Helen and Pete Friesen, Harry and Susanne Braun, Elvera and Hal Nodsle, Ruth and Gordon Coates, Charlotte and Mark Burch, and Leona and Leonard Gerbrandt; brother-in-law Henry Engbrecht, and sister-in-law Sharon Braun.

He is also survived by his mother-in-law Lily Rainkie; his sisters-in-law and their families, Sylvia and John Palano, Leona and Dennis Beaumont, and Arlene Rainke.

He was predeceased by his father Nicholas Braun, twin sister Erna Engbrecht, brother Art Braun, father-in-law Tony Rainkie, brothers-in-law Ken Klassen and Garry Rainkie, and nephew Darren Nodsle.

Ernie was born and raised and lived his life in Morris. He farmed for a living, and when not farming he could be found in the coffee shop or in winter he loved to curl.

We the family wish to extend our sincere heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Morris General Hospital, staff of G.D.6 - H.S.C., and the staff at CancerCare Manitoba. The genuine kindness, gentle caring, and compassion that Ernie received over these last months made a difficult time easier to bear. You are all proof that angels do walk among us.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, the Morris General Hospital Palliative Care Program, or a charity of your choice.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Morris Fellowship Chapel.

To all our Family and Friends; we have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we received after the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Your strength and support has helped us get through a difficult time. It was a nice feeling to know Ernie touched so many lives. Thank you to everyone who sent flowers, charitable donations, food, and those who just stopped by to give a hug; it was all greatly appreciated. Thank you to the Morris Funeral Home.

The Family of Ernie Braun


Emmanuel Biedler of Winnipeg, Man. passed away at the Riverview Health Centre Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

He was born in Friedensfeld, Man. to Wilhelm and Huldina Biedler on Aug. 9, 1922. He was predeceased by his parents, and a sister, Dorothea Caughy.

Manuel is survived by his sister, Adeline Braun; his brother, Wilfred (Elsie); his nieces, Corliss Van Caeseele (Larry), Alona Douglas (Ross), Cheryl Nuttall (Robert), Marlene Szarka (George); his nephews, Randy McLeod, Grant Braun (Murielle); special cousin, Gracie Biedler; and his stepchildren, Alma and Fraser.

As a young man Manuel farmed at Brokenhead, Man. During the winters he worked as a strip boss, cutting pulpwood for Abitibi. Later he sold his farm and moved to Kelowna, B.C., where he worked as a contractor and spent many years. He retired back to Manitoba.

Special thanks to Alona, Randy and Ashlee Douglas, his main caregivers in his final years. Thanks also to his home care coordinators, Diane Sewell and Sharon Tremblay, and to the E3 staff of Riverview Health Centre.

Funeral service will be held at the Sobering Funeral Chapel, Beausejour, Man., Thursday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Ed Mitchler officiating. Friends may view prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Zion Lutheran cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverview Health Centre.

Arrangements by Sobering Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Beausejour, Man.,

268-3510 or MB toll free 1-877-776-2220.


Viola Insley passed away at Bethesda Hospital Friday, Sept. 15, at the age of 84.

Loving memories of Vi are shared by her brothers, Rollin and Elma Reimer of Steinbach and Howard and Brigitte Reimer of Kelowna, B.C.; brothers-in-law Art and Wilma Kroeker of Winnipeg, MB and Chris Christenson of Chicago, ILL.; 14 nieces and nephews and their children. She was predeceased by her husband, Morris, parents, Jacob F. and Justina Reimer, two sisters, Romelda Kroeker and Kathy Christenson, and brother Wesley.

Vi was born June 22, 1922 in Steinbach, MB. She was the oldest of five children which meant taking responsibility for necessary tasks in a family struggling to make ends meet in difficult times. Growing up on Hanover Street, she enjoyed school, friends and a large extended family. A number of her childhood friendships were renewed in the 1980's when she moved back to Steinbach after living elsewhere for more than forty years, and they continued until her death.

Vi's happy memories of her childhood included visits with aunts and uncles. She particularly enjoyed visiting her Uncle Jimmy and Auntie Agnes on a large sheep farm near Domain. For most of one year, while she recovered from spinal meningitis, she lived during the week with her Taunte Anna near what is now the post office, and at home on the weekends. Her brother Rollin pulled her on a toboggan between the two homes. This arrangement allowed her to resume school while she regained strength.

After graduating from school in Steinbach, Vi moved to Winnipeg to work as a secretary. During WW II, she took a job in Fort William, where she met Morris Insley. They were married there in 1947. Later they moved to Dartmouth, NS for a few years and for many years lived in Ottawa, ON. Morris worked in the defence industry and for the Government of Canada. In Ottawa, Vi worked as a school secretary in the 1960's and 70's. She and Morris enjoyed travel and golf together, and frequently came to Manitoba for family visits.

In 1980, Morris and Vi moved to Steinbach. Despite his poor health, they enjoyed caring for their home, entertaining friends, several car trips and family gatherings. She and Morris enjoyed being close to their Manitoba family. These years were particularly meaningful for Vi's relationship with her parents after living far away for so many years.

After Morris' death in 1985, Vi continued living on Autumnwood Drive until her move to a condominium on Stonebridge Crossing in 2003. She took advantage of opportunities to learn and grow, continued to travel and maintained a welcoming and gracious home. She took several long car trips in Canada and the US, visiting siblings, nieces and nephews and old friends, with whom she also kept up regular correspondence. Trips to Europe and the UK were highlights of these years.

The memories of these travels and a lifetime of friendships and experience helped sustain Vi through the months of her final illness. She often expressed gratitude for the richness of her life and the people in it. She loved photography and the collection of pictures she took during her travels and closer to home reinforced the happy memories. Some of her beautiful photos will remain in our homes to remind us of Vi.

Vi had many good friends whose caring and support she appreciated, especially in these last few months. She in turn was a valued companion and could be relied on for informed opinion and a genuine interest in others' lives and activities. These qualities she also brought to her relationship with her family. Her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, their spouses and children, all had a special place in her heart.

Vi enjoyed being part of this community and contributing to it. She was a long time subscriber to the Steinbach Cultural Arts series and looked forward to evenings of drama and symphonic and other music. Regular attendance at WSO concerts also fed this passion. Younger family members could count on an annual invitation to join Vi at one of the concerts, and she considered a cultural evening to be incomplete if it didn't include dessert.

Vi was a faithful and active member of the United Church of Steinbach. She was challenged and strengthened there in her relationship with God through the ministry of pastors and relationships with fellow members. She found further outlets for her interest and energies by serving as a member of the Friends of the Library and as a volunteer with the Mennonite Heritage Museum. Vi enjoyed knitting and crocheting throughout her life; she made many beautiful and complex sweater sets.

Vi began a lifelong interest in birds and birding as a young woman, a passion she shared with her mother and sister. The bird book was always handy and the feeder always tended. She enjoyed driving around southern Manitoba to catch a glimpse of rare birds, and loved to be able to say when particular songbirds had made an appearance in her back yard on Autumnwood Drive.

Vi was much loved and will be remembered as an interesting and interested woman. She was determined to live fully and was not shy about expressing herself. She lived with cancer for many years and endured her last illness with grace and courage. A few days before her death, she said she was looking forward to a "family reunion." She always loved them. We will miss her.

Our family would like to thank Vi's friends who were with her in the last few months, and especially her last days, in the hospital. Thank you to the doctors and nurses, hospital staff and chaplain, and the Home Care and Palliative Care program people who cared for Vi. The Community Cancer Program people were much appreciated by Vi for their care over many years.

The funeral was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20, with a viewing on the Sept. 19 at Steinbach United Church. Interment was at the Heritage Cemetery.

Donations in Vi's memory may be made to the South Eastman Palliative Care Program, Box 88, St. Pierre, MB, R0A 1V0

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg.


Sept. 18, 2006, with his family by his side, at the Health Sciences Centre, Albert Kornelsen, aged 71, entered into glory.

He is survived by Helen, his loving wife of 48 years; seven children: Tina (Sheldon) Friesen, John, Sue (Jim) Davies, Shirley (Doug) Dyck, Vic (Jayne), Anne Marie (Russel) Kehler, Mike (Liz); 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Our Dad built up a large hog operation in Blumenhof, Man., and was always willing to test new and innovative farming methods. He also sold gravel and peat moss. When his sons, John and Vic, bought the farm, farmers in the area continued to seek him out for his expertise. Despite scarcely being able to walk, he returned to work one more year in 2003 for Remberg Farms. His patience with livestock was remarkable.

Dad always had time for his children and grandchildren. They were his pride and joy. We could count on him to encourage us in our ventures. We will miss Sunday afternoon chess games, puzzles, and brainteasers.

Dad was spontaneous and loved to travel. He would leave on a trip at a moment's notice. Sunday night was no different as he made his final journey to be eternally with his precious Lord and Savior.

Dad, the next time we say hello, we will never have to say good-bye.

Viewing will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 at Springs Church, Steinbach, Man., at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 22 at Springs Church, Steinbach, at 11 a.m., with interment at Blumenort EMC Cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.


Eva Heinrichs of Steinbach, Man. passed away at Bethesda Place on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006 at the age of 79.

She is survived by five stepchildren and their families: Henry (Anne) Heinrichs, Mary Fehr, Hilda (Ed) Marofke, Lena (John) Hildebrand, Agatha (Paul) Skanes; brother John of Toronto, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Bill and Peter; and sisters, Tina, Anna, Margaret and Justina.

The funeral service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man., Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., with interment at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, Man., 1-888-454-1030 or 346-1030.


It is with sadness that we announce the death of Joseph Lorteau, with his wife at his side, Friday, Sept. 15, 2006, at the Bethesda Hospital, at the age of 77 years.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Madeleine (Grimard-Poiron); her six children, their spouses and families; brothers, Jean (Léonie), Roger (Noëlla); brother-in-law Harry Anderson; sisters, Juliette Fox, Eva (Maurice) Soucy and Marie (Paul) Barthelette; sister-in-law Angela Lorteau; numerous nephews and nieces and extended families.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alphonse and Alvina; one sister, Bernice Anderson; three brothers, Edmond, Arthur and Robert; his first wife, Armande (née Mondor); brother-in-law Léo Fox; sister-in-law Irène (née Gagnon).

Prayers were said Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 at Steinbach Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, 11 a.m., at the St. Alexander Church in Woodridge, Man., with viewing half an hour prior to the service and Monsignor Albert Fréchette officiating. Interment followed at the Parish Cemetery in Woodridge, with reception at the Woodridge Hall.

Pallbearers will be his nephews and nieces.

Thank-you to the doctors and nurses at Bethesda Hospital and Bethesda Cancer Care for their precious time and devotion given to Joseph over the last five years, and to Dr. Johnston at the Health Sciences Centre.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross or Centers of Excellence Campaign (Steinbach Cancer Care) through the Bethesda Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate, Steinbach, Man., 326-1351


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of B.T. O'Reilly (Terry) at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, MB on the morning of September 13, 2006. He passed away peacefully with family at his side.

He leaves to mourn his wife Colette, children Rod O'Reilly and Shannon Martens (Jeff) and grandchild Riley Martens as well as two aunts Lois (Peter) Whalley and June Apehkrum, sister-in-law Jeanette O'Reilly and many cousins and in-laws.

Terry was predeceased by his parents B.J. (Barney) and Marcella O'Reilly, his brother Tim O'Reilly, his sister Maureen Burr and nephew Sean Burr.

Terry was born in Flin Flon, MB, October 20, 1944. He served with the Winnipeg City Police from 1964-1970. He then moved to Alberta and worked in the oil patch traveling to the high arctic, Beaufort Sea and off the coast of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. He serviced rigs and diamond drilling operations throughout Canada. He worked for Baroid of Canada, En Air Drilling, Cubex, Thiessen Team and finally owned and operated Talik Industrial Services in Manitoba.

Terry loved spending time with his family, fishing, duck and goose hunting, dog training and had many great friends to share his hobbies. His love of dog training was rewarded and his Labrador Petey was the first Grand Master qualified dog in Manitoba.

Terry certainly embraced all life had to offer. After the diagnosis of his illness someone told him that he should travel and do all he liked to do. His reply, "I have always done what I like to do, I have traveled and now I just want to spend time with my family. I have enjoyed life."

A huge thank-you goes out to the nurses and doctors at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach as well as all the friends and family that offered encouragement, prayers and support. The care Terry received was truly amazing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bethesda Hospital Foundation or the Salvation Army.

A funeral service was held at Christ Our Savior Church in Steinbach Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 am.

Birchwood Funeral Chapel, in Steinbach is in charge of the arrangements.

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