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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 104

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On the morning of Monday, October 23, 2006, the angels escorted Anna (Anne) Derksen to her Lord and Savior, who she loved and served.

Left behind with fond memories are her loving husband, Dick Derksen, and their children, Bruce and Arlene of Blumenort, Brian and Cheryl of Clive, AB, Brenda and Mike Plett, and Brent and Crystal, all of Grunthal; grandchildren: Krista, Vanessa, Jessica, Rebecca, Caleb, Lauren, and Jenna. She is also survived by her twin sister Margaret Esau of Grunthal, Frank and Margaret Martens of Waukesha, WI, Tina and Jerry Lemay of Grunthal, Ike and Helen Martens of Mitchell, and Rudy and Lorna Martens of Grunthal, along with the Derksen family and many nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly, and whom she loved. Anne was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Tina Martens.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Karen Toews for the excellent care, for the nurse who cared for her with compassion in her 10 weeks of stay at the hospital. Thanks also to staff at CancerCare in Steinbach. The family appreciates all the prayers, meals, and acts of kindness in her two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

Pallbearers are Wayne Esau, Curt Esau, Franz Martens, Greg Unrau, Nick Martens, and Dylan Martens.

A public viewing will be held on Friday, Oct. 27 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel at 7 pm with a devotional at 7:30. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 pm at the Bergthaler Church in Grunthal, MB with Pastor Andrew Wiebe officiating. Interment will be at the Grunthal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethesda Foundation, Box 939, Steinbach, MB R5G 1A3

Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB


Peacefully, after a lengthy illness, Lillian Praymayer, aged 66, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006 at the Ste. Anne Hospital. A memorial service was held Oct. 22, 2006 at 2 p.m. in the Paradise Village Rec. Centre.

Internment will take place at a later date.

Vita Funeral Homes "St. Pierre Chapel" in care of the arrangements.


Merlyn Wendell White, 88 years, passed away peacefully at his house in Stuartburn, Man., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006.

Merlyn was predeceased by his wife Sally, who died on Aug. 22, 1992. Merlyn is survived by his three sons, Ian, John, and Roy, and their respective spouses, Jan, Kathy, and Joyce; and seven grandchildren: Lisa, Mark, Erin, Katelynn, Austin, Merlyn, and Dovener.

The family wishes to express thanks to Anne Plett for her kindness, grace and compassion.


Martha Harder of Steinbach passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2006 at the Bethesda Hospital at the age of 70 years. She was born in Paraguay where she met and married David P. Harder in 1955. They came to Canada in 1968, residing in Steinbach, Winnipeg and then back to Steinbach in 1981.

She leaves to mourn her children Eva (Gray) Ross of Edmonton, AB, Mary (Rob) Thomas of Winnipeg, MB, Susan Penner of Steinbach, MB, Liesa (Bob) Friesen of Grunthal, MB, Martha (Grant) Toews of Steinbach, Ed (Audrey) of Steinbach and their families as well as a few siblings in South America. She was predeceased by her son John in 1960 and parents Peter J. R. and Helena Funk in Paraguay.

The funeral service was held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. with interment at Heritage Cemetery.

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

Peter R. Barkman

Peacefully, with family at his side, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 at 10:15 a.m., Peter R. Barkman breathed his last breath and went to be with Jesus. He died at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach at the age of 90 after a brief battle with cancer.

Peter is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Margaret, his three sons and five daughters, LeRoy (Marcella) of Steinbach, MB, Margaret Rose of Steinbach, Rebecca (Jim Wiebe) of Blumenort, MB, John (Janice) of Steinbach, Sharon (Garry Kornelsen) of Calgary, AB., Judy (Erwin Plett) of Steinbach, Delores (Murray Barkman) of Steinbach, and Dwayne (Candy) of Winnipeg, MB, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Through second marriage he gained another five sons and three daughters, Harold (Karen) Dueck of London, ON, Alice (Jim Kabernick) of Chilliwack, BC, Abe (Vicki) Dueck of Buffalo, NY, Elfrieda Couch of Ingersol, ON, Len (Jan) Dueck of Abbotsford, BC, Ray (Robyn) Dueck of Surrey, BC, Anne (Robert deBruin) of Orangeville, ON, and Donnie (Theresa) Dueck of Alberta, 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Peter was predeceased by his first wife, Helen; their firstborn son Daniel in infancy; his mother Sara and father John G. Barkman; his sisters Marie (Mrs. Ben Doerksen); Nettie (Mrs. Jacob Doerksen); Sara (Mrs. Abe Kroeker); Helen (Mrs. Abe Kroeker); his brother Jake, and a number of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Dad was born in the Clearspring, MB region in his parents' home on Aug. 27, 1916. At age nine, his family moved to Kansas, where his father became the teacher and pastor. After 12 years, they moved back to Canada to farm. He was married to Helen Reimer on Jan. 12, 1941 until she died on Feb. 18, 1995. On Aug. 31, 1996 he married Helen's very close sister, Margaret Dueck and had 10 wonderful years of married life again. Eight of these years, Dad and Mom lived in Abbotsford, BC, but we, dad's family were so glad they could move to Fernwood Place in Steinbach for the last 11 months of his life.

Dad loved God's creation and made sure we paid attention to the beauty all around us as we drove. Dad loved driving and any excuse to go for a drive would get us out on another adventure, whether it was seeing an area that was flooded, chasing a hot air balloon or just seeing how the crops in the area were doing. Many of these rides would end up with an ice cream cone somewhere.

Dad enjoyed many different occupations in his lifetime: bus driver, custodian of the Blumenort church, administrator of Rest Haven, cheese maker, bridge builder and farmer.

We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Krahn, the hospital staff and many homecare workers for the care, concern and love they showed to both Dad and Mom during the last weeks of Dad's life here on earth.

The funeral was held Monday, Nov. 6 at the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church with interment at the church cemetery.

Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB, 1-888-454-1030 or 326-1030.


Peacefully on Nov. 5, 2006, at 65 years of age, Violet Catherine Spence passed away at Steinbach Bethesda Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 45 years, Malcolm; daughter Belinda (Rob Kerda); son Robert; grandsons Jeremy Kerda (Tiffany), Joshua, Scott and Kyle Kerda; two great- grandsons; a sister; two brothers and two sisters-in-law.

Many thanks to the staff of the HSC in Winnipeg, and the Bethesda Hospital. Thanks also to neighbours and friends for their support over the past several months.

Memorial Service will be held at the Green Ridge United Church on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Ash Interment will take place in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Green Ridge United Church Memorial Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Vita Funeral Homes "Vita Chapel" Vita, Manitoba.


Henry Schalla of Steinbach was born April 26, 1938. He passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006 at Bethesda Hospital at the age of 68.

He is survived by two daughters: Angela and Joanne; three grandchildren; six stepchildren and their families; sisters Henrietta (Bill) Reimer, Elsie Mintern, Martha (Frank) Plett, Thelma Funk, Helen (Wally) Pletz, Margaret (Bob) Rentz and one brother Ronald (Rita) Schalla; sisters-in-law Tillie Schalla and Anne Schalla.

He was pre-deceased by one grandchild, parents Herman and Caroline Schalla, three brothers, four sisters, four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

The funeral Service was held Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Steinbach at 1:30 p.m. with interment at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Box 1618, Steinbach, MB, R5G 1N3 or to Cancer Care Manitoba, Room ON1160 - 675 McDermot Ave.; Wpg., MB R3E 0V9.

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

Elmer P. Reimer

Elmer P. Reimer began his earthly journey on Aug. 26, 1929 at the family farm near Landmark. He was born to David and Margaretha Reimer. As the oldest member of the family, which included many special needs children, he learned early to be responsible for others. He became a man who could make clear "black-and-white" decisions very quickly. He also developed a very strong work ethic, which served him well all his life.

When Dad was about 13 years old, he came down with typhoid fever. He spent a long time in the hospital, and this effectively put an end to his schooling. All his life he struggled to read. He was, however, determined to lead his family in devotions, so with Mom's help, he learned to read after their marriage.

Dad accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour as a young child and later was baptized and became a member of the Prairie Rose Evangelical Mennonite Conference church. His faith was important to him, and he lived it in his daily life.

Dad fell in love with our mother, Helena Penner when she was working as a maid at his home. They were married June 17, 1951. On the family farm they raised eight children. We so appreciate the happy and stable home they provided for us. This marriage lasted until Sept. 4, 2000 when Mom passed away.

Dad missed her so much. When he met Nettie Wiebe in the fall of 2003, he gained a new lease on life. They were married on Aug. 29, 2004. They really enjoyed the two years they had together.

Dad was admitted to St. Boniface Hospital on Oct. 31, 2006 for surgery. Although he was recovering well, he had a massive heart attack at 10:20 p.m., and peacefully went to be with the Lord.

Dad was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Helena, two infant sons Kenneth and Dennis, one brother and three sisters. He is survived by his wife Nettie, six daughters: Margaret and Gilbert Penner and their children Stephanie, Christal, Michael and Heather; Clarise and Norm Plett and their children Aurelie (Chris Thiessen) and Holly (Scott Janvier); Elvira and Denver Kroeker and their children Ange (Dallas Hiebert) and great grandson Trace, Cynthia (Mark Penner), and Ryan; Anita Reimer; Rose and Bill Kehler and children Destiny, Cole and Spencer; Lu and Lorne Reimer and children Janina, Emily, Tyler and Karalee; two sons: Arnold and Cheryl and children Faith and LeRoy Siemens (and their daughter Brooklyn), AJ and Lisa; Dave and Sharlene and children Corbin, Donovan and Derek. He is also survived by three stepsons: Allen and Cheryl and children Harley and Shelby; Gerald and Dyanna and children Virgina and Ray (and children Shayla, Savannah and Ethan), Steven and Crystal (and children Parker and Carter), Donna and Paulo (and daughter Isabella); Bryan and Carlene and children Madison, Tana and Samuel; two stepdaughters: Dianne and Rob Friesen and children Josh and Martha Wall (and daughter Callie), Felicia (and son Hayden); Anita and Randy Penner and children Tiffany, Courtenay, Kendra and Caitlin.

Funeral service was held Saturday Nov. 4 at Prairie Rose EMC Church with interment at the church cemetery.

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

May 13, 1916 - November 6, 2006

Elizabeth Hiebert of New Bothwell, MB, passed away peacefully after three days of illness at the Bethesda hospital in Steinbach on Nov. 6, 2006.

She is survived by one daughter, Edna and husband Erwin Vogt of New Bothwell and five grandsons, Murray and Janet Vogt of New Bothwell, Merlyn and Barb Vogt of Morris, MB, Myron and Penny Vogt, Kyle and Norine Vogt of New Bothwell and Stuart Vogt of Brooks, AB. She has 12 great grandchildren, Chantelle, Kari, Evan, Tanner, Laura, Braedon, Gavin, Noah, Kyndra, Chelsea, Hannah, and Azure.

She is also survived by her sister Martha and Abe Friesen of Kleefeld, MB, sister Mary and John Fehr, brothers Peter Hildebrand and Johnny and Esther Hildebrand of South America. She was predeceased by her husband Peter N Hiebert in 1963, her parents Jacob and Elizabeth Hildebrand, brothers Jacob and Katherine Hildebrand, George Hildebrand and sister Anna Banman and three sisters in infancy, as well as sister-in-law Susie Hildebrand.

She also leaves behind all her beloved nieces and nephews, the community of New Bothwell and all her friends that love her so dearly.

She was born on May 13, 1916 in (Kronsthal) New Bothwell on the same section that she was living on until her passing. She enjoyed every minute of life and was a hard worker and did whatever had to be done willingly. She helped on her parents' farm until she married Peter on Sept. 17, 1939, and together they built up the store and post office in New Bothwell. They worked together in this business until he passed away in 1963 after which she ran the business on her own for many more years. She was a correspondent for the German Steinbach Post for many years and many will miss her columns.

After she retired, she moved into the house next door that was owned by Edna and Erwin Vogt and built by her husband Peter. She spent the rest of her days there on her own until her illness on Nov. 3 when she was taken to the Bethesda hospital where she passed away Nov. 6. During this time she said goodbye to her family and her many dear friends that came to visit her.

The family can't express in words our thankfulness for the love and kindness that was shown to us and to those that opened up their homes to us during her hospital stay. We thank the staff at the Bethesda hospital in the emergency room and on the ward for their compassionate care. We are also grateful to the community of New Bothwell for being her family, she loved all of you.

We let her go with sadness, but rejoice that she went from a good home to a glorious home with Jesus.

Viewing will be held at the Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. with a program at 7:30 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in Steinbach at 11 a.m. with interment at the Silberfeld CMC Cemetery.

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


After a courageous battle with cancer, Effie Christiuk (nee Chubey) passed away at Morris General Hospital with her family at her side Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006 at the age of 78 years.

Mom (Effie) will be lovingly remembered by her husband Krist of 46 years; two sons Orest (Pauline Polischuk), Raymond (Karen Woychyshyn) of Dufrost, MB; and two daughters Patricia (Peter) Gawronsky of Roseau River, MB and Elizabeth (Mike) Kozun of Lockport,MB; as well as her 10 grandchildren: Krista, Lisa, Matthew, Stephanie, Nathan, Vanessa, Michael, Ryan, Austin and Troy. Mom is also survived by her brother Nick (Jean) of Roseau River; sisters Nellie Ostrowsky of St Pierre, MB and Violet (Victor) Zinyk of Waskatenau, AB; sisters-in-law Anne Chubey of St Pierre and Mary Chubey of Carlowrie, MB; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mom was predeceased by her father Tom, mother Anna, brothers Mike, Andrew, Paul, Peter, Harry, Wasyl and Steve, sister Marie Rostosky as well as Mary and Alec in infancy.

Effie was born Nov. 17, 1927 at Carlowrie, MB. She worked at home all her younger years until she married Krist of Dufrost (April 23, 1960), where they farmed together with his family on a mixed farm. In 1999 they retired off the farm and moved into town. Mom was also a member of Rosa Olha Kobylanska Branch of the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada.

Special thanks to Morris General Hospital staff for the compassion and care shown to Effie and the family.

Donations may be made to the St. Mary's congregation, Dufrost or to a charity of one's choice.

Viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. with prayers at 7:30 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach. The service will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church, Dufrost, MB. Interment at the Dufrost Cemetery.

"Vichnaya Pamyat"

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


With great sadness, the family announces the passing of Elizabeth Kirkpatrick on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006 at Resthaven Nursing Home, Steinbach, Man.

Elizabeth was born Dec. 4, 1906 and until recently had been in sufficient stable health for her family to plan to gather for her 100th birthday celebration.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband Gordon, daughter Joan Berge, and an infant son. Left to mourn her passing are her daughter Barbara (Fred) Passmore, her son Brian (Joan), son Willard (Sylvia), son-in-law Howard Berge and sister Madeline Henshaw. She had nine grandchildren: Wayne (Libby) Passmore, Kirk (Heather) Passmore, Alison (Dave) Rochon, Heather (Dan) Clifford, Carla (Bernie) Bahr, Nadine (Tom) Cumming, Carolyn Berge, Mark (Bethan) Kirkpatrick, Ellen Kirkpatrick; six great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth was born in Winnipeg, Man. She graduated from Northwestern University (Chicago), married Gordon Kirkpatrick in 1929 and spent the next 34 years farming in the Ridgeville/Greenridge area. She was active in the community through music, 4-H Clubs, the United Church and other organizations including a founding membership and first presidency of the Greenridge Women's Institute. After retiring from the farm, she and Gordon traveled for two years and then moved to Steinbach, where both were employed, again to put down roots and become part of that wonderful community.

The family wishes to express our special thanks to the staff at Resthaven Nursing Home for their devotion, care and compassion.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. at the Steinbach Funeral Home, 5 Chrysler Gate (at Highway 12), Steinbach. The ash interment will be at Greenridge Cemetery, as part of a family commital service.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Greenridge Cemetery Association, Box 7, Greenridge, MB R0A 0P0.

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