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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 130

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Sept. 2, 1925 — Jan. 30, 2008

Peacefully with his family by his side at Bethesda Hospital, Cornie Klassen passed away at the age of 82 years.

Born in Rosenfeld, MB, Cornie will be lovingly remembered by his wife Jessie of 60 years and six children, Dorothy (George) Peters, Harold, Cornie (Caron), Jessie (Sonny) Peters, Larry (Lori), Melvin Klassen, 22 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by two brothers, Ed and Martin and five sisters, Sadie, Jessie, Eva, Betty and Mary. Cornie was predeceased by his parents Katherine and Peter, one daughter Mary Anne in infancy, four brothers, Henry, Jake Peter, John and four sisters Helen, Dorothy, Ann and Tina.

Dad worked as a woodsman in his earlier years and worked at the Steinbach Hatchery (Feed mill) for 20 years. He spent the latter part of his working career as a carpenter and drywaller. The last five years before his retirement was spent at Granny's Poultry in the maintenance department. He will be remembered as one of the founding members of the Mitchell Seniors Centre spending many hours on the board and supervising activities. He loved fishing, camping, woodworking, bowling and spending time with family and friends. He loved to laugh and tell stories. Cornie was a kind and gentle soul who touched the lives of many.

A special thank you to Dr. Krahn and the nursing staff at the Bethesda Hospital for the tender care he received during his brief stay.

A celebration of Dad's life was held Feb. 4, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, Steinbach with interment at the Mitchell CMC Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200-6 Donald Street; Wpg., MB, R3L 0K6.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.


On June 10, 1985, at approximately 5:20 a.m., we were blessed with the quietest, floppiest, little girl. She weighed 5 lbs, 10 oz, 19 inches long and we named her Lisa Marie Doerksen.

It was a struggle from day one for her to survive. Lisa spent her first month in the hospital because her throat muscles were too weak to swallow. The blood tests that were done at the time left her bruised from head to toe. Her determination to survive got stronger over time and she grew to enjoy her school years, youth group and work at the Red River Workshop.

Her loves in life were babies, cats and dogs, music, her sister Jennifer, and brothers Christopher and Andrew. As Chris got married, her relationship with Tess grew, and when they had Keaton, her life bloomed with wanting to do all she could for him.

Lisa was looking forward to a visit to Grande Prairie, AB, where Jennifer moved to be closer to Paul Bergen. Lisa hated to see Jennifer leave, but her love for her was so much that she was OK with it. Lisa had full intentions of going to Grand Prairie now in spring, but God had different plans for all of us.

Lisa was baptized on May 16, 2005, into the Stuartburn Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, where she attended from the time she was about eight years old.

We will miss her very much and the wedding planned for May 17, 2008, will also be different, we're sure. We have peace in knowing that Lisa loved Jesus and is resting without any pain or need for medications to make her days go on.

Lisa Marie passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at approximately 5:05 a.m. at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, MB. It looked like she just peacefully kept on sleeping after taking her bi-pap mask off.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Henry and Susan Doerksen, one sister Jennifer and fiancée Paul Bergen, two brothers, Christopher and wife Tess, and Andrew, and one nephew Keaton. She is also survived by her grandparents George and Mary Klassen and Cornelius and Elma Doerksen, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Lisa also leaves her special friends at the Red River Workshop in St Malo.

Thanks to family and friends for all your love, prayers, meals, phone calls, and cards. A special thanks to Dr. Horne and the staff in emergency at Bethesda Hospital the night of Jan. 27, 2008, and to Dr. Duerksen and the staff that cared for Lisa until God called her home on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 at the New Bothwell Sommerfeld Church, with interment at the Church Cemetery.

Thank you, Lisa's family.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.


Peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, Garreth Friesen passed away at the age of 48 at Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach, MB. He fought a strong but short battle with cancer. Left behind to lovingly cherish his memory is his wife Elaine, his parents Raymond and Trudy Friesen, his children Lindsay Friesen (Chad), stepsons Christopher Neufeld (Dawn) and Jason Neufeld (Lori Dawn), grandchildren Corrine, Courtenay, Breanne, Lexi, Bradon, Paige, Kaslynn, Keara and Laya and one brother Kent Friesen of the Ukraine.

Garreth was born Aug. 21, 1959 in Steinbach, MB to Trudy and Raymond Friesen. Garreth was predeceased by his brother Arlen Kieth Friesen in 1967, four grandparents, his father-in-law and one nephew.

Garreth looked rough on the outside but was a very soft, loving man on the inside. He had a heart of gold. The love for his family was strong in his heart and he loved spending as much time with them as he could. He also loved spending time with friends and family. He loved the outdoors; one of his greatest joys was to ride with his brother in-law on his wagon and team of horses. He also had a love for the highway. Driving was his life and his work. He owned his own highway truck. He had many jobs in his life, grain hauler, log hauler and his last job was salvage hauling.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfield Drive, Steinbach, MB with Mr. Cornie Plett officiating. Viewing was Thursday, Jan. 31 from 7—8 p.m. with a family devotional following also at the Chapel. There was also a viewing prior to the service. Interment followed in the Steinbach Heritage Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or to the Garreth Friesen Family Fund, c/o Elaine Friesen, Box 2498, Steinbach, MB R5G 1N9.

Sobering Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Beausejour, 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220.


On Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, Peter G. Wiebe, age 85, passed away at the Menno Home for the Aged, Grunthal, MB.

He is survived by his five children: Larry (Marie) of Steinbach, Dolores of Steinbach, Roy (Eileen) of Winnipeg, Diana Bourgeois of La Broquerie, Rocky (Kathy) of Steinbach, (oldest grandson Michael was raised as a son), 18 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and brother Frank of Winnipeg.

He was predeceased by his first wife Margaret in 1991, second wife Mae, one son in infancy, and two great-grandchildren in infancy.

The funeral service will be held Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie, Steinbach, MB, with interment at the Heritage Cemetery. Viewing will be at the church prior to the service.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Menno Home Foundation, Box 280, Grunthal, MB R0A 0R0.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

Feb. 28, 1950 — Jan. 31, 2008

Lloyd Henry Fast of Steinbach, formerly of Blumenort, went to be with his Lord and Saviour, during his regular morning fellowship with God Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, a month shy of his 58th birthday.

He is survived by his sons: Dawson Fast of Winnipeg, Devery Fast of Winnipeg, and his daughter Mica (Curtis) Unger of Steinbach; grandchildren Ashlynn-Love Harris-Fast and Rogan and Navlin Unger. He is also survived by his sister Wanda Kretchmer (Tim) of Blumenort, brothers Rodney (Liz) of Winnipeg and Gardenton, and Kevin of Steinbach, as well as nieces and nephews.

Lloyd was predeceased by his parents Verner and Nettie Fast of Blumenort.

He wanted everyone to know that he has gone Home to be with Jesus and that he always prayed for everyone he knew and loved.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at Southland Community Church, Steinbach, with interment at Blumenort EMC Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, an opportunity is given to help cover funeral costs.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the many people who helped their father and brother over the years. Also thank you to Dr. Magdy Ibrahim and to Birchwood Funeral Chapel for the dignified care provided.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.


After a lengthy struggle with poor health and a short stay at the hospital, Anne Loeppky, sister, aunt and friend, was called home to be with her Saviour, whom she loved, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at the age of 79, at the Bethesda Hospital.

Anne is survived by sisters: Sara, Mary, Lena (Henry Koop), Liz (Irv Heinrichs), Marge (Wes Loeppky) and Agnes (Ed Thiessen); many nieces and nephews and her "adopted family" Duc, Huong, Danny and Dianna Nguyen, and friends. Anne was predeceased by her parents George and Sara Loeppky and her nephew Bradley.

Being the oldest in a family of girls, Anne was dad's "right hand man" on the farm, even accompanying him on the thresher gang. She was an adventurous woman, who attempted many new things. At a young age she worked as a maid, clerk, and nurses' aide before she went back to her home town for high school and then entered training for Registered Psychiatric Nursing at Selkirk Mental Hospital, where she graduated with honours in 1960. This training brought her many nursing opportunities and culminated with her career at Rest Haven Nursing Home in 1993, after which she retired and enjoyed the rest of her life spending time with family and friends.

A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Curtis Krahn and the nursing staff at Bethesda Hospital. May she rest in peace.

Viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, from 7—7:30 p.m. with a short devotional at 7:30 p.m. avt the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, 479 Hanover Street, Steinbach, MB and prior to the service. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church with interment at Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive; Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

July 5, 1915-Jan. 31, 2008

It is with deep sadness the family announces the peaceful passing of Peter Kozak on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at the Vita Personal Care Home at the age of 92.

He is survived by his wife Verna; son Bill (Kathy), daughter Doris (Leo), son Peter (Lelia); grandsons Michael (Corinna) and John (Christine); great-grandson Nash, and their families. He is also survived by his sisters Mary, Nettie, Olga and Pauline. He was predeceased by his son Nestor on Jan. 24, 2008.

Funeral service was held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main St. with Rev. Dr. G. Zubacz officiating. Interment followed in Tolstoi, Manitoba.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peter's memory to Tolstoi Ukrainian Catholic Sacred Heart Cemetery Fund, Box 92, Tolstoi, Manitoba R0A 2E0 or a charity of one's choice.

Vichnaya Pamyat

Korban Funeral Chapel 956-2193


Suddenly, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, Ted Johnson passed away at his residence in Steinbach, MB, at the age of 52.

He is survived by his wife Liana, two sons Jagr and Blaze, four stepdaughters and two children from a previous marriage. He is also survived by his mother, two sisters, three brothers and their families, Liana's family and his friends.

Ted was a dozer operator at Diamond and took great pride in his work. He really appreciated his boss and friend Ted Falk who was a great support to him and his family after the amputation of his leg.

A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 375 Loewen Blvd., Steinbach with pastor Dave Millar officiating. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers a trust fund will be set up for his boys Jagr and Blaze.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.


Mary Kehler Wall, age 83, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital on Friday, Feb. 1, 2008.

Mom was born, the oldest of four daughters to Peter H and Susanna Toews at their home in Halbstadt, MB on Jan. 7, 1925, She received her education at Shakespeare School and lived in Halbstadt until she married our dad, George J. Kehler in July of 1945. Mom and Dad enjoyed 53 wonderful years together, farming for 40 years in Shakespeare where they raised their five sons and later moving to Steinbach where they shared 10 more years together. Mom enjoyed being outside which included helping on the farm, gardening, and working in her many flower gardens. She also enjoyed baking, playing games and most of all, spending time with family and her many friends. She generously volunteered her time at the MCC Thrift Store and always made time for any friend or family member that needed her help. Mom lost her best friend and husband George on Apr. 26, 1998. She married Ben Wall on Oct. 28, 2000 and they enjoyed seven years together in Steinbach.

Predeceased by her parents Peter and Susanna, and her first husband George J. Kehler, Mom will be lovingly remembered by her husband Ben, and her five sons with their wives: Dan (Vy) of Steinbach, Peter (Lenora) of Landmark, Andy (Anita) of Kelowna, BC, Marv (Irene) of Giroux and Gord (Lorna) of Steinbach; 10 grandchildren Rod (Sandy), Jay, Amanda (Jason), Bud (Tina), Adam (Rhea), Chyanne (Justin), Miguel (Joleen), Nevada (John), A.J. and Sydney; eight great-grandchildren: Riley, Brayden, Darci, Jesse Griffin, Emilia, Rynn and Trinity.

Also left to cherish her memory are three sisters: Susan (Frank) Isaac, Elma (Neil) Peters and Erna (Ben) Unger.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Steinbach Chortitzer Mennonite Church with interment at Heritage Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mary's grandsons: Rod Kehler, Jay Kehler, Bud Kehler, Adam Kehler, Miguel Kehler and A. J. Kehler.

Should friends so desire, memorial donations in memory of Mary Kehler Wall may be made to the new cancer ward, SEHA-Bethesda Hospital CancerCare, Box 939, Steinbach, MB R5G 1A3.

We would like to thank Dr. Curtis Krahn and the staff of the Bethesda Hospital for the great care they gave to Mom for the last year of her life.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

Aug. 26, 1919 — Jan. 31, 2008

Peacefully, with her family by her side, Katherine (Tina) Letkeman, beloved wife of Abram Letkeman passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, MB at the age of 88.

Mom was born Aug. 26, 1919 in Steinfeld, Russia to Peter and Justina Nikkel. The family moved to Canada when mom was four, settling in Rosengard, Manitoba.

On Sept. 25, 1959 she married Abram B Letkeman and they began their life together farming near Ste Elizabeth. In 1962 they purchased a farm in the Tourond area raising chickens and growing a variety of crops. Mom enjoyed farming along side dad and preferred working outside as opposed to housework and cooking. She loved gardening and flowers and no matter where they lived mom and dad always had large gardens where they grew a variety of vegetable and fruits.

Mom had a great love for music. She could always be found listening to and humming along with gospel music or Eduard Klassen playing the harp. Mom and dad did some traveling in their early retirement years traveling to Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia and Texas. Every year she looked forward to spending a week at Gimli Bible Camp seniors camp.

In 1992 mom and dad retired to Steinbach where they lived until 1997 when they moved to Silver Courts in Niverville. Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1998 but was struggling with many of the symptoms for years prior to the diagnosis. In 2002 it became apparent it was no longer safe for mom and dad to live on their own so they moved to Rest Haven Nursing Home.

Besides her husband she leaves to mourn her passing her son Henry and wife Lisa, grandchildren Josiah and Olivia of Niverville, her sisters Margaret (Richard) Kwast of Winkler, Nettie (Henry) Warkentin of Caroline, AB, her brother Jake (Tina) Nikkel of Steinbach and brother-in-law Jake Hildebrandt of Steinbach. She was predeceased by her sister Mary.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Sunday School Mission 200 - 189 Henderson Hwy Winnipeg MB Canada R2L 1L7 or Haven Group (Rest Haven Nursing Home), 177 Woodhaven Ave, Steinbach, MB R5G 1K7.

The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in Niverville, MB. Interment at Hespeler Cemetery. The family wishes to thank all the staff of Rest Haven Nursing Home for their love and support over the years.

Arrangements by Birchwood Funeral Chapel 346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030.

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