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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 13

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Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016, at 8:24 p.m.


Peacefully, April 30, 2002 at Bethesda Place, Steinbach, Man., with family at his side, Anton Horvath passed into eternal rest, having reached the age of 88 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters: Mary Horvath of Woodridge, Man., Betty and John Sarko of Welland, Ont., Agnes Nagy of Evansburg, Alta., Irma and Mike Geng of Watertown, New York. His memory will also be treasured by 18 nieces and nephews and their families, along with numerous Horvath cousins.

Anton was born Jan. 17, 1914 to Frank and Vera on their Menisino homestead - the area where he then continued to reside throughout his childhood and working life. In 1985 he moved to seniors' housing in Woodridge and in 1993 his health state required a move to the Bethesda Personal Care Home.

His family has fond memories of a kind, sensitive and friendly brother and uncle who faced more than the usual challenges of life without complaint; who found enjoyment in walking many miles to visit with neighbors, experiencing nature, and taking in the local dances and social activities.

Anton was predeceased by his parents: Frank in 1949 and Vera in 1977; and his brothers: John (Slim) in 1991, Frank in 1994 and Joe in 2001; by one nephew Hillard Horvath in 1986 and one niece Anne (Horvath) Lempen in 2000.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. from the International Christian Fellowship Church, Piney, Man. with Larry Hirst, chaplain of Bethesda Place officiating. Interment followed at the Menisino Cemetery. Viewing took place at the church prior to the service.

Pallbearers were his family members: Martin Horvath, Eddie Horvath, Joe Horvath, Frank Horvath, Stanley Goodman and Grant Goodman.

The family is deeply appreciative of the care and compassionate concern shown to "Andy" during his stay at Bethesda Personal Care Home/Bethesda Place. Their efforts did truly make this "his home" for these past nine years.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to Bethesda Place Chapel Fund, Box 939, Steinbach, MB, R0A 2A0.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


Surrounded by family and nursing staff, Élisa Desharnais serenely passed away at Foyer Valade, May 1, 2002, at the age of 100 years and 10 months.

When she was only four years old, Élisa's family left Saint-Alexis de Matapédia, Qué., to settle in Laurier, Man., and then in Transcona, Man. Élisa married Ovila Desharnais in 1919 and moved to Saint-Pierre-Jolys, Man., where they lived on a farm in Carey and raised their five children.

Élisa was predeceased by her husband in 1979; by a daughter, Lucille (Soeur Joseph-Armand) in 1962; by a son Henri in November 2001; as well as by her parents and 10 brothers and sisters. She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Irène, Petite Soeur de la Sainte-Famille, of Sherbrooke, Que and Amanda, Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Winnipeg; by her son Armand (Claire), of St Pierre-Jolys and daughter-in-law Gertrude of St. Vital, Man. She also leaves to mourn her passing, 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nephews and nieces, two of whom remain special because they spent time living with the Desharnais', Edouard Martin and Yvette Carrière.

A woman of deep faith and aware of the needs of her time, Élisa was deeply committed to her local church and to worthy community causes. She will be remembered as a compassionate woman who took great pleasure in being of service to others. After having raised her family, she devoted a great deal of her time looking after the poor for whom she prepared many boxes of clothing. Her pleasant personality, her cheerfulness, her keen sense of humor, her enthusiasm and positive outlook on life, as well as her love of people brought sunshine into the lives of many. While a resident of Foyer Valade and restricted to her wheelchair, she took to playing her mouth organ again; that, along with her smile, was her way of bringing joy to others, residents and staff alike.

The family members wish to thank doctors and nursing staff at Foyer Valade for the tender loving care given to their mother. In lieu of flowers, relatives and friends may wish to make a donation to Foyer Valade, 450 River Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 5M4.

Prayers were held at Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 Des Meurons Street, Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. The funeral was held at Saint-Pierre-Jolys, Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m., with viewing prior to the celebration.


Tuesday, May 2, 2002 at the Maplewood Manor in Steinbach, Man., Mrs Esther Penner of Steinbach passed away at the age of 79 years.

She is survived by five children, Reg (Rena) of Saltcoats, Sask., Lenora (Jerry) Penner of Beausejour, Man., Don (Lucille) of Ste Anne, Man., Margaret (Levi) Banman of Centreville, N.B., Roxie (Merle) Giesbrecht of Whitemouth, Man., 22 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three siblings, Lena, Herbert, Ernest.

She was predeceased by her husband Irvin W. Penner in 1995 and granddaughter Natalie in 1986.

Funeral service was held Sunday, May 5, 2002, 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite in Greenland. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.

JEAN HOWELL (nee Fradette)

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our wife, mother and grandmother, Jean Howell, on May 3, 2002 at the Steinbach Bethesda Hospital.

Jean was born on Aug. 17, 1939 in Winnipeg. She leaves behind to remember her husband Fred, her constant companion Pebbles, her four boys; Terry (Monica), Les (Alenka), Russell (Tracey), Gary and friend Ivan, and grandchildren Meghan, Elizabeth, Julianne, Thomas and Samantha.

Known as "Mom" to the many students that passed through the Steinbach Regional Secondary School, she will be sadly missed by them all.

Thanks to Les and Claire Cordingley to their constant support throughout her illness. Thanks also to Kim and Ray Neufeld for many years of friendship. Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary Legion Branch #190 for all the kind thoughts and well wishing. A special thanks to the oncology departments in Steinbach and Winnipeg. The care she was given in the palliative care ward, and by the home care nurses was exceptional. A special thanks to Pastor Larry Hirst for the many hours of comfort he provided us all.

At her request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at Loewen Funeral Chapel, Highway 12 south, Steinbach, with Pastor Larry Hirst officiating.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Agnes Barkman, at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man., May 8, 2002 at the age of 82 years.

She was predeceased by her husband L.A. Barkman, her parents, an infant sister, one brother and one sister-in-law.

Agnes was born in Russia Dec. 18, 1919 and together with her family moved to Canada in 1926, residing in western Manitoba, then Ste. Anne, Man., and finally settling in Steinbach.

December 22, 1945 Agnes married Leonard A. Barkman. They shared 33 years together before his passing Jan. 5, 1979.

Agnes is survived by one son, Wayne (Rose Born); three daughters, Elaine (John) Toews, Audrey, and Beve (Gary) Kehler; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul (Sonya) Reimer, Jake (Mary) Reimer; and sister Annie (Aaron) Suderman.

Mom led a healthy life until breaking her hip in 2000, requiring hip replacement surgery. Recovering, she continued to live on her own on Ash Street, with her children's assistance, until entering the hospital Thursday, May 2.

Mom's greatest joys in life included her children, grandchildren and a favorite passion, gardening.

The family would like to thank Dr. Garba and the nursing staff at Bethesda Hospital for their compassionate care.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 11, 2002, 2 p.m., at the Mennonite Brethren Church, with Pastor Abe Klassen officiating. Interment followed at the Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


On Friday, May 10, 2002, at the Vita Personal Care Home, George Melnychuk passed away at the age of 88 years.

George was born in the Sirko area, but spent most of his life in Sprague, where he worked in the mill as well as in the bush. Later he took a job with the Department of Highways, and for 19 summers he cut grass along the highways in the Sprague area and to supplement his income, he cut firewood in the winter, which he sold.

George enjoyed playing his harmonica, and although he never went to school, and never relied on a computer, he was always able to work and make a living for himself. It was only the last two years that he was confined to the Vita Personal Care Home.

George was predeceased by his parents, four sisters; Mary, Anne, Lena and Elsie, and five brothers; Bill, Nick, John, Alek and Mike. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for George will be held on Monday, May 13, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. at Loewen Funeral Chapel with interment to follow in the Roseau River cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


Helen Loewen Friesen was born to Isaac P. and Mary Loewen on May 5, 1922 at Steinbach, MB. She peacefully passed away on May 8, 2002 at the Maplewood Manor, Steinbach, MB. She reached the age of 80 years. Death was caused by complications following a major stroke she suffered on April 20.

Mother's childhood was spent in the Blumenort, MB area. She was converted at a young age and became a member of the Kleinemende church. On Dec. 27, 1942 she was united in marriage to Cornie L. Friesen. In 1949 they moved to Los Jagueyes, Chihuahua, Mexico with three small children. Seven more children were born there, making her a very busy mother.

Dad and Mom were deeply concerned about their salvation and the spiritual welfare of their children. Feeling a need for a deeper spiritual life, they sincerely searched out God's will. The Lord led them to the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite and upon their faith, were baptized in 1959 by Minister John N. Penner.

Our parents always carried a concern for the souls of men. They were actively involved in the mission outreach in Mexico, serving in several different locations. All of her life, Mom kept a keen interest in the progress of the mission work, especially that of Mexico.

Dad was ordained to the ministry in 1966 and Mom faithfully filled her place as a minister's wife. Her faith in God was alive and real and she prayed much. She enjoyed her family and was deeply grateful that all her children and grandchildren embrace the true faith.

Our parents with the eight youngest children moved to Whitemouth, MB in March of 1968. Dad's sudden passing in 1980 left her very lonely. Mom moved to the Maplewood Manor in Steinbach in 1997 where she was cared for very lovingly. She had a sweet disposition and a ready smile. Last week, she grieved the sudden passing of her son-in-law Mark Jantz although she could not express herself verbally.

Those left with precious memories are 10 children: Leonard and Vada, Honeygrove, Texas; John and Velma, Mary and Dan Friesen, Ed and Rowena, Leona and Norman Toews, all of Elma, MB; Evelina and Barry Hrappstead, Swan River, MB; Roselyn and Darryl Toews, Hadashville, MB; Mildred Jantz, Ringwood, Oklahoma; Kathy and Sheldon Toews, Elma, MB and Levina, Goltry, Oklahoma; 40 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two brothers: John and Helen Loewen and Dietrich Loewen, two sisters: Elizabeth and Menno Dueck, and Tina and Elmer Plett and one sister-in-law Gertie Loewen. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one son-in-law, two granddaughters, three brothers and two sisters-in-law.

We as the family would like to thank the Maplewood Manor staff for the tender loving care they gave our dear Mother. May God bless you.

Viewing will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 6-8 p.m. with a devotional at 7 p.m. at the Sobering Funeral Chapel, Beausejour. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 12 at the Whitemouth Mennonite Church, Whitemouth, MB.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gospel Tract and Bible Society, Ste. Anne, MB, ROA 1RO.

Sobering Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Beausejour, MB in charge of arrangements.


Helena Schellenberg, 98, was called home to be with her Lord on May 10, 2002 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach, MB.

She was born Dec. 31, 1903 to her parents Jacob H. and Helena Wiebe in the Grunthal district where she grew up. She married Henry W. Schellenberg in 1932.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son Jake (Eva); one daughter Helen (Peter) Kehler; one daughter-in-law Ruth; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Also left to mourn are two brothers Peter and Henry (Nettie); sisters Justina, Anne, Susan (Peter) Dueck, and Nettie; in-laws Katie Fast, Bertha Wiebe and Peter (Dorothy) Schellenberg.

She was predeceased by her husband Henry in 1986, son Edward, grandson Larry Schellenberg and great-grandson Thomas Koop, as well as parents Jacob H. and Helena Wiebe; brothers Julius, Cornelius, and Jacob T. Wiebe; sisters Katharina Friesen, Elizabeth Hiebert and Mary Friesen.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, May 14, 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, 420 Main Street, Steinbach. Viewing will be held Monday, May 13, 7-8 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. Interment at Memorial Cemetery, Steinbach, MB.

Donations in Helena's memory may be made to Rest Haven Foundation, Box 1029. Steinbach, MB R0A 2A0.

We as a family thank the Rest Haven staff for more than eight pleasant years she spent there. She was always thankful for the good care that she received. Our thanks to Dr. Curtis Krahn, Chaplain Mary Dyck and Pastor Arden Thiessen for his many visits and the prayers of all the friends and relatives.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


On Saturday, May 11, 2002 at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Joan went to be with her Lord at the age of 73.

Funeral services will be held on May 16 at 10 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Catholic Parish in Steinbach with interment to follow in the La Broquerie Parish cemetery. Prayers will be held on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Loewen Funeral Chapel.

Loewen Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.


Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Man., Margaret Joan Semeniuk, beloved wife of David of Winnipeg, passed away at the age of 55 years.

Besides her loving husband David, she is survived by daughter Tannis and fiancé Dan Dubois; her parents Fred and Mary Melnychuk; brothers, Edward (Johanna) and Lloyd (Marie); and numerous relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by an infant brother.

Margaret was an avid vegetable and flower gardener, and loved the outdoors.

The funeral service was held Saturday, May 11, 2002, 10 a.m. at Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man., with Rev. Father Ihor Royik officiating. Viewing took place at the chapel prior to the service. Service terminated at the chapel.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.

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