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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 23

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1937 - 2002

Nov. 20, 2002, at St. Boniface Hospital, our dear brother Joseph, age 65, of Steinbach, Man., formerly of Grunthal, Man., went to be with the Lord.

Joseph was born in Morden, Man., Nov. 13, 1937. He was baptized upon confession of his faith.

He was predeceased by his father David in 1965; his mother Annie in 1995; and two sisters: Dorothy in 1983 and Elma in 1990.

Joseph will be greatly missed by his three sisters: Anne of Minnedosa, Man., Margaret (Oddmund) of Camrose, Alta., Rose of Winnipeg; his seven brothers: David (Tina) of Winnipeg, Man., Abe (Agatha) of Steinbach, Diedrich of Winnipeg, Lawrence (Gloria) of Minnedosa, Les (Mary Ellen) of Winnipeg, Leonard of Winnipeg, Norman (Kim) of Mitchell, Man. He also will be missed by nieces and nephews, his uncle and aunts, his many friends and relatives.

Besides being a fun loving brother with a great sense of humour, Joseph will always be remembered as an outdoorsman who especially loved fishing. He also took a great interest in sports.

The funeral service for Joseph Fehr was held Monday, Nov. 25, 2002 at the Grunthal C.M.C. Church. Interment in the Grunthal Cemetery.

If friends so desire donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


Adolph's earthly journey of 78 1/2 years ended quietly and peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002 at Bethesda Place, with family at his side.

He'll be sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Norie; his daughters, Marilyn (Ralph) Rott and Carol; his sons Murray (Joy) and Earl (Gisele); as well as his six precious grandchildren, Taryn, Barrett, and Denae Rott and Stephen, Chantel and Ryan Borkowsky.

He leaves to mourn his passing four sisters, Elsie Schinkel of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Elma Borkowsky of Winnipeg, Man., Marge (Neil) Yaskow of Maple Ridge, B.C., Lorraine (Jake) Rempel of Winnipeg, Man., as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Julianna Borkowsky; brother Edwin; and sisters, Minnie Saskosky and Lil Kehler.

Adolph was born June 6, 1924 in the Bristol area to Frank and Julianna Borkowsky. After leaving the farm, Adolph headed to the big city of Winnipeg and worked at Canada Packers. Processed meat was not a favorite of his from that time on.

He eventually came back to the family farm and Oct. 11, 1952 he married Elnora Stemrich, a union which lasted just over 50 years. The majority of their married life was spent farming on the family farm in the Bristol area.

Even after the farm was taken over by Earl, Adolph made trips to the farm twice a day to assist Earl with the milking. Lorenz, you can vouch for that as you watched the white Ford truck make its way to the farm. He also continued to help with the seeding of crops, cutting and baling of hay, as well as the combining. Ron, you can attest to the fact that Adolph was out in the fields well after he said he had retired. The only thing that could lure Adolph from the farm was a fishing trip, be it to the Whiteshell, Ontario or northern Manitoba, and the big fish didn't always get away! We enjoyed many meals of freshly caught fish.

Adolph probably thought that his children would never leave home and marry, but within one year both Marilyn and Earl were married. After Earl's marriage, Adolph and Norie built a new house 1 1/2 miles away from the family farm. It would soon be known as Grandpa and Grandma's house, as four grandchildren arrived within three years.

Life slowed down somewhat for Adolph in 1990 when he suffered his first stroke. Several strokes and years later ended his ability to drive and he became less active. He nonetheless enjoyed company and going out. By 1994 he and Mom boasted of six grandchildren - three boys and three girls. Added to his joy was Murray's marriage in 1998. As the grandchildren grew older they tried to convince Grandpa that pizza was the best supper around! But Adolph was never convinced of that . . . meat and potatoes were what he called a meal.

In 1998 life necessitated Adolph to move to Bethesda Personal Care Home. Then he could only hear the replays of the grandchildren's hockey, baseball, volleyball and basketball games, piano recitals, school plays, band and Christmas concerts. We now know that Grandpa will be able to watch each and every game and concert firsthand.

A special thank-you to the staff at Bethesda Place who went the extra mile to make Dad's stay as "homey" as possible.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, 2 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Steinbach, Man., with Pastor Al Maier officiating. Interment followed in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.


Alphaeus Penner was born Feb. 12, 1922, the fourth child of John I. and Margaret Penner of Kleefeld, Man. He died Dec. 11, 2002 at the Virden District Hospital at the age of 80 years.

Dad grew up in the Kleefeld area. July 24, 1949, Dad married the girl next door, Margaret Bartel, and together they built up a successful dairy operation. Here they lived and worked and raised their children. They sold the farm in 1977 and moved to a mixed farm in the Elkhorn, Man. area, where they continued to live till their passing.

At a revival meeting in the spring of 1940, Dad surrendered his life to God and took Jesus as his Savior and Lord. All his life he faithfully contributed his time, talents and tithes, first at the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite in Kleefeld and then at the Kola Evangelical Mennonite Church in Kola, Man.

In his retirement years, Dad enjoyed a variety of activities. He helped his son and son-in-law farm as long as he could. He enjoyed making things with wood and all his grandchildren have "treasure chests" made by their grandfather.

Though Dad was a quiet man, we will always remember him for his words of wisdom and his sense of humor. These stayed with him to the end.

Since Dad was diagnosed with heart failure at the age of 45, he never expected to outlive Mom. It was a very difficult time for him when she suffered and died of cancer six years ago.

Dad lived on the farm until four days before his death. He liked to be independent as much as he could, and never wanted to be a bother to anyone. He appreciated that all his children could spend time with him in the days before his departure.

Dad leaves to mourn his passing his stepmother, Lottie Penner Wiebe, his children: Roger (Dawn) of Medicine Hat, Alta., Karen (Lorne) Schellenberg of Tyndall, Man., Gene of Elkhorn, Man., Patsy (David) Schellenberg of Elkhorn, Ivan (Faren) of Stoney Plain, Alta., 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Neil (Adina) of Kleefeld, David (Adeline) of Kleefeld; three sisters, Lottie Penner of Stenen, Sask., Matilda (Bill) Isaac of Camrose, Alta., Lorene (Alfred) Isaac of Birnie, Man.; as well as brothers-and sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret; his parents John I. and Margaret Penner; a daughter Faythe, and a son Dale; two sisters, Henrietta Wiebe and Margaret Wiebe; and one brother, Albert.

A memorial service was held at Carscadden Funeral Chapel at Virden, Man., Dec. 13, 2002. Funeral service and interment was held at Kola EM Church Dec. 14, 2002.

Aug. 9, 1922 - Dec. 22, 2002

Suddenly, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at his home in Sandilands, Man., our dear husband and father peacefully passed away at the age of 80 years.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Georgette of 61 years; and his children: Raynald, Paul, Lawrence (Margaret), Louis, Anita (Stan), Loretta (Gary), Diane (Louis), Francis (Jan), Theresa (Dave), Robert (Crystal); as well as 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He had a special love for them and they in turn looked forward to spending time with Grandpa. He also leaves behind seven brothers and sisters: Celestine, Emile, Marcel, Edmund, Marcelin, Eugenie and Ozioas.

He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Albertine; and one sister Marianne.

Felix had a love for the great outdoors, working at logging that later turned into a career with the Department of Natural Resources until he retired in 1987, after 30 years of service. His love for the outdoors extended beyond work, as he enjoyed hunting, especially enjoying the day fishing.

Felix served in the Armed Forces and was a member of the Winnipeg Rifles from 1939-1945.

Felix will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends he made along the way.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, 11 a.m. at the St. Alexander Roman Catholic Church in Woodridge, Man., with Msgr. Albert Frechette officiating. Interment followed in the Parish cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach, Man.


December 26, 2002, with most of her family by her side, our dear mother, Helen Harms went to be with her Lord in heaven at the age of 74 years.

Mom will be sadly missed by her family, Della and Ed Hiebert of La Broquerie, Man., Dennis and Marilyn Harms of Steinbach, Man., Doreen and Dick Penner of Mitchell, Man., Donald and Rhonda Harms of Steinbach, Douglas and Debbie Harms of Steinbach, Dorothy and Ed Laurin of La Broquerie, Armand Harel of Marchand, Man., and 14 grandchildren, Laurie (Marc) Reimer, Darryl Hiebert, Darcey (Phyllis) Harms, Jen (Simon) Wherry, Jamie Penner, Devin (Ainslie) Penner, Lawney (Jamie) Penner, Joey (Michelle) Harms, Tessia Harms, Tanner and Brendan Harms, Jeremy, Dylan and Haylee Harel; and seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Rhett, Sophia, Teagan, Alea, Kinsey and Hollie.

She also leaves to mourn her passing five brothers, four sisters, three brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.

She was predeceased by her husband John Harms, daughter Daphne Harel, parents David and Helena Thiessen and sister Mary Wall.

Mom was born Jan. 4, 1928 in Samara, Russia and immigrated to Canada with her family at a very young age. As a young woman, Mom worked in Winnipeg, Man., as a nanny and housekeeper. May 28, 1949 she married John Harms. Together they farmed in the Bristol area for 45 years and reared a family of seven children. Mom and Dad retired to Mitchell in April of 1994, where they enjoyed two years together. Following Dad's death in January 1997 Mom moved to a 55+ condominium, also in Mitchell.

Just six short weeks ago Mom was officially diagnosed with renal cancer, which spread from her kidney to various areas of her body. Her health rapidly declined from the date of her diagnosis and Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002 we said good-bye to Mom until we see her again in eternity. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and doctors who cared for Mom in a compassionate way during her hospital stay.

The funeral service was held Dec. 31, 2002, 11 a.m., at the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church, with Pastor Abe Klassen officiating. Interment followed at the Heritage Cemetery in Steinbach. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the South Eastman Regional Health Authority Palliative Care Program.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.


Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002, in Edmonton Hospital, Peter Rekrut, formerly of Pansy, Man., age 73; beloved husband of Helen, passed away.

Besides his wife, Peter leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters and one son of Edmonton, Alta., and another son in Vancouver, B.C.; also three grandsons.

With respect to Peter's wishes, cremation has taken place, with a private family interment.


Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002, at the Lions Manor in Portage La Prairie, Leslie Churchill, 94, passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord. Leslie was predeceased by his wife Florence in 1984. He is survived by a daughter, Shirley; two sons, Lawrence (Selma) of Portage La Prairie, Man., Winston (Lois) of Calgary, Alta.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Annie Reeves of Winnipeg, Man.

Leslie Churchill was born in Portage La Prairie, Man., grew up in Morris, Man., and following his marriage to Florence Allen, settled in Piney, Man. until 1959 when the family moved to Winnipeg. During their years in Winnipeg Leslie and Florence attended Elim Chapel, where Leslie served on the Missions Committee and participated in regular missionary prayer meetings. Following retirement from carpentry work, Leslie spent many enjoyable hours helping at the Union Gospel Mission. Leslie moved back to Portage La Prairie in 1999.

Viewing will be held at the Omega Funeral Home in Portage La Prairie, Thursday, Jan. 2, 7 to 7:30 p.m., with a short meditation time to follow, as well as 1/2 hour prior to the funeral service, which will take place Friday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m., at Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg. Following a reception at the church, interment will take place at the cemetery in Badger, Man. at approximately 3:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, 4316 10th St NE, Calgary AB T2K 1E3 or via the Wycliffe website at

1940 - 2002

Dec. 20, 2002, Arnold Fontaine of Woodridge, Man. was taken from us suddenly at the age of 62.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Mary of 10 years; his daughter Kathleen (Jim) Wyryha; stepson Frederick Cuthbert; stepdaughters: Anna Cuthbert and Jennifer Martens; step-granddaughters: Chantel and Candace Papa we miss you; his mother Kathleen; brothers: Barry (Tina), Morris and Wayne; sisters: Claudette Bordun, Lucille Sebastyen, Jeannette (Melvin) Styve, Eileen (Tyrus) Boutang; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is predeceased by his father Ovila in 1988 and brother Marcel in 1973.

Dad will always be remembered for his feisty and strong-willed personality.

A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at the Woodridge Roman Catholic Church. Ash interment followed in the church cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.

Dec. 23, 1915 - Dec. 25, 2002

Peacefully, with his family by his side, our dad, Peter I. Derksen of Steinbach, Man., went to be with his Lord and Saviour, whom he so dearly loved, Dec. 25, 2002, at Rest Haven Nursing Home. He was blessed with 87 years and two days.

Dad was predeceased by his first wife Elizabeth (Schultz) in 1990, with whom he shared his life for 53 years; five brothers; three sisters; one daughter-in-law Gay Derksen; and one daughter in infancy.

Peter will be lovingly remembered by his second wife, Katherine (Doerksen), with whom he shared 11 1/2 years; and by his three sons and two daughters: Rufus (Marti), Don (Doreen), Lydia Dyck, Rudy (Kim), Esther (Cornie) Dueck; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He will also be remembered by Katherine's family: Helen (Jake) Funk, Ed Doerksen, Frieda Dueck, Barb (Henry) Hiebert, Brian (Debbie) Doerksen, Ken (Nicole) Doerksen and their families.

Dad's favorite scripture was Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

Our thanks to the staff at Rest Haven Nursing Home and Dr. Krahn for the wonderful care given to our dad.

The funeral service was held at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Steinbach Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002. Interment in Heritage Cemetery.

Donations may be made to The Gideons, PO Box 3619 Stn. Main, Guelph, ON N1H 9Z9.

"We love you, Dad; thanks for being a wonderful father to us as a family."

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.

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