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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 53

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April 15, 1915 - Aug. 17, 2004

Olga passed away peacefully at Bethesda Place in Steinbach, Man.

She is survived by sons, Frank (Dora), Rudy (Elaine); daughters, Elinor (Waldo) Neufeld, Anna Reimer, Wilma (Denis) Keating; two sons-in-law; and their families. She was predeceased by her husband Frank D. Reimer and two daughters, Nettie and Irma.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Friday, Aug. 20, 2004 at 7 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m., at Prairie Rose EMC, Landmark, Man. Interment at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Evangelical Mennonite Conference Missions, 440 Main St., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Z5.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.

HELEN SAWATZKY (nee Broesky)
Sept. 17, 1951 - Aug. 9, 2004

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend, Helen Sawatzky.

She is survived by one son and two daughters: Kelly, Wanda and Andrea; three grandchildren,

Jessica, Caitlyn and Brandon; her mother, Anne Broesky; seven brothers and seven sisters; and friend Bill Feschuk.

Viewing was held Friday, Aug. 13, 2004 and the service was held Saturday, Aug. 14 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, Winnipeg, Man. Cremation has taken place.


Surrounded by his loving family, Eddy peacefully passed away at the St Boniface Hospital, Aug. 21, 2004 at the age of 78 years.

Eddy was born March 26, 1926, in St. Joseph, Man., one of 13 children. He shared 54 years with his wife, Eva Sarrasin, with whom he had nine children that he loved very much. He was a man of great faith, whose trust in Our Blessed Mother was for him a source of strength and hope. He was a very hardworking man, who always had more than one job at a time. He was proud to have been a member of the Army, spent most of his life helping out his neighbors. Eddy was a member of the Legion and an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. He really enjoyed his 15 winters in Arizona.

He was predeceased by his son Alfred, his son-in-law Fernand, his parents, eight brothers and one sister.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Eva; Diane (feu Fernand Martin), André (Debbie Kidd), Richard (Carmen Rivard), Sr. Marie (Filles de la Croix), Line (Denis Bouchard), Annette (Roger Bouchard), Claude (Jacqueline Turenne), Monique (Norman Bouchard) and Sr. Evelyn Pierret which he lovingly adopted as his eldest, 23 grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his three sisters, Rita (Leon), Clara, Georgina; sisters-in-law, Angela, Marie, Madeleine (Tony) and Hermine (Adelard); and brother-in-law Noël.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Aug. 26, 3 p.m., at St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church in La Broquerie, Man. The interment will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care they received from all health workers who have helped them through this difficult period. Special thanks to Father Louis Vielfaure and Father Roland Lanoie for being with them at the end of Eddy's earthly journey. Merci to Sr. Laurette Lagassé and the Filles de la Croix for taking such good care of us at our time of need.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Missions of the Filles de la Croix, 66 Moore Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2C4.

We love you very much, papa and grand-père! Repose-toi bien dans les bras de la Vierge Marie!

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.


It was with deepest sorrow that Elizabeth (Betty) Giesbrecht passed away at Bethesda Hospital, Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, with her family by her side, after a brief battle with cancer, at the age of 52.

She will be sadly missed by her husband Klaas of 30 years; their three children, Julie (Garrick) and their children Colten, Ethan, Haley and Kayla; Marc (Christine) and their children Casey and Deegan; and Kathryn (Jason). Elizabeth is also survived by her parents, Peter and Agatha Friesen; and siblings, Peter (Kathy), Jake (Marge), Neil (Becky), Martha (Willie), Daniel (Judy), Lois (John); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom was born Aug. 11, 1952 in St. Pierre, Man. She married our dad on July 21, 1974 and they had 30 happy years and three loving children together. She was baptized upon confession of her faith at the age of 20 and they attended the CMC Church all their married life.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Aug. 25 at the Steinbach Chortitzer Mennonite Church, with interment at Heritage Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Gideons would be appreciated. Although we miss our loving wife and mother we know she is in a beautiful place where there is no more suffering and pain.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.

June 8, 1921 - Aug. 22, 2004

Peacefully surrounded by his family, our beloved husband,

father, grandfather and great-grandfather gently passed away into the arms of our Lord.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Susie Doerksen; his seven children: Jake (Esther) Doerksen; George (Sadie) Doerksen, Kathy (Peter) Penner, Henry Doerksen, Anita (John) Funk, John (Dolores) Doerksen and Helen (Ken) Klippenstein; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-

grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Dad was predeceased by one daughter Susanna in 1948; one great-grandson Bradey in 1996; his parents, Jacob and Aganetha Doerksen; and three brothers, Henry, George and Peter.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., with a devotional to follow at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Friday, Aug. 27, 2004 at 2 p.m.

The family would like to thank Dr. Roy Strank and the nursing staff at the St. Pierre Hospital for their care and compassion during Dad's short stay.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jacob's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel.


Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at the Villa in Ste. Anne, Man., Holger died as he lived, simply and peacefully.

He leaves to mourn his dear friends, Ellen and Louise, and their families.

Holger was born Feb. 1, 1897 in Denmark. He immigrated to Canada as a young man in 1923. He settled in Ross, Man., where he farmed until he moved to Richer with Yvette Godard, his caregiver, in 1997. His final years were spent at Villa Youville in Ste. Anne, from 2000 until his death.

Holger epitomized the meaning of friendship. He especially connected with children and animals. He was generous on a large scale with donations of money to the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre and on a smaller scale of rabbits to children. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Sincere thanks are extended to Yvette Godard, Sister Rioux and all the employees of Ward D at the Villa Youville for the heartwarming care that was afforded to our friend in his final years.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, 10 a.m., at Green Acres Funeral Home, Hwy. 1E at Navin Road, with viewing one half hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Green Acres Cemetery.

Green Acres Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Esther passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004 at the Victoria General Hospital after a dignified and courageous battle with cancer. Her beloved husband John was at her side.

She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Magdalena Wohlgemuth; brothers, Ben, Albert; sister Henrietta; and sister-in-law Lena.

Esther is survived by her husband John; her children, Tamera (Irv) and Michele (Chris); and her grandchildren, Alexander, Nicole, Samantha and Andrew.

Left to mourn are her brothers and sisters, Henry, Jake (Viola), Melvin (Lois), Elmer (Tina), Linda, sister-in-law Nellie and `special sister' Mary. Also John's brothers and sisters, Mary, Minna, Peter (Caroline), George (Kathy), Eddie (Lydia), Wilma, Anna (Bill), and Valida (Victor) and many nieces and nephews.

Esther was born in Winnipeg, Man., Oct. 21, 1936. She was chosen to enter the Wohlgemuth family on Aug. 24, 1937. She grew up on a farm outside of Landmark, Man. Esther married John Loewen on July 15, 1961 in Steinbach, Man. Together they operated a mixed farm outside of Steinbach. They loved to travel and visited many countries around the world. Esther enjoyed wintering with her husband in Mesa, Arizona for many years. After she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early March, 2002, Esther and John enjoyed several cruises with friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, 2 p.m., at the Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church, 500 Lagimodiere Blvd.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of the Oncology Department of the St. Boniface General Hospital, the staff of the Intensive Care Unit of the Victoria General Hospital, Dr. Soni and Dr. Varma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, Box 2248 Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9.

Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery in care of arrangements.


Levi J. Toews of Steinbach, Man., formerly of Winnipeg, Man., passed away peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004 at the age of 86. He will be sadly missed by his wife Katherine; children, Deanna (Tim) Treadway of Kenora, Ont., Gloria (Henry) Foth of Abbotsford, B.C., and Dolores (Murray) Dunn of Winnipeg, Man.; two granddaughters, Nikki and Natalie; six grandsons, Daniel, Daryl, Jason, David, Richard and Michael; two sisters, Rose Penner of Surrey, B.C., Erna Isaac of Steinbach; and one brother, Harvey Toews of Toronto, Ont.

Levi was born Jan. 6, 1918 and grew up on a farm with eight sisters and two brothers in Greenland, Man. He married his sweet wife Katherine Kroeker of Steinbach, Aug. 8, 1948.

Levi's greatest treasures were his wife, children and grandchildren. Hs passion in life was to help people and to be an encourager to them. He was very involved in the Braeside Evangelical Mennonite Church, serving as deacon for 35 years and in the most recent years singing with the Keenagers Choir. Friends, family, missionaries and many times strangers were always welcome around their dinner table. He also enjoyed reading and traveling with his family, visiting friends and relatives along the way.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m., at Braeside EMC in Winnipeg.

We know that when he reached those pearly gates his Heavenly Father said, "Well done my good and faithful servant!"

We extend a special thank you to the staff of the Health Sciences Centre ICU for their care and compassion.

Donations in his memory may be made to Evangelical Mennonite Church Missions, 440 Main St., Steinbach, MB, R5G 1Z5.

Arrangements entrusted to: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.


Dad was born in 1915 in Rosenhof, north of Morris, Man. There he attended school until the age of 13 and then worked on the family farm. His parents were the Bernhard R. Duecks. At age 9 Dad began his life of faith and was baptized in 1936 in the Rosenort Kleine Gemeinde Church.

At age 27, during World War II, Dad served as a conscientious objector. This was a memorable experience that remained part of him all his life. (His experiences as a C.O. are written up in the Henry L. Friesen book.)

Our mother and dad were married in 1944. Dad was 29 when he proposed to our mother, Mrs. Katherine Friesen, who was widowed and had six children. It was a marriage of faith in which Mom and Dad spent endless hours in prayer as they raised a large family.

In the 1940s Dad had been very supportive of the many people who moved to Mexico at that time. Much later in 1965 the family moved to Fisher Branch in the Interlake. Dad was drawn by the possibility of more land, a more conservative church, and a growing opportunity for Christian outreach. Dad enjoyed visiting people who were sick or lonely, giving out Christian literature and sharing his faith in the community.

Dad was song leader in the church for most of his life, and he took great pleasure in singing, which served as encouragement and an expression of faith both in good times and in times of trouble. He also took great pleasure in wild nature. Dad also enjoyed writing. He wrote news articles for several church related papers, he wrote a lot of poetry, and took a special interest in recording genealogy and our family history. In much of his writings Dad emphasized principles of faith such as stewardship, abstaining from worldly living and following "the narrow way which leadeth unto life."

When Dad retired in 1977 he spent the next 20 years looking after Mom because of her dementia and other health problems. He approached his caregiver role with love, enduring capacity, often humour, and always with abiding faith. Because of her condition there were many years when they were not able to live together. One of Dad's unfulfilled dreams was to live with her in the Woodhaven apartments.

Dad lived in Rest Haven for several years enjoying moderately good health, until a few weeks ago. Then he began to suffer from internal bleeding, kidney and heart complications. Then, peacefully, on Thursday morning, Sept. 2, four days short of his 89th birthday, he passed from among our midst to meet his God whom he served.

Dad is survived by children, Erna (the late Pete Klassen), Helen (Frank) Plett, Edward (Leona), Fred (Doris), Hilda (Bernie) Brandt, Norman (Catarina), Bert (Helen), Bernie (Marie) and Allan (Rose); 34 grandchildren and 67 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings, Annie (the late Isaac Brandt) of Manitoba, Tina (the late John J. Reimer), Willie (Betty) of Manitoba, Eva (Klaas) Reimer of Belize and Menno (Liesbeth) of Mexico.

Dad was predeceased by his wife Katherine (1998); daughter Bertha Friesen; son-in-law Pete A. Klassen; his parents, Bernhard R. and Anna Dueck; and 13 brothers and sisters.

The family wishes to especially thank Dr. Krahn and the nurses at Bethesda Hospital, the Rest Haven staff and Chaplain Mary Dyck for their care of Dad.

The funeral service was held Sept. 6, 2004 at the Rosenort Evangelical Mennonite Church in Rosenort, Man. Interment in the church cemetery.

Donations in Dad's memory can be made to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, 400 - 280 Smith Street, Box 767, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2L4.

Ephesians 2:8-10: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

- The Family

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.


Harvey R. Plett of Giroux, Man. passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 6, at the age of 66 years and 10 months. He was diagnosed with cancer in early August.

He was predeceased by daughter Marlyce; his parents, Ben R. and Katherine Plett; sister-in-law Marilyn; three nephews and one niece.

Harvey is survived by his wife Anne; children, Vincent, Lavina (Conrad), Deanard (Lori) and Heather; grandchildren, Starr, Benjamin, Deanna, Candace, Derrek and Mitchel. Also left to mourn are his brothers and sisters, Elsie (Ben), Erwin (Ester), Leo (Betty), Reuben (Edna), Menno (Jessie), Wilmer (Marion), Margaret (Jake), Bernie (Elaine), Laverna (Allan), Allan (Mavis) and Patrick (Grace).

Harvey was born Nov. 8, 1937. He worked as a farmer, trucker, on road construction, and more recently as a councillor for the RM of Ste. Anne. Sept. 4, 1960 he married Annie Wiens of Winkler.

Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Friday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., with a devotional to follow at 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m., at Blumenort EMC, with interment to follow at Ridgewood EMC cemetery.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the doctors and nursing staff at Ste. Anne Hospital.

Donations may be made to the AWANA programs, available at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.

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