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MANITOBA - Steinbach - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 16

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Suddenly, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man., James Grant Harel of Marchand, Man., passed away at the age of 33 years.

After having spent Friday celebrating their fifth anniversary, James and his beloved wife Angela planned to spend Saturday together gathering firewood. Their plans were harshly disrupted after James was stung by a bee, to which he took a serious reaction, resulting in his untimely demise.

Besides his loving wife Angela, he is survived by his son Anthony and stepson Michael; his parents, Armand Sr. and Joan Harel of Marchand; sister Cecile (Armand) Verrier of Winnipeg, Man., brother Armand Jr. (Val) of Marchand; parents-in-law, Abe and Tina Teichroeb of Steinbach; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Daphne in 1998.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, 11 a.m. at the Gospel Chapel in La Broquerie, with Pastor Jim Humphries officiating. James was laid to rest in the Marchand Cemetery, in his home community. Friends paid their last respects Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002 7 to 8 p.m. at the Marchand Community Church, and also the following day at the Gospel Chapel in La Broquerie, prior to the service.

Should friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of James, to the Association for Community Living, Box 730, Steinbach, MB R0A 2A0.

"The Lord is my Shepherd"

Psalm 23

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.


Suddenly, Sept. 24, 2002, Peter Froese, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 65.

Peter was born in Steinbach, Man., Aug. 29, 1937 and spent his childhood years on the family farm in Grunthal, Man. He was baptized upon confession of faith in June of 1958 at the Elim Mennonite Church and was married to Jessie Kornelson on June 7, 1959. The couple began their life together in Winnipeg, Man., as Peter worked at a meat packing plant. After two years, they returned to Grunthal to raise their family. Peter took over the farm from his parents in 1972 and continued farming until the day of his passing. He was awarded for his agricultural prowess in 2000 when his homestead was voted as a Pioneer Grain Canadian Farm Family of the Month.

In addition to his farming duties, he participated in a variety of organizations and was devoted to local politics. For 12 years, Peter served as the Ward 6 councillor for the RM of Hanover, and was intent upon securing another four-year term in the upcoming municipal election. His flair for politics was enhanced by his personable nature, dedication and perseverance. His commitment to the community was further exemplified by his appointments to the South-East Veterinary Board, the South East Soil Conservation Organization, the South East Waste Disposal and Management organization, the gas board, the Local Urban District of Grunthal, and the Lion's Club of Grunthal to name a few.

He was also an usher at the Elim Church in Grunthal, and participated for many years at the Recreation Conference for Community Volunteers each winter in Brandon. His favorite volunteer endeavor was serving as a member of the Grunthal Arena Board. Peter was also influential in the foundation of the Grunthal Centennial Park and Pool in 1967, and remained supportive of the facility by securing grants and donations as it has since expanded to include the nationally acclaimed Grunthal Centennial Raceway.

In addition to his accomplished career and many responsibilities, no commitment was greater than the one to his family. Peter traveled far and wide to support his family in their athletic, educational, and personal pursuits. He enjoyed travel, taking his children across western Canada and the northern United States on family holidays. Peter and Jessie also enjoyed winter vacations in Mexico, where he liked to fish and watch satellite television, both commodities not found on the farm. He was frequently seen at local sporting events, whether to watch his own children and grandchildren or other friends.

His compassionate nature was appreciated by many people who he cared for during the years, including two foster children, Gloria and Jim. He was known to allow employees to stay at his home for free room and board during the haying season. It was in appreciation of his hard-working employees that the infamous 'barn parties' were created. Many provincial school children were welcomed at the Froese farm because of Peter's dedication to the Manitoba Farm Tour organization and the promotion of agriculture awareness to the general public.

Peter's influence can be attributed to his work ethic, eagerness and honesty. He demanded the best from himself, and believed that others could achieve the same. His passion for life was reflected by the intensity with which he pursued all his endeavors. There is unlikely to be an area of community life which Peter's influence has not permeated. He was a wise visionary whose empathetic nature will be sadly missed.

Peter leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Jessie; five children, Edwin (Maryann) Froese, Beverly (Eddie) Pylypjuk, Bradley (Kim) Froese and Jody (Robert) Krentz, all of Grunthal, and Lisa (Darcy) Gryba of Mitchell, Man.; 14 grandchildren, Sidney, Robyn, Shelby, Christy, Allison, Heidi, Gavin, Randi, Cody, Denton, Winston, Colten, Kori and Jayde. He is also survived by his father, Peter W. Froese; three sisters, Betty (Leonard) Friesen, Nettie (John) Wiens, and Helen (Benny) Friesen; and one brother, Ron (Yolanda) Froese.

Peter was predeceased by his mother Helen Froese Sept. 4, 2001.

The viewing will take place Friday, Sept. 27, 6:30 -8 p.m., with the meditation commencing at 8 p.m. at the Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m. at the Bergthaler Mennonite Church in Grunthal with Pastor Ed Wiebe officiating. Interment will follow at the Grunthal Cemetery.

In his honor, donations may be made to the Grunthal Community Centre (Arena).

Arrangements entrusted to the Loewen Funeral Chapel Ltd., Steinbach.


Tina Regehr passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002 at Bethesda Place in Steinbach, Man., after a long and full life. She was born Jan. 28, 1905 in Munsterberg, Russia to Kornelius and Katherina Warkentin. Her father passed away when Tina was 1 year of age. At the age of 14 she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, put her trust in Him, and never waivered in her faith.

Nov. 1, 1923 Tina married Henry Regehr, with whom she shared 70 happy years of marriage. Together they built a Christ-centered and loving home. In 1925 their first daughter, Katie was born in Russia. Henry, Tina and baby Katie left Russia in 1926. They moved to Foam Lake, Sask., where four additional children were born. In Foam Lake the Regehrs were instrumental in starting a small church, and built many friendships there.

In 1948 Henry and Tina moved to and settled in Steinbach, Man., where they operated a poultry farm for many years. The Regehrs were active in the Steinbach MB church, serving as pastor couple for 13 years. Tina will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who was loved and respected in return. She was always busy with handwork. The homes of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are evidence of this, with many an afghan and tablecloth adorning their homes.

Tina was predeceased by her husband, Rev. H.A. Regehr, Dec. 2, 1993. She is survived by four daughters and one son: Katie (Alwin) Wiebe of Abbotsford, B.C.; Louise (Helmut) Janzen of Abbotsford B.C.; Esther (George) Bergmann of Steinbach; Edward (Rosemarie) Regehr of Holcomb, Wisconsin; Wilma (Herb) Poetker of Winnipeg, Man.; 23 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service for Tina Regehr will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, 10 a.m., at the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church. Interment will be held at the Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach.

Viewing will take place at the Birchwood Funeral Chapel Friday, Sept. 27, 7-8 p.m., with a short devotional, and at the church prior to the service. Donations may be made to Family Life Network, available at the church. The family wishes to thank the staff at Bethesda Place, Chaplain Larry Hirst, and Dr. Wilf Kaethler for their kind and compassionate care during mother's stay.

Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, in care of arrangements.


Peacefully, Oct. 2, 2002, at the Bethesda Personal Care Home, Annie Szeliga, formerly of Whitemouth Lake, Man., beloved wife of Andrew Szeliga (deceased), passed away at the age of 81 years.

Annie Szeliga (nee Annie Hovorka) was born and raised in the Whitemouth Lake district. She married Andrew Szeliga Sept. 4, 1942 and they moved to the Sudbury, Ont. area. Their first two children were born there. They were Judy and Dave.

In 1947 they moved back to Whitemouth Lake and took over the family farm. They had two more children, Ron and Betty and lived there till November of 1993.

Family and her belief in God were uppermost on Annie's list of life priorities. Annie loved being a wife and homemaker. Her family benefited from her love of gardening, canning, baking, cooking, serving and reading. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were precious treasures to her loving heart.

Predeceased by her parents, Anton and Maria Hovorka and one brother, Frank Hovorka, she leaves to mourn her passing, four children: Judy (Marc) Zimmerman of Whitemouth Lake, Dave Szeliga of Whitemouth Lake, Ron (Jean) Szeliga of Fort Frances, Ont., Betty (Ken) Leitner of Sapawe, Ont.; 14 grandchildren: Lorne, Renata, Lena; Rita, Deanna, Dori, Jackie, Becky, Patti; Jenny, Jason, Thomas; Hydie and Leif; and 15 great-grandchildren: Nick, Andrew, Garret, Micayla; Shae-Lynn, Logan; Kayla, Darrien: Shylaine, Karmen, Katrina, Joshua, Jessica, Jewel-Lee and Jerika.

Also surviving are two brothers: Tony Hovorka of Rainy River, Ont., Joe (Lily) Hovorka of Whitemouth Lake; and many nieces and nephews. She was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 at Bethesda Personal Care Home, Steinbach, Man.


Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002 at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach, Man., Elizabeth Dueck of the Menno Home in Grunthal, Man., passed away at the age of 82 years.

She leaves to cherish her memory one sister Justina Giesbrecht; two sisters-in-law Susana Kehler, Anna Dueck; one brother-in-law Johan U. Ginter; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents Jacob D. and Maria Dueck; two sisters, Maria Klassen, Katherina Ginter' six brothers, Jacob, Abram, Isaak, Diedrich, Peter, Wilhelm.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, 2 p.m., at the Steinbach CMC Church, with Pastor John Wiebe and Pastor Ed Wiebe officiating. Interment followed in the Rosengard Cemetery. Viewing was held Wednesday, Oct. 9, between 7-8 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel and at the church prior to the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.


It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jack Krasniuk, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002 at his home at Sundown, Man., at the age of 88 years.

He was born Nov. 21, 1913 in Lonesand, Man.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary on Nov. 3, 1995.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters and their families: Bill (Amalia), their children Sheldon (Edith) and great-grandson Nicolas, Sherry (friend Daniel); Paul (Adele) and their children Jonathan, Richard and Rebecca; Olga (Bert) Goossen; Peter, Lillian (Victor) Swiatkevich.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, 10:30 a.m. at Loewen Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jeff Romas officiating. Interment followed in the Ridgeland Cemetery.

Pallbearers for the service were Bill Krasniuk, Paul Krasniuk, Sheldon Krasniuk, Jonathan Krasniuk, Victor Swiatkevich, Richard Krasniuk.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach, Man.


Peacefully, with his family at his side, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, Bob passed away at the age of 27 years.

Bob is survived by his mother Doris, father Daniel, sister Melanie, grandmother Marie Prevost and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Philip Prevost. Bob was born in Granby, Quebec June 28, 1975. Growing up he loved sports. He played hockey and baseball, but also coached different teams and was a softball referee for a number of years. He was a huge fan of professional sports. He would organize many sport "pools" with his friends. Bob enjoyed collecting and trading sports memorabilia with his dad.

After high school, Bob enjoyed the challenge of a welding course at the Massey Vanier Vocational School in Cowansville, Quebec.

Following graduation he moved to Sprague, Man. where he made many good friends and started working at Premier Horticulture. He enjoyed his job operating tractors and interacting with his fellow employees.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing - especially ice fishing. He had even started a local hunting club, Birds, Bucks & Bass, where they would organize a Big Buck Weigh In during the hunting season. He was also a fan of karaoke. Bob and friends would meet up at the local bar and take turns going up and singing songs.

To his many friends Bob will be remembered for his fun loving, easygoing nature, his caring and helpful attitude and for his fascinating stories. His hearty laughter and classic smile will always be lovingly remembered.

Bob will be dearly missed, but will forever remain in the hearts of his family and friends.

The family wishes to thank the M.I.C.U. staff at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre and everyone who came to show support and comfort during Bob's illness.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church in South Junction, Man.

Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel of Steinbach.


Jacob Penner Martens, 85, of Grunthal, Man., passed away peacefully Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 at Menno Home in Grunthal. He is survived by one son, Rodney; three daughters: Verna (Gordon) Neufeld, Trudy (Abe) Esau, Mintie (Al) Grienke; one daughter-in-law, Helen (John) Dyck; 10 grandsons, seven granddaughters and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Anne Wiebe; and one brother, Cornelius Martens.

Jacob was predeceased by one son, Ken in 1990 and one grandson, Mallory in 1991.

The funeral service for the late Jacob P. Martens was held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002 at the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, Grunthal, Man. Interment at Grunthal Cemetery.

In memory of Jacob, donations may be made to The Menno Home Foundation, Box 280, Grunthal, MB R0A 0R0.

May you rest in peace!

- The Family

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.


On the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, our Dad, Mr. Josef Vajdl, age 75, of Steinbach, Man., passed away peacefully.

He leaves to mourn six children: Ben Vajdl (Mary), Kathy Friesen (Stan), Joey Vajdl (Rachelle), Bill Vajdl, Tom Vajdl (Dawn), and Helen Vajdl. He also leaves to mourn his grandchildren: Bernard, Candace, Eric, Wayne, Lainie, Ashley, Shey-Marie, and Austin.

He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Eleonore (March 2002), and three grandchildren, Andrew Friesen (July 1984), Crystal and Bryden Towns (September 1999).

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, 2:30 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.

Now you have gone to a better place to be with Mom.

We love and miss you Dad!

Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach.

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