Martha Suess, 62, of Mitchell, Man., died peacefully March 9, 2004, at her home.
She was born Dec. 18, 1941 in Steinbach, Man., to Martin H. and Annie Friesen.
April 17, 1965, she married Stan Suess in Steinbach. They lived in Thompson, Man., before moving to Atikokan, Ont., and finally to the Steinbach area.
Martha began her teaching career in Thompson, where her passion to teach Native children was realized and her implementation of an ESL program set her apart as a pioneer in Manitoba ESL instruction. After taking a 10-year leave to have her four children, she was employed by the Hanover School Division as a substitute, ESL and resource teacher, before accepting the principalship at South Oaks School in Grunthal, and finally Mitchell Elementary School.
Surpassing her passion for education was her commitment to her Heavenly Father and the truths of His Word. Her acceptance of God's unconditional love and forgiveness compelled her to share this good news with others through her involvement in her own church, the community and abroad.
Survivors include her husband Stan; two sons, Greg of St. Pierre, Man., and Andrew of Montreal, Que.; two daughters, Jennifer of Vancouver, B.C. and Carrie (Nathan) of North Platte, NE; two granddaughters; one brother, Paul (Carol) of Abbotsford, B.C.; and three sisters, Anne of Steinbach, Helen (Jake) of Virden, Man., and Margaret (Gordon) of Winnipeg, Man.
She was predeceased by her parents, Martin H. and Annie Friesen, and her infant sister Anne.
Viewing will take place at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Friday, March 12, 2004, 7 p.m., with a devotional at 8 p.m. The funeral service will take place Saturday, March 13, 2 p.m., at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, Steinbach.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, Cancer Research, 409 Tache, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 2A6.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 150 Penfeld Dr., Steinbach, Man.
Surrounded by loving family, Anna Warkentin passed away March 8 at St Boniface Hospital.
Anna Warkentin was born Dec. 10, 1927, to her parents, Gertrude (nee Penner) and Peter B. Rempel, in the village of Gnadenthal, southern Ukraine, USSR, the youngest of 10 children.
The Rempel family, together with many others, joined the Great Trek in October 1943 and fled westward. They settled in the Werthegau, Poland area, and later at Rugen Island.
After a year and three months in the East-Germany zone, with the help of her brother Peter and his friend, Anna crossed the border from East Germany into West Germany during a night escape.
In Gronau, West Germany, Anna met MCC personnel. She took catechism classes, was baptized upon confession of faith and accepted into the Mennonite Church on Dec. 7, 1947. On that same day, Anna learned that, after being sent to Siberia by the Soviets, her parents had starved to death. With the help of MCC personnel and Anna's cousin and sponsors, Lena and Peter Ewert of Elm Creek, Man., Anna was able to come to Canada and arrived Aug. 4, 1948. She worked there until her travel debt was paid, then went to Watrous, Sask., to visit an aunt whom she had never seen before, and found work in the hospital, until she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She was admitted to a sanatorium in Saskatoon, Sask., where she spent more than two years. After being discharged, she moved to Winnipeg, Man., where her two brothers resided. She found work in the St. Boniface Sanatorium and worked there for 15 years. It was here that the Lord closed one door and opened another.
Through the leading of the Lord, Anna met a middle-aged man and on May 3, 1969, married him, a widower with seven children. After selling the farm in 1974, Dietrich and Anna built a house two miles northwest of Grunthal, Man., where they lived for 25 years until they moved into an apartment in the summer of 1999. Since 1979, when her two sisters were able to move from Pavlodau, USSR, to Germany, she made nine trips overseas to visit them.
Anna was predeceased by her parents, four brothers, two sisters, and one grandchild; she lost two brothers who went missing in the USSR and who have never been heard from since.
Anna is survived by her loving husband Dietrich; seven children: Helene Friesen of Winnipeg, Hildegarde and John Toews of Grunthal, Peter and Bridget Warkentin of Grunthal, Fred Warkentin of Calgary, Alta., Hermina and Len Janz of Grunthal, Elinor Warkentin and Dhanook Singh of Vancouver, B.C., John and Regina Warkentin of Omaha, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Maria Rempel, in Germany; one sister-in-law, Margaret Rempel, in Winnipeg; and many friends and relatives.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, March 13, 1 p.m., at the Grunthal Bergthaler Mennonite Church in Grunthal. Public viewing will be held Friday, March 12, 7 p.m., at the Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of her memory to MCC Manitoba
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
DAVID D. FALK
Very peacefully, at his home in Niverville, Man. our dad went to meet his Lord and Saviour, Saturday morning, March 6, 2004 at the age of 95 years and eight days.
Dad was born in Steinfeld, Ukraine on Feb. 27, 1909. In 1911, the family, with many others, moved to the new settlement of Arkadak, which was about 400 miles from Moscow. Here Dad spent his childhood and youth. It was a beautiful and fruitful countryside. It was here that a spiritual awakening broke out in the village and Dad had the opportunity to give his life over to the Lord and accept Him as his personal Saviour.
For some time thereafter, the political situation stayed rather calm and the people were able to assemble for Bible study, prayer meetings and services.
In the autumn of 1929, many men were being arrested and sent to Siberia. It was time to move. Dad's father had died and so his mother and siblings packed a few things, left for Moscow, and as soon as permission was given, they were on their way to Germany. After seven months in Germany, the family was given exit visas and they were on their way to Canada. The family arrived in Manitoba at the end of June, 1930. It was a new beginning and they rejoiced that the Lord had so graciously delivered them out of the land of bondage. The family settled in the Niverville area.
Dad met Helena Unruh, who had also immigrated from Russia, and they were married on Oct. 9, 1932. They moved onto the farm which son Don is still farming. What a difficult beginning! There was no money from any source, debt from their emigration had to be paid, and it was in the depths of the Great Depression. Dad worked for $5 a month and barley was 11 cents a bushel. But they were free, and they were young and full of hope. Things soon became easier. Dad and Mom farmed here until February of 1977, when they took up residence in Niverville. Dad continued to be an integral part of the farm, even though it was in the capable hands of his youngest son, Don. Farming was Dad's passion to the end of his life.
In June of 1980, his beloved Helena predeceased him. He was also predeceased by a son in 1978 and a daughter-in-law in 1986.
Dad will be remembered for his commitment to his Heavenly Father and the truths of His Word. God's unconditional love and forgiveness helped Dad to share this good news with others through his involvement in his own church, the community and abroad.
We rejoice with Dad's homegoing, but he will be sadly missed by his two sons: Walter and family, Don (Brenda) and family of Landmark, Man.: four daughters: Elfrieda and Ruth of Niverville, Irene (Peter) Dyck and family of Winkler, Man., Betty Ann (Edwin) Heinrichs and family of Niverville; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill and Jake of Niverville; and two sisters, Mary (John) Penner of Ontario and Betty Koslowsky of Winnipeg; also a host of friends and relatives.
Viewing took place at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at 7 p.m., with a short devotional at 7:30 p.m. A celebration of Dad's life was held Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 2 p.m., at Fourth Ave. Bible Church, Niverville, with interment in the Niverville Cemetery.
We, the family, would like to thank Dr. Thiessen for his loving and compassionate care, the staff (first floor) of Steinbach Bethesda Hospital for the freedom we were given in visitation time during Dad's stay, from Jan. 2 to 28, to the home care nurses for their gentleness when they changed Dad's dressings on his legs. Thank you and God bless you all.
In lieu of flowers, should friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Dad to Simonhouse Bible Camp, Box 250, Cranberry Portage, MB R0B 0H0.
Arrangements entrusted to Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Man.
KRISTIN LEE-ANN OSIKA
Kristin Lee-Ann Osika was born to Franklin and Elaine Osika on Nov. 12, 1982, in Regina, Sask. She was the second child of four.
Kristin began school in Buchanan, Sask. in 1987 and went to Canora School after the closing down of Buchanan School. She graduated from Canora Composite High School in the class of 2000. After graduation she attended the University of Regina. After completing one year of university she followed her family to Richer, Man. In Manitoba, she tried out several career paths, from chicken wrangling to burger flipping, before deciding that education was the way to go. She enrolled in business classes at Red River College. She took a job at Safeway Gas Bar and quickly became assistant manager, while she sought to complete her education.
Kristin's cheerful personality and kind attitude has touched the hearts of everyone she met, from a little elderly man who would bring her homemade jam, to various friends, old and new.
Kristin's greatest joy was being an aunty to her nephew Derek. Many of her days off she would spend chauffeuring him around to McDonald's and the toy stores. Though she was on a tight budget, she always found room in it to spoil Derek rotten. She even had a huge bag of toys and presents for his upcoming birthday. She never could make up her mind, so she just bought it all.
Family was very important to Kristin. She spent countless weekends playing board games and watching movies with her family. She was always a pleasure to be around, but not the best person to watch a movie with. She would laugh hysterically through all the critical parts. When playing board games she would always take pity on her little brothers and tell the rest of us not to pick on them (she didn't win often, but Adam sure did).
Kristin always wanted to help everyone. She sponsored a little boy in Brazil through World Vision. She donated to various charities and gave blood on a regular basis. She also made up Christmas boxes for underprivileged children. She has touched many people's lives in various ways and will be greatly loved and missed by everyone.
Kristin leaves to mourn her passing, her mother Elaine; father Frank; sister Marcy; brothers, Mark and Adam; nephew Derek; 13 uncles; 12 aunts; many cousins; and a multitude of friends.
The family thanks you sincerely for sharing in their sorrow. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated and will always be remembered.
(1937 - 2004)
Lillian Friesen, age 66, of Moose Jaw, Sask., formerly of Kleefeld, Man., died March 9, 2004 of cancer at the Extendicare Nursing Home. She will be sadly missed by four brothers, five sisters, in-laws, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Lillian was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Viewing was held Sunday, March 14, 2004, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Funeral service and interment were held at Kleefeld EMC, Monday, March 15, 2004, at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Wilbert Friesen officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel,
STEPHEN (STEVE) BUDEY
Peacefully, in blessed sleep, at the DeSalaberry District Health Centre in St. Pierre, Man., March 15, 2004, Stephen (Steve) Budey went to be with his heavenly Father.
He is survived by his beloved wife Elsie (Zaporozan) of 51 years; four daughters: Gloria (Jerry) Chubaty, Theresa (Larry) Chubaty, Stephanie, Debra Kantimere; two sons: Donald (Linda), Robert (Karen); 11 grandchildren: Jeffrey (Rachel), Ryan (Christine), Wesley, Heather, Mark, Laurie (Brad), Tammy, Leah (Michael), Ashley, Robyn, Lauren; three great-grandchildren: Robert, Eric, Austin; mother-in-law: Theresa Zaporozan; one sister: Jennie Skrinski; one brother-in-law: Lawrence (Audrey) Zaporozan; and many friends and relatives.
He was born in Western Ukraine on Jan. 9, 1927, to John and Anna Budey. At a young age he came to Canada to start his new life in Rosa, Man. He married, raised a family, and worked on the farm all his life. He also was involved in various public and community affairs.
Steve was a councilor for the RM of Franklin for several years. He enjoyed being a school bus driver, watching his children receive an education, later becoming a trustee for the Boundary School Division. He also was an agent for Co-Operators Insurance and St. Nicholas Mutual Benefit Association. His dedication throughout life involved community service, which included the Holy Eucharist Church, Roseau River Park, and Shevchenko Ukrainian Center. Dad's pride and joy were his farm, family gatherings and socializing with many friends and neighbors. You are loved and will be sadly missed and never forgotten.
Prayers were said Wednesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., at Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man., and Mass of the Resurrection was held Thursday, March 18, 10:30 a.m., at the Holy Eucharist Church in Rosa, with Rev. Deacon Leon Twerdun officiating. Interment took place at the parish cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of the DeSalaberry Health Centre for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man
NIESJE VERSTOEP (nee Boer)
Niesje Verstoep passed away at her residence, March 11, 2004, at the age of 65 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Arie Verstoep; sons, Peter (Debbie), Maarten (Amy); daughter Desiree (Todd); grandchildren: Joshua, Mattheus, Thomas, Madison and Logan; and one brother, Jan Boer.
Niesje was predeceased by grandson Justin Hicks in 2003, and her parents in the Netherlands.
The family would like to thank Joanne and Theo van Castricum, Piet and Maria Vlaming and Dr. Minnaar.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 16, 2004 at Loewen Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Man., at 11 a.m., with viewing one hour prior to the service. Pastor Bruce Martin of Calvary Temple of Winnipeg was officiating. Interment has taken place at the Heritage Cemetery
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the A.L.S. Foundation or to the Benny Hinn Ministries.
Arrangements entrusted to Loewen Funeral Chapel Steinbach, Man.
Dan Stefanyshyn passed away April 3, 2004 in the Campbell River Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 72 years young.
Dan is survived by his loving wife Margaret, of 42 years; son, Raymond (Keli); granddaughter, Grace; daughter, Audrey (Rob) Fuccenecco; grandchildren: Brittany, Braeden, and Ashley; sisters, Stella (the late Louis)
McKinnon of Toronto, Ont., Ann (Bill) Zinyk, Nellie (late Ron) Krisko, Carol (Walter) Henzel, all of Winnipeg, Man., Veronica (Al) Druel of Yorkton, Sask. and brother Tony (Jean) Stefanyshyn of Hadashville, Man.
He was predeceased by his father in 1967, brother Mike in 1973, mother in 1975, and a brother in infancy.
Dan was born in Hadashville on Nov. 1, 1931. He then moved to Winnipeg and worked there for a few years. He decided to go west to Ocean Falls, BC in 1995, and worked there for Crown Zellerbach (pulp and paper mill) for 11 years, and was transferred to Campbell River, BC in 1965. Dan worked there until his retirement in 1997.
Dan enjoyed spending time with his beloved family. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, and collecting firewood. Dan liked things neat and tidy and spent many hours in his shop, having coffee with some of the guys from work, playing bocci, golf, auction sales, and garage sales. He was also a very good mechanic. Dan and Margaret enjoyed many trips to Manitoba, Hawaii and Reno.
He will be sadly missed by his family, numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends he has made throughout the years.
Funeral services were held at the Campbell River United Church, 415 Pinecrest Rd., Tuesday, April 13, at 2 p.m.
Sutton’s in care of arrangements.