Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituary: Peter J. Thiessen


Peter J. Thiessen

Peter J. Thiessen passed into the presence of his heavenly Father on Dec. 8, 2018, at the Portage General Hospital at the age of 87.

He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife of 66 years, Susie; his children, Mary Ann (Terry) Smith, Beverly (Leonard) Funk, daughter-in-law Debbie Thiessen, Jerry (Sherry) Thiessen, Randy Thiessen, Karen (Ken) Nicholls, and Laura McLeod; as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cory (Dana) Thiessen, Ella, Owen and Hazel; Marcie (Jeff) Rudyk, Riley and Joshua; Kristen Funk, Tarryn and Noah; Tracy (Kyle), Sierra, Avery, and Michael; Jon, Derek; Alex (Colleen), Ashley (Curtis), Riley, Lucas, and Lexi; Kass (Michael); Kenneth, Huxley; Tessa; Laurie, Bailey, Brooklyn; as well as many extended family and friends. Continue reading Obituary: Peter J. Thiessen

Obituary: Martha Kroeker


Martha Kroeker

Martha was born on April 10, 1944, and grew up in Rosenort, Man. Her growing up and school years were spent in the same area. She was the seventh child of Peter and Anna Kroeker. Being part of a family of 12 she took pleasure in looking after her younger siblings, more so than doing household chores. The younger children of the family were fond of playing school with Martha as the teacher.   Continue reading Obituary: Martha Kroeker

Obituary: Pastor John Koop


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John Koop

Dad was born on Oct. 20, 1933, in Ste. Anne, Man., the first of 17 children born to Jacob and Gertrude Koop. He married Clara Fast on Sept. 12, 1954. They spent over 64 years together and had nine children: Marvin, Elaine, Audrey, Karen, Darrel, Lucille, Waldon, Sylvia, and Reynold.

Dad had fond memories of being a cheesemaker in Kleefeld and Grunthal. He told stories of working at a sawmill and in the bush. Dad worked at Schellenberg’s store prior to and while attending Steinbach Bible Institute. He felt a calling to be a pastor and had a passion for learning. It was during this time that their infant Karen passed away. Continue reading Obituary: Pastor John Koop

Obituary: Steven Derek Thiessen


Steve Thiessen and his family

Steven Derek Thiessen, aged 41, of Winnipeg, passed away with family at his side on Jan. 19, 2019, after a nine-month battle with bladder cancer. Steve is survived by his loving wife Fiona and their four children—Nadia (13), Ezra (11), Simon (9) and Ember (4). Steve is also survived by his parents Harold and Laura Thiessen, and brothers Chuck (Laura) and Kenton (Kira); his father-in-law Ron Plett; and siblings in law Danny, Ivan (Sherry), Janice Barrate (Lance).

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Obituary: Cornie Friesen

1941- 2018

Cornie Friesen

Peacefully with his family by his side, Cornelius W. Friesen passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Man., at the age of 76.

He will be forever missed by his wife Mary. Also left to cherish his memory are his children: Tom (Candace), Mark, Kathy, Mary Jane (Cory), Emilyn (Andrew) and Kurt (Liz); along with 11 grandchildren, Isaiah, Jade, Elijah, Julius, Luke, Jasmine, Titus, Ethan, Cameron, Owen and Jordon. Also, his siblings: Helen, Ed (Anne), Paul (Tina), Albert (Anne).

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Obituary: Almon Menno Reimer


Almon Menno Reimer

Almon Menno Reimer, of Steinbach, Man., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2017, in the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach.

Almon was predeceased by his wife, Annie Sawatzky Reimer; his brothers, Enoch Reimer, Rueben Reimer and Joel Reimer; five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law. Almon is survived by his five children, Larry Reimer (Viola), Rebecca Kornelson (Gordon), Marlene Reimer (Jim), Verna Reitmeier (Bob), Julie Reimer Fehr (Matthew); 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grand children. He is also survived by his sister Mary, brother Arnold, five sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Almon, son of John C. and Maria Reimer, was born on Oct. 7, 1923 in Blumenhof, Man. Almon was baptised upon the confession of his faith in 1943. Almon and Annie, the daughter of Jacob A. and Helen Sawatzky of Steinbach, were married on August 12, 1945. The wedding was officiated by Peter D. Friesen at the Kleine Gemeinde Church that is now the Steinbach EMC.

Besides working at Plettville and the Brandt Foundry, Almon also had a long career working at Friesen Machine Works. Many farmers regretted the day when Almon finally retired from his job as machinist and welder after 44 years of service.

Almon, who was not one to sit back, after a few days of retirement went on to a 16-year period of volunteer service at the local MCC Thrift stores, fixing many bicycles and other objects for resale.

Almon served God quietly but wholeheartedly as a member of many church committees, singing in a group for shut-ins, as a leader in Christian Service Brigade, sand-bagging for various floods, as a MCC Relief Sale volunteer, and during one stint as a MDS volunteer repairing houses in Texas.

Almon’s children remember happy times of fishing trips, weiner roasts, almost yearly holidays at Clear Lake, road trips, and good family get-togethers. Almon and Annie felt privileged to travel coast to coast across Canada, to areas in the United States, Europe and Israel, where they “walked where Jesus walked.”

About ten years ago Dad was diagnosed with COPD. Almon’s life became progressively more difficult. The passing of his dear Annie in 2012 and the selling of the family home brought many changes to his life. He bravely made a new home at Parkview, enjoying the company of the other residents. On Dec. 3, 2017, Dad went into the hospital for the last time, being released from his suffering at 4:35 a.m. on Dec. 24. He was able to spend Christmas in Heaven.

Dad’s faith in God was always shown by his prayers, his godly living, his generosity and caring. He was a friend to all. Almon will always be an inspiration and example of how to live one’s faith.

Thank you also for the visits, prayers, and caring we experienced during the past few weeks.

The funeral service was held on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Steinbach EMC with interment at Heritage Cemetery in Steinbach.

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Ivan John Letkeman


Ivan John Letkeman

Peacefully on Sunday, April 8, 2018, with family by his side, Ivan John Letkeman passed away at the Lions Prairie Manor at the age of 88 years.

He is survived by his wife Kay, three weeks and three days short of their 67th anniversary; his children, Stan (Janet), Bob (Wilma), Sandra (Randy), Kathy (Barry), and Debbie (Ellis); grandchildren Jason, Pam, Trevor, Dustin, Derek, Branda-Leigh, Nolan, Angela, Raymond, Kelly, Tanya and families; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Doreen, Eileen (John), Mary Anne (Henry), and sister-in-law Alma; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Maria, brothers Frank and Jake, sister Grace, and brother-in-law Johnny; and Dad’s in-laws, Aron and Anna Neustaeter.

Dad was born on March 23, 1930, south of Morden, Man., in the Mason school area where his family lived within the R.M. of Stanley. He was baptized on Aug. 14, 1961, at Morden Alliance Church.

Dad was a man of many talents. He was never afraid to tackle any job. He worked for a number of farmers and did carpentry work. Mom and Dad purchased their own farm and became dairy farmers.

In 1974 they sold their farm and moved to Portage la Prairie, Man. They purchased a truck camper and took a three-week vacation to Florida with their friends Dave and Lillian Sawatzky. That was the first of many camping adventures.

Dad was employed with Kroeker’s Vegetable Farm, Cobbes Plumbing and Heated, and retired from ICG in 1994. After Dad retired, he spent many hours working with Kelly Ronald on the Ronald Farms.

Dad and Mom loved to garden. Never a weed to be found! Their year was always immaculate. No blade of grass was left uncut and not a leaf was to be found on their lawn.

Camping and fishing with family and friends was a highlight in summer. Last June, Dad drove to Carman by himself (unannounced) to join our annual family camping weekend. We offered to drive him home, but Ivan had to do things his way and when he wanted.

Dad was never bored. He could be found tinkering in his shop or getting the sand point tuned up for the summer. He always had to have the greenest lawn and complain that he had to cut the grass again. And no one could cut the grass like Ivan.

Dad loved to go watch the children play ball, soccer, or go to band concerts. He had to know what they were doing and enjoyed visiting with them. Dad, along with Mom, volunteered for a number of years at MCC.

His funeral was held on April 13, 2018, at Portage Evangelical Church with Pastor Glenn Loewen officiating.

Thank you to the Regency Health Care for all the care you gave to Dad, to Portage General Hospital, and to the Lions Prairie Manor staff for providing good care for Dad during his short stay.

Dad, you are now free from pain.

His Family