Category Archives: Family

These are the Families of the children of Johann and Anna Kasdorf

Obituary of Edward Loeppky

loeppky-edward-300x300Passed away suddenly at Kelowna General Hospital on September 12, 2016 at the age of 76 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary; daughter Twyla (Gary) Schlenker; son Todd (Roxane); daughter Suzanna (Lyndon) Dojohn; daughter Jamie (Tom) Janovsky; his grandchildren Kristi (Tyler) Kort, Leesa & Jeffrey Schlenker; Brett & Ty Loeppky; Benjamin, Haley & Connor Dojohn and Simon & Marcus Janovsky; sister Rosella (Ben) Friesen and their family.

Edward’s humble beginnings were in the small house on Main Street in Niverville, Manitoba where he was surrounded by a large extended family and many close friends. After completing Grade 11, Edward attended Elim Bible School for one year. He began working at the Steinbach Credit Union. He proudly married the love of his life, Mary (Kasdorf) on July 11, 1963, and was immediately blessed with many brothers and sisters in law who would become lifelong friends. A year later Ed and Mary became proud parents with the birth of their first daughter, Twyla. At that time Ed began a new position in hospital administration in Steinbach. Three years later they celebrated the birth of their son, Todd and Edward took a position at the hospital in Preeceville, Saskatchewan. Family and friends pulled them back to Steinbach, where he began his role as salesman at E.G. Penner Building Center. In 1969, Ed branched out on his own and purchased the local jewellery store, renamed Edward’s Jewellers where he was soon known as ‘Diamond Ed’. That same year they delighted in the birth of another daughter, Suzanna.  Two years later, their family was made complete with the birth of their daughter Jamie.

Ed’s dream to move his family to Kelowna, BC was fulfilled in 1978, when he sold the jewellery store. He continued his passion for sales by joining the team at Kelowna Chrysler. Because he loved people and selling cars he received several awards as ‘salesman of the month’ and became well known in the community. In 2004 he joined his son at Todd’s Automotive until he suffered a stroke in 2009. He continued his career path at Home Depot, serving as a greeter, allowing him to connect with people.

Edward LOVED life! He loved Jesus, who was his Lord and Saviour. He loved his family, who were his pride and joy. He loved his grandchildren and celebrated each activity, sport and event they participated in as their biggest cheerleader. He loved his church and serving others with passion. He loved to be active: golfing, coaching baseball, writing notes of encouragement, treating his family to Dairy Queen soft serve, snowmobiling, watching the Winnipeg Jets and the Blue Bombers, going for coffee with a friend, cheering on the Kelowna Rockets or going for a drive. Yes, he loved much and he was loved by so many. Thank you for sharing life with Edward. He will be dearly missed here and we are confident he is eagerly greeting those whom he is meeting in heaven.

Please join us in remembering and celebrating Edward’s life on Friday, September 16 at 10:30 am at Trinity Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity NextGen Building Fund c/o Trinity Church, 1905 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V7.


We have officially been discharged!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Owen did great for his tests. 2 weeks ago his x-ray involved screaming and restraints. Today he was fairly willing to do it (not excited, but willing), especially when I offered him some gum. The echo he was less sure about and didn’t even want to go into the room. The tech was really kind and came out with the echo probe to show him it wouldn’t hurt. With the promise of a sucker and a movie he got on the bed and did fairly well. He was super still for the first part, but found it a bit uncomfortable when they had to have the probe right over one of his chest tube wounds. 2 weeks ago he screamed and kicked enough that they decided to do it while he was sedated. The EKG went fairly well too. What an answer to prayers.  Read more…

Ready for the Season

Jason_Kasdorf_Pose_2013Jason is ready to kick off what might well be his last hockey season with RPI.
When asked about Jason’s health, Ewald (his father) reported that Jason’s shoulder is 100 percent, he did a strength test and was told that it healed stronger than before the injury. He also he had a knee issue last year which is also fine. His coach thinks they have a good chance to get into the playoffs this year.
Also, Ewald and Helen want to thank the extended Kasdorf family for the support they have received. It is very much appreciated.
RPI’s home games can be watched on the Internet by going on the RPI website. The games are usually on the weekends.  Their schedule also can be found on the website.
RPI’s season starts Oct 9. They will be going to Fairbanks Alaska from Oct 16th – 17th.
Ewald and Helen are hoping to get to his games on Oct 23 till Nov 1 in Troy, New York.
“Thanks again to the family for the interest.” – Ewald

About the same as the last 2 days

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Once again we’ve had a good day, but Owen’s chest tube drained a bit too much overnight, so here we stay. They started him on some metolasone to help get rid of extra fluid, and hopefully this will help his drainage decrease. At least there is a plan. And he has peed a lot more today, so hopefully it also shows in some decreased drainage. The drainage for the day today it is slightly less than yesterday, but we will see what the night does. Owen has enjoyed going outside in a wheel chair, and the child life therapist brought a mat and some toys for his room to keep him entertained. Read more…

Jason Vying for the “Goalie of the Future” Title

39362-1024x882Jason Kasdorf exited his hometown team. Cal Petersen entered the record books.

Neither thought it was possible, and neither will ever forget it.

Petersen and Kasdorf, two Sabres prospects vying for the title of “goalie of the future,” arrived in Buffalo for development camp with life-altering experiences in their rearview mirrors. Petersen became a college celebrity after making 87 saves during a playoff game. Kasdorf came to the Sabres in one of the biggest trades in team history. Read more…

Back to the Grind of School and Sports

After a goIMGP0460od summer counselling at Bible Camp Riley Francey says he is ready for the grind of the fall school semester. Practicing football 4 nights a week plus a game every can be taxing on the body. If that isn’t enough he also has varsity volleyball practices every morning before classes begin and then most weekends are busy with tournaments and church youth events. His parents allow him to keep this crazy schedule if his studies are not affected negatively.

Riley again quarterbacked the Garden City Gophers to another lopsided win this week. He passed for 368 yards and 5 touchdowns in their game against Dakota Collegiate to win the game 48 – 28. Riley gives all the credit to his offensive line and fantastic receivers.   With the score 48 to 14 at the end of the 3rd quarter Riley and number of  other 1st stringers were taken out of the game  to give the younger guys some experience. It did not take Dakota very long to find the holes with the young guys in the game.  The new quarterback threw 2 interceptions, both of which eventually ended as touchdowns.  This was great experience for the future Gopher players.  GC’s success has tIMGP0673hem in 1st place in the highest division in High School football in Manitoba. Riley says they need to get much better if they want to stay in that position. The season is young and they have a lot of tough games ahead of them.
Riley’s younger brother Reese who is in grade 9 is a defensive back on the same team.

Monday (One week post-op!)

Monday, September 21, 2015
Owen was super excited that he was having the letter “O” for breakfast!
Today was another fairly good day. Owen’s chest tube drainage overnight doubled from what it had been doing, so there was no question about whether they take it out or not. It had to stay. During the day today it drained about the amount that they would consider taking it out, so we’ll see how tonight goes. If it is a little less than during they day, they will probably take out the drain in the morning. After the drain comes out 3 tests need to be done. An echo (heart ultrasound), EKG, and chest x-ray. None of these are really painful, but I can see Owen not wanting to cooperate for any of them. Maybe the promise of leaving the hospital will help. There’s a chance we could be discharged the same day the drain comes out, or the next day. Then we hang around at the Ronald McDonald House for a week, and then come home. Not sure if we just have one follow-up appointment before we come home, or if there will be a few.  Read more…

Moving to the ward!

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Owen’s day went okay yesterday. Still pretty quite, sleepy, lethargic. Things have kept improving and they were able to stop the milrinone and start him on digoxin instead. All his blood tests are stabilizing except for his liver enzymes. They hope those will come down in the next couple of days. Owen has started eating a bit more (he really liked the strawberries, pineapple and grapes he had last night). In the end the pineapple didnt stay doen, but everything else has since then. But his digoxin makes him feel kinda yucky. This morning they decided he is ready to go to the ward (will probably happen this afternoon).  Read more…

Offensive Star of the Week


Riley Francey started the 2015 season with a big game against Murdock-Mackay.  Francey led the Gophers of Garden City to 40 – 19 victory, connecting on 15 of 21 passes for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Francey was also called on to play defensive corner when his teammate was injured in the 2nd half.  Francey was named the CTV Star of the Week for his play.


Ups and downs

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Owen with Mini-Owen.

Owen with Mini-Owen.

Owen has become a bit more uncomfortable during the afternoon yesterday and overnight. His tummy is feeling yucky, and he’s quite sore at times. In the middle of the night his heart slowed and was in a second degree heart block, which made his blood pressure drop a bit. It resolved on its own after half an hour.  Read more…