Category Archives: Lest We Forget

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.


Obituary of Ari Thiessen

Ari Thiessen1952 – 2015
“Life is short. You gotta enjoy it.”

Suddenly, on August 13, Ari passed away peacefully 2015in a lawn chair in his back yard. Gone far too soon, he left behind his wife of 38 years, Elfriede; his children Monika Thiessen (Michael Thys), Angela (Christoph) Guertler of Germany and Christopher Thiessen; and his two little beloved granddaughters Lillian and Miriam Guertler.

He will also be lovingly remembered by his Mother, Elizabeth Kasdorf; in-laws Henry and Helen Rempel; sisters Elvira (Helmud) Pauls, Kathy Koch Schulte, Helga (Valdemar) Klassen, Lori (George) Friesen, Margarida (Manfred) Hamm, Elizabeth (Harry) Dyck; brothers Hans (Helga) Thiessen, Peter (Lottie Pauls) Thiessen, Walter (Gisele) Kasdorf, Berthold (Doris) Kasdorf and Walter (Waldi) Thiessen in Germany along with his brothers-in-law Henry (Frances) Rempel and John Rempel (Charlotte Leung) and sisters-in-law Linda (Colin) Magee, Lora Rempel and Ingrid (Andy) Parker. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Ari was predeceased by his father Walter Thiessen, brother in law Tony Koch-Schulte, sister-in-law Helga Rempel and step father Abram Kasdorf.

Ari was born in Curitiba, Brazil and spent his childhood there riding wild horses and pulling other small-town farm stunts. He moved to Winnipeg with his family in August 1970 where he continued to be known as Chico to his many friends and family. He moved on from wild horses to fast cars and made many new lifelong friends.

Ari met Elfriede shortly after moving to Winnipeg and they married in 1977. Together they had many great times with their three kids, including an awesome month-long family adventure touring through Brazil in 2003.
Ari was known for his happy-go-lucky nature and being with him always involved a good laugh. He enjoyed the simple things in life, like good food, music, a glass of vino and time with his family. A real people person, you could often find him at his son’s shop or chatting with his neighbours. He was always there to lend a hand and was loved by everyone. He will be greatly missed but his example of how to live a full and happy life without regrets will live on.

A celebration of Ari’s life will take place at 2:00p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015 at Douglas Mennonite Church,1517 Rothesay Street. There will be a short service followed by a ‘come-and-go’ style reception.

Catarina Kasdorf – Obituary


Surrounded by family, our dear mother and Oma, Catarina Kasdorf (nee Koop), passed away peacefully at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

She was predeceased by her husband Jacob (December 30, 2007) and by her son Arnie (October 16, 2009). She is survived by her children: Aneliese (Ewald) Wiebe, Hans (Hedi) Kasdorf, Irene (Rudy) Schartner, Henry (Ruth) Kasdorf, Robert (Karin) Kasdorf, Marlene (Helmut) Boschmann, Woldemar (Irmgard) Kasdorf, Elvira (John) Bergen, Erna (Dave) Friesen, Rudy (Miriam) Kasdorf, Alfred Kasdorf, Ewald (Helen) Kasdorf and Helen Kasdorf, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mom was born on August 31, 1925 in the village of Orloff in the Ukraine.

For our mom, faith and family were the foundation of her life. She loved nothing better than to be surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She cherished them all, and in return, was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Ruhe sanft, liebe Mutti!

Funeral service will take place on Friday, July 3, at 11:00 a.m. at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, 570 Sharron Bay with viewing at the church prior to the service. Interment at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.

Many thanks to all staff who provided loving care to our mother at St. Boniface Hospital, Misericordia Health Centre and Bethania Mennonite PCH.

Donations in mom’s memory may be made to Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home, 1045 Concordia Avenue, Winnipeg R2K 3S7.

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Obituary – Annie Kasdorf Neufeld

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Annie Neufeld (nee Kasdorf), age 83 of Steinbach, after a 10-year struggle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), passed away peacefully January 22, 2015, at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach.
She is survived by four daughters: Shirley (Glen) Hutt of Abbotsford, B.C.; Gladys (Fred) Winkler of Mitchell; Brenda (Gerald) Kehler of Steinbach; and Audrey (Terry) Frey of Steinbach.
Annie had seven grandchildren, who she had a special love for. They are: Melanie Bauman, Trevor Hutt, Nicole Plett, Joshelyn Doerksen, Charissa Martin, Carly Frey and Shaylyn Wilkinson; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by seven sisters and six brothers.
She was predeceased by her husband Cornie Neufeld in 1994, son Leonard Milton in infancy, parents Peter and Susanna Kasdorf, and one brother and one sister.
Born April 5, 1931 in Morden, Annie attended school in Morden. Spelling was her favourite subject. Annie was always a good speller. With 15 siblings, and as the oldest daughter, she left school before her high school years to help raise the family. She sometimes wished she could have continued on with her schooling.
In her late teens she moved to Winnipeg to work in a hospital and as a nanny.
On Oct. 17, 1953, she married Cornie Neufeld, and for the next 40 years they worked side by side in their various farming and business ventures, most notably their poultry and trucking business, Hidden Valley Farms in Steinbach.
She survived colon cancer when she was in her mid-40’s, the effects of which she lived with for the rest of her life.
Working on the family farms, and raising four daughters, needless to say, kept her busy. But it was during this time she could practice one of her hobbies, sewing, as she created outfits for her daughters, often matching.
But Annie’s greatest passion was gardening, and in particular the nurturing and growing of flowers, she was an expert on all things flowers, and family members and others often sought out her advice on the subject.
One of her proudest moments, already into her 70’s, was when her flowers and immaculate garden were included in Steinbach’s garden tour of various homes in the community.
Annie was a quiet, gentle person with her family, friends and employees. She was non-judgmental of others, was respectful of others, even her son-in-laws, who she loved to joke around with.
After Cornie died and she moved into a new home in Steinbach, she took up the business venture of baking and selling world class meat buns, proceeds of which were used to buy Christmas presents for her family. Christmas was her favourite time of year and the family is eternally grateful we were able to spend one last Christmas season with her.
Annie became an avid reader in her later years. In a four-year span from 2006 to 2010, details which were meticulously recorded in her journal, she read an astounding 316 books.
Also in recent years she loved watching hockey, her room was the go to room at Rest Haven during Jets games as she was the only one that had the Jets channel in the building. But her favourite player was Jonathan Toews. It was Jonathan’s grandmother, her neighbour at Woodhaven, who got her interested, and she was hooked after that.
Annie suffered with her disease for 10 years, but held her head high as she coped with the increasingly debilitating effects. But perhaps the most difficult aspect for her was her inability to speak in the last year, not able to communicate with her family and those caring for her.
The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate and extraordinary care she received from the staff at Rest Haven the last three and a half years. It was her home.

Obituary of Peter P. Loeppky

Peter P. LoeppkyPeter Penner Loeppky;  Born: July 11, 1942; Died: December 25, 2014

Peter Penner Loeppky, age 72, of Niverville passed away peacefully on December 25th, 2014 at Bethesda Hospital.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Helena Loeppky. He is survived by: his wife Frieda (Kasdorf) and their children, Melissa and Paul Neufeld, grandkids Teigha, Tyler and Kate; Paul and Jennifer (Hiebert) Loeppky, grandkids Carly, Jill and Brystol, and Tammy Loeppky. He is also survived by sisters: Elma Loeppky and Margaret Kehler, brothers Len (Audrey), Jake (Carol), John (Linda) and their families.

Viewing will be held Monday, December 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., with a devotional at 7:30 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB.

The memorial service for Peter Loeppky will be held Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Niverville Word of Life Church, Niverville, MB. Ash interment at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Peter may be made to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, (In cheque memo line: Niverville & District Growing Project), Box 767, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2L4.

Obituary of Betty Erna Kasdorf


Betty Kasdorf passed away on December 11, 2013 at HSC after a short but difficult struggle with P ANCA Vasculitis and the result of its’ treatment. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Susana Kasdorf and one brother. She is survived by 8 sisters and 6 brothers and their families.

The funeral will be held on December 17 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, 1771 Pembina Highway. Visitation will take place on December 16 between 7 and 8 p.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street.

Donations in memory of Betty may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, Plaza Drive.

Henry Kroeker Obituary

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HENRY JACOB KROEKER December 28, 1943 – December 13, 2012 Peacefully at home with Irene by his side, Henry passed away at age 68, after a very long courageous struggle with heart disease. Henry was predeceased by his father Peter Kroeker, mother Mary Kroeker, father-in-law Abram Krahn, sister-in-law Elfrieda (Krahn) Brownlee. Henry will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Irene (Krahn) Kroeker, children David and Deanna (Davis) Kroeker, Marilyn (Kroeker) and Chan Motlong, grandchildren Ethan and Justin Kroeker, Riah, CJ, and Joshua Motlong, sister Elsie (Kroeker) and Peter Janzen, brother Alvin and Mary (Unger) Kroeker, sister Elma (Kroeker) and Vern Neufeld, mother-in-law Nettie Krahn, in-laws Sue and Herman Hildebrand, Hilda and Albert Toews, Al Brownlee , Elsie and Jake Harms, and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Henry was raised in Grunthal, Manitoba. He grew up on the farm and at age 18 graduated from high school. He played many sports including football, baseball, and hockey throughout his school years and beyond. Henry married his high school sweetheart Irene, at the age of 22. He then began a lifelong career with Great West Life, with the exception of a four year period of time when Henry and Irene bought a restaurant and gas station in Grunthal. Henry devoted countless hours to his children. He coached hockey, ringette, and soccer. He enjoyed many years of camping trips and was often found playing outside with the kids. Henry loved hockey, golfing, backyard BBQ’s, travelling, the Falcon Lake cabin, winter vacations and watching sports. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, wife, family and friends. One of his latest pastimes was to watch or get play-by-play texts from his grandchildren’s hockey games. Henry took great pride in singing with the Mens’ and Occasional Choirs at the First Mennonite Church. He served on the Reh-Fit Centre and Autumn House Seniors Home Help Boards for many years. Henry believed that his wife was the main reason for the longevity of his life. He always loved and appreciated Irene’s homemade meals, beautiful gardens, caring nature and their well kept home. In an effort to maintain his health, Henry spent the past 25 years walking at the Reh-Fit Centre, and believed that the Centre and all of the support they provided, also was a contributing factor for him living as long as he did. Henry was always very grateful for the medical help he received over the years. The family would like to acknowledge Dr. David Breckman, Dr. Randolph Guzman, Dr. Shelly Zieroth and the staff at the Heart Failure Clinic, Dr. Peter Connelly, Dr. Alan Downs, and the staff at the Pace Maker Clinic for their dedication and genuine care for Henry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Reh-Fit Centre, 1390 Taylor Avenue Winnipeg, R3M 3V8, or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Manitoba, 6 Donald Street Winnipeg, R3L 0K6. A Viewing will take place at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, on December 19, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., with a short memorial service to take place at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Mark Von Kampen presiding. Open to all family and friends. A Celebration of Henry’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. December 20, 2012, at First Mennonite Church, 922 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg. Signed First Mennonite Church parking lots are available east, west and north of the church.

Anna Eitzen Obituary

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ANNA EITZEN Peacefully at the Bethania Personal Care Home Anna passed away on July 8, 2012 at the age of 85 years. She was predeceased by her parents Katherine (1971) and Cornelius Eitzen (1992); her three brothers ;Peter (1949), Jack (John – 2002) and Henry (2007). Anna will be fondly remembered by her sister Agatha Wall; sisters-in-law Betty Giesbrecht and Margaret Eitzen nieces and nephews Sharon Caya, Lorraine (Rob) Radowetz, Ronald Eitzen, Trevor (Irene) Wall, Delema (Larry) Smith, and Steven Eitzen. Anna was born April 22, 1927 at Winkler, MB. She was the second of five children. Anna was a long time employee of Canada Safeway where she worked for 21 and one half years. Throughout the years she sponsored children through World Vision and when she retired she did a lot of charity work including visitations with the elderly, reading and writing letters for them. Anna loved to travel. During 1986 to 2001, her travels took her to various places including Russia, Germany, England, Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba, and the USA. Wherever she went she always had an extra suitcase of gifts along for everyone she visited. While traveling on bus tours she always had jokes and games along for entertainment. She had a great memory for people’s names and places where she had visited. Funeral service to honour Anna’s life will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Street, Winnipeg, with interment to follow in Killarney, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Anna to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3A 1P6.

Rudy Martens


Rudy died peacefully at the age of 77 on Friday, March 2, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born second of five children to Gerhard and Anna (Froese) Martens on September 11, 1934 in Winnipeg, MB. Following his teaching career of 35 years in Manitoba, he and his wife Susan moved to Abbotsford, BC in 1996.

Rudy was predeceased by one sister Anna, and one brother Gerhard in early childhood, and later by his parents. Rudy will be dearly missed by his wife of nearly 52 years, Susan (Kasdorf) Martens, two sons, their wives and children: Daryl and Shirley, Asia, Sydney, Mason. Kevin and Lisa, Taylor, Jenna, Danielle. He is also survived by one sister Hilda and Art Kasper, one brother Herb and Hilda Martens, one niece, three nephews and their families.

A celebration of Rudy’s life was held on Wednesday, March 7, 11 am at Bakerview Church in Abbotsford.
The family expresses their deep appreciation to the ALS Society, all the doctors, nurses, friends and relatives for their wonderful care, prayers and support.

You can watch the video of his memorial service at:

Hans Kasdorf Obituary

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Hans Kasdorf died Mar. 26, 2011. He was born July 27, 1928 in Aleksandrovka, Russia to Heinrich and Susanna Kasdorf. Before Hans was 2, the family immigrated to Brazil. The government closed local schools when he was in Grade 3, ending his formal schooling. At 18, Hans accepted Jesus as Saviour and was baptized into the MB church, Waldheim, Brazil. In 1949, Hans attended Winkler (Man.) Bible School, where he met his future wife Frieda Reimer, followed by MB Bible College, Winnipeg. After a year of teaching at East Chilliwack (B.C.) Bible School, he moved to Brazil to pastor Blumenau MB Church. In 1962, the family returned to North America. Hans studied at Tabor College, Hillboro, Kan., and University of Oregon. After one year at Huntington College, Ind., Hans taught at Pacific College, Fresno, Cal. He simultaneously enrolled at MB Biblical (MBBS) and Fuller Theological seminaries, to earn a doctorate in missiology in 1976. In 1978, Hans became missiologist at MBBS until his retirement in 1993. Hans completed a second doctorate in theology through University of South Africa. He taught at Freie Theologische Hochschule, Giessen, Germany, 1994–98. Hans was a compassionate leader in the MB church, serving on the boards of local, national, and international church organizations, including 12 years on the MB board of foreign missions. He loved learning languages, and wrote numerous books and essays in English and German. He delighted in praying for his family. Hans is mourned by Frieda; children Dianne, David, Evelyn, and their spouses; 4 grandchildren; 1 brother.