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  1. Kasdorf, Henry

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    January 03, 1940 – April 29, 2020

    Henry Kasdorf of Rosemary, beloved husband of Laura Kasdorf, passed away in Brooks on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at the age of 80 years. Henry was born on January 3rd, 1940 in Rosemary to Dave and Helen Kasdorf. He spent most of his life in the Rosemary community farming, ranching and raising his family. Henry was an avid sportsman, who played hockey, curled, hunted, fished and loved travelling. He was very involved in the community and served on the Rosemary Community Lease Board for years. Henry organized bonspiels, was involved with 4H for eleven years, served on Town Council and shared many mornings with neighbors at the Rosemary Bakery. His biggest pride was his family. His wife, Laura and their three children will miss him dearly, son, Mark and his wife Krista and their children Miranda, Britney and Brandon; daughter, Brenda Kam and her husband Richard and their children Jordan (Jalaina and their son Waylon) and Jenna; son Jason and his wife Mercy and their daughter Michelle. Though we are grieving we have many happy memories. A private Family Committal Service will be held. Thanks to the Staff at Sunrise Gardens for their great care and kindness for the last 4 ½ years. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In memory of Henry, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Newell Food Grains Growing Project, Box 294, Rosemary, Alberta    T0J 2W0.

  2. Braun, Anne

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    Anna (Anne) Braun of Brooks, passed away in Brooks on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the age of 88 years.  Anne was born on January 3, 1932 at her parent’s home in Hussar, Alberta.  She was the youngest child born to Johann and Susanna Braun (nee Geddert).  In the winter of 1936, the Braun family moved from Hussar to Gem, Alberta.  Anne grew up on the family farm and attended Gem School.  At age 13, Anne became a Christian and was baptized in 1951 in the Gem Mennonite Brethren Church.  As a child, Anne suffered from a bone infection in her ankle.  As a result, she endured many surgeries and long hospital stays to correct the effects of the uneven growth in her leg.  She always walked with a slight limp and wore specially designed shoes with one heel being much higher than the other.  After completing high school, Anne moved to Calgary.  She attended Henderson Business College and secured a job at Ingram and Bell, a medical supply company for 11 years.  Later, she was hired as an accounting clerk by the Calgary District Hospital Group which included the Colonel Belcher, Holy Cross, and Rockyview Hospitals.  She worked there for 20 years before taking early retirement in 1993.  Anne enjoyed traveling and over the years she visited Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, California, and New York.  Many summers were spent at Fairmont Hot Springs, as well as visiting family and friends.  In addition to traveling, Anne’s leisure time was spent sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting and crafting.  She was very talented and many friends and family received beautiful gifts from her handiwork.  She had a special place in her heart for Mennonite Central Committee and over the years sewed countless school kit bags and helped with making quilts for those in need.  She also spent many a happy hour engrossed in a good book or putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  Extended family was especially important to Anne and she was close to her nieces and nephews attending most of their graduations and weddings and delighting in each new baby that came into the family.  In 2005, Anne moved to Linden, Alberta, where she made many friends and especially enjoyed those who were part of the MCC quilt making gatherings.  In April of 2013, Anne moved to Newbrook Lodge in Brooks to be closer to family in the area and then to Sunrise Gardens.  Special thanks to all the staff at Sunrise Gardens for the kind and compassionate care shown to our Aunt Anne over the past 5 years.  Anne is predeceased by her parents, brother John and his wife Rose, sister Katherine and her husband Dave Klassen, brother Frank and his wife Agnes, 1 sister and 3 brothers in infancy, and nephew Gary Klassen.  Anne is survived by her brother Dirk and his wife Peggy, and nieces and nephews: Judy Steinke, Betty Wiehler, David Klassen, Susan Neufeld, Ralph Klassen, Janice Juneau, Erwin Braun, Ray Braun, Carol Reid, Harold Braun, Lorna Retzlaff, Gail Amendt, and Andrew Braun. A private Family Graveside will be held from the Gem Cemetery. Rev. Lorne Willms officiating.

  3. Neufeld, Anne (Kliewer)

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    ANNA NEUFELD

    Date: May 26th, 2020
    Service Location: A memorial service will be held on a later date.

    We regret to announce the passing of Anna Neufeld. She was born February 3, 1926 in Stirling, Alberta, and passed away on May 26, 2020 in Tofield, Alberta.

    Anna was predeceased by her loving husband Jacob K Neufeld; her son Donald; and her brother Abe. She is survived by son Ken (Lois); and daughter Betty; grandchildren Stacy (Kevin), Lisa (Joe) and Jennifer; great grandchildren Riley, Jason, Marcus, Harley and Jacob.

    Anna was very involved in the Tofield community, her church, and belonged to the Ketchimoot Creek Family Horse Club in her early years. Anyone who met her immediately felt her friendly and caring personality. Anna’s door was always open and the coffee was always on, and there was always a freezer full of homemade buns, bread, and delicious treats for everyone to enjoy.

    Raising miniature horses and taking part in the July 1st parade was a source of great pride for her and her husband Jake. She loved working at Busy Bee Thrift Shop and doing volunteer charity work. She felt that church, family, and faith were what was important throughout ones life.

    She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and community.

    Due to the Chief Medical Officer of Health restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will take place at the Tofield Cemetery.

     

  4. Schmidt, Mary

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    MARY SCHMIDT

    Dec. 26, 1926 – April 8th, 2020

    Mary Schmidt (Toews)

    It is with both profound sadness and gratefulness for her love, that we the family of Mary Schmidt announce her passing on April 8, 2020 in Tofield, Alberta.

    Mom passed away peacefully after hearing the voices of her children and hearing many of the hymns she dearly loved.

    Mom is lovingly remembered by her 3 children and their families:

    Daughter Evelyn and Peter Bartel (Ryan and Erinne, Jasper & Kagan) (Mark and Lisa, Logan, Sydney & Justin)

    (Kenton and Sarah)

    Daughter Irene and Ken Froese (Nathan and Brieanne, Shaeley, Gavin and Avery) (Kerri and Trevor, Adam)

    (Karla Neufeld)

    (Nolan and Madison, Aubrey)

    Son Gordon and Monica. (Lauren and Justin Lungal, Walker & Dayton) (Jordyn and Miles Pennington, Cardin & Tayla)

    (Alayna) (Landon)

    She is also remembered by her special cousin Ann Neufeld.

    Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband David, brother and sister Abraham Toews and Sara Zweigert and step sister Lucy Benko.

    Mary was born in the Ukraine in 1926 and after living through many hardships of WWII, at the age of 21, mom was invited to Tofield, Alberta to be a “daughter” of her uncle and aunt Jacob and Elizabeth Kliewer. This wonderful relationship provided mom with roots in Canada, and she went on to study English, make friends and marry our dad. This security allowed her to flourish and enjoy life. The Schmidt family proved to be a large family who embraced her, and for this she was ever so grateful.

    Together, Mom and Dad farmed south of Tofield; this was an enjoyable career for them and proved to be a wonderful rural setting for our family.

    Mom devoted many years volunteering: selling Self Help goods for MCC, working at That Place, and sewing many blankets for MCC. These activities brought her much enjoyment and offered her the opportunity to “give back” to MCC – for it was from MCC that she received a care parcel while in Germany during WWII.

    After being separated from her family for 43 years, she was reunited with them after they immigrated from the Soviet Union to Germany. The four trips mom and dad made to Germany, allowed mom to reconnect and celebrate her family.

    Mom was fully devoted to our dad and our whole family where each new member of the family was celebrated and treasured. She considered her greatest joy to be her enduring and unfailing faith in God.

    Mom enjoyed good health and vitality her whole life. As her health waned, she appreciated the care and support she received at the Tofield Lodge, from Tofield Home Care and at the Tofield Long Term Care. We thank you for your kindness and exemplary care for mom.

    On April 11, 2020 we met over Zoom and with Rev Adam Hall leading, we remembered and celebrated the life and faith of our mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

    Interment of ashes will be at a future date when the family will gather to celebrate mom’s life. Donations would be gratefully accepted for MCC and the Tofield Handivan Society

  5. Dueck, Elvira

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    Elvira Dueck
    August 19, 1926 ~ January 4, 2019 (age 92)
    Mrs. Elvira Dueck of Coaldale, beloved wife of the late Mr. John J. Dueck, passed away tragically at her home on Friday, January 4, 2019, at the age of 92 years.
    Elvira was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta on August 19, 1926. While she was still young, the family moved to the Coaldale area and she attended school in Readymade. She advanced her education in Calgary where she received a teacher’s certificate, and then taught primary grades at Coaldale School until she married John on July 25, 1948. Together they raised their family and were a farming partnership until 1989. Upon retirement, John and Elvira moved to the town of Coaldale where she has resided ever since.
    Elvira is remembered for her unwavering faith in God, lived out in loving commitment to her husband, her children, her church and community. Over the years, she served in many capacities; in children’s programs and musical groups, on committees, volunteering for long-term residents at the Coaldale Health Centre or at the MCC store and offering gracious hospitality to friends and family whenever she could.
    She loved words and often read to others, wrote articles, translated documents from German or helped with others’ memoirs. Throughout the years, her family received hundreds of pithy letters; she loved to describe interesting encounters or highlights of the week and wanted to keep her large family connected to each other. After John died, the daily emails to her large clan included family anecdotes, important dates and bits of wisdom, always ending with an expression of love for her family.
    A fearless traveler, photos show her on the back of a camel in Egypt as well as on the back of a Norton motorbike on the farm. She noticed beauty, and her love of nature and adventure prompted excursions even up to 2018, around the countryside, to the mountains, to all the provinces, and even to other continents.
    She was an avid supporter of any sports team or performing arts event in which her family participated. Although she wasn’t shy about expressing her opinions, her consistent, deep love for each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild was unquestioned.
    Elvira is survived by her children: Edgar (Ruth) Dueck, Art (Sharon) Dueck, Natalie (Harold) Warkentin, Alvin (Janet) Dueck, Marvin (Shannon Little) Dueck, Mona Dueck, Rod (Lisa Blue) Dueck, Renita (Bill) Hamm, Carl (Jennifer) Dueck and Emery (Sharon) Dueck, and 28 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
    Besides her husband of 62 years, Elvira was predeceased by a sister, a brother, and a beloved granddaughter Alexis Dueck.
    Family and Friends are invited to pay their respects at 7:00pm on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERIVEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
    A Celebration of Elvira’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 – 18 Street Coaldale, Alberta, T1M 1G2.

  6. Retzlaff , Lydia (Klassen)

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    Lydia Retzlaff

    Sunday, February 10th, 1935  Thursday, February 27th, 2020

    Lydia (Klassen) Retzlaff passed peacefully into her eternal home with Jesus at the age of 85 years on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 4:45 PM at home surrounded by family.
    Lydia was born February 10, 1935 in Coaldale, Alberta to Jacob and Aganeta Klassen, the sixth of their twelve children. On November 18, 1956, Lydia married Jacob Retzlaff and they were blessed with four children.Lydia was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Aganeta Klassen, brothers, Jake, Dave, Daniel, and Henry, sisters-in-law, Linda Klassen and Mary Klassen, and nephew James Harder.

    Left to mourn her passing are her husband of 63 years, Jake, her son, Glenn (Charlene) Retzlaff and their children, Brent (Rue), Cameron (Chelsea), Steven, and Tyler; daughter, Chandra (Kelly Janzen) and their children, Travis, Vanessa, Marissa, and Derek; daughter, Lorena (Trevor Janzen) and their children, Leticia, Jonathan, Rebecca, and Benjamin; and daughter, Cindy (Marvin Grasmeyer) and their children, Kristin, Alianna, Elias, Naomi, Vivian, and Josiah. Lydia will be sadly missed by her sisters, Nettie (Willie Hildebrandt), Amelia (John Dyck), Heidi (John Retzlaff), Sara (Dave Derksen), and Katie (Dennis Harder), brother, Gerald (friend Ralyn) Klassen, and sister-in-laws, Elizabeth, Susan, and Hilda Klassen, and numerous nieces and nephews, and the extended Retzlaff family.

    It was during Youth retreats that Lydia and Jake met and then they began to visit at Bible school. Their relationship blossomed resulting in marriage. Lydia thought she had married a farmer, but after one year on the farm in Rosemary, they made the decision to move to Calgary and both enrolled in Business College. Through the years, Lydia supported Jake with all the charitable organizations that he worked with; specifically with MCC Alberta, where she did a lot of the secretarial work. Later on when Jake set up his own accounting practice, she once again played an important role in working alongside him in whatever area he needed.

    Lydia was baptized in the Coaldale Conference Church on June 6, 1954. She spent two winter terms at the Mennonite Bible Institute in Didsbury. Church life was very important to Lydia. She volunteered in her youth and continued throughout her life. She was involved in various capacities with Sunday School, Religious Education at the public school, DVBS, and Girls Club. She was very involved with a refugee family that was sponsored by the Foothills Mennonite Church. Also, Lydia volunteered for many years at the MCC Thrift Store. She enjoyed working together with other ladies from the church.

    Lydia lived a rich and fulfilling life. Her greatest passion was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loved gardening, outdoors, camping, hosting, and singing. Lydia blessed many with her kind and caring personality.

    After a brief struggle with cancer, we are grateful that Lydia was able to go to be with her Lord and Saviour. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at Choice Memorial (105-4715 13th Street NE) on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Graveside Service will be held at Queen’s Park Cemetery (3219-4th Street NW) on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:30 am. A Celebration of Lydia’s life will follow at Foothills Mennonite Church (2115 Urbana Road NW) on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to MCC Alberta, 2946 – 32 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 6J7. T

  7. Thiessen, Susie (Harder)

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    December 30,1916 ~ November 4, 2017

    Susie Thiessen, beloved wife of David Thiessen was welcomed into her Heavenly Home on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Coaldale Health Care Centre. She reached the age of 100 years; 2 months shy of her 101st birthday.
    Susie was born in Spat, Crimea on December 30, 1916 to parents Peter and Elizabeth Harder. At the age of 9 years, she immigrated to Canada in October, 1925 with her parents and 9 siblings.
    The family soon settled on the farm in the Coaldale area. Susie loved farm life, enjoying numerous outdoor activities with her younger brothers. In 1942, she married David Thiessen with whom she celebrated 75 years of marriage on March 27, 2017.
    Susie lived a long and fruitful life; selfless, generous and always grateful. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered.
    Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband David; sons Victor and Verner; daughters Edna Jane and Wanda (Bill); 9 grandchildren and 13 great-granchildren.
    Susie was predeceased by her parents and all of her siblings, with the exception of her youngest brother Corey (Jean) Harder of Parksville, BC.
    Friends and loved ones are invited to meet the family between 7:00pm and 8:00pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the COALDALE MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH, 2114 18 Street Coaldale, Alberta. A Private Family Service will be held in the Coaldale Mennonite Cemetery at a later date.
    Mom’s favorite season was spring. We will honour her memory then with a Celebration of Life at the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church with Pastor Gary Burke, officiating. The date will be announced at a later time.
    “Ruhe Sanft, Liebe Mutzi.”

  8. Hofer, Anne

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    Anne Glanzer Hofer
    September 24, 1924 ~ January 16, 2018

    These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13
    “Auntie” Anne Glanzer Hofer, of Raymond, Alberta, passed away peacefully after a short stay in the Raymond Health Centre. She was 93 years old, but her mind was still as sharp as could be.
    She was born in Raley, Alberta, to John and Barbara Hofer, and later on the family relocated to a farm near Raymond.
    Anne loved the Lord with all her heart and made Jesus a priority in her life. She was a faithful member of the Stirling Mennonite Church and she will be greatly missed for her caring, cheerful ways. She was always reaching out to others who needed help, whether it be with planting beets, washing and ironing clothes for a new mother or preserving garden produce. Aunt Anne loved having company and cooking good meals. She had the rare gift of being an excellent listener and was a faithful “keeper of confidences.”
    Anne is survived by one sister-in-law; Wilma (Paul) Hofer of Raymond and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by six brothers and six sisters.
    The family would like to express warmest thanks to Faye Peachy, who so faithfully and cheerfully stayed with Aunt Anne during the night when she could no longer be alone. A heartfelt thank you to the many nieces, nephews and church friends who took her to the doctor, brought food, cleaned the house or simply came to visit. We also want to thank the competent Raymond Health Centre staff for their excellent care!
    Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at a Viewing Service between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, with a short program beginning at 7:00pm, Friday, January 19, 2018 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.
    A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the STIRLING MENNONITE CHURCH, Highway 52 and Range Road 201 South.

  9. Klassen, Peter J.

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    July 13, 1928 ~ February 8, 2018 (age 89)

    It is with sadness that the family of Peter J. Klassen, beloved husband of Lena Klassen, announces his passing in Long Term Care at the Coaldale Health Centre on February 8, 2018 at the age of 89 years.
    Peter was born on July 13, 1928 in Neu-Chortitza, Russia, and came to Canada in 1948. Besides his wife of 66 years, he is survived by three loving daughters, Elvira (Vern) Unrau, Annie (Jon) Gill, and Lora (Shane) Hirsche; seven grandchildren Kevin (Kara) Peters Unrau, Brian (Jenny) Unrau, Aaron (Lyndsey) Gill, Nathan (Emma Reh) Gill, Jared (Danielle Tait) Hirsche, Jeff (Kalee) Hirsche, and Brailey Hirsche; eight great-grandchildren Micah and Lucas Peters Unrau, Owen, Leah and Cassidy Unrau, and Olivia, Sadie and Wesley Hirsche; as well as sister Anna Klassen and numerous nieces and nephews all in Germany.
    Peter was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Maria (Funk) Klassen, brothers Jacob and Heinrich, sister Maria Klassen, and infant son Willy.
    Peter was a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, and opa. Sadly, the heart-breaking grip of Alzheimer’s led to unrelentling loss for over 10 years.
    A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the COALDALE MENNONITE CHURCH, 2316 – 17th St. Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Lillian Thompson officiating. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects one hour prior to the service.