A Co-op Venture

Service with Dignity, Integrity, and Care

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Membership at Birchwood is your opportunity to take some measure of control of:
  • Funeral Costs
  • Monopolies
  • Uncertainties and fears related to your personal funeral arrangements
Here’s how it works

A person becomes a member of the Co-op by purchasing 200 common shares at $1.00 each – that’s $200.00. Please note that there is a waiting period of six (6) months for full benefits to apply. The full amount of the shares will be refunded should you pass away prior to end of the six month waiting period. 

This entitles the person:
  1. To voting rights
    • To elect the board of directors
    • To help decide major issues, etc.
  2. To a refund of your $200.00 at your funeral.
  3. To a discount from the general public’s fair market price for your funeral.
  4. To an accumulated discount based on accrued profits – credited to your funeral (or estate).
  5. To the peace of mind that comes to an individual and their significant others from knowing they have taken some measure of control of their final hour.

Birchwood Services

Birchwood provides a full range of funeral services for members and to the general public of the Southeast. We provide traditional and cremation options to all faiths and beliefs. We arrange for burial plots and monuments. Our professional staff would like to assist you in making arrangements that suit your needs and to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We also offer a full range of pre-arranged and pre-paid funeral options.

Our location in Steinbach offers two chapels, the West Chapel seats 280 and the East Chapel seats 125. (Overflow options are available) Our reception center can accommodate 275. Complete lunch arrangements are available.

Board of Directors

Ed FriesenPresident
Sam DoerksenVice President
Gerry SapinskyTreasurer
Ed DurksenSecretary
Mary HiebertMember
Roger CherrièreMember
Benno FriesenMember


Todd Harder
Managing Funeral Director 
Brad Unger
Funeral Director 
Sheldon Schroeder
Funeral Director 
Kris Bachmeier
Funeral Director 
Ernest Dyck
Funeral Director Assistant 
Rick Friesen
Funeral Director Assistant
Jordan MartensFuneral Director Apprentice 
Eunice Falk
Rachael Penner
Office Administration
Kristin Friesen
Office Assistant

Mariann Funk
Lunch Coordinator
Helen Powney
Lunch Coordinator

Birchwood funeral services are available to members and non-members alike. 

Click HERE to download a copy of our co-op brochure.