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Obituary of Menno Giesbrecht
MENNO GIESBRECHT Peacefully, at home and in the presence of his wife Mary and his four children, Menno Giesbrecht, aged 67 years, left for Glory as the day was dawning Thursday, July 20, 2006. He was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Winkler, Man. to Peter and Maria Giesbrecht, the sixth of nine children and the first son. At the age of 8, after his parents' death, he was welcomed into the home of John and Justina Unger in the district of Edenthal, east of Gretna, Man. He married Mary Fedoruk in 1960 and they shared 46 years of life together. They first made their home in the Altona, Man. area, where Menno worked for Red River Insurance. Accounting work then took them to Winnipeg, Man., where he worked as a financial advisor for Indian Affairs. In 1975 they moved to the Blumenort, Man. area, where they farmed for 26 of their 29 years there. The last two years of retirement were spent south of Steinbach, Man. Left to treasure his legacy are his wife Mary; his children, John and Darlene Giesbrecht, Jenni-lynn, Melissa, Michaela and Tanner; Carol and Daryle Froese, Tara, Amy, Rachel, Joel and Jessica; Donna and Tim Loewen, Josiah, Shannon, David and Lisa; and Michael and Raquel Giesbrecht, Jillian and Greysen. He is also survived by all of his Giesbrecht siblings: Mary Penner, Edna (Hans Schemann), Martha (Sydney Deck), Olga (Abe Teichroeb), Helen Harder, Dave (Bernice) Dueck, Dorothy Greatrex and Alice (Dave Peters); as well as his Unger sisters: Susan (Otto Hamm), Justina Penner and Helen Giesbrecht. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Maria Giesbrecht, and John and Justina Unger, and an Unger sister, Tina Friesen, and by several brothers-in-law. A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, July 27, 2 p.m., at Southland Community Church in Steinbach. A private burial has taken place at Blumenort EMC Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Bridges of Peace", Box 21001, RPO Charleswood, Winnipeg, MB, R3R 3R2. Thank you to all those who have faithfully stood by us with your prayers, encouragement and support as we journeyed as a family through this brief battle with cancer. "Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thess. 5:16-18.