Elmer Reimer

Elmer P. Reimer

1929 - 2006

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Obituary of Elmer P. Reimer

Elmer P. Reimer began his earthly journey on August 26, 1929 at the family farm near Landmark. He was born to David and Margaretha Reimer. As the oldest member of the family, which included many special needs children, he learned early to be responsible for others. He became a man who could make clear “black-and-white” decisions very quickly. He also developed a very strong work ethic, which served him well all his life. When Dad was about 13 years old, he came down with typhoid fever. He spent a long time in the hospital, and this effectively put an end to his schooling. All his life he struggled to read. He was, however, determined to lead his family in devotions, so with Mom’s help, he learned to read after their marriage. Dad accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour as a young child and later was baptized and became a member of the Prairie Rose Evangelical Mennonite Conference church. His faith was important to him, and he lived it in his daily life. Dad fell in love with our mother, Helena Penner when she was working as a maid at his home. They were married on June 17, 1951. On the family farm they raised 8 children. We so appreciate the happy and stable home they provided for us. This marriage lasted until Sept. 4, 2000 when Mom passed away. Dad missed her so much. When he met Nettie Wiebe in the fall of 2003, he gained a new lease on life. They were married on August 29, 2004. They really enjoyed the 2 years they had together. Dad was admitted to St. Boniface Hospital on October 31, 2006 for surgery. Although he was recovering well, he had a massive heart attack at 10:20 pm., and peacefully went to be with the Lord. Dad was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Helena, 2 infant sons Kenneth & Dennis, 1 brother and 3 sisters. He is survived by his wife Nettie, 6 daughters: Margaret and Gilbert Penner and their children Stephanie, Christal, Michael and Heather; Clarise & Norm Plett and their children Aurelie (Chris Thiessen) and Holly (Scott Janvier); Elvira & Denver Kroeker and their children Ange (Dallas Hiebert) & great grandson Trace, Cynthia (Mark Penner), and Ryan; Anita Reimer; Rose and Bill Kehler and children Destiny, Cole and Spencer; Lu and Lorne Reimer and children Janina, Emily, Tyler and Karalee; 2 sons: Arnold & Cheryl and children Faith & LeRoy Siemens (and their daughter Brooklyn), AJ and Lisa; Dave & Sharlene and children Corbin, Donovan and Derek. He is also survived by 3 step sons: Allen & Cheryl and children Harley and Shelby; Gerald & Dyanna and children Virgina & Ray (and children Shayla, Savannah and Ethan), Steven & Crystal (and children Parker and Carter), Donna & Paulo (and daughter Isabella); Bryan & Carlene and children Madison, Tana and Samuel; 2 step-daughters: Dianne & Rob Friesen and children Josh & Martha Wall (and daughter Callie), Felicia (and son Hayden); Anita & Randy Penner and children Tiffany, Courtenay, Kendra and Caitlin. Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach on Friday, November 3 at 7 p.m. with a devotional at 8 p.m. and at the church prior to the service. The funeral service will be held Saturday, November 4 at 2 p.m. at the Prairie Rose Evangelical Mennonite Church in Landmark with burial at the church cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street; Wpg., MB R3L 0K6 or to Back to the Bible, 100 – 189 Henderson Hwy; Winnipeg, MB R2L1L7