Obituary of George Peters
March 19, 2023, marked the end of a long courageous battle with cancer and the beginning of a new journey for our beloved George who passed peacefully surrounded by family.
George leaves behind his cherished wife Marilyn (three weeks short of 57 years); his adored children, daughter Sheri (Mark) Allard and son Trevor; his four precious grandsons Kyler, Jason, Brock and Craig Allard; his brother Jake (Esther); sister Eileen Kasdorf (Henry); sister-in-law Darlene (Norm) Huley; as well as nieces and nephews, their families, and many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob D. & Katharina Peters, and in-laws Martin & Doris Stoetzel.
George was born in the RM of Hanover on March 2, 1944, and grew up on the family farm south of Niverville. He was active in 4H as a boy, winning a number of awards, and it was on a 4H trip to the Brandon Winter Fair that he and Marilyn met at the age of 15. He married Marilyn, the love of his life, on April 9, 1966.
George was a proud employee of the Royal Bank for 31 years and enjoyed his many customers and co-workers at every level of his career. Most of their working years were spent in Winnipeg, with the exception of four years in Thunder Bay and two years in Steinbach. The last 39 years they lived in the country, first near Winnipeg, later near Steinbach, enjoying all that country living provides, especially the opportunity to pursue their love for animals. He enjoyed the companionship of many special dogs, cats and horses during these years. His association with Miniature Horses started in 1988 and raising them proved to be a wonderful "retirement" pastime. He was active in the Manitoba Miniature Horse Club, serving as Treasurer for many years. He loved sharing the joy these little horses provided with many, young and old, over the years by participating in many parades, including a Grey Cup Parade in Winnipeg, visits to nursing homes, schools, daycares, the Steinbach Museum and many sporting events. He was very proud to have a number of his horses purchased to be shown and bred in Belgium. Company dropping by to visit the farm was almost a daily occurrence, including many from far away countries. He was a very positive individual who had an amazing memory! It seemed that every person George came into contact with could somehow be traced, as he was the master of knowing 'Frintschauft' (Relatives). He seldom met a person he couldn't turn into a relative. He loved puttering around the house and would often be seen on one of his two tractors around the yard. He was an excellent handyman and took much pride in all he did. Family was always most important to him throughout his life. He loved family get togethers. His grandsons held a special spot in his heart. They meant so much to him and made him so proud. Many road trips were made to share life events and watch them play hockey over the years.
He enjoyed all sports and the last years when he wasn't as mobile the tv and his iPad provided much entertainment. He and Sheri always had a running commentary going on their iPads during the Jets games. Since farming had also been a big part of George's life, he and Trev shared farm activities regularly on a farm app Trev had set up for him on the iPad.
Our loving and precious memories of George and his beautiful smile will sustain us in the days to come. The doctors, nurses and staff at CancerCare and Bethesda Regional Health Centre, along with our wonderful caring family, friends and neighbours will always be treasured and remembered. A very special thank you to Eileen and Henry who walked this journey with us. We take great solace in knowing others remember and care. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.