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Aldemar Aarhus

Posted: 05/9/2018 10:50 AM

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Apr. 5, 1920-May 6, 2018
(98 years old)

 Surrounded by his loved ones, Aldemar Aarhus went to meet his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Aldemar, the last of the Aarhus generation, was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, uncle and great-uncle.

Aldemar is survived by daughters Mavis Aarhus (Ernie), Lila Aarhus, Lorraine Mitchell (Scotty); two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Dorothy Aarhus. He was predeceased by son Perry Aarhus (Dec. 22, 2000); sisters Myrtle (John) Giesbrecht and Annie (Dan) Buhler; and brothers Ewald Aarhus and Alvin (Leona) Aarhus.

Dad was born at home on the homestead in Menisino on Apr. 5, 1920 to Marie and Knute Aarhus. Except for the years spent in the armed forces during WWII, Aldemar lived his first 85 years close to the homestead located at SW2-3-10E, about halfway between Woodridge and Menisino in the RM of Piney. The last 12 years living at Cedarwood Supportive Housing complex on Wilson Street in Steinbach.

Growing up on the homestead, Aldemar learned to love the outdoors. Hunting, trapping and farming with horses were what he loved. When not on the farm, he worked out as a carpenter working for various companies. Dad had a heart for animals, especially horses. His patience and understanding of animals always amazed us as he settled the animals down and then gained their complete trust in very short order. Dad was a good visitor and enjoyed a good story. A soft-spoken man who seldom lost his temper.

Aldemar told many stories of his trapping and hunting adventures in northern and southern Manitoba. The results were evident on the farm as the furs were on stretch boards drying in the sun. Over the years, Dad became a scavenger of metals including pop cans, wire and steel as a means to make additional money. His last years were spent on an electric scooter in and around Steinbach during the warmer days. The City of Steinbach recognized Aldemar for his role in keeping Steinbach cleaner, or what his daughter Mavis called "operation roadside cleanup". Aldemar enjoyed playing cards like Cribbage, Whist and Bridge as a member of 55 Plus in Steinbach. He was always ready to teach others when we would want to stop playing. At family gatherings the card game was often Pitch or Shoot da Moon.

Dad, we will miss you, your stories and your passion for family gatherings. From you we learned how to accept the things we have no control over.

The family wishes to thank Cedarwood Supportive Housing for the care and wonderful meals, Dr Duerksen and nursing staff at the Bethesda Hospital along with Susan and Rick Fehr (lady Fehr) for all the compassionate care shown to Dad in his last days.

Aldemar Aarhus’s celebration of life will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at Vita Hall (Ukrainian Home of Vita) located at 209 Main St N, Vita, MB. Burial will be after the service where Dad will join his mother Marie, father Knute, sisters Myrtle and Annie, brothers Ewald and Alvin, and his son Perry, and others in the family plot in the Norwegian Cemetery in Menisino, MB.

Korban Funeral Chapel,, 1-204-425-3114.

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