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Esther Funk

Posted: 06/5/2018 3:29 PM

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October 28, 1915 – May 31, 2018

Esther Funk, age 102, of Steinbach, Manitoba, passed away peacefully at the Whispering Pines PCH in Vita, Manitoba where she has resided for the last six years.

She was predeceased by her daughter Helen in 1994 and by her son Edward in 1998 along with ex-husband John K. Funk in 1982. Esther was also predeceased by her parents Jacob and Helen Klassen, all of her siblings and in laws, three sons-in-law Doug Armstrong, Gerry McIsaac, Ted Timchuk and grandson Dan's two wives Joanne and Jean as well as many nieces and nephews.

Esther is survived by daughter Florence and partner Bryan (Leduc AB), Alvin and Marlene Funk (Saskatoon,SK), Sandra and John Shore of Steinbach, daughter-in-law Marilynne Funk and partner Douglas Enns of Steinbach. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Daniel McIsaac (Nichole), Debra Armstrong (Lorne) Arva (Kim)Armstrong, Annjanette (Vince) Augert, Tammy Funk, Chanda (Joe) Lockhart, Keric Funk, Scottie Shore, Jason Shore. Great-grandchildren Allyson, Spencer, Emma, Dominic, Lisa and Shelly and their children.

Esther was a daughter to Jacob and Helen Klassen of the Bergthal rural area. She was one of eight children, two brothers Jacob and Peter and five sisters Maria, Helena, Susanna, Elisabeth and Anne.

Mom was held in high regard by her many friends, family and relatives. They in turn helped her through some very trying times. Mom said that you have to live every day God gives you. By that she meant that we should live it well and with appreciation. In the last 20 years Mom suffered several small strokes, short term memory loss and debilitating osteoarthritis. And she gave us an example of grace and dignity again.

Mom had many jobs and the one she was best at was mother and grandmother. Her occupations were many. Starting with the family seamstress as a young woman, family farm duties, hoeing beets, gardener, store clerk, baker, wedding cake decorator, painter and volunteering.

She joined The New Horizons club when she retired and especially enjoyed shuffleboard. Many years were spent at the MCC thrift store sorting and then taking home materials to make blankets that were later finished with the ladies of the Sewing Circle for MCC disaster relief.

Our mom was the best mom and grandmother ever!

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Manitoba.

Private family burial will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with memorial service to follow at 11:30 a.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, Manitoba. Esther will be interred at Randolph Cemetery near her father as was her wish.

In lieu of flowers if friends so desire a donation can be made in her memory to the Manitoba Lung Association, Cancer Care or any charity of their choice.

Special thanks to all the caregivers at Vita PCH. They all have the biggest hearts!

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