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HANK PETERS It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Hermann (Hank) Peters on August 26, 2012 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. Born in Southern Russia in 1923 he immigrated to Winnipeg with his parents. As a young man he began an apprenticeship at Monarch Machinery which was interrupted when he enlisted in the R.C.A.F. Upon his discharge in 1945, Hank returned to Monarch and climbed through the organization eventually being promoted to foreman, and later to challenging supervisory, sales and administrative positions. Hank was extremely proud of his family, loved the outdoors, and cherished family fishing trips, Christmas tree chopping and many other activities with his sons. During these outings he often marvelled at the beauty of God's creation. Hank also enjoyed gardening and spent hours creating beautiful landscapes. After retiring from Monarch in 1986, Hank established New Dawn Enterprises, a successful sales and marketing agency representing foundries and forging firms. Hank's many business contacts and friendships were very important to him. Hank was a lifelong member of First Mennonite Church of Winnipeg, where he served several functions including Church Council. Hank leaves to cherish his memory, his three sons and their families: Rob (Ellen) of Winnipeg, Gerry (Lonna) of Langley, BC and Mike (Bonnie) of Calgary, AB, as well as six precious grandchildren, Cassidy and Kayden in British Columbia, Logan and Mason in Alberta, and Carly and Griffin of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his parents and sister Louise and her husband Henry F. Wiebe of Winkler, he will be fondly remembered by his sister Hedy (Jack) Lepp of Vineland, ON, as well as many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place, a private interment to follow at a later date. The memorial service to celebrate Hank's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 31 at First Mennonite Church, 922 Notre Dame Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to CancerCare Manitoba, Canadian Mental Health Association, or Mennonite Central Committee.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 30, 2012
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