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CURTIS STEIMAN

Date of Passing: Sep 02, 2017

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CURTIS STEIMAN On September 2, 2017, with his loving wife Lorane at his side, Curtis Aubrey Steiman, our beloved father, grandfather, brother and husband passed away after a two year illness with Parkinson's disease. During his illness, Dad was cared for at home with love and support from Lorane, his children, grandchildren, brothers, extended family and dedicated health care professionals. Curtis is survived by Lorane, his wife of 58 years; children Rebecca Ehnes (James), Mark Steiman (Tannis), Pam Steiman De Visser (Ross) and Andrew Steiman (Nancy); grandchildren David and Nathaniel Ehnes; Max, Miya and Jack Steiman; Hannah and Faye Steiman De Visser; and Benjamin and Kate Steiman, as well as brothers Gary (Gwen), Lionel (Bonnie) and Rodney (Marites). Dad was born on June 24, 1938 and grew up in Winnipeg's north end. Curtis and his brothers were raised by their parents Maxwell and Joyce and lived first on McGregor Street and then on Matheson Avenue. Dad attended Luxton and St. John's schools and his recollections of childhood were of an active, happy time. At the age of 17 Curtis followed his brother Gary into the study of chartered accountancy. He distinguished himself in his studies and his experience as a CA would provide him with a strong foundation for his career in business. Perhaps the greatest benefit of Curtis's professional education was finding his true love, Lorane. This happened at an accountant's/nurse's dance at the Club Morocco night club. Curtis met Lorane and they married in 1959. Dad later said of himself "What a lucky man." Lorane had known him for two years and had seen him through some wild times and she was still willing to marry him. It could only have been love! Dad had a number of accounting jobs in the ensuing years and travelled quite a bit in rural Manitoba, north west Ontario and Saskatchewan. He also started his own businesses in greeting cards and car wax. By 1963 the family had grown to four and Mom and Dad bought their first house in Winnipeg on Hoskin Avenue. Dad continued to gain experience in business working at Aronovitch & Leipsic and then Lakeview Developments. After his experience at Lakeview, Curtis started his own real estate development company and Winfield Developments was incorporated in 1970. Dad was always grateful for his father and older brother's financial support in his new business. At this time, Curtis had also developed a relationship with Sam Bookbinder. Sam was in the importing business but he would become Curtis's business partner until his death in 1987. They both took considerable pride in their relationship and Curtis was to remark that he never had an argument with Sam in the 17 years they were together. Winfield Developments grew quickly and became a very successful venture. At its peak, it had offices in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Regina and Kitchener. The company would go on to develop more than three million square feet of commercial real estate. Curtis also distinguished himself outside the business realm taking part in a variety of community service work. He served on the University of Manitoba Student's Union executive in 1960 and was the Secretary Treasurer of the Accountancy Student Council. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg from 1963 to 1975 and served as Vice President of Projects in 1975-1976. Dad served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA and was Board Chairman of the YMCA Camps Branch. He was also active in the Lutheran Church. Dad was President and Chairman for the St. James Lutheran Church building committee. He spent 10 years on the Board of Regents of the Concordia Lutheran Seminary and served as a board member for Canadian Lutheran World Relief. Curtis also served St. John's Ravenscourt school for about 10 years in various capacities. These included board member, Chair of Finance, President of the SJR Foundation and Chairman of the Board. In 1986 Curtis was awarded the title of Associate of the Faculty of Management by the University of Manitoba. Dad also served with International Development Enterprises (IDE) Canada for 20 years. He was a member of the executive committee, treasurer, and President. Dad found this work particularly interesting as it involved several trips overseas to Nepal, Bangladesh and other locations. In 2007, Curtis was awarded a Community Service Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. In his later years Curtis and Lorane were ardent supporters of Siloam Mission. Dad was a great example on how to serve one's community but more importantly he taught his children the importance of family. We are fortunate to be a close family and have benefitted from his relationships with his brothers and his extended family. One important outlet for our family has always been lake life at Clearwater Bay on Lake of the Woods. Curtis and Lorane have had a cottage on Lake of the Woods for 45 years. Dad was introduced to the lake through his experiences as a camper at Camp Stevens. We have fond memories of swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing, partying, family dinners, bridge, Monopoly and martinis. Lifelong friendships were established on Zig Zag island with the Taylor family. We can look back on great family adventures in the travels and vacations we have taken together. Trailering to Banff, Jasper, the Black Hills; camping in north west Ontario; fishing trips on the English River, in North West Territories, on Deer Lake; our African Safari in 1976-1977; Israel in 1979; Hawaii; Florida; Mexico. Curtis and Lorane also proved to be exemplary grandparents. They dedicated themselves to take each of their nine grandchildren on a special holiday, alone or in pairs. These included the Black Hills, Nova Scotia, Quebec City, an Alaskan cruise and trip to Paris. Curtis was concerned about his energy and health lasting long enough to make sure everyone was included in their special trip with Grandma and Gramps. Mission accomplished Dad! Curtis knew that he had been blessed in his life. He attributed much of his success in business to the loyalty, trust and hard work of a special group of employees. These included Egon Knudsen, Rick Martens, Arthur Giesbrecht, David Ross, Jonnet Cooney and Murray McRae. He was proud of these long term relationships and the friendships he retained. On our last family trip in December, Dad's health took a marked turn for the worse. His condition deteriorated and he lost the ability to care for himself. Dad suffered with his illness as he lost his physical and mental capacities. He never complained. About a month ago when his ability to speak was disappearing, he told us how lucky him and my mom were, how blessed they had been. Dad's faith in God and Jesus Christ was always a very important aspect of his life. Last Thursday we held a service of thanksgiving and commended Dad to God. I believe he enjoyed our singing and was looking to the future. We would like to thank all of Dad's caregivers: Michael, Allan, Analie, John, Raffi, and Jovany. Thank you for your excellent care, dedication and patience. Also thank you to Dr. Albak and to Pastor Michael Kurtz. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 at First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor Street. Memorial donations may be made to Siloam Mission. We will love you forever Dad. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery (204) 222-3241 Condolences may be sent to www.greenacresfuneralhome.com
Publish Date: Sep 8, 2017

CURTIS STEIMAN On September 2, 2017, with his loving wife Lorane at his side, Curtis Aubrey Steiman, our beloved father, grandfather, brother and husband passed away after a two year illness with Parkinson's disease. During his illness, Dad was cared for at home with love and support from Lorane, his children, grandchildren, brothers, extended family and dedicated health care professionals. Curtis is survived by Lorane, his wife of 58 years; children Rebecca Ehnes (James), Mark Steiman (Tannis), Pam Steiman De Visser (Ross) and Andrew Steiman (Nancy); grandchildren David and Nathaniel Ehnes; Max, Miya and Jack Steiman; Hannah and Faye Steiman De Visser; and Benjamin and Kate Steiman, as well as brothers Gary (Gwen), Lionel (Bonnie) and Rodney (Marites). Dad was born on June 24, 1938 and grew up in Winnipeg's north end. Curtis and his brothers were raised by their parents Maxwell and Joyce and lived first on McGregor Street and then on Matheson Avenue. Dad attended Luxton and St. John's schools and his recollections of childhood were of an active, happy time. At the age of 17 Curtis followed his brother Gary into the study of chartered accountancy. He distinguished himself in his studies and his experience as a CA would provide him with a strong foundation for his career in business. Perhaps the greatest benefit of Curtis's professional education was finding his true love, Lorane. This happened at an accountant's/nurse's dance at the Club Morocco night club. Curtis met Lorane and they married in 1959. Dad later said of himself "What a lucky man." Lorane had known him for two years and had seen him through some wild times and she was still willing to marry him. It could only have been love! Dad had a number of accounting jobs in the ensuing years and travelled quite a bit in rural Manitoba, north west Ontario and Saskatchewan. He also started his own businesses in greeting cards and car wax. By 1963 the family had grown to four and Mom and Dad bought their first house in Winnipeg on Hoskin Avenue. Dad continued to gain experience in business working at Aronovitch & Leipsic and then Lakeview Developments. After his experience at Lakeview, Curtis started his own real estate development company and Winfield Developments was incorporated in 1970. Dad was always grateful for his father and older brother's financial support in his new business. At this time, Curtis had also developed a relationship with Sam Bookbinder. Sam was in the importing business but he would become Curtis's business partner until his death in 1987. They both took considerable pride in their relationship and Curtis was to remark that he never had an argument with Sam in the 17 years they were together. Winfield Developments grew quickly and became a very successful venture. At its peak, it had offices in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Regina and Kitchener. The company would go on to develop more than three million square feet of commercial real estate. Curtis also distinguished himself outside the business realm taking part in a variety of community service work. He served on the University of Manitoba Student's Union executive in 1960 and was the Secretary Treasurer of the Accountancy Student Council. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg from 1963 to 1975 and served as Vice President of Projects in 1975-1976. Dad served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA and was Board Chairman of the YMCA Camps Branch. He was also active in the Lutheran Church. Dad was President and Chairman for the St. James Lutheran Church building committee. He spent 10 years on the Board of Regents of the Concordia Lutheran Seminary and served as a board member for Canadian Lutheran World Relief. Curtis also served St. John's Ravenscourt school for about 10 years in various capacities. These included board member, Chair of Finance, President of the SJR Foundation and Chairman of the Board. In 1986 Curtis was awarded the title of Associate of the Faculty of Management by the University of Manitoba. Dad also served with International Development Enterprises (IDE) Canada for 20 years. He was a member of the executive committee, treasurer, and President. Dad found this work particularly interesting as it involved several trips overseas to Nepal, Bangladesh and other locations. In 2007, Curtis was awarded a Community Service Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. In his later years Curtis and Lorane were ardent supporters of Siloam Mission. Dad was a great example on how to serve one's community but more importantly he taught his children the importance of family. We are fortunate to be a close family and have benefitted from his relationships with his brothers and his extended family. One important outlet for our family has always been lake life at Clearwater Bay on Lake of the Woods. Curtis and Lorane have had a cottage on Lake of the Woods for 45 years. Dad was introduced to the lake through his experiences as a camper at Camp Stevens. We have fond memories of swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing, partying, family dinners, bridge, Monopoly and martinis. Lifelong friendships were established on Zig Zag island with the Taylor family. We can look back on great family adventures in the travels and vacations we have taken together. Trailering to Banff, Jasper, the Black Hills; camping in north west Ontario; fishing trips on the English River, in North West Territories, on Deer Lake; our African Safari in 1976-1977; Israel in 1979; Hawaii; Florida; Mexico. Curtis and Lorane also proved to be exemplary grandparents. They dedicated themselves to take each of their nine grandchildren on a special holiday, alone or in pairs. These included the Black Hills, Nova Scotia, Quebec City, an Alaskan cruise and trip to Paris. Curtis was concerned about his energy and health lasting long enough to make sure everyone was included in their special trip with Grandma and Gramps. Mission accomplished Dad! Curtis knew that he had been blessed in his life. He attributed much of his success in business to the loyalty, trust and hard work of a special group of employees. These included Egon Knudsen, Rick Martens, Arthur Giesbrecht, David Ross, Jonnet Cooney and Murray McRae. He was proud of these long term relationships and the friendships he retained. On our last family trip in December, Dad's health took a marked turn for the worse. His condition deteriorated and he lost the ability to care for himself. Dad suffered with his illness as he lost his physical and mental capacities. He never complained. About a month ago when his ability to speak was disappearing, he told us how lucky him and my mom were, how blessed they had been. Dad's faith in God and Jesus Christ was always a very important aspect of his life. Last Thursday we held a service of thanksgiving and commended Dad to God. I believe he enjoyed our singing and was looking to the future. We would like to thank all of Dad's caregivers: Michael, Allan, Analie, John, Raffi, and Jovany. Thank you for your excellent care, dedication and patience. Also thank you to Dr. Albak and to Pastor Michael Kurtz. Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 at First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor Street. Memorial donations may be made to Siloam Mission. We will love you forever Dad. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery (204) 222-3241 Condolences may be sent to www.greenacresfuneralhome.com
Publish Date: Sep 8, 2017

CURTIS STEIMAN Peacefully on September 2, 2017, Curtis Steiman passed away at his residence with his family at his side. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor Street. Full obituary to follow. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery (204) 222-3241 Condolences may be sent to www.greenacresfuneralhome.com
Publish Date: Sep 6, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 08, 2017

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Dear Larane & family: We regret that we were out of the city and unable to be with you and your friends as you celebrated the life of Curtis. We want to compliment you on the wonderful way that you captured the many memories and achievements he brought to your life and the community. Curtis has a huge heart and he will be missed. Sincere sympathy and love, Bob, Irene Cunningham and Family - Posted by: Bob, Irene Cunningham & Family ( Friend) on: Sep 15, 2017

  • Condolences to the Steiman family. Cheryl and I have known them since the bought their cottage on Zig Zag. We and our children have many memories with our families and theirs. And as stated in the obituary, lots of fishing, barbeques and deck parties. He will be missed by all. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Jim & Cheryl Taylor & Family (Friends) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • Words cannot begin to express my sadness at Curtis's passing, nor my gratitude to Curtis, Lorane and their entire family for all their gifts of Love over the years. Their kindness, good humour, hospitality and generodity come immediately to mind. The teaching of faith, hope and Love run through the lifestory that Curtis wrote as his legacy to all who knew him. Through his example we all are uplifted and inspired to serve and honour our Creator and to love one another as ourselves. Though my direct contacts with Curtis have been few in recent years I have kept in touch with his beloved children through social mefia. To each of them and to their precious Mother Lorane I send my love and my deepest condolences, heartened.in the knowledge that you all will be together always. Blessings and peace . Auntie Laura - Posted by: Laura Steiman Shofley (former sister in law and forever s friend and admirer) on: Sep 08, 2017

  • I am very sorry to hear of your loss, and so, so sad to hear of Mr. Steiman's passing. I grew up living next to the Steiman family on Galsworthy Place. So many memories! I remember our two families driving to the lake in one MASSIVE station wagon. I think there were ten of us in that car! I seem to recall Andrew sitting on his Dad's lap while he drove - aaaah the 70s. I think there was a little TV or radio in the car, and the Blue Jays game was on. I remember thinking how fun it was. I think we had a tire blow out in the middle of the night on the way home and we ended up in the ditch. That may have been my first time taking a "nature break" in the bush. * It was exciting. * I remember the Steimans were the first people I knew with an actual VCR. We went next door for a movie night. * It was so exciting! * We all sat in the big family room with the giant sofa (2 king's corners!). Sadly, for the poor Graboski girls, we were sent home because my Mom didn't want us to watch "Deer Hunter". At the time it seemed preposterous, an affront, but thinking about it now, Mom was 100% on the money :) I remember so many family parties, Christmas parties, big events and fun times. I remember a lot of good times at the lake. Lots of fishing trips and walks, big dinners and playing games. There was always an air of excitement - like something big was happening. Mr. Steiman was at the centre of it all. He always had time for everyone, even the two gangly, little Graboski girls. He showed us how to fish and let us drive the boat. He took us to see eagles at the lake. He let us come over for swimming and always waved when he drove (fast) that giant blue chevy up the middle of our street. He showed us love. * And... as ever, EXCITEMENT! * That was his impact on us growing up. * Everything was exciting. * And fun. And new. Being around your family and your Dad was always a thrill. There was this really great energy and vibe. Everyone was always included. The last time I got to see Mr. Steiman was at my parent's house on Galsworthy Place last summer (Canada Day, 2016). I suspected it would be the last time we'd be at my childhood home before it was sold. A lot of memories flooded back. I was glad I got to visit and reminisce with the Steimans (but I missed you Andrew and Nancy). You are in my thoughts. Your family is tight and strong. My heart is with you. Love, Chrissie - Posted by: Chrissie Graboski (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2017

  • So sorry to hear of your Brother's passing Rodney. My thoughts and prayers go out to and your family. Gail - Posted by: Gail Kotowich (client of Dominion Tax Services) on: Sep 08, 2017

  • I knew Curtis Steiman since elementary school , and I and many other friends and acquaintances will always remember him as simply a perfect gentleman and all-around nice guy. He will genuinely be missed. - Posted by: Edward (Ted) Katz () on: Sep 07, 2017

  • Dear Aunt Lorane, Rebecca, Mark, Pam and Andrew and families: Just to let you know you have all been in our thoughts and prays these last few months. No words can express our heartfelt sympathy for the loss. I will carry in my heart, when living in Winnipeg coming over at Christmas and singing carols, dinners at Nana's as well as spending time in the summer at the cottage. Love always South Carolina XOXOXOXOXO - Posted by: Karen Nolan, Christine Bureau, Cathy Bureau, Robbie Bureau and families (Nieces and Newphews) on: Sep 07, 2017

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