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Date of Passing: Jun 06, 2012

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PETER JACOB PETERS His family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of their beloved Papa Pete on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the age of 98 years. He passed away peacefully at the Victoria Hospital following a brief illness against which he battled with the single minded determination that was his hallmark. Pete leaves to cherish his memory his son Richard (Carol), daughter Cindy (Ray) Hogue, his grandchildren Michelle (Andy), Erin (Brent), Eric (Lizz), Ashley (Ryan) and great-grandchildren Isabella and Aiden. He is also survived by his brother John (Doreen) and his in-laws Mina Johnson and Don and Edith Besant as well as many nephews, nieces and friends. Papa Pete will be especially missed on the occasions of Thanksgiving, Christmas and family birthdays. Pete was predeceased by his dear wife Bertha in February 2000. He was also predeceased by his parents Jacob and Helen Peters, his sister Katie Peters, his sister Helen Koop and her husband Henry, his brother Jake Peters and his wife Margaret and his sister-in-law Amanda Peters. He was born on April 21, 1914, in the village of Krasnovka (a.k.a. Schoenau - meaning beautiful meadow). The village was part of a 13 village Mennonite colony located in the Ukraine portion of the Russian Empire. By 1925, Pete's family numbered five children. The had already endured the Russian Revolution and Communist takeover but when Pete's father Jacob was told to teach the doctrine of godlessness in his school he refused and the family was able to successfully emigrate to Canada, settling near Morris in 1925. The family subsequently moved to Gretna where Pete flourished academically, completing his secondary education at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute. Teaching was in the family blood so he enrolled in Normal School, receiving his teaching certificate in the mid-thirties. This led to a seven and a half year teaching career in Halbstadt and Sommerfield, into which he poured his heart and soul. He was particularly proud of one year in which he transformed a ragtag and bobtail group into disciplined students. It was a very good year - 1941 that is, Pete encountered this gorgeous woman named Bertha Ammeter and after a whirlwind courtship they were married in Starbuck on November 15, 1941. They were together for the completion of Pete's teaching career, after which he worked for a time as a sawyer in B.C. He joined the R.C.A.F. in 1943, and served as a wireless mechanic until the end of the war. He then assumed the challenging and emotionally charged position of official interpreter with the Canadian War Crimes Commission in Germany. Unfortunately during this period of service to his country, Pete contracted tuberculosis and was forced to battle this disease during most of the period from 1946 to 1951. Two separate lengthy periods of hospitalization were required. It was almost too much to bear when the TB reemerged in 2008, necessitating another bitter struggle. Pete had planned to study mathematics and physics after the war but several attempts at completing courses in these disciplines were derailed by his illness. He switched to a course of study which would at least enable him to be outdoors part of the time and lo and behold won the University of Manitoba gold medal in Agriculture in 1954. This would prove to be the springboard to a hugely successful career with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture. Potato Pete was his moniker and oh so apropos. He was involved in species breeding, product development and providing growers with the latest information on growing techniques, storage grading and quality seed. A letter from England addressed only to Potato Pete, Canada actually found its way to him. He also made significant contributions in helping to organize vegetable growers, in developing the pick-your-own concept with respect to strawberries and in broadening knowledge bases with respect to blueberries, bog cranberries and Manitoba Apples. He also revitalized the publication known as the Prairie Garden. Prior to and after Pete's retirement in 1979, he received many tributes and awards from horticultural organizations, growers, agrologists and the city of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba. The family believes that he was proudest about his induction into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2009. Pete Peters was also well known for his creative side, for his ability to entertain, inform and inspire. He produced three volumes of highly personal poetry which revealed his love of country, freedom and beauty and his praise and thankfulness for the blessings of life. His belief in the guidance and protection of a supreme and loving God is also revealed in these volumes. Pete was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church family, right to the time of his passing. Pete also published an important historical summary entitled A Century of Horticulture in Manitoba. In addition, as a result of his closeness to Bertha's parents, to her siblings and their families and to Bertha's extended family, he published the Ammeter Genealogy. People are amazed at the number of times that he gladly and proudly entertained audiences with his audio visuals, covering such diverse topics as peace, yesteryear, the seasons, Switzerland, Israel, The footsteps of Jesus and Canada's Centennial. After Papa retired, he devoted some time to refining his golf swing (Can you say hole-in- one?), to refining his casting technique and helping out family for which we were all grateful. Papa Pete has always acknowledged that his wife Bertha was the most positive force in his life. They shared 58 years together in Starbuck, on Alexander Avenue, on Killarney Avenue, on Riley Crescent and even in the Sanatorium. They were both proud of their family and we in turn are proud of them. Pete moved into The Waverley in the fall of 2000, and quickly became known for his gregarious nature, his punctuality and his displays and recitation of poems. The family is grateful for his friends there. Special thanks to Dr. Munsamy and the staff at Victoria Hospital for their loving care. Thanks to the Home Care staff who assisted Pete at the Waverley. Thanks also to the visitors who came to see Pete at the Victoria. Thank you to Pete's physician Dr. Eng. Funeral service will be held at Grace Christian Church, 50 Barnes Street, Winnipeg on Monday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Ed Mitchler of Joy Lutheran Church officiating. Viewing will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made in Pete's memory to the charity of one's choice. His particular favourites were Winnipeg Harvest and the United Way. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 885-9715
Publish Date: Jun 9, 2012

PETER JACOB PETERS Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at the age of 98 years, Pete Peters of Winnipeg passed away. Funeral arrangements are pending and a full obituary will follow in Saturday's paper. Chapel Lawn 885-9715
Publish Date: Jun 9, 2012

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 09, 2012

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • We all have many exceptonally memories of our visit in Winnipeg in 1983 by Berthie & Pete. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Urfer Elisabeth Urfer Renate Urfer Leni &Fritz+ (Relations in Switzerland) on: Jun 27, 2012

  • From his role as a 4-H leader in potato clubs to a mentor with my position in the Department of Agriculture, Pete was a positive, creative influence in both our lives. We were honoured to have been a part of his enlightened life and hold him in high esteem. - Posted by: Jim and Carol Portree (friend and colleague) on: Jun 13, 2012

  • Prayers continue to be sent for you and your family. May you find comfort at this time through the prayers of those who love and support you. - Posted by: Rita Vaags & family (cousin) on: Jun 12, 2012

  • My family and I met Papa Pete at the family reunion at Ray & Cindy's last year. We will never forget how family members of all ages sat near him and listened to his many fascinating stories. He was so cherished by all who loved him. The respect and admiration for him were most evident. Reading his obituary, we can see that his life has been very well-lived and that these sentiments were well-deserved. We also saw the exceptional care Cindy provided to her Papa. Witnessing such tremendous love and devotion for her Papa was most heartwarming. Deepest condolences to Cindy & Ray and family. He will be greatly missed. Love, Diane, Richard, Collin, Katherine, Samuel & Sarah - Posted by: Diane Burelle (Cousin) on: Jun 11, 2012

  • Have such great memories of Pete from my days at the Waverley reception. I was lucky to have typed or written out some of Pete's poems for our newsletter or in cards for his family. He was a great character and a pleasure to chat with. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Kelly (ex-employee of the Waverley) on: Jun 11, 2012

  • I remember how easy going Papa Pete was during our teenage years - he loved to tease you, Cindy and loved you very much. Memories of Papa Pete make me smile. He was a loving and loved man. - Posted by: Terry Scharf (Friend from school) on: Jun 10, 2012

  • Could this be the same Pete Peters that taught the segment of "Growing Fruit Trees in Manitoba" in a 14 week seminar on gar- dening back in the early 70's?????? Best class in the series... a life well lived. - Posted by: Lee Fischer ("Student??") on: Jun 10, 2012

  • I was lucky enough to have a few visits with this incredibly interesting man over the years. I truly enjoyed all the stories he told me and just sitting beside him on the couch and at the dinner table. Thanks to Auntie Cindy for sharing her Papa with us all these years. - Posted by: Maureen Hogue (Cindy & Ray's niece ) on: Jun 10, 2012

  • Proud to have known Pete Peters. I was a classmate of Pete's in the Faculty of Agriculture at the U. of M. We also worked together with the Manitoba Dept. of Agriculture. A life well lived. Keith Smith -- - Posted by: Keith Smith (friend) on: Jun 09, 2012

  • Always loved hearing Mr. Peters' stories, though at times, they changed! - Posted by: Gilbert and Darlene Hogue (Ray's brother) on: Jun 09, 2012


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