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Born: Nov 16, 1921

Date of Passing: Mar 26, 2018

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JOHN J. SIEMENS 1921 - 2018 On Monday, March 26, 2018, at Tabor Home, Morden, John J. Siemens, aged 96 years, of Winkler, MB, our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully. He leaves to mourn five children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, and one stepgreat-grandchild: Vernon and (Linda) Siemens; Nathan, Jason and (Bridget) with Arielle; Alvin and (Audrey) Siemens, with Ian (Paige) Dubois; Rita and (Rob) McEwen; Norman and Susan (Kenny Siemens) Siemens; Trevor, Trenton and (Rita) with Jaden and Olivia; Andrea and (Matt) Duda; Chris and (Chandra) Kenny; Nicole and (Scott) Makinson with Sophie; Jon Kenny; Edwin and (Debbie) Siemens with Jessica; one brother-in-law Menno and (Nettie) Janzen of Winkler; one sister-in-law Irene Peters of Winnipeg; one brother-in-law David Martens of Germany; and cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Elly (nee Janzen) November, 2014; his birth parents, Johann F. and Maria Enns; adoptive uncle and aunt Johann A. and Cornelia Regehr and their three daughters, Beth, Lydia, and Nellie; adoptive parents, Rev. Jacob J. and Eva (d. 1931) Siemens; and stepmother Maria Peters. He was also predeceased by six siblings: Jacob, Johann, Elizabeth, Maria, Anna, and Heinrich (Betty); adoptive sisters, Eva (Nick), Nettie, and Anne (Ike); stepbrother Victor and (Elizabeth); stepbrother John; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rudy and (Katy). John was born on November 16, 1921, in the village Lavarow, in the region of Stavropol, in southern Russia. He was the youngest of seven children. His birth parents passed away before he was a year old, of typhus, and he was given to his uncle and aunt while still in southern Russia. He was then adopted by the Siemens family who moved to Canada in 1924, settling in the Winkler area. In 1931, Rev. Jacob J. Siemens' wife Eva passed away, after which he married Maria Peters, a widow with two sons, in 1932. John was baptized on May 24, 1942, upon the confession of his faith and became a member of the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. He served in the church in many different capacities. John had a strong faith in God and was a man of character, principles and Christian values. On June 4, 1950, he married Elly Henrietta Janzen, daughter of John J. and Katharina Janzen and they resided in the Winkler area, where they farmed and he drove school bus for 20 years for the Garden Valley School Division. They were blessed with five children, four sons and one daughter. John and Elly farmed until their retirement and moved into a condo in 1997. A few years after retiring, Elly moved to Salem Home in Winkler, where she lived for 15 years. John visited Elly every day and brought her many flowers and produce from the garden which he spent many hours working in. John enjoyed singing, playing chess (winning several southern Manitoba chess championships), stamp collecting, reciting poetry and gardening. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018 in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church, 252 Sixth St., Winkler, MB with interment to follow at the Winkler Cemetery. As a family, we would like to thank all the health care professionals who gave Dad such excellent care. These include the Home Care team, Boundary Trails Health Centre, Notre Dame Hospital and Personal Care Home and Tabor Home. Thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home. Thank you also to the many family and friends who visited and supported us with your prayers and kind words of sympathy - we are deeply grateful. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory, to Tabor Home or Notre Dame Personal Care Home. Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler In care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 31, 2018

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Siemens family: I have many fond memories of spending time on the farm. Your father was an inspiration in his dedication to your mother, both on the farm and in her later years. Ingrid - Posted by: Ingrid Peters-Fransen (Niece) on: Apr 04, 2018

  • I spent many enjoyable times with my Uncle John and Aunt Elly. These included family visits to their farm as a child as well as wonderful home-cooked meals and countless chess games in later years when I was teaching in Winkler. They were such good and decent people. It should be of some consolation to his family who will miss Uncle John so dearly to know that many will remember him so fondly. Ruhe sanft, mein lieber Onkel John. - Posted by: Karl Peters (Nephew) on: Apr 01, 2018

  • Norm and Susan - May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences. Suzanne Ahlbaum - Posted by: Suzanne Ahlbaum (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2018

  • Dear Siemens Family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the death of your father, who lived a full and good life true to his Christian faith. I have very fond memories of him and remember especially doing some chores on the farm with him, which was a very different experience for this city boy from Winnipeg. I also recall his love of chess and him playing games with Uncle Victor. He was a very devoted husband to his wife Elly, in particular during her later years. It should also be mentioned that he was a good son to his adoptive mother, Maria Siemens, and provided support and care for her the many years she lived as a widow in Winkler. For this care, the extended Peters clan is very grateful I regret that we will not be able to attend the funeral in Winkler. Unfortunately, my mother, Irene Peters, will also not be able to be with you on this day due to her frail health. She also sends her deepest sympathies. Beverley and John Peters (Calgary) - Posted by: John Peters (Nephew) on: Mar 31, 2018

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