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Born: Feb 28, 1957
Date of Passing: Jun 22, 2019Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
February 28, 1957 - June 22, 2019
He is survived by his loving wife Sarah, with whom he shared 39 years; his daughter Kayla (Jonathan); son Steven (Misty); daughter Randa; grandchildren, who were the sparkle of his heart; granddaughter Adrianne; grandsons, Blaine, Owen and Ethan; siblings, (Margret), (Susie), Lorenz (Clara), Myra (Simon), Barbara, Judy (Sam), John (Tina), Helen (George), Kathryn (Paul), Timothy, Joseph (Thelma) and Sara-Ann (Evan); many nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family takes great comfort in the knowledge that Steve has gone to be with Jesus. Steve was welcomed to his Heavenly home by his parents, Sam and Rachel; grandbaby Klein; brothers, Sammy and Elie; sisters-in-law Shirley and Annie; brothers-in-law Willie and Levi.
Dad was born the seventh of 13 children to Sam and Rachel Maendel in New Rosedale Colony. In 1972, Steve moved with his family to Pine Creek Colony near Austin, MB where he worked on helping start up the family colony until he was 17, then he moved out west to work with friends. After a short time he moved back to Portage la Prairie to work at Faurschou Farms and P & C Seeds. During that time of his life he met Sarah, the love of his life and they were married April 5, 1980. Shortly after they moved back to the Pine Creek area, he discovered his passion and talent of rebuilding tractors and established Steve Tractor Rebuilders. Steve had an amazing ability to repair or rebuild any motor, tractors, semis, trailers, GMC trucks, and Volvos. To all those who knew him specifically John Deere and Volvo. He was very well liked and respected in his industry.
Steve had many talents and many passions, he loved hunting and sledding it was something he really enjoyed doing as it usually involved spending quality time with his son Steven, son-in-law Jonathan, his brothers and more than a few nephews. Steve's kind heart, generosity and forgiving nature will never be forgotten; whether it will be buying a meal for the homeless; helping out someone in need; picking up hitch hikers; and most importantly taking care of the many widows in his life.
Our family would like to acknowledge the wonderful, patient and professional care provided by the staff and nurses of GD2 Ward at Health Sciences Centre and to all the doctors at Health Sciences Centre a very heartfelt thank you for all the support and understanding towards our family. A special thank you to family and friends for all their daily visits to the hospital (Dad so much loved everyone's visits) and for all of the generosity towards our family during Dad's hospital stay.
A wake will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. with the funeral service Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. both held at the MacGregor Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Interment will be at Edrans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, our family would like you to honour Dad by doing a random act of kindness to someone in need, because that's who Dad was.
Thank you, Dad, for teaching us to love
and to give .... you will be always in our hearts. Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Clarke's Funeral Home,
Gladstone - MacGregor
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 25, 2019
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