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Born: May 06, 1926

Date of Passing: Dec 18, 2019

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May 6, 1926 - December 18, 2019

Edward Milton Semler, aged 93, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on December 18, 2019, at Vista Park Lodge.
Edward is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters, Laurell Weske (Bill) and Sharilin Laplante, grandchildren, Chantelle Sawatzky, Jayson Laplante and Jynelle Laplante (David), and sister Elma Fierbach.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ewald and Emma Semler, brothers, Gus, Albert, Leonard, Bill and Walter, sisters, Jean and Frieda, and son-in-law Mike Laplante.
Edward was born May 6, 1926 in Moosehorn, Manitoba. There he met the love of his life, his soulmate, Margaret, and they were happily married for 69 years. Together they farmed in Moosehorn. Edward loved his farm and all his animals. He was a devoted John Deere man. He was also a certified mechanic and it seemed like there was nothing he couldn't fix. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and family. Edward's greatest joy was sharing his life with Margaret and spending time with his family.
We would like to thank all the staff at Vista Park Lodge for the wonderful care they provided to Edward and the love and respect they showed him and the family. We would also like to thank our good friends, Erna and Alfred Hasse for all their many visits which Edward really enjoyed.
A private service was held on December 23, 2019. Honorary pallbearers were Chantelle Sawatzky, Jayson Laplante, Jynelle Laplante and David Mulder.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Edward's memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba (

Alzheimer's Prayer
Dear Lord, please grant my visitors
tolerance for my confusion, forgiveness
for my irrationality, and the strength
to walk with me in the mist of memory
my world has become.
Please help them take my hand
and stay awhile even though I seem
unaware of their presence.
Help them to know how their strength and
loving care will drift slowly into the days to come just when I need it most.
Let them know when I don't recognize them
that I will...I will... keep their hearts free of
sorrow for me...for my sorrow, when it comes, only lasts a moment.
And finally God, please let them know how very much their visits mean, how even through this relentless mystery,
I can feel their love.

Bardal Funeral Home
843 Sherbrook Street, 204-774-7474

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 28, 2019

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