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Born: Oct 24, 1931

Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2021

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Surrounded by the love and care of his family, Manfred Ferdinand Wilhelm Woltmann went home to heaven on September 23, 2021, just one month shy of his 90th birthday.
He is mourned by his five children: Doris (Frank) Barwich, Marlene Schroeder, Evelyn (Gary) Willms, Norman (Janet) Woltmann and Anita (Bobby) Roulston. "Opa" will also be sadly missed by his 20 grandchildren: Meaghan DeGroot, Erin White (Kyle) and Paul DeGroot; Charis (Matthew) Klassen, Kristine Schroeder, Jonathan (Natalie) Schroeder, and Kiah (Mitchell) Wiebe; Sarah (Josh) Kuziak, Janell Torres (Eric), Renae (Scott) Heppner, Talitha (Chris) Timlick, Serena (Jayson) Parasz, David (Sarita) Willms and Caleb (Haley) Willms; Laura (Jeff) Mathew, Kate (Nathan) Regier and Nathan (Diana) Woltmann; Savanna, Jackson and Justice Roulston; and 27 great-grandchildren. He has one surviving sibling, Heinz (Sandra) Woltmann and other extended family in Germany.
Manfred was born in Bremerhaven, West Germany on October 24, 1931, the second child and oldest son of Robert and Berta Woltmann. He trained as an electrician and came to Canada in 1952 settling in Winnipeg. In 1961 he was hired by the City of Winnipeg as an Electrical Inspector, eventually retiring as Chief Electrical Inspector in 1988.
His wife, Irma, followed him from Germany and they were married on December 5, 1953. She was his perfect partner, and they were blessed with a large family (70 and counting!) and a wonderful lakeside cottage on Lake Winnipeg where they loved hosting family and enabling connection. They spent their retirement years travelling, enjoying their cottage as well as time in Florida, together with family and friends. After Irma's death in 2007, he grieved her every day but continued to enjoy spending time with his extended church family, friends and relatives and was happiest as Opa - attending the latest family wedding or holding the latest great-grandchild.
Our dad loved the Lord and was a creative, passionate visionary contributing his expertise, experience and leadership to Rowandale Baptist Church, Camp Nutimik, and was a founding member of Abundant Life Baptist Church. His passion to see God's kingdom come soon also motivated him to lead mission projects in Manitoba, Germany and Cameroon. To this day all his children love and serve the Lord. He leaves a rich spiritual legacy.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Anita and Bobby Roulston and family whom he lived with for 14 years after our mother's death and who provided exemplary, loving care and support and were there with him at his peaceful end.
Viewing will take place on October 7, 2021 at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A memorial and celebration service will be held on October 8, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rowandale Baptist Church, 162 Rowandale Avenue. This will be followed by an interment at Sunnyside Cemetery, Oakbank.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations payable to Camp Nutimik.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • We were so saddened to hear of Fred's passing. We go back a long way with him and Irma. They were so special to us. We enjoyed working at Abundant Life with them to build the church from a simple diesel building to what it is today. Even though they lived in Victoria Beach they were there early mornings till late at night; they were so faithful and dedicated to the work. Fred and Irma were such a positive influence in our lives and we are very thankful for their friendship. Our sincere condloances to the family, we are thinking and praying for you as you go though this difficult time. - Posted by: George and Susan klips (Friends) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • Mr. Woltmann will always have a special place in my heart. We so loved to hear his stories when we were growing up. We would get together with the Woltmanns from time to time for a Kaffeeklatsch at either of our cottages and as kids, would listen to their stories from years ago - Mr. Woltmann would do most of the talking :) but all was very entertaining! We had so much fun with the entire family! - Posted by: Heidi Splezter (Friend of family) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • My condolences to the family, especially to Anita Roulston who I've spoken to a few times. While I never worked directly with Fred, he regularly attended our annual Christmas lunch with the retired electrical inspectors. He was always a welcome addition to those events and it's sad when we lose a member. Fred was very friendly and always welcoming to the "newbies" who joined the group. We'll miss him. - Posted by: Shirley Jenken (work colleague (of sorts)) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • Anita, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart felt condolences, prayers and love to you and your family. - Posted by: Barb Tutt (friend) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • We are sorry for the loss of your much loved Father, Opa, and Great-Grandfather. May you take comfort in the many great memories you built with him. God is with you all - Posted by: Walter and Anne Willms (Daughter Evelyn is our daughter in law) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • Condolences to all the children, grandchildren and family during this difficult time. We all grieve with you. Together we look forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. - Posted by: Edie Galbraith (Acquaintance ) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • A wonderful legacy to the family. Love hugs and prayers for u all ❤️ - Posted by: Donna athey (Friend of the family) on: Oct 02, 2021

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