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Born: Sep 17, 1928

Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2022

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September 17, 1928 - January 8, 2022

Our beloved Mom, Oma and Great-Oma, left to join the love of her life Friedrich, who patiently awaited for his sweetheart at "Heaven's Gate." Our hearts are comforted knowing they are together again.
Born September 17, 1928 in Freidenthal, Ukraine, a young girl with little education, she taught herself to cook and sew, while helping her brother Valentine (predeceased) on their small farm. With Mom's perseverance, strength and courage, she grew into a wonderful, kind, caring woman.
She then met and married Dad on October 20, 1946 in Germany. In 1955, with their three young children, they came to Canada and added two more children to their home on Goulding Street. Mom and Dad were inseparable for 65 years, until Dad's passing on January 27, 2012.
Mom loved to cook, bake, sew, knit, crochet and garden. She was such a talented lady with a heart bigger than herself; always willing to share her baking and handmade items with everyone.
Mom's greatest joy were her seven grandchildren, who she spoiled with more love than anyone knew was possible. Our Mom now became "OMA" to everyone. Great-grandchildren started to arrive with four to date, and one more on the way. She loved the visits, videos and pictures shown to her…that always made her day.
Mom suffered a stroke in September of 2015, but she never gave up. Her fierce determination gave her the strength and courage to keep some independence while in her wheelchair. She loved her bingo, hymn sing and Sunday services at the care home.
Mom is survived by her children, Marta (George - deceased), Ernie, Mona (Keith), Anita (Kevin) and Susan; her grandchildren, Spencer (Jenn), Joel (Kelly), Jordan (Sheena), Brent (Gina), Abbey (Matt), Ashton (Jessica), Curtis (Rachel); and great-grandchildren, Cayla, Blake, Maci, Theo, Breigh and, Kaylee. Also, her three nephews and their families, on her side of the family, Karl (Donna) Vogelsang, Waldemar (Chris) Vogelsang and Rudy Preis.
She is also being remembered with much love by her sister-in-law, Ruth Rehberg, brother-in-law, Friedrich Klatt, along with many nieces and nephews on the Rehberg side of our large family, together with relatives still in Germany. Mom was predeceased by many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews and cousins.

Mom, you are so loved and already missed, more than words can say. We will hold you in our hearts forever, never to be forgotten.


A private service will be held. A live webcast can be viewed at on January 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m, the family invites all to join.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Mona, Keith and Family It was a very nice service. Yes, Mona your Mother was such a generous and loving human being. You gave a great remembrance speech. I could not have done that. It was very moving. I never got to really know your Mom and I just wish I could have been there to get to know her. Being away from there I feel I did miss out on so many things. So I do have fond memories and after the service I feel like I do know her. Just keep all the good memories and be thankful for them. Love from Judy - Posted by: Grant, Judy Grant (Keith’s sister) on: Jan 21, 2022

  • Such a sweet and caring lady. I have such happy memories of my many trips to Winnipeg and the delicious treats that Oma made. A mother’s love is amazing and she showed her love for her family in such a calm and loving way. You will be missed by so many Oma. Rest peacefully now. Much love to all the family. Don and Gail McPherson - Posted by: Gail McPherson (Family ) on: Jan 21, 2022

  • Scotty and I offer our sincere condolences to all the family. So sorry for your loss. We’ll be thinking of you Friday. - Posted by: Paulette Dillon (Friend ) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • Condolences to Berta's family. I fondly remember Berta when I would visit my mother, Fern Pfaff, at Calvary Place Personal Care Home. My mother would be seated by Berta at lunchtime and I would visit with Berta along with my mother. Berta was a very sweet lady. I know she enjoyed singing, so I would go up and let her know the guitar lady, Arena, was there on Fridays or Saturdays and she would join in singing hymns with my mother and a few of the main floor residents. She always requested "Amazing Grace". What a lovely lady! - Posted by: June Pospishell (Calvary Place visitor) on: Jan 15, 2022

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