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After a faith-filled, farming family life, Wenzel passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2022. We are grateful for the wonderful final moments we shared together as family, visiting, praying and singing with him.
In 1953, Wenzel left his family and homeland of Germany to come to Canada to build a new life. There he met his schatzi (sweetheart) Marlen.
His steady and strong work ethic was apparent in his farming life; he loved it, was passionate about it, and strove for excellence in all he did and in what he was asked to do like his involvement in the International Agricultural Exchange Association and on the farming mediation board.
His welcoming and generous personality endeared him to all who knew him. He loved his community, and loved celebrations, making them special for all.
His dedication in living out his faith, whether in church, with community, on the tractor, or taking his long walks in Selkirk Park, is an example and inspiration to us all. He showed us how to forgive and let go, and gave us a solid foundation to continue to build our faith. Many rosaries lie buried in the fields - he lost them!
To us, he was our Grandpa, Opa and Papa. He loved spending time with his many grandchildren (27) and great-grandchildren (17; and more on the way!). Marlen, his children and their families, Heidi Peters (Horst), Hugo (Cheryl), Wenzel who passed before him (Kim), John (Donnalyn), Fred (Joylene), Bernadette, Hubert (Sherri), Eileen Dalprá (Antonio who passed before him) and Michelle Lacoursiere (Paul) will miss him immeasurably, but are so grateful that he is with Mother Mary and God, and those who have passed before him.
Many thanks to all of you who have embraced him, and opened your hearts and lives to him. Thank you all for your love and support especially, Dr. Thiessen and the staff of the Selkirk Regional Health Centre.
Prayers were said on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, MB. Memorial Mass will be Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, Little Britain, MB with Fr. Gerald Langevin officiating.
Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 03, 2022
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Wenzel Preun, My sincere condolences go to Marlen and family and friends. My regret is that I only learned of Wenzel’s passing too late to attend his funeral. It always comes as a shock when someone dear to you passes away. I had the pleasure of knowing Wenzel as a mentor when I was a young single feed salesman in 1968. I was able to maintain my relationship with Wenzel since that time. The family did an incredible job of describing who Wenzel was and what he stood for. As they described it – that’s how I knew him. A very principled man indeed and without a doubt a mentor to many! As recently as 2 years ago I met a lady in our church in Charles wood who had moved in the same building in Selkirk where Wenzel and Marlen lived. She told me how Wenzel welcomed her and helped her settling in her new surroundings. My positive memories of Wenzel are many which I will treasure in my hearth and memory. Sincerely, Tony and Rosemary van Rosmalen - Posted by: Tony Van Rosmalen (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2022
Saddened to learn of Wenzel's passing. I first met Wenzel & Marlen around 1985 when I became their accountant and was privileged to continue as such until I retired in 2011. I always looked forward to my meetings with Wenzel & Marlen and hearing about the farm and also their family. Wenzel was a fine gentleman and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family, friends and all who knew him. Sincerest condolences to Marlen and all the Preun family. - Posted by: Neville & Diane Klann (Personal & Company accountant) on: Aug 03, 2022
Sincere condolences to Marlen and family. Wenzel was a fine gentleman and was a pleasure to meet him and his wife through the exchange program. May God be with you all during this difficult time. - Posted by: Ruth Giesbrecht (Friend) on: Aug 03, 2022
A very sincere, hardworking man . Never a doubt of God being in his life.condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Ken and Stella Thiessen (Fellow parishioners ) on: Aug 03, 2022
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