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NICHOLAS RIEDIGER (published on January 15, 2008)



NICHOLAS RIEDIGER August 21, 1922 - January 12, 2008 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nicholas Riediger at Bethania Personal Care Home on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife Betty (nee Wiebe) of 63 years and his five children: Marilyn (Dave) Winter, Ken (Carla), Barry (Garn) of Thailand, Nick (Libby), Helen (Ewald) Kasdorf. He was the beloved Opa to 14 grandchildren: Christine (Peter) Jansen, Robert Winter, Frederick (Marlene) Winter, Michael Winter; Eric, Natalie and Mark Riediger; Kelly, Nicholas, Brenna, and Megan Riediger; Selena, Victoria and Jason Kasdorf. He was also the great-grandfather to Bridgitte, Erin and Elliott Jansen of Oakville, Ontario. He is also survived by his brother Vern (Erika) Riediger of Victoria, British Columbia, sister-in-law Kay Riediger of Abbotsford and brother-in-law Frank Wiens, as well as Peter and Selma Wiebe, Jake and Martha Wiebe, Walter and Shelagh Wiebe, Alvin and Suzanne Wiebe and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Helena (Klassen) Riediger, three brothers and five sisters: Henry and Helen Riediger, John Riediger, Jacob and Helen Harder, Susie and Abram Dyck, Sarah and Waldemar Lehn, Peter and Erna Lehn, and Mrs. Tina Wiens. Nicholas was born on August 21, 1922 in Arkadak, Russia. He came to Canada in 1923 with his family. They settled in Hanley, Saskatchewan. In 1935 they moved to Winnipeg where his father started the family business Riediger's Supermarket. In 1942 Nicholas was baptized by Rev. J.H. Enns and became a member of the First Mennonite Church. After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Flying Officer during the Second World War, he joined the family business with his father and three brothers to which he devoted his entire life. At the age of 42 he developed Peripheral Neuropathy. In spite of the debilitating effects of this condition, he continued working until age 79 when he suffered a major heart attack. At age 82 he became a resident of Bethania. Nicholas enjoyed life and especially the people in his life. He loved good food, chocolate, country music and the cottage at Brereton lake. In his younger years he enjoyed singing in the church choir. He was a very generous person who was known for his good humour and positive and uncomplaining attitude to life. He loved to tell a good joke. He was passionate about supporting the First Mennonite Church and Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. The family would like to thank the staff at Bethania for their loving, compassionate care and the many friends and volunteers who visited him. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at First Mennonite Church, 922 Notre Dame Avenue with Rev. Franz Wiebe officiating. Viewing prior to the service. Interment in Brookside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethania Pastoral Care, 1045 Concordia Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2K 3S7. FRIENDS FUNERAL SERVICE 2146 Main Street 339-5555


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