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JOHN J. GIESBRECHT (published on April 04, 2009)

JOHN J. GIESBRECHT The family of John J. Giesbrecht of Altona (formerly of Plum Coulee) is saddened to announce his passing at the Altona Health Centre on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 92 years of age. Surviving are one son John Wayne Giesbrecht (Janet) of Winnipeg and his family (Raymond and Laurette), one sister, Mrs. Marge Bergen (Dave) and one brother, Jake P. Giesbrecht, one sister-in-law Mrs. Betty Giesbrecht, all of Winkler, and one brother-in-law, the Reverend Peter Dyck (Louise) of Winnipeg, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherina (Tene) in 1998, his parents, Reeve John D. and Katherina Giesbrecht, sisters, Mrs. Tina Schellenberg and Mrs. Trudy Harder, brothers, Henry and Dave Giesbrecht. Prior to his retirement to Altona in 1983, Dad was farming at Plum Coulee and active in a variety of community organizations, including being Vice-President of Manitoba Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co., Chairman of the local School Board, and 4-H Club leader. He won awards for corn and sugar beet production, and in the 1960s won first prize for the best farm home grounds in Manitoba for three consecutive years. In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, and after retirement, golf and travel. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Altona Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment to follow at the Altona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Altona Community Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 2076, Altona, MB, R0G 0B0. The family would like to thank Dr. Ken Kliewer and the exceptional nursing staff of the Altona Health Centre and Eastview Place for their compassion and care of Dad during the final year of his life. Wiebe's Funeral Home of Altona are in charge of arrangements.

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