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EUGENE (GENE) FRANZ GIESBRECHT (published on August 08, 2009)

EUGENE (GENE) FRANZ GIESBRECHT 1931 - 2009 Eugene passed away at the Health Sciences Centre on August 5, 2009 at the age of 77. His strength, family leadership, warm smile and jovial personality will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Joyce Giesbrecht and two children, Ken and Sharon Giesbrecht (grandson, Josh Giesbrecht), Audrey and Ray Lampertz, as well as many extended family and friends. Eugene was born to Margaret and John A. Giesbrecht on the family farm in the Wakeham School District on December 23, 1931. He was the youngest child in a family of nine. He frequently mentioned that he enjoyed his three years of grade one and when he knew it all they put him in grade two. During his youth he spent many hours working on the family farm and as a vital member of threshing crews throughout southern Manitoba. During these years he also completed his elementary education and enjoyed participating in various activities such as baseball, hockey, fishing and hunting. After completing his education Eugene accepted a position with the Canadian Pacific Railway as a telegraph repair technician. This job allowed Eugene to travel to remote areas along the main rail line. It was during this period that Eugene became an avid fisherman. In 1948 Eugene took a job as a transfer driver and virtually serviced every farm and town in Southern Manitoba. Driving was definitely in Eugene's blood as in 1952 he transitioned to a bus driving position with Thiessen Bus Lines Ltd. which later became Grey Goose Bus Lines Ltd. One of Eugene's regular routes was the Winnipeg to Grand Rapids schedule. It was on one of these trips during the fall of 1954 that Eugene met a regular passenger named Joyce. On October 29, 1955, Eugene and Joyce were married. They resided in Winnipeg until the spring of 1960 when they purchased and moved to the family farm to assist Eugene's parents who were in ill health. While farming, Eugene continued to drive bus on a spare basis until the spring of 1968. At this time Eugene and Joyce turned their farm into dairy and continued with the dairy until the spring of 1990 when a decision was made to sell the dairy cows and transition into grain and beef farming. They continued farming until this spring when Eugene's health deteriorated rapidly and unexpectedly to a point which dictated his permanent hospital care. Eugene was definitely an outgoing people person and sincerely enjoyed talking to, visiting or working with his family, friends, neighbours and acquaintances. He was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, Nettie, Annie, Helen and five brothers Pete, Harry, Dan, Ed, and Abe. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4588 Roblin Blvd. in Winnipeg. After the funeral mass, all are invited to a reception in the Parish Hall. A private family ash interment will follow at Chapel Cemetery in Morden, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eugene's memory to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald St., Suite 200, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden In care of arrangements, 822-4755

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