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MANFRED PESCHEL (published on January 09, 2010)



MANFRED PESCHEL January 8, 1927 - December 31, 2009 On Thursday, December 31, 2009 Manfred Peschel passed away peacefully, at the Grace Hospital at the age of 82, with his wife and children by his side and entered into eternal life to be rejoined with his family he missed so dearly, his parents, brothers and sister. Left to mourn Manfred are his wife of 60 years, Else; daughters Monika Clinton (Ron) and Susanna Chwan (Keith); son Richard Peschel (Heidi) as well as grandchildren Justin Stacey (Angela), Leesa Chwan (Arick), Jennifer Chwan (Toby), Alison Bladorn (Dan) and Daniel Clinton. Manfred also leaves behind four great-grandchildren Shannon Chwan, Nathanael Klassen, Ella Bladorn and Evelyn Stacey. He was predeceased by his sister Ava and son-in-law, William Chwan Jr. Manfred was born in Schlesien, Germany. He was drafted into the army in the Second World War for the last few months of the war before Germany surrendered in 1945. In 1949, he met and married Else (Winkler) and together they had two daughters in Germany. Manfred was an excellent and skilled bricklayer. In 1960, he decided to move his family to Winnipeg, Manitoba to pursue a career in Canada, where he had his third child (a son). He loved his job and his mark will forever be present at such landmarks as The Richardson Building, Polo Park and many of the schools and churches in Winnipeg. He was a member of the Canadian and German Bricklayers Societies for the remainder of his life. Manfred was a quiet and very private person who enjoyed reading, doing puzzles and playing cards with friends. He also loved animals, almost to a fault, feeding stray dogs and cats, squirrels and birds in the neighbourhood. He went as far as building a shelter under his porch for the stray animals to rest and find food and warmth in the winter. Somehow, maybe the animals knew because they kept following him home. In the last few years before his health declined, Manfred showed a great love of building dollhouses and fortunate are those who have one. His grandchildren have very fond memories of him as being very loving and generous - always willing to give whatever he had to his family and friends. He is lovingly remembered as the strong, silent type. In compliance with Manfred's request, no formal service will be held. Manfred's family would like to send a special thank you to all the staff at Charleswood Personal Care Centre as well as the staff on the 5th floor at Grace Hospital for the care during his final days. Dearest Papa: I hope you found the peace you were looking for so desperately. We will miss you every day for the rest of our lives...Watch over us until we see you again...Love Moni


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