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ALFONS BERNHARD HUEGING (published on September 28, 2011)

ALFONS BERNHARD HUEGING February 10, 1927 September 24, 2011 At the age of 84 years, after a courageous three and a half year battle with Multiple Myeloma, Alfons Hueging, beloved husband, father, Opa, and friend to many passed away peacefully at home, as was his wish. Alfons was born and raised in the District of Homer in Rhineland Westfalen, Germany. He was the youngest of 12 children born to father, Heinrich* and mother Katharina* (nee Nienhaus). He lost his father at the age of one and his mother at the age of 12. Thereafter, Alfons was looked after by his older siblings (predeceased*) Johann* (Josefa*), Heinrich* (Auguste*), Josef* (Franziska*), Josefine* (Heinrich*), Maria (Wilhelm*), Franz (Alvina), Sofia (Franz*). Living a well-rounded country life, he had many stories about his life on the family farm, his schooling and the community. At the age of 16, Alfons found himself serving in the German army and it had a great impact on his life. Returning home in 1946, he helped rebuild the family farm and his community. During this period he met Christine (Crystal) Seier, and together they decided to immigrate to Canada with the hope of starting their own farm. Alfons and Crystal married November 29, 1952. They were the first of several German families who eventually settled in an area, then referred to as Bonnie Doon. It was on this farm that their seven children, Karin (Richard), John (Heather), Luke (Kathy), Henry (Debbie), Alfons*, Joe (Tammy), and Ben (Lesley) were born and spent their early years. Alfons moved his family to Warren, MB to build a successful dairy farm in 1970. Dad made a profound impression on all of his children by way of his example and by his desire and effort to use every day experiences to teach values and important life lessons. Our parents' incredible work ethic was balanced by their love and joy of family and friends, who gathered daily around the always-expanding kitchen table to enjoy Oma's cooking . Over the years, 16 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren joined their family. Alfons was deeply devoted to his best friend and wife of 59 years. When Mom became ill with Alzheimer's, he took care of her with a love and loyalty that was true to who they were. He was a member of Little Britain Schutzenverein for over 50 years, and was very proud of his German heritage. He loved life passionately. He evoked love and respect in all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and community. His life will be remembered by all and his stories will be told to his great-grandchildren. Alfons lived his life with integrity and a deep devotion to his Church and faith. One of his proudest accomplishments was helping build the local Roman Catholic Church. It will be here, in the Church of Annunciation in Woodlands, MB, that Prayers will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. and the funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at the Church on Friday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. Pallbearers are granddaughters, Marie, Danelle, Katrina, Katy, Alanna, Tara, Meagan and Hayley. Honorary pallbearers are the grandsons Conrad, Garret, Josh, Richard, William, Alfons, Kevin and Ryland. Thank you to all who visited and helped make his life an enjoyable one. Special thanks to those who helped make his last days comfortable. Donations in his name may be made to the Church of Annunciation (care of J. Marshall, Box 117 Woodlands, MB R0C 3H0, or to CancerCare Manitoba. MacKenzie Funeral Home Stonewall in care of arrangements. (204) 467-2525.

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