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JOHANN (JOHN) HAIDT (published on April 06, 2010)

JOHANN (JOHN) HAIDT After battling serious illness for a number of years, it is with great sadness and love that we announce the passing of Johann Haidt on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 58 years. John fought courageously for so many years: never one to complain and will always be remembered smiling and laughing despite being dealt a short hand in this life. Remaining to forever cherish John's memory are his best friend, soulmate and dear wife, Donna Haidt. He is also survived by his Uncle Oskar and Aunt Lydia Layer; cousins, Rob Layer (Annegret) and children, TJ and Brian, Lil Kozussek (Ron) and daughter Heidi, Rick Layer (Nancy) and children, Wes and Andy; in-laws, Victor and Margaret Santa; sisters-in-law, Lori Nelson (Robin) and children, Julianna (John) Jonathan, and Teresa, Debbie Fraser (Dave) and children, Katie, Shayla and Scott; dear friends, Miles and Duane Kelln; extended family, Ralph Schneider (Tracey), Matthew and Christopher, Winni Malloy (Dave), Miles, and Peter Schneider (Elisa), Cameron and Megan. In the end he peacefully joined his mother Lili, his Oma Katherina, and mother-in-law Kathe. John was an incredible and strong man who touched the lives of anyone who had the good fortune to meet him. John was born in Yurga, Siberia, Russia on February 6, 1952. After his mother Lili's sudden and early death in 1960, he was raised by his Oma. They left Russia and moved to Brokoloh, Germany in 1966. From there they set off to Canada arriving in Winnipeg around Easter in 1967. After John graduated from River East Collegiate, he obtained his Journeyman Plumber and 5th Class Engineer Certificate. He worked the trades for a number of years, and then at Ellice Place as a Maintenance Engineer until his illness forced him to stop. Over the years John became a very capable handyman and was reputed by his family to be able to fix anything. He gave his time and skill generously to all. Throughout his life John always maintained a positive attitude which influenced those around him to strive for bigger and better things. To the very end, his sense of humour never faltered and his faith in God grew ever stronger. He will always be our hero. On Friday, April 9, 2010, a celebration of John's life will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, 211 Kimberly Avenue, Winnipeg, MB with Rev. Bruce Gelhorn presider. Donna would like to thank the many many friends and family who visited John in the hospital this past week. Your words were very special to him. John said he loved people. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's honour may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Manitoba, 1 452 Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1G4 or the charity of your choice. We love you John, and we know you will be smiling with us every day.

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