Memories of Kehler Cuisine

From time to time, when meeting new people and an introduction is made, the first question that will pop up is “from which Kehler family are you?” After having answered their question of who my father and grandfather is, oft times, the next question asked is “any relation to ______? ”

That blank will sometimes be Jake from the Husky Station. Followed by, the age old question of “Is it true that Jake and Edgar (Edgar’s Diner) were brothers? Jake would always deny it, while Edgar claimed they were brothers!” Since both brothers have passed on, for the record, they are brothers!   From there the conversation usually turns to the great food Edgar had, back in the day — and his famous Veal or, as Edgar pronounced it — ‘wheel’  Cutlettes.

Edgar's Veal Cutlettes

Edgar’s Veal Cutlettes

Edgar’s wife, Helen, has continued to market Edgar’s Veal Cutlettes. If you are passing through Steinbach, pick up a box of frozen Veal Cutlettes , complete with sauce, at Main Bread & Butter, 253 Main Street, Steinbach, MB.

Taste the Kehler flavour, as you once knew it!

John S Kehler and the Canadian Armed Forces, 1915

Glen M. Kehler

Glen M. Kehler

Editor’s Note: The story that Glen shares below, commemorates the 100th anniversary year of the experience John S Kehler had.  Thanks Glen!

My father, John Schultz Kehler, was not a farmer, however he stayed on the Ebenfeld farm until the younger brothers took over. He traveled beyond the family farm to find work and went harvesting in Saskatchewan, where he had many Schultz uncles, aunts and cousins. From there, John went threshing in Alberta and ended up in Lethbridge, AB.

Johan S. Kehler, 1915, Canadian Armed Forces

Johan S. Kehler, 1915, Canadian Armed Forces

One day, as he was walking down the street he met two uniformed soldiers, who abruptly stop him and questioned why he was not in uniform. His reply was that being a Mennonite, he was exempt from the army Continue reading

Harold Enns (1951-2015)

Harold Enns 1951-2015

Harold Enns 1951-2015

On Thursday, July 23, 2015, at the age of 63, Harold Enns of Steinbach, passed away at Bethesda Hospital.

Harold leaves to mourn his beloved wife Elinore of 41 years, daughter Melissa and her husband Hatem Kriema and their three children, Nadiya, Sarah, and Zachary; daughter Amanda and her husband Lauren Tougas and their three children, Haylee, Hayden and Harrison. He is also survived by three brothers, two sisters and their families, his parents-in-law Peter H. & Tina Neufeld, four sisters-in-law and their families, one brother-in-law and his family; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

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Nita Amy Hogue (1931-2015)

Nita Amy Rose Reimer Hogue 1931-2015

Nita Amy Rose Reimer Hogue 1931-2015

Nita Amy Rose Hogue (nee Reimer), 83, passed from this life Sunday, May 24, 2015, at home in the Carriage Inn in Huntsville, Texas, after a brief stay at Huntsville Municipal Hospital. Nita was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada on October 15, 1931. She graduated from the Steinbach Academy in 1950 and attended college at Sayre Junior College in Sayre, Oklahoma. There she met and later married Guy W. Hogue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1953.

Her husband’s job took them to a number of different cities in the USA and Canada. Continue reading

Sara Friesen Kehler (1925-2015)

Sara M. Friesen Kehler (1925-2015)

Sara M. Friesen Kehler (1925-2015)

Sara M. Kehler (nee Friesen), 89, of Steinbach, MB, formerly of New Bothwell, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Steinbach, MB.

Sara is survived by one daughter, Ellie (Ed), grandson Dale and his father Les, one son Ed (Emily) and their children: Shelly (Chris), grandchildren Emma and Kaity, and Cory (Lilah), grandchildren Nicole and Bailey; and one sister Helen Kehler.

Sara was predeceased by her husband George J. Kehler , and one granddaughter Sheila. Continue reading

Marlene Elizabeth Mary Kehler Aitken (1935-2015)

Marlene Elizabeth Mary Kehler Aitken (2035-2015)

Marlene Elizabeth Mary Kehler Aitken (1935-2015)

On Thursday, January 22, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, Marlene passed away peacefully after a brief illness.

Marlene is survived by her children Barbara Bezeau (Guy), Cheryl Posten (Denis) and Neil Aitken (Barbara), her eleven adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers Russ, Don, Lee and sister Doris. Her loving husband Bill predeceased her in 2010. Continue reading

Henry Blatz Kehler (1927-2015)

Henry Blatz Kehler 1927-2015

Henry Blatz Kehler 1927-2015

Henry B. Kehler passed away at the Bethesda Regional Health Care Centre on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the age of 87 years.

Left to remember him are his beloved wife of 59 years, Mathilda (Hiebert), his children: Iris Toews (Ryan), Deby, Wendi Friesen (Paul), Jim (Marge Thiessen) and Nancy Neufeld (Warren); four grandchildren: Carter Friesen, Mitchell Friesen, Andrew Neufeld and Emily Neufeld. Continue reading