Jake’s Husky

Jake's Husky Ltd.

Jake’s Husky Ltd.

A longtime Kehler business in Steinbach will soon be demolished. Jake’s Husky, on Highway 12N at the Loewen Boulevard corner will cease to exist, after Husky Oil made a final decision to close down operations of the 60 year old business. Jake’s Husky Service was started in 1955 by Jacob Stoesz Kehler, and has been a family owned business ever since. Many Berliner Kehlers and Steinbach area patrons alike will recall fueling up at the corner location. While the business was built on auto repairs, it was a busy gas bar with over 100,000 litres of gas sold in a month, in its’ prime. Continue reading

Taunte Marie

Maria S Kehler

Maria S Kehler

Although I am not much of an educated historian, it appears to me that today’s Berliner Kehler family does not have a great deal of information about Maria S Kehler (Taunte Marie).  Perhaps the greatest challenge lies in the fact that she died at an early age of 23, in childbirth of her twins, Jacob and Heinrich on February 21, 1909. Maria’s only daughter Anna Ethel Kehler Penner was one and a half years old upon her passing, and Tante Marie’s husband Abram (Abraham) Henry Penner remarried but passed away 10 years later, from Typhoid Fever on November 19, 1920 in Medicine Hat, AB. Continue reading

Upholding the old, Embracing the new!

The Life of PJB Reimer, Teacher, Minister, and Mennonite Historian (2014)

The Life of PJB Reimer, Teacher, Minister, and Mennonite Historian (2014)

A fascinating look at the personal and public life of PJB Reimer, Teacher, Minister, and Mennonite Historian.  As the son of one of the original 18 Steinbach pioneering families, PJB Reimer became a pioneer, helping the Mennonites of southern Manitoba adapt their lives to a rapidly changing world, while always honouring the past.

The Life of PJB Reimer book is hot off the press! You may find the book in the following book stores:

Derksen Printers 
Hull’s Family Bookstore 
McNally Robinson
Mennonite Heritage Village

The book can also be ordered online, at McNallyRobinson.com.

Call Syd Reimer, 204-254-6015 or Contact Us to arrange for shipping. Continue reading

Walter Nelson Griffith (1940-2014)

Walter Nelson Griffith (1940-2014)

Walter Nelson Griffith (1940-2014)

It is with great sorrow that we announce on Friday, May 30th, 2014, at the age of 74, Walter slipped away peacefully into his Saviour’s arms, with family by his side.

Walter was born in Battleford, Sask. and grew up in Vancouver, B.C. He had a successful, 42 year career working in retail as a manager and district manager for Kresge’s, Kmart and later as a District Manager for Saan Stores. Continue reading

Old St. Marys School Being Transformed Into Luxury Condos


Ray Doerksen

Ray Doerksen

Sean Irvine, of CTV News London, speaks to Ray Doerksen, one of the owners of the old St. Mary’s Ontario School. The former Central School is becoming a high-end condominium, and could set an example for repurposing other schools. Watch the video clip here.


Ray Doerksen, lives in the Town of St. Marys, Ontario. He is the son of Peter & Rose Doerksen, Winnipeg, MB and is the grandson of Violet Doerksen, Steinbach, MB.

Winnipeg IV Maker Boosts Middle East Presence

Winnipeg Free Press

A Robotic Intravenous Automation Machine

A Robotic Intravenous Automation Machine, Winnipeg Free Press, Feb. 14-2014

Winnipeg-based Intelligent Hospital Systems (IHS) has beefed up its market presence in the Middle East after announcing a distribution agreement in Israel.

It already has a distributor in Saudi Arabia and a corporate presence in Turkey. Continue reading

An Unclaimed Gift

Each year, parents and children, both young and old make a sacrifice to purchase Christmas gifts for the ones they love. These gifts are wrapped in beautiful packages and laid underneath the tree. Excitement builds as Christmas Day approaches, and those who have made sacrifices are anxious to watch as loved ones and friends open Christmas presents. Continue reading

What a Gift!

Carol Penner
Carol Penner



What’s a Kehler Christmas in the eyes of this child?

As long as I can remember, Christmas was a special time of year. The smell of baking often jogs my memory of a child’s meaning of Christmas. Grandma Kehler was always in the kitchen, when you came to visit the Kehler grandparents, for Christmas. The smells of cookies, plumi moos, Borscht and freshly baked buns were ever present. Since food was such an important part of my Mennonite heritage, the variety was endless. You were never sure what you would indulge in, as the food tables at some of these Kehler gatherings were endless. Who would notice how many cookies we ate? Continue reading