John Schroeder Neufeld (1934-2016)

John Schroeder Neufeld 1934-2016
John Schroeder Neufeld 1934-2016

John Schroeder Neufeld born on September 30, 1934 in New Bothwell, MB, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the age of 81 years at his residence in New Bothwell, MB.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Martha, his children: Annalie (Trev), Russell (Allison), Lawrence (Sue), Sheila (Abe), Ang (Jake), 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Continue reading “John Schroeder Neufeld (1934-2016)”

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

My father, John Schultz Kehler, was not a farmer, however he stayed on the Ebenfeld farm until the younger brothers took over.

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 “John S Kehler and the Canadian Armed Forces, 1915”

Jake’s Husky

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 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 “Jake’s Husky”

A Century in the Life of Steinbach’s Kehler Clan

In August, the Kehlers held a one-day reunion in the Mitchell Arena, near Steinbach. Both physically and symbolically an arena is the proper place for a Kehler clan reunion.

Mennonite Mirror, October 1979 

The Kehlers living in the wider Steinbach region are a truly remarkable clan. Not only are they as numerous as chokecherries in August, but like chokecherries they grow in dense family clusters in close proximity to each other. There the comparison breaks down. Chokecherries are silent, waiting to be picked.  The Kehlers are never silent and anything but passive. They are active, spirited and vocal – if not downright gabby. They never stop talking and when they have nothing more to say they go on talking for the sheer pleasure of it. When Kehlers get together the air turns into a whirlwind of words and laughter. As the Kehlers themselves like to say: ‘Never bury a Kehler until you’ve made sure his mouth is dead too.’

Aunt Susan takes the mike from Syd Reimer at the Kehler clan gathering in Mitchell

In August, the Kehlers held a one-day reunion in the Mitchell Arena, near Steinbach. Both physically and symbolically an arena is the proper place for a Kehler clan reunion. In this case the site was fitting for another reason. The new arena in Mitchell happens to be built on what was once the south-east corner of the original Kehler family farm. Local residents waited nervously for this momentous gathering of the clan. Many made plans to be away from home that weekend, hoping that the neighborhood would not have been declared a disaster area when they got back. Some took new comfort in the hope that their brand new arena was sturdy enough to withstand the vocal onslaughts of hundreds of celebrating Kehlers of all ages. Continue reading “A Century in the Life of Steinbach’s Kehler Clan”

A Treasure Chest of Joy

Brothers Syd Reimer and Al Reimer recently composed a biography of their sister, a Berliner Kehler, Louise Reimer Olson. “A Treasure Chest of Joy” portaits some of the many struggles Louise faced, how she kept her integrity and passion for life. The book was released in March 2011.

A Treasure Chest of Joy

Brothers Sydney Reimer and Al Reimer recently composed a biography of their sister, a remarkable Berliner Kehler, Louise Reimer Olson.

A Treasure Chest of Joy– The Life of Louise Reimer Olson, portraits some of the many struggles Louise faced, how she kept her integrity and passion for life. Louise was incredibly loyal and loving. She worked extremely hard to support her family and left a remarkable legacy. Louise passed away peacefully on February 19, 2011. The book was released in March 2011.

If you are interested in obtaining this book, a limited supply, contact Syd Reimer for details.

Meadow’s Park Commemorates Tyler Dyck

A unique rocket monument and pocket park was recently built by friends, neighbours and family in Steinbach’s neighbourhood park of Tyler Dyck (1985-2009).

Ty’s Pocket Park on Coral Crescent, Steinbach, MB
A unique rocket monument and pocket park was recently built by friends, neighbours and family in Steinbach’s neighbourhood park of Tyler Dyck (1985-2009). Continue reading “Meadow’s Park Commemorates Tyler Dyck”

Mark Stafford Reimer (1953-2010)

Mark Stafford Reimer
Mark Stafford Reimer

Mark Stafford Reimer born on April 25, 1953 passed away on August 25, 2010 in Calgary, AB.

Left to mourn his passing are his two children, Jamie and Megan, both of Calgary, AB,  his parents, (Al) Elmer & Joan Reimer (Winnipeg, MB) and his siblings Cynthia Melanie Eeson, (Calgary, AB) and Curt Reimer (Winnipeg, MB).

Mark Stafford Reimer was laid to rest in the Rosenort E.M. Cemetery on September 3, 2010. Continue reading “Mark Stafford Reimer (1953-2010)”

50 Years Ago…

On the evening of August 10, 1959, twenty-seven year old Henry P. Kehler went back to the jobsite he was working at Barkman Concrete, to pick up his jacket, which he had forgotten.

 

 

Henry P. Kehler, Ed H Friesen
Henry P. Kehler, Ed H Friesen -1959

by The Mitchell CMC, courtesy of the CMC Chronicle

 

On the evening of August 10, 1959, twenty-seven year old Henry P. Kehler went back to the jobsite he was working at Barkman Concrete, to pick up his jacket, which he had forgotten.

He walked along a forming wall, something he did all the time. However, this time the forming wall gave way and Henry fell head first, his body twisted in the air and he landed on his back; a 3-4 foot piece of rebar piercing through his back and protruding out through his abdomen.

As Henry lay on the ground, the rebar through his body, he called out to God for help and relief. God granted his prayer, and he says the pain was much more bearable from that point on.

In 1959, there was no Medicare, so a group of construction workers put money together to help pay for Henry’s medical expenses of approximately $1,000. The amount accumulated until Ed H. Friesen presented him with $877.55. Continue reading “50 Years Ago…”