John Stoesz

1920 - 2013 

stoesz_johnDad got his wish granted to him on January 17, 2013 and entered into the gates of Heaven. He had been looking forward to this day for quite some time, eagerly waiting to join his wife. 

John was born on February 17, 1920 to Peter P. and Margaretha (nee Giesbrecht) Stoesz of the Grossweide district. He was baptized upon his faith on June 6, 1941, by Bishop Peter Toews at Grossweide, MB. Dad married his neighbor girl down the road, Kornelia Friesen, who lived a quarter of a mile away from his home. They were married on October 13th, 1942, showing us the example of a Christian marriage for 62 years. We rarely saw our parents apart from each other; they were inseparable. Dad and Mom farmed in the Lowe Farm area until they moved to Winkler in 1975. They never forgot how much their Lowe Farm neighbors helped them, the times when Dad was too sick. This move led him to become as a greens keeper at the Winkler Golf Course, where he picked up his love for golfing. He also loved to do carpentry work and created amazing projects.  He volunteered at Salem for many years, as he really enjoyed helping others. He was a resident of Salem for just short of a year. We will always remember the love he and Mom shared together. How he was always trying to make Mom’s life easier when her health was failing.  How he loved the game of hockey, and we really appreciated him being out there in the cold and playing with us. He was always the goalie, and even played street hockey in Winkler, again, as the goalie. He had an incredible ability to make something out of nothing, and loved his projects. This he thoroughly enjoyed, as he thought it was good to keep the brain active. He was always ready and eager to learn new things. Dad had many health related challenges, and he fought back with a determination, strength, and grace, that we will never forget. His famous quote was so often, “ein dach vot it alla betta vorn.” This is Low-German for “one day it will all be better.”

This day became a reality for our Dad, and we will miss him so very dearly. Our Dad “fought a good fight, he finished the race, even while keeping the faith. He was a “good and faithful servant.” 

Dad will be missed so much by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, John and Tina Stoesz of Plum Coulee, Joanne Stoesz, Dave and Susan Stoesz of Rosenort, Michael and Martha, Jeremy, Zachary Stoesz, Nellie Stoesz of Winkler, Bill and Ruth Stoesz, of Altona, Conrad and Michelle, Andrew, Rebecca Stoesz, Kevin and Lydia, Alathia Stoesz, Trevor and Jolene, Jacob and Sophia Friesen-Stoesz, Pete and Mary Stoesz of Winkler, Wanda Stoesz, Jeff and Martha, Elizabeth, Jacob, Sarah, Christina Stoesz, Marge Stoesz of Pencition, B.C., Crystal, Cameron and Colby, Ed and Cheryl Stoesz of Winkler, Joey Stoesz, Lindsay and Russ, Brayden, Sierra,Willow Penner, Ben and Henrietta Hiebert of Morden.

He will also be missed by many of his friends, who Dad said often “cheered him up.”

Dad was predeceased by his wife, Kornelia in 2004, his parents, three brothers and three sisters, one grandson and one son-in-law. 

Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday January 20, 2013 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Rosenheim Cemetery. 

We would like to thank the many people who provided the care of our Dad. The home care workers, the doctors and nurses and staff at Salem, and all the neighbors and friends he had through the years. Thank you also to Reverend Art Wiebe, the song leaders and the ushers and to Wiebe Funeral Home for their professional and compassionate services. If friends so desire, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1T8. 

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