William Neufeld

William Neufeld

1919 – 2009 

William Neufeld was born on September 24, 1919 in Russia. He emigrated to Canada (Morden) with his parents John and Katerina Neufeld in 1929. He had one sibling, a brother that died in infancy. William and Elsie met at the Maple Leaf School where he tutored her in Math in exchange for help with English. They were married on November 23, 1941 in Morden during a blizzard. They soon moved to Winnipeg where they were caretakers of the South End M.B. Church and lived in the basement suite. Bill worked at a meat packing plant until he got pneumonia. Then he started at Ingram and Bell, a surgical supply company, and later at the Winnipeg Free Press in sales. As their family grew they moved back to Morden where Bill made the decision to go to University to become a Pharmacist. He commuted to University in Winnipeg during the week, then worked for Dack's Pharmacy in Morden on the weekends. After graduation they moved to Winkler where he bought Winkler Pharmacy. They lived there until they retired. After retirement they travelled across Canada and the United States, camping, hiking, birdwatching and visiting their children. Eventually they decided to buy property in Florida and spent many happy years wintering in Grandma's Grove and later Buttonwood Bay. Bill and Elsie did everything together and they loved reading, scrabble, crossword puzzles, and "lunching" out; later becoming avid hockey and baseball fans. 

William Neufeld was a man of passion and conviction. He loved God, his family, classical music (especially opera) and fishing. Weather was an obsession and maps were a lifetime fascination. Bill and Elsie raised 8 children: Nancy, Constance, John, Linda, Lorna, Timothy, Raymond, and Sara. They have 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Nancy Peters and his granddaughter Shannon Dyck. During his final years at the Health Centre in Manitou he spent countless hours recalling each child, spouse, grandchild, and great-grandchild; praying for each one. 

A private family service was held on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden. Interment took place at Southside Cemetery. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Winkler Bible Camp Box 2340 Winkler, MB R6W 4C1. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements. 


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