Schellenberg, Bernhard

Bernhard “Ben” Schellenberg

August 26, 1928 - October 31, 2012 

Ben_Schellenberg_sqPeacefully, on the morning of October 31, 2012 at Salem Home in Winkler, MB, Ben Schellenberg aged 84 years formerly of Gnadenthal, MB entered into his eternal rest. 

He was born in Gnadenthal, MB to Johann and Justina Schellenberg, the 7th of ten children. It was here he learned and enjoyed the farming life. He was baptized upon his confession of faith at age 26 and became a member of the Blumenorter Mennonite Church, now in Rosetown, MB. On November 4, 1956, he married Eva Hildebrandt and also took over his parents’ farm. They continued to live and work in Gnadenthal until they retired to Winkler in 1992. Ben loved his church, his community and his family. He was treasurer of his church and served on council; he also served as a school trustee, municipal councillor and on the Winkler hospital board. He was always available for his kids, playing with them at home or, later, driving them to practices, school trips and sports tournaments. He was also a loving and patient husband to his wife of almost 56 years. He was known by many as a very personable and engaging person, always ready to share a laugh or figure out how they might be related. He never tired of his routine of having coffee each morning, often at McDonalds, visiting with whoever showed up that day. Ben was predeceased by one sister, Lena Ewert and four brothers, Hans, Henry, John and Dave. 

He is mourned by his wife Eva, children Ron and Karen Schellenberg and their children Doug, Janis and husband Josh Banman, and Emily; Joy Schellenberg and Hazen Sise and daughter Priya; Ruth Schellenberg and David Sawatsky and their sons Jordan and Caleb; Rob Schellenberg and Michelle Michalak. He also leaves 3 sisters, Justina Baerg, Tina Friesen, Henrietta Sawatzky, 1 brother, Abe, and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment at the Gnadenthal Cemetery. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Ben’s memory to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Box 767 Winnipeg, MB R3C 2L4. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,


#1 Robert & Kathy Krahn 2012-11-02 16:03
Rest in peace Mr. Schellenberg. We will miss that beautiful smile, those sparkling eyes and your genuine concern every time we met. oh yeah, and all the joking back and forth. We met so many years ago when I ran out of gas and you were there to help me. Since then meeting you in town or at church that smile was always there. One day we will meet again.
#2 Dave and Anne Penner 2012-11-04 17:26
We extend our sympathy to you Eva, as you mourn the loss of your dear husband. He has gone to a better place with his Savior and Lord where we all want to meet our loved ones again.

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