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Eddie Dennis Toews

1947 - 2017

 

ed toewsEd was born to George and Margaret (nee Kehler) Toews on September 15, 1947 in Altona, Manitoba.

He was the middle child in a family of 15. His Dad was a tractor operator doing road construction in different parts of Manitoba. Ed never enjoyed the many moves the family made to find employment, and so determined to make a stable environment for his own family. In response to a question on any changes in his life, he would say, “same wife, same house, same job, same vehicle”.

In 1968 Ed took an interest in baseball. Not so much in playing the game, but in going to watch the ladies play. He took a special interest in the back catcher on one of the teams and so after dating for almost 2 years, he married Kathy Bergman on June 20, 1970.  After renting several homes over the next 4 years, they moved a house to 390 Peters Ave. in Winkler and made it their home. Here they raised their 4 daughters and enjoyed entertaining many friends and family.

Ed was baptized on confession of his faith in June 1975 and became a member of the Christian Fellowship Church in Winkler.  He enjoyed serving there as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader and  in other leadership roles. For the last number of years they worshiped at the Grace Mennonite Church, where Ed continued to serve. He learned to operate the Power Point, served on the service committee, and enjoyed being part of a fellowship group.

Ed was energetic and worked and played hard.  As a very young boy, he spent many hours out on the  field hoeing beets. He also worked as a farm laborer and pumped gas at Triangle Oasis. After “graduating” from high school (completing 2 years of grade eleven), Ed worked in road construction for about 3 summers. In the late fall of 1968, he began employment at Triple E Canada and enjoyed working there until he was hospitalized on December 22, 2016. He went to his eternal reward before his official retirement date from Triple E, which was slated for January 27, 2017.

Ed will be remembered for his strong work ethic, positive attitude, and exuberant energy. He always saw the good in people and was ready to give a helping hand whenever needed. Growing up in a large family, times were often tough. As a result, Ed had a difficult time letting go of things that “he might be able to use at some point”. His garage became an organized warehouse of used and discarded materials that he generously shared with many. 

The greatest blessing in Ed and Kathy's life was their family of 4 daughters, their sons in law and 15 grandchildren. The grandchildren brought Ed huge amounts of joy and even in his last days, his face lit up when they came to visit. Cleaning up after their many creative projects, built with materials from his warehouse, was never too much work. He took pleasure in watching them use their imaginations and gifts in whatever they created.

Many renovations were made over the years on their home on Peters Ave. The last work project was done in the summer of 2014, working along side his 4 sons in law and a brother, re-siding the house. In October of that year we noticed some changes in his health and after many tests, we were informed on November 10th that Ed had inoperable pancreatic cancer. Although the news hit hard, he accepted the diagnosis with a positive attitude, knowing that he was in God's hands. He knew that this life is not all there is, and expressed with full assurance that there was a home waiting for him in heaven. Typically, when asked how he was doing, his response would be, “life is good” with a thumbs up. His faith and trust in the God that he had served over many years never wavered, and was always hopeful that a miracle would come his way. His miracle did not come in the way that we would have chosen, but we know that God is good and that we will meet again.

Ed passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Boundary Trails Health Center with his wife by his side. He will be greatly missed by his wife Kathy, 4 daughters and their families; 

Sherry and Troy Sundquist
     Avery, Madeline, Owen and Micah,
Kendra and Mark Janzen
     Brody, Sydney and Parker
Jodi and Andrew Janzen
     Adam, Emmet, Isabelle and Bryn
Melanie and Derrek Loewen
     Jackson, Sophia, Nora and Bentley

He is also survived by 7 brothers, 6 sisters and their families and was predeceased by his parents, one sister Elizabeth, 2 brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, one nephew and one niece.

Memorial service on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. The family would like to thank Pastor Randy and Pastor Gerald for their ministry to them. Also, thanks to the serving group from Grace Church for preparing and serving the meal. A very special thank you to the extended family, friends, co-workers and their families for their prayers, encouragement and support over the last two years. Ed found this support heartwarming and humbling. Thank you for the many cards, phone calls, emails, text messages, meals and flowers that have been such a huge blessing. Thanks to the doctors and nurses at BTHC for their compassionate care and to Wiebe Funeral Home for their caring and thoughtful service. May God Bless You All! The family.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

in care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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