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Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday June 15, 2017 at Winkler Mennonite Church Viewing will be from 1PM-7PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler with interment prior at 1PM at Winkler Cemetery


 

Ernest Boehlig

1920 – 2017 

Ernest Boehlig, age 96, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 10, 2017 with his wife and daughter beside him. Art (Friede) had visited earlier, when Ernie had mentioned that he would be going home. Ernie is leaving behind his loving wife, Anne (nee Fehr) after 72 years together. His children, Edna Letkeman, Art (Elfriede) and his grandchildren, Pauline (Rob) Knockaert, Chris Letkeman, Matt (Danielle), Daryl, Michelle and his great grandchildren, Naomi, Jenaya and Amenita. He was predeceased by son-in-law, John Letkeman and grandson, Kenneth. Ernie is survived by one sister, Helen Blatz and predeceased by eight sisters and two brothers and their spouses. 

Ernie was born in Osterwick, MB on December 9, 1920 to Ernest Emil and Anna Boehlig at the homestead and was the first son born after eight girls. Ernie met Anne at an evening service at the Osterwick school. He started his courtship with Anne, riding his bike, polished with oil by his brother Henry for two miles on a dirt road. They got married November 3, 1944 and lived at the in-laws’ house. Because he could not take her to the monastery when he was a CO, he had to sneak her in. 

Later with Ann, they started the family farm. While farming, he was an agent with Manitoba Mennonite Mutual Insurance, which he took over from his father. Ernest was involved in many organizations such as being on the board of ARC (an early organization for mentally challenged people), a school trustee, the Manco board and Stanley AG society. Also, his love for music and faith lead him to being in different positions in his church, song leader, leading bible studies, etc. 

His tenacity showed up even when things got tough, through illnesses and through seeing his grandchildren, even when they were far away. He delighted in his grandchildren by enjoying their interests and great grandchildren as he watched them play. There was nothing he enjoyed more than teasing them and seeing them laugh. Because of this strong faith and love, we saw in him this dedication to his wife. He showed it to the very end by making sure to pray with Anne the day before he passed away, getting up to see her even though he was in extreme pain. He showed us this by joking and teasing mom. They were always together, never going anywhere without each other, even for coffee. 

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday June 15, 2017 at Winkler Mennonite Church with interment prior at the Winkler Cemetery. We, the family would like to thank the staff at Boundary Trails, Crystal City and Salem Home for their excellent care for dad in his last days, as he still joked with and teased them. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

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