Ginter, Peter

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Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday October 4, 2019 at the Winkler Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-5:30PM on Thursday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment will take place prior to the service at 9:45AM at Westridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peter's memory to the Eden Foundation.

Peter Ginter
1950 – 2019
 
On Sunday, September 29, 2019, in Winkler, MB, Peter Ginter, aged 69, went to his eternal rest.
 
Peter was born on January 20, 1950, in Winkler MB, to Jacob and Margaret (nee Hamm) Ginter. Peter grew up in the village of Friedensruh, with three sisters and one brother. Peter was baptized into the Winkler Mennonite Church in 2003. In his early twenties, Peter began working in the construction industry and started his own company in the late 1970’s. Early in his construction years, Peter also managed to farm 200 acres in the summers, working many hours. Over the span of his career, Peter developed many friendships. He retired in the spring of 2019.
 
Peter is survived by his wife, Janet (nee Friesen) and three sons, Kevin and Gwen of Winkler, Darcy of Parksville, BC, Shane and Rebecca of Winnipeg and six grandchildren, Taylor, Ethan, Colby, Ashton, Sydney and Jameson. He is also survived by his brother, Abe (Elma) Ginter and sisters, Mary (Abe) Unrau, Sadie Klassen, Dorothy (Tim) Stoesz. He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Margaret Ginter and a brother-in-law, Henry Klassen and nephew, Daryl Klassen.
 
Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday October 4, 2019 at the Winkler Mennonite Church with interment prior at Westridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peter’s memory to Eden Health Care Services (Eden Foundation).
 
 Message about Depression

 Darcy received a message the other day from a friend offering her condolences. Along with that, she included a message that someone in her life had written about their own experience with depression and suicide. After asking her permission, the family thought it was fitting to share those words, just changing it a bit to reflect Peter.

 Sometimes we worry that when people find out that Peter died from suicide, they will think he was crazy, unstable, or that there must have been some sort of abuse or dysfunction within our family. That was not the case. There’s moments when Peter’s suicide doesn’t make sense. Why would he commit suicide when everything in his life was going so well? We have realized that it is our society’s misunderstanding about depression and suicide that lead us to that conclusion. We use language “committing suicide” or “taking your own life” as if it is an intentional, deliberate, and rational process. Sometimes people who die from suicide are called selfish or weak.

None of these things about suicide are true. If someone loses a 10 year battle with cancer we talk about how bravely they fought against the disease and how they were an inspiration to everyone around them because of this fight. People with depression are fighting a constant battle as well. Often it is one that they fight alone because it is not visible to the people around them. Sometimes people lose their battle with mental illness through suicide. They are not selfish and they are not weak. Anyone with a mental illness fights bravely each day and they should be remembered as brave fighters regardless of the circumstances of their death.

Peter did not want his life to end. He enjoyed going to Phoenix and golfing, and sharing chocolate bars with his grandchildren. But there came a moment when the pain of depression fell upon him so heavily that he was not strong enough to lift it off of him. It doesn’t mean that he didn’t love his family or want to continue his life. He just wanted the pain to stop. For people with a healthy immune system illnesses like the flu are often easily overcome. For someone with a weakened immune system, routine illnesses can be fatal. Peter had an unhealthy brain. During a time of deep pain and sorrow, that someone with a healthy brain would have been able to overcome, his brain was unable to. But the circumstances of his death do not affect the life he lived. Just as we will not be ashamed of the way he lived, we will not be ashamed of the way he died. Depression is something that afflicts many people, and just because it can end fatally does not detract from the lives that those who struggled with depression lived.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements
wiebefuneralhomes.com

 

#31 Debbie Enns 2019-10-09 12:51
Dear Janet, so sorry to hear about Peter. My heart goes out to you and both your familes. Thankyou for the article on depression. Every family is touched by it in someway. The pain Peter had has now stopped. For years to come I'm sure all the great memories of Peter will help you and all the ones who cared and loved him. I'm thinking about you Janet. Darrell has my phone # and gmail...

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