Siegfried PlewSIEGFRIED PLEW On Monday, December 2, 2019 Siegfried Plew passed away at Holy Family Nursing Home at the age of 79 years. He is survived by his wife Mary (nee Klatt) of 58 years, their children, Andrew (Suzanne), Darlene (Larry), Gordon (Audrey), 7 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren and a sister Hildegard; as well as many nieces and nephews and relatives in Germany. Siegfried was born on June 8, 1940 in Fischhausen, East Prussia to Walter and Maria Plew, the youngest of four siblings. During World War II his family was separated from their father but they were reunited in 1947. The Plew Family immigrated to Canada in 1955 and made Winnipeg their home. As a young man, Sig found employment in a range of jobs, including work as a tanner for a local furrier, and in general construction before settling into a career as a skilled meat cutter. He worked in the meat departments of Co-op and Penner Foods for 30 years until his retirement in 2000, with all his digits intact. He often shared his abilities with family and church friends, expertly processing their wild game. Sig took pride in his craft, which he excelled in. His speed and customer service earned him a good reputation with shoppers and employers alike. Sig accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour in 1955 and was baptized later that same year. His baptismal verse verse was Psalm 119:9: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to your word.” Along with his church group, Sig spent many weekends at the newly founded Lake Nutimik Baptist Camp. He had fond memories of youth retreats and work days where he would participate in singing and socializing or clearing brush and building cabins. He loved being out at the lake and his love for Camp was passed down to his offspring. Sig was musically diverse, playing accordion, tuba and trumpet, performing in an instrumental ensemble, Der Frohe Schar, and singing in Christian quartets. He enjoyed a variety of music with classical and gospel being his favourite genres. He could play a mean polka and enjoyed the Lawrence Welk show. In 1960, Sig met and fell for a spunky, beautiful older woman named Mary Klatt at Alexander Baptist Church. They married the following year. Their first son Andrew was born in 1962, followed by Darlene in 1966 and Gord in 1972. As a family, the Plews enjoyed camping, gathering with relatives for food and fellowship, and traveling, including trips to BC and Germany. Sig and Mary raised their children in a Christ-centred environment, faithfully attending church, leading the family in devotions and ending the day on their knees in prayer, an occurrence that was often witnessed by their kids as they passed their open bedroom door. Sig’s quiet steadfast faith made a lasting impact on his children. Church was a priority and he always showed up on Sundays in a dapper suit. Sig enjoyed family swims at the public pool, playing Crokinole, going to the Bird’s Hill beach and Camp Nutimik. As a couple, Sig and Mary frequently gathered around the kitchen table with family and friends to engage in fiercely competitive rounds of Skip-Bo, with a side of kaffee und kuchen of course. Sig often joined his kids and grandkids on their hunting and fishing excursions, revelling in the fresh air and adventure. He wasn’t an armchair Opa. As long as he was able, he loved to kick around a soccer ball and take the kids down to the apartment pool for a swim. He was a supportive sports Opa, attending games and delighting in his grandkids’ athletic skill. He had infinite patience, assembling complicated puzzles with the grandkids, often continuing long after the kids got bored. Sig loved his grandkids and great grandkids, spoiling them with treats and relaxing the rules given by their parents. After retirement, rather than languishing in an armchair, Sig and Mary spent their days visiting care homes, bringing meals and comfort to lonely residents. Daily dates to Tim Horton’s with Mary for coffee and word search puzzling were a non-negotiable part of Sig’s golden years. Throughout the past few decades, Sig struggled with serious health issues which he handled with grace and a positive attitude. When asked “How are you?” He would usually respond, “Oh, not too bad,” never wanting to complain. Even during his last few weeks, he managed to muster a few cheesy jokes just to lift the spirits of his family. Whenever he was confined to the hospital he took every opportunity to share his faith and talk about Jesus’ love and grace to his roommates and hospital staff. Siegfried Plew was a faithful man of God; a loyal husband; a loving, supportive, wise father; a playful and cherished Opa; a selfless servant and a kind-hearted, abundantly generous man. He will be dearly missed but we rejoice that he is finally free from the physical struggles that plagued his later years, and that we will see him again in glory. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Rowandale Baptist Church, 162 Rowandale Ave, Wpg., MB. There will be a private family interment prior to the service. The family would like to thank Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate and staff at the Holy Family Nursing Home for the exceptional care that they provided. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Camp Nutimik Baptist Camp, Shining Light Ministries and Holy Family Nursing Home.
SIEGFRIED PLEWOn Monday, December 2, 2019 Siegfried Plew passed away at Holy Family Nursing Home at the age of 79 years. He is survived by his wife Mary (nee Klatt) of 58 years, their children, Andrew (Suzanne), Darlene (Larry), Gordon (Audrey), 7 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren and a sister Hildegard; as well as many nieces and nephews and relatives in Germany.Siegfried was born on June 8, 1940 in Fischhausen, East Prussia to Walter and Maria Plew, the youngest of four siblings. Du...
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