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Sunday, April 21, 2024
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Public Viewing and a short service at the Rosenfeld Good Neighbor Centre was held on Wednesday Jan 10, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Interment followed at the Rosenfeld Cemetery
Celebration of Life Service on April 21, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.
Marjorie (Marge) Schellenberg
Marjorie Amy Schellenberg (nee Dyck) passed away peacefully at Bethania PCH, Winnipeg on January 3, 2024 at the age of 95. She was predeceased by her husband Peter K. Schellenberg and her second husband David I. Friesen, her son Howard Schellenberg, her granddaughter Corinne Schellenberg, and her brothers Jacob Dyck, John Alvin Dyck, and Gerald Dyck. She is survived by her children Ted Schellenberg (Dianne), Irma Charney (Bruce), Tony Schellenberg (Karen), Audrey Siemens (Al), and Tim Schellenberg (Michele), 4 Step Children, 11 Grandchildren, 3 Step Grandchildren,19 Greatgrandchildren, and many friends and relatives.
Our Mom, the youngest of four children, was born at home in Inglis, Manitoba on March 12, 1928. Her parents were Johann (John) Cornelius Dyck and Susanna (Susan) Giesbrecht. Her oldest two siblings, John Alvin Dyck and Jacob Dyck died as young children and her brother Gerald Dyck, passed away in 2017.
In her early years, her family lived in Rosenfeld, Manitoba where her Dad was the local elevator manager. After completing school, Mom decided to become a teacher. She attended Central Normal School in Winnipeg for her teachers training. After graduating, she became the only teacher in a one room school in Kronsweide, Manitoba.
In 1950 Mom married a farm boy from Rosenfeld named Peter Klippenstein Schellenberg. Farm life was unfamiliar to Mom who lived mostly in town. She learned through the years to bake bread, plant a vegetable garden, can the yearly crops and milk cows; all while looking after her six children: Ted, Irma, Howard, Tony, Audrey and Tim. Mom and Dad had to endure the deep loss of their son Howard, at age 22, resulting from a car accident. Mom also mourned the loss of Corinne, infant daughter of Tony and Karen, in 1985. Mom’s family always brought her great joy.
Mom and Dad faithfully brought us to church each week to Altona Mennonite Church. Mom had a love for music that started early in her life. She played the piano in church, for school choirs, and taught many private students. Later chicken barns were added where pullets were raised from day old chicks to 20 weeks old. Once the children were past elementary school, they moved off the farm into Rosenfeld. Soon after she got a job in the finance department of D.W. Friesen in Altona, that continued for 19 years.
In 1980, Mom and Dad designed and built a lovely home in Rosenfeld that could accommodate the whole family when they came to visit.
As the children grew older, time was spent enjoying boating at Cavalier and St. Malo. Falcon Lake was also a favorite place for renting cabins every July long weekend.
Mom and Dad sold the farm in 1975, continued to live in Rosenfeld for several years before moving to a condominium in Winnipeg. This allowed them to get away, in winter for 13 years, to the Good Life Resort in Mesa, Arizona. Mom met many new friends there and enjoyed many activities including sewing, tennis, swimming, and biking. She and Dad made many beautiful quilts for the children and grandchildren. Dad passed away in 2007. In 2011 Mom married Dave Friesen and moved to Steinbach for a short period until his passing in 2012. Mom valued and appreciated her relationship with Dave’s children, Diana Tokarchuk (Elmer), Lloyd Friesen (Josie), Dale Friesen (Medora), Debbie Baergen (Bruce), and his grandchildren. Mom then moved to Lindenwood Terrace Assisted Living in Winnipeg where she continued to enjoy baking pies, playing canasta, and enjoying her many friendships. Over the last few years Mom had several surgeries and health issues ultimately reducing her mobility. Mom moved to Pembina Place in October of 2022 and Bethania PCH in June of 2023. She enjoyed the activities there, especially the special events, concerts, chapel and church services. Mom always maintained a positive attitude, with a loving and hopeful spirit. She trusted God daily. We loved our Mother and will miss her immensely.