It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Manfred Gunther Rueckert, at the age of 89 on January 6, 2022.
Dad was born in Schlesien Germany to Alfred and Else Rueckert on February 6th, 1932. Dad is survived by his children Marianne Mester of Germany; Alfred Rueckert (Jeanne) of Winnipeg; Alvin Rueckert (Zenda)of Beausejour; Nancy Sharpe (Rob) of Beausejour; and Debbie Rueckert (Darron) of Steinbach; one sister Helga Buchman of Germany; brother and sister in laws John and Gisella Broek of Beausejour; Bernadine Mueller of Beausejour; Eddie and Agnes Hiller also of Beausejour; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his wife Greitje, his parents Alfred and Else Rueckert, son Gerhard,sister Inge Ohsterloh brother in laws Okko and Hermann Broek and sister in laws Gretchen, Hermina, and Jannet.
At an early age dad immigrated to West Germany, and worked on a farm where he met Greitje Broek, who he would eventually marry in 1953. Mom and dad immigrated to Canada in 1954 and settled in Whitemouth. Dad worked for the Manitoba Highways Department for thirty-five years before retiring in 1992. One of Dad’s loves was birds of any kind. For many years he raised everything from canaries to peacocks. Animals of any kind usually brought a smile to his face. He and Mom relocated to Beausejour in 2003, where they resided before health reasons forced their final move to East Gate Lodge.
Dad was a kind-hearted, humours, soft spoken, hard-working man who always supported the family he loved so dearly. We never heard a mean word come from him. He was a man of deep faith throughout his life. Family meant the world to Dad, and we his children thought we had won a lottery if he actually remembered the name of his grand children. He loved family functions where he would be inundated by his grandchildren because everyone loved to talk to Opa.
We the family would also like to our express our gratitude to the staff at East Gate Lodge for the love, attention, and respect that they gave Dad during his stay with them.
Dad you will always live on in the hearts of your children and grandchildren, and you will never be forgotten. We love you Dad, enjoy your new home. Rest in peace you wonderful man.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday January 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Ave. E, Beausejour, MB, with viewing one hour prior. Anyone that wishes to attend the service indoors is required to show proof of vaccination along with identification. Masks must also be worn. All others are welcome to attend the service from the Sobering Funeral Chapel parking lot by tuning your radio station to 98.1 FM. There will be an opportunity to sign the guest register from your vehicles. Interment to follow in St. Ouens Cemetery.
A livestream of the funeral service can also be accessed through the CISCO WEBEX app on your mobile phone or visit https://signin/webex.com/join on your PC. Enter the Meeting Number: 2559 960 1440 and Password: FZnJxRsj522
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In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to East Gate Lodge, Rec. Dept, Box 1690, Beausejour, R0E 0C0 of St. Ouens Cemetery, Box 12, Grp 420, RR4 Beausejour, R0E 0C0.
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Wally & Marlene Cyncora
I am so saddened to hear of Manfred’s passing. He was the best neighbor anyone could have. We loved to get together for tea and of course good laughs. His sense of humour was so endearing. He was a very kind and helpful man. Hugs and condolences to the family.
Wally & Marlene Cyncora
My sincere sympathies to you as a family on the passing of your Dad and grandpa. I remember Mr. Rueckert as a hard working, soft-spoken man. May you cherish the happy memories you carry in your hearts.
My most sincere condolences to your family. Manfred was the best neighbour to me, he always looked out for me. He kept the driveway clear in the winter and in the summer I would find him sneaking around the bushes keeping them trimmed. I always joked that I didn’t need a home security system because I had Manfred living next door. He has truly been missed since his departure of Rueckerts nest on Oak ave. And now he will be missed that much more.
Dennis & Rosalie Lofstrom
Our deepest sympathies to you Alvin and family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Dennis & Rosalie
Our sincere sympathies to each of the family members and friends who are now experiencing the whole left from Manfred’s passing. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used his name!!! My immediate memories are of sugar lumps in tea and tasty little cookies that were not touched until we prayed. “Mr. Ruekert “ would pray in German first and then in English. He told me once that German was God’s language and English was the interpretation!!! I am thankful for the testimony lived out in that house and today I celebrate with the angels over a life well lived and now welcomed home. I pray for God’s peace to be with each of you as you grieve and celebrate! Love Elaine and Ron Fehr
I am saddened to hear of Manny’s passing. He was one of my favorite residents at east gate during my time there. I remember when he broke his hip a few years ago he was determined to walk and always said “no pain” because he believed that garlic cloves was gods medicine. He was always full of jokes, and always knew how to put a smile on our faces. Manny was one of those stubborn, but yet full of sass men that would refuse help even when he knew he needed it. Always carrying around a comb in his Walker basket incase a piece of hair was out of place. He was always dressed to impress the “ladies” on the unit. Manny you will deeply missed. I hope your up there rekindling with your beloved wife who you’ve missed so deeply.
My sincere condolences nancy & family – a big social distanced hug coming your way.
Arleen & Harry Pluchinski
Alvin and family our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad and Opa, may you cherish all the memories you have of a wonderful man,
Bob and Valerie Gustar
Sincere sympathies Alvin and family on the loss of your father.
Debbie & Andre Broek
Our condolences to all the friends and family. I remember uncle Manfred helped get me one of my first jobs with the Highways Dept. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Elmer and marilyn
Our condolence to my cousins and their families
Liebe Familie Rueckert,
herzliche Teilnahme zum Tod ihres lieben Vaters, Großvaters und Urgroßvaters. Ich kannte ihn als lieben, netten Menschen, der mit meinem Onkel Karl Richter am Tisch saß. Es tut mir sehr leid von seinem Tod zu hören. Meine Gedanken sind heute bei ihnen.
Ute Schulte aus Deutschland
We were very saddened to hear the news of Manfred’s passing, and as was said at his funeral, we do rejoice that he is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We were honored to know him through church for nearly the past 5 years; we were always blessed by his passionate prayers in German, and his infectious smiles and hugs! He and Grace are dearly missed and will always be remembered. We extend our sincere condolences to the whole family.
My sincere condolences to all my cousins! Your Dad was such a kind man. Rest in Peace
Bernie & Diane Broek and Family
Our deepest condolences to our cousins and family. We have some wonderful memories of visiting with Uncle Manfred and Tante Grace over the years. The best was the fellowship and love they bestowed on everyone and the example of living with faith.
Uncle Manfred had a great sense of humor too, he loved to banter with people, always making us laugh. We shall miss him greatly.