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Born: Jan 28, 1944
Date of Passing: Nov 24, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Esther was born on January 28, 1944 and lived in St. Germain, Manitoba until the property was needed for the construction of the Red River Floodway. She moved with her family to St. Vital where they had a large garden and kept a cow named Daisy. As a young eight-year-old girl, Esther worked in the market gardens on St. Mary's Road and later at Bird River Bible Camp. Later on she went to work as a nurse's aide.
She met her beloved Rudy at a wedding that she crashed and they married on June 12, 1965. Esther loved to knit and sew and Saturdays were often spent baking and cooking.
When she and Rudy started Rudy's Auto Service, she helped by reading repair manuals, answering calls and learning to do the bookkeeping. Esther loved working with people and took pleasure in explaining repair work in terms that were easily understood. She learned how to change and repair tires and do other minor car repairs.
Time away from work was spent camping and fishing at Nutimik Lake. Entire days were spent on the boat fishing and it didn't matter if any fish were actually caught. A fish fry right on the rocks at the shore of the lake was a real pleasure.
Over the years, Esther served on parent's committees at the kid's schools, served as a board member for the Crosstown Credit Union and served at church.
Esther is survived by her children, Gisela (Karl) and Rudy (Casie); grandchildren, Michaela (Adam), Jesse, Aubrey and Sloan; sisters, Margaret, Eva (Dave); and brother Alvin (June), sister-in-law Mary, brother-in-law Robert (Margaret), and brother-in-law Rudi; as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Rudy, brother-in-law Reinz, brother-in-law Les, sister-in-law Lydia, and her parents, Jake and Susie Derksen.
The family would like to thank the staff at Oakview Place for their compassionate care of Esther and their kindness. Thank you also to Dr. Kotecha for his care.
Should anyone wish, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee.
Private family funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with interment at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church Cemetery, Springstein, MB. Funeral service will be livestreamed at:
Publish Date: Nov 30, 2021
January 28, 1944 - November 24, 2021
There will be a private family service held.
Livestream information and this notice available at www.friendsfs.ca.
Complete obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Nov 27, 2021
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021, Nov 30, 2021
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Mae de Graff (Cousin) on: Dec 04, 2021
Esther always had a bright smile and a kind word whenever I brought my car to Rudy's for servicing. She coined the phrase, "Call on Dad" for my usual method of payment. My condolences to Rudy, Gisela and the family on their loss. - Posted by: Ron Serbin (Jr) (Business friend) on: Dec 03, 2021
We remember her being so kind and so friendly at the large Winter/Epp gatherings in the good old days. We are so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Bruni, Henry, and Colleen Winter (Friends through family) on: Nov 30, 2021
Rudy, Gisela and families, My deepest sympathies for your loss. As a young driver, there were few options other than to wait in the shop office for my repair - which was always given a priority. Esther was always kind, hospitable and engaging even though she had a business to operate - made me feel at home. Great memories, were when Esther, Rudy Sr., Gisela and Rudy Jr. were all in the shop working together. - Posted by: Jared Niessen (Family Friend) on: Nov 30, 2021
To Rudy, Gisela and family. My heart goes out to you, on the passing of Esther. Always a friendly face from Esther and Rudy when attending the shop. Many friendly conversations when I worked across the street on Erin. When I first met Esther, one day she was out weeding the flowers outside the shop, when I called over to her and, as a joke I said I “hey, don’t be picking those flowers”. She remembered that and it was a comment often if she introducing me to someone. Now Esther, you can attend to the flowers in God’s garden. R.I.P. Esther and be united with Rudy Kathrine Keselowsky. (Kathy) - Posted by: Kathrine Keselowsky (Friend , former customer) on: Nov 30, 2021
I've known Esther and Rudy senior since 1973. They were both a hard working couple and were always there looking after their customers best interests. I've known them as a customer, and as an employer, but best of all, a good friend, I will truly miss her. - Posted by: StevePetriew (Friend and former employee. ) on: Nov 27, 2021
Dear Rudy, Gisela and families, Your mother is finally at rest. God grant you His comfort and peace as you mourn her loss. She was always soft spoken and kind to me as a high school student at MBCI in the 60s, at the business Westgate, in church, and as our families became closer friends through our sons ‘friendship which still continues today. Hugs, Roma Niessen, Kelowna, BC - Posted by: Roma Niessen (Ftiend) on: Nov 27, 2021
I was often customer at Rudy's...Esther was wonderful and a pleasure to chat with! - Posted by: Lorne Liske (customer) on: Nov 27, 2021
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