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The Seventies

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Austin Stouffer

Austin Stouffer (1975, M.A.)

Austin Stouffer (1941-2014) stepped into Heaven April 16th while a patient in St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Austin Hitchins Stouffer was born Sept 8, 1941 in Dryden, ON. At just 2 lbs, he was the first baby to use an incubator at the Dryden Hospital. The family moved from Amesdale to Mokomon where he was the only non-Finnish speaking student. He went on to graduate from Selkirk High School, complete B.A. and Masters degrees at Providence College, and Doctorate at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA.

He was the founding pastor of both Central and Grace EFC churches in Thunder Bay, pastored in Manitoba and Ontario, and planted 4 churches in BC and Ontario. The founding Dean of Trinity Seminary, Langley, BC, he also served as District Superintendent of the Evangelical Free Church of Canada. He served on many advisory boards and was an AAMFT accredited Marriage and Family Counsellor. His passion most definitely was preaching and teaching. Possibly, fishing at Mokomon in the Brule Creek ranks second.

He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and May Stouffer, brother Wesley, mother-in law and father-in law Bessie and Selmer Pearson. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Eleanor; daughters Kirsten (Peter) Ehrich, of Park City, Utah; Heidi (Jeff Bohnert) of Arcola, SK; grandchildren Pearson and Ella Ehrich, Indra Bohnert; sister Ellen Stouffer of Thunder Bay. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The family extends great gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Juvshik for their care and support; Dr. Vergidis, staff and volunteers at the Regional Cancer Centre for 7 years of wonderful care. Thank you to CCAC for all their help, and especially VON Lucja. Thank you to Pastor Don Gillett and the congregation of Grace EFC who stood with us through this difficult journey. The St. Joseph’s Hospice staff were kind and caring during Austin’s last week of life here.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Evangelical Free Church, at 289 N. Court Street, on Tuesday, April 29 at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Austin Stouffer Endowment Fund of Trinity Seminary would be appreciated.


Posted 4/24/2014

The Nineties

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Gwen Smallwood

Gwen Smallwood (College 1991)

Hey to my Cundy One Women (Cows) and you know who you are :) Life in the Smallwood home is wonderful. We've lived in Blumenort now for 12 years. We have the most awesome 11 year old, Wyatt. He is doing great in grade 5, loves swimming and soccer and keeps us laughing. Ian continues to enjoy his work at Nova 3. I continue to keep myself busy with any number of jobs - sometimes filling in at Enn's Bros. in Steinbach and more often working for my Dad doing his advertising for his used farm equipment business. Ian has become an Elder at our church, Transcona Alliance and I am one of the Sunday school ministry leaders for grades 5-7. We continue to strive to become more like Jesus through our church, Life Group, Bible studies and prayer group. Our purpose to glorify God in our words and actions. Shoot us an email so we can catch up with our former friends at Prov.

-Gwen, Ian & Wyatt Smallwood

Posted 5/1/2014

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Mike Slessor

Mike Slessor (1993 College)

I remember reading these updates when I was in college and thinking to myself..."man that guy has been away from Prov. for 20 years! - is he ever old" Well that now has become me ! Where do I start? I've been married for 17 years, have three amazing children and have just included a pet dog into the mix. (what was I thinking?)

I am blessed to serve at our home church Emmanuel Baptist as elder and have just worked on a building committee to expand the size of our building. God has been extremely faithful over the years. Blessings to my fellow "Taylor" friends - I pray you are continuing to walk close with our Saviour

Cheers, Mike

Posted 5/1/2014

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Kurt Penner

Kurt Penner (1991, M.A.)

KURT GERALD PENNER Kurt Gerald Penner peacefully left us to walk with the Lord on the morning of April 19, 2014, one day short of his 62nd birthday. He will be remembered and forever loved by his wife Monique Desrosiers; son Nathan (Julia Cole); daughter Jocelyn; daughter Andrea (Mark Hladik); mother Jane; brother Paul (Sharon) and their children April and Justin (Brenda and their son Julien); sister Roberta (Gerard Scott-Herridge) and their children Crystal, Joel (Ann and their son Zachary) and Evan; and the extended Desrosiers family headed by his in-laws Gérard and Annette, six sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, their spouses, 11 nieces and nephews and their spouses, one great-niece and three great-nephews. Kurt touched many lives and kept in close contact with his beloved uncles Henry (Betty), Vic (Alvena), Carl (Janice), his beloved aunts Lois, Mary, Kay, Ellie, Anna, and Lil. He never lost sight of a cousin whether they were first, second, third or distant. He loved fully and unconditionally and he felt loved back. He was predeceased by his father Nicholas in 1982.

Kurt joined the New Democratic Party when he was 16 years old. He came to the Lord when he was 21. He studied at Providence College in Otterburne and has a master's degree in Biblical Studies and Counselling. He worked in Atikokan, Ontario as a mental-health director but returned to Winnipeg and worked the better part of the last 56 years in the political arena.

His passing leaves a huge void with his political family. (Kurt and) Monique wish to express their gratitude to the St. Boniface doctors, nurses and staff on the fifth floor and the emergency room triage and attendants following his week's stay in February; and, to the staff at the Seven Oaks Wellness Centre. The family wishes to thank the first responders, the two respectful police officers who showed great compassion in our time of need. Cremation has taken place. Prayers will be held on Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 250 Jefferson Avenue, officiated by Father Bohdan (Don) Lukie and Deacon Gérard Desrosiers. The funeral will be held on Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, officiated by Dietrich Desmarais. Pallbearers are Tim Penner, Tom Penner, Randy Penner, and Reg Dyck. Honorary pallbearers are Roland Buller and Marc Desrosiers. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates your donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My sweetheart left me on April 19th. Take care of him Lord.


Posted 4/24/2014

The Two Thousand Tens

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Niels Jeyasegara

Niels Jeyasegara (College 2010)

I graduated Prov in 2010 with a BA Aviation Major and Minor in Intercultural Studies. In 2008 I joined the Infantry with the Army Reserves and after graduation I worked in the aviation industry with Perimeter Airlines in customer service. As of February 2013, I am now serving as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force training as a Pilot. I am currently based out of 15 Wing Air Base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and I am in my second phase of training on the Harvard 2. Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" continues to be the story of my life.

Posted 5/1/2014

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