Dennis Harvey Nernberg, age 71, was called home on February 27, 2018 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, with family nearby.
The arrival of Dennis on October 13, 1946 to Albert and Lydia (Zimmer) Nernberg completed their family of 10. He received his education at Shevlin School until he knew in his heart that it was time for him to be the third generation to take over family farm. He was doing what he loved to do on that very day he left the farm.
Dennis was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church at Shevlin. Faith was important to him as you would often hear him say, "I will say a prayer for you".
Dennis married Linda Marzoff. They had three children: daughter - Melodie Roxanne, little baby boy who was called home too soon, and son - Conway Dennis Robert.
Dennis enjoyed working on the farm. In his young years, he talked about working with the “thrashing gang”. He continued on to doing custom work picking stones for neighbours. He said that he and his father had the first stonepicker in the Shevlin community - and wore it out! He often talked about how he and a few others had to go The Pas, Manitoba one summer to make hay as they were unable to do it at home because of drought. Many hours pitching square bales, clearing land and working together with neighbours, as it always was, in the community of Shevlin. After Dennis’s father passed, he continued on with mixed farming for many years.
One door closed and another opened for Dennis. He then felt privileged to be a part of the daily chores at his daughter Melodie and Duane Funks’ PMU business in the winter months. Then off Dennis went to Minitonas to enjoy grain farming with friends he adored. Dennis always had a curiosity about going out west to work. Being blessed with an amazing family, his nephews took him under their arm and away Dennis went to the oilfield. Dennis so loved to talk about how he could show all the young guys that he could work just as hard as them.
As time went on he was so very happy to have his son Conway tell him he wanted to come home and farm. Dennis was gratified to expand the family farm with his son by his side, knowing that it will now continue on as a fourth generation farm.
Dennis loved to travel in his earlier years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. His real joy was spent socializing with neighbours, friends, and -of course !- family, as he always made time to visit with whomever stopped by. He had a special bond with his nieces and nephews as many were close in age with Dennis, the baby of his ten siblings. He always made time to spend with his five grandchildren, all of whom were so near and dear to him. It began with taking his granddaughters for a drive listening to Alan Jackson and carried on with taking his grandsons to town for treats. His family will miss the frequent phone calls any time, day or night and the neighbours will miss his morning drives around the block when Dennis just stopped in to say “Hi and Good morning”.
Dennis was predeceased by: parents Albert and Lydia Nernberg; infant son; son-in-law Harvey Booker; brother Herbie Nernberg; sister Marlene Fuhr; sister and brother-in-law Lorna and Paul Marshall; infant brother; brothers-in-law Lawrence Doering, Oswald Edel and Neil Gow; nephew Ronny Edel; niece Deb Edel; as well as other extended family.
Left to treasure the special memories are: daughter Melodie Nernberg; son Conway (Elizabeth) Nernberg; five grandchildren- Savanah and Emma Funk, Stratten, Thor and Drake Nernberg; four sisters - Doreen Doering, Bernice Edel, Elsie Gow and Marion (Jim) Tokar; as well as two brothers -Ken (Genny) Nernberg, and Cliff (Alexa) Nernberg; brother-in-law John Fuhr; sister-in-law Hertha Nernberg, plus numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
The funeral service for Dennis was held on Monday March 12, 2018 at Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church, Roblin. Following the service, friends and family gathered in the church basement for a time of fellowship, luncheon and sharing of memories.
Carrying Dennis to his final resting place in Shevlin Cemetery, next to the Nernberg farm, were pallbearers: Conway Nernberg, Randy Hart, Melvin Edel, Gerry Liske, Colin White and Butch Bauer.
If friends so desire, donations in memory of Dennis Nernberg may be made to the Shevlin Cemetery c/o St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Roblin, MB. R0L 1P0