We Remember

Doerksen Victor


1934 — 2017

Victor Doerksen went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2017 at the age of 83. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret; daughter Eirena (Chris) Rothwell of Kelowna, BC; son Paul (Jennifer) Doerksen of Winnipeg, MB; grandchildren: Nicholas Doerksen, Noah Doerksen, Hudson Rothwell, Delaney Rothwell; sisters Mary (Peter) Dyck of Edmonton AB, Jessie (Harry) Reimer of Winnipeg, MB and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceasd by his son David Doerksen and brothers Henry, John and Jake.

Vic was born in Winnipeg, MB, the second youngest of Johann and Justina Doerksen’s eight children. He grew up in Winnipeg’s north end, a fact that he was always proud to mention. After high school, Vic began working at CP Rail. On December 26, 1959, he married Margaret Brown of Clearbrook, BC. They moved to Switzerland where Vic received his PhD from the University of Zurich. They returned to Winnipeg where Vic embarked on a 32 year career as a professor and Head of the German Department at the University of Manitoba. Upon retirement, Vic and Marg moved to Kelowna where he enjoyed golfing and singing in the quartet and choir at First Mennonite Church. Approximately 12 years ago the first signs of Alzheimer’s appeared. As the disease progressed, Vic and Marg were fortunate to share a house with Chris and Eirena. When Vic was unable to live at home any longer, he was admitted to Sun Pointe Village.

The family wishes to thank Sun Pointe Village staff, home care nurses, Handydart drivers and the staff at Chapters and Starbucks in Orchard Park Mall (where Vic made daily journeys for books and white chocolate mochas) for their care and kind words.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/mennonite-central-committee-canada-mcc-canada/ .

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  • Vic was my professor and a dear friend, since the early 70s. I will treasure his memory and send my deepest sympathies to Marg and to Eirena and Paul and their families in this time of sorrow and loss.

    Condolence sent by: Shirley Geller on November 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

  • Dear Margaret and Family,
    My condolences.
    You and Victor were great neighbors when living on Westridge Dr. – Crawford.
    It’s an honor to care for you further as funeral attendants. My team is there for you for anything which may arise.
    Blessings and comfort be yours in these days ahead.
    Richard (and Michelle) Henseleit

    Condolence sent by: Richard Henseleit on November 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

  • Dear Margaret and Family
    My sympathy at this time of great loss in your family. Thinking of you and wishing you comfort and peace.

    Condolence sent by: Amanda Brown on November 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm

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