The service will be available to view via live stream on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm by clicking on the following link https://www.youtube.com/user/stcharleswpg
With sadness in our hearts we announce the death of our beloved Andrew, who peacefully went home to be with the Lord in heaven on Monday, March 22, 2021 at the age of 77 in Portage la Prairie. He was born to his parents John and Barbara on March 18, 1944 in Regina, SK. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle for our family. Andrew was predeceased by his parents John and Barbara, his brothers Ed, Robert and David and sisters Pauline and Monica. Andrew is lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years Marlene, their children Fr. Michael Wollbaum, Deborah Wollbaum, Angela (Scott) Hues and Edward (Angela) Wollbaum, along with the grandchildren Teagan, Brody, Leah, Olivia and Benson, Andrew’s brother Paul, many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, and several brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law.
Andrew had many occupations over his long life: house builder, assistant loan manager, TV repair man, florist, and was a catalogue service merchant for Sears Canada. Dad gave to his community in Rivers as well as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver for many years. Just as important was that he was a faithful husband, father and grandfather to the family. He was a man of integrity in his work and a man of great faith in God. His faith touched every aspect of his and his family’s life. He was very involved in the life of the Church as a Parish Trustee and Facilitator of the Pastoral Council of Immaculate Conception Parish in Rivers, MB for several years. He assisted with the local Ecumenical Youth Group in Rivers between the Anglican, United and Catholic Churches. He also was one of the leaders of the Rivers of Life prayer group, a catechist, would help to lead Sunday liturgies when the priest was unavailable. He believed in aiding the poor and was always ready to make time for those in need in any way he could.
A private viewing will take place at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel, followed by a private family funeral at St. Charles Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg. The service will be available to view via live stream Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm by clicking on the following link https://www.youtube.com/user/stcharleswpg . Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery in Portage la Prairie.
The family would like to thank the doctors and the nurses and health care aides on the Surgical Ward at the Portage District General Hospital for the loving, excellent care they gave to Andrew. Thanks to everyone, especially Archbishop Gagnon and the priests of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg for the many prayers and Masses that have been offered for Andrew and our family at this time. We know Andrew is safely and peacefully home with the Lord in heaven and we are wrapped in God’s love and grace in a profound way. Thanks to our friends and faith communities of Immaculate Conception in Rivers, Good Shepherd in Portage la Prairie, St. Augustine’s of Canterbury in Brandon and St. Charles in Winnipeg for all your love, prayers and support.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to remember our beloved Andrew, we invite you to give to a charity to help those in need such as Samaritan House (Brandon), Prairie Welcome House (Portage la Prairie), and Portage la Prairie Soup Kitchen. In the Winnipeg area, Villa Rosa Inc., Chez Nous, Rossbrook House, Harvest Manitoba, Missionaries of Charity, House of Hesed and CancerCare Manitoba.
A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com