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Helen Derksen

Helen Derksen

Helen Derksen died Dec. 17. She was born Apr. 16, 1917 in Omsk, Russia. In 1924 she moved to Mexico and in 1927 to Carol, Man. She married Henry Derksen Sept. 23, 1947. They served in Congo with MBMS International from 1950 to 1978, then in Quebec until 1981. They retired in Winnipeg and joined Elmwood MB Church. Hardships, moves, evacuations and losses in Congo were received with calm grace. She found strength in Isaiah 26:3. She was hospitable, a good listener and teacher to children and women in Congo, and women’s groups and neighbours in Winnipeg. Predeceased by Henry and 1 grandson, she is mourned by sons John, Paul and Gerry; daughter Viola; 7 grandchildren; 1 sister. The funeral was Dec. 22 in Elmwood MB Church.

Agnes Bergen

Agnes Bergen

Agnes Bergen died Feb. 20. She was born July 9, 1911 to Frank and Anna Friesen in Shovrov, Russia. In 1916 the family moved to Gregorevka. Her mother died of typhoid fever when Agnes was 9. Her father married a widow with 6 children. The family’s home, barn and livestock were burned in a fire. Her father died when Agnes was 12. When she was 13 she went to live with her grandparents. In 1926 they immigrated to Mexico, then to Manitoba in 1927. She worked on the family farm, then worked in Winkler and Winnipeg as a housemaid. She married Jacob Bergen July 19, 1942 in Holland, Man., then moved to B.C. They settled on a farm in Greendale and attended Greendale MB Church. She worked hard, had a large garden and put up many preserves. They left the farm in 1977, and in 1991 moved to Clearbrook. Her focus was her family. She leaned on her faith in God to help her through many trials. She is mourned by Jacob; sons Theodore, Ernest, Peter, Walter; daughter Helen. The funeral was Feb. 23 in Clearbrook MB Church.

David Stanley (Stan) Enns

David Stanley (Stan) Enns

David Stanley (Stan) Enns died Nov. 19. He was born Dec. 13, 1930 in the R.M. of Stanley, Man. to David W. and Helena Enns. He married Evelyn M. Dyck July 13, 1952. He was a loving and caring husband and father, cherishing his grandchildren. He was generous and had a sense of humour. He is mourned by Evelyn; daughters Sherill and Joanne; son David; 8 grandchildren; 2 sisters; 1 brother. The funeral was Nov. 24 in Elmwood MB Church, Winnipeg.

David D. Falk

David D. Falk

David D. Falk died Mar. 6. He was born Feb. 27, 1909 in Steinfeld, Ukraine. In 1911 the family moved to Arkadak. He accepted Jesus as Saviour. In 1929 the family emigrated, first to Germany, then to Niverville, Man. He married Helena Unruh Oct. 9, 1932. They farmed until 1977 when they moved into Niverville. Helena died in 1980. He was committed to God and the Scriptures. He was involved in the church, the community and beyond. Predeceased by Helena and 1 son, he is mourned by sons Walter of Niverville and Don of Landmark, Man.; daughters Elfrieda, Ruth and BettyAnn Heinrichs of Niverville; Irene Dyck of Winkler; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; 2 sisters. The funeral was Mar. 10 in Fourth Ave. Bible Church, Niverville.

Arthur (Art) Kenneth Schroeder

Arthur (Art) Kenneth Schroeder

Arthur Kenneth Schroeder died Mar. 5. He was born Apr. 23, 1928 in Main Centre, Sask. to John S. and Martha Schroeder. He graduated from Briercrest Bible Institute. He married Verna Sawatzky July 8, 1950. He was baptized and joined Vancouver MB Church November 1950. They lived in Richmond, B.C. and attended Fraserview MB Church, then a community church in Victoria. He worked for W.H. Malkin Co. He occasionally preached and was part of the Gideons. In 1967 they moved back to Richmond. He became a real estate agent. He attended a Baptist church, where he led singing, taught Sunday school, served as deacon and was involved in adult social programs. Verna died in August 1984. He moved to White Rock, B.C. and married Sandra Featherstone Aug. 1, 1997. They attended Cariboo Hill Salvation Army Temple. Predeceased by Verna, 1 brother, 1 sister, 4 infant sons, he is mourned by Sandra; 7 children; 19 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters. The funeral was in Cariboo Salvation Army Temple.

Cornelius (Cork) Rempel

Cornelius (Cork) Rempel

Cornelius (Cork) Rempel died Feb. 24. He was born May 19, 1935 in Osborne, Man to John and Susanna Rempel. They moved to Chilliwack, B.C. He logged, then attended vocational school in Nanaimo, becoming an automotive electrician for Delisle Auto Electric. He married Caroline Voth May 6, 1961. He worked at Chilliwack Ready-Mix, Finning Tractor, Lineham Logging, Cheam Contracting and Hope Ready-Mix. He was known for his integrity, honesty and conscientiousness. He enjoyed creating and recycling, restoring motorcycles, lawnmowers, sawmills and making gifts for his grandchildren. Predeceased by 1 brother and 1 grandson, he is mourned by Carol; sons Ramone and Todd; 4 grandchildren; 5 brothers; 1 sister.

Abe Petkau

Abe Petkau

Abe Petkau died Mar. 7. He was born May 6, 1925 in Russia and soon immigrated to Canada. He attended Bible school and accepted Christ in his 20s. He married Mary Klassen May 22, 1949 in Port Rowan, Ont. They lived in St. Catharines, then moved to Port Rowan. He established a trucking company. He instilled strong Christian values into his children and influenced the drivers who worked for him. They retired to Simcoe, Ont. in 1991. They enjoyed travelling. Mary died in 1999. He married Hedy Penner in November 2001. He enjoyed golfing, reading, camping, travelling and meeting friends at Tim Hortons. He prayed faithfully for his children and grandchildren. Predeceased by Mary and several siblings, he is mourned by Hedy; daughters Carol Hiebert, Brenda Petkau, Lynn Andres, Gayle Gill, Edith Kouros, Eleanor Dolan, Kathy Janzen, Mary Eleanor Penner; son Wayne; 27 grandchildren; 2 brothers, 1 sister. The funeral was Mar. 10 in Vineland United Mennonite Church.

Katherina (Kaethe) Penner

Katherina (Kaethe) Penner

Kaethe Penner died Mar. 1. She was born May 26, 1906 in Deyevka, Orenburg, Russia. The family moved to Alexandrovka, Slavgorod. Her mother died when Kaethe was 5. Her father married Sarah Janzen. Kaethe accepted Jesus as her Saviour, claiming Ephesians 6:16, and later joined the church. The family moved to Minsk, White Russia. She, together with her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters, was imprisoned for 8 years. This was a testing time for her. She remained faithful. The surviving family members found each other in Russia, moving to Tsily-Kuly and joining the church. In 1959 she and her sister moved to Karaganda, again joining the church. Kaethe taught Sunday school. After the war she located her younger sisters in Canada and immigrated to Abbotsford. She worked and lived at Tabor Home. She is mourned by sisters Helen Rewnow and Renate Ruppert. The funeral was Mar. 4 in Clearbrook MB Church.

Willie (Bill) Banman

Willie (Bill) Banman

Willie (Bill) Banman died Mar. 19. He was born in Rosenheim District, Horndean, Man. He is remembered for his faith, devotion to missions, volunteer work and willingness to help others. Predeceased by 2 brothers and 1 sisters, he is mourned by his wife Anna of 33 years; daughter Connie; son Richard; 1 grandchild; 1 sister; 3 brothers. The funeral was Mar. 25 in Elmwood MB Church, Winnipeg.

Peter Henry Walde

Peter Henry Walde

Peter Henry Walde died Dec. 19. He was born Nov. 11, 1916 in Ukraine. He immigrated to Rosthern, Sask. in 1926 and later moved to Rosemary, Alta. He farmed here until 1946. He married Tena Harder Oct. 29, 1938. They moved to Chilliwack, B.C. in 1946. He was a poultry farmer and served as director and president of East Chilliwack Co-op. He enjoyed travelling and gardening, sharing his produce with friends. He was a charter member of Broadway MB Church and was an encouragement to all. He loved his family. Predeceased by 1 brother, 2 sisters and 1 great-grandchild, he is mourned by Tena, daughter Doris Wiebe; son Rudy; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; 3 sisters. The funeral was Dec. 23 in Broadway MB Church.

Margaret Loeppky

Margaret Loeppky

Margaret Loeppky died Feb. 1. She was born Oct. 1, 1925 in Michaelsburg, Russia to David and Helena Rempel. The family immigrated to Canada in 1926, settling in Jugaske, Sask. In 1934 they moved to Parkerview, Sask., then to Leamington, and Kitchener, Ont. She worked at Forsythe Shirt Factory and Burns Meat. She accepted Jesus and was baptized May 20, 1945 in Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church. She married George Loeppky Apr. 7, 1951. They settled in Foam Lake, Sask. She was an excellent cook, loved to garden and enjoyed her grandchildren. She crocheted for the baby showcase at the hospital and was active in the Foam Lake Hospital Auxiliary for many years. She joined Gospel Fellowship ladies group. Predeceased by 2 brothers, she is mourned by George; daughter Pat Foot; son John; 3 grandchildren; 1 brother. The funeral was Feb. 5 in Gospel Fellowship Church, Foam Lake.

Mary Gossen

Mary Gossen

Mary Gossen died Feb. 5. She was born Sept. 1, 1920 in Petrovka, Russia to John and Annie Gossen. In 1925 the family immigrated to Mexico, then in 1926 to Morden, Man. They moved to Nelson, B.C., and in 1930 to Yarrow, B.C. She was not healthy but helped with farm chores. In winter she embroidered tablecloths, pillowcases and tea towels. She lived with her mother until her mother’s death in 1968. She lived in Tabor Home, Clearbrook for 25 years. In 1997 she was transferred to Menno Hospital in Abbotsford. She enjoyed reading the MB Herald and the Mennonitische Rundschau, doing puzzles, and playing Bingo and Skip-Bo. She had a great reverence for God and found comfort in her relationship with Jesus. She was a member of Clearbrook MB Church. Predeceased by 2 brothers in infancy, brothers Jacob and Henry; sisters Annie and Betty, she is mourned by sisters Margaret, Agnes, 3 nieces, 3 nephews. The memorial service was held in her sister’s home.

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