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Katherina TOEWS[1]

Female 1914 - 1996  (81 years)


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  • Name Katherina TOEWS 
    Nickname Tena 
    Born 3 Jun 1914  Carpenter, Clark, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Baptism 7 Sep 1930  Lustre, Valley, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    History Obituary - Tena Giesbrecht Dirks passed away May 16. She was born June 3, 1914 to Abram and Helena Toews in Carpenter, South Dakota. The family moved to Lustre, Montana when she was two. She accepted Jesus at 14 during revival services and was baptized two years later, joining Lustre MB Church. She attended Lustre Bible School for two years, then Hepburn (Saskatchewan) Bible School. She taught Daily Vacation Bible School in northern Saskatchewan.
    She married George Giesbrecht Sept. 26, 1941. They worked for the Western Children's Mission in Hague Ferry, Saskatchewan until George's health failed. He died in 1951 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She raised 4 children alone, sacrificing to send them to MEI. She found comfort in Psalm 55:22.
    She loved to bake, winning prizes at local fairs. She worked as a cook at MB Bible Institute. She also enjoyed quilting, church activities and volunteer work at the Community Services thrift shop. Her faith was tested during a brief second marriage and several periods of depression. She claimed II Corinthians 12:9. She moved to Menno Home in 1988 where she wrote for the newsletter, served as vice-president and president of the residents' council, sang in the choir, served on the food committee and joined the poetry and gardening clubs. She is remembered as loving, kind and courageous.
    Predeceased by George, 1 brother, 2 sisters and 1 grandson, she is mourned by 4 children; 6 grandchildren; 1 brother; 8 sisters; and husband George Dirks of Kelowna, British Columbia. 
    Reference Number 245ka 
    Died 16 May 1996  Abbotsford (Matsqui), Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 21 May 1996  Abbotsford (Matsqui), Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I63129  Reid Family | Lynn's side of the family
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2020 

    Father Abraham J. TOEWS,   b. 30 May 1883, Temir Bulat, Crimea Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1947, Warm Springs, Deer Lodge, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Helena MARTENS,   b. 16 Feb 1891, Altonau, Sagradovka Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1982, Glasgow, Valley, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 2 Nov 1909  Carpenter, Clark, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F34599  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rev. Gerhard K. GIESBRECHT,   b. 22 May 1905, Rose Farm, Rural Municipality of Morris, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1951, Abbotsford (Matsqui), Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 26 Sep 1941  Hepburn, Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F42190  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 George Jacob DIRKS,   b. 26 May 1903, Waldheim, Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1996, Kelowna, Central Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 19 Jul 1975 
    Family ID F42189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Jun 1914 - Carpenter, Clark, South Dakota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 7 Sep 1930 - Lustre, Valley, Montana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Sep 1941 - Hepburn, Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 May 1996 - Abbotsford (Matsqui), Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 21 May 1996 - Abbotsford (Matsqui), Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S494] Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry (GRANDMA 18-08), (Published by the Genealogy Project Committee of the California Mennonite Historical Society; 4824 East Butler Avenue, Fresno, California 93727-5097; Phone (559) 453-2225).

    2. [S292] Mennonite Brethren Herald, 28 Jun 1996, Pg. 29.