Agnes SAWATSKY-PAULS

Nov. 2, 1909 – April 16, 2013

Agnes passed away in her 104th year. She was born in the village of Kronstal, Chortitza, South Russia, now Ukraine, the eldest of George and Helen Sawatsky, during a time of peace and plenty.

As a young woman, she survived WWI, the Russian Revolution, anarchy, famine, the onset of communism, Stalin’s death camps, WWII, fleeing across Europe with two small children, reunion with her husband and a new home in Canada in 1948.

A woman of vision and business acumen, she worked very hard alongside her husband and children to establish a berry and chicken farm. She was forever grateful to the wonderful country that welcomed her, a place where honest work meant honest gain. Here she experienced another 65 years of peace and plenty. She was also grateful for her church home for support and fellowship through the years.

Predeceased by husband Jacob and all her siblings, she will be forever remembered and missed by children: Lydia (Fred Huebert), Ernie (Helen), Frank (Elma), Harry (Helen); 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to Dr. Bull and Dr. MacIntosh, caregiver Hazel Delmatter and Brian Riediger.

Memorial service to be held at Eden Mennonite Church, Friday, April 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm. There will be opportunity at the memorial service to donate to “Friends of the Mennonite Centre in Ukraine” for farming projects there.