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(nee Siebert)

(June 22, 1919 – July 22, 2009)

On Wednesday, July 22, after a brief illness, Erna Bartel went home peacefully to be with her Lord. Erna enjoyed a full and richly blessed life. Born in West Prussia, she grew up as the youngest of five children. She married Siegfried Bartel in 1939, and fled to western Germany in 1945. With 4 sons they emigrated to Canada in 1951, settling on a dairy farm in Agassiz the following year, where two more sons were born. Erna found great joy in her family and home life and was a blessing to the many who passed through their home. Deeply rooted in her faith, she lived out daily her love for the Lord. She will be profoundly missed by her family and friends.

Predeceased by her first son Siegfried (1944), she leaves behind her husband Siegfried, sons Gerd (Regina), Reinhard (Helen), Christoph (Lillian), Alexander (Martha), Dietrich (Jocelyn), Martin (Wanda), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services: Viewing: Monday, July 27, 7 PM, Eden Mennonite Church, 46551 Chilliwack Central Rd., Chilliwack; Graveside Service: Tuesday, July 28, 1 PM, Valley View Cemetery, Agassiz; Memorial Service: July 28, 2:30 PM, Eden Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, (604-850-6639) 31414 Marshall Rd. Abbotsford, BC V2T 3T8.

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