Friedrich Kraubner was born in Peterhof, Russia on Oct. 6, 1912. He was the youngest of three children, the only son of Friedrich and Anna Kraubner.
He attended the University of Leningrad but did not complete because of the start of World War II. He was drafted by the German Army as an interpreter due to the fluency of Russian and German. In 1943 he met Rosalie Sackmann while on furlough in Poland, and on February 17, 1944, the were married.
A son, Alexander, was born to them in Sangerberg, Czechoslovakia in May 1945, and as the war was drawing to a close, they fled to West Germany, first to a refugee camp in Hoeringhausen, and then finally settled in Mandern.
Five children were born to them during this time, Fred, Brigitte, Walter and the twins Robert and Rudi.
In 1956 when the twins were just four months old, the family immigrated to Canada settling in Winnipeg, MB. Three more children were born to them in Winnipeg: Bruno, David and Ruth.
Life in this new country was hard due to language barriers, but he learned to cope with it. Friedrich worked for Greensteel Industries until a major vehicle accident in 1959 hospitalized him for over a year. In 1962 he began to work for Coldstream Refrigeration as a tool and die setter until he retired in June 1984.
Friedrich and his wife, Rosalie, then moved to the Fraser Valley settling in Sardis on Promontory Hill. In 2001 his wife of almost 57 years went to be with the Lord. His prayer thereafter was for God to take him home but it pleased God to have him remain just a little while longer.
Friedrich was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian at an early age. In 1984, he recommitted his life to Jesus Christ.
Friedrich was a devout Christian. Devotions and prayer was a daily occurrence. He loved God with all his heart, mind and soul.
In the last years that Friedrich lived with his son, Fred, he would pray and sing in the middle of the night. He prayed regularly for his children, missionaries and the church. He would also bring hymns and he was not ashamed of his stand for Jesus Christ.
“Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the Joy of your Lord.” Matthew 25:23.
Memorial Service to be held Monday, June 27, 11 a.m. at Sardis Fellowship Baptist, 45187 Wells Rd.