March 23, 1918 – September 15, 2022
After a lifetime of devotion to his wife of 78 years, Nettie and their four daughters, many rewarding years of service as an ordained Minister to the Mennonite Church and General Conference of Mennonites on both the local, national and international levels, many happy years of retirement when he was able to enjoy gardening, drawing and endless hours of reading, as well as spending meaningful time with his children and grandchildren. At the tender age of 104, our beloved dad succumbed to his proud battle with the indignities of aging and four and a half years in long term care, with his loving Nettie by his side. The last two and a half years in LTC made all the worse by the impact of COVID on the elderly and the heartbreaking isolation and loneliness caused by COVID restrictions that were imposed on the elderly in Long Term Care, and which continue today!
Left to grieve our dad are his wife, Nettie, three daughters and three sons-in-law, Peter Engbrecht, Joanna Buhr (John), Marlee Groening (Peter Gibson), Gwen Groening, as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Tim (Esther) Engbrecht (Shael and Ivy), Crista Buhr (Hanna, Adison and Julia), Jonathan Engbrecht (Catherine MacDonald), Shauna Buhr (Colton and Ryder) and Miranda Groening Gibson. George was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Grace Engbrecht (2019), Carla (1964), 11 siblings and parents.
As a family, we want to acknowledge and thank the special staff of West 1 at the Menno Home in Abbotsford, BC who provided care with tenderness and compassion to our beloved Dad! In lieu of flowers, we invite you to donate to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) or the Alzheimer Society of BC.
Our dad was interned in Rose Farm Cemetery, Lowe Farm, MB. Thursday September 22, 2022, with funeral in Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, MB.
Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Eden Mennonite Church, 46551 Chilliwack Central Road, Chilliwack, BC.
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