June 15, 1915 – Dec. 29, 2010
It is with sadness that we announce the death of our father, Peter Enns, who died peacefully on 29 December 2010 surrounded by his family.
Peter was born in Arkadak, South Russia, the second of seven children born to Jacob and Maria (Paetkau) Enns. The family immigrated to Canada in 1926 and settled in Chortitz, Manitoba. This is where Peter helped his father farm. In 1936, he got the urge to leave home and headed to Alberta where he and his friend, Ike Dyke, hoed sugar beets. In the fall of 1936, the two headed to BC via rail in November through Crow’s Nest Pass arriving in Chilliwack to find no snow, but beautiful weather. They made their way to Peter’s grandparents in what, at that time, was known as Sumas, later Greendale. Peter worked odd jobs before he and his two brothers, Dave and John, started a store known as Enns’ Brothers General Store. They opened their store on the 21 of June 1947 only to be flooded out on 1 June, 1948. They rebuilt and soon the two brothers departed and Peter became the sole owner. He operated the store for 30 years selling in 1977. After which he and his son Ernie went into the sausage (Valley Maid) business for 10 years before Peter retired. In 1999 Peter and Susan moved to Menno Terrace in Abbotsford.
Peter was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Maria, brothers Jake, Abe, Dave and John as well as sister Mary; also one great-grandchild Joshua Enns. He is survived by his wife, Susan, of 69 years, and son Ernie, his wife Evelyn, their children Diana Sagert, Darrin, Bradina, and his favorite great-granddaughter Avaya. He is also survived by his sister, Marj, of Morden, MB, plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 7 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. A private family graveside service will be held at Greendale Cemetery. A Celebration of Peter’s life will be held on Saturday, January 8 at 1 p.m. at Greendale MB Church, 6550 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to MCC would be appreciated.
Online condolences can be left at www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com