May 25, 1912 ~ Feb. 28, 2009

Sara Harder (nee Lehn) passed away peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Saviour on February 28, 2009, at Ebenezer Home, Abbotsford, BC.

Sara was born on May 25, 1912 in the village of Leonidowka, Ukraine, the third of five daughters. At the age of 14 her family immigrated to Canada and settled on a farm near Hanley, SK. Here she continued her education, going on to get her teacher’s training. She began her teaching career in 1933 in various prairie country schools. She also worked at the Rosthern Children’s Home, at several Bible schools, and then at Buffalo Head Prairie School, near LaCrete, AB until her retirement in 1977.

During her teaching career and during her retirement she continued to have a great impact on her students’ lives.

She sincerely felt her calling to be to help people in whichever way she could, and to help them learn more about the love of Jesus Christ.

She married a widower John C. Harder in 1964 and happily became involved with his family and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were her precious heritage. Her husband passed away in 1974. After her retirement in 1977 she moved to Chilliwack, where she lived with her sisters and continued her involvement with church, community, family, and friends.

In her own words: “I am overwhelmed with the richness of God’s mercy through Jesus Christ! How marvellous has been His leading.”

Sara was predeceased by her parents Gerhard and Sara (Ens) Lehn; stepmother Katarina (Friesen) Lehn; her husband John C. Harder, three step-children: Richard, Delbert, and Shirley, sisters Frieda, Helen, Tina and Cornelia.

She will be remembered by step-daughters-in-law Jean and Alice and their families, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral Service was held on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at the Greendale First Mennonite Church, 42369 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the work of MCC, 31414 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6L9.

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