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Martha Kroeker

Posted: 03/19/2019 9:39 AM

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Apr. 10, 1944-Mar. 11, 2019

Martha Kroeker, age 74, of Steinbach, MB, passed away on Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at her residence.

Martha was born and grew up in Rosenort. Her growing up and school years were spent in the same area. She was the seventh child of Peter and Anna Kroeker. Being part of a family of 12 she took pleasure in looking after her younger siblings, more so than doing household chores. The younger children of the family were fond of playing school with Martha as the teacher. She continued to have this interest, and after a year of training at Teacher’s College she became a teacher. She taught in various schools in southern Manitoba. Later she spent some time in Mexico teaching missionary children with the Board of Missions. Following this she worked in the EMC office in Steinbach doing secretarial work and proofreading The Messenger. Afterwards she took a position at Life Light Ministries. Later she spent time volunteering in various ministries around Steinbach.

She accepted Jesus as her Savior at a young age and became a member of the Rosenort EMC. Later, after moving to Steinbach, she fellowshipped at the Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church. It was part of her spiritual make-up to read her Bible regularly. She was very faithful also in sending birthday cards to her nieces and nephews, siblings and their spouses over the years. Neighbors and friends were often blessed with flowers or some delicious baking.

Martha loved flowers. She planted many around her apartment and delighted in looking for lady slippers every spring. She also enjoyed hiking in places like Pinawa, Clear Lake, and Kenora. Traveling was another highlight. One memorable trip was to Paraguay with Melvin Klassen and her brother Ron to visit her sister Elsie and family. Nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles were important to her and she kept in contact with them wherever they went, whether Mexico, Paraguay, or other places. A bus tour to the Maritimes with Bertha in the fall of 2016 was a dream come true.

In general Martha found change difficult. An example of this was her difficulty in changing over to computers when they came along. She was meticulous in her work. The results of her proofreading were unequaled.

She is survived by her sisters, Elsie (Ernest) and Erna (Hank); brothers, Menno (Dorothy), Ed (Annie), Peter (Anne), Lorne (Helen), Ron (Wendy); and sisters-in-law, Eva and Bertha.

She was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Anna Kroeker; by brothers, Henry, Jake and Willie; and by sister, Mary.

The funeral service was held on Sunday, Mar. 17 at 3 p.m. at Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church, Steinbach, MB, with public viewing one hour prior to the service.

Interment took place on Monday, Mar. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Rosenort E.M.C. Cemetery, Rosenort, MB.

Arrangements by
Birchwood Funeral Chapel
1-204-346-1030 or 1-888-454-1030

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