On Wednesday, May 7, 1997, at the Bethesda Personal Care Home in Steinbach, Katherine Toews (nee Schellenberg) age 91, died peacefully after a lengthy illness. She was predeceased by her husband, John J. Toews, in 1992, and will be lovingly remembered by her children Art Toews, June Morden, Wilma (Mel) Taylor, John (Sue), Dick (Betty) Toews, and Bill (Barbara) Toews, as well as 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers Abe (Alice), George (Evelyn) as well as her brother Bill’s wife Evelyn, brother Pete’s wife Helen, and brother Dave’s wife Kay.
Katherine was born in Altbergthal, MB, and at the age of two moved with her family to Herbert, SK where she spent most of her childhood. While in her teens, she worked at the Ninette sanatorium for half of each year to help finance her education at the MCI in Gretna. She also travelled with her brothers to California and worked in a TB sanatorium there. She met her husband John at the MCI in Gretna. They married in 1928 and settled into farming in the Kane area. Together, they developed a thriving business which included a general store, post office, implement dealership, repair shop and farm fuel business. Along with her family and household responsibilities, she played an integral role in managing the general store and provided the necessary support in all areas of the business.
Through the years, she was often consulted in the community for help and advice when health problems arose. At the age of 57, she pursued her lifelong desire to go into nurses training after which she enjoyed twelve years of nursing at the Morris Hospital.
After their retirement from business, farming and nursing in 1975, Katherine and John moved to Steinbach, MB.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Bethesda Personal Care Home for their consideration and sensitivity to mother’s needs through the last very difficult years of her life.
Funeral service will be held at Grace Mennonite Church, Steinbach on Monday May 12 at 11:00am. The burial service will take place at the Bloomfeld Cemetery at 4:00pm. Memorial gifts may be made to MB Alzheimers and/or M.C.C.