Mary Unger (nee Penner)
1919 - 2004
Mary Unger.jpgOur mother, grand mother, great great grandmother was born 86 years ago today, on January 2, 1919. Her parents were David Penner and Susanna Rempel of the Plum Coulee area. Her first year of elementary education began in the Grimsby school and then she transferred to the Kleefeld school not far from her parent’s farm. On May 18, 1937 she was baptized upon the confession of faith in the Sommerfeld Gemeinde by bishop Peter Toews.
On September 28, 1939 she was united in marriage to Frank E Unger of the village of Neuenburg. Mother and Dad farmed in the Neuenburg area until they retired to Winkler in 1982. During her years on the farm mother had a great love for her garden and was especially interested in flowers. She invested a significant amount of time in embroidery and crocheting – which she loved.  During her life time mother was subjected to numerous health problems. During the early 1950s she suffered from Rheumatic fever and spent some time in the hospital.  Shortly after this she began to have problems with kidney stones which eventually led to operations on both kidneys. She was one of the first patients to have part of her kidney removed. In the 1960 Diabetes set in which eventually led to her loss of sight.  In February of 2004 she became of resident of Salem Home here in Winkler. She was very happy here and especially enjoyed the chapel services. On May 30, 2004 she suffered a severe heart attaché and spent 13 days in the Boundary Trail Heath Centre. On October 18 she was diagnosed with cancer. On December 11 she was able to enjoy Christmas with family and shortly after her health deteriorated. In the evening of Dec. 28 our loving mother passed away peacefully at Salem. Mother exemplified a strong faith in the Lord. She wanted all her children and grand children to follow the paths of Her Lord. We as a family feel that her compassion, her concerns and prayers for us will be sadly missed.
Mother was predeceased by her loving husband Frank Unger in 1988 and one grandson in 1963. She leaves to mourn Henry and Betty Unger of Morden, John and Susan Fehr of Morden and Frank and Jessie Unger of Winkler and their families. She is also survived by 11 grand children, 13 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren, one sister Susanna and her husband Abram Dyck of Paraguay, and 4 sisters-in-law.
In tears we saw you sinking,
watched you pass away.
Our hearts were almost broken,
wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping,
peaceful, free from pain,
How could we wish you back with us,
To suffer that again.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
The day God took you home.
Funeral service was held on Sunday, January 2, 2005 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church at 2:00pm with Rev. Abe Wiebe officiating. Interment followed at Neuenburg Cemetery. 
The family would like to express our warm thanks to staff, the nursing staff and Dr Etienne Van Niekerk at Salem for making mother’s stay so pleasant for her. We also want to express our gratitude to David Friesen, chaplain at Salem, for his strong spiritual support for us as a family. Thanks to Rev. Abram Wiebe for officiating this service and to the Sommerfeld Ladies Group for arranging and serving the meal. Thank you to all who came to visit mother during her stay in Salem.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
in care of arrangements

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