Isaak, Jack



1921 - 2004

Jack Isaak.jpgOn Monday, June 28, 2004 Jack Isaak, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 83.

Jack leaves to mourn his passing and treasure his memory his wife of 54 years, Katie of Winnipeg; his children, Henry (Linda) of Winnipeg, Louise of Kitchener, Paul (Joan) of Regina, Patricia and Susan of Winnipeg. He will also be forever remembered by his grandchildren, Lee, Jason, Justin, Kendra, Morgan, Trevor, Andrew, Cara, Lindsey, Court and Bobbie. Jack is also survived by his siblings, Tina (Jake) Penner, John (Helen), Hank (Sue), Lee (Ike) Penner, Gief (Martin) Fehr; and Katie's siblings, Henry (Anne) Neufeld, Elsie (Peter) Suderman, Bruno (Freda) Neufeld, Olga (Morris) Rychliwski as well as many nieces and nephews who will have fond memories of their Uncle Jack.

Born in Russia in 1921, Jack came to Canada with his parents at a young age where they settled on a farm near Rivers, MB. Jack met his future wife Katie at a "Sangerfest" in Whitewater in 1949. They married on June 22, 1950 in the Whitewater Church and settled on a farm until he entered Normal School in Winnipeg in 1951. Teaching became not only Dad's job but a 33 year journey that saw him teach in Strasberg, Purvis, Cartwright, Minto and Morden, where he taught 26 years until he retired in 1985. Dad's dedication to education went beyond his classroom. He worked diligently as an active member of the Western Teachers' Association, the Manitoba Teachers' Society and, after his retirement, Retired Teachers' Association of Manitoba. Throughout all those years, Dad kept his connection to his love of farming by working as a crop inspector for the Department of Agriculture every summer. After his retirement, Dad spent many years perfecting his skill as a craftsman and we will cherish the many beautiful pieces of furniture that he lovingly built for us.

Dad was deeply spiritual man who spent many years serving the Mennonite Church in every community where they lived. He was also a very active community member, serving on the Board of Morden and District Museum and the MSTW Planning Commission. His leadership was evident on every committee and he will always be remembered for his strong sense of commitment to his family, his church, and his community.

Nothing gave Dad more pride and pleasure than spending time with his family He was very involved in the activities of his children and grandchildren, and was always eager to hear our stories and offer his advice. He especially liked to watch and talk baseball with his grandchildren and to share their many accomplishments.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at St. Boniface Hospital for their kind and compassionate care at a very difficult time.

Donations in Jack's memory can be made to the Mennonite Central Committee.

Funeral service was held on Friday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morden Mennonite Church, Morden with Rev. J.F. Pauls officiating. Pallbearers were Jack's grandsons, Lee, Jason, Trevor, Andrew, Lindsey and Court.

Arrangements entrusted to Wiebe Funeral Chapel of Morden.


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