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Herman Olfert

Herman Olfert

1903 – 2005

Olfert, Herman.jpgHerman Olfert was born to Jacob and Maria Olfert on March 22, 1903 in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan.  He was baptized upon confession of his faith as a young adult.

In the late 1920’s, Herman together with his brother Jacob, set up a general store in Kronsgart.  But due to the depression, they were unable to continue.  Herman spent the majority of his life farming at Kronsgart and her greatly valued the friendship of his neighbors.

Good times were plentiful at the Olferts; whether it was a birthday party complete with ice cream and saltines, Christmas or Easter gatherings, a Sunday afternoon Crokinole tournament, an evening of Chinese Checkers or a day spent helping on the farm.

Herman had a cheerful disposition and a quiet humour.  Even in his later years, his visitors or the staff at Salem would leave his room with a grin on their face and a warm feeling inside.  He was a wonderful example of patience and contentment.

Herman’s wish to be with his Lord and Saviour was granted when he peacefully passed away on September 30, 2005 at the age of 102 years, 6 months and 8 days.

He will be missed by his nieces and nephews Helen (John) Ferraro and family of Langley, B.C., Marie Olfert of Saskatoon, SK, Agnes (Derek) Warning and family of Winnipeg, Jake Olfert of Liskard, ON, Jake P. (Shirley) Olfert and family of Winkler, John (Irene) Olfert and family of Winnipeg, Helene (Arnold) Kuhl and family of Winkler, Marge (John) Penner and family of Reinfeld and sister-in-law Helen (John) Friesen of Morden.

He was predeceased by 9 brothers and sisters.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 2:00 pm at the Reinland Mennonite Church with Bishop William Friesen officiating.  Interment followed at Rosenbach Cemetery.

Many thanks goes to the staff at Salem for their excellent care and compassion; to Bishop and Mrs. Friesen for your many visits; the serving group, song leaders, ushers and to the caretakers for bringing the Sunday morning messages on tape to him each week.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of David Enns to the Salem Home Foundation 165 15th St., Winkler, MB R6W 1T8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.

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