Loewen, Jacob “M”

Jacob

Jacob “M” Loewen

1924 - 2005

loewen, Jake.jpgOur dad, Jacob “M” Loewen, was born September 14, 1924, to Jacob and Margaret Loewen at Silberfeldt, Manitoba.  He was the third in a family of 15 children. Dad was baptized into the Mennonite faith in 1945 upon confession of his faith.

On September 15, 1949, he married Katherina Klassen. Together with Dad’s parents, they moved to Bagot, Manitoba. Later, they moved to Sperling and then back to the Bagot area to farm. At the same time, he also worked on the J. P. Wiebe farm for a total of seven years.

In 1962 they moved to Austin and Dad got employment at Simplot Potato Plant at Carberry.  He moved up from a forklift operator to mechanic and worked there, commuting daily, until his retirement in 1990.

Dad had a strong work ethic and his main concern was providing for his family.  He also enjoyed fishing, camping, and later, watching hockey games and playing board games with friends and family.  He also had a quick wit and sense of humor.

Dad’s wife, “Katie”, died in May, 1973.  This was a very difficult time for him as he was left with 3 children to raise.  He and Katie had 5 children together.  Two years later, on June 28, 1975, he married Maria Fehr and gained 3 more children.

Together, they made a trip to Belize and Mexico.  He and Mom camped and fished as long as Dad was able.  Mom brought much love and enjoyment to Dad’s life and the family as a whole.  She is a real caregiver.

Dad was predeceased by his parents, seven siblings, his first wife, and several in-laws.  He is survived by his loving wife, Maria, and his children: Elaine (Les) Rempel of Slave Lake, Alberta; Marlene (Abe) Wieler of Melville, Saskatchewan; Wilma (Arnie) Pries of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Margaret (Rick) Wiebe of Fordwich, Ontario; Larry (Lorna) Loewen of Wetaskiwin, Alberta; Harry (Karen) Fehr of Winkler, Manitoba; Diane (Jason) Dyck of Winkler, Manitoba, and Jack (Brenda) Fehr of Morden, Manitoba.  He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

On May 19th, Dad suffered from a stroke and went to the arms of Jesus early in the morning of May 26th.  During his week in the hospital, family members were blessed with his attitude, humor, and sharp wit.  He was very concerned about Mom’s welfare and family unity.  Even when he could no longer speak, he communicated by a squeeze of the hand or a wink.  He believed in the love of his family.

Funeral service was held on Sunday, May 29, 2005 at the Grace Mennonite Church, Winkler, MB with Pastor Gerald Nuff and Pastor Herb Franz officiating.  Interment followed at the Winkler Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Bester and the staff in the Palliative Care Unit at the Boundary Trails Health Center for their compassionate care of Dad and the family.

For those who choose, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to the Palliative Care Unit at Boundary Trails Health Center, Box 2000, Winkler, MB R6W 1H8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.

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