Enns, Dorothy Mary

Dorothy Mary Enns

Dorothy Mary Enns (nee Janzen)

1925 – 2009 

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Having fought the good fight and kept the faith, on June 7, at Salem Home and with grandchildren at her side, Dorothy Enns (nee Janzen) aged 84 years, of Winkler, completed her earthly journey and was borne into her eternal reward. 

Dorothy’s life created a legacy of countless riches for her children, family and community. Born in Morden on April 23, 1925, she lived her formative years in various school districts in southern Manitoba, where her father, Henry Janzen was a school teacher. She completed Grade 11 in Winkler, where she met her high-school sweetheart, Manfred Enns. After high school, Dorothy enjoyed various jobs, including a "permit" teacher at Sommerfeld, and nurses’ aide at Bethel Hospital. Throughout her life, Dorothy’s faith was demonstrated in her approach to living. She lived by the scripture from Proverbs 3: 5, 6. Upon confession of her faith, she was baptized on May 28, 1944 by Bishop David Schultz and became a member of the Winkler Bergthaler Church. Dorothy and Manfred were married on June 3, 1945. They spent their early married years at Sunny Acres Farm, just west of Winkler. Their most treasured blessing was God’s gift of their three children. Dorothy was a home-maker and stay-at-home mom. She also pursued her love of music and piano, by taking music lessons and teaching piano for many years. Many a young person in the Winkler area received their early piano training from Dorothy.

Dorothy and Manfred were charter members of Grace Mennonite Church. Husband and wife served their church faithfully for as long as their health allowed, with Dorothy taking on the role of pianist and organist. 

Dorothy and Manfred’s compassion, and their desire and ability to help others, initiated their many years of service (1981 – 1993 approximately), with MCC at the headquarters in Akron, Pennsylvania. This entailed hosting at Miller House. Dorothy is fondly remembered carrying many a tray of goodies across the MCC grounds. She enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and practised a global acceptance of all. She also worked at the Global villages store (now Ten Thousand Villages). Dorothy and Manfred also were volunteers at various MDS projects. They made many friends during these years, and continued as long as able to maintain contact with many of them. Dorothy and Manfred loved to travel and they had opportunity to visit destinations in Europe, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, Alaska and many other places in North America. Some of their travels included pulling a camper across different terrains. They loved to go camping, and had opportunity to do this with their children, grandchildren and friends. They also loved to socialize and play games. Many hours were spent playing Chinese checkers, canasta, and Skip-Bo. Dorothy’s grandchildren were often coaxed into a game of Skip-Bo. 

Friendly, understanding, funny, encouraging, and hospitable – and occasionally a little short –tempered – describes Dorothy well. She faced her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and last years at Salem Home with courage and resignation, always appreciating and smiling at the staff. Some of the nursing staff affectionately called her "Smiley" or "Dot". 

Dorothy will be missed by her children; R. Steven (1948), Vancouver; Karen (1952) and Keith Kuhl, Winkler; and Cheryl (1959) and Art Penner, Brandon; six grandchildren, Andrea Kuhl (Keith Tarr), Marlon Kuhl (Leala Kehler), Jeremy Kuhl, Brandon Penner (Pam Zegalsky), Barbara Penner (Darcey Morcombe) and Becky Penner; seven great-grandchildren, Brookelyn Nolan and Keira Kuhl, Isabelle Morcombe, Dylan, Riley, and Jaylyn Penner. She is survived also by one sister Judy and one brother Ralph, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 63 years, Manfred in 2008; her parents, Henry and Mary Janzen (nee Dyck); brother, Arthur; and twin sister, Evelyn. 

Funeral service was held on Friday June 12, 2009 at 11:00 am at Grace Mennonite Church with interment at Winkler Cemetery. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1T8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.


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