Abram Banman

Abram Banman

1921 - 2009 

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Dad was born in Altona to Jacob and Katherina Banman on July 15, 1921.  At the age of six, his family moved to the Wakeham district after living in Schoenau and Altona.  They lived here for four years and then moved to Haskett in 1930 where he completed grade eight at the Haskett School.  He left school to work on the family farm with his father and during the war, in 1942, he went to work in Bowsman at a conscientious objector’s camp.   He later returned to the farm, eventually taking ownership in 1951 when his father passed away.   

Dad accepted the Lord as his personal Savior and was baptized in 1940 in Reinland.  In 1945 he married Emily Janzen of Haskett.   Dad built a roomy 16 x 24 single story bungalow where they raised their three daughters: Frieda, Elvera and Arlene until he was able to expand the house in 1958 after the birth of Steve, to accommodate the growing family. Tony joined the family when he was almost three years old, which now completed their family.  

Dad worked his farm land along the United States border.  He was a community man, participating on the school board as well as teaching Sunday school in the Haskett school.  Dad was involved in the construction of the Bethel Bergthaler Church where he served as a lay minister.  In 1977, they left the farm and moved to Hochfeld where they were caretakers of the church.  Twelve years later they moved to Morden and began worshipping at the Christian Life Centre.  Mom was diagnosed with Cancer early in that year and died in November of 1989.   

On October 6, 1990, Dad married Mary Penner (nee Martins) of Manitou.  They moved from Morden to Winkler several years later and began attending the Maranatha Church in Winkler.  Dad & Mom had 19 years together. Their love for each other and for their blended family of 11 children and their spouses was evident, and together they truly enjoyed their grandchildren & great grandchildren! 

Dad knew better than any of us that his health was failing.  His 88th birthday celebration in the middle of July was very important to him. All of his children were there and in a beautiful and heartfelt speech, he said that he felt that this might be the last time we’d all be together.  Near the end of August, Dad suffered a heart attack and spent several weeks in the Boundary Trails Health Center. After a short time at home, he was re-admitted into the hospital.  At approximately 12:30 a.m., on Oct. 16th, at the age of 88, Dad went to be with the Lord. 

Abe Banman was predeceased by his wife Emily, son Harold and daughter Bonita and grandson Darcy Hiebert, his parents, Jacob and Katherina Banman, his brothers John and Jake and his sisters, Katherine Elias and Elizabeth. 

 He leaves to mourn his wife Mary,  

-daughter Frieda and her husband Larry Hiebert, their sons Curtis and Colin and Colin’s wife Nichole and their son, Carson;

 -daughter Elvera, her husband David Hamm, their daughter Andre and her husband Nathan Pelser, and son, Caleb;

 -daughter Arlene Sawatkzy and her daughter Rebecca and her husband Lon Rach, their sons: Colton and Kai; and her son, Tim.   

-son Steve, his wife Sandra and their daughter Erin and her husband Gabe Boschmann, and their son Jude, their son Joel and his wife Rebekah, and their son Jordan and fiance’ Christina.  

-son Tony and his wife Mylinda and their son Jeffery and daughter Alexandra.   

-He is also survived by his step children:  Ruth Penner, Jan Sheppard, Reta Siemens, Dennis, Ken and Karen Penner, and their families.

With great physical effort only about 2 weeks ago, Dad spoke words to us that revealed what was truly in his heart.  “You are all so precious to me, but Jesus is more.” 

We love you, Dad, and we’ll miss you!


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