Unrau, Cornelius

Cornelius Unrau

August 14, 1923 - October 30, 2014

unrau cornie sqDad was born August 14, 1923 in Horndean, MB to Jacob and Maria Unrau, he was the second oldest of thirteen children. Dad married Evelyn (Eva) Unger on August 30,1953 in the Altona EMMC, (Rudnerweide Church). In 1958 and upon confession of his faith, Dad was baptized in the Morden EMMC. Dad served on active service with the Canadian Army 1944-1946. Dad worked for the Highway Department for 36 years, and retired at the age of 63.

Dad was a quiet, patient, loving and hard working man. He had to always keep busy; when he wasn't renovating the house, he was tinkering in the garage. He was always willing to lend a hand with whatever we were doing.  Dad loved his music, there were many evenings that Dad would take out his guitar and strum out a few tunes.  Evening walks, coffee outings with friends, breakfast outings, there was always time for get togethers.  Many games were played at the kitchen table, Dad and Mom never grew tired of the old games and were always ready to learn a new one. Camping and fishing were a great past time they enjoyed for many summers, Dad and Mom took their camper as far south as the Black Hills in South Dakota and as far north as Clear Lake, Manitoba and many other lakes in between.  In time, Dad and Mom decided that they would give up the camper and try cottage camping, so in 1987, they bought a cottage at Rock Lake and started something new.  It didn’t take long to settle into ‘cottage camping‘, they soon made many ‘Lake’ friends.  Many hours were spent fishing on the lake, Dad loved to fish, and that love for fishing was passed down to his children and grandchildren.  There never was a minute in the day that someone did not have a fishing line in the water, sure made for some interesting fish stories.  The children and grandchildren loved going to the Lake, they knew that Grandpa enjoyed all the fun they had.  Dad loved watching the grandchildren have fun in the water whether it was water skiing, paddle boating, canoeing, or swimming and always the perfect ending to the day was with a camp fire, roasting hot dogs, marshmallows, joking and laughing... it was great family fun! Dad loved to watch the children and grandchildren play baseball and hockey, he would not miss a game.

Dad read his Bible through 27 times, and always took time to pray for his family.  These past three years were very difficult for Mom and the family as Alzheimer’s took over his mind and body, but not his spirit.  In spite of the difficulties that the disease causes, Dad never forgot who Jesus was or where he was going, Dad wanted to go to his heavenly home.  Dad, we will miss you, your friendly smile, the twinkles in your eyes when you were teasing, the way you greeted us when we stopped by for a visit. 

Dad passed away peacefully on October 30, 2014 at the Tabor Home. No more Alzheimer’s, till we meet again, Dad. We Love You!

His memory will be forever cherished by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn, his children, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 13 grand children and 11 great grand children.

Larry and Marilyn Unrau, their daughter Jolene; daughter Stephanie, husband Russ Thiessen and their children Brody and Norah; daughter Candace, husband Ryan Landry and their children Saphira and Corbin.

Leona and Al Rachul, their son Dustin; their daughter Tannis, husband Wes Hamm and their children Jarrad and Brooklyn; son Nathan, wife Crystal, their children Owen and Cadence; son Devin, wife Amy, and their daughter Leah.

Daryl and Cynthia Unrau, their two sons, Kyler and Doryan.

Ron and Myrna Unrau, their daughter Amy; and daughter Krista her sons Tyrell and Chance.

Denise and Brian Thiessen, their sons, Ryan and Jaden.

Dad is survived by five sisters, Betty (Dave) Derksen, Marge Fehr, Sara Martens, Esther (George) Strogel, Judy (Neil) Penner; sister-in-laws, Liz Unrau, Verna (Steve) Krasnianski, Nettie Unrau.  Cornie was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Maria Unrau, brothers Jake, Bill and Abe; sisters Mary Reimer, Kay Cass, Helen Rempel, Anne Wiebe; and one great grandson Mason Rachul.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 5, 2014 at the Morden EMM Church with interment at Southside Cemetery. As a family we would like to thank all the staff at Tabor Home for their care and compassion they gave our Dad and our family in the three years that Dad was there; his home away from home.  Thank you to the many family and friends who visited and supported us with your prayers and kind words, we are deeply grateful.  In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cornie’s memory to the Tabor Home Building Fund.

God saw you getting tired,

And the cure was not to be.

So He wrapped you in His loving arms,

And whispered, "Come with Me."

You suffered much in silence,

your spirit did not bend.

You faced your pain with courage,

Until the very end.

You tried so hard to stay with us,

Your fight was all in vain.

God took you in His loving arms,

And saved you from all pain.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements



#1 Kathy Friesen 2014-11-05 11:25
Larry, Leona, Daryl, Ron & Denise & family: So sorry to hear of your father's passing - as you said in your beautifully written tribute above, No More Alzheimers. For that and for the assurance that he is with Jesus, we can be grateful in spite of missing him. My sympathy to all of you.

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