Kroeker, Dorothy

Dorothy Nancy Kroeker (nee Doerksen)

May 12, 1927 – July 6, 2015

KroekerDorothyDorothy Nancy Kroeker, beloved wife of Isaac Kroeker of Morden, MB went to her eternal home, after a short illness, on July 6, 2015. She was born May 12, 1927 on a farm near Niverville, MB and married in Winnipeg on May 26. 1951.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Isaac, 2 sons Ron (Judy) and Brian (Marian) and 4 daughters Jeannette (Arnie), Vivian (Arthur), Beverly, and Valerie (Howard) and a total of 10 grand-children and 7 great-grandchildren.  An infant son predeceased her in 1965 as well as 3 of her 15 siblings.

Dorothy was diagnosed with a brain tumor at Easter and bravely accepted the medical diagnosis with courage, cheerful optimism and a deep-seated faith in God. Opting to live out the rest of her life to the fullest, Dorothy declined radiation treatment and determined to celebrate her 88th birthday surrounded by family, relatives and friends. This event was held May 11th at the Morden Minnewasta Golf Course. It was an event that served as an opportunity for many of those who knew and loved her to share memories and to wish her well on what she, and most people knew, would be her last birthday on earth. Dorothy considered the possibility of a conventional funeral but chose a living farewell instead. After cremation, she will be interred in a private family ceremony at a later date.

Dorothy was well known to many in Morden, through her life-long involvement at Christian Life Centre and her many years of dedicated volunteer service with the Morden Community Thrift Shop which she reluctantly retired from after more than 30 years of service.

She described herself as a simple country girl but she travelled extensively across Canada visiting her children and grand-children, served on 3 mission trips to Kenya as well as a visit to Israel. She was an avid gardener who loved her backyard and tea on the swing. An excellent baker, cook and homemaker, she was also a wonderful and dearly loved, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Her passing leaves a deep ache in our hearts and she will be sorely missed.

Special thanks to Dr. Woelk, palliative care nurse Karen, home care nurse Wendi, and the entire palliative care and medical team at the Boundary Trails Health Centre for giving Mom such excellent and compassionate care during her three week stay with them. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the: BTHC Palliative Care Program c/o Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation Box 2000, Winkler, MB  R6W 1H8

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements

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