Heinrich (Henry D) Toews

March 5, 1924 – June 7, 2015

 

Toews Henry sqHenry Toews died early Sunday morning at the Douglas Campbell Lodge in Portage la Prairie. Born in Gnadenthal to Diedrich & Margaretha (nee Wolf), Henry was their fifth child. According to his own handwritten notes, during his official eight years of school attendance, he enjoyed arithmetic, spelling, baseball and football (soccer). Upon confession of faith, he was baptized on May 22, 1945 by Peter Toews, bishop of the Sommerfelder Mennonite Church.  Henry sought to live his life as a faithful follower of Christ in daily discipleship. Evidenced via significant charitable endeavors, Henry exhibited a spirit of generous stewardship, a legacy to be held with respect. Marrying the love of his life on July 4, 1953, Susie & Henry were blessed by five children born in quick succession. Residing at or around Langevin, Rosenfeld, Bagot, Carman, Schanzenfeld and Winkler, Henry worked as a farmer until a retirement of voluntarism and some well-deserved travel times.

Henry is survived by four children and their spouses: Darrel (Lucille Harms) of Winnipeg; Laverne (Ruth Neudorf) of Crandall, MB; Myrna (Garry Buhr) of Bagot, MB; Arthur (Debra Wieler) of Bagot, MB; twelve grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren. Also remaining to remember his life is his sister-in-law  Anna (Johann) Toews; Susie’s sisters Tina (Peter) Derksen and Mary (Jack) Unger) and her sisters-in-law  Henrietta (Abram) Toews, Anne (Jacob)Toews, Eleanor (Lawrence)Toews, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his wife Susie (2012), their first-born son Darrel in infancy (1955) and great-grandson Liam (2012), Henry was also predeceased by his parents Diedrich & Margaretha (Wolf) Toews and his siblings Maria, Peter, infant twins Erdman &, Elizabeth, Katherina (Jake) Nickel, Eva (Peter) Friesen and Johann (Anna); by half-brothers Diedrich (Tina) Toews, Jacob (Anganetha) Toews and half-sisters Helena (Isaac) Kehler, Margaretha (Jacob) Dyck, Maria Toews, Anna (Peter) Dueck, Justina (Johann) Kehler; and by Susie’s brothers Jacob, Abram, Diedrich and Lawrence. Henry was the last remaining member from among his seven siblings and seven half-siblings.

Slowly robbed by an ever creeping dementia, his life changed dramatically in 2012. Having shared common commitments, interests and ideals with Susie for 59 years of marriage, her passing required dedicated daily care from faithful staff at the nursing home in Portage. Anticipating heavenly glories, Henry lived, worked and died in great resurrection hope.

Funeral service on Thursday June 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church in Winkler with interment at the Winkler Cemetery.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

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