Jacob (Jake) Guenther

1929 – 2015

 

Jake Guenther sqJacob Guenther was born January 21, 1929 to Abram and Helen (Sawatzky) Guenther of Gretna, Manitoba. He died June 12, 2015 at Pembina Manitou HealthCentre.

Jake was married to Justina “Jessie” Unrau on October 25,1953 in the Glencross Mennonite Church. For a short while after their wedding they lived on the farmyard of Jessie’s mother and late father until they moved to a farmyard at Snowflake, MB. In 1956, they moved to their own farm at SW 9-1-10 located southwest of Star Mound Hill, where they ran a mixed farming operation, eventually solely grain farming, until 1993 when they retired and moved to Morden. Jake and Jessie were blessed with three daughters and one son and found great joy in their eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Jake was predeceased by his wife, Jessie, on April 19 2014. Jake is survived by all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: daughter Valerie (Rick) Ross, of Roseisle, MB and their daughter Shannon Ross(Jacques Pelletier) with children Charlotte and Lilyanna of Wakefield,Québec; daughter Linda (Tom) Kimber of Snowflake, MB and their son Clayton (Heather) Kimber with children Tory and Lola of La Riviere, MB and daughter Crystal Kimber of Winnipeg; daughter Lorna (Ernest) Unrau of Morden, MB with their children, Candace (Colin) Hamm, Corinne, Laurelle, Tyler, and Evan of Steinbach, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Morden; and son, Larry Guenther of Snowflake, MB. He is also survived by two brothers, Peter, David (Ruth) and one sister, Margaret (Dan) Giesbrecht. He was predeceased by his parents Abram and Helen Guenther, five brothers, and five sisters.Jake and Jessie were active members of the Gideon Society for many years. They were also members of the Star Mound Historical Society that among other things, annually hosted a Canada Day wiener roast and fireworks event atop Star Mound Hill. Jake and Jessie loved sports and loved watching community baseball and hockey tournaments and curling bonspiels. Jake was very involved with coaching both hockey and baseball and was always thrilled when "his boys" did well. They still avidly watched the television sports channels in later years when they could no longer physically attend. They also loved to travel, and highlights of their journeys included participation in short term mission projects as well as diversions to watch the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins games in the stadium. After Jessie's passing in 2014, Jake’s life changed drastically. He was not able to live alone so he spent three months living with Tom and Linda on the farm until he could be placed in Pembina Manitou HealthCentre. For Jake, this time at the farm was a wonderful thing and even after he was settled in Manitou, the family regularly took him out to the farm to see what was happening. He got totally involved with whatever was happening; his regular morning routine included a ride around the home quarter on the four-wheeler, checking for bugs in the canola. Linda just kept her ears alert to make sure thefour wheelerdidn’t stay stopped in one spot for too long. When they were building a bin, he got his walker into the middle and helped with assembling the bin sections. A new highboy sprayer needed to be checked out and enjoyed. Of course he was going to have a ride! When harvest time came, he spent many hours on the combine. The last day of harvest 2014, he was in the combine from 9:30 in the morning until 8:30 at night when the field was finally done. More than once, he was returned to the care home too late and had to ring the buzzer so someone would let him in. An important part of Jake and Jessie's family routine throughout their married life was daily devotions and Bible readings and prayer. The large portrait you see in the foyer accurately captures who they were and what was so important to them, as their children and those who spent time in their home will testify. Jake's life is well summarized in the words of Joshua 24:15 “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday June 15, 2015 at the Morden EMMC with interment at Chapel Cemetery. The family would especially like to thank the staff of the Pembina Manitou HealthCentrefor their exceptional care of Dad this past year. He commented often about the great people that worked there and always told of the wonderful daily care he received. Donations in memory of Jake Guenther may be made to the Gideons International or to the Pembina Manitou HealthCentre.

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