Abram Matthies

1926 - 2015

matties abe sqAbram Matthies passed away peacefully on June 19th, 2015 at Boundary Trails Health Centre at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his mother, father and daughter, Jacqueline.  He leaves to mourn his passing, wife, Margaret Matthies, sons, Clifford (Gloria) and Dennis, son-in-law, Les Dyck, grandchildren, Cameron (Carmen), Jeryn , Jocelyn, Kere, Riley and Kelsey and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Corianne, Mackenzie and Reyna.  He is also survived by his sister, Nina Bentley.

Abe was born to Jacob and Anna Matthies on August 7th, 1926 in Portage la Prairie, MB. He grew up and attended school in Culross, MB. As a teenager, Abe moved with his family to Sperling, MB. It was in Sperling that Abe would eventually meet his wife Marge, who was teaching there at the time.  Abe was baptized in July 1951 and became a member of the MB Church in Elm Creek, MB.  Later that same year, in September, he and Marge married. Their children came shortly thereafter – Cliff was born in 1953, followed by Jackie in 1957 and Dennis in 1959.  Abe and Marge moved to Lowe Farm, MB in 1964.  Abe farmed land, together with his dad, around the Lowe Farm and Sperling area for several years. In the 1970’s, Abe transitioned into a career as a crop adjuster and scrutineer for the Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation. Abe and Marge moved to Winkler in 1986 and Abe retired shortly after that. Abe was very much involved in the Emmanuel Gospel Church in Lowe Farm. He was the missions treasurer for 23 years. He was also the chairman of the building committee during the construction of two church building projects. When Abe and Marge moved to Winkler, they transferred their membership to the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church. Abe enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He especially treasured times when the whole family would get together for holidays and celebrations. Although Abe had many health issues in the later part of his life, he seldom complained and always had a smile for his visitors. He enjoyed the company of others and loved a good laugh. Abe’s wish was to simply fall asleep and pass on peacefully and on June 19th, 2015, God granted him that wish and he went home to be with his Heavenly Father.

A memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church in Winkler, MB. Private interment prior to the service at the Lowe Farm Cemetery, in Lowe Farm, MB. The family would like to thank the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre and especially Dr. Woelk for his care and concern for Abe. The family would also like to express their appreciation for the support they received from extended family, friends and the church.

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