1929 – 2015
John Neufeld was born on March 26, 1929 in the Boissevain area and moved with his family to Manitou when he was three years old. He grew up on the family farm with seven brothers and sisters. He attended grades 1 through 11 in Manitou. He became a Christian at the age of seventeen and spent two years at Elim Bible School in Altona. He married Lena Penner on July 12, 1952 and God gave them almost exactly 63 years together. They farmed together in the Manitou area for 35 years, first mixed farming and then dairy farming. God blessed their home with two children, Lorna in 1953 and Gerald in 1956. John was a dairy farmer who was also in ministry in the Crystal City Mennonite Church. In 1987, he and Lena retired to Manitou. They enjoyed getting to know the people of the community and supporting as many community events as they could. In 2004 they looked ahead to what they would need for health care in their later years and they made the move to Winkler where they enjoyed eleven years. Even with increasing health concerns, they were good years, relatively pain free until just this last year. He was a patient in Boundary Trails Health Centre for the past three months where he passed away very peacefully on Monday, June 29.
John is survived by his wife, Lena, his daughter, Lorna Jacobson (Tim), his son, Gerald Neufeld (Bev), grandchildren, Heather (Elias), Bethany (Steve), Nathan (Allison), Juanita (Lukas), Jonathan (Kelly), Kevin and Timothy (Alyson) and great-grandchildren, Anthony, Aimee, Annabelle, Caleb and Sophia.
Special thanks to Dr. Grayling and the nursing staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre. Donations may be made in John’s memory to Boundary Trails Health Centre Palliative Care Box 2000 Winkler, MB R6W 1H8.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements