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Jacob Peters

1920 - 2017

 

Jacob F. Peters, a lifelong resident of Plum Coulee and Winkler, at last got to make a final trip — this time to meet his Lord. Jake died February 15, 2017 in the early morning at Salem Home, having reached the age of 96 years, and after years of living with Alzheimer’s. Throughout his latter years, he lived with dignity and good humour, rarely commenting on his diminished mobility or memory. Dad was born to Frank X. & Helena Peters at the family farm in the Hoffnungsort School District on December 30, 1920. He never lost his love of the land and farming. He attended Hoffnungsort School and left to work on the farm after Grade 9. With the outbreak of WWII, he expressed his faith by becoming a conscientious objector and working in lumber camps. He was baptized in the spring of 1941 and accepted into the Plum Coulee Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Dad met Margaret in 1943 and, on October 27, 1946 they began their 71-year journey together. In 1954, they moved from the family farm to Plum Coulee, where they stayed until 1980. There they began to raise a fine crop of four rambunctious boys: Gordon (Ruth), Bob (Ronda), Ken (Daisy), and Mel (Audra). Jake joined his only sibling, Frank, to establish Peters’ General Store. In his off-work time, he helped care for his aging parents, renovated the family home, sang in a men’s quartet with Frank and two cousins, acted in Low German plays, joined the Kinsmen, and served on various committees. In 1967, Dad left the store to become the Superintendent of Maintenance for the newly-created Garden Valley School Division, beginning with overseeing the construction of the Garden Valley Collegiate. He was now employed doing construction and other outdoor jobs, which brought him great satisfaction. Mom and Dad moved to Winkler in 1980, became members of Grace Mennonite Church (Dad being the oldest member for the last years) and became active citizens of the community. He retired from the Division in 1987, and immediately threw himself into woodworking projects and traveling all over North America with Margaret and friends. Because of his concern for less fortunate people and his ever-present respect for everyone, a number of these trips included work projects with MCC, MDS and other charities. In 2008, the folks moved into Winkler Heritage Village as Dad’s failing physical health made caring for a house and yard too difficult. About this time, Dad sadly began to show signs of memory loss. Nonetheless, he greatly enjoyed his relationship with other residents there. On GoodFriday2014, Dad fell at a family gathering, fracturing his right femur. After a two-month stay at Boundary Trails Health Centre, he became an interim resident of Prairie View Lodge in Pilot Mound, 45 minutes away from his beloved sweetheart. Though the care there was exceptional, in January 2015 he came home to Winkler, and was a resident of Salem Home until his passing.

Jake is survived by his beloved wife and helpmeet, Margaret, four sons and daughters-in-law, 19 grandchildren and their spouses and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at Grace Mennonite Church in Winkler with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Cottonwood wing and Chaplain Wilbert Friesen at Salem home, Pastor Gerald Neufeld for his unfailing pastoral care and frequent visits with Dad and all the kind people who ferried Mom to and from Salem Home. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to MCC, the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan or a charity of your choice.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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