Falk, Erna


Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Monday May 13, 2019 at the Morden Mennonite Church. Private family interment will take place following the service at Southside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made In Erna's memory to Cancer Care Manitoba.

Erna Francis Falk (nee Janzen)

1928 – 2019

Erna Falk passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre after a lengthy battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Arthur, five sons and three daughters and their families. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. 

Erna (Janzen) Falk was born on April 27, 1928 to Frank and Agatha (Hiebert) Janzen at Crystal City, Manitoba. Her parents and siblings had immigrated to Canada in November of 1923 and stayed with a family in Rosenort, Manitoba for the winter. In spring of 1924, they moved to the McKitrick farm near Crystal City. This is where the twins, Erna and Eddie were born. Erna was the youngest of 14 siblings. Because of the drought and grasshoppers, in 1935 the family packed up and moved to Sperling, Manitoba, where they looked for greener pastures and a place to start over. Erna was only 13 years old when her mom passed away. This had a great impact on her life. She instantly became the woman of the house, making meals and cleaning for her dad and two brothers. Mom was baptized on October 10th, 1948 by Rev. David Shultz at the Homewood Bergthaler Church. Her faith, reading her Bible, daily devotion and attending church were important in her life. She spent a year at Elim Bible School in Altona. This was an opportunity for her to meet new friends. Shortly after her year at Elim Bible School, she met her brother’s friend, Arthur Falk at the Carman Fair. It wasn’t long after and a courtship took place and on September 24, 1949, Mom and Dad got married in Winnipeg. They lived in a one room apartment in Winnipeg that first winter. Mom was working for a dry cleaner, cleaning curtains, dad working in a coal yard. In the spring of 1950, they decided to give farming a try. Renting land from Art's brother, Peter and planning to work together with another brother, Victor, they moved to a farm near the U.S. border south of Crystal City. The five oldest children were born during these years. Mom worked hard caring for her young family and being a helpmate to dad. She was the best cook and baker and enjoyed making meals and inviting company over. She took hundreds of meals to the field so that machines didn’t have to stop for long or at all. A house fire initiated a look for new accommodations for the family. Thus in 1960, a new home was built and yard developed on the land that was purchased on the Snowflake 201 RD. Here the three youngest children were born. It wasn’t long after they bought more land and expanded their farm several miles east towards Snowflake because some of the boys were interested in farming. There they started another farmyard and Mom again developed another beautiful yard site with gardens, flowers and shrubs. She enjoyed her children’s activities; she seldom missed a game and often would get Dad to stop the combine to join her to travel across the province to watch baseball games. Mom enjoyed gardening, baking and camping. She developed and created four beautiful yards with shelter belts, trees, shrubs and flowers. Mom had the gift of hospitality and loved to host family gatherings. Her baking was second to none and everyone would come looking forward to the meals she prepared. Erna enjoyed camping and every summer she and Dad took their family on a trip with the camper. Later in their marriage they traveled to Texas for several of the winter months. Mom never failed to have her children dressed and ready for Sunday School and always showed and displayed her Christian love for all of us through evening devotions and leading us to Christ. She always encouraged us and registered us for Summer Bible Camp. Mom was highly involved with the Christian Women’s Club and the Ladies Aid at the Crystal City Mennonite Church. Mom belonged to the Rock Lake health auxiliary, fundraising to benefit the local hospital and took her turn delivering meals on wheels. Later in their marriage they moved Crystal City and then to a condo in Morden and have resided there for the last 10 years, still hosting family gatherings and displaying her beautiful shrubs and flowers. 

Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday May 13, 2019 at the Morden Mennonite Church with a private interment prior at the Southside Cemetery. Thank you to all the nurses and health care staff, Dr. Woelk and Dr. Convery at Boundary Trails Health Centre for their care and concern for our mom during her illness. The family would like to thank Wiebe's Funeral Home for making all of the arrangements and for the kindness they have shown to us at this time.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements



#1 Charlene Friesen 2019-05-08 17:13
Cheryl, My sincere condolence to you and the rest of the Falk family. I always enjoyed seeing your mom when she would come to the store and have a little chat with her. She was such a sweet lady. Hold your memories of her close in the days to come. Praying for you all.
#2 Ron & Ruth Stege 2019-05-09 11:21
Love & Hugs being sent to the Falk families! She is home at last! We have wonderful memories of her laugh and love!
#3 Toni Brown 2019-05-09 13:58
So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories from spending time with my Great Aunt Erna at the family farm. Everyone under her care felt very loved.
#4 Gord & Carol Arbuckle 2019-05-09 17:53
Our deepest sympathy to the Falk families on the passing of your wife and Mum and Grandma. Sending our hugs to everyone.
#5 shirley randall 2019-05-12 08:33
Thinking of all of you at this difficult time .sincerely George and Shirley Randall
#6 Bernadette & Barry Funk 2019-05-13 08:55
Sorry to hear this sad news. Condolences to all the families.
"Our hearts are sad and deeply missing you, but we know that your spirit will be with us. Until we are together again."
#7 Bernadette & Barry Funk 2019-05-13 09:01
Sorry to hear this sad news. Condolences to all the families.
"Our hearts are sad and missing you, but we know that your spirit is with us. Until we are together again."
#8 Harold Schlegel 2019-05-13 09:25
I have fond memories of visiting with Erna & Art after they moved to Morden. May you all experience deep peace as you celebrate all she meant to you and as you release her to God's eternal care.

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