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Private funeral service will be held on Wednesday January 6, 2021 with interment at the Glencross Mennonite Church Cemetery. Donations may be made in Tom's memory to Salem Foundation Inc. or to the Gideons International-Canada.
Thomas Kroeker
1928 ~ 2020
Thomas (Tom) Kroeker passed away peacefully at Salem Home on Sunday December 20, 2020.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Nettie Kroeker (nee Unrau), one son, Laurence (Evelyn) and their three children and families, two daughters, Joyce (Walter) and their three children and families, and Rosella (Ken) and their three children and families. He was predeceased by their firstborn on December 21, 1958, at 10 days old, his parents, Bernard and Helena Kroeker, two stepsisters, one stepbrother, one half-sister, four brothers, and three sisters.
Tom is the fourth youngest of 12 born on January 6, 1928 to Bernhard and Helena Kroeker on the farm south of Morden, MB. Dad went till grade 8 at the Glencross school when he had to quit to stay home and help. He said he was just beginning to enjoy school and understand the importance of education. At 18, dad went to work as a lumberjack in Ontario. Dad met the love of his life February 1951. They dated 5 years before they married on October 21, 1956. Dad worked at the sugar factory in Winnipeg and helped install the pipeline in Alberta during this time. The first seven years of their married life they lived in a house trailer on his parents' yard. By that time dad started farming and ventured into dairy in 1972. Dad custom swathed for many years to supplement the farm. In 1980, dad worked at the flax plant where he contracted Farmers Lung Disease. That led to many bouts of pneumonia. They expanded the dairy in 1982 to include his son. In the winter we would play table games with dad, in the summer we would play ball with him, go on picnics and go to the zoo every year. That was the extent of holidays due to the busy-ness of milking cows. We children remember dad bringing bush bunnies home in his pocket which became our pets. Dad found a deserted fawn and bottle fed it which became very fond of him.
Dad and mom both committed their lives to Christ at a camp meeting a couple of years into their marriage. Dad lived out his faith which was evident in his daily life, demonstrating his love for Christ through his example of daily Bible reading, prayer life and living a life of integrity. His greatest desire was that his children and their families had a personal relationship with Jesus. Mom and dad’s love and devotion to God and each other has been a great example to us children and grandchildren. They always held hands and never went anywhere without each other.
Mom and dad moved to Southpark Street in Morden in 1991 and retired in 1996 when he sold the farm to his son. This gave them more free time for friends including many game nights and going out for meals/coffee. Dad couldn’t just sit around so he continued to help on the farm until he was 85. They lived in Morden for 25 years till they moved to Garden Park estates in Winkler. As dad's health slowly deteriorated, he was moved into Salem in August of this year till he went to meet his Maker.
We as a family would like to thank all the Salem staff for the loving care you have given to our dad. Thanks to Wiebe Funeral Home for your professional care and service. Donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. or to the Gideons International-Canada.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
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