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ABRAM ENNS (published on April 22, 2009)



ABRAM ENNS Peacefully on April 20, 2009, at the age of 85, Abram Enns passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital. Abe will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Evelyn (nee Giesbrecht); his two sons Brian (Kerry) and Syd (Leona). Grandpa Abe was adored by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and wonderful memories will live on in the hearts of Chris (Laura) and Luke, Jordin (Nichole) and Charleze, and Katie (Jordan). Also left behind are sisters Helen (Jack) Penner and Pat Chester, brother Art (M.J.) Enns, sisters-in law Esther Enns, Martha (Dean) Rownd, Sarah, Cathy, Avis, and Babs Enns, and brothers-in-law Harold (Betty) Giesbrecht, Peter (Anne) Berg and Kevin Klinkner. Abe was predeceased by his parents David and Katherine (nee Rempel) and by brothers and sisters, Peter, Henry, Anne, William, Helen, John, Olga, Ruth, and Ervin. Many other friends and relatives have also gone before him, including Evelyns parents, Jacob and Katherine Giesbrecht. Abe was born on September 9, 1923 in Winkler, Manitoba. Being in the middle of a family of thirteen and growing up in the four-season splendour of the prairies, his life soon became a busy one. It was during the long winters that Abe became skilled at hockey. He played with the Rosenfeld Hawks and later, lead the Altona Maroons to the first SEHL Hockey Championship. One of his most memorable moments was when the Altona Maroons invited him and his team mates to the team's 40th Anniversary celebration, where they took a celebratory lap around the rink while donning a Maroons' jersey. Interviewed by a local radio station, he became a reluctant celebrity. Attending many of his games and joining him on pleasure skating nights was a young school teacher's daughter named Evelyn whom he married in 1946. Their sons, Brian and Syd, were born in Rosenfeld. Abe's professional life was in the automobile industry. After a short stint with Kroeker Motors in Winkler, Abe took over his father's business, the BA Service and Sales dealership, until 1960. An active member of the community, Abe served as Chairman of the School Board and president of the Curling Club. He then packed up his family and moved to the big city, Winnipeg, settling in East Kildonan. Gelhorn Motors, later becoming Parkside Ford, was a place he enjoyed working at until he was 67 years old. In 1971, Evelyn and Abe built their dream home on Uxbridge Road in North Kildonan where Evelyn is still living. Building the cottage at Red Rock Lake became a 30 year labour of love and a family meeting place. An unbelievable story of determination, the cottage was built from the bones of his dealership in Rosenfeld. Many weekends and holidays were used for this project, a project that was built without the use of electrical power or a road but with tons of manpower, mostly mom and dad's. The cottage became the grandchildren's summer playground, where Big Red and Jay-Jay (boats) were sources of hours of fun, fishing and skiing. The cottage became the family's sanctuary from the busy life in Winnipeg. Dad was baptized in the Christian faith in 1951 and they were active members of the Rosenfeld Bergthaler Church. Their Christian faith was deeply rooted in the basic principles of the Mennonite faith; beliefs like charity begins at home and non-violent ways of behaving in all dealings with their fellow human beings. Abe's love of old hymns, both while listening to and singing with the Enns Quartet (brothers Bill, Art and Johnny) was a testimony to his beliefs. Above all, dad's love of his wife and family is a legacy that all of us will treasure. He was always quiet about his feelings, but we all knew his feelings ran deep, especially for mom. What gave him pleasure in his last days was knowing that mom's surgery had gone well and her recuperation was moving along nicely. This selfless act of love typified their love for each other. Many a night during the last few, less mobile years, mom and dad spent holding hands while sitting in their family room watching curling, golf and hockey on the new big screen or just simply talking. Dad, go with God; we know He has a place for you. Prayers will be held on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Klassen Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 24th, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. in Klassen Funeral Home. Arrangements entrusted to: KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME 1897 Henderson Hwy. 338-0331 Send expressions of sympathy at www.mem.com.


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