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BETTY PETKAU (published on January 19, 2010)

BETTY PETKAU (nee SCHAPANSKY) January 12, 1928 - January 16, 2010 With sunlight streaming into her room, her family surrounding her and God embracing her, Betty Petkau passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16 at the Tabor Home in Morden. Betty is survived by David Petkau, her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, her children, Brian and his wife Evelyn, Darrel, Brent and his wife Suzanne, Arlene and her husband Bill. Her seven grandchildren will miss her very much, Johanna, Tamara and her husband Joel, Justin, Hannah, Xavi, Graham and Duncan. Betty was predeceased by her oldest sister, Helen Friesen, and is survived and lovingly remembered by her sister, Ann Enns of Morden. She will be missed by her many friends, nieces and nephews. Mom was born just west of Morden to Helena and Abram Schapansky and went to school in Thornhill. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith at the Morden Bergthaler Mennonite Church in 1947. Already at a young age, Mom loved to sing. Along with her sisters, Helen and Ann, and later with many church choirs and singing groups, Mom continued to share her faith and her love of music with others. The church played such an important role in Mom's life. It was also where she met David Petkau, who became the love of her life. For over 59 years of marriage, Mom and Dad loved each other, raising their family, teaching them well and working hard on the farm together. Mom's enthusiasm for life was infectious. She loved to make people smile by delivering baking and flowers from her garden to those who needed encouragement. If someone was standing alone in church, it wouldn't be for long. We will miss Mom's lemon meringue pies, her beautiful hand-made sweaters, her infectious laugh, her hilarious stories and her comforting smile. We find comfort in knowing she is now with God and free from illness. The family would like to give special thanks to the nursing staff at Tabor Home where Mom spent the last six years. You cared for her with dignity and love. We will always remember that. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21 at the Morden Mennonite Church. If friends so desire, donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank will be gratefully accepted.

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