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MARY WARKENTIN (published on January 29, 2010)

MARY WARKENTIN April 17, 1929 - January 25, 2010 In the early hours of Monday, January 25, at the Health Sciences Centre, Mary passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. She was surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, and we are all thankful and at peace that we were able to be with her and individually say our goodbyes. The loss of her physical presence will leave a huge void in our lives, but we can say with confidence that we will all be with her again one day. Mary leaves behind her only daughter, Audrey Marr; her favourite son-in-law, Frank; precious grandchildren, Nikki Bergen and her husband, Reynold; Nathan and Frank. Oma was so proud of her grandchildren and she prayed diligently for each one. She also leaves behind her six Janzen siblings and their families; two sisters, Sara and Helen, and four brothers; Henry and Eileen, Abe and Val, John and Diane, Art and Phyllis. Missing her also will be her brother-in-law, Abe and Betty Warkentin, and sisters-in-law, Margaret and Ray Robert, and Katie and Emil Hoas, and their families. Mary was predeceased by her parents, her husband Henry, and her infant son, Kenneth Dwight, who she can finally hold in her arms. Born Mary Janzen in a one room home in McCauley, Manitoba, she was the second child of David and Sara Janzen. She attended Sandhurst, Oakview, and Hillside Schools, and after several moves the family settled on a farm near Virden, Manitoba. At the young age of 14 years, Mary was sent to Winnipeg to help supplement the family income. She worked first at Concordia Hospital and then at Bethania. There the work was difficult as there was no equipment to aid in patient care. However, it was while working there that she met the handsome Henry, whom she married on July 15, 1950 and with whom she spent the next 48 years, until his passing in 1999. Being one of the older siblings, Mary was often delegated for household and caregiving duties. Her diligence was developed early in her life, as her own mother would double check to be sure that the corners were cleaned and that the chores were tackled properly. Her pride in her own home was always evident, not only in cleanliness, but in the knack she had for making everything extra special, from decorating every room for every occasion, to creating designs on the butter. Her fine china was not tucked away for special occasions , rather she always went out of her way to treat her guests royally, with not only the fine china and silverware, pretty napkins and well ironed tablecloths, but with lovely meals, homemade buns and decadent desserts. Although Mary's primary focus was to look after her family and her home on Strathcona Street, she also spent time canvassing for various charities, volunteering at Isaac Brock Community Club and for the Liberal Party, teaching Sunday School at First Mennonite Church, and helping many people to maintain the cleanliness and organization of their homes. She provided room and board for relatives and their friends from the country while they went to school, or transitioned into jobs in the city. Some were short stays, and others longer. It was a challenge as often everyone seemed to be keeping different schedules and working different shifts, but even so, she could often be heard singing while she worked. When the grandchildren began to arrive Mom was thrilled. They always enjoyed visiting with Oma and Opa, as they could play on the front porch or the second floor play room, walk to the corner store for treats, play in the nearby playground, or walk or take the bus to Polo Park, She always enjoyed being with them and listening to all of their hopes and dreams. Three and a half years ago, Mom decided that it was time to move, and she and Kay, her friend and neighbour of 50 years, along with another neighbour, Agatha, all sold their homes and moved into Greenwood Place, where she remained active right until she became ill just a short two months ago. Mom, we will miss you, but we know beyond doubt that although you are absent from the body, you are present with the Lord. Rest well. You deserve it. Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church, 922 Notre Dame Avenue, with viewing prior to the service. Interment to follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. If friends desire, donations in her memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, or to the Rehabilitation Centre for Children.

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