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AMANDA EDITH (SCHULTZ) REMPEL (published on February 25, 2010)



AMANDA EDITH (SCHULTZ) REMPEL December 13, 1913 - February 17, 2010 Amanda Rempel passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at The Poseidon Care Centre, Winnipeg. She is survived by her daughters Shirley Penner (Don McLean) of Calgary, Faith (Art) Reimer of Winnipeg and Joyce (Marvin) Warman of Burbank, CA. She is also survived by grandchildren Tricia Penner (Doug Thiessen), Patrick (Karin Harper) Penner, Kelly Reimer (Nancy Janelle), Kent (Melanie Perkins) Reimer all of Winnipeg; Michelle (Jeep) Jensen, Marcianne (Tim) Wendling, Maria Warman (fiancé Antoine Boulin) all of California; Kelly McLean (Scott Kirbis) of Brandon and Curtis McLean of Calgary as well as by her great-grandchildren Brett and Alexa Thiessen, Brynn and Cole Penner, Mackenzie and Trey Jensen, Jackson, Harrison, Aubrey and Lucy Wendling. Also surviving her are her sisters, Grace Nickel and Ruby (Sam) Wiens; sisters and brother-in-law, Anna Ens, Stella Dueck and Menno Mandtler. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Henry; her parents, Rev. Jacob and Anna Schultz; siblings Josephine, Alfred, Arthur, and Elizabeth; parents-in-law, George and Aganetha Rempel; and numerous in-laws. Amanda was born in Dalmeny, SK, the third of seven children. Her father, Rev. Jacob Schultz, was a minister and supported the family by teaching in several schools in rural Saskatchewan and was Amanda's teacher from Kindergarten through Grade 10. In order to continue her education, she had to transfer to the school in Dalmeny which was four and a half miles from where the family lived. Her determination to complete Grade 11 in order to attend Teachers' College meant that she walked that distance to and from school every day. For financial reasons, she could not attend Teachers' College but her life was spent teaching, by example, her family and the many people whose lives she touched throughout her years of ministry with Henry. She grew up in a loving family that loved music. Her father directed the church choir in which her mother sang and there was always music in the home. The children were given music lessons and encouraged to develop their talents. Since church and music were such important aspects in the Schultz family, it was fitting that Amanda met Henry at church where they both sang in the choir. They were asked to sing a duet and that was the beginning of their lifetime commitment to each other. They got married on September 23, 1934 in a little country church north of Dalmeny and settled into the beautiful little bungalow which Henry had lovingly built, nestled in the woods on his farm. Their early years together consisted of farming combined with Henry's college studies while beginning work in the ministry which became their life-long calling. Throughout their decades of ministry, Amanda and Henry were involved in pastoring churches in Dalmeny, SK and Steinbach, MB as well as in radio ministry, interim pastoral and conference ministry and five years at the Evangelical Free Church College and Seminary in Germany. They always sang together and produced recordings in both English and German. Henry's death in July, 2008, after almost 74 years of marriage, left a void in Amanda's life and a deep longing to be reunited with him. Amanda was the much-loved Matriarch of the family who took a real interest in each member of the family and their activities. Her faith in God radiated to all who came in contact with her and she left a lasting impression wherever she lived and traveled. The family wishes to thank the many people who ministered to Amanda throughout her life but especially during the last few years: Dr. M. Coodin, Dr. Smart and the wonderful, dedicated staff at The Poseidon Care Centre where she spent the last month of her life; Pastors Ken and Carolee Neufeld and her church family (Grace Bible Church) and Lorne Everett (Congregational Care Minister, Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church); and to her many friends, including those at Lindenlake Terrace and The Parkway where she resided the past 11 years. She will be remembered for her elegance, dignity and beautiful smile! A celebration of Amanda's life will take place at Grace Bible Church, 366 Oakwood Ave. on Saturday, February 27 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be held at Thomson In the Park , 1291 McGillivray Blvd. on Friday, February 26 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A private family interment will take place at a later date at Thomson In the Park Cemetery. Donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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