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GEORGE DAVID PRIES (published on March 20, 2010)



GEORGE DAVID PRIES George David Pries passed away peacefully at Meadowood Manor on March 15, 2010. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Lena on November 8, 1992 and his dear daughter Violet on January 7, 2007. George was born June 20, 1908 in the village of Pretoria, Orenburg, Russia, to David and Anna Pries, the eighth of nine children. His childhood was happy in spite of countrywide financial and political turmoil, a famine, and the unrest associated with World War One and the Russian Revolution. In 1926 he immigrated to Canada and arrived in Winnipeg on Thanksgiving Day, October 11, 1926. Having experienced the civil unrest in Russia, he searched for a secure and meaningful life in his adopted country. For much of his life he remained committed to pursuing an education, even during the Great Depression. As a full-time student at the Winkler Bible School and the Winkler Collegiate, he met Lena Kroeker, the love of his life. They were married in their home church in Winkler on April 15, 1934. Upon the completion of his initial schooling in Manitoba, George served as a Bible School teacher in Coaldale, AB, the Winkler Bible School, where he taught for more than 25 years, and Tabor College. He was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite Brethren Church in Winkler in 1941. In addition to his pastoral duties he helped plan and oversee the building of a new church in 1947. At this time he also served on various Mennonite Brethren Conference Committees. In 1975 he wrote A Place Called Peniel , a history of the Winkler Bible School. Throughout his active life, George pursued a higher education. He received a B.A. from Tabor College, a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba, an M.A. from Wichita State University. Following his retirement from religious work, George taught for 12 years in the public schools of Manitoba. George David Pries was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be remembered for his optimism, love and encouragement. The family appreciates the many recollections of his life which he wrote for his descendants. He is survived by his children: Madeline (Peter) Pauls, Olive (Antony) Wiebe, Weldon (Rebecca) Pries, Rendall (Susan) Pries, (Ted) Klassen. He leaves behind to cherish his memory 12 grandchildren: Ken (Maria), Kimberly, Carolyn (Brent), Jeffrey (Lyriece), Steven (Melody), Myra (Dean), Candace (Richard), Rachel (Jeffrey), Jerome (Caroline), Eleanor, Carl (Krista), Ted Jr., 21 great-grandchildren, several in-laws and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the Meadowood Manor staff for their kindness and care of our dad. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church, 1771 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg. A private interment service will have taken place at the Winkler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9.


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