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JOHN HARMS (published on December 22, 2007)

JOHN HARMS 1923 - 2007 On December 9, 2007 our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather died peacefully in his home after a brief illness, with his family by his side. He was predeceased by his wife Lily Schaefer in 1971, his parents David and Elizabeth (Martens), his brothers George and William and a granddaughter Jennifer. He is survived by his children, Rosemarie and David Campbell, Margaret and Francis Giesbrecht, John and Heidi Harms, Dianne Harms and Tim Brandt, Wilfred and Karen Harms and Raymond Harms; his grandchildren, Sharon Campbell, Heather and Phil Campbell-Enns, Nathan and Brigitte Giesbrecht, Rob and Michelle Giesbrecht, Paul and Arda Harms, Sara Harms, Daniel Harms Brandt, Kristin Harms and fiancé Jonathan Schorr, Michael Harms, and Lauren Harms; his great grandchildren, Monica, Zachary, Kate and Melanie Giesbrecht, Ava and Lia Campbell-Enns, Lucas Giesbrecht, and his youngest little Lily Harms. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Siemens and brothers David and Ted. John was born in Osterwick, South Russia and immigrated to Canada as an infant with his family. They settled in the village of Rosenort (now Rosetown) near Gretna where he attended school and later farmed with his father. He and Lily Schaefer were married in 1946. They lived and farmed in Rosenort until 1952 when they moved to the Crystal City area and continued to farm. John was active in the Crystal City Mennonite Church and served on several school boards. John and Lily had many friends and enjoyed an active social life in this community. He enjoyed fishing, playing baseball, and trips with the family to Rock lake on hot summer evenings. After farming for many years John accepted the position of General Manager of Louise Consumers Co-op and worked there until 1966. When Lily became ill with breast cancer and the need for treatments in Winnipeg became apparent they decided to uproot and relocate to Winnipeg, where John worked as a loans officer for Crosstown Credit Union. Lily passed away in October of 1971 and John became in many ways both mom and dad especially to Wilf and Ray who were very young to be without their mother. In 1975 John moved to Landmark where he was self-employed as a builder, building and selling a number of houses. As his health deteriorated he accepted the help and company of his family graciously and appreciatively. About a week before he died he sensed his impending death and family members were able to be with him and care for him to the end. In compliance with his wishes cremation has taken place and a family memorial service was held on December 15, 2007. Donations may be made in his memory to Habitat For Humanity.

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