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Obituary of Elizabeth Reimer
Elizabeth Reimer On January 8, 2007 at 1:25 a.m. at 89 years 10 months of age, with all 8 children around her bed at the Rest Haven Nursing Home, Elizabeth took her last breath and met her Saviour in Glory. Mom was born to David and Elizabeth Plett of Blumenhof on February 18, 1917. In her younger years she faced some tragedies like the loss of her father and sister in the same night. One Sunday, she and some of her siblings went to visit their brother David at a CO Camp. There she met this handsome man “our father” whom she married Dec 6th, 1942. They shared 59 years of life together. Our Mother loved the Lord; the heart of God was shown through loving and taking care of hurting people. Her goal was to keep peace among people. Example: sharing a yard with three daughters-in-law at one time. Her love and acceptance of people was expressed with each one that married into the family. Mom was an exceptional woman who stood by our father in building the farm with all the hard work she accomplished. We saw her at her best in spring and summer, growing her garden with a variety of flowers around the yard. She also served on many committees in her church, like being president of the sewing circles for numerous years and on the cradle roll. She taught Sunday School and gave her time teaching a knitting class in school. She enjoyed reading, which she kept up by reading her daily devotions and Bible until the day she found it too difficult and it seemed she replaced this with the Chapel services at Rest Haven. In 1978 they moved into a newly built house located just off the main farm acreage near Blumenort. This is where Dad built her dream: a green house, where many joyful hours were spent. During this time she often expressed her gratitude of having her daughter Connie at home with her. Connie was a great support to her. Then in 1993, just 3 years after Dad’s accident they moved to Oakview Manor in Blumenort where she lived until she was unable to take care of herself. It was neat that Mom enjoyed her last 2 years at Rest Haven. When we went to visit her we would usually find her in the aisle just inside the chapel. She was very appreciative of the wonderful care that she received from family and care givers. She was predeceased by our Dad, Erwin, grandson Harlyn Reimer, a grandson in infancy, grandson Casey Penner, three sisters and one brother. Left to cherish our Mom’s memory are Irene (Gilmer) Penner, Raymond (Lillian) Reimer, Milton (Janice) Reimer, Alice (Richard) Reimer, Delbert (Romelda) Reimer, Elizabeth (Brian) Plett, Valeda (Alvin) Esau, Connie (Roland) Penner, 52 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, two sisters, a brother and a host of relatives and friends. We the family would like to thank the staff at Rest Haven and the relatives and friends that visited with our mother in her stay there. Viewing will be held at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. and prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at the Ridgewood Evangelical Mennonite Church, Hwy #311 E on Thursday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. with interment at the church cemetery.