Obituary of Henryetta Gerbrand
Our heavenly Father, who has life and death in his hand, has found it expedient to take this elderly widow, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother from our midst through death, on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 3:45 a.m. and to redeem her from severe suffering from Cancer, for which she had to fervently longed and as we confidently hope, was taken up to that beautiful mansion beyond the pearly gates.
Henryetta was born to her parents Cornelius and Maria Funk on November 9, 1929 in New Bothwell, MB. She was baptized on May 16, 1948 by Bishop Peter S. Wiebe on the confession of her faith in Jesus Christ and taken up in the Chortitz Church.
She was married on July 21, 1949 to Jacob K. Gerbrand, who preceded her in death on November 14, 1991, in which time they were allowed to share 42 years, three months and 24 days of joy and sorrow together. Five children were born to them, all sons; one son and his family live in Col. Bergthal, Paraguay, the other four sons and their families live in Canada. 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren were born to them, all presently living.
She lived in widowhood for 29 years, five months and 11 days. She attained an age of 91 years, five months and 16 days. The total number of her descendants are 32 souls, all living. She has left to mourn her passing, five sons and five daughters-in-law: Harry & Dora with three children from Col. Bergthal, Paraguay, Jack & Clara with two children from New Bothwell, MB., Dennis and Lorriane from Steinbach, MB., John & Verna with three children from Edmonton, AB., and Peter & Anna with three children from New Bothwell, MB. She was preceded in death by her spouse, her parents on both sides, her three siblings and one brother in childhood.
After the death of her husband, she came to Canada to visit her children. Afterwards, when the eldest son fell ill, she moved back to Paraguay and lived with them for 10 years. She then came back to Canada, was accepted into the Sommerfeld Church on August 31, 2008 and lived in the apartments in Steinbach, MB., lastly in Fernwood. She survived these last two years of the Covid period but suffered from Liver Cancer, moved in with her children Peter & Anna when she could no longer take care of herself, where she became weaker and weaker over the last two weeks and finally died on Sunday morning.
A virtual online viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 between 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. followed by a private family service at 1:00 p.m.
To join the family via livestream for either the viewing or the service please visit the following link. https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1619472828112501.