Erna Enns

Erna Enns

1930 - 2022

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Obituary of Erna Enns

On Thursday, October 6, 2022, at the age of 92, Erna Enns (Fast) passed away peacefully with family by her side.


She will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by her daughter Jacqui, son Carl and daughter-in-law Donna; her brothers Victor (Rebecca) and Rudy (Lorna); sister-in-law Vera and sisters Katie, Helen, Margaret and Betty; and numerous nieces and nephews, friends and acquaintances.  


She was predeceased by her husband Egon (2020); parents Prediger David (1979) and Agatha Fast (1996); brothers Arthur (1990), Peter (2021) and Hans (1937-38); sisters Hedy (1976) and Irene (2017); sister-in-law Helene (2004) and brothers-in-law Abe Kroeker (2011) and Waldo Schulz (2022).


Erna's life was marked by an adventurous and caring spirit. She was a gentle and generous trailblazer with a subtle wit. After moving to Winnipeg from the family farm in Chortitz, she worked at a bank before getting her nursing LPN diploma in 1951. Thus began her 71-year career.  


One of her fond stories was about working in The Pas hospital where she was called Nohkom by her patients - a term of respect meaning "grandmother". She worked two terms with Mennonite Central Committee: as a nurse in Twillingate, Newfoundland and then Belize (formerly British Honduras) in the Mennonite colonies. In Belize she arrived in the aftermath of Hurricane Hattie and ended up cooking for the relief workers. She loved riding the Willys Jeep and often talked about their pet monkey. She later worked at the old Bethania personal care home and then, after her marriage, at the current site.  


After her marriage in 1965, their travels took them to Canadian Mennonite Bible College (where Jacqui was born) and Bethel College in Newton, Kansas (birthplace of Carl); then up North for a number of years where she practised her nursing while Egon taught and was principal in Bloodvein and Jackhead. She also practised at Steinbach Hospital, Concordia Hospital, Menno Home in Abbotsford, Boyne in Carman, Salem in Winkler, and Meadowood Manor in Winnipeg where she retired.  


Erna and Egon travelled extensively in Canada and the United States. They loved camping and exploring - with their children - in canvas tents, then their camper van and, later, they continued to enjoy the great outdoors at their Elkhorn Resort timeshare. 


Erna was active in the camping ministry of Camps with Meaning for many years, volunteered with Winnipeg Harvest, babysat her nephew's children - as well as countless others - for many years, volunteered with the Bethel MOMs program, and found countless other ways to help others. 


Her love and hospitality extended to family, friends, and strangers. The network of friends Erna developed with Egon was extensive. Her devotion to her husband and children…humour…love of adventure…and joy of life…were all expressions of the love she lived. 


Thank you to all the wonderful caregivers at Riverview who made her last two years so special.


The memorial service for Erna and Egon will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Street, Winnipeg, MB.  To join the family via livestream please click HERE shortly before the time of the service.


Interment for Erna and Egon will take place at Brookside Cemetery at a later date.


If friends so desire, donations can be made to MCC, Camps with Meaning, or a fitting charity of your choice.


Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Friday, October 21, 2022
Bethel Mennonite Church
465 Stafford St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada