I remember, as a grade six student, sitting in the Green Valley School “cafeteria” also known as the back of the stage, while this huge, imposing, hulk of a man would come around & open students stubborn Thermos’s. He was a gentle giant with a booming voice & big smile.
My condolences to the Woelke family.
A few generations of the Woelke family lived next door to my (Esau) family when I was growing up. They were wonderful neighbours and we have fond memories of those years! Jake and Helen were both very cheerful, fun loving and most kind. They were the type of neighbours you could trust to have your back in any circumstance. We send our hugs and prayers to the whole Woelke family especially to you Wanda, Judy & Michael. Love Irene & Walter Toews
My condolences to the Woelke family on the loss a wonderful human being. I met him in 1997 and loved Jake and Helen’s disposition immediately. He had a deep love for people especially his family. I enjoyed his humor and confidence in him. I loved who this couple was . Together again. May you rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to the Woelke family. I have pleasant memories of working with Jake at Green Valley School. He was a pleasant person who always had a friendly greeting for those he met in the school hallway. A good man who did his job well. May he Rest In Peace.
My deepest sympathies. I loved Jake!!! He made me smile every time I saw him and chatted with him. His favourite name for me was Trouble... and you guessed it, my favourite name for him was Trouble. It was always a great privilege bumping into him and catching up and chatting with him about anything and everything. He always had a smile on his face. He was gracious, kind and truly funny. What a loss. Praying for the family! Rejoicing he is now in his heavenly home with the love of his life.
What can you say about Uncle Jake that does not span pages and pages? I will try to sum up some of the things that come to mind: kind, hilarious, spunky, generous, accident prone, stubborn (as all Woelke's are), resilient, animal lover, man of God, devoted, adaptable, loving.
"Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son" (By Vince Gill)
My condolences to the Woelke family.
Because his niece Karen was my best friend in High School I always knew him as Uncle Jake even when I would run into him occasionally as as an adult. He was the kindest man and a beautiful soul.
anne and i would like to extend our condolence to the family. when i was a kid, jake would pick up milk at our place with the bulk truck. often he would take me along as he picked up milk at all the dairy farmers and then off to modern dairies in winnipeg and he would always make sure i would get choclate milk. he was always friendly kind and happy to me. he always had somthing to say and we would laugh. i have many more fond memories of jake.. like when herman reimer lived at your place. i chummed with herman and visited your house often. you guys were always warm and welcoming even when we did stuff that should have made mad. may god give you strenght during these difficult days as you attempt to move forward one step at a time.
At first, I knew of the Woelkes primarily through my husband's work at GV School. When Gerald and I joined COPPS (Citizens on Patrol) we interacted occasionally with Mr. Woelke. Then, he and I both served on the Alternative Justice Committee. Jake's wisdom was beautifully interwoven with his sense of right and wrong and with his compassion. As his family has said, the Woelkes collected people. Their warm hearts quickly transformed acquaintances into friends. We are deeply grateful we were privileged to be friends. God grant you all comfort for your loss and peace in knowing your dad is with his Lord.