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 Agatha <I>Wiebe</I> Braun

Agatha Wiebe Braun

Birth
Barkfield, Steinbach Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Death 26 Dec 2016 (aged 95)
Steinbach, Steinbach Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Burial Niverville, Steinbach Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Memorial ID 175481042 · View Source
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Agatha Wiebe Braun was born in humble circumstances in her family home southeast of Grunthal in Barkfield, Manitoba, on August 26, 1921. She passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, December 26, 2016.

Agatha was predeceased by her husband Peter K. Braun in 1975 and grandchildren: Michael Jon Bergen in 1996, Miguel David Wiens in 2000, and Holly Renee Braun in 1997.

Agatha is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Frieda (John), Andrew (Lorna), Rachel (David), Peter (Agnes), Hilda (Dow), Clarence (Ruth), Judy (Kevin), twenty-four grandchildren, and thirty-one great-grandchildren.

As with many others in the builder generation, times were difficult and her family eked out a living by farming land that was neither rich nor fertile. The Mennonite culture she was born into had little value for education, so she never had the opportunity to expand her horizons in that way. Families of that era were led mostly by strong fathers who were dominant in their approach to life.

She really did have to walk three miles to school every day, and it can probably be said that this created a steely resolve in her to survive the most challenging times. In retrospect, this was a generation of survivors, and we sometimes wonder how different things would have been for Agatha had she been raised in an environment where she could have thrived.

Agatha married Peter K. Braun on August 3, 1943 and in subsequent years they had seven children—four girls and three boys.

Many stories have been told of the challenging times that many today call “the good old days.” From our understanding, they were certainly simpler times but they could only be described as good by those who didn’t have to live them.

Agatha had an early encounter with faith in 1958. It was the beginning of a journey that lasted a lifetime. Though satisfied and assured of heaven as her destination, the reality is that this early encounter still left her with much fear.

Some years after the passing of her husband in 1975, Agatha came to the end of herself. To that point, she had been dutiful in how she lived, but she was not at peace. Fear had been her dominant emotion, and in these difficult years she lost her passion for life and expressed a willingness to die.

After meeting with a counsellor, she was encouraged to consider how she could reach out to others and encourage them in their own journeys. And so began a journey of love and care for others that was a hallmark of her life right to the end.

In the thirty-five years since, you would never meet Agatha without being encouraged with a simple hug and a friendly reminder that you are special. It mattered little if she knew you well or whether you were family; she was aware that everyone had value and she expressed it generously. She was ever grateful for the full and meaningful life God provided her and she always expressed a desire to continue to grow in her love for others.

Agatha lived and loved far beyond the confines of her biological or church family. So many others have been beneficiaries of her love and care.

In late September 2015, Agatha had a stroke, which was followed by two additional strokes. It took weeks of difficult challenges, but her goal of coming back to her home in the Niverville Credit Union Manor was satisfied.

As a family, we were blessed for these last fifteen months during which we got to enjoy her company. For her, though, life had become difficult and many times she expressed the wish that it would have been better if that first stroke had taken her to her eternal destiny.

When family arrived at her apartment on the morning of December 17, 2016 we were aware that this was probably the end. Her last nine days were spent in the hospital, and though she could not speak we were aware that she knew more than it seemed.

She expressed to each of her children her desire to go on to be with Jesus. Mother told us all on different occasions, “If I cannot be mobile and active, then I do not want to live.” So, facing the reality of her situation and her request, we had to make the emotional decision to not try and prolong her life.

We were so blessed. We saw her imperfections and we knew of her struggles. But we saw this incredible woman overcome so much and learn how to love and care. We all have felt that and our wish for her is this: “Godspeed, Mother.” We will meet again, but until that time we will hold your memory in our hearts forever.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 10:00 a.m. at the Word of Life Church in Niverville, MB, with the interment at Heritage Cemetery, Niverville, MB. Viewing will be prior to the service.


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  • Created by: Jcarter
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175481042
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Agatha Wiebe Braun (26 Aug 1921–26 Dec 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175481042, citing Niverville Heritage Cemetery, Niverville, Steinbach Census Division, Manitoba, Canada ; Maintained by Jcarter (contributor 48847489) .