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BRUCKS, Aganetha Dueck

Brucks, Aganetha Dueck (1889-1972)

Aganetha Brucks, nee Dueck, was born in Klippenfeld, southern Russia, in July 2, 1889, the second child in a family of eight. She had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and in her eighteenth year, through the ministry of Abram Nachtigal, she was led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In 1908 the Lord brought Heinrich Brucks into her life and they were joined in marriage. God gave them 43 years together, a marriage that was blessed with 10 children, eight daughters: Susanna, Neta, Anna, Katharina, Maria, Elizabeth and Freda and son Henry. The youngest son predeceased her. Later they took three additional children: Esther, Ruth and Johnny into their home, who were loved, nurtured and taught as their own.

In 1922 they joined the Mennonite Brethren church, of which they remained members until their death. They left Russia for Canada in 1926 and found a new home in Coaldale, Alta. After 13 years they moved to Yarrow, B.C. Later, after the death of her husband, Mrs. Brucks moved to Clearbrook.

Her husband was called home very suddenly in 1951. However, she was able to enjoy many more years of sweet fellowship with her children, grandchildren and other children of God. In the summer of 1971 she became seriously ill. Although her physical strength decreased, her trust in the Saviour was always clear and her hope of seeing the Saviour increased. A full life came to an end March 8. She had attained an age of 82 years. She leaves to mourn nine children, three adopted children, their husbands and wives, 43 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, four brothers and three sisters and many other friends and relatives. Burial was at Yarrow Cemetery. Mennonite Brethren Herald obituary: 1972 May 19 p. 31


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