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DAHL, Katharina (Tina) Epp

Katharina (Tina) Epp Dahl of Clearbrook (formerly of Yarrow) passed away Nov. 27, 1996. She was born July 24, 1913 in Rosenbach, Fuerstenland, Russia; the third of nine children born to Jacob G. & Elizabeth (Paetkau) Epp.

When Tina was 13 years old, the Epp family left Russia in the autumn of 1926 for Canada, travelling via Riga Latvia; sailing on the Baltriger to South Hampton, England, where they boarded the SS Melita and sailed to Quebec City, Canada. In Quebec, they boarded a CPR train to Langham Saskatchewan, settling in Waldheim, Sask. in 1926.

The Epp family was about to buy a large farm in Glenbush, Saskatchewan, but read an ad of land for sale at Yarrow BC in the Mennonite Rundschau.

They inquired about this and decided to move to Yarrow, B.C. arriving by rail in early February 1928. They rented living space in a house with 3 other Mennonite families up on Majuba Hill. Her father, Rev. Jacob Epp, the first MB minister to arrive in Yarrow, invited the other Mennonites to come to come to their home to worship and thank the Lord for their safe arrival in a place where he could eat "apples from the tree" in February on their first Sunday in Yarrow. The family purchased 10 acres of land on Eckert Road and built a house that is still standing today (2011) and the land is still being farmed by immigrants new to Canada from India.

Tina was baptized in July, 1930 by her father and joined the Yarrow MB Church. She married Henry L. Dahl Nov. 10, 1935 in a double wedding with her brother Isaak & Helen (Siemens) Epp. Shortly after their marriage, they established a home near the south end of Stewart Road in Yarrow where their first two children were born. In June, 1943, they bought a dairy farm on Campbell Road on Sumas Prairie operated it for almost 50 years.

The 75 acre farm was sold in 1990 at which time they moved to a condominium in Clearbrook, BC and joined Clearbrook MB Church.

One of Tina's greatest pleasures was to be with family and friends and she was always warm and open to strangers. In later years, she dedicated most of her time and energy to volunteer activities, especially making quilts. She loved to read and was an excellent gardener and cook. Her family members feel exceptionally fortunate to have had such a loving and generous woman as their mother.

Predeceased by Henry in January, 1996, she is survived by her six children Elizabeth (David) Giesbrecht of Abbotsford, B.C., Victor (Betty) Dahl of Surrey, B.C., Hilda Dahl of Victoria, Edward Dahl of Ottawa, Harry Dahl of Fort St. John, B.C. and Allan (Christine) Dahl of Abbotsford; and 10 grandchildren. The funeral was Dec. 2, 1996 at Clearbrook MB Church, with David Giesbrecht and Ryan Dahl ministering.


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