Sophie Fast of Chilliwack, B.C. died Mar. 3, 2003.
She was born to Franz and Katharina Born Aug. 26, 1921 in Herzenberg, Russia. When she was 12, her father died of starvation and her mother was forced to beg for food for the family. Sophie worked on a collective farm. Her mother was able to teach her Christian principles in secret.
In World War II the family became refugees and were separated from one another. Sophie was employed by the German army. They were reunited in Germany.
They emigrated to Winnipeg, Man. in 1948. Here she was given her first Bible and within a week accepted Christ. She spent all her spare time reading and memorizing Scriptures and hymns.
Sophie moved to Yarrow, B.C. where she was baptized, joining Yarrow MB Church. She married Abram Fast June 27, 1948. She served others with joy, often beyond her health. She never went anywhere without a gift from her kitchen or garden. Her homemade perogies with cream gravy and sausage was a favourite meal with her family. She supported Abe in all his endeavours.
Her earlier health problems worsened, and her pain increased, but even when on life support, she remembered people's birthdays. She lost her strength but became more aware of Jesus and His love. She was predeceased by her parents, stepfather, 2 brothers, 1 step-sister. She is mourned by Abe; daughters Vi Wiens and Irene Fast; sons Ed, Dan and David; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 1 sister.
The funeral was Mar. 7 in Clearbrook (B.C.) MB Church with Heinz Ratzlaff and Jay Neufeld ministering.