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Peter P. Giesbrecht, 71 of 41706 Central Road Yarrow, died at his home on February 1. 1981.

He was born February 9, 1909 in the Terek, Russia, to Peter P. & Elizabeth (Wittenberg) Giesbrecht. The Giesbrecht family moved to Mexico in 1924; they immigrated to Canada in 1927 and moved to Nelson, B.C. The Giesbrecht family moved to Yarrow in 1928 becoming one of the first Mennonite families to settle in the Yarrow area. Peter was baptized in 1926 and joined Yarrow MB Church in 1929.

Peter Giesbrecht married Aganetha Derksen on June 18, 1933 at Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church. Nine children were born to them: 7 sons: David, Henry (Hank), Edward, George, Peter, Martin and Willie (Bill) and two daughters: Elizabeth (Betty) and Cathy. Peter Giesbrecht was a dairy farmer. The Giesbrecht family had a small farm on Central Road, and later when the boys were older they bought and moved to a large farm on Boundary Road.

Peter is survived by his wife Aganetha; sons Dave and George of Richmond, Hank of Burnaby, Edward of Vancouver, Martin of Chilliwack and Bill of New Guinea, daughters Betty Hladun of Toronto and Cathy Penner of Richmond; 24 grandchildren; brothers Dave and John of Yarrow Cornelius of Clearbrook; sisters Margaret Derksen and Susie Derksen of Yarrow, Elizabeth Dahl and Mary Friesen of Clearbrook; Gertrude Abrahams of Prince George and Lena Isaak of Chilliwack. He was predeceased by son Peter in 1978.

Funeral service was held February 9 from the Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church, Pastor Abe Klassen officiating, assisted by Rev. Herman Lenzmann. Interment followed in Yarrow Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were sons-in-law Ben Penner and Norm Hladun. Active pallbearers were his six sons: David, Henry, Edward, George, Martin and Willie.


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