Elisabeth Kroeker passed away Mar. 6, 1999.
She was born Nov. 23, 1915 to Jakob and Katharina Duerksen in Neuhalbstadt, Sagradowka, Ukraine. She received 5 years of schooling.
She was close to her younger sister Mariechen.
In 1931 her parents and their 4 youngest children were exiled to the Ural Mountains to work in forest camps. In 1932 her father sent Elisabeth and Mariechen back with their brother Julius, who was visiting them. Without documents, they returned with him to Dirilow, where they worked on a collective farm.
In 1936 Elisabeth returned to Neuhalbstadt, living with her sister Aganetha and family. She married Johann H. Kroeker May 3, 1938. They worked on the collective farm. In 1936 Elisabeth's father died, and her mother came to live with them.
In 1943 they fled to Poland, reaching Warthegau in February 1944. Here, they accepted Christ and were baptized in Peace Chapel, joining the MB Church. Johann was conscripted, and the family fled to Germany. Johann was reunited with them June 9, 1945.
In 1948 they immigrated to La Glace, Alta. In 1952 they moved to Yarrow, B.C. Elisabeth and Johann were deacons in Yarrow MB Church.
In 1975 they moved to Abbotsford, B.C., continuing to serve as deacons and doing visitation. Enjoying having people in her home for meals, she was an excellent hostess who did not overlook widows and singles.
In 1998 lung cancer was discovered. Predeceased by Johann and daughter Betty Pedersen of cancer in November 1998, she is mourned by children John, Agnes Penner, Kay, Hank, and Elsie Leontowich; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and 1 sister. The funeral was Mar. 11 in Clearbrook MB Church, Abbotsford, with Jacob Pauls, Jay Neufeld and Eldon DeFehr ministering.