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REGEHR, Lydia


Lydia Regehr – 1903 – 1991

Lydia Regehr of Seattle, Washington passed away suddenly of heart failure. She was the sixth child born to Gerhard Peter & Maria (Siemens) Regehr on November 29, 1903 at Reinfeld Yazykovo, Ukraine, South Russia. Her siblings were: Jacob, Maria, Anna, Gerhard, Henry and Kathryn.

Her studies at the Niokopol private school for girls were interrupted in 1917 because of World War I. While doing office work for the American Relief Administration in Nikopol, Russia in 1922, she read all the works of Schiller, Goethe, Heine and others. In 1923 the Regehr family immigrated to the United States.

Lydia accepted the Lord when she was ill for two years with blood poisoning. She was baptized ad joined Mountain Lake MB Church.

She studied in day, night and summer school and graduated from Minnesota State Teacher’s College in 1930. She taught school in Minnesota and English to foreign born students in the Minneapolis school system.

She took a year off to attend Northwestern Bible School in Minneapolis. She did social work in Minneapolis while earning her Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1942.

When Lydia’s sister Kathryn & Kornelius Neufeld and family moved to Yarrow, BC in 1945 from Winnipeg, Lydia and her father moved to Seattle, where she worked as a social worker.

After her retirement, Lydia was given a German book titled “Life of Luther” which she translated and published. (The book is still available on Amazon).

Another book: “Morning Star of Wittenberg” followed. This led to various translations, hymns and original poems and lyrics. She was a regular poetry contributor to the MB Herald and Mennonitische Rundschau.

Lydia is mourned by her brother Gerhard and her sister Kathryn in Clearbrook, BC. The funeral was in Woodlawn Funeral Home, Abbotsford. She was buried with her father at the Yarrow Cemetery.

   

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