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Sara Reimer of Abbotsford, B.C. passed away August 29, 1987.

She was born March 14, 1894 to Abram and Margareta (Neufeld) Peters of Pleshanovo, Neu Samara, Russia. She attended school in Pleshanovo, enjoying memorization and music. Through the death of her father and two sister of tuberculosis, she realized that life was short and accepted Christ at age 12. She was baptized and joined the church at age 14. She also contracted TB so the family moved to the milder climate of Terek.

The family fled to Suvorovka in 1918 but returned to the Terek in 1921. On May 24, 1922, she married Nikolai Reimer, a union blessed with five children. They moved to Suvorovka.

In September 1924, they immigrated to Canada with daughter Margaret, settling in Herbert, Saskatchewan. They farmed at Langham, Sask., but after crop failures they moved to Yarrow, B.C. Their daughter Frieda was the first Mennonite baby girl born in Yarrow.

Pioneering was hard but enjoyable. Nickolai established a flourishing nursery. She encouraged her children in their studies and was involved in church activities such as the choir. She also took special interest in her grandchildren.

In 1975 they moved to Clearbrook BC and six years later moved to a condominium at Evergreen Village. She is remembered as an example of faith to her family.

She is survived by her husband Nicholai; children: Margaret Henry of Watsonville, California; Nick of Mt. Lehman, BC; Mary Driediger of Brandon, Manitoba; and Hilda Neufeld of Abbotsford, BC; 24 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral was September 3, 1987 in Clearbrook MB Church with pastor J.E. Klassen and her son-in-law Hans Kasdorf ministering. Burial was at Abbotsford BC.


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