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WOLFE, Cornelius and WOLFE, Mary

Cornelius Peter WOLFE of Clearbrook BC, formerly of Yarrow BC passed away May 22, 1991.

He was born November 4, 1914 to Peter & Elizabeth Wolfe in Fuerstenland, South Russia. They lived on a mixed farm.

After the Russian Revolution, they immigrated to southern Manitoba and farmed there for 8 years. He received little formal education.

In the 1930's Depression, the Wolfe family moved to Yarrow BC where they worked in the hop yards and at a sawmill. In 1934, Corney accepted Christ under the ministry of Rev. A.H. Unruh. In 1935, he was baptized and joined Yarrow MB Church, where he was a parking attendant. He preferred to serve where he was not noticed. His social life revolved around the young people's group.

He married Mary Heinrichs on March 16, 1941. They had a small dairy and raspberry farm and he held various part-time jobs.

At age 50, he began working for the Guenther Door Factory and phased out farming. He developed hobbies which he pursued after retirement, making spinning wheels, clocks, windmills and steam engines. This gave him much joy and he donated many to the MCC auction. One of his spinning wheels brought in $91 at the 1971 auction. Corney had often whispered "Lord, I wish we would get $30 for it while making it."

He spent his last 4 years in a condominium in Clearbrook and joined Clearbrook MB Church.

Cancer was found in 1989, but he was able to pursue his activities without pain. He is mourned by his wife Mary, sons: John, Walter and Ken; 6 grandchildren; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. His funeral was May 25, 1991 in the Clearbrook MB Church with Rev. Jacob Pauls and Rev. J.E. Klassen ministering.

Burial was at Yarrow Cemetery

Mary WOLFE of Clearbrook BC, passed away December 15, 1991.

She was born April 23, 1915 in Grossweide, Moloschna, Russia. At an early age she was adopted by the Gerhard Heinrichs family.

In 1925 they immigrated to Canada and moved to a farm in Hepburn Saskatchewan.

In 1931, they moved to Yarrow B.C. Mary accepted Christ at a young age and was baptized at Yarrow M.B. Church on September 8, 1935. For a number of years Mary lived at a girls home in Vancouver and worked as a domestic for wealthy families. Here she established friendships that lasted a lifetime.

In 1941, she married Cornelius Wolfe. They bought a farm on Eckert Road in Yarrow. She managed the house, raised their sons John, Walter and Ken and helped with the milking, haying and raising raspberries.

When the boys had grown, Cornelius began working for Guenther Doors and she rode her bicycle into Yarrow to work at the MCC store. At church, she helped in the kitchen and Sunday School and spent much time praying and reading God's Word. She demonstrated a positive attitude and was always helpful and friendly, she desired to please God and was open to those around her.

In 1986, Mary & Corney moved to Clearbrook and she began working at the MCC store there.

Cornelius died May 22, 1991, and Mary passed away December 15, 1991.

She is survived by her sons: John, Walter and Ken and 6 grandchildren. The funeral was Dec. 18th in Clearbrook MB Church with Rev. John E. Klassen and Rev. Jacob Pauls ministering. Burial was at Yarrow Cemetery.


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