Editors’ Note: We have republished this obituary to guarantee its continued viewability. We thank the family for giving us this look into their loved one’s life.
God answered Mom’s prayer at 12:35 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 10, 2016, to be released from her suffering and enter her eternal home. The last six months or so had been filled with increasing pain. She was hospitalized and diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer two months before her home-going. She was just a few weeks away from her 80th birthday.
Our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, “Annie” Anna Reimer Gertrude Barkman, was born on Sept. 5, 1936, to Peter JR and Gertrude Barkman in Hanover, near Steinbach, Man.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, our dad, Abe P. Brandt; her granddaughter Katelyn Friesen, her father Peter JR Barkman, her mother Gertrude; her step-mother Anna; her sisters Mary, Margaret, and Minna; her brothers Peter and Albert; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and two nephews.
Mom is survived by her children, Larry, Laureen, Stanley, Delbert, Gerald, Anita, Elaine, Julia. Sandra, Robert and Theresa; their spouses and children; her sisters, Helen, Kathy and Trudie; and brothers Frank and Abe.
Mom’s early childhood memories were of living on the farm in Blumenort with her parents and siblings. When Mom wrote her memoires, her first recorded significant life event was the death of her mother (when Mom was at the age of eight years) and the year that followed. She was grateful when her father remarried and she got her new mother. She wrote, “I thank God for giving us such a good and loving mother.”
In the spring of 1952 she began her journey with God, believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of her sin and for her eternal life. She declared her faith in Jesus through baptism on June 1, 1952, in the Blumenort EM Church. Also, that summer the family moved to north of Riverton to start a new farm. Mom and Dad were married on July 21, 1956, at the Mennville EM Church north of Riverton. They started their own homestead in the area where they raised their 11 children.
Almost six years ago Mom lost Dad, her loving and faithful husband of 53 years, whom she missed very much. She was quite lonely these last few years, but held to the fact that she was never really alone as God had promised to “never leave or forsake her.” The only real work left for her now was to pray for her children and grandchildren, and pray she did.
– Her Family