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Born: Jan 17, 1927

Date of Passing: Aug 12, 2017

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JACOB BAERG January 17, 1927 - August 12, 2017 Jake passed away peacefully at his home in the Bethania Personnel Care Home on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Left to cherish his memories are his children: Victor (Ellen) and Erica; grandchildren: Colleen (Marco), Derek, (Hoa), Patrick (Katelyn) and Victoria; great-grandchildren: Milan, Anson, Lilia and Tehya. His loving wife, Tina, passed away on January 3, 2014. Jake was born in Neu-Schoensee, USSR. When Jake was 15 the Baerg family finally escaped from Russia when the German army broke down the borders during the Second World War. In Germany the family worked in the farm fields until 1948 when the family immigrated to Coaldale, Alberta, and again the family worked in the sugar beet fields. In 1949 Jake met his wife Tina Peters and they were married in 1952. In 1955 Jake and Tina had a son, Victor, and then later that year they moved to Winnipeg where, in 1957, they had a daughter, Erica. In Winnipeg Jake started to build houses and in 1965 Jake built himself a small nine suite apartment block named Lady Erica. Jake worked his whole life constructing and maintaining buildings. Although he only had three years of education, his amazing skills allowed him to build and fix absolutely everything, whether it was carpentry, plumbing, locks, etc. In 1973 Jake decided to purchase a cabin at Big Whiteshell Lake. This great decision allowed the family to enjoy many years together and to this day, 44 years later, his legacy still remains intact. Jake spent 44 straight years celebrating Father's Day together at the cabin with family. Other than work his favourite activities were fishing and playing cards. He loved work so much that even after three different retirement parties he never truly stopped working until 2009 when he had his first stroke at the age of 82 years old. Jake was married to Tina for 62 years until she passed in 2014. He will always be remembered and missed. We would like to thank all the people from Homecare and the staff at Bethania that helped Jake survive his last eight years after his stroke. The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 21, at 1:00 p.m. at the North Kildonan Mennonite Church, 1131 Roch St., Winnipeg, MB. A private viewing and interment will be held for the family before the funeral. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jake may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee. Arrangements by BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL 1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 19, 2017

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Jake , you were a true friend and co worker We will miss you - Posted by: George Wiebe and wife Kaye (Friends and former co workers) on: Aug 19, 2017

  • I send to you my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you throughout your mourning. - Posted by: Don Lavigne (Friend of Erica) on: Aug 19, 2017

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