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Born: Mar 27, 1925

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DR. HENRY POETTCKER Dr. Henry Poettcker, A.B., B.D., Th.D., Ph.D, former President of both the Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now the Canadian Mennonite University) and the Mennonite Biblical Seminary (now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary), peacefully joined hands with Our Heavenly Father and reunited with his dear wife, Agnes, on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. Henry was born in Rudnerweide, Russia on March 27th, 1925. His family moved to St. Elizabeth, Manitoba when he was just a few months old, and then to a farm 15 miles west of Pincher Creek, Alberta when he was two. While attending Menno Bible Institute in Didsbury, Alberta through the winter months of 1942-43, Henry met Aganetha (Agnes) Baergen. After marrying on July 4th, 1946 in Tofield, Alberta, they spent eight years in Alberta, Kansas, Illinois, and New Jersey while Henry furthered his religious education. Beginning in 1954, Henry worked at the C.M.B.C. in Winnipeg, taking a year's sabbatical in Taiwan from 1973-74. Additionally, he served as president of the General Conference Mennonite Church from 1962-68, wrote Sunday school curricula for adults in German and English, and frequently contributed to Mennonite periodicals. In 1978, he accepted a position at M.B.S. in Elkart, Indiana. Upon his retirement in 1990, Henry and Agnes returned to Winnipeg. In 2005, the C.M.U. honoured Henry for his years of service at the College when they named the newly remodeled cafeteria "Poettcker Hall." Henry is survived by daughter Chrystyanna, sons Ron (Carol-Ann) and Martin (Erna), seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and extended family. The family would like to thank the Mennonite community and the staff at Lindenwood Manor for their support over the years. Thank you, as well, to the compassionate individuals at Pembina Place Personal Care Home for making Henry's last days most comfortable. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Church Canada, C.M.U., or the charity of your choice. A celebration of Henry's life will be held at at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Street, Winnipeg. A private family interment will be held at an alternate time.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2015

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I appreciated the Poettcker family when we lived in Wpg. Vicky was in our youth group and we spent considerable time together during one summer while my husband and I were renting a room at CMBC while attending summer school. When my father, Julius Block, Steinbach, passed away, Dr. Poettcker wrote a very warm letter regarding my father. That he, who was so busy, would take the time to remember us in our grief. Much appreciated. Dr. Poettcker was always friendly and open...thank God for his contribution to the work of the Mennonite Church. God bless his children. What a legacy your father left. God bless you all. J. Martha Epp - Posted by: J. Martha Epp, Brantford, Ontario.and Husband, Leonard (Friend of Vicky, now Chrystiana.) on: Jun 03, 2015

  • When all else around was buzzing - there was always a calmness of God's spirit present in Henry. I appreciated him so very much in my years of ministry at Bethel. Thank you Poettcker family for sharing your father with us through the various ministries he shared in. - Posted by: David Epp-Stobbe (Former student, CMBC, AMBS, Former pastor at Bethel 1996 - 2003) on: Jun 02, 2015

  • Ron, Caroline and family, our thoughts and condolences are with you at this sad time. - Posted by: Yvonne & LLoyd Sawatzky (Neighbors) on: May 31, 2015

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