Advanced Search:

Regular Search
❮ Go Back to Listings
KATIE BROWN (JANZEN)  Obituary pic


Born: Aug 12, 1928

Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2017

Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory

Adjust Text Size: A+ A-

KATIE BROWN (nee JANZEN) 1928 - 2017 Katharina Janzen Brown - better known as Katie - was born at Gretna on August 12, 1928. She went to live with the Lord and was reunited with her family on September 12, 2017. She was predeceased by her parents, Heinrich and Anna Janzen, by her first husband Peter Arnold Brown (in 1994) and second husband Henry Unger (in 2017). She is survived by her children Jennifer Brown (and Brian), Wade Brown (and Angie) and two grandchildren. She is also survived by stepchildren Diane Unger (and Ian), Lori Janzen (and Harold), Brian Unger (and Ardelle), Randy Unger (and Heather), Glenda Lepage (and Paul), and eight step-grandchildren. Katie had many loves and interests in her life. Katie's teaching career spanned through many years. Her parents sent her to Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna and then to Teacher's Normal School in Winnipeg. She was a passionate teacher who loved her students and recognized the importance of reading. When she read Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, she made sure she had Willy Wonka candy to distribute to her students. Her creativity and commitment to her classroom teaching was shared with Wade and Jennifer as they helped her prepare for the first day of school so all the students would feel welcome. Katie married Arnold Brown on July 31, 1960 in Winkler, Manitoba. Katie was supportive and involved in Arnold's political career when he was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Rhineland, which spanned 1971 to 1988. She was key to Arnold's success and involved with every aspect. From campaigning on the road to hosting legislative colleagues and special occasions like dinner with the Queen. As written by Katie in a family history... Their chosen children Jennifer Gayle (Klassen) and Wade Lorin (Klassen) became a part of their family on February 13, 1971 after their parents (Arnold's sister and brother-in-law) were fatally injured in an automobile accident. She unselfishly embraced life with her children which included piano lessons, picnics in the Pembina Valley, afternoons on the farm, and lots of story book reading. Katie married Henry Unger on October 6, 2002. Both being widowed, they enjoyed their life together in their later years. Their love and respect for each other was evident by all around them. Many winters were spent in Harlingen, Texas where they enjoyed making many close friends. Life with Henry brought lots of kidding around, playing cards, wonderful friendships, and the ability to express their affection for each other. Katie was embraced by Henry's large family. She enjoyed them immensely and they provided her a strong, loving family. Katie quietly strived for perfection in all aspects of her life. She had an adventurous spirit and never shied away from new experiences. Whether stepping into the political arena with Arnold, two-stepping with Henry in Tarpley, Texas or recently attending an ABBA Rainbow Stage performance; she embraced the experience with grace and style. The family will miss her quirkiness (hand signals), her unending love of shopping and her wonderful cooking. Katie prepared for family visits by making sure that snickerdoodles, oatmeal and date cookies, ginger snaps or lemon meringue pie was waiting for them. Nobody's cookies tasted better or looked as flawless as those that came from her oven. In a written family history, Katie ended her self-reflection with these words: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment at Winkler Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Katie's memory to assist the libraries of Winkler Elementary School and J.R. Walkof School payable to the Garden Valley School Division. Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler In care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 30, 2017

❮ Go Back to Listings