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ALFRED HARRY KROEKER 1917 - 2018 Due to complications from a recent stroke, Alfred Kroeker passed away on February 7, 2018, three days before his 101st birthday. Born in Winkler, Manitoba, he moved with his family to a nearby farm in 1928, where he attended a one-room school in the village of Neuenberg. Later, he attended Winkler Bible School, where he met his future wife Margaret Klassen. Now focused on a career, he completed high school as an adult and then attended Normal School in Winnipeg. Shortly after marriage in 1941, his first teaching assignment was interrupted by the Second World War. Being a conscientious objector, he volunteered for alternative service in forestry at Port Arthur, Ontario, followed by a ministerial assignment in Nelson House, Manitoba. Returning to Winnipeg in 1946, he furthered his education at Mennonite Brethren Bible College, obtaining a Bachelor of Theology before moving to Herbert, Saskatchewan, where he was employed as a Bible school teacher and minister for five years. In 1952, the family moved to Glenlea, Manitoba, where he taught Grades 1-8 in a one-room school and took evening classes at the University of Manitoba to obtain a Bachelor of Arts. He spent his summer breaks at Camp Arnes as the camp's first director. In 1957, he moved to the Winkler area where he concurrently taught and studied, earning a Bachelor of Education. He moved to Winnipeg in 1968 and was employed as a resource teacher in the Seven Oaks School Division until his retirement in 1981, during which he engaged in tutoring and volunteer work. Alfred was a lifetime enthusiast for daily physical exercise. He enjoyed storytelling, playing piano, and singing at every opportunity. Always ready to lend a hand or an ear, he was known for his fairness, generosity, optimism, selflessness, grace, and strong faith in God. Alfred was predeceased by his wife Margaret; father Abram A. Kroeker and mother Elizabeth Nickel; brothers and their spouses Walter (Madeline), Edwin (Emily) and Peter (Ruth); sisters Loreen Redekop and Viola Bock; brother-in-law Ernie Kroeger; and grandchild Ruby Kroeker. He will be missed by his children Mervyn (Ruth), Ron (Ruth), Elaine (Jim), Lois (Reg) and Leona (Peter); 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Kroeger and Betty Thiessen (Willard); brother Don (Eileen); and brothers-in-law Bill Redekop and Bill Bock. The family is grateful to the caring staff of BethaniaHaus where he resided in his last years, and especially to the staff of Brightwater Senior Living for providing loving and superior care during his final months, as well as the staff on 5N at Grace Hospital in his final days. Viewing will take place at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at River East Church, 755 McLeod Avenue.
Publish Date: Feb 13, 2018

ALFRED HARRY KROEKER After a short illness, Alfred passed away on February 7, 2018. Longer notice to follow.

Publish Date: Feb 10, 2018

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 13, 2018

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Alfred and Margaret were my wonderful neighbours on Larchdale Crescent for almost 30 years. I have many cherished memories of those years...the Bible Coffee group Margaret hosted, the unending patience they had putting up with my five young ones next door to them. Never a cross word did I hear! I am so thankful for having known them. What a true and gracious family example they were for us. Our deepest condolence to all their family, we shall remember them with love and fondness. Jean Okamura & family (Jeff, Wayne, Janice, Dean, Derek) formerly of 115 Larchdae Crescent, now Vancouver Mrs. Kiyo Okamura, 120 Larchdale Crescent - Posted by: Jean Okamura (former neighbour) on: Feb 15, 2018

  • Alfred and I became the first male resource teachers in North America, in the Seven Oaks School Division in 1970. We were also fellow members at River East MB Church, and also worked together doing services at UGM on Main Street, and later, at the UGM Youth Centre during the week. I looked up to Alfred for many reasons, and the longer we worked together, the more I respected him and learned from him. His greatest quality was his simplicity and humility and willingness to assist in any endeavour. He never knew how much his example blessed me and lead me to follow his example. Alfred also had a great, quick mind and was a superb children's worker. Once when we were teaching our Bible classes at UGM on Pritchard Avenue, several of my students said that they wanted to receive the Lord as their personal Saviour. At first I was blessed to have this opportunity, but, I received a very strong leading that I was not to go ahead on my own, but, ask him to come to do this. Watching him so lovingly and so expertly guide the boys amazed me. The result was that I suggested that Alfred give all the staff and volunteers instruction on how to lead a child to Christ. It was a wonderful experience for all of us who were there. Also, in my term as UGM rep, whenever I asked Alfred to speak there, he never once failed to volunteer. If he did have an appointment that evening, he always made arrangements to alter his plans in order be able to give the Word to the men of Main St. "Brethren, be followers together of me, and Mark Them which walk so, as ye have us for an example." Alfred was one such man whom I marked. - Posted by: Rev. Bruce Ilman Yarrow (Colleague at work & UGM Children's weekly Bible classes & fellow church member) on: Feb 15, 2018

  • Alfred & Margaret Kroeker were a very hospitable couple, even taking in strangers. About 25 years ago I drove from Thompson to Winnipeg to help with Summer Missionary training in July. Staff at Child Evangelism Fellowship of MB arranged for me to stay at their place even though we didn't know each other They warmly opened their home for which I still appreciate them.It was neat to awaken in the morning to the sound of someone (Mr. K) playing the piano and smell the aroma of breakfast being prepared! Mr. & Mrs. K humbly and quietly served their Lord. Discovery Time history tells us that Mr. K began teaching DT at Donwood school many years ago. Ella Schindel took over from him and taught for 30 years. In 2008 she asked me to coordinate/teach there and I am still at it. Thanks for pioneering this ministry Mr. K! A BIG Thank you for giving me personally your prayer and financial support while I worked under CEF from 2002 to 2014. - Posted by: Virginia Dyck () on: Feb 13, 2018

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