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ABRAM J. NEUFELD (ABE) Obituary pic


Born: May 02, 1920

Date of Passing: Jul 23, 2019

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Abram ("Abe") J. Neufeld passed away on July 23, 2019, at Donwood Manor Personal Care Home. He was born on May 2, 1920, in Sergeyevka, Ukraine, immigrating to Canada and settling in Niverville, MB, in 1926.
Abe married Irene Loewen of Steinbach, MB, in 1946. After graduating from Mennonite Brethren Bible College, and teaching at the Yarrow (BC) Bible School, in 1954 Abe and Irene with their three sons began a quarter century of engagement in mission under Mennonite Brethren missions, most of it in Austria, first in Linz and then Vienna. Starting in 1983, Abe served as pastor at Portage Avenue Church, and part-time at Elmwood Mennonite Brethren. Together he and Irene shared a lifelong dedication to ministry. Abe was an excellent singer, gifted teacher, mentor, preacher, counsellor, administrator, and visionary pioneer in mission.
He is survived by his three sons, Tom (Rebecca), Charles (Bonnie), and Gareth (Kathleen); six grandchildren, (Kristin, Jonathan, Simon, Sara, David, and Miriam) and their spouses (Jerry, Tricia, Judith, Matthew, and Gina), five great-grandchildren, Naomi, Micah, Eliza, Nora, and Adeline; two sisters, Lottie Durksen and Kathie Fast; sisters-in-law, Regina Neufeld and Mary Loewen; and brother-in-law Jake Bergen.
He was predeceased in 2016 by Irene, his wife for 70 years; and by three brothers; Jake, John, and Pete; three sisters, Annie, Mary, and Helene; and much loved brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be at Friends Funeral Service on Monday, July 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; funeral service Tuesday, July 30, at 11:00 a.m. at Portage Avenue Church. Interment to follow in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Abe's memory to Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church in support of its outreach ministries.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 27, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathies to you all as you process the loss of your father. I remember fondly your dad’s messages at Elmwood Church. They were foundational in my growing faith as a teen. May you know the right arm of our Lord holding you up and may His word sustain you now and through the coming years. He will be missed. - Posted by: Lori Kliewer Fehr (Fellow member at Elmwood MB Church in the 60’s) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • Gareth and Kathleen, Nancy wrote me about your father's passing. I’m so sorry to hear that news, I know how much time you spent with him, and you will miss that special connection with him. I read his obituary and I see the legacy he left in you in the caring life you lead. He must have been so proud of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Betty Renwick - Posted by: Betty Renwick (Friend) on: Jul 30, 2019

  • Dear Tom and Becky, may you sense God's amazing presence and strength as you continue moving through these sacred days together with family and friends. How special to know that your dear dad is now united with his beloved and in the presence of the one he served and loved throughout life. With love and prayers, Hedy - Posted by: Hedy Sawadsky (Friend of the family) on: Jul 29, 2019

  • What an amazing man. Uncle Abe blessed my son Dustin and my life with his unconditional love and support throughout the many years. A man of highest integrity who loved and served the Lord his whole life and lead by example. They just don't make men like that anymore. I will miss you Uncle Abe, till we meet again. My condolences to the whole Neufeld Family. Vonne & Dustin Neufeld - Posted by: Vonne & Dustin Neufeld (Niece-in-law) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • Dear Neufeld Family, please accept our heartfelt condolences in the loss of your father. Words cannot make your loss less great but may God comfort you at this time as your mourn your fathers loss yet celebrate a life well lived. We treasured your dad and mom as did our parents, David and Kathleen Klassen & Al & Elsie Neufeld. We are out of town otherwise would have come to the service. So thankful I (Rhonda) had a chance to talk with him on Monday. He was alert & shared memories about our father. Sympathies Roma Niessen (Kelowna) Rhonda and Ron Neufeld (Winnipeg) - Posted by: Roma Niessen (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2019

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