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Born: Mar 07, 1933

Date of Passing: Jun 07, 2020

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(nee DYCK)
1933 - 2020

Katy Unruh passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Tabor Home in Morden, MB, at 87 years of age.
She was born on March 7, 1933 in a farmhouse in Silberfeld, MB, to John and Helena (Wiebe) Dyck, and her father walked six miles to Altona to register her birth. She grew up in Morris and Winnipeg, where she attended the MBCI high school. As a girl, she came to a personal faith in Christ, and she was baptized and joined the North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church. After high school, Katy worked for two years to earn money for nursing school at the Winnipeg General Hospital. There she lived in residence for three years. She often regaled her sisters with stories of residential life to their great enjoyment. She worked for a short time as a public health nurse in Manitoba before marrying Cornel Unruh, a family physician. Corny and Katy were part of the North Kildonan church community, thus knew each other from their earliest years. There are no stories of "how they met", but their mutual involvement in the healthcare profession was what first drew them together. After their marriage in 1957, they left for a two year MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) medical assignment in Jordan in the Middle East. After returning to Manitoba in 1960, the family moved to a medical practice in Morden. She was a long-time member of Westside Community Church in Morden, with a living faith in Jesus, and she spent her life raising up, giving generously, and encouraging her family and the community around her. While her husband, Corny, set both a direction and pattern for the family life, she made sure that her family and the people around her enjoyed the trip.
Before Katy and her three sisters were born in Canada, three young brothers died in early childhood on her parents' arduous journey from Soviet Russia. She was also predeceased by her husband, Corny, in 2003; her beloved son, Ramsy, in 2011; and her older sister, Agnes, in 2019.
She is survived by two sisters, Ruth Wood and Elizabeth Dyck, both of Winnipeg; by her children and their families, Phil (Diane) Unruh of Carman, MB, with Amanda, Stephan (Brigitte) and Blake (Amanda); Tim (Jeanette) Unruh of Whistler, BC, with Luke, Rachel, Abigail and Ben; daughter-in-law, Shannon (Paul) Kutcher of Winnipeg, with Katy, Tom and Jane (Adam); Noni (Phil) Goertzen of Langley, BC, with Becky, Amy (Greg), Hannah and Andrew; and Christy (Evan) Jennings of North Vancouver, BC, with Adelaide and John William.
We'd like to thank the staff at Homestead and the Tabor Home for their wonderful care of our mom during the last years of her life, and thank the communities of both Westside Church and Morden for being her good home.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service with ash interment at Chapel Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 13, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • On behalf of the WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni we extend our sincere condolences to Katy's family and friends. Katy is remembered by classmates as being kind, a friend to all, hard working and lots of fun, Katy will be missed. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: Jun 18, 2020

  • Thank you, a beautiful tribute. - Posted by: Joy huebert (Niece) on: Jun 14, 2020

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