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Born: Dec 27, 1926

Date of Passing: Jul 01, 2021

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December 27, 1926 - July 1, 2021

With thanksgiving for her life, the family announces the passing of Kay Erna Kroeker (nee Esau) on July 1, 2021. Born December 27, 1926, to Henry and Katarina Esau in Main Centre Saskatchewan, Kay moved to the community of Elm Creek, Manitoba with her family in 1943, where she met her husband whom she married on October 25, 1947.
Kay was predeceased by her parents, her husband Jacob Wiens Kroeker who died in 2007, and with whom she had enjoyed a wonderful 60-year marriage; her sisters, Lydia and Elsie; brothers, John, Ernie, and Alvin; and her son Vern.
Kay is lovingly remembered by her sisters, Hilda and Paulette; her brother Henry; her children, Edwin (Florence), Richard (Arna), (Marguerite), Garth (Donna), Glen (Heather); 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Kay lived a full life of service to others-firstly in the raising of her five boys on the farm while working alongside her husband pastoring the Elm Creek MB Church for nine years, followed by serving the communities of Simon House, Snow Lake and Leaf Rapids.
This obituary can also be viewed on the Friends Funeral Service website ( along with burial service details.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Donwood Manor Foundation (

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My thoughts and memories of my Aunt Kay and family are expressed on her peaceful face as she was an extremely caring, joyful and yet quiet soul that made sure all that came to visit left with a sense that all was well with the world around us in Elm Creek and of course as a young visitor I will also remember the great aroma of the fresh baking we could smell and taste when walking into their great farm home. Those were great days full of fun memories. I, as many others are blessed to be a part of this family. - Posted by: Herb Kroeker (Relative ) on: Jul 27, 2021

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