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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Friday, October 26, 2018
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Gertrude Stoesz was born in Gnadenfeld, MB on June 15, 1921, the third child to David A. Stoesz (Nov. 21, 1896 - Oct. 15, 1969) and Sarah H. Doerksen (Sept. 09, 1896 - Jan. 05, 1989) married July 22, 1917.
The family emigrated to Mexico in 1923, but returned within a year. She attended elementary school at Kronsthal and was baptized by Eld. Peter Toews in 1942. She married William (Bill) Harms July 9, 1942.
After marriage they spent three years as C.O. Alternative service at D.K. Klassen, Rosenfeld. After the war Bill and Trudie took up farming in 1949 in the Edenthal Area with four sons and a daughter. They sold the farm in 1986, and retired to town of Altona,
Shortly after Bill died in 1998 she moved to Ebenezer Care Home and then as dementia set in, to Eastveiw Place on October 24, 2007, where she passed away after many deteriorating years.
She leaves her younger brother John and Betty Stoesz, brother-in-law Peter Heide; children Dave and Grace Harms (Vicki and Jim Kehler [Willow and Fletcher]), Ashley and Teri-Lynn Harms [Owen and Austin]) and (Paul and Andrea Harms [Kaitlyn, Patrick, Cole and Brooklyn]); Tony and Judy Harms (Jenny, Michael and Jackie [Reed and Brock]) and Lynn and Kurtis Williams [Ty, Maisey, and Keiffer) Donald Harms daughter-in-law Betty Siemens and Barbara and Hans Froese (Daniel and Stephanie Frosh [Lilith and Evangeline]) and Becky).
She was predeceased by her parents; siblings David Stoesz (1988) Henry and Sara Stoesz (1998) Agatha (Lil) and Ike Derksen (2015) Jacob and Betty Stoesz (1994) Katharina Heide (1947), children Gertrude Ann Harms 1943 (stillborn) son Walter Harms 1975, grand daughter Christine Froese 2007 and great grand son Spencer Harms 2003.
The family Thanks the staff at Eastveiw for their loving care of our mother.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Interment will take place prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. at the Gretna Cemetery. Viewing will be at Wiebe Funeral Home Altona on Wednesday, October 24 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Thursday, October 25 from 9:00 am to 9:00 p.m.
Donations in memory of Trudie Harms may be made to Mennonite Collegiate Institute.