Clara Peters


Clara Peters died June 30, 2008. She was born May 26, 1924 in Neuendorf, Ukraine to Gerhard and Maria Ens. When she was 2, her family moved to the village of Chortiza. In 1938, her father was arrested and exiled to Siberia, never to be heard from again. After graduation, Clara moved to the city and worked as an interpreter. In May 1944, Clara was baptized and accepted into membership of the Mennonite Church. Clara, her son Peter, and her mother relocated to Canada in 1948, settling in Yarrow, B.C. She married Henry Peters on Nov. 12, 1949 and they settled on a small dairy farm in Chilliwack, B.C. Clara was rebaptized in 1956 on the confession of her faith, and accepted into membership at East Chilliwack MB Church. She was actively involved in various ministries of the church, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She volunteered at the local MCC store and enjoyed entertaining in her home. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Clara trusted God to guide her and retained a cheerful spirit. Predeceased by 1 sister, she is mourned by Henry; children Peter (Susan), Leonard (Toby), Ronald (Betty), Marilyn (Lyle) Swanson; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. The funeral was July 5 at Yarrow MB Church.

  • Birth: May 26, 1924
  • Birthplace:
    Neuendorf, Ukraine
  • Death: June 30, 2008

  • Parents:
    Gerhard and Maria Ens
  • Married:
    Henry Peters
  • Family:
    Children Peter (Susan), Leonard (Toby), Ronald (Betty), Marilyn (Lyle) Swanson; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren
  • Baptism:
    May, 1944; 1956, East Chilliwack MB Church