Margareta Derksen


Margareta Derksen died June 3, 2011 at 100. She was born Mar. 21, 1911 in Neu-Halbstadt, Ukraine to Jacob and Helena Janzen. Before she was 20, the Communists confiscated the family farm. Peter Dyck from Moscow asked if Margareta could work for him in forestry. They married Mar. 12, 1933. In 1941, Peter received notice to come for 3 months military training. The war began. June 1941–May 1945, in search of safety and provisions, Margareta and the children walked, hid, and often went hungry. Margareta experienced miracles. She carried her baby 60 km. They took the train to Margareta’s brother in Germany. Eventually, they immigrated to Arnold, B.C. Margareta worked hard to support her family. Margareta married Henry Derksen June 11, 1951. She was baptized Aug. 13, 1958, into Arnold MB Church. They retired to Abbotsford, B.C. Margareta trusted God throughout life. Predeceased by Peter, Henry, daughter Anna in infancy in 1934, grandson Christopher Dyck, 13 siblings; Margareta is mourned by children Peter (Carole), Lydia Vogt, Ernie (Amalia), Jacob (Christine); 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 sister.

  • Birth: March 21, 1911
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  • Death: June 3, 2011

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