Peter Harry Sawatsky

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Peter was always thankful his family immigrated to Canada in 1925. At 13, he decided to follow Christ. He often said his faith gave him meaning, purpose and hope. Peter and Anne started a family farm in Holmfield, Man. After Anne died, Peter married Mary. Together they raised the children. Peter’s passion was farming chickens, hogs, cattle and grain. He loved business and worked very hard. No problem was too big for a crowbar and common sense to fix. In 1974, Peter and Mary owned and operated Sawatsky’s Jewelry for 14 years in Killarney, Man. In retirement, they enjoyed Abbotsford, B.C., 6 months of the year, and the other 6 months by the lake in Killarney. Within 10 years, Peter lost Mary and 3 children. He turned to God for comfort and peace when sorrow seemed to overwhelm him. Recently his daughter died suddenly, adding to his grief. Peter married Frances, a beacon of light and a source of joy and companionship. His community and church were important to him. Peter was comforted by Matthew 11:28. He was a man with great charisma and determination who put his trust in God.

  • Birth: November 19, 1922
  • Birthplace:
    Kondratjewka, Russia
  • Death: May 30, 2017

  • Parents:
    Peter & Margarita Sawatsky
  • Married:
    Anne Pankratz, 1945 [d. 1964]; Mary Martens, 1965 [d. 2000]; Frances Stobbe, Sept. 3, 2000
  • Family:
    Frances; children Cheryl [d. 2004], Ron [d. 1999], Eileen [d. 2017], Lawrence [d. 1996], Myrna-lynn (Irvin) Hildebrand, Adrienne (Dave) Kroeker; children-in-law Kathy (Brent) Gilmour, Karen, Sam (Eileen) Baerg; 24 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 2 siblings
  • Church:
    Lakeview, Killarney, Man.