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Anne Fast

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One of Anne’s favourite childhood memories was of the white horse that brought her to school every day, then turned around and went back home on its own. Anne and Arnold married in 1943 and enjoyed 72 years together. After Arnold was called to pastor in Kleefeld, Man., they ministered 6 years in Wymark, Sask., where Anne had fond memories of the people and a great revival. The parishioners’ kindness often overwhelmed them. During their 10 years of ministry in Steinbach, Man., Anne was a cook at Steinbach Bible College. She worked at the Braeside Care Home as a nurses’ aide while they served at Braeside Church, Winnipeg. When they moved to Abbotsford, B.C., to pastor Peardonville Evangelical Mennonite Church and Eben-Ezer Mennonite, she worked 8 years at Menno Home. At 89, Anne and Arnold moved into Tabor Court for one year before he was transferred to Tabor Home for more care. Anne adjusted well and made many friends. She loved meeting others for coffee. She enjoyed doing puzzles and playing games like Skip-Bo and Scrabble – and usually won. Anne’s favourite verses were “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Psalm 100:1) and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5). A prayer warrior, Anne is sadly missed.




  • Birth: May 2, 1920
  • Birthplace:
    Steinbach, Man.
  • Death: November 27, 2018
  • Parents:
    Peter B. & Elizabeth Kroeker
  • Married:
    Arnold Fast, May 2, 1943 [d. October 2015]
  • Family:
    children Carol Unger, Emily (John) Voth, Wesley, Gary (Valerie); 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren 
  • Church:
    Clearbrook MB, Abbotsford, B.C.