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Erica Harder

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When Erica was one, her family moved to Moore Park, Man. In Justice, Man., Erica attended school until Grade 8, after which she helped her mother care for the home and her 4 younger siblings. One winter she took a sewing course in Steinbach, Man.; from then on, she sewed many beautiful clothes for herself, her sisters, and later, her children, including graduation gowns and wedding dresses. Erica and Jake farmed near Moore Park for 62 years. Erica loved baking, cooking, tending to her family’s needs, her home and garden – making a home filled with warmth, love, and laughter. She especially loved time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, making sure she had their favourite snacks. Erica loved her Lord and Saviour. At Justice MB Church, she was involved first in youth group and choir, then the women’s fellowship. She taught Sunday school to ages 2–4. She also worked in the MCC Thrift Store in Brandon, Man. Erica and Jake moved to Monterey Estates in Brandon in 2010. Although her health was declining, she still enjoyed having her family and friends come to visit. In July 2018, she moved to Fairview Home where she continued to make new friends.

  • Birth: February 5, 1926
  • Birthplace:
    Winker, Man.
  • Death: February 5, 2019
  • Parents:
    Jacob & Agathe Loewen
  • Married:
    Jake Harder, Apr. 24, 1948
  • Family:
    Jake; children Eleanor (Gerry) Epp, Audrey, Phil (Connie), Dorothy (Ray) Wieler, Frieda [d. in infancy]; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters
  • Baptism:
    Justice (Man.) MB, 1943