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Frank & Ruth Warkentin

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Aug. 12, 1929–May 7, 2014

Frank grew up in a loving Christian family. He and his mother fled Crimea via Poland and Germany, arriving in Canada in 1948. Frank worked in Winkler, Man., then in Winnipeg, where he met Ruth. In 1953, Frank and Ruth moved to Newton, Man. They jointly owned Newton Enterprises, invested in their church and community and enjoyed their family. In retirement, they lived in Portage la Prairie, Man., and Winnipeg. Ruth was Frank’s soulmate until his last days. Their love left an imprint on their daughters. Frank adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known for his kind heart, gentle spirit and steadfast faith, which he shared openly. Frank never complained about living in a care home, but expressed thankfulness for Ruth, his family and caregivers.


Mar. 6, 1932–Oct. 2, 2014

After immigrating to Canada in 1948, Ruth worked on a sugar beet farm in Newton, Man., before joining Great West Life in Winnipeg, where she met Frank. They moved to Newton and partnered in Newton Enterprises for 4 decades. They retired in Portage la Prairie, Man., and Winnipeg. Ruth loved to cook. She always took time to play with her children and grandchildren. Fun-loving and determined, she didn’t allow multiple sclerosis to slow her down. She found encouragement in Isaiah 41:10. Ruth is remembered for her faithfulness to Frank and her family. In their final days together at Concordia Place, Winnipeg, Frank and Ruth’s affection was obvious.

  • Birthplace:
    (Frank) Lustigastal, Crimea, Russia (Ruth) Wymishle, Poland
  • Parents:
    Franz & Katharina Warkentin
  • Married:
    Ruth Hajer, July 26, 1952
  • Family:
    children Loraine (David [d.]) Toews, Esther (Willie) Klassen, Julianne (Brad) Dick, Frankie [d.]; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Newton, Man.; Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
  • Baptism:
    Molotschna River, Russia, 1942