Frank Warkentin died Oct. 24, 2008. He was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Georgia, USSR to Frank and Sara Warkentin. In 1940, Frank’s father was drafted into the Soviet army, and the family heard nothing from him until 1957. Frank, his mother, and older brother were displaced to Kazakhstan. In 1955, he met Irma, and they married in 1956. Frank and his family moved to Uzbekistan, where he hauled uranium ore. Frank enjoyed traveling, and the family took annual trips to the mountains and to visit relatives in various parts of the Soviet Union. In 1968, Frank’s mother immigrated to Canada, and the entire family followed in 1973. The following year, Frank became a believer. He became active in Central MB Church, Winnipeg, using his gift of connecting with others by serving as an usher. Frank received his electrical contractor’s license in 1980 and took over the family business in 1984. In 1995, Frank and Irma began attending Elmwood MB Church, where he continued ushering and served in caregiving. Frank retired in 2004, turning his energies to learning new skills and trades. He was a vibrant, hard-working man, who maintained his sense of humor, and was a man of prayer, always thankful for God’s gift of salvation and freedom to worship. Frank is mourned by Irma; children Nelli (Rudy), Ed (Rita), Laurie (Ryan); 9 grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.