Irmgard Wohlgemut died peacefully at home June 14, 2008. She was born April 25, 1920 in West Prussia to Gottfried and Ernestine Lange. Irmgard never got to know her father, who was buried 5 months before her birth. Her mother married a widower when Irmgard was 4, so she gained a father and 8 new siblings, making her the youngest of 20. After the difficult war years, Irmgard married Albert Wohlgemut and they established their home in Nordhorn, Germany. In 1949, they immigrated to Canada, settling first in Manitoba, then moving to Kitchener, Ont. Irmgard was actively involved with the Ladies Fellowship at Kitchener MB Church and, together with Albert, served as a deacon and hosted Bible study groups in her home. Irmgard also enjoyed flowers and gardening. Predeceased by all 19 siblings, Irmgard is mourned by her husband of 60 years, Albert; children Rita (Robert) Tjart, Ben (Margaret), Gordon (Janet), Betty (Gordon) Lough; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. The funeral was June 19 at Kitchener MB Church.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.