Jacob lost 3 brothers to hemophilia, one to a trucking accident, and a sister to dysentery. Due to the Great Depression and the health struggles of his siblings, Jacob learned the value of hard work and problem solving early. He overcame obstacles, whether they were electrical, plumbing, structural, or automotive. After dropping out of school to work in an Alberta coal mine and shovel grain in Ontario, he returned to Manitoba. At 24, Jacob knelt in the hayloft to accept Jesus as Saviour, and was changed. He returned to school, completing 4 bachelor degrees and a master of education. Jacob and Salome kept their courtship alive 7 years, through her time at Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan., and his year at Goshen College, Ind. Jacob was a dedicated biology teacher, teaching 30 years at Vincent Massey Collegiate, Winnipeg. He lived his commitment to the MB church as a deacon and a support to Salome as she served as a pastor at Fort Garry MB Church, Winnipeg, where Jacob built the roof. Jacob cared for others by doing. Alzheimer’s disease was the biggest challenge of his life, but Salome was his greatest comfort.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.