Katharina “Tina” Rempel died Sept. 3, 2008 at 100. She was born May 3, 1908 in Waldheim, Ukraine to Tobias and Maria Ewert. Katharina came to faith at a revival service. At 17, she was baptized on the confession of her faith and received into membership at Waldheim MB Church. Young people’s meetings and singing in choirs brought her joy in spite of hard times. In 1928, Katharina and her siblings immigrated to Canada. Settling first in Winnipeg, Katharina met Henry Rempel in Kitchener, Ont. in 1933. They were married in 1937. Katharina was a member of the women’s group and choir at Kitchener MB Church, and sang in a choir at the local hospital. Henry and Katharina cultivated friendly contact with the local General Conference Mennonite church to help reconcile the streams of Mennonitism. Henry died in 1977. In 1983, Katharina moved to Tabor Manor in St. Catharines, Ont., where she regularly called on bedridden residents, wrote letters, and kept a diary. She is mourned by children Henry, Rita Brown, John; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.