Katherine Ediger died Mar. 13, 2011 at 92. She was born July 29, 1918 in Friedensruh, Ukraine to Peter and Katherina Penner. In 1926, the family fled post-revolutionary Russia for Namaka, Alta., then Glenside, Sask. During the Depression, they pioneered at Bournemouth, Sask. Katherine accepted Jesus as Saviour at evangelistic services in her home in 1930. She was baptized Aug. 14, 1938. After moving to Vineland, Ont., Katherine married Peter Ediger, who had moved from B.C. to join her. She worked as a domestic and in a zipper factory. Katherine and Peter were active in Vineland MB Church and Scott Street MB Church. Katherine sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and formed a young marrieds group. In 1963, Katherine and Peter became charter members of Fairview MB Church, St. Catharines. Katherine was known at Camp Crossroads as “the bun lady” for her baking. She enjoyed partnering with Peter in the family business and camping with her family. Despite Katherine’s failing health in her last year, she continued feeding a personal care home resident. She lived a life of shared ministry, prayer, and behind-the-scenes support. Predeceased by Peter in 1978, son James in 1971, 6 siblings; Katherine is mourned by children Gerald (Carol), John; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.