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Katherine Martens

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Deaths-Katherine-MartensWhen Katherine was 5, her family immigrated to Canada, settling in Crowfoot, Alta., with no travel debt. After Grade 8, she did housework for the Warners at $15/month. Katherine’s highlight at Coaldale (Alta.) Bible College (1939–1940) was getting a ride with Abe, whom she married in 1941. Katherine pulled her children in a wagon for miles to her mother’s home to care for her until her death to cancer in 1945. After a crop failure in Lindbrook, Alta., Katherine and Abe moved to Yarrow, B.C., to continue farming. Through migraines, osteoarthritis and degenerative discs, Katherine demonstrated consistent faith. She sang in Bakerview’s fellowship choir and served church catering committees with her gift of hospitality. When Abe moved to Menno Home Hospital, Katherine spent many hours a day driving back and forth to visit. After Abe died in 2003, Katherine was lonely until her move to Hallmark Assisted Living. She again adapted well to Tabor Court. When her health declined in 2010, she moved to Tabor Home.

  • Birth: February 5, 1921
  • Birthplace:
    Samara, Russia
  • Death: March 19, 2014
  • Parents:
    John C. & Elizabeth (Martens) Klassen
  • Married:
    Abe Martens, Oct. 22, 1941 [d. January 2003]
  • Family:
    children Walter (Lois), Joyce (Hank), Irene (Norm), Ken [d. 2009] (Sylvia), Ron [d. 2009] (Carole); 24 grandchildren including Tamara [d. 2005]; 27 great-grandchildren; 3 siblings
  • Church:
    Lindbrook (Alta.) MB; Bakerview, Abbotsford, B.C.