Lena Wall died Sept. 28, 2008. She was born Jan. 31, 1924 in Rosenbach, Russia to Kornelius and Aganeta Federau. The family fled Russia in 1928, arriving in the Paraguayan Chaco in 1930. There was little employment for a single woman in the Chaco, so Lena moved to Asuncion, where she worked at a transition house for Mennonites in the capital. There, she met her future husband, John Wall, a widower with three children. After a brief courtship, Lena started the paperwork to immigrate in Canada to join her family-to-be. Lena arrived in Winnipeg Jan. 29, 1964, and married John Feb. 9, 1964. The family moved to Vancouver Aug. 1967, and attended Vancouver MB Church. In 1978, they moved to Abbotsford, B.C., and became members of King Road MB Church. Lena was fond of children, and sacrificed much of herself in caring for her grandchildren. She loved to knit and crochet gifts for family and MCC, and rested in the assurance of her salvation in Jesus. Predeceased by John; John’s youngest son Johnny; 5 siblings; 1 great-grandchild; Lena is mourned by children Erna, Ben (Marlene), James; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 5 siblings. The memorial was Oct. 6 at King Road MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.