Lotte Erna Rahn died Dec. 18, 2010 at 95. She was born Sept. 16, 1915 in West Prussia, Germany to Karl and Emma (Funk) Berendt. In 1935, she married Herbert Rahn. In 1938, they purchased a farm in Windeck, Germany. In 1939, Herbert was drafted, but permitted to return home for seedtime and harvest. In 1945, Herbert became a prisoner of the Russians, and in 1946, Lotte fled with her children to northern Germany. Herbert was released in 1948 due to ill health, and reunited with his family. They immigrated to Canada in 1952 with the help of Mennonite Central Committee and Matsqui MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C. They purchased a berry farm near Aldergrove, B.C. Lotte and Herbert were baptized into East Aldergrove MB Church (now Ross Road Community Church), Abbotsford, B.C., and later became founding members and deacons of King Road MB Church. In 1982, Herbert died. Lotte moved to Clearbrook, B.C., in 1987 and joined Clearbrook MB Church. Lotte was a diligent worker with a generous heart for others. She loved the Lord, his Word, and walking in his creation. Predeceased by Herbert, infant son Peter, daughter Helga (Richard) Garrett, daughter Regina Heins, 10 siblings; Lotte is mourned by children Anita (David) Esau, Henry (Valarie); son-in-law Siegfried; her children’s families.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.