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Margaret (Dyck) Gerlach

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Margaret’s family immigrated to Canada in 1926, arriving in Quebec City on the Minnedosa. At 16, she worked as a housekeeper in Winnipeg. Margaret and Anton raised their family in Virgil, Ont. Margaret was a caring Christian mother. She taught her children to pray at bedtime, give thanks at meals and attend Sunday school and church. She prayed for her family daily and sacrificed for them often. Her steadfast faith made Margaret resilient; she survived life’s difficulties without wavering. She was active at church and in the Virgil Home and School Association. Anton died in 1985. After 7 years of loneliness, Margaret married Herb. They enjoyed 7 years of travel, gardening and time with family.

  • Birth: April 2, 1916
  • Birthplace:
    Orenburg, South Russia
  • Death: February 23, 2017
  • Parents:
    Johann & Cornelia Block
  • Married:
    Anton Dyck, Oct. 20, 1936 [d. 1985]; Herb Gerlach, 1992 [d. 2011]
  • Family:
    children Alvina (Walt) Andres, Hugo (Linda), Harry (Elly), Bob (Susan), Evelyn (Larry) Street, Junette (John Reay) Neudorf, Harvey (Deb), Ruby (Tommy) Brotherston, Kathy (Larry) Dueck, David [d. 1997]; grandchildren including Tammy Berezowski [d. 2013], Sandra Dick [d. 2016]; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; 4 siblings
  • Church:
    Virgil (Ont.) MB; Grantham MB, St. Catharines, Ont.
  • Baptism:
    MB church, Assiniboine River, Man., 1932