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Martha (Zipper) Graewe

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After marrying Henry at age 19 in an MCC refugee camp in Gronau, Germany, Martha immigrated with him to Canada. Following an 11-day voyage to Halifax, they embarked on a 6-day train journey to Wembley, Alta., where they were sponsored as farm workers for one year. There, Martha accepted Jesus as Saviour and was baptized. After stops in Gem, Alta., and Abbotsford, B.C., Martha and Henry settled in Vancouver in 1954. She worked at the Hotel Georgia and Hudson’s Bay. Martha served many years as deaconess at Culloden MB Church, Vancouver, where she also enjoyed attending the ladies club. She loved knitting, walking and travelling with her husband, visiting her sisters in Germany, and doing jigsaw puzzles and word search puzzles. After 28 years in Vancouver, Martha and Henry retired to Abbotsford, B.C. After 59 years of marriage, Henry died and Martha’s heart broke. Quiet, reserved, and positive, with a great sense of humour, Martha was a faithful prayer warrior for every member of her family. They were her greatest joy and she loved them unconditionally. She had her first heart attack in July 2018, resulting in congestive heart failure. After numerous relapses, Martha, surrounded by her children, slipped peacefully into the presence of her Lord and the company of her beloved Henry.


  • Birth: July 15, 1930
  • Birthplace:
    Wallach, Czechoslovakia
  • Death: February 20, 2019
  • Parents:
    Josef & Anna (Gross) Zipper
  • Married:
    Henry Graewe, Oct. 23, 1949 [d. 2008]
  • Family:
    children Agnes (Ed) Kroeker, Henry (Nancy), Helmuth, Linda (Gary) Manson, Maryanne (Walter) Quiring, Helen (Ernie) Rennert; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings
  • Church:
    Culloden MB, Vancouver; King Road MB, Abbotford, B.C.