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Mary Helen Bartel

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Deaths-Mary-BartelWhen Mary was 2, her father died of tuberculosis. Her mother married Henry Suderman, and later, they moved to Abbotsford, B.C. Mary accepted Christ as a child while picking berries with her brother Jake. She attended Bible college in Abbotsford and Winnipeg. She worked at an orphanage in Kitchener, Ont. Mary met Frank through an outreach choir while studying to be a practical nurse. Mary loved to sew, arrange flowers, make crafts and care for children. She started a Pioneer Girls club and remained involved for 19 years. She taught and coordinated Sunday school and oversaw VBS programs. When Frank was diagnosed with ALS in 2002, Mary and their son Howard cared for him. In 2008, Mary was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but she continued living at home with her sons. She cherished her family and friendships. 

  • Birth: September 26, 1932
  • Birthplace:
  • Death: January 26, 2014
  • Parents:
    Jacob & Annie Friesen; stepfather Henry Suderman
  • Married:
    Frank Bartel, Dec. 28, 1963 [d. June 7, 2012]
  • Church:
    Eagle Ridge, Coquitlam, B.C. family: children David, Howard, Dan; 7 siblings; nieces & nephews; great-nieces & great-nephews
  • Baptism:
    South Abbotsford (B.C.) MB, 1947