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Sara Ens

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When Sara was young, her mother fell of a runaway buggy and never recovered. She died 6 years later. Sara’s father remarried soon afterward. After 7 years of school, Sara had to help with housekeeping because her stepmother believed girls only needed the skills necessary to be a wife. At 13, Sara accepted Jesus as Saviour when the pastors came for a home visit. Small children were always dear to her heart. At 16, she taught Sunday school. She met Hans at a youth rally in 1953. He offered her a ride home in his horse and buggy – the beginning of their 2-year courtship. They lived in Sarona, where they milked cows in exchange for housing. They built a home in Schoenwiese in 1960. The family moved to Abbotsford, B.C., in 1970. Sara worked in Tabor Home and Menno Home. She enjoyed playing guitar at seniors’ homes, oil painting, camping in Osoyoos and fishing. She made rollkuchen with her children at their campsite. After Hans died of cancer in 2011, Sara was lonely. She found joy in travelling to Mexico with friends; she even tried parasailing. When she was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, doctors said she wouldn’t see another Christmas, but she did.

  • Birth: December 21, 1934
  • Birthplace:
    Blumenort, Fernheim, Chaco, Paraguay
  • Death: February 4, 2017
  • Parents:
    Wilhelm & Sara (Neufeld) Unruh
  • Married:
    Hans Ens, Feb. 12, 1955 [d. September 2011]
  • Family:
    children Wilfried, Emilie, Inge, Franklin; 13 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    King Road MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    June 13, 1952