Walter John Bergmann died Jan. 3, 2010. He was born Feb. 10, 1923 in Rueckenau, South Russia to John and Maria Bergmann. In 1924, the family immigrated to Canada, settling first in Manitoba, later in Ontario. John accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour at a young age. He was baptized as a youth at Newton Siding, Man., and joined the MB church. While studying to be a teacher, Walter met Helen Reimer, a nurse. They were married in 1953. Walter taught in elementary schools for close to 30 years. Gardening was his lifelong passion. For 20 years, he led and planned German services at the Cornerstone Community Church, Virgil, Ont. He preached God’s Word boldly with excellence. His last sermon was preached in Pleasant Manor retirement home, Virgil, on Sept. 22, 2009. Predeceased by Helen in October 2009, sister Martha; Walter is mourned by children Ruth (Bob), John (Maxine), Beth (Harold), Barb (Carl), Harold (Dianne); 13 grandchildren; 1 sister.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.