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Norman Donald Wohlgemuth was born to John P. and Martha Wiebe Wohlgemuth on October 13, 1937 at Steinbach, Manitoba. He completed his earthly journey on September 6, 2022, during harvest, his favorite time of year, reaching the age of 84 years.
Dad was the ninth of eleven siblings who all loved each other dearly and was blessed with a happy childhood. His nine years of schooling were in the Clearsprings one room school. He gave his heart to God at age 16 and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite on November 8, 1953. He deeply loved the Lord and the Church, being faithful, by God’s grace until the end.
He talked frequently about his winters in the bush camps and summers on road construction.
Dad married our Mother Darleen, Penner, on April 16, 1963. Their home was a sanctuary of love, respect and devotion for nearly sixty years. With adventure and God’s leading, they purchased and moved to a farm near Bredenbury, Saskatchewan in 1966. The neighbors welcomed them warmly and became dear friends. In those early years fellowship with the few families at Roblin, Manitoba was frequent and special.
Dad was ordained to the ministry on March 17, 1972. He loved his people and endeavoured to labor to the best of his ability. Some of his duties led to entreaties with government authorities on behalf of our schools. Dad’s kind heart and quiet gentle manner were known to all. He held to the belief that we can never pray too many prayers.
We children all felt Dad’s unconditional love and care for us both physically and spiritually. He faithfully taught us to be careful stewards and thankful for the Lord’s blessings and provision. As the family grew to include in-laws and grandchildren, each one was precious.
Dad enjoyed his many years of farming grain and livestock. He taught us the blessing of work, and by his example, to be of service to others. Dad loved to take us on family trips. Singing was always a highlight. These were enjoyable memory makers.
Dad and Mom moved off the farm in 2005 into Bredenbury. He maintained an ongoing interest in farming, taking pleasure in helping us boys. Through the last years, Dad’s steps grew slower, taking away the joy of living. After one week in the hospital, he went to eternal rest with Mom and all us children around him.
He will be deeply missed by his loving and caring wife, Darleen, his children: Heidi and Laurel Wiebe, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; Galen and Valerie, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; Carol and Don Thiessen Wanhan, Alberta; John and Candace, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; Mark and Jana, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan; Sylvia and Darrell Litwiller, Aberdeen Mississippi; Gary and Charlene, Bredenbury, Saskatchewan. Twenty-seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren; sisters Olive Toews, and Frances Goossen; brothers–in-law: Earl and Daphne Penner, Roy and Diane Penner, Lawrence and Bonny Penner; sisters-in-law, Libby Wohlgemuth, Verna Penner, Josephine and Gary Martens, Mabel Penner.
He was predeceased by his parents, parents-in-law, five brothers, three sisters and one great grandson.
Funeral services were held on September 11, 2022 at the Bredenbury Congregation, Saltcoats, Saskatchewan Min. Tim Warkentin and Min. Narceno Cano officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.