Elmer Jacob Toews was born on the family farm at Linden, Alberta on July 14, 1928. God took him home the evening of August 15, 2015, surrounded by family in the Stettler Hospital.

Dad married our mother, Helen Penner on April 18, 1954 at Greenland, Manitoba. They shared the joys and sorrows of life for 61 years.

Dad gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, later being ordained as a deacon. He served the church faithfully including eleven years in mission outreach.

Our Dad supplied our needs capably through his farming, raising grain crops and cattle. We spent 3 years at Entice, Alberta. In 1973, we moved as a family to the young congregation of Stettler, Alberta.

His gentle nature and patient quiet ways were appreciated by many. We are comforted that Dad is at rest and safe in the arms of Jesus.

A year ago Dad and Mom moved to an assisted living facility in Stettler.

We, as a family, wish to thank Dr. Heaven and Dr. Bouwer, the first responders of the Big Valley Fire Department, Stettler EMS and the staff of Stettler Hospital and Points West Living for their excellent care of our father.

Dad will be lovingly remembered by our mother, Helen and their children and grandchildren: Rosanna and George Toews, Stettler, AB, Noreen and Jody Wohlgemuth, Kevin and Valerie, Eric and Rachel, Dennis and Melissa, Linda and Philip Johnson; Mervin and Diana Toews, Berwick, NS, Jennifer and Rob Wohlgemuth, Daniel and Grace, Bradley and Fen, Lori; Kathy and Keith Klassen, Stettler, AB, Cameron and Heather, Randy, Rilla, Natalie; and 19 great grandchildren; one brother, Harvey M. and Susan Toews, Linden, AB, a sister in law Barbara and Harvey Thiessen, Pincher Creek, AB; Mom’s family: Elizabeth Barkman, Caroline Penner, Esther Penner, Lydia Toews, Marianne and Leroy Reimer, Naomi and Clifford Warkentin, Marlene Penner, Cornie and Linda Penner, Joseph and Adeline Penner.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother and seven sisters and their spouses.

A funeral service for the late Mr. Elmer Toews was held at Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, County of Stettler, Alberta on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Interment took place at Fenn-Lakeview Cemetery with his beloved grandsons serving as pallbearers.


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