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Verda GoossenOctober 14, 2017
Verda Warkentin Goossen was born to John and Mary Warkentin on September 25, 1930 in the District of Ste. Anne, Manitoba. She quietly left for her heavenly home in her sleep, on October 14, 2017, reaching the age of 87 years. Mom's childhood was spent on the family farm at Greenland. Being the oldest of the family, there was always lots to do. She gave her heart to the Lord at a young age and was baptised into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite on December 20, 1942. Serving the Saviour of her life was important to her and she carried a concern that her children and grandchildren would always walk in truth. In her youth she went to work at the canneries in Ontario. She very fondly talked about that time of her life.
Verda married me, Percy Goossen, at Greenland, MB. Our life together started October 14, 1951 and ended unexpectedly sixty-six years to the day, while visiting our children in Spiritwood, SK. I was going to take her out for our anniversary dinner but God changed our plans. We were blessed with 7 children; 1 son and 6 daughters. We made our home in Rosenort, MB., for 17 years and in 1968 we moved our family to the Roblin, MB. area. We spent some enjoyable years of service at Fort Vermilion, AB., once in 1964 working with the children's home and again in 1978 with a care home for the elderly.
Our mom was very outgoing and loved visiting with whoever she met. In her younger years many a picnic was enjoyed with extended family while she and dad served us waffles over the fire. She was a very hard worker and taught us good work ethics and also to give of ourselves to others. We spent many hours working in the garden or on the yard. Mom's real enjoyment was flowers; the beautiful dahlias were her specialty. Many a person sat around the full table at our home for a delicious Sunday dinner. Family was very important to her. Our family reunion in the summer of 2016 meant a lot to us. Mom enjoyed giving gifts to everyone at Christmas including the youngest great grandchild.
In spite of having several mini strokes throughout the years, she kept on with determination, making the best of life. As hard as it is to say goodbye, we are happy that mom is free of pain and at rest in the arms of Jesus.
Those left to cherish fond memories are me, her sorrowing husband, Percy, our children Averill & Howard Isaac of Spiritwood, SK., Lester & Bonnie Goossen, Wendy & Edgar Isaac both of Roblin, MB., Mavis & Brian Goossen of New Norway, AB., Marci & Richard Ensz of Texline, TX., Michelle & Rudy Friesen and Landra Goossen also of Roblin, MB. Many called her grandma: 31 grandchildren and spouses and 45 great grandchildren. Her siblings Johnnie & Katherine Warkentin, Virginia & Victor Toews, Marvin & Lois Warkentin, Norman & MaryAnn Warkentin and Mildred & Harry Isaac. Her in-laws Bertha Giesbrecht, Victor & Nettie Goossen, Luanna & Marvin Penner, Ella & Gladwin Penner, Anne & Jake Dueck.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law Kelly Thiessen, grandson Adrian Regehr and great grandson Owen Goossen.
Funeral Service was held October 20, 2017 from the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Roblin, MB., with Randy Bartel, Stuart Isaac and Michael Isaac officiating. Her place of rest followed at the adjoining cemetery. To leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit Nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com