Abraham Jacob Funk was born on August 14, 1916, on his grandfather’s estate close to Isylkul, Russia.
At the age of twelve, his family decided to flee Russia because of the increasingly oppressive, totalitarian demands of the Communist government. The family made it to Germany as refugees, and in 1930 were able to immigrate to Canada. They settled on a farm in Alberta and after a few years moved to British Columbia, where Abe met Agnes Rempel.
Abe and Agnes were married March 28, 1942. They bought land on Gladwin Road, just north of South Fraser Way, where they farmed for 29 years and raised a family of six children. Abe and Agnes were married for 62 years, until her death in September 2005. After 101 years, 8 months and 4 days, Abe died peacefully in his sleep, finally joining his beloved Agnes whom he missed more with each passing year of their separation.
Abe was a quiet, much-loved man, known for his hard-working, honest ethics, his kindness and his generosity. He spent that last ten years of his life as a resident of Menno Home. The family is very grateful for the excellent care he was given there.
Abe was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Maria Funk, his wife, Agnes (Rempel), his brothers Peter, Jack, and Henry, sisters Erma (Froese) and Betty (Johnson).
He leaves to mourn his sister Annie Funk, his daughters Irma and Wil Driediger and Charlotte and Richard Van Dyck, and his sons Robert and Irene Funk, David and Shirley Funk, Paul and Cheryl Funk, and Tony and Marlene Funk, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A service to celebrate Abe’s life was held on Friday, April 20, at the Menno Place Chapel.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com.
Woodlawn Funeral Home