1917 – 2008
On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, Agathe Geng passed away quietly into the presence of her Saviour, Jesus Christ. She was 91.
Agathe Geng was born in Gnadenfeldt, Ukraine, on September 9, 1917, to Franz and Helene Isaak, the second of eight children—Helena, Dietrich, John, Franz, Jacob, Margarita, and Peter.
When she was a young child her family moved to Orloff, and the following years were filled with hardship because of political and religious persecution. She married Eugen Geng in 1940. Three children were born to them before they fled their homeland, enduring the horrors of World War II. In 1948 the family immigrated to Canada, settling in the Chilliwack area, and two more children were born to them.
Deeply devoted to her family, Agathe was a skilled homemaker. Family and friends alike enjoyed her cooking and baking, and benefited from generous care packages she invariably sent along when they came to visit. Huge vegetable and flower gardens flourished under her meticulous care, and she invested countless hours hoeing, pruning and tending acres of raspberries that were a vital source of family income.
Always busy with craft projects, crocheting was her specialty. During her latter years her projects included 30 tablecloths for family, friends, and MCC. She crocheted her last tablecloth at the age of 90.
She will be remembered as a hard-working godly woman, frugal yet generous, who possessed a gentle wit and a ready smile. She was loyal and compassionate, tender and wise.
She was predeceased by Eugen, her husband of 68 years; her infant daughter, Edith; her parents; and four of her siblings.
She leaves behind a family who loved her dearly: four children and their spouses—Irene (Vic) Doerksen, Henry (Janet) Geng, Eric (Irene) Geng, Christel (Greg) Wiltshire; ten grandchildren and their spouses—David (Shannon) Doerksen, Mark (Gayle) Doerksen, Lisa (Pat) Jenkins, Jennifer (Troy) Ouellette, Sabrina (Ben) Hall, Heather (Cameron) Boyes, Brian (Jennifer) Geng, Garret Wiltshire, Emerson Wiltshire, Kirsten Wiltshire; and eleven great-grandchildren and their spouses—Zackery Geng, Taylor Doerksen, Caleb Doerksen, Victoria Jenkins, Nicholas Jenkins, Katie Ouellette, Drake Ouellette, Chad Riggins, Devan (Brandon) Huber, Nadia (Kyle) Seifert, and Stefanie (Tyler) Kornelsen.
A celebration of Agathe Geng’s life will be held on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at Greendale First Mennonite Church, 42369 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack.