NEUFELD, Irma Susan. July 21, 1931 – March 13, 2012. Irma Susan Neufeld (nee Penner) passed away peacefully at the age of 80 following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family until the end. Irma was the beloved wife of Rudy Neufeld (deceased 2007). She was predeceased by her father John in 1978, mother Agatha in 2001, brother Arthur in 1988, and brother George in 2003. Irma grew up in Rosemary, Alberta and after marrying Rudy started her family life on the farm in Seven Persons, Alberta. They moved to Abbotsford in 1982. Irma will be deeply missed by her children and grandchildren: Stewart (and Cathy in Windsor, ON), Cameron (and Marianne and their children Adam (and wife Erin) and Jordan in Edmonton), Cynthia (and Karl and their children Luke & Aaron in Maple Ridge) and Garth (and Liz and their children Alec & Graeme in Abbotsford). She also leaves to mourn her passing, her sisters, Frieda in Kelowna, Alice in Edmonton, and Eva in Sechelt, BC. Irma was devoted to her family. She loved reading, swimming, gardening, playing bridge and scrabble, listening to classical music and jazz, and taking in a play. She also volunteered at the MCC in Abbotsford where she combined her love of books and her concern for others in need. Irma loved the beauty of nature and its power to inspire. She was the first to jump into a freezing cold lake and shout that we should join her. She also taught us that a proper picnic must include hot strong coffee served in the best china cups one has! Irma Neufeld lived her life graciously and died peacefully. We commit her spirit to the Lord. In the bulb there is a flower;

in the seed, an apple tree;

In cocoons, a hidden promise:

butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter

there’s a spring that waits to be,

Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence,

seeking word and melody;

There’s a dawn in every darkness

bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the

future; what it holds, a mystery,

Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;

in our time, infinity;

In our doubt there is believing;

in our life, eternity,

In our death, a resurrection;

at the last, a victory,

Unrevealed until its season,

something God alone can see.

Written by Natalie Sleeth

Inspired by T.S. Eliot

Irma’s funeral will be held on Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:00 am at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford. Please join the family for lunch at the Church following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations are most welcome to the MCC. Online condolences can be sent to:

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