June 24, 1932 – July 14, 2021
Beyond the Sunset….
July 14th at 7:47pm our Granny, Marian Schweigert, left our world and set off into the sunset to arrive in Heaven making it even more beautiful.
There are certain people in our lives who simply make the world a better place. Who inspire us and encourage us. Who show us just how good life can be.
This was our Granny.
Granny’s parents Henry and Maria Rempel left Russia by ship in 1926 to settle on farmland in Davidson Saskatchewan.
June 24,1932 their baby girl, our Granny, Marian Rempel was born. She was born with sparkling blue eyes and a zest for life.
When Granny was only 5 years of age her mother Maria sadly passed, leaving her dad Henry with 7 children. A few years later, life gifted Henry a sweet, loving wife, Nellie Wiens who became mom to all 7 children. Their family grew by 2 more children.
In 1949 The Rempel family moved to BC. They farmed a 40 acre property at the end of Fadden Rd. While living there Granny met the young man living next door. A hard working, handsome dairy farmer named Johnny Schweigert, now known as Grumpa.
Soon after, Granny left on an exciting adventure to North Bend where she worked at The CPR Hotel. Granny loved her time there but missed her boy next door.
March 1,1952 Wedding Bells rang. Granny and Grumpa were married in the United Church in Abbotsford. They joined Grumpa’s parents John and Anna on the Schweigert dairy farm where they lived and worked together.
Soon babies started to arrive with Carol 1954, Terry 1957, Penny 1960, Donna 1963. Everyone was taught the life of dairy farming. They taught their kids that sacrifice and commitment to family and farming would keep them for generations to come.
In 1957 Granny and Grumpa purchased the farm from Grumpa’s parents and also purchased the 40 acre farm from Granny’s parents.
Together Granny and Grumpa created a legacy that to this day is considered a labor of love. Today, the family dairy farm Road End Farms Inc. continues on with 4 generations to thank for all their hard work.
Granny and Grumpa were blessed with 10 grandchildren. Tara, Cody, Layton, Scott, John, Ashton, Anna Maria, Taryn, Shae and Bree. Granny is proud of each of her grandkids and the beautiful families they continue to grow. Shae is on the Canadian Women’s Waterpolo Team competing in this years’ Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Joy arrived as Granny and Grumpa were blessed with 6 great grandkids with more babies on the way.
In 1986 Granny and Grumpa moved to the farm they purchased from Malcom and Barb Hill on Wellsline Rd. They started a lifelong dream of building a museum called Granny and Grumpa’s Antiques. For over 20 years they collected antiques.
As their collections grew more barns were built to house their treasures. Their dream became the largest private museum in BC. They greeted hundreds of visitors each year. They were featured on the Canadian Pickers Show and the Circle Farm Tour.
Granny loved her Lord and through that love she always gave with her down to earth sense of hospitality and kindness. We have peace knowing that Granny will be reunited with her son in law Russell, her siblings, Malcolm who was like a son, and many friends and family that she has not seen in a long time.
Granny was truly remarkable and no one who knew her will ever forget her kindness, spark, tenacity and true authentic strong spirit she brought to everyone’s life.
Grumpa has lost his greatest treasure in life.
We invite you to join Grumpa and all his family for Granny’s funeral and celebration of her life on August 12th at 11am Gateway Community Church 2884 Gladys Ave. Abbotsford
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