February 24, 1941 – November 18, 2018
Werner Abram Heidebrecht (Vern), was born February 24, 1941 in Tofield, Alberta. After a 16 year battle with Parkinson’s disease, he passed away peacefully on November 18, 2018 at Valhaven Care Home, where he had spent the last four years of his life.
Vern is predeceased by his parents, David and Katie Heidebrecht. He is survived by his high school sweetheart, and wife of 56 years, Carol Ewert Heidebrecht. One of the greatest joys of his life was his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his son Murray (Holly), Bob (JoAnn), David (Michelle), Karla (Menno) and twelve wonderful grandchildren.
Vern and Carol pastored many churches during their years of ministry. His first church was in Sawyer, North Dakota, followed by churches in San Jose and Visalia, California. In 1988, he returned to Abbotsford, and served as Senior Pastor of Northview Community Church, in Abbotsford, BC. Vern was known for his vivacious love of God and people. His was an accessible pastor and loved telling stories to his congregants. Vern was known for his “restaurant stories”, places where he met people and naturally shared his faith with them. Vern truly cared about people and loved God with his whole being.
A Celebration of Vern Heidebrecht’s life, will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm, at Northview Community Church, 32040 Downes Road, Abbotsford, BC.