Margaret Wedel went to her next address for the rest of her eternal life on March 13, 2012 at 93. She died of a massive heart attack. She was a member of Willow Park Church in Kelowna. Margaret was born in Kuterlja, Neu Samara, near Orenburg, Russia on Nov. 16, 1918. On April 2, 1939 she married Heinrich (Henry) Heinrich Wedel in the Black Creek, V.I., B.C. Conference Mennonite Church. It was the first wedding in that church. Her parents were founding members of this church. She was predeceased by her husband Henry on April 3, 2001, her parents Jacob Heinrich Brucks and Margareta (Hamm) Brucks, her sister Annie (Peters) Bolt and her brother Jacob Jacob Brucks. She is survived by eight children; Linda (Bob) Anderson, Ernest (Erna Dueck), Sara Anderlini, William (Heather Mark), Nancy (Daryle) grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Her father was a teacher in Russia and as a pacifist served as a medic during the First World War. After the war and revolution he was conscripted into the service of the soviet government in Moscow and served as the personal secretary of Joseph Stalin, before Stalin rose to power in the party. In 1922 Jacob saw what was coming and he arranged to leave Russia by convincing the government to send him to Germany to learn English. He then arranged to take his family to Canada in 1923. A condition of coming to Canada was that he work as a farmer. Margaret was raised in Gem, Alberta and Black Çreek, V.I., B.C. where she and Henry homesteaded. All of her children were born in Vancouver Island. The family attended the Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church. Henry’s parents were founding members of this church. Margaret and Henry moved to Kelowna in 1968 and were active members of Willow Park Church for many years.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in Margaret’s memory are asked to consider MCC or Gideons.