Katherine Tena Isaak - Nov 10, 2014 at Friends Community Church

Katherine Tena Isaak, Unrau, Harder

Katherine Tena Isaak, Unrau, Harder was born on March 7, 1925 at Rosenfeld, Manitoba, to John and Helena Harder. She had two older brothers, Frank, who is deceased and Henry who died in infancy, and three younger sisters, Helen, Margaret, and Betty.

We want to give our Mom a victorious send off, for as it says in 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Mom attended school in Arden. It was very difficult for her in the beginning because she didn’t speak English, only Low German. Much to her dismay, she attended grade school only until Grade 7, because due to her mother’s ill health she was needed to work on the family farm. As an adult she went on to complete her Grade Eleven equivalency. She loved to learn.

Her faith was important to her, so at the age of 17 she was baptized and she committed her life to the Lord.

On October 26, 1946, she married David Unrau and they began their married life on the farm at Plumas. During this time Leona was born. But life on the farm was difficult and not prosperous, so when the 1950 flood struck Winnipeg, our Dad sought employment in Winnipeg. They eventually moved to Winnipeg permanently and a few years later their second daughter Betsy was born.

March, 1962 David Unrau suffered a massive heart attack and passed away. This was so devastating to our young family. Life changed so drastically. Mom remained so courageous and made some very good decisions. This led to a move to Carman, where Mom’s parents lived.

Mom eventually became a health care aide at the Boyne Lodge, a profession that suited her caregiving personality so perfectly. She loved working there. She displayed this caregiving even at the Morris Lodge this last couple of years as he encouraged and sympathized with others living there.

In 1974 she became a mother-in-law for the first time when Leona married Bill McIntyre.

On July 4, 1975, she married Henry Isaak. Our family grew to include Julianna and her husband Gordon, their son Charles; Bill and his wife Judy; and Betsy married Marv Gerbrant also in l975. Later the number of grandchildren grew to 12. She loved each one so individually, so dearly and prayed for each one by name daily. Mom and Dad enjoyed life together no matter what they were doing. They were always very involved in their church, worked together at their lumber business, later for Carman housing and their involvement with the Carman Handivan. They loved to travel, their Europe, Africa trip was a major high lite. They’ve enjoyed nearly 40 years of marriage. They were rarely apart and always seen holding hands, even on her last day. Time went on and they were blessed with 14 great grandchildren.

Eventually due to ill health they resided in supportive care at the Niverville Manor for 1 year and then moved to the Morris Lodge.

Mom was a woman of great faith and was a spiritual leader for us. Through the ups and downs of life her favorite verse which she often shared with us is Proverbs 3: 5&6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” She remained courageous and strong. Always an inspiration to her family.

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, after supper she and Dad settled in their favourite chairs at the Lodge. Holding Dad’s hand the Lord quietly took her home.

Mom is survived by her loving husband Henry Isaak. Daughter Leona & Bill McIntyre; Daughter Betsy & Marv Gerbrant; Daughter Julianna & Gordon Enns; Son Bill & Judy Isaak. Twelve grandchildren; Twelve great grandchildren; Three sisters: Helen Schulz, Margaret Doerksen, and Betty Harder; many nieces and nephews and friends.