Alfred Kroeker - Feb 17, 2018 at River East Mennonite Brethren Church

Alfred Harry Kroeker (1917-2018)

Due to complications from a recent stroke, Alfred Kroeker passed away on February 7, 2018, three days before his 101st birthday.

Born in Winkler, Manitoba, he moved with his family to a nearby farm in 1928, where he attended an one-room school in the village of Neuenberg. Later, he attended Winkler Bible School, where he met his future wife Margaret Klassen. Now focussed on a career, he completed high school as an adult and then attended Normal School in Winnipeg.

Shortly after marriage in 1941, his first teaching assignment was interrupted by WW II. Being a conscientious objector, he volunteered for alternative service in forestry at Port Arthur, Ontario, followed by a ministerial assignment in Nelson House, Manitoba. Returning to Winnipeg in 1946, he furthered his education at Mennonite Brethren Bible College, obtaining a Bachelor of Theology before moving to Herbert, Saskatchewan, where he was employed as a Bible school teacher and minister for five years. In 1952, the family moved to Glenlea, Manitoba, where he taught grades 1-8 in a one-room school and took evening classes at the University of Manitoba to obtain a Bachelor of Arts. He spent his summer breaks at Camp Arnes as the camp’s first director. In 1957, he moved to the Winkler area where he concurrently taught and studied, earning a Bachelor of Education. He moved to Winnipeg in 1968 and was employed as a resource teacher in the Seven Oaks School Division until his retirement in 1981, during which he engaged in tutoring and volunteer work.

Alfred was a lifetime enthusiast for daily physical exercise. He enjoyed storytelling, playing piano, and singing at every opportunity. Always ready to lend a hand or an ear, he was known for his fairness, generosity, optimism, selflessness, grace, and strong faith in God.

Alfred was predeceased by his wife Margaret; father Abram A. Kroeker and mother Elizabeth Nickel; brothers and their spouses Walter (Madeline), Edwin (Emily) and Peter (Ruth); sisters Loreen Redekop and Viola Bock; brother in law Ernie Kroeger; grandchild Ruby Kroeker.

He will be missed by his children Mervyn (Ruth), Ron (Ruth), Elaine (Jim), Lois (Reg) and Leona (Peter); 15 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Kroeger and Betty Thiessen (Willard); brother Don (Eileen); brothers in law Bill Redekop and Bill Bock.

The family is grateful to the caring staff of BethaniaHaus where he resided in his last years, and especially to the staff of Brightwater Senior Living for providing loving and superior care during his final months, as well as the staff on 5N at Grace Hospital in his final days.

Viewing will take place at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. followed by interment at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at River East Church, 755 McLeod Avenue.