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Funeral Service

11:00 am
Friday, August 10, 2018
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Linden
Linden, Alberta, Canada

Obituary of Magdalena Mandel Berniko

Magdalena Mandel Berniko was born at Cardston, AB, on January 31, 1933 to Jacob and Annie Mandel. The angels gently carried her home on August 6, 2018. She was 85 years old.

At 10 years of age Mom with her family moved from Big Ben Hutterite Colony to begin the Monarch Colony. Later our Dad, who at 21 came from Germany, joined the Hutterite faith and came into Moms life. They were married on June 17, 1959 by Mom’s father, Jacob Mandel.

Mom and Dad felt the Lord was leading them to the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, so in 1973 they left Monarch to be close to the Linden congregation. Mom together with our Dad was baptised into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite on March 13, 1974. Her church home was important to her. Her relationship with the Lord was her most precious possession. Even in her poor health she would be found on her knees begging out loud for the Lord to remember not only her children but many others. Mom made sure we all knew the Bible stories. She loved singing and had many favorites. Especially in her last days she requested that we sing “Oh come angel band.” Mom often expressed her longing to be in heaven. On her death bed she stated that the Lord was right beside her.  Different times she was heard saying, “Jesus loves me.”

Mom had many grandchildren and every one was special to her.  They were the light of her life. She always remembered to send an early birthday card with every word underlined many times.

On the farm in the evening she would be found out in the garden weeding long rows of flowers and vegetables. Our Mom loved nature and did her part to take care of the birds and flowers around her. The birds in Linden must have missed her when she moved out.

Giving brought her joy. She knitted many slippers for her family and friends. Mom would always be ready to have Dad drive her to some neighbors with freshly made sausage or home grown chicken for the freezer. After we were gone from home she would make some favorite family dish and drop it off at our places for a “taste”.  Feeding a household of 13 was her joy and so often extended to others. Friends, neighbors and salesmen had a way of stopping in around coffee time to get in on one of Mom’s famous coffee breaks. Mom was not a respecter of persons. When we took Mom to the malls the workers and cleaning ladies would come and sit at her table and they would talk like old friends.  She would squeeze the waitress’ arm on the way out and say a heartfelt thank you.

Mom was very lonely after Dad’s passing. In October, 2014, on her own wishes she moved to Westview Suites where she enjoyed the companionship of her “old” friends. She enjoyed the evening games with the ladies and would bring out some goodies for all to share. Good coffee breaks continued to be served in her apartment. Even Taffy, the resident dog, would turn in at her door for a treat.  In the afternoons she would be found in her favorite spot under the Maydays enjoying the birds and flowers and visiting with whoever came along. A special thanks to the yard keepers for the hours of pleasure you provided for Mom.

As a family we extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Westview Suites for your loving care of our dear Mom. Mom so much appreciated each of the care aides. She thought they worked so hard so was very careful not to add to their workload. This also extends to those who so kindly met Mom’s needs in her last days in the special care suite. Mom never did get her driver’s licence so we want to extend a special thanks to those who so kindly gave her rides to church etc.

Left to cherish her memories are her nine children. Esther and Greg Reimer, Elkpoint, AB; John and Marva, Linden, AB; Peter and Priscilla, Drumheller, AB; Christine and Delroy Shultz, Rocky Mountain House, AB; Steve and Cheryl, Linden, AB; Gideon and Janelle, Linden, AB; Rob, Airdrie, AB; Dorothy and Doug Selders, Airdrie, AB;  Melody and Darryl Reimer, Dewberry, AB; 32 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; her sisters Sarah Mandel, Monarch, AB, and Katie Mandel, Lethbridge, AB; three nephews that became part of her family; Andy, Rueben, and Ben Mandel

She was predeceased by her husband, several grandbabies, her parents, her step mother, 6 brothers and 2 sisters.

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