Henry Baerg

Obituary of Henry Baerg

My husband, our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Henry Wiebe Baerg was born to John L. and Margaret Wiebe Baerg in the family home at Acme, Alberta on June 11, 1929. He quietly and peacefully passed away the morning of December 16, 2015 reaching the age of 86 years. Dad started his life on the eve of the Great Depression. Being a sensitive person he felt keenly the effects of that time and the uncertainties that World War II brought with it. As a young boy he worked hard and late helping his parents earn their livelihood. Dad enjoyed the farm life, caring for livestock, and had a keen interest in all things mechanical.

Dad was a quiet person, never one to make a show. If he had something to say it was best to take note; there was usually some hidden wisdom in his words. Dad enjoyed humor but would warn us not to use it at the expense of others.

Dad found a companion in our mother, Marie Toews. They were married in Rosenort, MB on September 24, 1957. Mom and Dad enjoyed 58 years together. The leading of the Lord in this step was precious to Dad and he could not speak about it without emotion. He faithfully stood by Mom and provided well for his family.

Farming was Dad's occupation. In the sixties he had a small dairy and ran a cow/calf operation. In 1972 he built a new dairy barn and sold the beef cows. He taught us the many aspects of animal husbandry, reminding us often that the comfort of the animals needed to be taken care of before our own rest and relaxation. Dad was handy with a wrench, loved to see a straight fence, and taught us boys basic welding skills.

In 1980 Dad and Mom sold the farm at Acme and moved to Fort Vermilion, AB to farm. Many friends were made in the communities of Fort Vermilion and La Crete. Dad and Mom moved to a care facility in La Crete, AB in April 2011, where he was lovingly cared for by the staff there.

At a young age Dad felt God's call to salvation, found forgiveness and was baptized on May 10, 1942. His life was not without failures and struggles, which he was always ready to admit, and through it he remained faithful. Family devotions were important to him and he taught us in his quiet way that God watched over us with his all-seeing eye. He often reminded us that God was both a Judge and the Great Forgiver.

He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Marie and nine children: Floyd and Sheila, Fort St. John, BC; Wendy and Delano Jantzen, Phoenix, AZ; Patsy and George Friesen, Ft. Vermilion, AB; Clayton and Verda, Pincher Creek, AB; Garfield and Betsy, Tatamagouche, NS; Lynette and Verden Reimer, Hythe, AB; Bartley and Margaret, Carrot River, SK; Starla and Tim Toews, Beaverlodge, AB; Connie, Linden, AB; 30 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn his passing two brothers Tom Baerg and Johnny and Bernice Baerg; and one sister, Elsie and Allen Barkman; in-laws George and Elaine Toews, Robert and Elma Toews, Cyril and Ida Toews, Noah and Ethel Toews, Anne Toews, Henry and Marion Wohlgemuth, and Wesley Penner. Many other relatives and friends will also keenly miss him.

He was predeceased by his parents, four sisters, one in infancy; one brother, one grandson, one great-grandson, five sisters-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.

Funeral services where held December 21, 2015, Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Hilltop Congregation, Fort Vermilion, Alberta with interment in Hilltop Cemetery.

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