Agnes (Kuenzer) Mengelberg October 9, 1921 – January 29, 2018
Sadly, Mom passed away peacefully at Birchwood Nursing Home in the early hours of January 29th. Predeceased by Dad (Paul), her husband of 62 years, and five siblings, she will be greatly missed by daughter Doris (Gordon Taylor), son Norman (Paivi), grandchildren Maxine and Nigel. Mom lived a long and hard life, living through a devastating war and pioneering a new life in Canada’s north. She left Germany in 1951 with her husband, initially settling in southern Ontario. She faced the challenges of a new country, determined to learn English, and everything she could about this land. Mom’s love of reading opened many windows to learning Canada’s history and embracing its ‘pioneer’ life, especially once they settled in small town Longlac. Mom dug in helping to clear land of trees and stumps, to build a house for our family to call home. She had a very strong work ethic, and some things just HAD to be done, ie. the yard and gardens looking their best, the house polished for special events. Mom was big on tradition. She shared with us the magic of Christmas through her childhood memories… the joy of spring and Easter (always that Easter egg hunt, later passed down to the grandchildren). Attending church was very important. Summers were filled with berry and mushroom picking, canning and spending days at the beach. In the winter, Mom knit sweaters for the whole family designing her own patterns, studying and planning menus for any company that was coming. Everything had to be just so. She was an extraordinary planner. Mom was also the queen of recycling… long before it became a necessary trend. The war years taught her that. Nothing was discarded that could be reused, mended or patched. She was most supportive of her family; generous to a fault, and always about doing the right thing. We will miss her dazzling blue eyes and radiant smile. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all neighbours and friends in the Longlac area who knew and loved Mom and looked out for her in later years. A great big THANK YOU goes out to the all third floor staff at Birchwood for their loving care of Mom. Mom was enfolded into all activities, until they lost meaning to her due to Alzheimers. A celebration of life will be planned in Longlac at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimers.
Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.