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Obituary for Hardy Schroeder

On Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023, surrounded by his family, Hardy, our husband, Dad, & Opa, peacefully passed away at St. Boniface Hospital.

Hartmut Schroeder was born September 6, 1937, to Anna (nee Froese) and Richard Schroeder in Neuteicherhinterfeld, West Prussia. He was the elder of two children. His brother, Siegfried, born in 1939, predeceased him in 1981. Hardy is survived by his wife Elfrieda Neufeld Schroeder; his children, Christine Schroeder Hubert (Mike), Anita Schroeder Kipfer (Bryan), and Heidi Schroeder Friesen (Chris); and his eight grandchildren: Ben, Kathryn, Markus, Julia, Lena Kate, Daniel, Ivan and Sasha. Hardy was predeceased his brother Sig and by his infant son Harold Mark.

Hardy spent his first seven years living on the farm with his grandparents, Johannes and Minna Schroeder, his aunt Louise Schroeder, and his parents and brother.

WWII interrupted the life Hardy had known until then. His father was conscripted as a chauffeur in the German army and the family only saw him when he came home on leave.

In January 1945, with the imminent advance of the Russian army, the family fled their home by horse and buggy. The two young brothers saw things no children should see at that age. Hardy’s grandparents, aunt, the two brothers and their mother found shelter in a village in North Germany. Their father was still in the army and miraculously found them six months later. MCC contacted sponsors for the family to emigrate to Canada. They arrived in Manitou in 1949, and were warmly welcomed by their sponsors, the Froese family.

A year later the family moved to Winnipeg. They worshiped at the Central MB church where Hardy and his brother were baptized on their confession of faith. His parents also became members there.

After finishing primary school Hardy graduated from MBCI and began work at the Bank of Montreal, then several years at Epp’s Jewellery. Deciding to continue his education he went to MBBC and graduated with a BA in theology after another year at Wilfred Laurier University in Ontario. After graduation, Hardy became a founding and well loved member of Brooklands MB church where he was quite involved in their neighbourhood outreach program.

While at MBBC, Hardy met Harold Fehderau, a linguist who invited Hardy to join his Bible translation project in the DR of Congo. They set sail in 1965 and Hardy began working on the Old Testament with a team of Congolese linguists.

In 1967 Hardy returned to Winnipeg. After a courtship which began just before he left for Congo and continued by correspondence during the two years he was in Congo, Hardy married Elfrieda Neufeld on January 13, 1968. They spent six months in Elkhart, Indiana at the Anabaptist Mennonite Seminary where Hardy studied Hebrew. In July 1968 they left for Brussels, Belgium to continue French studies, then to DR Congo in January, 1969. Sadly, their first child Harold Mark was born prematurely in Kinshasa in May 1969 and lived only one day.

Hardy’s work assignment with MBMS took the family to the provincial town of Kikwit and later to the capital city, Kinshasa. Their daughter Christine joined them in 1970 followed by Anita in 1972, and Heidi (the only Canadian by birth) in 1979.

In 1984 the family returned to Canada. Harold Fehderau invited Hardy to join his Bible translation team in Kitchener, Ontario where Hardy became a copy editor for the Canadian Bible Society with various Inuit, Indigenous and Plautdietsch translation projects.

After retiring, Hardy and Elfrieda moved to Winnipeg in 2008, where they worked at various translation and writing projects. Jubilee Mennonite Church became their home congregation.

With deep gratitude and appreciation, the family wishes to thank Palliative Care MB, specifically Sophie, Sean, Dominique, and the medical staff at St. Boniface Hospital.

A celebration of Hardy’s life will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at the River East Church, 755 McLeod Ave.

An audio recording of the funeral service is available at the following link...

Audio recording of Hardy Schroeder funeral service

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Donations in memory of Hardy may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee