Katie Epp

Katie Epp

Friday, July 5th, 1929 - Monday, December 14th, 2020
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Katie Epp (nee Konrad)
1929 - 2020

Katie was born in La Riviere, Manitoba, on July 5, 1929. She was the oldest child of John and Anna Konrad. From an early age, it was evident Katie was a gifted pianist. At 12 years of age, she began accompanying congregational singing and the choir directed by her father in her home church.

In 1947, she enrolled at MBCI in Winnipeg to finish high school. After completing requirements for the AMM piano teacher’s diploma, Katie began a career teaching piano and music theory in Winnipeg, Winkler and Morden, later joining the music faculty at the former Mennonite Brethren Bible College where, unbeknown to her at the time, her students included her future husband, John B. Epp. Love sparked two years later on a Ferris wheel date in Toronto.

John and Katie were married in 1954. Four children followed, along with moves to Coldwater and Kitchener, ON, Abbotsford, BC, and Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg, MB. John worked as a pastor and educator and Katie taught piano lessons privately and enjoyed many accompanying opportunities.

Katie’s musicianship, her warm and loving nature, infectious smile, and hospitable spirit beautifully complemented her husband’s role as a pastor. Whether it was hosting students, singing and playing piano on CFOR radio (1954-1957), starting a Homemakers Fellowship in Abbotsford (1961), chairing Pioneer Girls and initiating a Cradle Roll department at River East M.B. Church (1970s), chairing the Manitoba M.B. Women's Conference (1984-1986), chairing the Board of Stewards at Crossroads M.B. Church (1997-1999), advising John on worship music, hosting church members for meals, visiting church members, or countless other things, Katie was a beloved participant in all churches where she and John ministered.

Above all, she was a loving wife and a caring mother. Katie will be lovingly remembered by John, her husband of 66 years; children Wendi Hiebert (Murray), Christine Longhurst (John), Loreen Epp, and daughter-in-law Connie Epp (Henry Hubert); grandchildren Jeremy Epp, Karly Epp (Karl Kohut), Becky Longhurst (Carl Trudel), and Dylan Longhurst; siblings Henry Konrad (Evelyn), John Konrad (Irmie, deceased); Esther Isaac (Ernie, deceased), Martha Janzen (Harry), and Wanda Becker (Jeral); sister-in-law Ann Schaefer (Wilf); and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Ken Epp in 2014.

A highlighted verse in Katie’s Bible was Isaiah 26:3-4: “You, Lord, will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all those whose thoughts are fixed on you.”

Katie passed away peacefully on December 14, 2020 at the age of 91. Her family is deeply grateful to all the staff at Donwood Manor Personal Care Home for their compassionate care of Katie over the past 5 months.

In lieu of flowers, they invite you to consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.

A Zoom Tribute Memorial for Katie will be held on Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm CST. Please send an email to to receive the link. Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive a response.

Viewing stream will be live 9:00 am to 9:50 am Central Standard Time.

A private interment service will take place on Monday, December 21, 2020.
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    Glen Eden Memorial Gardens
    4477 Main Street
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Private Condolence

Margaret Robinson

Posted at 05:47pm
My condolences to you all. Mrs. Epp was my piano teacher and how I loved her. RIP, my lady.

James & Joan Alty

Posted at 01:21pm
Dear John and family. Our warmest condolences are offered to each of you. We have many fond memoires of shared times with Katie along with John as they pastored Crossroads M.B. and times together thereafter. We have been blessed by the friendship that developed. Love in Christ / James & Joan Alty

Arli Klassen

Posted at 09:39am
Wendi, Christine, Loreen. I have learned to know each of you as adults, a long time from the days Christine and I used to play house and doctor and horses in your family home. Your mom always welcomed me. And there was always music. May your memories and stories of her life sustain you in this time. Thinking of each of you and your whole family.

Bettie Klassen

Posted at 08:56pm
My sympathies to John and family. I have fond memories of our years together at River East. May God keep you in his care.
Bettie Klassen

Anne Friesen

Posted at 12:57pm
Condolences to you: John, Chris, Wendy & Lori, Connie and extended family. We know Katie will be missed. We cherish the memory of her friendly smile and her kind words. She was a great encourager. Our prayers are with you. - Anne & Roger

Wanda Derksen Posted at 09:03am

What a kindhearted and supportive person Katie was to me during many years she played piano for chapel service in Donwood Manor 2007 - 2014. My heart goes out to you, her dear family. She will be dearly missed. 🌹Wanda Derksen

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