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Obituary for Mary Fehr (Peters)

Mary Fehr, beloved wife of the late John J. Fehr, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2024, at the age of 98.

Mary Fehr (Peters) was born on September 9, 1925, in the village of Gnadenthal, Ukraine, the youngest child of David and Elizabeth Peters. Born amidst war, anarchy, and famine, in 1929, her family decided to emigrate to Canada. Mary's mother insisted on leaving, and with God's grace, the family boarded the last refugee train to Germany. After three months in Germany, they boarded the ship Montcalm, arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick, on March 30, 1930. Mary was four years old. The family settled in Gnadenthal, Manitoba. Initially, Mary's father rented a farm but was eventually able to purchase one with the help of his daughters' income from domestic jobs in Winnipeg.

Mary had a happy childhood and enjoyed school, excelling at reciting poems taught by Mr. Schaefer, including Schiller's Das Lied von der Glocke, well into her eighties. She graduated from MCI Gretna and later became a teacher, making lifelong friends at a small Hutterite school.

In 1949, she married the love of her life, John J. Fehr. In later years, when she shared the story of their courtship, the smile on her face showed how much she loved her Johnny.

Mary and John founded several companies - Fehr-Way Tours, Beaver Bus Lines, and John Fehr Insurance. They had a great time travelling and touring with their clients, mạny of whom became their friends. Mary found her work meaningful and fulfilling so much that she continued to work in the Beaver Bus Lines office until her mid-eighties.

John and Mary loved Christmas and knew it could be a lonely time for seniors, so they created a tour that included a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Christmas carols, a city lights tour, and entertainment by a children's choir. Before the meal, Mary personally placed a bible verse beside each place setting. Every year, they donated to the Christmas Cheer Board to help those in need.

Mary accepted Jesus Christ at a young age and was baptized at the Blumenort
Church in Rhineland. Later on Mary and John joined the McIvor MB Church. During her time at Donwood, she frequently sang hymns such as " Jesus Loves Me" and "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus" as a testament to her deep faith and love for him. She continued to share her faith with others through her joyful songs and pleasant personality.

Mary had a gentle, outgoing personality. She especially enjoyed her lively phone conversations with her sister, Susie Harms. Her great sense of humour endeared her to many and never left her.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Rosemarie (Peter), Lorraine, John, Diane (Milford), and Dale (also, before 2019, her beloved daughter Sandra); her seven grandchildren: Leslie (David), Mark (Claire), Kristin (Joe), Monica (John), Jerod, Justine (Mark), and Tayler (Thaisa); 14 great-grandchildren; her sister Susie Harms from BC; and sister-in-law Elma Friesen of Winkler.

Sadly, in 1996, her dear husband suffered a stroke and passed away on November 15, 2007. Mary's strong belief in God carried her through this time and others. In 2019, she mourned the loss of her daughter, Sandra. The year before, Helen Redekopp, her best friend of over 80 years, passed away.

Mary enjoyed fundraising and was a board member who helped found Special People in Kildonan East - SPIKE. They raised funds and established a home in East Kildonan where challenged children could stay. Every Christmas, she organized hundreds of shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child - with the help of her family and residents in her building. Collecting shoe boxes was a pleasure for Mary, and her enthusiasm was contagious. Another project was to provide blankets during the winter to people living in downtown Winnipeg.

We would like to thank the many people who visited and ministered to Mary in many helpful and loving ways. A special thanks to Cindy Castillo and family, Charlene Terris, Herta Neudorf, Kathy Lucas, Ruth Murawski and the Donwood staff on 2 South for their gentle care of Mary for the last seven years.

Donations in Mary’s memory can be made to Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2024 at McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church, 200 McIvor Avenue, Winnipeg.

Service will be livestreamed: Click this link for the service