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Obituary for Olga Hildegard Regehr (Dyck)

Olga Regehr (nee Dyck)

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our mother Olga Hildegard Regehr, 95, on January 13th, 2024, at Bethania Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Olga is survived by her two daughters Dorothy Schwab (David) and Norilynn Epp (Edwin), her grandchildren Sara Adams (Jeffrey), Rebeccah Schwab (Michael Heuchert), Erin Epp (Andrew Posen), and Alexandra Epp (James Edgar). Olga also is survived by two great-grandchildren Jasper and Muriel Adams. Olga is also survived by her son-in-law Bill.

Olga was predeceased by her husband Jacob Regehr; her daughter Sylvia Regehr Graham; her parents Isaac and Sara Dyck; and her brother Walfried (Wally) Dyck.

Olga was born on August 1, 1928, to Isaac and Sara Dyck in Krasnapolje, Ukraine. Shortly after her birth and because of the increasing unrest in Ukraine, her family packed up everything they had in order to secure an exit visa in Moscow. After a number of challenging experiences and some help from German foreign officials, they were able to make their way to Germany and then on to Canada. Eventually her family moved to North Kildonan where they established themselves in the Mennonite Brethren Church community.

On July 9th, 1955, she married Jacob Regehr. Subsequently three beautiful daughters, Dorothy Jane, Norilynn Ann and Sylvia Jennine were born. In her words, “They brought us much happiness.” Many weekends were enjoyed at the Rice Lake cabin and camping across Canada and the U.S.

Olga enjoyed expressing her ideas through the written word. In her younger adult years, she wrote a number of stories/articles which were published in the Mennonite Brethren Herald. She enjoyed listening to these stories until the day she died.

In September 1978, she finally realized her dream of higher education and enrolled in the University of Winnipeg's noon program. It was often difficult going to work, taking a class and managing a household, but she persevered. In November 1987 she received the Charlotte Marie (Reimer) Kennedy Scholarship, and the following year she graduated with a B.A. majoring in Sociology.

In 1994, her husband Jake passed away to be with the Lord. It was an extremely difficult and lonely time for her. Her family did their best to support her at that time. After a year of mourning, she began her studies again. She graduated with her B.A. Honors in history, and with encouragement from her daughters enrolled in post graduate studies. She graduated with her M.A. in 2006, at the age of 79. She especially appreciated the help and encouragement of her university professors for assisting her to attain her goal. She also appreciated all her family and friends who rejoiced in her academic accomplishments.

Another trying time for her was when her youngest daughter Sylvia died in 2011. It was hard for her to accept this unforeseen turn of events, and she never really got over it. She not only lost a daughter, but also a friend and confidant. Olga’s home was a gallery of Sylvia’s artwork which helped to keep her memory alive.

Olga found joy in a number of things in life. She loved to travel and learn about new places and meet people along the way. Whether it was on a tour to Europe, or a train or bus trip to visit her daughter Sylvia in B.C., or Norilynn in Ontario, she always found some new friends to chat with on the journey. She visited Germany on a number of occasions to connect with her husband Jake’s relatives and to visit a number of Mennonite historical sites. She also enjoyed it when friends and relatives came to see her. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren provided her with times of interesting conversations and the rejuvenating exuberance of youth. Getting together with family was extremely important to her. She faithfully prayed for each of them on a daily basis.

Olga had a passion for missions and helping the disenfranchised, particularly children and young people. Over the years she gave considerable time and resources for these causes.

Olga was a strong, intelligent, resilient and compassionate person who loved her family and had a strong faith in God. Quietly and peacefully, she was gathered up in the arms of her loving Creator. We loved her and will miss her always.

A private interment will take place prior to the service.
A celebration of her life will be held at Friends Funeral Services on Monday, January 22 at 2:00 pm.
Memorials or donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, Hope and Healing International, or the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.