February 10, 1934 ~ February 12, 2015
Anna Bartsch (Rempel) was born on February 10, 1934, in southern Saskatchewan, the youngest of twelve children. She always said she had a happy childhood. She lived in the area until the family moved to BC in 1972. She met dad in 1950 at a birthday party where she played accordion and he played guitar. It was the beginning of a lifelong enjoyment of music together. They were married on July 18, 1954 and in the following years six children were born to them. Through the years they also were blessed with sixteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Both mom and dad were very involved in their church, first in Rhineland and then Swift Current, Saskatchewan, then in Grace Church in Abbotsford. Anna loved sewing, gardening, quilting, and camping. She was diagnosed with cancer in January and died at home in the arms of her son (Gary). We will all miss her deeply. She was always there for us and we are glad for the times each of us had to be there for her. She is survived by her six children, Emily (Ken), Shirley, Gary (Jacqueline), Elsie (Dave), Vic (Pat), and Lucy (Les), her siblings Frank and Margaret, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Friday, February 20 at Grace Church.