HARDER, Justina (Jessie)
Went home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on May 23, 2014 at the age of 81.
Jessie was born in Beaverlodge, AB on August 18, 1932 to parents Aron and Tina Wiebe. Eventually the family moved to Greendale, BC in 1947. During her years in Greendale she met Ben Harder and they were married on August 10, 1956. After two initial years in Prince George, they settled in Abbotsford, BC where Ben continued a long career as an elementary school teacher. At South Abbotsford Church, Jessie was active in the nursery; the Ladies Fellowship Guild; catering; and janitorial service. Jessie loved children and cared for many preschool children through the years. She regarded her own family as a gift from God and loved to take care of them. She even made trips to the Philippines and the Czech Republic to visit her children. Ben and Jessie also volunteered at MCC in Akron, Pennsylvania for several months. Jessie was predeceased by her father (1945); her son Cecil (1960); her mother (1984); and three siblings: Helen, Erna and Jack. Jessie is survived by her loving husband Ben; her children Doug (Lynn) Harder; Donna (Perry) Klassen; and Ryan Harder. She is adored by her grandchildren Karli, Lauren, Quinea, Jennifer, Dante, Josiah and Ciara. She is also survived by three siblings: Martha, John and Ed. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ken Dueck for his devoted care and friendship over the years; along with everyone at Christine Morrison Hospice for their compassionate care during the last few weeks of Jessie’s life. A graveside interment will be held on Tuesday, June 3 at 11am at Greendale Cemetery on 44651 Watson Rd. in Sardis, followed by a Memorial Service and reception at 2pm at South Abbotsford Church on 32424 Huntingdon Rd. in Abbotsford.