Pastor Josef Jakobsh was born on July 26th, 1930 and was called Home to be with his Lord and Saviour on November 27th, 2015 at the age of 85 years.

He served several congregations in the German Church Of God across Canada for nearly forty years and was dearly loved.

Josef will be lovingly remembered and cherished by his wife Sonja, to whom he was married for 60 years; their children, Ralph (Ute) Jacobs of Calgary, Alberta, Doris (Paul Roorda) Jakobsh of Waterloo, Ontario and Randall (Lilli Wuenscher) Jakobsh of Leipzig, Germany; four grandchildren, Jessen, Kaira, Leyla and Joshua Jakobsh; one sister, Joanne Ruban of Winnipeg, Manitoba; several nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen Jakobsh; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Irmgard Jakobsh and one brother-in-law, Walter Ruban.

Josef’s words as he left this world were firstly to his beloved wife Sonja, “I love you” and secondly “I am so excited to leave this world because I will finally see with my very own eyes what I have believed and preached my entire life.” With this in mind, family and friends will gather to celebrate his Home-going at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5151 Alain Road, on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Gary Glanz officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

As we prepare to give and receive gifts at this special time of the year, Josef’s family would like to encourage you to consider sending donations in his memory to either of the following: Syria and Iraq Crisis, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, #201 – 33933 Gladys Avenue, Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 2E8 (because Josef was once a refugee who was welcomed into Canada many years ago and therefore was a strong believer that others should be welcomed as well); Samaritans Purse Canada, 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, Alberta T3J 5H5 (because Josef had a very generous heart when it came to those in need); Parkinson Society British Columbia, 600 – 890 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 1J9 (because Sonja, the love of Josef’s life, suffers with Parkinsons); or to the charity of your choice.

There are three things that remain – faith, hope, and love

– and the greatest of these is love. I Cor. 13:13

Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605 – 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187

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