Linda Schartner Loetkeman was born on January 18, 1918, to John J. Schartner and Mary Esau Schartner at Sunnyslope, Alberta. She peacefully passed away on February 7, 2007, at the Palliative Care Unit in the Linden Nursing Home, Linden, Alberta.
Except for a short time at Pine Lake her childhood years were spent in Linden, Alberta. Since she was the oldest of nine children she did her share to help with the work and taking care of her siblings.
On July 28, 1935, she married Jacob Loetkeman. Before their marriage they answered God’s call and were converted and baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. They shared the joys and sorrows of life for almost 56 years.
In 1953 they moved with their family of five children to Abbotsford, BC, and in 1962 they moved again to Enderby, BC, where they helped establish the new congregation. When Father passed away in 1991, Mother bravely faced widowhood and cared for herself until her health failed about a year ago, which caused her much suffering and the pain of adjustments. Even in her poor health Mother kept herself busy and loved nothing better than to visit and entertain people. Mother remained in Enderby until August, 2006, when she moved to Linden, Alberta, to live with her sister Josie Regehr. As a family we appreciated the help Mother received from her sisters in her last days.
We cherish a lifetime of memories of her unselfish ways. We will especially remember Mother for her concern for her family and their spiritual welfare. We will miss her prayers and phone calls. Even though she endured many trials and struggles, it was her desire to serve the Lord, though she would readily admit to her failings.
Those left to mourn her passing are: three daughters: June and Frank Augustin, Chilliwack, BC; Caroline and Russell Wiebe, Enderby, BC; Melinda and Ian Taylor, Coldstream, BC; two sons: Leo and Eileen, Neilburg, Saskatchewan; Ray and Margaret, Creston, BC; a close friend, Ralph Yonkman; one foster son, Gary Brown, both of Enderby, BC; twenty grandchildren, fifty-one great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren; two brothers: Abe and Vera, Bert and Lou; five sisters: Helen Toews, Elda and Harvey Toews, Lavina and Bert Enns, Nettie and Gordon Dueck, Josie Regehr; five sisters-in-law: Helen Penner, Leona Paetkau, Bev Paetkau, Margaret Paetkau, Margaret Epp; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death are her parents, parents-in-law, her husband, one son-in-law, one sister, three sisters-in-law, ten brothers-in-law, one grandson, one granddaughter, and two nephews.