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Born: Jan 12, 1926

Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2021

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(nee KOOP)
January 12, 1926 - January 8, 2021

Maria (Mary as she preferred to be called) was born January 12, 1926, the youngest of 11 children born to the late John and Aganetha Koop.
Mom told stories of growing up on the family farm, of planting and harvesting Homesteader peas for a Garden Seed Company. Stories of raising duck for family dinners and other responsibilities.
At the age of 28, Mom left for the mission field in Japan. She worked under the umbrella of New Tribes Mission in the rural mountainous regions teaching the gospel through adult and children classes. Mom had many stories of her life and adventures in Japan.
After 40 years, Mom returned home to Canada to retire and after a brief courtship married Dad. They were blessed with 20 years together. They enjoyed going to Winnipeg for Faspa at McDonalds, rides in the countryside and helping people out by driving them to Winnipeg for doctors appointments.
Mom passed away peacefully on January 8, 2021. She was just 4 days short of her 95th birthday.
Mom was predeceased by all her siblings and her husband of 20 years, Peter H Goertzen in 2016, also, two stepsons-in-law, one stepdaughter-in-law and nieces and nephews. She is survived by one sister-in-law, nine stepchildren and their families and many nieces and nephews.
We as a family would like to thank the Nursing staff of Cedarwood for their excellent care of Mom.
The funeral for Mary will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB.
A come and go viewing, for five people at a time, will take place prior to the service from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The burial will take place at Heritage Cemetery, Steinbach, MB.

As published in The Carillon on Jan 14, 2021

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