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JOHN B. EPP
December 8, 1926 July 10, 2022
July 5, 1929 December 14, 2020
John Epp, our dear father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2022 at the age of 95.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family: children, Wendi Hiebert (Murray), Christine Longhurst (John), Loreen Epp, and daughter-in-law Connie Epp (Henry Hubert); and grandchildren, Jeremy Epp, Karly Epp (Karl Kohut), Becky Longhurst (Carl Trudel), and Dylan Longhurst. He was predeceased by his son Ken Epp in 2014.
John was born in Winnipeg in 1926 to Gerhard and Maria Epp. When he was 15, the family moved to St. Catharines, Ontario. John returned to Winnipeg in 1951 to study at Mennonite Brethren Bible College. He enrolled in a required class for theology students - a music theory course taught by Katie Konrad. When John returned home to St. Catharines, Katie happened to be visiting relatives there. The two reconnected and love sparked on a Ferris wheel date in Toronto.
Katie passed away on December 14, 2020.
She was born in La Riviere, Manitoba in 1929 to John and Anna Konrad. From an early age, it was evident that Katie was a gifted pianist. After completing requirements for the AMM piano teacher's diploma, Katie began a career teaching piano and music theory in Winnipeg, Winkler and Morden, later joining the music faculty at the former Mennonite Brethren Bible College.
John and Katie were married in 1954. Four children followed, along with moves to Coldwater and Kitchener, ON; Abbotsford, BC; and Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg, MB. John worked as a pastor and educator, and Katie taught piano lessons.
John and Katie complemented each other in church ministry work: Katie with her musicianship, warm and loving nature, infectious smile and hospitable spirit, and John with his preaching, caring spirit, accepting nature, and fair-mindedness.
With their strong faith in a God who loves all, it was fitting they began their ministry at the multi-denominational Christian Fellowship Chapel in Coldwater and ended their ministry while residing at Kildonan House assisted living facility. Here, during a monthly ecumenical service they found great joy ministering to people from different backgrounds and denominations; John leading worship and Katie accompanying the singing at the piano.
John and Katie will be remembered by their family as loving parents and grandparents who faithfully followed God to the end of their lives.
A funeral service for John will be held on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at McIvor Church, 200 McIvor Avenue. A private interment will take place prior to the service.
If you wish, donations may be made to Wycliffe Canada, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, or Harvest Manitoba.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 13, 2022
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
I have memories of John Epp as a Bible teacher at MBCI. In later years, I got to know John and Katie through my friendship with Lori. Both Lori and I had left Canada. But when I came to Winnipeg for a visit, John and Katie would have me over. They were quite a unit - both kind, caring, open and curious. They were two wonderful people who made me feel very welcome. A few years ago, Lori and I planned a weekend with our mothers at Lori's house in New York. Lori's cats and the four of us had a lovely time together. I know John and Katie made several trips to see Lori in New York over the years being the caring parents they were. Many years ago, John and Katie were instrumental in helping my grandmother move through a difficult time in her life. As a family, we were very grateful. I wish the family peace and comfort at this time. John and Katie will be missed. Marlyn Janzen - Posted by: Marlyn Janzen (friend) on: Jul 16, 2022
I had the honor of being ordained to ministry by Rev. John Epp (and Rev. John Neufeld) some 40 years ago. John was a spiritual giant, a man of peace and a man of the Word. Years later, we ‘bumped’ into the Epps in Hawaii. Thank you, Brother John, for your faithfulness! Viktor and Margarete Hamm (Charlotte, NC) - Posted by: Viktor Hamm (Fellow minister ) on: Jul 13, 2022
While I was working in the building where John and Katie resided I had the great pleasure in, both, meeting and speaking with them both on occasion. They were a very kind, friendly approachable couple. I can still recall how the residents of the building looked forward to John’s sermons once a month. There were clients I had who would attend these services and they would tell me as I was getting them ready for the morning ‘Please hurry I don’t want to miss the service.’ I could very well understand that seeing how John (and Katie) had a way of, both, speaking and interacting with people. I always enjoyed seeing John and Katie as they were very decent and kind people. - Posted by: Kim (Former HomeCare worker ) on: Jul 13, 2022
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