ENNS – Jake Enns passed into the presence of his Savior on November 20th, 1999 in Brooks at the age of 78 years.
He was surrounded by his wife and sweetheart of 50 years, Mary, and his family and friends who loved and admired him. Jake was born on November 17th, 1921 in Halbstadt, Ekaterinos, Russia and came to Canada with his parents in 1924. They stayed briefly in Rosthern, Broderick and Coaldale before settling in Gem. Jake received most of his education there before working on different ranches, work which he took great pleasure in. Jake and Mary Neufeld were married on April 20th, 1949 and together created a warm, welcoming home for their three children as well as many others. Jake was baptized upon confession of his faith on June 9th, 1949 in the Rosemary Mennonite Church. He had served on the Board of Gem Grazing Association for several years as Range Boss. He was also a founding member of the Gem Gas Co-op. They moved to Brooks in October of 1984.
Jake was predeceased by his parents Peter and Katherine Enns, brother Pete, sister-in-law Pat Enns and brother-in-law John Mackie.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary of Brooks; his children, daughter Addy of Brooks and her son Robert of Calgary, son Rick and his wife Wilma and their children Peter, Aron and Mary of Gem and son Melvin of Brooks; their special adopted daughter Elaine Dahl of Abbotsford; 4 sisters, Mary Mackie of Smith Falls, Ontario; Kay (Walter) Regehr of Edmonton; Marge (Jake) Becker of Grand Forks, B.C. and Betty (Henry) Neufeld of Gem and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m on Wednesday, November 24th from the Evangelical Free Church, Brooks. Rev. Don Gillett officiating. Honorary pallbearers are all Jake’s many friends. Active pallbearers are Walter Reimer, Steve Lepp, Dennis Roth, Darryle Thiessen, Bill Eckert and Kevin Regehr.
Interment to follow at Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Jake, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to either Gideons, Box 85, Gem, Alberta TOJ 1MO or Brooks and District Health Foundation, Bag 300, Brooks, Alberta T1 R 1 B3. Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Horne. Telephone 362-4636.