Sarah was a descendent of Mennonites who had emigrated from Russia to Canada in 1874-1875. Fifteen families of these Mennonite pioneers settled in the village they named Kronsgart on the East Reserve where Sarah grew up and attended the village school. At the age of 18 Sarah lost sight in her right eye as the result of being struck by a branch while collecting fire wood. One of the most difficult periods of Sarah’s life was when her mother died in 1925. In 1926 she experienced the departure of her father, an ordained minister in the Chortitzer Mennonite Church, and the rest of her siblings, for Paraguay. She grieved their loss and in 1948 tried unsuccessfully to immigrate to Paraguay herself. Sadly she would never see her father again. After her husband Peter R. Funk died suddenly of heart failure in 1960, Sarah continued farming with the help of her children until 1971. She then retired to live in Grunthal, Manitoba. In her later years Sarah was able to make a significant historical contribution to the community by passing on her knowledge of local history as well as preserving a collection of her father’s sermons.
Buhler, Linda. "Sarah Sawatzky Funk: “Matriarch of Kronsgart." Preservings No. 10 Part II (June 1997): 40-42.
|Author(s)||Sharon H. H Brown|
|Date Published||June 2006|
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Brown, Sharon H. H. "Funk, Sarah Sawatzky (b.1900)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2006. Web. 4 Aug 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Funk,_Sarah_Sawatzky_(b.1900)&oldid=56537.
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