1927 - 2022
Obituary of Molly Neufeld
NEUFELD, Molly (nee Willms)
January 21, 1927- March 31, 2022
Age 95, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on March 31, 2022. Predeceased by her husband, Bernard (Ben) Neufeld, her parents Daniel and Katharina Willms, her son Kenneth (surviving wife Lori), and her brother, Ed. She leaves behind, her sons Richard (Erna) of Elmira, ON, Don (Martha) of Bloomfield, NY, Bill (Susanne) of Winnipeg, MB. and Chris (Connie) of Kamloops, BC. She leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, her brother, Harry (Elsa), of Leamington, her sister Kay (Jay, deceased) of Abbotsford, BC and her sister-in-law, Margaret Willms Sonnenberg, of Chandler, AZ (formerly of Detroit) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born on January 21, 1927, just 2 months following her parents’ emigration to Canada from the Ukraine in Nov. of 1926, she was the second of four children. Molly attended Ridge elementary school and Leamington District Secondary School concentrating on commercial subjects which served her well in her earlier retail store jobs including Agnew Surpass and The House of Reading as well as her job in the Time Keeping Dept. at H. J. Heinz Co. In 1943, Molly welcomed the Lord into her heart and was baptized. In 1946, Molly married Ben. Because the war was still raging in Europe and food and commodities were scarce, the day was shared with her parents’ 25th wedding anniversary.
Molly and Ben made several moves early in their marriage, from Leamington to Winnipeg, then back to Leamington. Among the various moves, were several years spent on their peach farm just outside Leamington. Once their five lively boys were grown and all, but one were married, Molly and her husband moved to BC in 1991, spending most of 21 years in Abbotsford. It was there that Molly lost her husband in 2005. In 2012, she moved back to Ontario (Brantford), where two of her sons were living at the time. Approximately a year later she returned to her hometown to live in the Leamington Mennonite Home and Apartments. When, in 2021, Molly felt she needed extra care, she moved to the Retirement Section of the Mennonite Home. Just a few weeks later, following a nasty fall requiring hospitalization, Molly moved to Long Term Care at Leamington Mennonite Home where she received excellent medical attention and compassionate support for 8 months until the Lord called her home.
During her lifetime she was active in the Mennonite Brethren Church, serving in the choir, the Ladies’ group, Reception Committee. Her favourite was Library duties and especially the Bible Club Movement Ministry. She was very fond of books and often passed them on to others. Following her return to Leamington, she shared weekly breakfasts with her brother Harry and Elsa, took trips with them to Windsor, Detroit, the Creation Museum in Kentucky and numerous other trips across the Canada/US border. She was always excited when she could spend time with her sons and their families.
She is now resting in the arms of Jesus, rejoicing with her friends and loved ones who have gone on before. She will be missed by her friends and family.
As per Molly’s request, cremation has taken place. Memorial Visiting at Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until time of Celebration of Praise to God at 11 a.m. A private family burial will take place at a later date at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. The family recommends that everyone wear a mask to the visitation.
In Molly’s honour, donations to Leamington Mennonite Home or the Heart and Stroke Foundation are appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share words of comfort and remembrance at www.reidfuneralhome.ca