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Lydia (Krahn) Dyck

DYCK, Lydia (Krahn) - March 2, 1928 - August 17, 2011 - Lydia was born in Saskatchewan to Henry and Maria (Klassen) Krahn on March 2, 1928. Lydia spent her early childhood years in Saskatchewan as her family tried to create a farm during the challenging times of the Great Depression and years of drought. She moved to B.C. with her family in 1937. Early in her life Lydia made a faith decision, and she was baptized in the South Abbotsford M.B. Church in 1949. After high school in Abbotsford and graduation from Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg, Lydia became certain that she was called to missionary work. On September 28, 1951, she married Ernest Dyck with whom she shared the calling for missions and church planting. Together they worked for Mennonite Brethren Missions and Services from 1951-1960. This involved French language study in Quebec and Belgium before proceeding to the Belgian Congo in 1953. Her involvement there included home schooling their two sons and work in the schools. Their daughter, Ruth, was born in 1959. The years 1961-1992 were spent in church planting in Quebec. For Lydia, the family always came first, but she also shared extensively in the church planting work. She was a wonderful cook and hostess, and a big part of the service Ernest and Lydia were able to provide to church members was through her gift of hospitality. She was also able to provide hospitality to visitors and board members interested in Quebec. She held various positions in each new church they planted in Quebec. These usually included involvement with Sunday school for children, missions committees, and church secretary and treasurer until new Christians were available to take on these responsibilities. The main emphasis was on Christian education and translating teaching materials that were not available at that time. Often unmentioned was the need to perform custodial work as services were often held in the Dyck home or in a chapel next door. Upon retiring to St. Catherines in 1992, she continued correspondence with letters and cards of encouragement to family members and to many with whom she had contact in Quebec or elsewhere. She enjoyed sewing for children and grandchildren and she was very gifted with crafts and special projects. She participated in the International Students Organization at Brock University and regularly invited foreign students into her home for meals. Her grandchildren recall many special activities and treasure hunts planned for their enjoyment, and the angel food cakes that were the centre piece of many birthday celebrations. She leaves to mourn her sons Norman (Trudy Schroeder), Stanley (Jo- Anne), daughter Ruth (Jean) Cusson, grandchildren Jeffrey, Jakob, Helena, Stephanie, and Katrina. She also leaves her sister Agnes Falk and brother Jacob (Cornelia) Krahn, sisters-in-law Alice Krahn and Elfrieda Krahn, and brother-in-law Leslie Schmidt. She also leaves many extended family members, friends and colleagues in Quebec, and St. Catherines. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years in 2009, her sisters Tina Friesen and Mary Falk, and her brothers Frank, Henry, and John. A memorial service is planned for 11:00 am on Monday, August 22 at Grantham M.B. Church, 469 Grantham in St. Catherines. There will be no public viewing. In lieu of flowers, Lydia requested that donations be given to the Gideons. The family wishes to thank Marg Fast from Grantham MB Church, and the staff at Pleasant Manor for their ongoing care and thoughtfulness to Lydia. 10474964
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Posted by Isabelle Giroux (Friend) On Tuesday, January 10, 2012
All my condolences to the family. I just found out after receiving the Christmas card I had sent out to her. I am still under shock to find out she is no longer there. She had a great influence in my life and for over 30 years, we had been corresponding and exchanging letters.

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