GINGERICH, Samuel - Passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at Innisfree House, Kitchener. Sam resided in New Hamburg and had farmed on the Gingerich homestead in Wilmot Centre. He was born 58 years ago in Kitchener.
Beloved husband of Mary Lou (Yantzi) Gingerich for almost 37 years.
Loving father of Brandon and Jessie Gingerich, Ben Gingerich and fiancé Courtney Hobbs, all of Kitchener. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Claire, Leah and Samuel.
Dear son of Ruby (Wagler) Gingerich of New Hamburg and the late Alvin Gingerich. Remembered by his sisters Laura Gingerich of Kitchener, Heidi and Gord McHugh of Oakville, Katherine and Rob Sonoda of Kitchener. Son-in-law of Mary Jane Yantzi and the late Clair Yantzi. Brother-in-law of Myron and Kelly Yantzi, Brenda and Phil Bowman, Bonnie and Greg West, Grace Henderson. Missed by many nieces and nephews.
Sam was an active member of Steinmann Mennonite Church, who enjoyed volunteering in a variety of ways, most recently with the LOGOS program. Sam took great pride in his gardens, both on the farm and at their new home in New Hamburg, and could never resist an opportunity to help his sons with yard work, construction projects and renovations. Sam developed a keen interest in woodworking during the past few years and leaves his family with many cherished pieces of custom furniture. Sam loved to spend time with his grandchildren and especially enjoyed introducing them to animals, farms and nature. Sam was a natural leader and great motivator, nowhere more notable than as a coach for dozens of hockey and fastball teams in both Baden and New Hamburg.
Family and friends will be received at Steinmann Mennonite Church, 1316 Snyder’s Road West, Baden on Friday April 21, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and again on Saturday April 22, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Sunday April 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden with Pastor Myrna Miller Dyck and Pastor Steve Drudge officiating. Interment to follow in Steinmann Mennonite Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to Innisfree House, Kitchener or the Benevolence Fund at Steinmann Mennonite Church.