Barbara Anne Mante
15 April, 1937 – 26 March, 2021
Barbara Anne Mante (nee Johnson) was born April 15, 1937 in Vancouver, BC. She was born again as God’s child through Holy Baptism on January 27, 1939 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Barb renewed her baptismal vows at her Confirmation on February 1, 1952 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in New Westminster. Barb passed into the loving arms of her Savior on March 26, 2021.
Barb was a healer, graduating from St. Paul’s Hospital School of Nursing in Vancouver in September 1958. She was hired by Chilliwack General Hospital and worked there until her retirement from nursing in August 1987. Barb’s next career was a family business venture. She and son David operated Primus Pet Foods in Chilliwack for eight years while son Ken managed the Pop Shoppe in the same location.
Barb also gave a lifetime of service to her Lord at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chilliwack. She served in many capacities, including as the congregation’s first office secretary, and later as its treasurer, but her real passion was for Christian Education. She was the Sunday School Superintendent for many years and then moved on to lead many adult education programs, including a very popular ladies’ Bible study, which she continued until declining health prevented her from doing so. Barb also faithfully served the Lutheran Woman’s Missionary League in many capacities at both the local and provincial level.
Barb married Nicolaas Mante on October 4, 1958 and they raised three sons on their family dairy farm in Yarrow. Barb was predeceased by her husband Nic in 1988 and by their son Kenneth. She is survived by two sons, David (Sandy) and Nicolas (Corinna), five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Robert and Brian Brown and their families. For those who desire, donations in memory of Barb may be made to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League or Lutheran Bible Translators-Canada.
“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me on that Day — and not to me only, but unto all those also who love His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
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Barbara Anne Mante
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14 April 2021
I’ve known Barb Mante for about 10 years. Met her at St. Paul’s Lutheran. We had a ladies Bible study which she had once a week. She loved teaching us about the LORD. Also, a group of us ladies would spend lunch together for our birthdays. She liked to call me “shorty”. I was truly blessed to have known her. She was a wonderful human being and friend. My deepest condolences to the family on Barb’s recent passing.
2 April 2021
Worked many a shift with Barb.
Rest in peace
1 April 2021
Barb is fondly referred to as my Big Sister. She is nearly 12 years my senior. She introduced me as her Baby Brother. She was the built-in babysitter in our early years. She reminded me quite often that she used to change my diapers. When we moved to 18th Avenue in Burnaby, Barb attended Burnaby South High School. I would wait at the living room window waiting for her to come home from school. When she was old enough to drive she would get in Dads 1951 Chev sedan and practice driving back and forth in the driveway. Sometimes my brother and I would ride along with her. After she was done, we would sit in the drivers seat, without the motor on, and practice, flicking switches and playing with things. One time I guess we left something on. Dad went to start the car and the battery was dead. Guess who got blamed? Barb. Sorry Barb. We also had a very large cherry tree in the front yard. We were a team when it came to picking cherries. Barb would climb the ladder as far as she could and Bob and I would climb the tree as far as we could.
Mom tried making blackberry wine a few times. One batch wasn’t developing very well, so Barb put a bottle of vodka in it. Much better. I gather she took chemistry in high school. When Barb was in nurses training at St. Paul’s, she met her future husband Nic.
We thought he was the best, he had a pickup. We would ride in the back all over town. Try doing that now. Barb and Nic were married Oct. 4, 1958. Our dad was recovering from a very bad staph infection, he could barely walk Barb down the aisle. I was the ring bearer. Uncle John Hok was doing the live streaming, reel to reel tape recording and 8mm movie camera. The tape and film would be sent to the Mantes in Holland. The microphone was right in front of me. During the service I guess I was bored, I kept scratching the pillow. When the tape was played back, lots of static. Sorry Barb.