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Woodlawn Funeral Home

2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford, BC

OBITUARY

Ruth Unger

August 12, 1930March 12, 2020

Ruth Goossen was born on August 12, 1930 to Franz D. and Anna Goossen in Oakley, Kansas. She grew up on the family farm near Mingo, where she raised her very own lamb by the name of Max. This sheep would only come if Ruth called it. There was a certain well in the middle of the 160 acre farm where she experienced the presence of the Lord and Jesus called her by name; she said, “Yes” to Him.

Her father designed and built the Meadow Mennonite Church in Mingo, where she attended faithfully until she moved to North Newton, Kansas to attend Bethel College. There, she graduated with a BA. At college she met a dashing young man from Canada, George Unger. They married on August 16, 1953 and moved to George’s home on Peardonville Rd. in Abbotsford where his mother lived in a separate suite. At home they spoke Low German (Plautdiesch) but Ruth soon learned High German as well.

Before the children came along she taught basketball and typing at the MEI and was secretary to the president. On March 19, 1957 Marcus was born; then Esther on June 9, 1959, and Nathan on September 24, 1960. At that moment, Ruth died and went to heaven. Jesus asked her if she wanted to stay there with Him. She said, “That would be very nice but who would take care of my three children? George has to go to work every day.” So the Lord granted her more time on earth. Eventually a new house was built on the Peardonville property, and they moved in, in the summer of 1962. They welcomed daughter Lois on October 23, 1964 and then Peter on September 10, 1967.

In 1970, Jesus called her again, “Seek My Face.” Her response was, “Yes, Lord, I will.” She experienced the wonderful baptism of the Holy Spirit. Ruth and George then opened their home to young people for weekly meetings, where hundreds gave their hearts to Jesus.

Music was an integral part of Ruth’s life. She encouraged all her five children to practice piano; her husband George was a piano teacher and had up to sixty students. Pretty soon, the piano playing filled the house, upstairs and downstairs.

The children grew up and got married and started their own families. Ruth continued raising vegetables and flowers of all kinds, especially dahlias. She created beautiful flower arrangements. Ruth was also a prolific seamstress. She once sewed 1200 boys’ shirts for an orphanage in India. Their home was always open. People came from all over for a word of encouragement, and some of Ruth's delicious home cooking.

In 2014, she lost her balance and broke her hip. The next year she and George moved to The Mayfair. On December 18, 2019 she was admitted to Abbotsford Hospital with pneumonia and, after seven days of treatment, was well enough to return to The Mayfair. On March 12, 2020 at 6:00 am, she met her Saviour, Jesus, for her eternal reward.

Ruth is survived by her husband, George; her children: Marcus and Cathy (Los), Esther and Jonathan Keller, Nathan and Lesley (Klaassen), Lois and Randy Voth, Peter and Darlene (Klassen); and her eight grandchildren: Daniel, Aliyah, Matthew, Jayna, Shoshanna, Elise, Ann and Lily. She is also survived by her sister, Leona Saltzman, and brother Levi Goossen.

A special thank you to The Mayfair staff for their wonderful care.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Marcus Unger
  • Nathan Unger
  • Peter Unger
  • Jonathan Keller
  • Daniel Unger
  • Matthew Keller

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 19, 2020

Memories

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Ron Kinch

March 23, 2020

Marcus, Cathy and daughters Aliyah (pilot in training) I wish you all the comfort of the Holy Spirit during this sad time of grief at the passing of your Mom and Grandma. I hope to be in Abbotsford soon and hope to see you briefly if possible. I trust all went well under the circumstances. The entire Psalms come to mind when I think of your Mom and her smile which spoke love to all she met.. Ron

Helen Schroeder

March 19, 2020

Dear George, Marcus and family, Esther and family, Nathan and family Lois and family, Peter and family, at this sad occasion, we would like to express our condolences to you.
Would have loved to be at the service today, but will watch online. I have very fond memories of Ruth that go back a long way. One thing that keeps coming back every
Time I think of her is a phrase she used was “your face I will seek”, referring to of course
Her search for God, which was so evident in her life. She is with the Lord forever.
I also have a greeting passed on from George and Esther Wiebe: “. Ruth was one of a kind, I don’t think we will see the likes of her again. She will always be remembered for
Her forthright and joyous witness to Jesus”




Rosalyn Burn

March 19, 2020

Aunt Ruth was always the kindest person you could know. She was always there for me and all my family. We would drop in and she made us all feel so welcome. When my parents both had died, after my Dad’s funeral, Aunt Ruth came up with the most beautiful words. She said to Julie and I, your parents are in heaven and because you are now orphans, we will adapt you as part of our family. Although Julie and I were both adults with children of our own, it was such a kind gesture. We loved Aunt Ruth so much. Heaven is better with her presence.

Jacki Los

March 18, 2020

Ruth will always be remembered as a woman who loved the Lord! She served Him with all her being! She delighted in feeding anyone who came through her door...dinners, lunches, or homade pie with tea! She encouraged people by giving flower arrangements, sprinkled with a verse from God’s Word! She was full of life and joy!

Though her body and mind “wasted” away outwardly, we know inwardly she was being renewed day by day!
2 Cor. 4:16

Our sincere condolences to the Unger’s and extended family! Yet, we do not grieve as those who have no hope! “ ...at the trumpet call of God, the dead in Christ will rise first. We who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord...and be with Him forever!! 1 Thess. 4:16-17

Dan Bue

March 18, 2020

Ruth was such a hospitable person. Many are the times we dropped by for a visit to their place on Peardonville Rd., but Ruth always insisted that we could not leave before we had a bite to eat! And that bite was always delicious! She loved the Lord and wanted to live out that love to others. Now, she is with the Lord whom she loved!

Ruth Froese (nee Unger)

March 15, 2020

I have many memories of Aunt Ruth's hospitality and practical and efficient ways of showing Christ's love. Though I admired her flower arrangements in many locations in Abbotsford, her willingness to fill her basement with potatoes and flower bulbs all winter, her constant sewing of shirts and blankets for others with less, and her boisterous gregariousness, the one skill she shared that I still put into practice regularly whenever I make waffles for my children and their children (Grandma treat!) is to put them into a warm oven in single layers to prevent them from going soggy between the waffle iron and the table.
So glad for her that she has reached her reward; sad for her family to be deprived of her cheerful and supportive presence.

LIn Wiebe

March 15, 2020

To Uncle George, and my cousins,

My sympathies to you all in the loss of your wife, mom, grandmother and friend. I have many memories of Aunt Ruth's beautiful flower arrangements, and more importantly, the selfless way that she gave to others. Her raspberry juice from the garden was the best in the world and she would keep filling our glasses even though it was a precious commodity.
My prayers are with you as you say goodbye to her, and may the comfort of being together as a family, cherishing memories of her,
bring you closer together in Christ.

Love, Lin (Unger) Wiebe

Joyce Kehler

March 15, 2020

George and Ruth attended West Abbotsford Mennonite Church when Dad, Peter Harms was pastor there. Listening to George play piano, especially when Henry Wiebe led the choir was a gift. And Ruth was such a friendly happy person , despite her arthritic pain. May she Rest in Peace. My Mom, Susie Harms would also like to express her condolences to George. and the family, especially Marcus with whom she had a lovely friendship. .

sheryl Goossen

March 14, 2020

I am so sorry for your lose! I always loved talking to Ruth whenever they were able to make it to a Goossen Reunion. I will miss her smile! Looking forward to the day we will all be reunited!

Debra Wolfe

March 14, 2020

She was such a wonderful, caring lady. I will always remember her loving hugs and her delicious homemade bread.

FROM THE FAMILY