Nettie Marie Engbrecht (née Warkentin)

December 17, 1938 – April 19, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
Nettie Marie Engbrecht (née Warkentin), cherished mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend, passed peacefully away at Kelowna, BC, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at the age of 83 following a courageous battle with cancer.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Wally, her parents Jacob and Anna and her brother Jake.
She is survived by her sons Brad (Cindy) and Doug (Allison), grandsons Sam and Matthew, brother Henry Warkentin (Jane), sister Anita Brendle, nephew Jamie Warkentin, niece Kristi Caldwell (James) and grandnieces Olive and Charlotte Caldwell.
Born and raised on the family farm outside Chilliwack, BC, Nettie graduated from Chilliwack High School and attended Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg with her sister Anita. Thereafter she worked at Cherry Motors in Chilliwack where she met the love of her life, Wally, who worked as a mechanic. They married in 1964 and moved to Kamloops and later to Kelowna to raise Brad and Doug.
After Wally’s passing in 1993 Nettie continued to devote herself to family and friends and embarked upon a new chapter of volunteerism, philanthropy and travel. Nettie was most passionate about giving back to the community which she loved and which she felt had given her so much.
She established a bursary at Okanagan Mission Secondary in Wally’s memory for graduates pursuing skilled trades and apprenticeship programs. She also was a generous supporter of the KGH Foundation and member of the Chair’s Circle. The causes closest to her heart were cancer, cardiac, paediatric and perinatal care and JoeAnna’s House.
The family is forever in debt to those who provided loving and compassionate care in her final days. Heartfelt thanks to the caregivers at Home Instead, the palliative care nurses and staff at Kelowna Hospice House.
Cremation has taken place. The family will be holding a private graveside service in the coming days and as requested by Nettie, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, in Nettie’s memory.
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