Aganetha began her midwifery career around 1892. The community did not have a resident physician at that time and so the church put out a request for a volunteer to take a three-week midwifery course. Aganetha volunteered in spite of an already busy life and over the years delivered more than 600 babies in Steinbach and the surrounding area. She was also called on to assist with the duties of undertaker, preparing the body for burial when someone in the community died. In addition to all of her many abilities and responsibilities, Aganetha found time to teach her grandson Menno how to swim, something she had learned to do as a young girl in Russia.
In 1918 Aganetha's husband, John R. Reimer, died at the age of 69. Aganetha continued to farm with her youngest son until 1936. She then moved into Steinbach, where she built for herself a small house with a barn on Hanover Street. After a lifetime of good health, Aganetha Barkman Reimer experienced a stroke on the morning of 5 March 1938 and died that night, having reached the age of 75. Harvey Kroeker probably best described her life when he wrote, "She truly was a most remarkable woman, a person of faith and a noteworthy pioneer."
Kroeker, Harvey. "Aganetha Barkman Reimer." Preservings No. 6 (June 1995): 23-24.
|Author(s)||Sharon H. H Brown|
|Date Published||March 2006|
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Brown, Sharon H. H. "Reimer, Aganetha Barkman (1863-1938)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2006. Web. 1 May 2016. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Reimer,_Aganetha_Barkman_(1863-1938)&oldid=93358.
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