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Featured Article: "Wiebe, Katie Funk (1924-2016)"

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Katie Funk Wiebe, late 1980s. Photo courtesy Katie Funk Wiebe collection, Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Author, biographer, editor, columnist, and essayist, Katie Funk Wiebe was also known as a speaker, preacher, pioneer, prophet, feminist, teacher, mentor, and historian. In 2000, The Mennonite named her among the top 20 Mennonites with “the most powerful influence on life and belief of the…Mennonite Church in the 20th century.”

Katie Funk was born 15 September 1924, in Laird, Saskatchewan, Canada to Jacob Funk (11 July 1896-7 May 1986) and Anna (Janzen) Funk (11 March 1895-5 March 1994). They were Mennonite immigrants from Ukraine. The fourth child and third daughter in a family of five children, Katie grew up in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan, where her father managed the local grocery store.

While Katie called herself a Christian, she reflected later that she wasn’t really a disciple until she had a profound encounter with God at the age of 19 just before she left for Winnipeg to attend Mennonite Brethren Bible College (MBBC). When Katie began working for a student publication, she met its new editor, Walter Wiebe (3 October 1918-17 November 1962), a student from Yarrow, British Columbia. They were married on 21 August 1947 in the Saskatoon Mennonite Brethren Church.

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