Harder, Aganetha Braun (1888-1981)

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Aganetha and Jacob Braun

Aganetha Braun Harder: pioneer matriarch; born on 15 December 1888 in Gnadenfeld, Manitoba to Jacob F. and Maria K. (Funk) Braun. She was the 7th of 11 children. She was baptized on 20 May 1907, becoming a member of the Chortitzer Mennonite Church. She married her first cousin Jacob A. Braun (1885-1921) on 16 July 1907. They had five children, before Jacob’s death in 1921. On 19 October 1926 she married another first cousin, Peter B. Harder (1872-1937). This marriage resulted in two more children.

With her second husband, Aganetha migrated to Paraguay in 1926. After two difficult pioneering years in the Chaco of Paraguay, Aganetha Braun Harder returned to Canada in October 1928. Most of the extended family returned to Canada over then next several years, again starting fresh to establish themselves in Manitoba.  Aganetha’s second husband died in 1937. After World War II, Aganetha, now as the matriarch of the family, retraced the immigration steps, as she and most of her family joined a migration movement of Chortizer Mennonites from Manitoba to East Paraguay. With her children married and living in their own houses, she established her own simple home, where she frequently entertained visitors. She became known for her kindness and generosity to people in the community.

Aganetha died on 10 January 1981 in Bergfeld, Menno North, Paraguay.


Funk, Anne. “Aganetha Braun Braun Harder (1888-1981).” Preservings No. 14 (June 1999): 115-117.

GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.03 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2007: #406373.

Author(s) Susan Huebert
Date Published 2007

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