Edna Monk

Edna Paulena Monk

Thursday, July 4th, 1912 - Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
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In Loving Memory of Edna Paulena Monk

Deaconess with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

Passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 in her 107th year.

Edna was born July 4th, 1912 and was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Hannah (Stadtlander) Monk. Edna was the youngest of 9 children and was predeceased by 6 brothers and 2 sisters, Bert, Otto, Amelia, Reuben “RJ”, Laura, Alvin, Victor and Dan. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, her church family at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Kitchener, and by her extended family and friends.

Edna devoted her life in service to the Lutheran Church. In September 1937, she crossed the border to study for two years at the Lutheran Deaconess Training School in Baltimore, Maryland. She was invested with the garb in 1938 and consecrated in June 1942. In November 1944 she became a Naturalized citizen of the United States. Her first assignment was for the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Clinton, N.Y. This was followed by sixteen years of service for churches throughout the northeastern USA and Kitchener, Ontario.

In 1956 Edna personally chose to withdraw from the diaconate, but continued her service in the church with the Department of Evangelism of the Lutheran Church in America until 1973 and then with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Manhattan until 1975. She retired and moved back to Hanover, Ontario where she was active in the program at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and participated in the celebration of their 125th Anniversary.

In 2001 Edna moved to Kitchener and transferred to St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Kitchener in 2002 and participated in many programs including Loaves and Fishes, E.L.W., Reader for World Day of Prayer and Praise Offering Services, Prayer Group and the Leprosy Mission. Edna was very grateful for the love and help from her friends at St. Matthews and the opportunity to serve in those capacities.

Edna joyfully celebrated her birthday every year on the Fourth of July and received birthday wishes from family and friends in Canada, USA and worldwide, most recently on her 106th birthday in July 2018. Everyone who knew and loved Edna was truly blessed.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Edna’s life will be held at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 54 Benton St., Kitchener, Ontario on Saturday, February 2nd 2019 at 2:00pm with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Reception to follow at St. Matthews Church. Cremation has taken place. Interment in the Hanover Cemetery to follow at a later date.

Edna’s family wishes to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to her caregivers, friends and church family for looking after Edna over the last number of years. Special thanks to Mrs. Donna Girodat, Pastor Sebastian Meadows-Helmer and the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., for all of their help and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Golden Hours Broadcast of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Ontario would be greatly appreciated and can be arranged with the church or through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0

“The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Psalm 121: 7-8
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    St. Matthews Lutheran Church
    54 Benton Street
    Kitchener, Ontario
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  • Memorial Service to Celebrate Edna's Life

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Matthews Lutheran Church
    54 Benton Street
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Sebastian Meadows - Helmer
  • Interment

    Cremation has taken place at Highland Park Crematorium and an Interment will be held at the Hanover Cemetery at a later date.
    2510 Bensfort Road
    Peterborough, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 11:10am
A great woman and a life well lived. I was a caregiver for Edna at Victoria place. She always had a big smile every time she saw me.
Edna was very compassionate about my feelings when my mother passed , even at her age she would remember and always ask how I was feeling. We laughed a lot. I'll miss her.
Diana Ough

Laura Geberdt

Posted at 01:57pm
We have many fond memories of Edna at our house in Bentinck and then more recently of playing Euchre and Crokinole with her when we visited Ontario. Somewhere along the line she moved from great family friend to actual family. She was such a beautiful person and we will miss her .
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William and Barbara

Posted at 11:12pm
We can never adequately convey how much our beloved Sister Edna has meant to us throughout her 106 years. Her special spiritual presence was always an inspiration to us and will be much missed. May our Lord sustain each one of us throughout this difficult time. Bishop William and Barbara Huras

Brenda Toutant

Posted at 04:39pm
My condolences to Edna's family and friends. I would see Edna in the dining room at Victoria Place when I came to visit Dolly Both. Edna would often make a comment to me on what I was wearing. Very sweet of her. She will be missed.

Brenda Toutant

Jackie Schuknecht and Marion Kennedy

Posted at 03:07pm
In memory of a beloved Aunt. Gone but not forgotten.
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Edna around her 105th birthday at St. Matthews.
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