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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Abram Toews (1923-2006)

Farmer, educator.

Born in Manitoba on 23 February 1923, third child of Abram G. Toews (?-1962) and Agatha Born (1898-1988), he farmed for 40 years near Graysville. He married Rosebella “Rose” Groening (?-1996) and the couple had four daughters. He returned to the classroom as an adult, earning his teaching accreditation and teaching at McCreary School where he worked alongside his eldest daughter, also on the teaching staff. He went on teach at Carman School and Sanford School and was Principal of Wingham School (1961-1962), Roland School (1966-1967), and Starbuck Collegiate / Starbuck Junior High School (1968-1972). He was also a Sunday School teacher, board member, and lay preacher at Carman Mennonite Church. He died at Carman on 10 September 2006 and was buried in the Graysville Mennonite Cemetery.

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary [Agatha Toews], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1988, page 35.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 2006, page 35.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 September 2016

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