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Elim MB Church Cemetery

Name of R.M.: Lawtonia RM 135
Name of Cemetery: Elim MB Church Cemetery
Name of Church: Kelstern Community Church
Denomination: MB
Condition of Cemetery: Cared for
Approximate Number of Burials: 148
Ownership of Cemetery: MB Conference
Legal Land Location: N.W. - 35 –13 - 7 – W3rd
Recorded By: Kim Ohlmann
Date: June 24, 2003
Local contact person: Wilf Rempel (306) 677 - 2547
Directions: The Elim MB church cemetery is located 1mile south and 3miles west of the Kelstern MB church.

History: In 1908, a small group of Mennonite Brethren families homesteaded south of Morse, Sk. At first the families met for worship with a group at Gnadenau. These services alternated between the homes of the Jacob Priebes, in the north and the Peter P. Penners, in the south. This group consisted of 34 baptized believers. More people moved into the area and by 1910, the membership had risen to 52. As there was 22 miles between the two farthest families, it was decided that the two groups would only meet together twice a month. Because they could not organize another church under the name of Gnadenau, the southern group was organized under the name Elim. In 1910, they were officially accepted into the Conference of Mennonite Brethren Church. After Elim officially became a church, and with more families moving into the area, the homes became too small for services. In May of 1910, the Queen Centre School became the meeting place for this young church.
Mr. Jacob J. Froese donated one acre of land, NW1/4 – 35 – 13 – 7 – W3rd., to be used as the cemetery, which the church was to control completely. In 1914, before the Froese family left, a fence was put around this property. Today, it is still being used as the church cemetery.
On February 20, 1918, Mr. Frank Brown donated one acre of land on which to build a church. That same year in the summer, the church was built. The building still stands today, but not in the same location. It was moved to the small hamlet of Kelstern on November 5, 1954.
Elim MB was later changed to Kelstern Community Church and a new building was built. The first service in the new building was held March 23, 1998 and is still being used today.

Name Birth Death Monument Inscription
Arnold, Katherina 01 Dec 1868 05 Oct 1954  
Arnold, Leonard 23 Jul 1929 27 Nov 1937  
Arnold, Wilhelm 30 Jan 1870 20 Apr 1942  
Barwick, Tina (Schwarz) 1840 02 Jan 1921  
Batke, Annie 27 Jun 1848 31 Oct 1939  
Bergen, Anna (Janzen) 24 Nov 1863 24 Dec 1940  
Bergen, Cornelius 11 Nov 1853 25 Aug 1929  
Block, Elisabeth (Peters) 04 Jun 1852 05 Apr 1937  
Block, Irna Ella (Rochrick) 04 Mar 1923 08 May 1944  
Block, Karolina (Hoffmann) 08 Jan 1893 15 Dec 1926  
Block, Peter 18 Mar 1856 15 Aug 1925  
Block, Peter P. 21 Jun 1886 12 Jan 1939  
Braun, Edna 27 May 1920 27 May 1920  
Brown, Gertrude 25 Jul 1919 01 Mar 2003  
Brown, Myrle   03 Nov 1984  
Brown, Sharon 18 Dec 1951 01 May 1952
Buhler, Elisabeth (Janz) 26 Feb 1869 29 May 1919
Buhler, Heinrich 1905 29 May 1919
Dyck, Maria 20 Jan 1898 14 Jun 1990
Elias, Cornelius 09 Oct 1880 14 Nov 1941
Epp, Anna 22 Nov 1914 22 Nov 1914
Epp, Jacob 26 Apr 1913 26 Apr 1913
Fenty, Adella D. (Holtzman) 09 Aug 1894 23 Jun 1932
Fenty, Baby (no name) 17 Jan 1925 17 Jan 1925
Fenty, Isabella 1883 23 Feb 1914
Fenty, James 25 Jun 1883 17 Nov 1944
Fenty, William 1921 1923
Freiberg, Wilhelmine (Strasser) 1866 Jul 1917
Gerlach, Otto 31 Jan 1895 28 Nov 1931
Giesbrecht, David John 27 Nov 1937 12 Feb 1938
Giesbrecht, Elis (Nickel) 19 May 1874 06 Dec 1944
Giesbrecht, Francis 15 Dec 1934 12 Feb 1935
Giesbrecht, Franz Abram 15 Jul 1871 19 Jan 1945
Giesbrecht, Helen Elizabeth Mar 1935 10 Feb 1936
Giesbrecht, Lena (Nickel) 27 Jul 1903 11 Feb 1936
Giesbrecht, Mary Anna 05 Dec 1938 10 Mar 1939
Goertz, Alice 07 Dec 1940 19 Oct 1943
Goertz, Allen 22 Nov 1927 03 Apr 1932
Goertz, Audrey 16 Apr 1930 03 Apr 1932
Goertz, Edna 25 Jan 1927 03 Apr 1932
Goertz, Myra 11 Feb 1929 03 Apr 1932
Goerzen, Clarence 09 Jan 1918 13 Jan 1918
Groth, Anna (Klemuch) 28 Mar 1894 15 Nov 1938
Groth, Friedrich Wm. 08 Sep 1916 21 Jul 1937
Groth, John 30 Jan 1884 23 May 1952
Heinrichs, Johann 04 Sep 1862 27 Sep 1917
Hoffmann, David 28 Apr 1922 04 Jan 1927
Holtzman, MaryAnn (Surerus) 30 Apr 1856 30 Dec 1942
Holtzman, Nels    
Holtzman, William H. 12 Dec 1858 09 May 1932
Huber, Freda Selma 10 Apr 1915 29 Jan 1974
Janzen, Elizabeth Lorraine 01 Apr 1938 15 Apr 1939
Janzen, Helena (Boldt) 22 Dec 1864 06 Oct 1942
Janzen, Jacob 18 Apr 1866 25 Mar 1942
Janzen, Johann 23 Oct 1905 17 Mar 1936
Ketler, Cornelius F. 02 Aug 1863 27 May 1940
Ketler, Katharina (Vogt) 16 Feb 1870 26 Nov 1943
Ketler, Olga 04 May 1939 12 Nov 1941
Kieling, Johannes 14 May 1901 16 Nov 1931
Klassen, Elizabeth 11 Mar 1895 10 Jun 1968
Klassen, Eva 02 Dec 1915 14 Jan 1924
Klassen, Helen 11 Apr 1927 16 May 1998
Klassen, Isaac Sr. 08 Mar 1866 14 Jan 1941
Klassen, Isaak A. 12 Apr 1895 18 Oct 1984
Klassen, John I. 18 Jul 1923 15 Feb 1985
Klassen, Margaret (Suderman) 20 Mar 1868 25 Nov 1945
Klingenberg, Albert Frank 10 Jan 1920 08 Feb 1939
Klingenberg, Frank   19 Apr 1972
Klingenberg, Johann 03 Jun 1855 15 Sep 1935
Klingenberg, Loise (Jechner) 06 Apr 1861 04 May 1938
Klingenberg, Minnie 06 Apr 1898 11 Mar 1965
Knelsen, Dietrich "Dick" 26 Oct 1910 25 Aug 2001
Knelsen, Henry   30 Apr 1999
Knelsen, Mary 11 Nov 1879 14 Jun 1969
Knelsen, Mary   17 Sep 1999
Knelsen, Rev. Jacob J. 27 Jul 1878 15 Aug 1954
Knelsen, Tina 14 Aug 1918 20 Feb 1935
Krickan, Esther (Janzen) 28 Jul 1912 07 Mar 1935
Lempky, Anna (Friesen) 18 Apr 1889 04 Sep 1929
Letkeman, J.J. 17 Feb 1889 14 Jan 1949
Letkeman, Maria (Klassen) 27 Jan 1893 28 Jan 1940
Letkemann, Mrs. Heinrich   03 Dec 1910
Letkemann, Tina 1888 18 Oct 1910
McKay, Harold Arthur 07 Oct 1924 05 Feb 2001
Muller, Hans Herman 29 Jan 1924 14 Jan 1975
Muller, Helena (Albrecht) 06 Jan 1849 16 Feb 1936
Muller, Henry 03 Aug 1887 09 Jun 1956
Muller, Liese 30 Jan 1920 30 Jan 1920
Muller, Peter 03 Sep 1848 05 Apr 1909
Muller, Richard 09 Nov 1928 15 Apr 1929
Neufeld, Anna 01 Apr 1910 15 Jun 1916
Neufeld, Heinrich W. 21 Feb 1848 04 Feb 1915
Neufeld, Jacob   14 Jun 1973
Neufeld, Lena 17 Aug 1898 16 Nov 1918
Neufeld, Olga 02 Jan 1931 26 May 1934
Nickel, Peter 12 Jul 1930 12 Jul 1930
Ohlmann, Herman A. 27 Jan 1912 21 Sep 1992
Penner, Lena 1895 11 Mar 1912
Penner, Luella 04 Aug 1915 Apr 1916
Penner, Peter P. 08 Apr 1847 25 May 1918
Peters, Albert Harvey 26 Jan 1938 12 Mar 1938
Priebe, Wayne 03 Mar 1942 26 Apr 1963
Ratzlaff, Leonard Victor 31 Jan 1915 26 Jan 1942
Ratzlaff, Maria Just. 01 Feb 1925 03 Feb 1925
Redekopp, Abram G. 10 May 1895 19 Mar 1953
Redekopp, Anna (Froese) 22 Dec 1872 25 Aug 1938
Redekopp, Gerh. G. 24 Nov 1866 11 Sep 1938
Redekopp, Gerhard F. 16 Jun 1905 13 Jun 1924
Redekopp, Gordon Oliver 09 Dec 1937 29 Aug 1939
Redekopp, Herald 07 Feb 1930 28 Jun 1930
Redekopp, Leonard 21 Oct 1936 14 Nov 1936
Redekopp, Liese 17 Jun 1910 30 May 1924
Reiter, Theodor 13 Jun 1869 02 May 1928
Rempel, Anna Mar 1912 19 Aug 1933
Rempel, Helmut David 15 Jul 1932 22 Aug 1993
Rempel, Isaac 20 Mar 1900 01 May 1977
Rempel, Jacob H 25 Jul 1854 27 Apr 1938
Rempel, Lydia 02 Sep 1937 11 Feb 1938
Rempel, Mary 12 Feb 1900 27 Oct 1992
Rempel, Mrs. Jacob 01 Feb 1866 21 Jul 1954
Sapinsky, Johann M. 16 Mar 1867 16 Oct 1930
Sapinsky, Karolina (Muller) 10 Jul 1871 25 Nov 1933
Sapinsky, Paul 03 Mar 1919 03 Mar 1919
Schoenroth, Arthur Richard 07 Aug 1918 11 Apr 1940
Schultz, Arthur 1909 Mar 1913
Steinke, Adolf 02 May 1878 25 May 1963
Steinke, Amelia 1877 20 Aug 1954
Steinke, Otto    
Strauch, Baby Boy (no name) 31 Dec 1935 31 Dec 1935
Strauch, Helmuth 13 Feb 1935 16 Feb 1935
Strauch, Matilda 11 Jan 1875 23 May 1956
Strauch, Philip 28 Jan 1878 23 Nov 1942
Tachalsky, Raymond Edgar 14 Mar 1942 04 Aug 1949
Tacholsky, Ernestina (Paaseh) 12 Sep 1872 13 Nov 1918
Taubensee, Irma 03 Mar 1922 31 Oct 1924
Thiessen, Anna (Boldt) 23 Oct 1858 07 Nov 1935
Thiessen, Jacob L. 27 Jun 1926 26 Mar 1927
Thiessen, Jacob Levie 24 Apr 1927 04 Jun 1927
Thiessen, Johann 1843 05 Apr 1914
Thiessen, Sahra (Boldt) 05 Nov 1851 25 Mar 1922
Toews, Jacob 1891 May 1912
Turner, Harvey 13 Apr 1921 10 May 1921
Waechter, Aganetha (Goertzen) 13 May 1910 17 Jun 2003
Waechter, Aganetha (Goertzen) 13 May 1910 17 Jun 2003
Waechter, Ernst 18 Oct 1893 29 May 1972
Wall, Eduard Sep 1922 Aug 1923
Wilm, Arthur 02 Jul 1921 05 Jul 1921
Wirsche, Willie 06 Sep 1922 17 Jun 1952
Wislowsky, Heinrich 1856 Mar 1911