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Former Missionary Nurse in India Dies


Dorothy Giesbrecht

Feb 22, 2004
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Newton, Kan.– Dorothy Giesbrecht (Andres), 79, who spent 26 years as a mission worker in India with a the Commission on Overseas Mission (COM), a predecessor agency of Mennonite Church Canada Witness, died on Feb. 4 in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

She went to India as a nurse in 1951 COM, and one year later married Jacob Giesbrecht who joined her in India. Together they served there for 25 years, where his responsibility was with evangelistic development work in rural areas around Saraipali, Madhya Pradesh. They left India in 1977. About 18 years ago, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Giesbrecht was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, on Dec. 28, 1925, to Hilda and Henry Andres. She became a registered nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and attended the Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Neb., for two years.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Gary of Edmonton, Alberta, and Larry of Chilliwack, British Columbia; two daughters, Hazel of Abbotsford and Hilda Reed of Caronport, Saskatchewan; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at West Abbotsford Mennonite Church on Feb. 11.

Updated March 2, 2005