It’s not everyday that someone in the community turns a 100-years old.
Sarah Guenther became a centenarian on Feb. 2. She was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1919. When she was really young, her parents moved to the Mennonite community in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua – Mexico.
“As a neice it is such a precious moment for us because we haven’t had any aunt or uncle reach a 100-years before, so this is very special,” said Anna Klassen.
Klassen said Geunther was raised in Mexico but they moved to Burns Lake in 1955. Guenther had five sons and a daughter in Mexico and all of them decided to move to Northern British Columbia to find a better life.
“They were very poor and the settlement the Mennonites had – the lands – they had a really hard go at life there and they wanted a better life for their family so they moved back to Canada,” she said.
Guenther’s late husband John started working at the sawmills in the region and they loved their life here, Klassen said.
Then in 1975, the couple moved to Vanderhoof and Guenther has lived here ever since.
She is currently living at the Stuart Nechako Manor and the senior’s residence had one more centenarian last year – Julius ‘Jack’ Tibbles. He has passed away since then.