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Dyck, Katharine (1892–1993)

Proper Title

Katharine Dyck fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

1 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Katharine was born on October 20, 1892 to Jacob Fehderau (1865–1922) and Maria Bahnman (1867–1946) in the village of Marianovka in the Arkadak colony Russia. She grew up in the village and received a good education. She became a member of the Tiegenhägener Mennoniten Brüdergemeinde. She married Jacob Dyck on August 14, 1916 in her parents home in the village of Halbstadt. Together they had one son who died in infancy. Jacob Dyck was the leader of the Mennonite Tent Mission and died on October 26, 1919 and was buried in a mass grave.

She immigrated to Canada in 1924 along with her siblings’ families where she settled in the Kitchener, Ontario area and became a member of the Molotschna Mennonite Brethren church which later became known as the Kitchener Mennonite Brethren church. She died on October 12, 1993, almost 101-years-old. See Grandma #397145.

Custodial History

This material was donated by Katharine’s niece, Rita Willms of Kitchener, Ontario along with materials for the Nicholas J. Fehderau fonds and the Maria Fehderau fonds.

Scope and Content

The material consists of materials documenting the life of Katharina Fehderau in her childhood and early life in Canada. Included are membership and school records as well as a death certificate for her husband. Most of the documents are photocopies.


  •   Described by Conrad Stoesz January 18, 2005.
  •   Finding aid consists of a file list.
  •   Language: Russia, German and English.
  •   Location: Small collections “D”; Volume 922.
  •   No restrictions on access.
  •   Related materials: Nicholai Fehderau fonds, Maria Fehderau fonds.

File List

Volume 922
1. Copy of an unidentified Russian language [theological piece?]. 4 leaves. -- 1920.
2. Copy of a report card for Katharina Fehderau from the New Halbstadt Girls’ School. Includes English summary. -- 1907-1908.
3. Copy of certificate stating that Katharine Fehderau graduated from Molochansk Girls’ school. -- 1920.
4. Copy of medical certificate. -- [192-].
5. Copy documentation of the death of Jacob Jacob Dyck [husband of Katharina Fehderau], leader of the Mennonite tent mission who died on October 26, 1919 at the age of 30 and is buried in the community cemetery mass grave number 8. This information comes from the Nikolaipoler Mennonite Church, signed by Altester H. Epp, September 18, 1923. -- 1923.
6. Copy of a church membership certificate for Katharina Dyck from the Halbstadter Mennonititen Brüdergemeinde. -- 1924.
7. Copy of an affidavit of marriage for Katharina Dyck to Jacob J. Dyck from the Molotschna Mennonite Brethren Church, Kitchener, signed by Rev. Jacob P. Friesen. -- 1926.
8. Russian receipt for burial plot in a cemetery made out to Peter Fehderau for son Jacob. Includes English summary. -- 1920.
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