Brubacher, Vernon Snyder

Born: Jan 27, 1928
Died: Jan 23, 2019


Brubacher, Vernon Snyder Passed away at Innisfree House in Kitchener on January 23, 2019, age 90 years.
            Vernon was born in Wilmot Township on January 27, 1928, the son of Abner and Arminta (Snyder) Brubacher. He is survived by his wife Eva, whom he married on August 2, 1956, their three children, Jeff Brubacher (Sandi Li) of Vancouver, BC; Doug Brubacher (Pamela Power) of Ottawa, ON; and Jan Brubacher (John Francois Beylard) of Tofino, BC; and their six grandchildren, Jasmine, Julian, Jennifer, Kate, Neil and Lucie.
            Also surviving are his siblings, Marjorie Jackson (Joe), Lewis (Lois), Lloyd (Edelene), Eva Good (Jim) and one step-sibling, Hugh Honsberger (Zoe).
            He was predeceased by his parents Abner Brubacher (d. 1942) and Arminta (Brubacher) Honsberger  (d. 1996), his sisters Agnes (d. 1930), Eileen (d. 1936), Mary (d. 1986), Dorothy Snyder (d. 2013), his stepfather Ralph Honsberger (d. 1996) and step-siblings Charlotte Romagnoli, Madeline Thomson, Keith Honsberger, Joan (Liz) Jahncke, and Margaret Chester.
            After graduation from grade eight, Vernon worked at home on the farm where he was born. In 1945, some two years after his father’s death, the family moved to Vineland Station where, for five years, Vernon worked in a greenhouse operation to provide income and housing for the family. In 1952, after his mother married Ralph Honsberger, Vernon went back to school. He graduated from Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in 1953 and from Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) in 1957. Vernon entered the teaching profession that year. He taught at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate for five years; then studied at Goshen Biblical Seminary, Indiana from which he graduated in 1965. Then Vernon returned  to Ontario and taught at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School until his retirement in 1987.
            He was actively involved in church and community, serving on various boards and committees including Wilmot Seniors Woodworking & Craft Club, New Hamburg Thrift Centre Board, Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, Conrad Grebel University College,  Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, and Mennonite Historical Society of Canada. Vernon was a member of Hillcrest Mennonite church in New Hamburg, where he served as assistant pastor (1965-1968). He also served as interim pastor at Hunta Mennonite Church, Hunta, ON for two years (1990-1992).
            Vernon had a love of travel, a characteristic that he passed on to his children. When their children were young Vernon and his wife Eva took them on numerous camping trips in Ontario, the Maritimes, northeastern United States and the west coast. Following retirement, Vernon and Eva travelled to India and Nepal, Europe, the Middle East, Haiti and to communities across Labrador. They often travelled to visit their children and grandchildren in Ottawa, ON, and in Vancouver & Tofino, BC.
            Visitation will be at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, New Hamburg on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 1 – 3 & 6 – 8 p.m.  A funeral service and reception will be held at Hillcrest Mennonite Church on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A private internment service will be held at Nith Valley Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to MCC, Nithview Home, or a charity of one’s choice.
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Visitation Information


Jan 31, 2019


1 - 3 & 6 - 8 p.m.


Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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Service Information


Feb 01, 2019


11:00 a.m.


Hillcrest Mennonite Church
1056 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 3E9
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Interment Information


Nith Valley Mennonite Cemetery
New Hamburg, Ontario

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Condolence from Dennis Pulley sent on February 8, 2019

My sincere condolences to Vern’s family. He taught me Math at WO in the 80’s and was thankful for his patience.:)
I often saw him walking in New Hamburg.
God Bless.

Condolence from Paul and Marilyn Brubacher sent on February 1, 2019

Hi Doug and Family:
I was sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. The few times I met him – mostly when he was visiting my Dad Harold and other Brubachers at St. Jacobs Mennonite – I was impressed with his gentle spirit and affirming nature. May God walk closely with you and family as you experience this loss, and yet reflect on the positive influences he has had on many in life.

Doug – if you have time and interest in being in touch (remember those Ecologistics days?), our email is, and living in Elmira. We are planning to come to Ottawa in last half of August this year, our church Zion Mennonite Fellowship is supporting a few organizations in doing some service with them.

Blessings this day and through 2019!
Paul and Marilyn
PS – I see you’ve done a lot of project work up Nunavut way. Our daughter-in-law (Laura Jane Weber) is doing her PhD out of U of G/Iqaluit on pre- post-natal health care support systems for Inuit women.

Condolence from Orie’ and Sandra Albrecht sent on January 30, 2019

Eva and family,
We send our love and prayers to you at this time of loss and grief. It has been a pleasure getting to know you through volunteering at the thrift store and most significantly through our son- in – law Nick Blackburn from Hunta married to our daughter Lisa. You were always so interested in how they were doing. May God’s s love sustain you .

Condolence from Mary Schwartzentruber and Perry & Nancy Klages sent on January 29, 2019

Dear Eva…… So sorry to hear of Vernon’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Ryan Carney sent on January 29, 2019

My condolences to Eva and family; Vernon was the first pastor that I remember from my youth up at Hunta. He was the most interesting person to listen to, and I always looked forward to going to “Vern and Eva’s”. I can still quote from some of his sermons that stuck with me over the years!

Condolence from Bob and Esther Landis sent on January 28, 2019

Eva and family, Our sincere condolence in the loss of Vernon. We have many precious memories of Vernon and you when you spend 2 years with us at Hunta. God comfort you and surround you with His love.

Condolence from Carl & Marlene Schlegel sent on January 28, 2019

Our sincerest sympathy to you Eva and your family
Vernon was a quiet, kind, gentle man who had a smile for
everyone. We remember many happy times with you & Vernon & my parents”Omar & Leola Wagler”
God Bless you all with comfort & Love!

Condolence from Margaret’s Herb sent on January 28, 2019

Eva,Your lives and experiences so paralleled ours (married 8/24/56) that it was a delight to read and remember. On Sunday I taught a lesson on the
meaning of JOY as both a gift of the Spirit and Jesus’ definition of His Father (the Joy of the Lord) and therefore of heaven–the place of ultimate JOY.
May you know that JOY in the coming days as you adjust to life without Vernon. With much love, Margaret’s Herb.

Condolence from sent on January 28, 2019

Eva and family – my husband, Gordon, and I have spoken several times of the one time we met and chatted with Vernon, over a very pleasant lunch at the Williamsford Mill a few years ago. We send our sincere sympathy for your loss. Donna Coffey KWH’55

Condolence from Nancy Li sent on January 28, 2019

Dear Eva,
It has been many years since we have connected. Our deepest sympathies to you, Jeff, Sandi, Doug, Pam, and Jan . Vernon was a very kind and gentle soul. May the fond memories of Vernon bring you and your family comfort.
Nancy and Peter ( Ottawa)

Condolence from JOE SLEZAK sent on January 27, 2019

Vern was a true gentleman. My sincere condolences to the Brubacher family.

Condolence from Don and Polly Johnson sent on January 27, 2019

To Eva and family,
We’re thinking of you at this time of mourning and remembering Vern with fondness. We pray that God’s comfort surround you as his love is poured out through family and friends.

Condolence from Irvin an CAROL Wagler sent on January 27, 2019

Vernon was one of a kind .He was such a upright , quiet, respected, humble ,honest man who touched many lives.
We are honoured to have known him as a friend an were greatly impacted by his life .Blessings to your family as you grieve his loss

Condolence from Sue Rhem sent on January 26, 2019

My deepest condolences to all the Brubacher family. I remember Vern as a terrific human being and wonderful teacher at W-O. Peace to each of you.

Condolence from Phil Werstine sent on January 26, 2019

As a colleague of Vern for 20 years,I got to know him well.He was a real gentleman and a great listener.His quiet and unassuming demeanour won him great respect among the staff and his beloved students.You lived a long and good christian life Vern and now you are with your Lord Jesus. My sincere condolences and prayers to the family.

Condolence from Terry Jutzi sent on January 26, 2019

My condolences are extended to Eva and family at this time. Vernon was Chairperson of the New Hamburg Thrift Centre when I joined the team in 2006 as co-manager. I appreciated the leadership and support provided by Vernon at that time.

Condolence from Nancy Schwartzentruber New Hamburg sent on January 26, 2019

Vernon Brubacher – a faithful man of great integrity who will be sorely missed! My loving thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Eva.

Condolence from Elaine Gross sent on January 26, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are offered in gratitude for the blessing of how Vernon’s life of dedication, faith, and love, have influenced so many.

Condolence from Susan (Riehl) & Tony Brenner sent on January 26, 2019

Our sincere sympathy to the family. Susan has many fond memories of “Mr. Brubacher” as a math teacher but more importantly as a neighbor. I have so many wonderful memories of your family and babysitting! May the memories you share bring comfort in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Carmen Good of Fond Du Lac Saskatchewan sent on January 26, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are going out to the family. What a loss!! His positive attitude, friendliness, helpfulness, and gentle spirit along with his great singing voice are all things I will remember about him. I hope I can positively impact as many people as he did in his life time. Talk about living your beliefs!! Vernon – you will truly be missed.

Condolence from John and Dianne Gruhl sent on January 25, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with Eva and family. It was a privilege to know and talk to Vernon always. He will be missed by many and especially at Wilmot Senior’s Woodworking Club.

Condolence from Doreen Wilson sent on January 25, 2019

A life well-lived. Well done good and faithful servant. I have many fond memories of our times together in Ottawa and miss both of you. All my warmest regards Eva.

Condolence from Tracy Ruthig sent on January 25, 2019

My sincere condolences to Mrs Brubacher and to Jeff, Doug and Jan on Vernons passing. He was a wonderful happy and kind man, and I hv many fond memories of his math classes at W. O. He taught me well always encouraging me with my math struggles and was ever so empathetic and compassionate to me with my difficulties where in the end I succeeded with the best mark in class!!I remember him to always hv a wonderful smile on his face as we came to class every single day!I know he will be sorely missed. Praying for God’s grace and love to give you all strength and courage peace and love at this very difficult time.

Condolence from Dianne (Holst) Ritz sent on January 25, 2019

One of my favourite teachers at WO

Condolence from Sandi McCarron sent on January 25, 2019

My sympathy to Vernon’s wife, Eva, & the whole family. I’m sure that Vernon has left a lasting legacy to you all. I know that I was touched by his kindness, knowedge & quiet nature, in the short time that I came to know him @ Nithview Retirement Home. May God be gracious to you all, as you grieve the loss of this fine man, in your lives.

Condolence from Lew and Barbara sent on January 24, 2019

In celebration of a life well lived. May Vernon’s memory be a blessing.