Published:Aug 26, 2009


BRUBACHER, Edma - The last survivor of the large Fusee family in Stratford died peacefully, in her sleep on Sunday morning, July 20, 2008, in her 98th year. Edma Doris Brubacher had been invalid for several years at various nursing homes, prior to Greenwood Court, Stratford where she died. She is survived by many nieces and nephews throughout North America. Edma was one of eight children of George and Lucinda Fusee who raised their children at 122 Grange Street, Stratford. Edma was born on June 15, 1911 in Winchester, Eastern Ontario and moved to Stratford with her family after the First World War in 1919. Her seven siblings were Ola, Bernelda (Nellie), Marguerite, Robert, Ruth, Clara and Frederick. Edma graduated as a grade school teacher from Stratford Normal School in 1930 and taught for seven years in Bridgeport (Kitchener suburb). She had wanted, even as a child to be a missionary in Africa. As the Second World War storm clouds were forming, she managed to get a posting by the United Missionary Church in Lebanon for a year. However, she had always felt she was being called to do missionary work in Africa. After a furlough back in Canada, she married Elgin Brubacher. The couple then managed to get a posting in Nigeria in 1940. The two worked hard preaching, teaching and building schools, when her husband took ill and died just short of three years into their ministry. Edma then devoted some 40 years alone in the area, making untold personal sacrifices for the United Missionary Church. Even after her retirement, she devoted her time speaking all over North America. Relatives and friends will be received at Elgin Missionary Church, Stratford (the church which is named in memory of her late husband) on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from 10 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Rev. Harvey Fretz and Rev. Willis Hunking will officiate. Interment will be in Stayner Union Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Elgin Missionary Church Women's Ministries or a charity of one's choice through the Heinbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert Street, Stratford 519-271-5062.


Category: Obituaries & Death Notices

Newspaper(s): Waterloo Region Record

Location: Stratford

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