Fast, Anne

Anne Fast

Anne Fast (nee Wieler)

1936 – 2005

Fast,Anne.jpgAnne Fast passed away on December 19th 2005 at the Boundary Trails Health Centre at the age of 69. She will be missed by her husband Harold, her son Randy and wife Grace and their four children Brendan, Jordan, Karlee and Luke, her daughter Connie and husband Myron and their three children Abby, Andrew and Alexander, and Harold’s children: Shirley & John Banman, Donna & Errol Pelser, Bob & Dale Fast, Roma & Al Maronese, David Fast & Tannis Redekop, and Trish & Murray Bobrowski and their families.  She is survived by her sister Jane, brothers Frank, Henry, Pete and John and their spouses.  She was predeceased by her first husband Alvin, sisters Tina, Helen and Margaret, brothers Jake and Corny, and two siblings in infancy.

Anne was born to Jacob C. and Katharina Wieler on October 1, 1936 in Winkler and grew up on a farm in the Haskett district. She was baptized at the Reinland EMM Church May 21, 1956.

On September 14th 1958 she married Alvin Wiebe of the Wakeham district.  They purchased a small farm in the Haskett area and had to work hard, putting in extra hours hoeing beets. After several years of hard work they were able to purchase a dairy farm nearby in 1967.  She enjoyed many years working together with Alvin on the farm and raising their two children. Due to Alvin’s health issues, they sold their dairy business in 1978, yet remained on the farm. During these years on the farm, Anne enjoyed gardening and would sell her vegetables and fruits to customers from nearby Walhalla, ND.  These customers became her friends and came back year after year to purchase her produce or just stop in for a visit.  Anne also enjoyed many years of working at a nearby potato farm, grading potatoes.  Although the work was hard, she enjoyed it because it was a social time for her and she acquired many friends over the years. During these years, they attended the Reinland EMM Church where Anne enjoyed serving by playing the piano.

In the fall of 1996 Alvin was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 6 months later in 1997.  The farm was sold and Anne moved to a house in Winkler.  Initially this was a very lonely time for Anne, but she tried to carry on and adjust to her new life by relying on her faith in God, and her family and friends. 

In the spring of 2000, she met Harold Fast and they married on September 9th of that year. They enjoyed traveling, playing games with friends, fishing, and Anne made many new friendships with those she met in the common room of their condominium.  She enjoyed playing piano for a music group there as well.

In the spring of 2004, Anne was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Although she had her struggles, she tried to remain positive during the many treatments and was determined to fight it. It was difficult for her to give up her active lifestyle and her once unending energy. Yet, she relied on her faith and trusted in her knowledge that God was in control and would see her through this difficult time.

Anne had an enthusiasm for life.  She liked to work hard but also loved to have a good time.  She loved people and she made those around her feel special and cared for.  Anne cherished her many friends and also enjoyed spending time with her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Anne’s children and grandchildren were of most importance to her.  She always made time for her children, eager to help in any way possible. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren, always eager to get down on the floor and play with them, have them over for sleepovers, take them shopping or attend their special events.  She was so proud of them and all of their accomplishments.

Anne will be greatly missed by her family and many friends and will be remembered for her unfaltering faith in Christ and her desire to trust and follow Him right to the end. In her last two days she kept saying ‘I’m going home” and she is finally home.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Grace Mennonite Church with Rev. Herb Franz and Rev. Gerald Neufeld officiating.  Interment followed at Winkler Cemetery.

If friends and family so desire, donations may be made to Winkler Bible Camp Box 2340 Winkler, MB R6W 4C1.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements. 

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