Hoeppner, Justina

Justina Hoeppner

Justina Hoeppner (nee Suderman)

1906 – 2005

Hoeppner, Justina.jpgOur mother, Justina Hoeppner, was born August 22, 1906 to Abram A. and Margaret Suderman in the Greenfarm School District of Manitoba. She was the sixth of twelve children, growing up and living most of her life on the farm. Mom was baptized upon the confession of her faith at the age of 18 in the Winkler Bergthaler Church. She was married October 25, 1925 to Jacob P. Hoeppner. Thirteen children were born to this union seven daughters and six sons.
Mom and Dad farmed north of Plum Coulee until 1947, when they moved to the Windygates area, where she continued to live after being widowed in March of 1957. She moved to Morden in 1964 and lived there until September of 2001 when she moved to Winkler and her final home Salem. On the morning of September 11, 2005, God took her home.

She leaves to mourn her passing Helen & Abe Letkeman Virgil, ON, Marge & George Funk Tofield, AB, Katie & Bruno Hamm Altona, MB, Sarah Kemp St. Catherines, ON, Jean & Edward Morris Crete, IL, Jim & Tina Hoeppner Winnipeg, MB, John & Verna Hoeppner Elm Creek, MB, Abe & Ruth Hoeppner Darlingford, MB, Erna & Bob Hamilton Winnipeg, MB, Don & Marlene Hoeppner Steinbach, MB, Doris & Bert Hamm Edmonton, AB, Dave & Betty Hoeppner Winkler, MB; 35 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mom was predeceased by Dad, Jacob P. Hoeppner; her daughter Diane, husband Albert (Charlie) and their four children; son Peter; one son-in-law Jim Kemp; John & Verna’s infant son; Dave & Betty’s son; and all of her brothers and sisters.

Mom loved to cook and bake. Faspa was always ready and she generally sent something home with her children when they came to visit. She always had a large garden, so the basement shelves were filled with many jars of vegetables and fruit that carried the family through to the next garden season. Mom also had a great love for flowers, which was evident in her many flower beds and plants in the house. Once Mom moved to Morden she did a lot of quilting, making a special quilt for each of her children and granddaughters. She made many, many patch work quilts that are in the family or were given to MCC. Also at this time, she made numerous bus tours to various destinations in Canada and the United States. She would often travel together with a friend and she truly enjoyed these trips. Mom (& Dad) taught us that there is a God. She taught us to pray and that the Bible is the word of God. And even though we seldom were able to go to church because of the distance, we knew that church was important and that one needed to be prepared for eternal life. Her last years were very difficult. She couldn’t do what she had always done, cook and bake. She couldn’t understand why she had nothing to serve those who came to visit. This was a very uncomfortable feeling for her. However, she kept her sense of humour and often gave us her wonderful smile. We will miss her dearly but are confident that she has gone to be with her heavenly Father. We are thankful that her suffering is over.

Funeral service was Friday, September 16, 2005 at the Morden Mennonite Church at 2:00 pm with Otto Hamm and Rev. Harold Hildebrand-Schlegel officiating.  Interment followed at the Winkler Cemetery.

If friends and family so desire, donations may be made in Justina’s memory to Back to the Bible Broadcast Box 10 Winnipeg, MB R3C 2G2.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.