Hiebert, Albertina

Albertina Hiebert

Albertina Hiebert (nee Karlenzig)

1903 - 2007 

Hiebert, Albertina.jpgOn Monday September 17, 2007 at her residence in Winkler, MB, Albertina Hiebert aged 104 years went to her eternal rest. 

Albertina was born to Albert and Emilie Karlenzig on March 29, 1903, the sixth in a family of 13 children.  Her parents and siblings lived on a farm approximately 5 ½ miles NE of Plum Coulee in the school district of Grossweide, where she also received her education.  As a teenager, she worked hard on the family farm.  She also attended Yugend Virein and Choir practice at the Grossweide MB Church. 

Upon confession of her faith in Jesus Christ, she was baptized by her father, who was a Baptist minister and became a member of the Morris German Baptist Church.  At the age of 19, she married David M. Hiebert in a simple ceremony after a morning worship service.  Rev. H.S. Voth officiated.  And so Albertina became a farmer’s wife.  She and dad established their home on a farm about 1 ½ miles away from either parent. 

As a young homemaker, she was diligent in attending to her garden and helping her husband with many farm duties, all while keeping a tidy home and exercising her cooking and baking skills.  During the first 17 years of their marriage, 4 children were born to them; 3 daughters, and 1 son.  She enjoyed a variety of crafts – embroidery, knitting, patchwork, quilting and especially crocheting.  On her Singer treadle machine, she sewed many outfits for her children. 

It was during this time that mother transferred her church affiliation to the Mennonite Brethren, became involved in a Ladies Group and was involved together with dad as a deacon couple, frequently opening their humble home to visiting ministers and evangelists. 

Mother loved reading and looking at picture books and magazines.  She could spend long moments immersed in cookbooks and always found a recipe she needed to try.  She also enjoyed playing scrabble and would come up with words that sometimes surprised us. 

When the grandchildren started arriving, it was time to sharpen her English so she could communicate with them.  She enjoyed playing games with them or pushing them on swings. 

Once the parents had retired from the farm, Mother occasionally entered crafted items in the Stanley Agricultural Fair; also enjoying the beautiful items that were displayed.  In her later years, she lost some of her ability to be independent, especially since her hip fracture on Mother’s Day of 2005.  But she still found ways to make life worthwhile.  She could pray. She prayed for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

This past summer she still enjoyed shelling peas and trimming beans.  She loved the fresh flowers that were picked and brought to her.  Even the tiniest ones had to be put in a vase with water. 

However, her health was failing.  She became ill last Tuesday the 11th of September and passed away peacefully on Monday the 17th reaching the age of 104 years. 

She leaves to mourn her passing 3 daughters, Irene Hiebert of Winkler, Viola and Jake Peters of Winnipeg, Elva and Alex Suderman of Port Rowan, ON; 1 son, Wesley and Sharon Enns of Kamsack, SK; 8 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her beloved husband David M. Hiebert (1994); 12 brothers and sisters. 

Funeral service was held on Friday, September 21, 2007 at 11:00 am at the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church with Rev. James Peters and Rev. Arnie Neufeld officiating.  Interment followed at Winkler Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Albertina’s memory to Gideon Memorial Bible Plan Box 778 Winkler, MB R6W 4A8.

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