Thiessen (nee Thiessen), Katharina

Katharina Thiessen

Katharina Thiessen (nee Thiessen)

1920 – 2008 

Thiessen Katharina.jpgOn March 12, 2008 at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 2 days, Mom was relieved of her pain and suffering and went to be with her Heavenly Father after being sick for 6 days at Salem Home in Winkler. 

Katharina Thiessen was born to her parents, Cornelius and Katharina (nee Braun) Thiessen on October 10, 1920 in the village of Chortitz. She was baptized in 1940 by Bishop Peter Toews in the Sommerfeld Church at Waldheim, MB. 

She was united in holy matrimony to Jacob F. Thiessen on November 3, 1940 at the Chortitz School. In their marriage they shared many joys and sorrows for 64 years 3 months and 15 days.

Life was difficult for mom and dad in their early years of marriage as jobs were very difficult to get and so they moved from place to place trying to make ends meet. In 1954, mom and dad started a small general store in the village of Chortitz. In the early 70’s mom started working at the sewing factory in Winkler until it closed. After that she worked at the Triangle Oasis restaurant in Winkler. In 1981 after 27 years in business, mom and dad closed the store but mom continued to work part time. In 1984, mom and dad moved to Winkler as the yard in Chortitz was just too big for them to care for. Mom quit working at the Triangle Oasis in 1988, she said she was retiring. During her retirement dad would ask mom almost every night to go for coffee with him but she said she did not have time as she had a lot of wool blankets to make. In the later part of the 90’s mom did go for coffee and out for supper with dad on a daily basis. This all came to an end on January 13, 2005 when dad was admitted to intensive care at the Boundary Trails Health Centre for heart failure. Mom was predeceased by her husband Jacob on Feb 18, 2005.  Mom was unable to live alone as she was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. On March 1 2005, mom was admitted to Carman hospital waiting placement for Salem Home. Mom did not enjoy being in Carman as most of the people there only spoke English; visitors other than family were rare. On October 11, 2005 mom was able to move into Salem Home in Winkler where she resided until her death. Mom’s recent memory became increasing poorer due to Alzheimer’s disease.

With her passing she leaves to mourn 9 children, 6 sons; 3 daughters; Tina and Bill Martins of Thornhill; Jake and Sandy Thiessen of Winnipeg; Pete and Leona Thiessen of Vanderhoof, BC; Helen Janzen of Winkler; Ann and Dave Stirbisky of Selkirk; Harry and Helen Thiessen of Winkler; Abe and Belle Thiessen of Prince George, BC; John and Debbie Thiessen of Winnipeg; and Fred and Erma Thiessen of Winkler. She also leaves 28 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; 5 sisters and 2 brothers. Mom was predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 2:00pm at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Interment followed at the Chortitz Community Cemetery.

We wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the many friends that came to visit mom at Salem. Mom’s spirit was always lifted when an old friend would come to reminisce about the good old days. Thanks to Rev. Art Wiebe, Rev. Abe Heppner, serving group, organist, choir, ushers and song leaders as well as all who served as pallbearers.

We would also like to thank the nurses, aides and cleaning staff at Salem for the loving care that they provided for mom during the past couple of years. Mom really appreciated you.

If friends so desire donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Salem Foundation Inc. 165-15th Street Winkler, MB R6W 1T8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.


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