Driedger, Tina

Tina Driedger

Tina Driedger (nee Derksen)

1919 - 2008

Driedger Tina.jpgPeacefully on September 13, 2008, at Salem Home in Winkler, MB with her children at her side - Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma Tina Driedger, aged 89 years went to be with her Lord and Saviour. 

Mom was born to Isaac and Katharina Derksen (nee Enns) in the Village of Neuendorf, Ukraine on March 31, 1919.  In 1925, as a six year old, she left Moscow, Russia with her parents, initially docking at Vera Cruz, Mexico. Her first ten months on North American soil were near Mexico City and it was from here that Mom with her family moved to Manitoba, settling in the Winkler area.  

Mom accepted Christ as her Saviour in her teenage years and was baptized by Bishop David Schultz in the Winkler Bergthaler Church on May 28, 1939.  She continued to live a life of faith by being an example to everyone around her. 

She was united in marriage with Abram Driedger on December 29, 1942, and their marriage was blessed with seven children. Both Mom and Dad’s concern for their children and their families was that they would always live a life of commitment and service for Jesus and that they remain an unbroken circle and be reunited with Christ in eternity. 

Mom was a gentle, peace loving, woman attracting little attention to herself.  In spite of this, most people were repeatedly drawn to her because of her infectious smile and welcoming nature.   In fact, she fully lived Hebrews 13:2 where it states “Do not neglect to show hospitality…’ Mom loved to cook, bake and serve others – opening her home to many unexpected guests and often fast tracked a meal with amazing efficiency.  Hospitality, graced with a prepared home cooked meal, was her passion. Mom also loved reading, and was able to read until her recent past. She enjoyed music and loved singing her favorite song “Laszt die Herzen Immer Froelich.”    

Mom diligently served and supported Dad in his role as Deacon on the Old Colony Church.   Her many other ministries included mentoring some women new to the ministry, knitting for MCC and the Women’s Hospital in Winnipeg, serving as a Sunday School Teacher for a number of years and baking cookies for Salem Home among many other things.  She was also involved with the Ladies Sewing Circles in both Greenfarm and Reinfeld. 

In 2002, Mom had the misfortune of breaking an arm. At this time it became apparent that she was no longer able to look after herself. With John’s generosity and Elma Wolfe’s dedication, Mom was able to remain on the homestead in the Greenfarm for two more years.  She then moved to Salem Home on February 23, 2004 leaving her home of sixty-two years.  With the excellent care provided by Salem staff, Dr. E. Van Niekerk, volunteers, family, and many visitors, Mom’s days at Salem remained rich. As the family we want to say a heartfelt thank-you to each one of you for your care of her. 

Mom will be greatly missed yet dearly remembered by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren:  Mary Driedger, Tina Driedger, Nettie and George Froese (Nathan and Allison; Pam, Conrad and Peyton); Abe and Shirley Driedger (Chris and Sonya; Amanda, Jack, Owen, Hudson and Haiden), Susan and Peter Thiessen (Cynthia, Trevor and Noah; Terilee and Ryan; and Shaun); John Driedger, David and Kathy Driedger (Kathryn, James, Reuben, Theodore and Wellington). She is also survived by three brothers and four sisters, many in-laws, nieces and nephews, and many a friend. Mom was predeceased by dad on November 29, 1991, and granddaughter Wendy, on March 13, 1973. 

Funeral service was on Tuesday September 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Reinland Mennonite Church in Winkler and interment followed at Reinfeld Cemetery. 

We rejoice that Mom has been reunited with Dad, knowing that they are both in the presence of Jesus and that one day we too will join them in heaven and complete the family circle. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements. 

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