Justina "Jessie" E. Tiessen (nee Hildebrandt)

1935 – 2009 

Jessie Tiessen.jpgJessie Tiessen, nee Hildebrandt, was born October 29, 1935, at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg. She passed away Friday, November 13, 2009, at the Boundary Trails Health Centre, between Morden and Winkler. 

Her parents, Heinrich and Anna Hildebrandt were descendants of Mennonite immigrants from the Ukraine that settled in Southern Manitoba in 1875. Her mother, Anna Enns, grew up in Rosenort, now Rosetown, west of Gretna, and her father, in the village of Neuendorf, west of Rosetown. 

Jessie grew up in the village of Blumenort as the youngest of eight daughters and five sons. She had a relatively pleasant and carefree childhood with sisters to pamper and care for her. And yet we can say that she was never spoiled. She grew up taking full responsibility and doing her share of the work around the house, the yard, and the garden. This probably prepared her for becoming such an efficient wife, mother and grandmother. 

She attended the village school until grade 10, finishing high school in Gretna at the MCI. She was baptized upon confession of her faith and became a member of the Blumenort Mennonite Church. After completing a typing course in Winnipeg, she worked at CFAM, in Altona, as a receptionist. She purchased a little yellow Vauxhall, which she drove from her home in Blumenort to work in Altona every morning. However, Jessie had other ambitions. She attended Teacher’s College in Winnipeg, going on to teach elementary years in Gretna and Altona. 

It was around this time a certain young man, tall, blonde and curly-haired came courting—a teacher and farmer from Crystal City. On July 13, 1963, David Tiessen and Jessie Hildebrandt were married in the Blumenorter Church in Rosetown. This was the beginning of a marriage that lasted 46 years. Crystal City would be their home, and farming their full-time occupation. Here they raised their children—Betty-Anne, Bill, Jonathan, and Rosalie. 

Church was a vital part of their lives as they raised the family, as both were active in the many aspects of ministry. As the children grew up, married, and left home, it was time for Jessie and Dave to move on, too. They retired to Morden, where they have lived together for 11 years. Here in Morden, Jessie continued to display her expertise in home making and gardening. Her flowers in the large back yard were spectacular! The home became a showplace with her special touch in arranging pictures and knick-knacks, creating a welcoming, cozy place for friends and family to visit. 

We all know Jessie loved music. She especially loved classical music, attending live concerts when possible. She also loved books, volunteering at the Morden Thrift Shop, often bringing home some treasured volume. The social aspect of this work also brought her much joy. She treasured friendships developed there. 

Everything seemed to be going well, until two months ago. But in spite of the bad news, Jessie displayed incredible courage, strength, and sheer determination to fight this battle with cancer. In the end—God called her ‘home’ at the time He ordained. She passed away peacefully with her husband and children at her bedside. 

Mourning and missing her, Jessie leaves her daughter Betty-Anne, her husband Jeff Georgeson and their children Ashley, Eric and Thomas; son Bill, his wife Sheila and their children Rebecca and Zachary; son Jonathan and his wife Indra; daughter Rosalie and her husband Louis Finch and their children Benjamin, Miranda, Meredith and Justina. She also leaves seven sisters and two brothers, a sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Funeral service was held on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Morden Mennonite Church. Interment followed at the Hillside Cemetery. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Jessie’s memory to Canadian Foodgrains Bank. 400-280 Smith Ave. Box 767 Winnipeg, MB. R3C 2L4 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.


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