Neufeld, Henrietta

Henrietta Neufeld

Henrietta Neufeld (nee Wiebe)

1920 - 2010 

Neufeld Henitta SQ.jpgOn May 10, 2010 Henrietta Neufeld, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ. Mom leaves to mourn her husband of 64 years, Jake J. Neufeld, son, Ron J. Neufeld (Joyce), daughter, Elaine Friesen (Harry) and daughter, Arlene Peters (Merle), 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Helena (John) Schroeder, Tina (Henry) Dyck and Doreen Wiebe (Rob McLennan). She was predeceased by one granddaughter, two brothers, one sister-in-law, one sister and one brother-in-law. 

Mom was born near Rosenfeld on January 31, 1920, to Diedrich and Henrietta Wiebe. She was a middle child with 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Mom attended school in the Reichenbach School District. She enjoyed helping out around the farm and became an expert gardener, cook and seamstress. As a young woman, Mom worked as a housekeeper. In her spare time she enjoyed needlework and sewing clothes. Mom also enjoyed playing baseball and Dad said she was a first rate first baseman. 

Mom was baptized on May 14, 1940. "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Colossians 2: 6, 7. This verse was written on our Mother’s baptism certificate and she took these words to heart.

Mom met and fell in love with a young man from the Rosenheim district named Jake Neufeld. They began their married life on a cold blustery day on November 4, 1945. Mom and Dad worked hard to build their little house in the village of Horndean, which we suspect was her favorite home. They were blessed with three children Ron, Elaine and Arlene. 

Mom assisted Dad with the bookkeeping at the Neufeld Brothers Garage. When Dad began a road construction business, Mom also took an active role in the business. The life on road construction wasn’t for everyone. For one thing, it wasn’t an easy undertaking to coordinate the moving of many tons of road equipment, 20 house trailers, a gang of construction workers and their families once or twice a year. She happily pitched in by helping Dad in everything from moving culverts, to picking rocks, cooking for the men that worked in the camp and doing the books and payroll. We also had our share of bears and moose walk through the camps. But mom took this all in stride. Shortly after Arlene started school, mom and dad decided that it was time to put down roots. They sold the construction business and started up a new business, Nu-Steel Industries. In January 1969 they moved to Winkler.

Mom made many new friends when they moved to Winkler and continued to help out with the business and look after the home. She enjoyed playing games and taking day trips with her friends. Mom loved each one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She played cards with them, colored with them in coloring books and she always had a supply of candy in her cupboard. Mom also enjoyed garage "sailing" and became quite good at setting up sales in their garage. Elaine remembers sharing many hours pricing and packaging items for sale. Mom truly enjoyed meeting new people and the thrill of finding just the right bargain. 

In later years Mom’s health began to decline. As much as mom enjoyed having all the family come home for gatherings, the house was just more than they could manage on their own. They moved into an apartment in Crocus Place and enjoyed that experience. Mom battled with arthritis and after a lengthy stay in the hospital we knew that she would not be able to manage on her own in their home at Crocus. In December 2005, Mom and Dad made the difficult decision to move Mom into Salem Home. While living at Salem she developed a passion for reading and working on word puzzles. Her bright sunny nature continued to make her new friends and she was always a good conversationalist. Even though Mom was in Salem Home, Dad would pick her up quite often and they would head out to "check the fields" or go see how a new building was being constructed. Dad put many miles on his van and they enjoyed the freedom that the trips out of town provided. Unfortunately, her health continued to deteriorate and on May 3, we were told that she would not recover from this bout of illness. At 3:15 in the afternoon on May 10, mom was invited into the arms of her Savior and found peace. We take comfort in the fact that she will not suffer any more pain and the knowledge that she is with her God in heaven. "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. 

Funeral service was held on Friday May 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Grace Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Henrietta’s memory to either the Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1T8 or the Arthritis Society 105-386 Broadway Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R8.


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