Rempel, Katrina "Tina"


Katrina "Tina" Rempel (nee Hildebrand)

1924 – 2010 

rempel, tina.jpgPeacefully on Sunday, August 15, our beloved mother, and grandmother passed away at the Boundary Trails Hospital in Winkler at the age of 86. 

Mom was born at home in the RM of Roland on May 21, 1924 to Peter and Katrina (Thiessen) Hildebrand. She was the only girl with four brothers. Her father passed away suddenly when she was three years old leaving her mother to raise five children by herself. Mom learned to work hard to help the family get by during those difficult years. She completed her Grade Ten and then began working at the Egg Grading Factory. 

Mom married Ben Rempel on October 8, 1944 and settled in Winkler. They had two children – Brian in 1949 and Elaine in 1957. The family grew in 1992 when Elaine married Bernie Janzen. Mom became the proudest grandmother in 2002 when Matthew arrived. 

Mom was a person of quiet faith who lived to serve others. She often felt that she didn’t have any gifts and yet she was the most amazing cook and hostess. She helped cater many weddings and other occasions. Hosting people at her home was something she took seriously. Guests often commented on how wonderful her meals were. She showed her hospitality and dedication to her community by being involved in many different organizations. These included the Grace Church Ladies Fellowship, Valley Rehab Auxiliary, United Way, and as well as many others. While Mom enjoyed being a homemaker, she really enjoyed her return to the work force. In 1970 she began working at various part-time jobs until she got a permanent job at the Winkler Co-op Lumberyard. Her job gave her a real sense of accomplishment. 

Mom was a voracious reader, a good seamstress when necessary, and a reluctant gardener. She got pleasure from playing games and puzzling. Dad and Mom traveled extensively through parts of North America and really enjoyed exploring new routes together. Proving that it is never too late to try something new, she got her drivers license at the age of 72. During her later years she was very excited to finally get a chance to be a grandmother. Matthew meant everything to her and spoiling him became her fulltime job. 

Most of her life Mom suffered quietly from arthritis. In 2000 she had congestive heart failure and a stroke. She was very frustrated with how this affected her energy level and her mobility. She recovered well enough, however, to maintain a home and regain most of her independence. On June 30 she went into the hospital for day surgery and never recovered. We are blessed knowing that her mind remained clear right until her final days and she did not suffer any pain. 

She is survived by her son, Brian of Winnipeg, daughter, Elaine and Bernie Janzen of Winkler, their son, Matthew, one brother, Henry in Vancouver, BC and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ben (2003), brothers, Abe (1944), Peter (2003), and Ed (2001). 

Funeral service was held Thursday August 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Grace Mennonite Church with interment at Winkler Cemetery. 

The family would like to thank the hospital staff, and in particular Dr. Etienne Van Niekerk, for the wonderful care they provided during her stay. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Tina’s memory to the Canadian Food Grains Bank Box 767 Winnipeg, MB R3C 2L4. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.