Wiebe, Helena

Helena Wiebe (nee Goertzen)

1923 - 2010 

Wiebe Helen QS.jpgHelen was born to Jacob and Anna Goertzen in Reinfeld, MB in 1923. She was one of nine children with 5 brothers and 3 sisters. She took to school like a duck to water and after the first day, she told her parents that she would some day be a teacher. It was a sad day when she had to stop going to school to help at home as was the custom in those days. She always held on her desire to be a teacher and at the age of 23, she pursued the rest of her education. She started with correspondence and then a year at MCI, followed by a year at United College where she finished her grade 12. From there, she went on to Teacher’s College, called Normal School at that time. She began teaching in 1949 and took summer courses at the University of Manitoba until she received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. She taught in various schools in Manitoba; the last being MCI and Morden Collegiate. She started teaching in La Crete, AB in 1965 and taught until she got married in 1970 to Mr. Henry Wiebe, who was a widower when she became an instant mother to seven children. After they were all in school, she went back to teaching for a number of years. 

Helen’s faith was a very integral part of her life. She was baptized upon confession of her faith and joined the Old Colony Church. Her trust in her Savior was her strength through difficult situations in her life. She took great interest in the lives of her family, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and always asked about their well being and assured us of her prayers. 

She loved the north country and farming. She took pride in their land surrounding Peace River which boasts fertile soil and wonderful crops. After her husband died in 2004, the family noticed that she needed more help and care. She was persuaded to sell her home in La Crete and to move back to Manitoba. 

August 1, 2006, she moved to an apartment in Winkler because her health was failing and she needed more care. It was very difficult to give up more of her independence and accept the care of family and home care. Thank you to the ladies in the apartment who were there for her when she needed them. September 2007, she entered Salem home. It caused her much pain and grief when she realized that her memories faded and names and relationships were forgotten and she often voiced her longing to go "home" before she would be completely incompetent. It was difficult for the family to watch her health deteriorate. 

She passed away peacefully with family at her side on Tuesday September 21, 2010. She is now experiencing Heaven’s bliss and seeing her Savior face to face. What a glad reunion there will be with her husband, her parents and her 4 brothers who predeceased her in the last 13 months. She is survived by her 7 stepchildren and their families, 3 sisters, Anne and Tony Hoeppner, Mary Friesen, Eva and Henry Thiessen, brother, Peter, 3 sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral service was held on Friday September 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Winkler Mennonite Church with interment prior at Reinfeld Cemetery. 

Thank you to the staff at Salem, especially Cottonwood where she received excellent care. Thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home for their compassionate and professional services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1T8. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

in care of arrangements.