Giesbrecht, Henry A

Henry A Giesbrecht

1931 – 2010 

GiesbrechHenrySQAt 5:25 a.m., on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, Henry Giesbrecht met his Savior face to face.  Born on January 6, 1931, he was 79 years old, just 2 weeks short of his 80th birthday. Henry was the fifth and middle child of Abram and Katherina Giesbrecht of Winkler. 

It was in Winkler that he began his lifelong career of farming, taking a three year break to attend first the Winkler Bible Institute, then Steinbach Bible Institute. While at SBI, Dad met the love of his life, Mary Wall, also a student there. They married on August 3, 1958, in Taber, Alberta. Dad and Mom began their farming together in Winkler following graduation. Their first child, Roger, was born in Winkler before they headed to Portage la Prairie to continue their farming ventures there. Sam, Marlene and Lorna joined the family in the next years. 

Dad's commitment to Jesus began at aged 13 at the Gimli Bible Camp having learned 100's of verses as the camp's entrance requirement. He was baptized as a 16 year old at the Winkler EMM Church by Bishop Wilhelm Falk, publicly declaring that he was now a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Dad loved music and farming. He could often be heard whistling or singing above the roar of the tractor as he headed down the lane. Dad's faith was also part of his everyday life as evidenced in his involvement in the local church and ministry with the Gideon’s for more than 20 years.   He served faithfully as Sunday School teacher, Secretary/Treasurer, song leader, in singing groups, male choirs, community choirs and even conducting the Sommerfeld Hutterite Colony Choir. Although he had many favorite songs, two of them were “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”, and “Friedefürst”. He will always be remembered for his love of music, by family and friends. Dad also loved conferences and large family reunions, often traveling long distances to take part in them, and enjoying the fellowship. 

It was while Mom and Dad lived in Taber, Alberta that Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. That diagnosis, combined with previous struggles of cancer, heart and stroke disease, and more, began the long, difficult journey ahead.  Dad became a resident of Salem Home in Winkler four months ago where he received gentle, loving care by the staff on Cottonwood Wing. Mom continued to be a faithful, steadfast, and caring life partner for Dad, visiting virtually daily. Dad's sisters, Nettie and Mary, along with their husbands Ben and Walter, as well as the Giesbrecht family as a whole, took extra special care of Mom, allowing her time and strength to continue caring for Dad. We will always be grateful for them. After weeks of pain and decline, with Mom, Aunt Nettie, and Aunt Mary at his bedside, Dad was welcomed into the arms of Jesus. There he now sings, with full voice, standing strong and tall once again. 

Dad will be greatly missed by Mary, his loving wife of 52 years, and their 4 children, Roger and Lynn Giesbrecht of Steinbach, Sam Giesbrecht of Chilliwack, BC, Marlene Wiebe of Winnipeg, Lorna and Dwight Stobbe of Camrose, Alberta; 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Henry is also survived by 3 brothers, Ben and Tina Giesbrecht, Pete and Marie Giesbrecht, Abe Giesbrecht, and 4 sisters, Helen and Bill Schellenberg, Marge and George Hildebrand, Mary and Walter Peters, Nettie and Ben Wiebe, as well as 1 step-brother, Bill and Marie Brown, and 3 step-sisters, Hannah and Ed Penner, Gertie Giesbrecht, Luella and Abe Peters and 3 step-sisters-in-law, Anne Brown, Sophie Brown, and Tilly Brown, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his parents Abram and Katharina Giesbrecht, his step-mother, Gertrude Brown, 1 sister, Tina Toews, 1 brother-in-law, John Toews, 1 sister-in-law, Tina Giesbrecht as well as 4 step-brothers, John Brown, Jake and Mabel Brown, Geordie Brown, Pete Brown and 1 step-sister, Annie and Arnold Hiebert . 

Funeral service was held on Monday December 27, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Winkler EMM Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Donations in Henry’s memory may be made to either the Salem Foundation Inc. or the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements.