Giesbrecht, Tina

Tina Giesbrecht

Tina Giesbrecht (nee Driedger)

1938 - 2010 

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Early Tuesday morning on May 4, 2010, Tina Giesbrecht aged 71 years, loving wife, dear mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre after a brief struggle with an aggressive cancer.

Mom was born August 12, 1938 to Peter and Helena Driedger and grew up on a farm in the Kronsgart District. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 13. She was baptized May 21, 1956 by Jacob Friesen and became a member of the Winkler Rudnerweider Church, later known as the Winkler EMMC. On July 19, 1959 she married Abe Giesbrecht, and God granted them 50 years, 9 months and 15 days together.

Mom had a strong work ethic. Being the oldest in a family of 6 children she had to take on a lot of responsibility. Due to her mother’s illness she had to discontinue school as a young teen to help out at home. This work ethic was also evident when she established her own home. Her motto was "Tiedig schlopen gohnen and tiedig upstohnen." (Early to bed and early to rise.) Mom was a great homemaker and a fantastic cook. Coming home from school nothing was more appealing than fresh buns on the kitchen counter. Some family favorites were her apple and rhubarb pies, eedbea rollkuchen, potato salad and homemade soups. Easter bread was much anticipated by the grandchildren. Sewing was another of Mom’s skills. Many articles of clothing were sewn, from T-shirts, parkas, grad dresses to curtains for her home. Gardening was her pride and joy. Plants flourished under her care, whether it was her vegetable garden or flower beds. It was hard to keep up with her efficiency in picking the fruits and vegetables. After moving to Winkler she took a lot of pleasure in planting shrubs and flowers. Just last spring, she planted 14 dozen petunias alone. Her spectacular flower garden was enjoyed by many. Besides gardening Mom enjoyed reading, walking, biking and playing games with the grandchildren. Mom had a desire to experience what it meant to be in the work force outside of the home, so for several years she worked in the bakery, even though it meant being at work at 5:00 in the morning.

Mom enjoyed life and liked to serve people. This was evident in her work as a volunteer at the MCC store, and in the last years also helping prepare meals at the Senior Centre. Having the family together was very important to Mom, whether it was supper with the immediate family or gatherings with the extended family. The celebration of Mom and Dad’s 50th Anniversary in the summer of 2009 was a significant highlight for her. Church was also an important part of Mom’s life. Her involvement included teaching Sunday School, but her main area of service was with the Food Committee. She gave leadership to this committee for many years. Many will remember her being active in planning, preparing, and serving meals for various church functions.

Above all, Mom valued her relationship with God. Her children’s spiritual welfare was important to her, and for us to miss church was not an option. Her strong faith was very evident in her last few months when she courageously battled with cancer.

She will be sadly missed, but lovingly remember by her husband, Abe, 1 daughter, Susanne and Al Wiebe, her stepchildren, Darwin, Jacqui and Sheldon; 3 sons, Len and Marge, their children, Kara and Jaden; Ron and Kathy, their children, Kayla, Braeden and Jessica; Ray and Colleen. She is survived by 2 sisters, 3 brothers and their spouses; 3 brothers-in-law, 4 sisters-in-law and their spouses; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Winkler EMM Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens in Winkler.

We the family, express our sincere thanks for the many prayers and expressions of love and kindness. Thank you also to the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Wiebe Funeral Home, and the pastoral staff for their compassionate care. Thank you to all who had a part in making this service meaningful.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Tina’s memory to either the Mennonite Central Committee 134 Plaza Dr. Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9 or to the EMMC Building Fund.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.