Helen Neufeld (nee Wolfe)

1931 – 2011 

Neufeld_Helen_SQPeacefully, during the morning hours of March 3, 2011 at St. Boniface Hospital, with her daughters by her side, Helen Neufeld passed away into the arms of her Lord who she loved so much. Helen left this world 80 years, one week and one day after her birth on February 23, 1931. 

She leaves behind to mourn her three sons - Peter Neufeld (Helena), Arthur Neufeld (Linda), Edwin Neufeld (Gloria); two daughters - Mary Anne Neufeld and Martha Friesen (Leonard); twelve grandchildren – Teresa (Jeff) Wiebe, Michelle Neufeld, Velda Neufeld, Kevin Neufeld, Kendra Neufeld, Christopher Friesen, Jolene Neufeld, Matthew Neufeld, Brenton Friesen, Greggory Neufeld, Nicholas Friesen and Timothy Neufeld; four great-grandchildren – Madylyn, Ethan, Zachary and Bradley Wiebe; brothers and sisters, many nieces and nephews, her church family and numerous friends. 

She was predeceased by her husband Cornelius P. Neufeld in 1969, by her parents Peter P. and Katharina Wolfe, her brothers Peter Wolfe, Jacob Wolfe and Herman Wolfe as well as several siblings in their infancy. 

Helen was baptized upon confession of her faith at the Old Colony Mennonite Church in Chortitz, MB on May 13, 1951. She married Cornelius P. Neufeld on Feb 06, 1955 at the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in Osterwick. At the age of 38, after only fourteen and a half years of marriage, Dad passed away following a brief illness, leaving her to raise five young children. 

Mom continued operating their dairy and mixed grain farm after Dad passed away, modernizing the operation and ensuring meticulously kept fields, yard and garden at all times. She excelled in all roles which were required of her as a farmer, business woman, gardener, cook, care giver, seamstress and dual parent during those years. Mom also had a very creative dimension as demonstrated in her writing of poetry, sewing and designing her own patterns, singing and yodeling. Despite these enormous responsibilities, Mom enjoyed weekly meetings with the Osterwick Sewing Circle and ensured that each of her children learned their Sunday school verse every week. Saturday evening drives to the Blumenfeld Store for pop and chips or ice cream treats was certainly a highlight of the week for us all. Mom retired from farming in 1984, enrolled in a Nurses Aid Training Course and began working as a Home Care Attendant in Winkler. She sold the farm and moved to her home on Crystal Crescent in Winkler in 1986, where she lived until now. Family was still the centre of Mom’s life and she demonstrated this in every way possible, from assisting with baby sitting, house work, mending, providing endless meals and baking. She lavished her love on us boundlessly. Anyone leaving her home could be sure to receive a wave from the window as they were backing down the driveway. Mom was thrilled to have had opportunity to travel with some of her children over the past years, having visited Canada from the east to the west coast, into the US and Mexico. 

Her grandchildren also had the benefit of her assistance with homework, school projects and rides to school. Nothing was ever too much, even if it meant that she had to attend twelve Christmas concerts in one yuletide season. Staying in touch with her brothers and sisters was clearly also of great importance to her as she spoke of them often and shared in their joys and sorrows. Mom gave generously of herself to others as well through volunteer visitation, transporting friends to appointments, distributing baking to people in need and providing sponsorship for children overseas. She greatly enjoyed singing in a community choir in Winkler for many years. 

Until the time she became ill, Mom was ever eager and ready to provide a healthy meal for anyone who might come to her door hungry (or not), always taking time to listen and mentor. Many people received the gift of a warm welcome into her home. She always needed to feel productive and made a point of tackling at least one project every day. 

Mom was an avid prayer warrior, never ceasing to pray for each family member and friend on an individual basis. She had a true servant heart, never expecting anything in return. Words she strived to live by as noted in her Bible; “Patience and Faith bring Results”. Mom faced her illness with courage and dignity, never once giving up the fight for recovery until the very last day when she slipped away in absolute peace. She was such a very loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; losing her feels to be an impossible hurdle to overcome. We find joy in knowing that she has found health in her heavenly home, and is re-united with Dad, her parents and siblings. 

Funeral service was held at Gospel Mission Church with interment at Waldheim Cemetery. 

Thank you so much to family and friends for the many phone calls, cards, flowers and gifts of food. Very special thanks are extended to Pastor Claude Lainey of the Gospel Mission Church for his loving care and support for Mom and our whole family during her illness. Thank you also to Wiebe Funeral Home for the professional, caring service they provided. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. 

“When the golden sun is setting;

And this earth no more you trod;

May your name in gold be written;

In the autograph of God.”

 

- Helen Neufeld

 

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