Peter Heide

1939 - 2011 

HeidePeterSQOn Tuesday May 3, 2011 at shortly after 1:00 a.m. at Boundary Trails Health Centre with Sara by his side, Peter Heide took his last breath and passed over into eternity. He reached an age of 71 years, 9 months and 22 days. 

He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, Sara (nee Suderman), two daughters, Christina and Sara, two sons, Anthony and Timothy; five brothers and four sisters, two brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, his parents-in-law and their family as well as many relatives and friends. Although we will miss him very much, we sorrow not as those who have no hope, but fully believe that he has gone to be with his Lord and Saviour forevermore. 

Peter was born in the village of Hochfeld on July 11, 1939. His parents were Jacob J and Susana (nee Dyck) Heide. He attended the village school, not only on weekdays but also on Sunday mornings with his school teacher taking on the role of Sunday School teacher. Being the youngest in the family, Peter got a lot of experience with household chores when his mother needed help. Upon confession of his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, he was baptized by Bishop Jacob Froese and accepted as a member of the Old Colony Mennonite Church in Blumenfeld on June 3, 1963. In the fall of that same year, the Heide family moved to the farm at Blumstein. Although Peter’s occupation was farming, he had a love for learning, reading and studying the Bible and history books, especially Mennonite history. Over the years, Peter made many acquaintances when people came to seek his advice and help for paperwork and land transfers. He also served the church in many different capacities; on church committees, as an usher and as a Sunday School teacher for some 25 years. As his parents aged, he cared for them at home rather than have them spend their last years at an institution. After his parents had passed on, Peter and his brother, Henry continued to live on the farm. 

On April 5, 1992, Peter married Sara Suderman with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of marriage for 19 years and 28 days. In this marriage, they were blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters. Over the years, he enjoyed good health but in 2008, he started to sense that something wasn’t right. In June 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer, already in an advanced stage. With the help of medication, chemo treatments and a strong faith in God, he continued to lead an active life for another year and a half, but then his strength started to go down. On March 10, 2011, he was admitted to the hospital. Although his physical condition continued to deteriorate, his faith gave testimony to the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” Deuteronomy 33:27 was also a great comfort to him. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” 

Funeral service was held Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chortitz Old Colony Mennonite Church with interment at Hochfeld Cemetery. 

Thank you to the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre for caring for Peter during his illness and to Wiebe Funeral Home for their compassionate services as well as all those who showed their support with prayer and visits. Donations in Peter’s memory may be made to either the Boundary Trails Health Centre Palliative Care Unit or to the Old Colony Church building fund. 

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7&8. 

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