John Edward Wolfe

1953 – 2011

wolfejohn2John Edward Wolfe, 57, of Chortitz, MB passed away at Boundary Trails Health Centre on July 12, 2011, ending his ongoing battle with cancer, and joining with his Lord in Heaven. Committed to his faith, John was baptized on January 5, 2001.

John was born October 23, 1953 in Morden, MB. Growing up, John faced many hardships. Despite his physical limitations, John managed to overcome many obstacles and blossomed into the generous, welcoming man we know today. John’s purpose in life was to love, help and serve others, whether it was his family or community, and he will be fondly remembered for it. John never refused or shied away from any opportunity to help. He would drive miles and miles if someone needed a ride, just listened when someone needed to talk, and he would have given you the shirt off his back without blinking. John was known to always be around to help his mother when she needed it. John was passionate about being generous. With what little riches he had, John made sure that no one would be wanting for anything, even at the peak of his illness. Anyone who ever met or knew John could count on him to bring a smile. With his quick wit and great sense of humour, John created many unique memories that we will always remember. With that fiery red hair and freckles, John was bound to become passionate about the things he loved most; especially cars. One could always count on John’s expert advice on how to buy, fix, and maintain a car. Another passion of his was driving. John’s patient nature was demonstrated while giving driving lessons to many, thereby helping them to obtain their driver’s licenses. John will be remembered as someone who loved John Deere memorabilia; who could be found watching his favourite hockey team, the Calgary Flames, on TV; and for his avid love of all dogs, having owned many over the years. John spent much of his time in Morden with his long time girlfriend and now fiancée, Irene Giesbrecht. He was always occupied and seemed to have something to keep himself busy with all the time. John had a special way of interacting with children. It would not be wrong to assume he was a favourite among nieces, nephews and cousins having a special rapport with each one of them. Bending to their whims was no problem for him as he got such pleasure from seeing them happy. Often you would see John giving tractor rides around the yard. John was welcoming to all, even during his last two months in palliative care. He immensely enjoyed and appreciated the many visitors who stopped by to see him. John’s spirit was lifted by each and everyone and he in turn lifted the spirits of his visitors. The family would like to sincerely thank everyone who visited John, and will never forget their kindness.

Surviving John are his mother Katherine Wolfe (nee Froese) of Chortitz; fiancée Irene Giesbrecht of Morden and her family; siblings, James and Ana Wolfe of Morden, Liz and Bill Cumming of Morden, brother-in-law, Abe Hiebert of Manitou, Doreen and Rob Hiebert of Morden, Eugene and Mary Wolfe of Chortitz and their families. John was predeceased by his father, Jake Wolfe (1983) and sister, Rose Hiebert (2008).

It was with profound sadness and a deep sense of loss that the family said goodbye to John. We loved John and he was such a huge part of our lives. We are thankful for the legacy that his love and living example has left us. We will miss John; however, we fully believe that he has gone to be with his Lord and Saviour, and we will meet him again one day. Funeral service was held on Saturday July 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at the Chortitz Old Colony Mennonite Church Cemetery. The family would like to gratefully thank Dr. Woelk and the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre for their exceptional care, kindness and consideration during John’s stay. The family would also like to thank Rev. John Friesen and the rest of the ministers at Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church for helping John in life, especially through his difficult bout with cancer. If friends so desire, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Palliative Care Unit Box 2000 Winkler, MB R6W 1H8.

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