Abram Thiessen

1919 – 2011 

Thiessen_Abe_SqOn Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Abram Thiessen aged 91 years of Winkler, MB went to his eternal rest. 

Abe, the youngest of 16, married Justina Dyck on August 16, 1945 in Reinthal, Manitoba. Together they raised five children: Heinrich, Bertha, Clifford, Brenda and Sheldon. Abe was born and raised in the Red River Valley region and was baptized in the Sommerfelder Church. He was a mover!! He made his home in Surrey, BC, Vanderhoof, BC, Salmon Arm, BC and various towns of southern Manitoba. He moved around a lot, but always seemed to find his way back to Manitoba for this was where his heart was. 

In his younger days, Abe worked as a dairy delivery man. This was the perfect job for someone who enjoyed a good bowl of ice cream from time to time. He spent most of his working years as a laborer in the planer section of the sawmill. In those days, hearing protection was not heard of and Abe’s hearing was severely damaged. After he moved from Vanderhoof back to Manitoba, he spent several years working for Triple E and Grandeau. He loved working and after the age of 65 he spent a few summers driving tractor in the fields for various people. He didn’t like to be labeled as “retired” because he thought he was still very capable of working. Abe had a servants heart and loved to help people whenever necessary. He spent years driving family members or friends to various appointments. He made sure he visited the sick in the hospital and at home. This was an important ministry to him. 

Abe was a very active man. He played baseball (first base) when he was younger, and always loved watching the Blue Jays on TV. He golfed every summer, all summer long and bowled weekly (which he participated in till a month before his death). Oh how he loved to bowl!! He also loved to visit or sit and play board games for hours. He enjoyed traveling and several times a year, he jumped in his car and off he went to BC to visit his children. It was not a rare sight to have him arrive bearing gifts of a brick of cheese and a gallon of chocolate milk for the grand kids.  Abe had a lot of friends, age did not matter. He loved and appreciated each one. They were like family to him. He was a warm, generous, caring man that hurt when people hurt and rejoiced when people rejoiced. He was “Dad” and “Grandpa” to many.

 This man was an extremely fussy eater. But he attributed his long life to eating pork, good Mennonite food and NOT any greens!!  Abe said good-bye to many family members and friends over the years, but losing his sons (Harry and Sheldon) and then his grandson, Shane with Shane’s wife Darla and their baby Kirsten, was the hardest for him.  In the spring, Abe was diagnosed with Myleodysplasia, a blood disorder. This sickness made him very weak and tired. But Abe was not one to complain. He simply trusted in his Lord, spent time listening to hymns and praying his way through this. Spending time with God was very important to him and it showed as he walked through his life here on earth. On July 26th, he went home to be with his Lord and Saviour. 

He will be sadly missed by his surviving children, Bertha (Rene) Allard; Cliff (Brenda) Thiessen; Brenda Thiessen; Grand children—Mike (Laurie) Leiding; Dustin (Tanya) Thiessen; Kara (Luke) Mortenson and Great Grandchildren – Kendra, Alyssa and Cheyenne, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his son, Harry, his grandson, Shane, wife, Darla and great granddaughter, Kirsten Leiding. 

Funeral service took place on Monday August 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Southside Cemetery in Morden.

Good-bye is only temporary and one day we will all be together forever.

 

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