Peters, Margaret

Margaretha (Margaret) Peters (nee Heppner)

1917 - 2012 

PetersMargaretsqMargaret Peters was born to her parents, Diedrich and Anna (Hiebert) Heppner on September 23, 1917 in their home at Bergfeld, MB, the sixth of nine children. She grew up and worked on the family farm and received her elementary school education at the Thames School. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith in Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour on May 18, 1937 in the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church at Rudnerweide, by Bishop Peter Toews. She worked in the home of her widowed brother-on-law, Peter B. Dueck, with whom she was united in marriage on October 8, 1950. She became a stepmother to his 5 children. They lived on his farm until his passing on Oct. 18, 1956, just 2 months prior to the birth of their only child, a son, Abe. She then moved off the farm, and after the birth of her child, settled in Plum Coulee. She remarried to William J. Derksen on July 26, 1964 and became stepmother to his 10 children. They lived in Winnipeg until they retired to Rosenfeld, Morden and Winkler. He predeceased her on May 10, 1988. She married Abram Peters on May 6, 1990, and became stepmother to his 4 children. He predeceased her on April 6, 1995. She remarried once more to John M. Peters on November 25, 1995, becoming stepmother to his 9 children. He passed away on Nov. 21, 2011, leaving her a widow once more. Mom enjoyed good health for most of her life, having been hospitalized only a couple of times. She was gifted with a creative talent and enjoyed working with her hands, as demonstrated through her sewing, crocheting, embroidery and various other crafts, including scrapbooking. She also loved socializing and shopping. When her health declined and she was no longer able to live independently, she was admitted to Salem Home on May 6, 2010, and resided there until transferred to the Boundary Trails Health Centre on May 21, 2012 due to complications related to a fall. She deteriorated in hospital until her peaceful passing at 6:00 a.m. on June 6, 2012, having reached the age of 94 years, 8 months, and 14 days. 

Surviving her from the Dueck family are: Mary Dueck, Anton and Susan Dueck, Helen Matter, Sara and Dick Reimer, Abe and Betty Ann Dueck and their families. She was predeceased by Diedrich and Mary Dueck, Peter Dueck, Peter Elias, Lawrence Matter, grandson-in-law, Jake Klassen and great grandchildren Rachel and Jonathan Klassen.

Surviving her from the Derksen family are: Viljo Ovaskainen, Susan Waisanen, Walter and Margaret Derksen, Abe and Lillian Derksen, Ben and Helen Derksen, Bob and Judy Derksen and their families. She was predeceased by Dave and Mary Derksen, Jake and Olga Derksen, Kay and Dave Dewald, Helen Ovaskainen, Anne and Louis Ledoux, Brian Waisanen, grandchildren, Danny Derksen and Donny Derksen.

Surviving her from the Abram Peters family are: Annie and Eric Dueck, Abe and Irene Peters, Nettie and Dave Rayner, Lena and Ben Dueck and their families. She was predeceased by Bernie Guenter.

Surviving her from the John Peters family are: Grace and Cornie Friesen, Marge and Garry Smith, Mary Ann and Ike Wiebe, Ruth and John Nickel, Edward and Sarah Peters, Shirley and Albert Gentes, Harold and Martha Peters, Abe and Mathilda Peters, Dave and Helen Peters and their families.

Also surviving her is one brother, Abe (and Margaret) Heppner, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, four sisters and three brothers. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Salem Home, Boundary Trails Ambulance and Boundary Trails Health Centre, especially the staff on the Medical ward and volunteers of the Palliative Care Program for their care. A special thank-you to all those who visited her and those who kept vigil at her bedside during her final days. Thank-you also for the many expressions of sympathy, food, flowers, phone calls, cards and prayers. Thank you to Rev. Art Wiebe and all those who took part in the funeral service as well as the ladies serving group. We would also like to thank Wiebe Funeral Homes for their kind care and compassion.

1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14 &18 We do not “...grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” 

Funeral service was held on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Rudnerweide Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Margaret’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

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