Dyck, Marie

Maria “Marie” Dyck (nee Letkeman)

1918 - 2012 

DyckMarieOn Monday August 20, 2012 at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, MB, Marie Dyck, aged 93 years formerly of Winkler and Reinland went to her eternal rest. 

Marie Letkeman Dyck was born to Jakob K. Letkeman and Anna Kroeker Letkeman on October 23, 1918 in the village of Reinland, Manitoba. Her mother passed away when she was 3 weeks old in the flu epidemic. She lived with her grandparents until her father remarried Helena Hildebrand a year later. Mom accepted Christ as her Saviour as a young woman and became a courageous and prayerful woman of faith. She married and had 10 children. Mom was faced with many challenges in life, but found strength and courage in her Redeemer each step of the way. An avid reader, Mom read through the Bible many times. She enjoyed many other works of fiction and non-fiction. When her blindness precluded books, she became an avid reader of CNIB talking books. Mom was always singing as she worked, baking bread, doing laundry, etc. Mom loved to sew, knit and crochet for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, taking special pride in her roses. She spent many happy hours playing games with her sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She played to win, unless she thought someone could use help! Great grandchildren remember exciting pillow fights; when mom was ready to stop playing she would call “peace” and then the children would sing “O Canada”. They recall with laughter how they would sneak up on her or take little naps near her chair and she would grab their feet and hug them. They enjoyed taking Mom out for family dinners, making pictures for her, telling her about their school and other activities, and singing with her. In their words, “We hugged and kissed her, we loved her, she loved us, she still does, we still do too.” In her wisdom, Mom realized several years ago that she could no longer live on her own in Winkler, so she asked us to find a place for her in Winnipeg, closer to children living there. She lived in Arlington Haus for 3 ½ years, then in Bethania. Mom missed her older sister Anne Zacharias very much. We tried to facilitate their visits as much as possible. Anne went to be with Jesus at the age of 96 years, just 3 days before mom joined her at the pearly gates. 

She leaves to celebrate her triumphant entry into glory one son, Waldo, seven daughters, Ruth, Elsie, Joy, Rosella, Loretta, Norma and Irene, twelve grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Waldo Dyck in 1975, two daughters, Mary and Esther, one grandson, Jeffrey and all her siblings. 

Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday August 24, 2012 at Wiebe Funeral Home in Winkler with interment at Reinland Cemetery. 

A special thank you to our cousin Pete Zacharias for his ministry at this time, and to those at Bethania who cared for mom compassionately in her last days. If friends so desire, donations can be made in Marie’s memory to Back to the Bible Broadcast, Mom’s special charity though out the years. We miss your presence Mom. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,

wiebefuneralhomes.com

 

#1 Guest 2012-08-23 09:12
Dear Elsie, Our condolences to you on the passing of your mother. Keeping you in our prayers. Ron & Fran Ginter
#2 Gerald/Pat Gerbrandt 2012-08-24 10:17
Your mother's legacy of love and laughter will continue to enrich your lives - a pleasing tribute to God's faithfulness to her and you. May our Father comfort your hearts.
(former fellow students - Gerald G. & Pat (Klassen) G.
both at EMMC SS and in public school

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