Wiens, Abram


Abram (AC) Wiens

1922 - 2014

Abram AC Wiens sqAbe C. Wiens, aged 91 years of Winkler, MB passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Salem Home.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 62 years, Anne (nee Hiebert) Wiens, Alvin, (Cheryl) Wiens, Carol (Steve) Harder, Vic (Melanie) Wiens and 13 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by one son, Larry in 2008 and his daughter-in-law, Brenda (nee Neufeld) Wiens in 2010.

Dad was born on October 10, 1922 in the village of Rosenort, near Gretna, Manitoba to Cornelius and Aganetha Wiens.  When Dad was young the family moved to Mexico.  His father passed away there and his mother eventually remarried, and in time the family moved back to Canada, a move which Dad was always grateful for.  At the time it was common for parents to send children out to work so they could bring their earnings home to help the family.  As we understand, Dad left home at the age of 16 and lived and worked at various farms in the Rhineland and Winkler area for several years.  Based on the stories he told us, we understand these were not easy times, although he expressed gratitude to the families he worked for who provided him with good homes. During World War II Dad was a Conscientious Objector, and laboured in work camps at Clear Lake, MB and British Columbia, and on farms in the Crystal City and Rhineland areas.  Dad was baptized upon his confession of faith on June 15, 1943 at the EMMC Church in Rhineland and later transferred membership to the Winkler Bergthaler Church.  Dad was active in church as an usher and member of the finance committee.  He also took it upon himself to clear snow from the church parking lot as needed and a painting was given to him as an expression of appreciation for his contributions.  With little formal education, and no English education, Dad took a risk and started his own successful gravel company, Winkler Construction, which is still proudly in business today and run by his son Alvin.  Around the time he went into business for himself, Dad married the love of his life Anne (nee Hiebert) on July 13, 1952.  They were blessed with four children - one daughter and three sons.  Dad and Mom worked together in their company providing gravel to many businesses and individuals in the area, and providing snow removal service to the community in the winter.   Over the years Winkler Construction has provided many jobs including careers for some of Mom and Dad’s children and grandchildren.  Dad was always considered a healthy man until one day he was diagnosed with a spot on his lung.  Surgery was successful and years later he was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, an eye disease that took his sight.  Losing his vision caused many frustrations for Dad.  He never accepted the fact that he lost his drivers’ license because he felt that he could still see well enough to drive safely.  Many times we found him at a job site checking things out when he should not have been there.  Retirement was hard for Dad, and until his last days he believed he would still be able to help Alvin on the crusher or on a truck. 

Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Abe’s memory to either Salem Foundation Inc. or MCC.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements



#1 Heather Davidson 2014-09-29 22:28
Carol and family. So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Hugs to all of you.
#2 carla thiessen 2014-09-29 23:11
It was a pleasure caring for your husband and dad. Abe was a quiet man but had a great sense of humor, he loved nothing more than cracking a joke or making some kind of witty comment. He will be greatly missed. My sympathies to Anne and families.

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