Neustaedter, Lena


Lena (Helen) Neustaedter (nee Bock)

1924 - 2014

neustaedter helen sqOn Monday, September 29, 2014 mom went to be with the Lord. She was 90 years old.  Helen was predeceased by her husband, Daniel in 1997 and grandsons, Randy Neustaedter in 1994 (son of Victor and Jeannie) and Chris Neustaedter in 2006 (son of Walter and Sandra).  She leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Rita and George Engbrecht, Karen and Phil Klassen, four sons, Vic and Jeannie, Walter and Sandra, Alfred, Herman, 12 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Lena (Bock) Neustaedter, better known as Helen, was born on February 5, 1924, to Gerhard and Katharina (Epp) Bock in Nikalaipol, Russia.  She was the 5th of seven children, three sisters and three brothersWhen she was just seven months old, because of the revolution, her family immigrated to Canada and eventually settled in the Crystal City, Manitoba area.  Mom was a teenager during the “dirty thirties”.  She wanted to follow her older sisters by moving to Winnipeg to work, but because of the hard times had to stay and help out at home.  There was cooking, sewing, cows to milk, gardens to tend, haying and on and on.  Besides farming, her dad was also a minister so life centered on the church.  Since she enjoyed socializing, even from a young age, she was active in young peoples and choir.  There was never an idle moment.  Through it all mom developed her great disposition, hard worker ethics and her faith.   In 1942 she was baptized on the confession of her faith in her parent’s home, by Bishop G.G. Neufeld, and became a member of the Whitewater Mennonite Church.  Mom was very young when she met the love of her life and could hardly wait until she was old enough to marry him. Finally, on June 26, 1943 Helen Bock married Dan Neustaedter in Rosebud School, south of Crystal City with a reception held on her parent’s farm. They farmed by Crystal City for 32 years. It was here their six children were born.  They were active in the Mather Mennonite church where mom was president of the Ladies Aid, did quilting and sewing for MCC, served at weddings and was involved in most church functions. In the fall of 1974 our parents retired to Winkler.  Mom enjoyed many years of traveling with dad, building friendships and inviting people in for meals or coffee, singing in the church choir, volunteering in MCC, looking after her aging parents who also lived in Winkler and visiting the children and grandchildren. In 1997 dad went to be with the Lord and mom missed him very much.  Shortly thereafter she moved into Crocus Village where she resided until she entered the hospital on January 12th of this year.  Her life in Crocus was filled with crocheting, reading, playing games and socializing up to 3-4 times a day in the Co-op restaurant downstairs, which she called “my restaurant”.  In July 2013 we had a party to celebrate her “Almost 90” birthday with 130 guests gathered to celebrate her life.  Many times she commented on how special that day had been, as she’d look at her pictures just one more time. 

The family is deeply grateful to all who offered friendship, love and care to our mom throughout her life, during good times and bad and especially during the last difficult period.  Thank you to family and friends who faithfully came to visit; to Dr. Brett and all hospital and homecare staff who touched her life and gave her comfort and ease.  May God bless you all!  Mom was a one of a kind, special person.  She was the glue that kept her immediate and much of her extended family connected.  We will miss her jovial character and her strength.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday October 3, 2014 at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment at Winkler Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Helen’s memory to Harvest Field Ministries (make cheques payable to World Focus Inc.) 1399 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6.


Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,



#1 Terry and Ricki Brown 2014-10-03 09:48
Vic and Jeannie,
The beautiful memories you've gathered through the years are 'yours' to keep forever..
thinking of you and your family at this time..
take care,
Terry and Ricki Brown
10 Kara Cove, La Salle, Mb.
(Rock Lake)
#2 Ashley and Betty Bergen 2014-10-03 12:41
It was a blessining getting to know Karen and Helen. May The Lord comfort you during this difficult time!!!!!
#3 Agatha Fehr 2014-10-03 18:26
Rita and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Praying God's peace surround and comfort you.
#4 Helen Kreker 2014-10-04 19:13
Your mother was an amazing woman, she will be greatly missed! My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.
#5 bonnie gerbrandt 2014-10-12 12:30
Karen, I have been out of the country this past month, but have held you in my heart and prayers during this difficult time in the passing of your mom. What a wonderful lady she was, and she alwsys left me smiling and full of joy when I visited her. She loved when you came to Manitoba to stay with her and spend so much of your time at the hospital helping her through each day. God Bless you with his peace, comfort and joy knowing how much your mom was waiting to go to a better place, her eternal home with her Dan and her Lord. "Come to me all who are weary, and I will give you rest "

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