Giesbrecht, William

William “Bill” P Giesbrecht

1924 - 2014

GiesbrechtBillEarly on the beautiful fall morning of October 15, 2014 at Swan Lake Hospital, William P. (Bill) Giesbrecht, aged 90 years, of Winkler, formerly of Carman, MB, died peacefully in his sleep after suffering a stroke and went to his eternal rest.

He was born on April 25, 1924.  He was the 5th child of 12 born to Peter W. and Susanna Giesbrecht.  He grew up on the farm in Bergfeld and attended the Thames District School.  He helped his father on the farm until World War II when he chose alternative service and worked for a farmer near Plumas.  On September 19, 1948 he married Agnes Derksen and they lived together for three years with Grandma and Grandpa Derksen in Sperling and then in Carman.  During this time, Dad worked with Uncle Bill Derksen cutting and selling cordwood.  Mom and Dad bought a ½ acre lot in Carman with a small building which they renovated into a three bedroom house.  Dad worked for the railroad, the Highways Department and CCIL. He suffered a major accident while working with the Highways Department.  While they lived in Carman, three girls were born; Linda Jane in 1951, Laura Lee in 1955 and Lavina Susan in 1962.  Mom and Dad lived in Carman until 1986 when Dad retired from working at the Town Water Treatment Plant. They then moved to Winkler. He volunteered at the MCC Thrift Store from that time until this past year.  Mom and Dad enjoyed playing together in an orchestra for many years, bringing music to places like the Boys Correctional Home in Portage, Salem Home, the hospital and Eden Health Centre. They have enjoyed travelling to many places including the Bad Lands in South Dakota, Alaska, Florida and Pennsylvania, several Canadian provinces as well as Belize. Dad had a real sense of humor and enjoyed teasing any and everyone; he also enjoyed working with wood and built many pieces of furniture over the years. After being diagnosed with dementia this spring, he was in and out of the hospital until he was transferred to Prairieview Lodge in Pilot Mound where he spent his last few months.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Agnes, three daughters, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren:  Linda (Alvin) Wiebe; Robin Wiebe, Crystal Huhtala, (Justin and Conner); Charlotte (Kevin) Church; (Levi): Laura (Erwin) Wiebe;  Janelle Wiebe, Jeremy (Erin) Wiebe, (Ella, Aidan, Esmay), Joel Wiebe, Lavina (Dennis) Krahn; Mark (Angela) Krahn, (Colin, Chelsea); Aubrey Krahn (Dylan, Bailey).

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday October 20, 2014 at Grace Mennonite Church with interment at Winkler Cemetery.  If friends so desire, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to either MCC or Back to the Bible Radio Broadcast.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,


#1 Agatha Fehr 2014-10-16 13:21
Dear Agnes, my sincere condolences to you and family. Bill was such a lively and humorous character and will be greatly missed! I always enjoyed his funny antics at the MCC thrift shop! Praying that God grant you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.
Blessings to you and your family.
#2 Adeline Peters 2014-10-17 17:16
My sympathy to you and your family, Agnes. It was a pleasure having you both playing with our music group, The Pembina Players. Many good memories!
#3 Ron & Marty James 2014-10-18 12:44
Dear Aunt Agnes and cousins, Linda, Laura and Lavina, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We will cherish the memories of Uncle Bill and his mischivious ways when we saw him at family gatherings. He had fulfilled God's plan for him on earth and now will be continuing his antics in heaven. There will be a brighter star in the sky and he will be watching over you all.
#4 Eliude Cavalcante 2014-10-20 10:15
Life is so tender, so fragile, so very precious. God is our refuge and strength. (Psalm 46:1). Sending a million of prayers your way. With my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
#5 Fr. Michael Koryluk 2014-10-22 15:28
Dear Laura and Erwin - My prayers are with you and your family at this time. No matter the age, a loss is a loss and only our faith and the promise of hope that Jesus will loose nothing that has been entrusted to Him. And now your dad is experiencing the fullness of that promise! You are in my prayers. Fr. Michael
#6 Brad Derksen 2014-11-06 08:55
Dear Aunt Agnes and cousins Linda, Laura and Lavina. I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Uncle Bills quick witt and great sense of humor fondly. May you find comfort at this difficult time.

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