Siemens, Elly

Elly Henrietta Siemens (nee Janzen)

1925 – 2014

Elly Siemens sqOn Monday, November 24, 2014, at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Elly Siemens aged 89 years of Winkler, MB, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. She leaves to mourn her loving husband of 64 1/2 years, John J. Siemens, five children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Vernon and Linda Siemens, (Nathan, Jason and Bridget), Alvin and Audrey Siemens, (Ian and Paige), Rita and Rob McEwen, Norman Siemens and Susan Kenny, (Trevor, Trenton and Rita with Jaden and Olivia, Andrea and Matt Duda), Edwin and Debbie Siemens, (Jessica), her two brothers, Rudy (Katy) Janzen and Menno (Nettie) Janzen, a sister-in-law, Irene Peters of Winnipeg, a brother-in-law, David Martens of Germany and cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, John J. and Katherina Janzen.

Elly was born on October 31, 1925 in Morden, MB, the eldest of three children. She graduated from Winkler High School and attended CMBC (Canadian Mennonite Bible College) in Winnipeg. Her early love of music was rooted deep from within her strong faith as she played piano, sang, played records or had the radio on. She instilled in all of her children the songs that shaped their faith. She was baptized upon her confession of faith on May 21, 1945 by Bishop David Schulz in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church and played the piano for the Church choir and the congregation for a number of years, with K. H. Neufeld and H. S. Friesen as the Choir directors. Before she was married, she helped her Dad, at Janzen’s Red & White store in Winkler.

She was married to John J. Siemens on June 4, 1950 in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with Rev. Jacob J. Siemens (her new father-in-law) officiating, and Psalm 91: 1 & 2 was their wedding text. Elly and John were married for 64 1/2 years and lived on the farm at the northeast corner of Winkler. This homestead was the perfect location for her to live out her faith in example to her five children and the community because it gave opportunity for many people to drop in, living so close to the busy highway intersection on the edge of town. She was always very hospitable, insisting that anyone who dropped in needed to be fed either bacon and eggs or her wonderful baking, which was always plentiful. She would sell eggs and sweet corn from the corner location and enjoyed interacting with customers who came from far and wide. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, knitting, gardening, canning, cooking, baking and especially tending to flower gardens. The pantry shelves and freezers were always stocked with lots of food for the long winter months. John and Elly were a deacon couple for thirty-five years, doing visitations to Church members, hospital visits and caring for people in their time of need. They also travelled together to visit family, which she really enjoyed. Trips to visit relatives in Europe twice and smaller Canada and U.S. trips were very important.

She experienced several illnesses in her mid and later years that had implications on how she lived life, resulting in them moving from the farm to Crocus village condominium in 1997 and her moving into Salem Home in Winkler in October 1999. With her caring character, she spent 15 years bringing joy to residents and staff at Salem, many of whom she was acquainted with from living and serving in the community. Her health deteriorated in Spring of this year which resulted in her being hospitalized at Boundary Trails Health Centre. After a struggling fight to try to gain back her health, she passed away peacefully in the early hours of November 24, 2014 with her children gathered around and singing hymns together. Our memory of Elly and Mom will be forever cherished with her strong faith, prayer life, strength of character and the deep love and devotion she had for her husband and family. We will cherish the many fond memories and we will really miss you, Mutti!

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday November 28, 2014 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment at Winkler Cemetery.

As a family we would like to thank all the physicians and staff at Salem Home and Boundary Trails Health Centre for their care and compassion they gave to her and our family. Thank-you also to the many family and friends who visited and supported us with your prayers and kind words of sympathy - we are deeply grateful. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elly's memory to Salem Home Foundation or Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

in care of arrangements


#1 cindy Froese 2014-11-25 21:10
John and family..I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife/mom.. I really enjoyed getting to know Elly. She was a gem, she will be missed.. My condolences go out to the family.
#2 Charles & Stella Thiessen 2014-11-26 10:20
Mr. Siemens & Family---Our condolences go out to you at your time of loss. May God uphold you by His grace.
#3 Hedy and John Martens 2014-11-28 13:26
We are with you in spirit this afternoon, as you release Elly to a place of joy. We pray you will picture her wonderful smile and laughter continuing in the next world, even while you miss her in this one.
Blessings from Elly's cousin, Hedy and her husband John Martens
#4 Rick and Judy Janzen 2014-12-04 17:59
Our condolences go out to all of you at this time. I am reminded of some of those summer Sunday afternoon family gatherings we had at your farm. Always a fun time for us town folk.
Gods blessings on all of you at this time of loss.

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