Waldner, Hardy

Hardy Waldner

1950 - 2015


WaldnerHardysqOn Monday, June 22nd, 2015, at 1:48 a.m. after a lengthy illness, Hardy Waldner aged 65 years of Winkler, MB went to be with Jesus, who he loved with his whole heart. Hardy was born at the Huron Hutterite Colony in the RM of Cartier on April 22nd, 1950 to Jacob and Susanna Waldner. He lived at the colony until the age of 19. It wasn’t long after Hardy left the colony he met his wife Lorraine and they were married on January 22nd, 1971. They celebrated their 44th anniversary this past January.

Shortly after they were married, they moved to a poultry farm just north of Winkler, the same farm they would purchase a number of years later and own and operate for seven years. In their early married days, they also lived for a bit at Birds Hill Park and Third Street in Winkler. It was that little house on Third Street Hardy worked hard to build an addition to make room for their second baby. Hardy and Lorraine had four children, two girls and two boys. Hardy delighted in his kids and 14 grandchildren and loved to pester them, giving many kisses and whisker rubs.  Something all of them loved to receive. Well, most of the time. They were also foster parents to a number of children over the years.  Through all the years since, Joey and Bonnie continued to hold a special place in their hearts. They also enjoyed the years they spent as house parents to Arnold Braun and Ken Unger. Over the last six years, they have also had a number of borders, some of which have become very close to them and are very special to the whole family. In 1983, Hardy and Lorraine moved to the corridor between Winkler and Morden where they lived for 13 years.  It was during this time they also purchased Stop-N-Go Mart in Winkler, a convenience store they owned and operated for 10 years.  They moved to Winkler in 1996 and have stayed in the community since. Hardy was baptized at the Sommerfeld Church in Winkler on May 25th, 1975. About 15 years ago, Hardy and Lorraine began attending Springs Church in Winnipeg.  The weekly trips to Winnipeg also gave them special time together, which they both cherished. Their trip usually ended in a visit to Costco where they shared a hotdog, wedges and chicken fingers. Hardy often showed his silly side to his family, performing a cute little dance to show off his after meal belly. (pretty well the only time he had one) It was always good for a big round of laughter. Another thing his family enjoyed was the songs and poems he shared from his childhood.  They were poems and songs he learned from his mom as a little boy. The last one he shared while in the hospital was the following:

“I went to a show tomorrow and took a front seat at the back. I fell from the floor to the ceiling and hurt the front of my back.”

Hardy was always interested in what others were involved in, and loved to talk and share about what he knew.  If he didn’t know something, he took the initiative to learn it by reading a book, and when it became available, found what he needed on the internet. He was always eager to learn. Camping was also a passion for Hardy and Lorraine, and they thoroughly enjoyed time spent with extended family. Hardy was also the master fire builder and loved to share his knowledge around the fire. He also spent a lot of time listening to music. He especially enjoyed praise and worship and old time country. His kids and other relatives were treated regularly with mixed tapes and cd’s he crafted over many hours. Hardy also enjoyed bowling and was part of the local league for many years. He also participated in bush league hockey, a sport which he learned to love in the colony. He was very competitive when it came to sports. Hardy got to know many people through his work.  One of his first jobs in Winkler was as a welder at Berdick and just before he got sick, he found a great work family back at Berdick. He also had his Class 1 licence, which gave him the opportunity to drive a night run and courier position with Co-op for several years. He was the “Tax man” for many people for many years, something he was very good at. However, if you wanted him to do your taxes, you would have to wait for Turbo Tax to go on sale. Hardy was a passionate and giving man, and will leave a legacy of love. He demonstrated his love in many ways, especially how he loved and treated his wife.  His memory will be cherished forever. “Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again.”

Hardy is survived by his wife, Lorraine (nee Dyck), daughter, Tammy Rempel and her husband, Peter of Winkler, their children, Tom, Jordan and his wife, Tiana, Emily and her husband, Justin and Daniel, son, Richard Waldner and his wife, Christel of Winkler, their children, Jerrod, Avery and Sydney, daughter, Pam Fedack and husband, Johnathon of Winkler, their children, Nathaniel, Georgia, Allison, and Savanah, son, David Waldner and his wife, Shirlee of Reinfeld, their children, Landon, Jesse and Liam. He is also survived by his mom, Susanna Waldner of Morden, eight sisters and three brothers and their families. He was predeceased by his father, Jacob Waldner and five grandbabies lost through miscarriage.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday June 25, 2015 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Hardy’s memory to either Union Gospel Mission or Teen Challenge.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements



#1 Christine Peters 2015-06-25 14:48
So sorry David and Shirlee on your loss. Praying for you during this time and to come.
#2 Ed & Susan Warkentin 2015-06-29 12:55
Dear Loraine , our condolences to you and your family .
May your memories give you lots of comfort and maybe even
some laughs .
God Bless you and comfort you through this difficult time ..
Love & Prayers , Ed & Suan Warkentin
#3 William Thompson 2015-07-06 17:33
Hardy was a great man and is in my mind an example of what a great man and a great husband should be. He always saw the good in a situation and despite the down falls of many he always welcomed them and gave them words of encouragement. The last time I saw him is vivid in my mind and he inspired me that day as well. I know he is with Christ now and that should comfort all of us. I am in Afghanistan serving in the US military other wise I would have been there for the service.

Bill Thompson

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