Nettie Hilda Hildebrand (nee Jantzen)

1920 - 2015


Nette Hildebrand sqNettie was born on April 20, 1920 to Elizabeth and Peter Jantzen in Neuhalbstadt, Russia, the oldest of six children.  Her family emigrated to Canada in 1926 and settled in Yarrow, BC.


Money was scarce, and with 8 mouths to feed and a transportation debt owed, Nettie, like so many firstborn, had to quit school and enter the job market.  She was a hard worker, quick learner and found employment in the orchards, tobacco fields, hop yards and later as a domestic in Vancouver


Nettie married Cornelius Siemens in 1939.  Tragically, as a result of a car/ train accident, she became a widow in 1943 at the tender age of 22 with a young child to care for.


In 1945, on a visit to Manitoba, she met a young bachelor farmer from Crystal City.  They were married on a very cold day on January 5th, 1946 in Crystal City, where they farmed together until their retirement.  Three children were born to this union -- Will was born in 1948, Alice in 1952, and Harry in 1955.


As a young girl, Nettie was quite involved in different activities in the church and in particular, loved singing in the choir. She accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal Saviour at an evangelical meeting, was baptized and became a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church.  Later on, this membership was transferred to the Whitewater Mennonite Church in Crystal City, and then the Bergthaler Mennonite Church when they moved to Morden in the 1970’s.


Mom loved her yard and garden, was an excellent cook, baker, and seamstress.  She may have had only a Grade 6 education, but what she lacked scholastically, she made up for in many other ways.  If she saw something that she liked, be it a recipe, sewing pattern, or any type of a craft item, Mom had the skill to reproduce it. 


Mom & Dad chose to retire in Morden in the 1970’s. Mom’s “green thumb” moved with her and both she and Dad were thrilled to win the “Horticultural Award” several years in a row for the “most beautiful and best kept premises”.  They both took great pride in that.  They took some trips, travelling across Canada and the USA, which they had been unable to do while farming.  They enjoyed their grandchildren’s hockey & baseball games, get-togethers with family and friends, and church activities.  Mom sang in the choir, was active in the ladies aid groups, and volunteered at the local thrift shop.  Dad was 12 years older than our Mother, so things started getting a little more difficult when our father developed some health and dementia issues.  He eventually got placed in Tabor Home where he lived until he passed away in January of 1995.


Mom continued to live on 2nd Street for a number of years, despite some significant health issues. In the late 1990's she moved to a condo where she lived until she suffered a severe back injury and was not able to care for herself anymore. She was hospitalized and eventually entered Tabor Home.


God needs another gardener this winter and decided it was Nettie’s turn.  Mom was called home by her Lord and Saviour, on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 at Tabor Home in Morden, MB, aged 94 years and went to her eternal rest.


Nettie was pre-deceased by her husband, Henry, in 1995.  She leaves to mourn two daughters, Dorothy (Harold) Paetkau of Winnipeg, Alice (Glenn) Gilmore of Chicago, two sons, Will (Eileen) Hildebrand of Crystal City, Harry (Erika) Hildebrand of Morden, 12 grandchildren and their families which includes 16 great-grandchildren and two sisters and one sister-in-law in BC.


Memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday January 13, 2015 at the Morden Mennonite Church with a private family interment at Southside Cemetery prior to the service. The Hildebrand family would like to thank you for all your prayers and love during this time.  We would also like to express our appreciation to the staff of Tabor Home for all their wonderful care for Mom over the last years and Wiebe Funeral Home for their help during this difficult time.If friends so desire, donations may be made in Nettie’s memory to the Tabor Home Building Fund.






Dorothy & Harold Paetkau


Kim & Blair Chapman, Graeme, Arwin


Andrea & Brent Bellamy, Lucas


Heather & Dan Chevrier, Benjamin, Alex


William & Eileen Hildebrand


Jaclyn & Curt Reimer, Abigail, Heidi, Kara


Wes & Quinn Hildebrand, Rhyla,  Braylee


Steve & Denise Hildebrand, Alex, Mason


Michelle & Mike Woodhall


Alice & Glenn Gilmore


Scott Gilmore


Ben Gilmore


Harry & Erika Hildebrand


Trevor & Kim Hildebrand, Jalyn


Patrick & Crystal Hildebrand, Easton, Kali


Colin & Amanda Hildebrand, Aria


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