Katharina Wall (nee Giesbrecht)

1928 - 2015

 

Wall Katharina sqKatharina was born to Johan and Margaretha (nee Peters) Giesbrecht on September 7, 1928 in Neuhorst, Chihuahua, Mexico. Later they moved to Saucito where she grew up on a busy yard. Her father owned the only general store in that part of the colony. Mennonites and natives came to shop here. One day an orphan boy, Diedrich Friesen was hired to work in the business. He became the love of her life and they married on November 11, 1945. On January 27, 1949, our father was elected as a deacon in the Old Colony Church. That was a huge responsibility. He had to manage the money that was given for the poor and store the food and grain that was brought for the poor and their livestock. The poor came from far and wide with their horse-pulled wagons to pick up what they needed. Mostly the mothers with their children came. They were always hungry, people and horses alike. So mom had to see to it how she could feed all those hungry stomachs in addition to her own growing family. Outside, father tended to the horses and other needs. After serving in this capacity for 19+ years, they left this church and joined the Steinreich Mennonite Church. In 1978 our parents moved to Winkler. Our father’s health was failing and on a visit to Mexico he passed away there on January 19, 1984. In February 10, 1985 mom married Wilhelm Wall. They made their home here in Winkler. Dad found employment and mom cooked and hosted family and friends like always. She had a big heart for missions, the church and the poor. Stepdad’s health failed and he went to be with his Savior on May 7, 2011. That took a toll on mom. There were signs of dementia, but after dad’s passing, a big part of her world collapsed. On October 7, 2013 she moved into Salem Home. She was wonderfully taken care of here. She was still very independent and meant to help herself till the last breath. On the morning of February 24, 2015 Jesus lovingly took her home. She always said: "Jesus is the only way to heaven, but how will everyone know since there are so many people in this world?”

She is survived by her sons, Johan and Susana, Gerhard and Anna, Peter, Jacob and Helena, her daughters, Eva Dyck, Margaretha and Gerhard Thiessen, Tina and Bernhard Froese, Elena Rempel, 25 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Diedrich Friesen, second husband, Wilhelm Wall, daughter, Susana Wall, her husband, Peter Wall, sons, Abram, Heinrich and Diedrich, sons-in-law, Jake Dyck Isaac Olfert, George Rempel, two granddaughters, three great grandchildren. From the second marriage, she is survived by stepsons, David and Anna Wall, Wilhelm and Marta Wall, John and Becky Wall, stepdaughters, Anna and Peter Guenther, Aganetha and Jacob Hamm, Elisabeth and Johan Guenther, Eva and Johan Loeppky, Margaretha and Neil Klassen, Helen and John Redecopp, Justina and Abe Guenther, step daughters-in-law, Gabriela Wall, Lena Wall, stepsons-in-law, Peter Braun, Gerhard Thiessen and all their families. She was predeceased by step daughters, Maria Braun, Katharina Thiessen, stepsons, Peter Wall and Jake Wall.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday February 28, 2015 at the Winkler EMM Church with interment at the Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery. We would like to thank the dedicated staff at Salem Home for their loving care, the EMM church, ladies group, the musicians, and everyone who helped in any way. Thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home for their kind services. The Friesen - Wall family.

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