Margaretha (Margaret) Wiens (nee Heinrichs)

1931 – 2015


wiens margaret sqMargaret Wiens of Winkler, MB passed away peacefully at Salem Home on Sunday June 21, 2015 at 5:31 a.m. at the age of 84.

Margaret was born in Halbstadt, MB on May 18, 1931; daughter to Jacob and Maria Heinrichs (nee Friesen). Margaret was the third youngest in the family and had nine siblings. She attended school in Halbstadt and was baptized at the Sommerfeld Church on June 5, 1949. She married Jacob (Jake) Wiens on September 8, 1957; and they were married for 52 years. They attended Winkler Sommerfeld Church all their married life. Aunt Margaret was a committed Christian. Once when she’d been crying and praying at their kitchen table, she heard a voice in Low German say she needed to get on her knees and pray. She did so; even with the pains in her joints and her prayer was heard. To this day sometimes when I want to quickly say a short prayer and go to sleep, I remember what Aunt Margaret said and I stop, get on my knees and pray. Margaret worked part time at the MCC store in Winkler for many years. Margaret loved the simple pleasures; she enjoyed visiting the elderly; animals and birds; flowers and her garden; cooking and baking; knitting and puzzling. She was known for her “Brownie Deluxe”, “Kringel”, “Rie-ei” and “waffles with sauce”. I wish I could have found out how many mitts, slippers, socks and dish rags she knit in one year; 200? Probably more. Salem’s Tuck Shop is full of her knitting projects. In fact, last Thursday night before she became so ill, she’d been seen in her room knitting. And who were the benefactors of her knits and pearls? Her relatives, neighbors and nurses at Salem, the Tuck Shop, MCC and anyone who wanted them. Margaret and Jake never had children of her own; but they poured out their love on nieces, nephews and neighborhood children. Every Halloween Margaret would always prepare baggies filled with all kinds of treats for their excited little visitors. On Mondays “Antie Margie” hosted Danon and myself (Linda) to supper and a visit. This always started with her and Uncle Jake making our favorite meals. She taught me to get on the floor and really play with kids. Even at Salem I had to remind Danon and “Antie Margie” to take it easy, as they play fought with her in the wheelchair! Margaret, you will definitely be remembered and missed!

Margaret was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Peter, Jacob, Tina, Gerhard, Klass, Mary, Anna and Karl. She was also predeceased by her husband, Jacob in March 2010. She leaves to mourn her sister, Sarah (Sadie) and her family and the families of her brother, Karl and sister, Mary as well as the Wiens and Unger extended family members and many friends. Thank you to the Salem staff for their gentle care and to friends and relatives that visited her.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite church with interment at Winkler Cemetery.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

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