Katharina (Tina) Harder (nee Fehr)

1950 – 2015

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Katharina Harder, wife, mother, grandmother, aged 64 years of Altona, MB on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at St. Boniface General Hospital.


Katharina Fehr was born November 29, 1950 in Campo 45, Mexico. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith on May 26, 1969 in Halbstadt, Mexico by Abram Friesen in the Sommerfeld church. On Dec. 7, 1969 she married the love of her life Jacob Harder on the yard where she grew up. They were married for 45 years 8 months and 11 days. They were blessed with 5 children, Tina(Frank)Penner, children Heidi, Lydia, Theresa, Thomas.  Jake (Anna) Harder children ,Jordan, Samuel, Joshua, Abigail. Sue(Helmut)Froese, children Courtney, Dawson, Carley. Al(Eva) Harder, children Alexander, Ariel, Celena, Josiah. Barb(Frank)Reimer, children Madison, Mikayla, Isaiah. Katharina was predeceased by both parents Jacob and Katharina Fehr and 3 sisters. March of 2011 mom had a heart attack, which resulted in many health issues to come. There were a couple of times that we thought that we would be saying farewell , but she rallied and pulled thru. She was always strong and told us to never worry about her she would be fine! I will be ok! and she is fine, no more health issues she has been made whole. She went into surgery strongly believing that if Dr Kass would fix her valve then she would have more energy and then she would be able to work and not always be so tired. But on August 18 God had other plans for her. Tuesday August 18 she went to St. Boniface hospital in WPG for a day procedure concerning her heart, complications arose during the procedure and she went into cardiac arrest which led to open heart surgery, the surgery was unsuccessful and she went to be with our lord! How do we sum up someone's life in just a few words especially when that someone means so very much to you? she was a devoted wife, caring mother and loving grandma. she always gave so much and yet never ran out of anything to give. Mom and Dad started their married life in Mexico, moved to Ontario and back to Mexico where they lived for a few years and decided to make Manitoba their home. When we were growing up we would often sing, and moms favourite song, We praise Thee O God, we sang it so often and I guess as kids we got tired of it and we would try to speed up the song, start laughing and mom and dad would get mad at us! She knew when we were hurting or not feeling well without telling her. She deeply loved her grandchildren and she had them over for sleepovers every summer, even though we felt it was too much work for her, but she insisted, and she would say again don't worry I will be ok! If we were concerned or asked about her or didn't want her to overdo it, she would say oh don't worry about me I will be fine! I will be ok. Mom had various jobs outside the home including owning two fabric businesses together with dad. Above all she loved to cook and bake for her family, no one can make brownies and kommst borscht quite like her! she had many hobbies such as sewing for her family and her sisters and many more people were blessed by her sewing. she also loved to quilt. she had intentions to sew a quilt for each of her grandchildren yet. another hobby she loved was tending to her flower gardens. she could make anything grow. since dad s retirement they spent a lot of time together doing things such as planting lilacs , adding strawberries to their patch, and many hours were spent gardening together. She always wanted to give us things from her garden. Spending countless hours cleaning and carding wool which they would then make into beautiful comforters. Which each one of us have the privilege of owning. They also spent lots of time cooking together for gatherings, shopping was also a great past time for them whether it be to grocery stores, green houses, fabric or a consignment stores. They enjoyed praying and reading scripture together every morning and every evening, which dad will miss greatly. They also enjoyed spending some afternoons watching movies.  Mom started a salt and pepper collection some years ago and we think she has about 250 sets. Tante Anna Penner shared that she found a set she was sure mom didn't have but guess what? mom(grandma) had a set like that. in everything mom(grandma) did , she did to the best of her ability, and a true example for us all that knew her. Mom (grandma) and her sisters were very close and they loved spending time together, phoning each week or almost every week. swapping clothes, joking around and giggling about nothing. they are fun to watch!

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday August 24, 2015 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. We as the family want to send out special thanks to Dr. Kass and the cardiac team of doctors who did everything they could for mom. to Bishop Art Wiebe for his kind and thoughtful words, Wiebe funeral home, song leaders, pianist, ushers, serving ladies and all the family and friends who have prayed for us and brought food! God Bless you all! - The Family

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Tina’s memory to the Bergen Cardiac Care Centre C/O St. Boniface Hospital.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,


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