Redekop, Maria

Maria (Mary) Redekop (nee Rempel)

1941 - 2016 

Mary Redekop sqMary Redekop was born March 1, 1941 in Nuevo Horizonte (New Horizon), Mexico to Gerhard H. and Maria (nee Blatz) Rempel. She was the third of 11 children. She was 16 years old when they had an eventful move to Altona, Manitoba, Canada. While living in Altona she had an experience that confirmed her need of a saviour and asked Jesus to save herJuly 6, 1957. They lived in Altona for three months, then moved to Madison, Ontario for two years, then Aylmer, Ontario from 1959 to 1961. She was always an eager worker and she worked at a mink farm to help the family. In 1961 they moved to Winkler, Manitoba. Mom worked at the Winkler Bethel Hospital. At the age of 21, she took a step of obedience and was baptized at the Old Colony Church in Reinfeld. In January 1965, Mary met John H. Redekop on Main St. in Winkler. Dad knew when he saw her, that she would be his wife. They were married September 12, 1965 in the Reinfeld Old Colony Church. They lived in Winkler and had their first son in 1966, they then moved to Mount Salem, then Luton, Ontario for greener pastures. It was there that they were blessed with four more children. Sadly, they had to experience the loss of a newborn child. They moved to Plum Coulee in 1976 to be closer to Mom’s family, after a short stay there, they moved to Reinfeld where they built a new house. During this time, they were blessed with two more children. Mom was a very hard worker and had a very busy life. She had a wide variety of jobs, including hoeing beets with her children, picking strawberries, being a janitor for Garden Valley School Division, general worker for Winkler Woodcraft, babysitter and housekeeper for neighbours, grading potatoes for Goertzen Farms all while doing an amazing job raising her family. Amongst all of this, they loved to travel to go visit family. Of all her accomplishments that she could be proud of, she was the most proud of her grandchildren and one great grandchild, they were her pride and joy. Mom’s faith in her Lord Jesus Christ saturated her life and it was evident in all that she did, especially raising her children and passing it on to the grandchildren. Regardless of circumstances, she always had a positive outlook and loved to laugh, that continued throughout her illness. She was our cheerleader and a ray of sunshine in our lives, and our world is a little darker now that she is gone. Mom’s prayer was answered to herJanuary 21, 2016 when she could meet her loving Saviour and entered the gates of heaven and is walking on streets of gold. We can only imagine her reunion with her daughter, Elisabeth Redekop, her brother, George Rempel, three sisters, Nancy Malmquist, Tina Goertzen and Susan Klassen and her parents, Gerhard and Maria Rempel. She will be severely, ridiculously, insanely, ganz schantlich, ganz marshich, and grasslich missed by her husband, her children, grandchildren, great grandchild, brothers, sisters, extended family and many friends. 

She is survived by her husband, John H. Redekop, her children Abe (Betty) Redekop, Cory, Joshua, Janel and Chelsea, David (Pamela) Redekop, Luke, Mark and Matthew, Neta (Duane) Fehr, Hailey and Jordan, Anne (Mark) Hamm, Tina (Shawn) Chase, Vanessa, Amelia, and Macey, Lisa (Dan) Wiebe, Reiley, Claudia and Madeline, and one great-grandchild, Kelton, three sisters, Anna (Frank) Loewen, Helen (Ben) Thiessen, Betty (Earl) Dodds and three brothers, George (Betty) Rempel, Abe (Tina) Rempel and Peter (Justina) Rempel.

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday January 25, 2016 at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with a private family interment prior at Reinfeld Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Winkler Bible Camp Children’s Sponsorship Program.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

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