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Peter Thiessen

1918 - 2017

Peacefully on Monday, January 2, 2017, Peter M. Thiessen, age 98 years of Winkler, MB formerly of Horndean, passed away at Salem Home with his family by his side. He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Belinda; grandchildren, Stacy, Justin and Joshua; Great grandson, Aidan; sister, Susan Johnston and many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as his church family and close friends. He was predeceased by both wives, Annie (1990) and Anna (2016), children, Evelyn, Harold and Brenda, six sisters and three brothers.

Grandpa was born on February 13, 1918 to Aron and Maria Thiessen in his family home in Horndean. He spent his school years in South Thames at Bergfeld and Kronsweide near Lowe Farm. He worked and played on the farm with his siblings, and enjoyed going to Sunday school. In the early winter of 1936, with the help of his mother, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. It was because of his devotion to God that he raised his family in Faith. Grandpa was 19 when he got married to Annie, and they started mixed farming on 10 acres, adding more acreage as time went on, until they had just under 50. He also did a lot of custom feed cutting and bailing, enough to keep them going, as he would say. In 1960, he started his own feed mill, Horndean Feed Service but closed those doors in 1975.  They moved to Winkler after that, but in 1990 we lost our Grandma Annie to cancer. By the grace of God, He sent us Anna and in 1993 they were married at aged 75 years. Family was so important to him and he spent a lot of time with them, especially with his brother, Abe. He had many hobbies but his favourite was cars; having at least 10 different used vehicles as well as 10-15 new ones over the years, even opting for the new features such as a CD player, Bluetooth and OnStar. He always found it interesting and wanted to learn about how these new gadgets worked. It’s such a happy memory - him calling us from the car or from his new cell phone. He also enjoyed praying, reading the Bible and especially singing; he was a member of the church choir for many years and music was always important in singing praise. This gift has been passed down to his family and to this day, we all love to sing. Family will remember him by his neatness and how well he took good care of his toys, which he still had on his 50th wedding anniversary. Our Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Uncle, Cousin and Friend made such an impact on our lives, and he set such an amazing example of what family is, what marriage should be and how important it was to never go to bed angry. Always say I love you and be grateful for the gifts God has blessed us with.

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday January 6, 2017 at the Christian Faith Church with interment prior at the Grossweide Cemetery. The family would like to thank the Salem Home staff for their support and the loving care they provided our grandparents in the past years and to the Boundary Trails Health Centre staff and Winkler Home Care for the years before Salem Home. He was so well taken care of when we couldn't be there. Thank you. Donations may be made in Peter’s memory to Salem Foundation Inc. in Winkler. We love you and miss you so much, but know that you are in your heavenly home now, watching over us. Until we meet again, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3”

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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