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Eunie Anna Fehr (nee Hoeppner)

1950 – 2017

Eunice Anna Fehr, aged 66, of Winkler, Manitoba, passed away on the afternoon of Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, at Boundary Trails Health Centre after a short battle with cancer.

She was born on June 3rd, 1950, to Peter I. and Annie Hoeppner south of Morden Manitoba. She was the 2nd of eight children, and the oldest of the girls. She grew up on the family farm, helping her mother raise the younger children and doting on her youngest brother Tony in particular. She enjoyed needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, and reading most of all. She attended Glencross School, graduated from Morden Collegiate, and later worked at Quality Communications in Morden, assembling and testing telephone parts.

John and Eunice were married on May 2nd, 1971, at Morden Bergthaler Church, surrounded by family and friends. They lived the early years of their marriage in a mobile home on Eunice’s parents’ farm. Lloyd was born in 1973 and Corey in 1974. In the spring of 1977, the family packed up and carted off to the United States to spend 11 months working in Mennonite Disaster Service. They returned after the sudden passing of John’s father, settling down just West of Winkler. John resumed working in construction and Eunice devoted herself to raising the family full time. Andy was born in 1978, and Nathan in 1982. In 1983, the family built a hog farm near Winkler, selling it in 1995 and moving into Winkler.

As the boys eventually moved out of the house, Eunice took an active role in Jelcan Inc., a construction company started by John. Her daily routine consisted of breakfast with friends, bookkeeping work for the rest of the morning, long afternoon walks to Tim Hortons (as weather permitted), and making supper for John and whichever sons and daughters-in-law happened to be around. Eunice was a wonderful cook and baker, and her cookies were highly sought after. Eunice and John loved to travel and drove hundreds of thousands of kilometres together, sometimes with no particular destination in mind. She also liked to fish, routinely out-fishing John and becoming a provincially-certified Master Angler. She continued to be a voracious reader, but needlepoint seemed to fall by the wayside after her sons introduced her to computer puzzle games. Her smile, friendliness, and warmth will be particularly missed.

She is survived by her husband, John, son, Lloyd and daughter-in-law, Helen and their children, Barrett and Emma, sons, Corey and Andy, son, Nathan and daughter-in-law, Lori, and their daughter, Cassidy, her mother, Annie Hoeppner and her siblings, Leonard, Edwin, Art, Grace, Joyce and Tony. She is predeceased by her father, Peter, and infant sister, Rosella.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at the Winkler EMMC on Friday, January 27th with interment at the Glencross Mennonite Church Cemetery. Donations in Eunice’s memory may be made to the Gideons International or Katie Cares Foundation. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kurt Kauenhofen, Dr. Blaine Pohl, Dr. Cornie Woelk, and the staff of the Boundary Trails palliative care unit. They would also like to express their deep appreciation for the outpouring of support and prayer from family, friends, and the community during this difficult time.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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