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Helena Giesbrecht (nee Unger)

1927 - 2017

Helen Giesbrecht sqHelen Giesbrecht passed away peacefully in her sleep at Boundary Trails Health Centre on Thursday February 9, 2017 at the age of 89 years. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Peter H Giesbrecht, her sister, Tina, her brothers-in-law, Martin Friesen and Jack Penner and her adopted brother, Menno Giesbrecht. She is survived by her children, Laura Jean and husband, Karl Dreger, Larry and his wife, Doreen, Reg and his wife, Dorothy, Ken and his wife, Yvonne, Karen and her husband, Glen Siemens, Raymond Giesbrecht, Valarie and her husband, Earl Bergman. She is also survived by her sister, Justina Penner, sister, Susan and husband, Otto Hamm, sister-in-law, Mary Giesbrecht, sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and numerous other relatives.

Mom was born on November 26, 1927 to John and Justina Unger in Neuenburg, south of Winkler. On September 29, 1949, mom was married to Peter H. Giesbrecht and also helped our dad run a farm equipment business. Mom’s relationship with Jesus Christ was also very important to her and she was baptized upon confession of her faith at the age of nine. She had a desire for others to have a relationship with Jesus as well, selling tickets for the Canadian Sunday School Mission and Union Gospel Mission Banquets so that others could attend and hear about the work God was doing in and through others. Mom had a missionary spirit, which took her to work in kitchens at bible camps for several summers. Mom also worked at the Steinrich Bible School in the southern states. Her strong desire to serve in the Altona EMMC church had her working for 17 years in the Sunday School Nursery department as well the Priscilla ladies sewing circle. She blessed her children and grandchildren as they did short and long-term mission trips.  In her later years, she spent much of her free time working at the Altona MCC Thrift Store. In her last years, with her health failing, she shared her gifts of encouragement and wisdom with the many that crossed her path at Lions Manor.

Memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday February 13, 2017 at the Winkler EMMC with interment prior at the Altona Cemetery.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre, all the home care staff who looked after her with such kind and compassionate care, Dr. Blignaut, and the staff at Lion’s Manor.

Mom, you are celebrating with Jesus. We love you. You will be missed.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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