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Anne Neufeld (nee Wiebe)

1925 – 2017


On Tuesday February 28, 2017 our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to her heavenly home at the age of 91 years.

Mom was born on April 17, 1925 to Jacob and Katharina Wiebe. She grew up in the Ruderweide School District. She was baptized upon her confession of faith on May 29, 1944 and became a member of the Plum Coulee Bergthaler Church where she remained her entire life. Her life was not always easy growing up.  They did not do a lot of socializing but her sister, Susie was her constant companion as well as the numerous animals on the farm.  They enjoyed working in grandma’s huge garden and was involved in 4-H. Mom met her first love, Henry Harder at her cousin’s wedding and they were married on July 1st, 1945.  They lived at grandma and grandpa Harder’s home for two months before they moved to B. C. for the winter months.  For a number of years they lived in a 60 year old house on the family farm before dad built mom a small home just outside of Plum Coulee where they were blessed with and raised their five children. Mom and dad were hard workers and the only day for socializing was on Sunday - usually with family.  Her life’s work was being a loving mother, homemaker and a dedicated wife. She was involved in church activities such as Ladies Group and also in 4-H.  Mom took great pride in her home.  Saturdays, the house was filled with the smell of freshly polished floors which we had to polish with rags until we were fortunate enough to get an electric floor polisher.  The smell of fresh baked buns also permeated the house.  Someone, who shall remain nameless, would scoop out the insides with her little fingers and then put the bun back thinking mom would not notice. Even though in later years when we had a dryer, mom still loved to hang out the clothes on the wash line even in the freezing cold because she loved how the clothes smelled. They of course were stiff as a board and certainly not dry.  We spent hours tolling in mom’s garden fighting the ever present fata han. Our mom was an excellent cook and we loved nothing more than when we could go with mom to the field and watch dad enjoy the meal mom had lovingly prepared for him.  On a hot day, mom would make watermelon and roll kuchen and we would enjoy it under the tree by the machine shed.

Mom and dad were able to do some travelling.  While growing up, we did get to Detroit Lakes but often our trips were shortened or interrupted because someone had locked the keys in the trunk of the car or it was raining and dad being the dedicated farmer that he was had to turn around and come home.  Mom never complained. Mom’s favourite trip of theirs was to Hawaii and the camping trip to B.C. and Spokane Washington.  In 1974, Dad built mom her dream home just outside of Winkler but they only got to live there for just over two years before dad passed away in 1977.  Mom had some lonely years but found love again when she married Henry Neufeld on August 2, 1981.  They had 35 wonderful years together.  Mom had an unfailing faith in God.  She spent lots of time praying for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her faith was evident in how she lived. Above all else, Mom’s family was the most important to her.  She was proud of each one of them. She especially enjoyed the visits from the little ones. They brought her so much joy. In later years, mom had numerous falls and a stroke which made it necessary for her to leave her beloved home at Crocus and move into Salem home on Maple North.  Although the transition wasn’t easy she loved the staff there who took such good care of her.  For that we are forever grateful.

Mom was predeceased by her first husband, Henry, her daughter, Valerie and daughter in law, Valerie, three sisters and five brothers.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Neufeld, son-in-law, Rick Peters, son, Ken Harder, daughter, Yvonne Elias (Lloyd), son, Gordon Harder(Anna), daughter, Cheryl Wiens (Alvin ), nine grandchildren and their spouses as well as 15 great grandchildren; step children, Sharon Enns (Willie), Florence Hofer (Dave), Heather Olfert (Terry), seven step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren, her sister, Susie and brother and sister-in-law, John and Agatha Giesbrecht.

Memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Plum Coulee Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment prior at the Plum Coulee Cemetery. We as a family would to express our heartfelt thanks for the many prayers, acts of love and kindness shown to our family and our mother. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Anne’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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