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Memorial Service: 2:00PM on Thursday June 1, 2017 at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church Viewing: 1-8PM Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler Interment: Private and prior at Winkler Cemetery Donations: MCC


Hester Elizabeth Dyck (nee Elias)

1936 - 2017

Hester Elias, the only child of George and Erna Elias, was born on May 18, 1936 in Blumstein, the place where she happily lived most of her life.  She was a true farm girl, spending lots of time with her dad and the animals.  However, she also enjoyed school in the one room Blumstein School, together with a few of her Walkof cousins and other neighbours.  Along with a love for farm life, her parents instilled in her an appreciation of good neighbours and a faith in God.

After high school, Hester went to Normal School in Winnipeg where she studied to become a teacher and found many lifelong friends.  She then taught school for two years in Elam school, south of Morden and two years at Burwalde.

Hester met Ike Dyck in high school, but it was not until a couple of years later that they began a friendship that led to their marriage on August 22, 1959.  Hester was baptized in the Mennonite Brethren Church on January 1, 1956.  Shortly after marrying Ike, she joined the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church, which became the home congregation for her and her family.  She gave much to this church:  initially through the Pioneer Girls program, the Ladies Fellowship and, in her later years, her work as a deacon.  Hester was also generous with her time in the community.  She volunteered for many years with the Stanley Agricultural Society, the Winkler Seniors Activity Centre and Ten Thousand Villages.

Ike and Hester were blessed with three children: Bev, Brenda and Gerald.  Hester was a devoted and patient mother, always working to make life go smoothly for her family.  Later, Brenda married Georg Neuhofer and they had two children, Georg and Alexander.  Gerald married Kim Unrau and they had three children, Griffin, Kyle and Reid.

In 1972, Ike and Hester had an opportunity to buy a quarter section of land beside her parents.  Hester was happy to move back to Blumstein and her children, loved living beside their grandparents.  It must have felt a little like going home for Hester, even more so, five years later when they moved to the farm where she grew up.  These were happy years for her and the whole family.  Hester enjoyed gardening, looking after her children, having coffee with friends, and farming with Ike.  It was also around this time, that she helped initiate annual Blumstein gatherings, which was always a nice social time for the neighbourhood.  This sense of community continues to this day among a few Blumstein ladies.  Hester really enjoyed these times together.

During their farming years, Hester and Ike also really enjoyed spending time with their extended families.  Walkof and Dyck gatherings were special, as well as the many evenings spent visiting and drinking coffee with friends late into the night.  Hester and Ike also traveled to Germany, where they were able to connect with more relatives.

In 1994, Ike became ill and required a heart transplant in London, Ontario.  Hester was at his side the entire time, but unfortunately he died on July 5th and Hester had to adjust to life on her own.  This was a difficult time for Hester, but once again with good family and friends around her, she slowly came to enjoy life again.  She loved the time spent bowling, playing cards, floor curling, doing hand work with the Barnswallow Quilters, or just visiting and drinking coffee with friends. In 1998, Hester moved to Aspen Bay, where she quickly came to feel at home with the kind neighbours around her.

She also absolutely loved spending time with her grandchildren, watching them play sports and listening to their music.  She rarely missed a home game of baseball, hockey or volleyball and often traveled up to Roblin to spend a week with her grandchildren there.  She made family gatherings so much fun for her grandchildren.  She played all games alongside her grandchildren, whether it was a mini stick marathon, baseball in the back yard, or pictionary and crokinole tournaments inside. She also loved it when her grandchildren came for a quick visit at lunch or came for a sleepover.  She traveled to Austria two times to visit grandchildren who were living there at the time. As part of her daily devotions, she prayed for her children and grandchildren.

In 2012, Hester's son Gerald died suddenly and this was a tremendous loss for her.  She especially missed the drives he took her on around the farm and the conversations they had about farming.  She was proud of the fact that he was able to farm where she had grown up and where she had spent good years farming with Ike and that he, too, felt a connection to his Blumstein roots.

In November 2014, Hester was diagnosed with cancer.  She had surgery in January 2015 and made an amazing recovery.  Her faith in God sustained her during this time along with the support of family and friends.  She enjoyed two good years doing the things she had always enjoyed: gathering with her children and grandchildren and sharing coffee and games with friends. During this time, she made the decision to move to Crocus Village.  In May 2017, the cancer returned and Hester was at peace with the fact that her life would soon end.  She used this time to tell her family and friends how much she valued them. She died on May 28th at the Boundary Trails Health Centre, with her daughter, Bev, beside her.

She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Bev and daughter, Brenda and son-in-law, Georg, and their children, Georg and Alexander and daughter-in-law, Kim and her children, Griffin, Kyle and Reid.  She will also be missed by the Dyck family, her extended Walkof and Warms families and many good friends.

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday June 1, 2017 at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment prior at Winkler Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Hester’s memory to the MCC.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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