Elias, John

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Funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Winkler Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Monday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service.  Donations in John's memory may be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank 


John Bernard Elias

1947 - 2017 

John B. Elias, 69, of Winkler, MB passed away peacefully Friday, August 11. 2017 at Boundary Trails Health Centre after a three year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Peters); a daughter, Jackie and her husband, Gregory and their son, Zachariah; a son, Timothy and his wife, Kara and their four children, Micah, Torasia, Kate, Josiah; a brother, George Elias and a sister, Irene Krahn. He was predeceased by his parents, George W. and Katharina Elias and his sister, Maryanne Klassen and five brothers-in-law. 

John was born at the Bethel Hospital in Winkler on October 3, 1947.  He spent his early years with his parents and siblings on a small mixed farm in the Edenburg School District, where he attended the local school.  John received his high school education at the Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna.  He was baptized on May 14, 1967 by Bishop Jake F. Pauls, and accepted as a member of the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church.  John was actively involved in the church throughout his life, first as an usher, and later as a deacon. He really enjoyed singing in the church’s choirs, and went on to sing in choirs throughout southern Manitoba.  Singing in choirs with his son and other family members were mountaintop experiences for him. John loved his immediate and extended families.  He valued family and organized gatherings for his many aunts, uncles, and cousins. John enjoyed volunteer work, serving at Salem Home, and throughout the community.  He felt the need to help the less fortunate and thought it important to guide the less privileged. 

John always had a passion for agriculture. He enjoyed working the fields, especially watching the implement move the soil.  Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. 

Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday August 15, 2017 at Winkler Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. A sincere thank you to Dr. Duff, Dr. Menzies, Dr. Kotb and all of the nurses at the Boundary Trails CancerCare Unit for your care and encouragement over the last three years. Thank you also to the Boundary Trails Palliative Care staff. 

John was loved dearly and will be sadly missed by family and friends.  We that remain are sad, but not as those without hope.  We know that we will see John again in heaven and that knowledge gives us the grace to say, “This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” 

We, the family, wish to express our sincere gratitude for the many kind words, prayers, visits to the hospital and house, and gifts of food, in the recent days and weeks. Thank you.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements



#1 John margaret giesbrecht 2017-08-12 17:10
Our deepest condolences you .
#2 Peter and linda 2017-08-12 19:16
Our condolence to Dorothy and family ,may God bless you in your time of sorrow, our prayers are with you .
#3 Ed Zacharias 2017-08-13 08:52
Blessed are ...
#4 Abe & Betty 2017-08-13 13:15
Our condolences Dorothy and Family.
Our thoughts and prayer are with you.
May you find the peace that only Jesus can give.
#5 Helen & David Klassen 2017-08-13 22:27
Dorothy & Family, May the warm memories comfort and keep you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David & Helen (Enns) Klassen - Edmonton.
#6 Ed & Susan Warkentin 2017-08-14 09:27
To you Dorothy and family , our condolences ,love & prayers for you in your time of great loss . May you find comfort in the many memories that you have and the comfort of God !!
#7 Keith & Jeanette Chase 2017-08-14 10:26
Our condolences to Dorothy,Jackie,Tim and families. May fond memories of John be of comfort to you all.
#8 Henry and Hildegarde 2017-08-15 07:12
We remember John and Dorothy for their hospitalities! The many waffle meals in honour of our mother were enjoyed by us all as siblings . Thank you ! May God's peace be with you !
#9 Henry and Hildegarde 2017-08-15 08:12
We have fond memories of John's "waffle" parties . He remembered his mother in law's birthday and made waffles for us all . May memories comfort you Dorothy ,Tim ,Jackie and families .
#10 Curt Reimer 2017-08-16 18:23
Gonna miss him a lot,a true friend,be blessed
#11 Henry and Esther Elias 2017-08-20 17:31
We send sincere condolences to John's family, and wish them the comfort of God's peace and love in this difficult time.
#12 Dick and Jean Elias 2017-09-09 22:16
My condolences to Dorothy and all the family. I am so glad that I was able to see John at our cousin get together a few years ago. May God give you strength and courage during this trying time.

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