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Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday November 1, 2017 at the German Old Colony Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-7PM on Tuesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Blumenfeld Cemetery.


 Peter A. Elias

1930 - 2017 

Peter A. Elias, 87, of Winkler, MB, formerly of Blumenfeld, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 28 at the Rock Lake Health District Hospital. 

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Mary (nee Wiebe), his sons, Abe (Mary), Peter (Debra), his daughters, Mary (Martin Driediger), Ann (George Elias), Tina (Henry Penner) and Lisa (Peter Bergen), 21 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers, four sisters, two sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John P. and Anna Elias, one brother, one brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law and one great-granddaughter. 

Peter was born to Anna Rempel on June 15, 1930 in the village of Neuenberg. He later moved to Hochfeld and then to Blumenfeld when he started grade 2. He spent the rest of his childhood on the farm, attending school and helping his father on the farm. As a young adult, Peter worked for the McKnight and Trinke Farms. 

Peter met a girl, Mary Wiebe, in Blumenfeld and after a time of courting, became baptized in the spring of 1951 in the Blumenfeld Old Colony Church. On October 21, 1951, Mary became his wife. Mom and Dad were married for 66 years and 1 week. They spent the first number of years of their married life moving and working in different places, from Blumenfeld, Plum Coulee, Haskett and Schanzenfeld and Abe, Mary, Ann and Peter were born during those years. In 1961, they set out on a big adventure, packing up the family and moved to La Crete, Alberta to try their hand at homesteading. Dad cleared a patch of land by hand and moved a house onto it. Later a log barn and dugout were added and he fenced in some treed pastureland. Dad also enjoyed trying to keep the bears off of the homestead, hunting them down at night if necessary. Tina was born while living in La Crete. Wherever they lived, church was an important part of their life. Dad was a song leader in the Sommerfeld Church in La Crete. 

In 1969, Dad was up for a new adventure and moved the family to Vanderhoof, B.C. Dad worked for a dairy farm and did some logging in winter. Lisa was born in the eleven months that we lived there. In spring of 1970, the move was made back to Manitoba. They lived in the Blumenfeld area, starting a few new places and businesses, including Elias Woodwork in 1978. In 1992, another dream came to reality when they had a log house built behind Blumenfeld. They moved to Winkler in the year 2000. After a few more moves, they settled in Lion's Manor till March 3, 2017, when our parents were both admitted to Boundary Trails Health Center after Dad suffered a heart attack. Dad and Mom were both transferred to Crystal City on May 5 to wait for room in Salem. Dad had another heart attack a number of weeks ago and his health kept going down till sometime during the night, he went into a coma and with family at his side, went to meet his Lord and Saviour at 3:50 p.m. on October 28, 2017. 

Dad was a very gentle, quiet man, who worked hard his whole life to provide for his family. They took numerous road trips, which included trips to visit their children in Saskatchewan, friends in Vanderhoof and a long road trip to Alaska with Martin and Helen in 2001. He has had a number of different jobs in his life - farming, construction, electrician, logging, dairy, steel work at Schmidt Manufacturing, carpentry at Dutch Mobile Homes, but his passion was for woodwork. He made many beautiful wooden toys and carvings in the later years of his life. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. 

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 1, 2017 at the German Old Colony Mennonite Church with interment at the Blumenfeld Cemetery. 

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." - 2 Timothy 4: 7+8 

Special thanks to staff at Boundary Trails Health Center, especially Dr. Bryan Kroeker and staff and Rock Lake Health District Hospital for their excellent care. Also thanks to all Home Care staff, Wiebe Funeral Home and friends and family for all visits, calls, thoughts and prayers. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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