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Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday December 14, 2017 at Grace Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-9PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Family interment prior to the service at Rosefarm Cemetery. Donations in Tina's memory may be made to either Faith Mission or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association


 Tina Groening Thiessen (nee Penner)

1929 – 2017 

Our mom, Tina Thiessen, passed away on Monday, December, 11, 2017, at Salem Home. Mom lived to be 88 years old and spent almost two years there with her friends and resident neighbors. 

She was born April 29, 1929 to Bernhard and Agatha Penner and grew up in the Rose Farm District. She received her education at Rose Farm and also attended the Rose Farm EMM Church where she was baptized at the age of 16. She moved to Morden where she enjoyed part-time employment, volunteer work, hobbies, and friends. Tina accepted the Lord as her personal Savior at an early age and lived out her faith in every aspect of her life. She made sure that her children and home life reflected the importance of knowing Jesus, accepting him, serving him, and leading others to him. Mom moved to Garden Park Estates in Winkler in 2013 as her health began to fail. She attended the Adult Day Program at Salem Home and came to enjoy her days with the Staff and her friends. In 2015 she was admitted to the Maple Unit, where she grew to enjoy her loving community until her passing. Mom longed for her heavenly home and so we lovingly released her. She is in the presence of her Lord and Savior, spending her first Christmas in heaven. In our sadness it brings us comfort, peace, and joy. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Bernhard and Agatha Penner, two brothers, George and Abe, her husband, Art Groening, her second husband, Peter Thiessen and one stepson, Ron Thiessen. She is survived by three sisters, Agatha Bergen, Nita Gerbrandt and Helena Bergman, one brother, Ben Penner; her children: Brad (and Barb) Groening, their sons, Aaron and Stephen Groening and families, Gail (and Ron) Dykstra, their daughters, Mandie Lee Navarro and Lariesa Burris and families, Lynette Beaudry, daughters, Joclyn Peters, Laura Dueck, and Samantha Driedger and families and Janelle (and Ric) Neufeld, sons, Seth, Dane and Joel. She is also survived by four step children and families: Jim (and Karen) Thiessen, sons, Duane, Darryl, and Trevor and families, Shirley (and Garth) Hugill, children, Rebecca, Scott, and Kristy, Ron’s wife Cheryl Thiessen, family, Kari Dyck, Shane, Stacie Hogg, and Chase and families, and Bernie Thiessen. Tina has a total of seventeen grandchildren and twenty-three, great grandchildren. 

Memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday December 14, 2017 at the Grace Mennonite Church with interment prior at Rose Farm Cemetery. 

As a family we wish to thank the staff at Salem Home for taking such very good care of our mom and for making each day the very best it could be. Thank you to Pastor Wilbert Friesen for providing her with words of encouragement and spiritual care. Thank you to the Wiebe Funeral Home for their kindness and support during our time of loss. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Tina’s memory to either Faith Mission or to the Billy Graham Association. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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