Elias, Helen


Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Monday September 10, 2018 at the Chortitz Old Colony Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-9PM on Saturday and from 1PM-6PM on Sunday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Blumenfeld Cemetery.


Helen Elias (nee Wiebe)

1928 – 2018 

On Tuesday September 4, 2018 at the Altona Community Memorial Health Centre, Helen Elias aged 90 years, of Winkler, MB, formerly of Blumenfeld went to her eternal rest. 

Helen was born at the farm house west of Osterwick on February 22, 1928. Her parents were Martin and Anna (nee Thiessen) Wiebe. Mom grew up in the Osterwick area and attended school there. She often told us of the time when they lived on a farm west of Osterwick owned by a man named Mr. Gladstone. They took care of his cattle and she remembered him coming regularly to check on how things were going. From there, the family moved to the Eichenfeld area. On May 17, 1948 upon her confession of faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour, she was baptized by Bishop Jacob Froese and accepted as a member in the Old Colony Mennonite Church in Blumenfeld. She remained a faithful member of the church and attended as long as she was physically able. On October 9, 1948, she entered into Holy Matrimony with Isaak Elias with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of marriage for 56 years, seven months and 22 days. They started their life together in Haskett. They made a number of moves, including Winkler, Kronsgart, Friedensruh, Hochfeld, Blumenfeld and again to Winkler. They were blessed with a family of three sons and three daughters. Mom cared well for her family and taught us many valuable life lessons. She was a hard worker and could tidy things up and make them pretty with her skillful hands. Many bird houses were made from scraps of wood; Dad would do the sawing and Mom did the assembly and the painting. After Dad had passed on, she was very lonely. She often said how long the days seemed to be yet at the same time she marveled how fast the weeks and months went by. In her years of widowhood, she kept busy sewing baby blankets for her grandchildren and bibs for the babies in the church family. She also spent a lot of time reading her Bible and storybooks, especially missionary stories. Her last three years were spent at Lions Court in Winkler. The fellowship with the other residents and attending the programs of music and singing were always a highlight to her. As her health deteriorated, she had a number of stays in the hospital due to pneumonia. Having always been so active she found it very hard to accept her limitations when her strength no longer came back. On February 14, 2018 she became very sick and was taken to the hospital again due to pneumonia and other complications. She spent two months at Boundary Trails Health Centre and then went to the Altona Memorial Health Centre awaiting placement to Salem Home in Winkler. During this time, she fell and broke her hip and suffered much pain as a result of it. Her condition kept on going down very slowly and she was moved into palliative care. Within hours her breath began to weaken and at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 4 she took her last breath and peacefully passed over into eternity. She reached the age of 90 years, six months and 13 days. 

She leaves to mourn her passing, three sons and three daughters: Peter and Susan Elias, Ike and Martha Elias, Lena and Abe Penner, Liz and Abe Driedger, Anne and Dave Klassen, Martin and Betty Elias, 20 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren, three sisters and one brother and many relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Isaak in 2006 as well as one great grandchild, one sister and four brothers. 

Although our mother was reserved in expressing her affection openly, we know that she cared and was deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of her family and friends. As we remember her. The words of 3 John:4 fit very well. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Mother’s favorite song was “In the Rifted Rock I’m Resting”. We rejoice in the words of John 5:24, “He that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me is passed from death unto life.” We extend our heartfelt thank you to the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre and at Altona Memorial Health Centre for your compassion and care of our Mother, thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home for your kind and compassionate service. Thank you to the ministers, the song leaders, sound man, ushers, caretakers and serving ladies for your services. Thank you for all your prayers, love and support. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements



#1 Henry&Trudy Wiebe 2018-09-06 07:11
Ours prayers and condolences as you walk through this valley. May you find God's peace.
#2 Abe & Lorraine Elias 2018-09-06 12:48
Our condolences, Peter & Susan and Anne & Dave, and families on the passing of your mother.

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