Wiebe, Abram

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Graveside service will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Old Colony Mennonite Church Cemetery in Chortitz Manitoba. Reception to follow at the Gospel Mission Church, Winkler. Funeral services were 2:00PM Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Arise Church (Formally known as Greater Harvest Community Church), 2121 Genoa Red Bluff Rd., Pasadena, TX 77505 with Pastor Brad Cooper officiating. Visitation was 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Arise Church. 


 

 

Abram “Abe” R Wiebe, age 75 of Shoreacres, died Monday, September 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. 

Abe was born April 28, 1943 in Mexico to Abram P. and Anna R. (Redekop) Wiebe. At the age of 10, Abe’s family left Mexico and settled in Southern Manitoba, Canada. He later married the love of his life Justina Penner and they were happily married for over 54 years. While in Canada, Abe successfully owned and operated Abe’s Drywall in Morden and was voted Best in Business. His customers knew they would receive a great quality job at an affordable price. Abe continued operating his business until a few years before relocating to The United States where he and Justina decided to make Texas their new home. Abe retired after more than 20 years of service as principal for South Shaver Baptist School. His time with SSBS is where it is believed he touched the most lives. Even when a student required discipline, Abe could do so while showing compassion, dignity and gentleness. Students were never left to feel as if they didn’t matter, didn’t have a purpose, or that somebody didn’t care about them. He cared and loved each and every one of the students, faculty and staff. “Honest Abe” as people called him, could always be found with a pocket full of change as to ensure everyone would have “Change for a dollar” for the vending machines. Many times, a student wouldn’t have that dollar and Abe would accommodate a request for “50 cents”. He simply didn’t have the ability to tell a person in need “No” and amazingly touched the lives of people from all walks of life. After retiring from the school, Abe worked for B.H.I. Machine Shop for over 7 years.

He was a devout Christian, selfless, faithful and devoted to everyone in his life. He always gave 100% with no thoughts of himself. He continuously feared he wasn’t giving or doing enough for those around him. When Abe reached the point in his life when he could no longer physically give to others in need, he discovered he could monetarily give to charities near to his heart and he did so with great pride. He was such a giving man that he knew no limitations to the help he wanted to extend.

When he wasn’t busy giving of his time, Abe enjoyed playing guitar, gallivanting around town which included countless trips to Sams Club where everyone knew him by name. His love of the Lord was so evident in his faithful attendance in church services and activities. He was an avid fan of the Houston Astros but also cheered on any team that could beat the Texas Rangers. Abe’s biggest pride and joy in life was his wife and family. His laughter, sense of humor and selflessness will be greatly cherished and missed.

Abe is preceded in death by his parents, Abram and Anna Wiebe; daughter, Sherrie Susanne, and brother, John R. Wiebe. He is survived by his wife, Justina Wiebe; son, Dennis (Melissa) Wiebe; daughter Theresa (Bryan) Nelson; brothers, David (Nettie) Wiebe, Peter (Anne) Wiebe and George Wiebe; sisters, Helen Krahn, Anne Friesen, Sara (Frank) Penner and Nettie Martens; grandchildren, Brienna (Jason) Fortenberry, Kalyn Wiebe, Trevor Nelson, Cheyenne Wiebe, Jacob Wiebe and Braden Nelson; great-grandchildren, Elijah Perry and Jackson Texas Fortenberry; several nieces, nephews, extended family members and special friends.

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