Peters, Helen

Family devotional at 7PM on Wednesday at WIEBE FUNERAL CHAPEL, MORDEN. Memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday March 7, 2019 at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-5:30PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment at 10AM prior to the service at the Reinfeld Cemetery. Donations may be made in Helen's memory to the charity of one's choice.*DUE TO ALLERGIES - FLOWERS ARE GRATEFULLY DECLINED AND PLEASE REFRAIN FROM THE WEARING OF PERFUMES AND HEAVY SCENTS* THANK YOU.

Helen Peters (nee Klassen)

1944 - 2019

Helen Klassen was born on November 22, 1944 to Abram D. and Agatha Klassen, the fifth of seven children. She passed away March 4, 2019 at River East Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, MB, where she had resided for the past 6½ years. She was predeceased her husband Henry in 2002. She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Peters-Watral and husband Wally Watral (Marika, Matthew) and Connie and husband Sean Surcouf  (Henry, Sammy). Helen was also predeceased by her parents, sisters Katie (Suderman) and Irene, brother John, brothers-in-law Dave Suderman and Alvin Friesen, and is survived by sisters Hilda Fayle and Martha Friesen, and brother Bert (Helen) Klassen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen was baptized upon the confession of her faith on June 10, 1962 in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church by Reverend J. F. Pauls. She married Henry Peters on November 5, 1967 in the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church in a service officiated by Reverend W. J Peters.  After the birth of their first daughter, Helen remained at home, caring for their two children and supporting her husband’s work on the farm.

Mom had a very generous heart. She gave freely of her time and energy to others. She hosted family gatherings at our house, spent much time helping her parents care for her brother John, and baked, cooked and canned everything you could imagine, often sharing with others who were experiencing ill health. Mom loved to travel, whether to Grand Forks for a short trip, or on a longer driving vacation to Texas or Arizona in the winter. Mom and Dad also visited most of Canada delivering motor homes from Triple E to both coasts. Even as her own health declined, Mom’s generosity never left her, although her energy and ability to help others as much as she would have liked, decreased over the years. Instead of practical help, Mom would phone to encourage her friends and family, prayed for them, and shared her faith with them. Although Mom was already experiencing the effects of dementia when her grandchildren came along, she was always happy to see them when they visited and would ask about their lives. Mom’s faith remained strong, even as her dementia progressed, and Bible verses and spiritual topics always remained important to her. She looked forward to heaven as a welcome release from the difficulties with which she struggled in this life and desired that all those who are dear to her would know and follow Jesus.

We thank God for keeping Mom’s soul at peace, even though in this body, she struggled much. We rejoice that her difficulties have ended, and look forward to seeing her again one day, whole and restored.

We are also very thankful for the tender, loving care provided to Mom during her time at River East Personal Care Home, and the extra special care given to our family in Mom’s final days. Special thanks to cousins Ted Peters and Grant Suderman for their help and support in the days around Mom’s passing.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements


#1 Jo Pettypiece 2019-03-05 19:57
Sincere Sympathy to the family of my Dear Friend. Rest in Peace Helen as you have found the Wings to Fly to Soar into a Place full of Majesty and Beauty where there is no more pain or tiredness. A place where you can be in Peace and live in the Glory of God and be beside your beloved Henry once more. I shall never forget you, Dear Friend, what we had, what you taught me, the fun we had, and when I get up there, I will be sure to look you up. I will always remember you Helen. RIP. Jo.
#2 Anne Thiessen 2019-03-06 11:05
Sincere condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
#3 Tina Hergenrader 2019-03-06 18:24
Peace of Christ to you both, Brenda and Connie from the Hergenrader family.
Your mom was beautiful.
May she rest with Jesus now.
#4 Laura Plett 2019-03-06 19:12
I have been thinking about you a lot lately Brenda and now I know why. Thanks for letting me share a part of your mom’s life. I have often thought of her throughout the past number of years. May you know God’s peace and presence during this difficult time.
#5 Kelly Thiessen 2019-03-06 20:14
Dear Connie, so sorry to hear about your mom, I have fond memories of your mom. Sending you my sincere sympathies to you and your family.
#6 Marilyn Bruce 2019-03-07 11:24
Brenda, Wally and family - so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You are in my thoughts. Marilyn
#7 Curt reimer 2019-03-10 16:51
So sorry,lost touch with your mom when she moved,missed our great time together,gonna miss her a lot,be comforted
#8 Joanne Richards 2019-03-18 19:37
I met Helen at River East PCH when my own mother resided there. Helen would always ask me to fix her coffee while I waited to pick up my mom's lunch in the dining room. For the 1 1/2 years I visited my mother there, I always sought Helen out to chat and let her know she was cared for. We had many conversations about our faith and she shared stories of her younger years. When my mother passed away, I told Helen I wouldn't be back to visit because of this, and she cried and said she would miss me. I know her last years have been difficult and that dementia is a terrible disease, but through it all, there was a spark of gentleness and kindness in her. To her daughters and family - I'm very sorry for your loss.

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