Goertzen, Peter

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Funeral service will be held at 1:00PM on Thursday April 18, 2019 at the Morden Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6:30PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Chortitz Community Cemetery. Donations may be made in Peter's memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation (designated to the Dialysis Unit)


Peter Goertzen

1940 - 2019

Peter M. Goertzen of Morden went to his eternal rest on Saturday, April 13, in the early evening while at the Boundary Trails Health Centre. He was 78 years old.

He was born to Jacob and Helena (nee Martens) Goertzen on June 12, 1940 in Mexico.  He never knew his father who passed away when Peter was an infant. His mother, who had two boys, married Abram Friesen, a widower with children of his own.  This melded family grew to a total of 18 children.

Peter was baptized on May 22, 1961 and became a member of the Old Colony Church in Mexico.

In 1961 he married Helena Thiessen of Huffnungsfeld, near Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. They decided to move to Canada to begin a new life in 1966, travelling with two boys in tow. As a young family they moved from Lena (near Killarney) to Winkler and eventually settled in Morden where Helena still resides. Here they raised their five children.

Peter worked at Farm King in Morden for 39 years. In the welding department he was in charge of training, supplies and quality control. He transitioned to product development and later the machining department. He also did custom repair and manufacturing of farm machinery on farmyards and out in the fields.

He survived prostate cancer but later developed an autoimmune disorder that damaged his kidneys.  His dialysis treatments started at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg. Later he was able to get treatment near Morden at the Boundary Trails Health Centre.

He was predeceased by his father Jacob Goertzen (1941), stepfather Abram Friesen (1971), mother Helena (nee Martens, 2001), and a number of other siblings.

Peter is survived by his wife Helena, their children Peter, Cornelius (Sharon), Susan (Brian Stewart), Jacob, Johnny (Traycee Peters) and grandchildren Gabrielle, Kierra, Karter, Mark, Luke and William.

 

#1 Susana Schroeder Thiessen 2019-04-16 08:02
Hi aunt Helena and family, sorry for your loss may God comfort and blessed you!!
#2 Laurie 2019-04-16 10:51
So very sorry for your loss. I will miss your sweet father. He was always quick to smile and I loved caring for him. You all will be in my prayers. ❤️
#3 Belle 2019-04-16 16:11
Our condolences to the family’s for your loss. Such a sweet man he was, he will be missed.
#4 Schellenberg clan 2019-04-16 22:40
Hey all. Sending you all the love we can muster. Please squeeze your mama on our behalf. Hang in there.
#5 Don & Shirley Pantel 2019-04-17 09:46
Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With You Helena & Family.
He Was A Wonderful Neighbour.
#6 Terry and Eva Groening 2019-04-18 07:19
We are saddened to hear of Peters’s passing. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#7 Morden Drugstore 2019-04-18 09:45
Our condolences to the family’s for your loss.
#8 Pete Banman 2019-04-18 22:26
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Helena Goertzen and Family, be strong and hold tightly onto Jesus Christ. I know Peter as a patient kind man apt to teach the details that I longed for. Every time I do the things he taught me I hear his instructions. Thanks Peter!
#9 Hank Hildebrand 2019-04-21 13:11
Susan please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. God bless!

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