Hoeppner, Annie

IMGhoeppnerannieMemorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Glencross Mennonite Church.  Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Tuesday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden.  Interment will take place prior to the service at 1PM at the Glencross Mennonite Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Annie's memory to Tabor Home Inc.

Annie Hoeppner (nee Rempel)
1921 ~ 2019

Annie was born on January 20, 1921, to Rev. Erdman J and Anna Rempel (nee Dueck) at her parents’ home northeast of Morden. She was the second oldest of nine children. Annie enjoyed a happy childhood playing with her younger sisters and helping her mom with household chores. She also enjoyed attending the Cheval Elementary School, finishing Grade 8 there. She was not able to continue her education because her help was needed at home. By this time, she had become proficient at sewing, so her mother suggested that she would do the cooking while Annie could do the family sewing. For a number of years, she was also a housekeeper for the Andrew Barkley family who lived nearby. It was here that she learned some of her creative and household skills.

As a teenager Annie accepted Jesus as her personal Saviour and after discussions with her pastor she found assurance of salvation. Following this she was baptized in the Herold Church north of Morden. She then began teaching Sunday School. Because of her desire to increase her Bible knowledge she decided to attend Winkler Bible School for two years. She met Peter Hoeppner, the love of her life during this time. On July 3, 1947, Annie and Peter were married. They spent the first year living with Peter’s parents and family where she learned to cook food the way Peter would enjoy it. During this time, their new home was being built across the road. Together they raised four sons and three daughters and enjoyed 55 years of marriage. Annie went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the age of 98. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter in 2002, her infant daughter, Rosella Susan in 1964, her infant grandson, Kelvin Jared Hoeppner in 1979, her grandson, Jeremy Arthur Hoeppner in 2005, and her daughter, Eunice Fehr in 2017, her parents, as well as three brothers and two sisters. 

Our mom was a hard worker. Duties of raising seven children included never-ending laundry, food preparation and clean-up. In addition, she helped Dad on the farm by milking the cows each morning and evening. She was a tremendous support for our dad in everything he was involved in. Imagine trying to control the antics of seven children in church while Dad was chairman of the service! The first one out the door after the last amen was usually one of our brothers, who managed to dart up the aisle and pass between the legs of a tall gentleman who was trying to block his speedy exit. Mom’s sewing abilities were extraordinary. She kept us well dressed and clean. As sisters, we recall times when our new dresses were only completed at 3:00 am the morning of the Christmas concert. She was also proficient at crochet, embroidery, smocking and knitting. She tried to pass on her creative skills to her children. Even a couple of her sons claim to have embroidered tea towels. Growing up, we children were the benefactors of Mom’s wonderful cooking and baking. In fact, we thought everyone ate like we did! Mom could make an apple pie that was legendary. Her signature fern design cut into the top was food for the eyes. Pies, donuts, roll kuchen, cinnamon buns, bread and kringel buns were her specialties. But her meals were no less delicious. Our Tauntes, who lived across the road from us were a great help to Mom as they did the annual house cleaning and painting, reciprocating for Dad’s help on their farm. The aunties also fed us from time to time. Apparently one of our siblings always checked to see which household had the best dessert that day before deciding where to eat! Mom and Dad retired from farming in 1979. They built a new home across the road from the family farm, which was now being run by their sons. Free from her farm duties Mom now had time to pursue other interests. She took a quilting course and made several quilts for family members as well as donating some to the church mission sale. As well, Mom and Dad now had time to travel with family and friends. We children have many wonderful memories of vacations taken with them, which include trips to Belize, California, coast to coast in Canada, the Black Hills, and other areas of the US. Mom also had more time to spend with her grandchildren. She did a lot of babysitting, reading, playing games, as well as teaching them to cook and bake. Later on, she taught some of the granddaughters how to bake a pie. She also enjoyed having them over for meals. She loved her grandkids and great-grandkids and they loved her. Mom modelled her strong faith in God every day of her life, especially in the difficult times. She was a huge supporter of the Glencross Church, taking part in the Ladies Sewing Fellowship and helping out with food preparation for church events. Later on, when it was time to make the difficult transition to Morden due to our dad’s failing health, she accepted whatever this entailed. She made many new friends at the Vista Terrace Condominium and enjoyed her time there. The Bible verse she lived by was Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

With Mom’s health declining by late 2013 she spent some time in the hospital where it was decided that it was no longer safe for her to live on her own. In January of 2014, she was moved to Lorne Memorial Hospital in Swan Lake where she stayed until her move to Tabor Home in July 2014. When asked how she liked living there, her comment was “I can be happy wherever I am”. Again, her faith came through for her. She happily participated in all the activities at Tabor Home, but over time we saw a gradual decline in both her mental and physical health. On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 we as a family began a vigil by her side until she passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2019. 

Annie leaves to mourn her son, Leonard and Evelyn Hoeppner of Morden, and their children, Brent and Niki Hoeppner (Bailey), of Dallas, Texas, Lorin and Jennifer Hoeppner (Peter, Joshua) of Dallas, Texas, Wade and Gina Hoeppner of Austin, Texas; son-in-law, John Fehr of Winkler and his children, Lloyd and Helen Fehr (Barrett, Emma) of Winkler, Corey Fehr of Victoria, BC, Andy Fehr of Winnipeg, and Nathan and Lori Fehr (Cassidy) of Winkler; son, Ed and Verna Hoeppner of Morden and their children, Daphne and Dave Wiebe (Madeline, Tyler, Ainsley) of Winnipeg, Greg and Welkin Hoeppner (Edwin, Sophia, Kathryn) of Winnipeg, Brad Hoeppner presently travelling the world, Cheri and John Klassen (Owen, Emma, Cara, Zach) of Winkler, Tim and Ashleigh Hoeppner (William, Nicholas) of Niverville; son, Art and Hilda Hoeppner of Altona and their children, Lorissa and David Martens (Max, Sofia, Luca) of Morden, Jennifer and Reid Gallant (Taylor) of Winnipeg; daughter, Grace and Flo Poiron of Morden and their children, Renee and Adrien Ghariani (Saya) of Vancouver, BC, Joel and Tenley Poiron (Ivy) of Winnipeg; daughter, Joyce and Rod Neufeld of Morden and their children, Jackie and Chris Nickel (Adria, Brynn) of Morden, Ryan and Holly Neufeld (Simon, Delilah, Oscar) of Morden; son, Tony and Linda Hoeppner of Brandon as well as two sisters, one brother and their families. 

We, as a family, would like to thank the staff of Tabor Home for the wonderful care that was given to our mom. We are so grateful for the awesome facility and staff. A special thank you to Morris Vincent who was the chaplain at Tabor Home until recently. Thanks for consenting to conduct this memorial service even though you are officially retired. You meant so much to Mom. Thank you also to all of you here at Glencross Church, Mom’s home church for so many years. Thank you to the outside car parking helpers, PA operators, ushers, Lawrence Klassen for taking part in the service and a big thanks to the ladies who organized and served the food. We are so blessed through you. To our precious mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, we rejoice with you as you enjoy your eternal reward. Till we meet again, the family.

 

#1 Bernice Enns 2019-04-30 22:20
Sending my condolences to the family. Your Mom was a lovely lady that I always enjoyed talking to when I saw her. Always a wonderful smile and a kind word.
#2 Jake and Linda Driedger 2019-05-01 14:10
Our condolences and prayers to your family.

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