Hiebert, Karen


Funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Winkler E.M.M. Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Sunday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at Westridge Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Karen's memory to CancerCare Manitoba or to the BTHC Foundation (designated to the Palliative Care Unit or Surgery Unit)

Karen JoAnn Hiebert (nee Giesbrecht)

1965 – 2019 

Karen Hiebert (54) of Morden, MB (formerly of Winkler) passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 with her husband and parents by her side.  She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Rodney. She also leaves to mourn her passing her parents, Jim and Dianne Giesbrecht of Winkler; sister, Shauna Giesbrecht of Winkler; sister, Shelley & Weldon Klassen of Winkler (niece Nicole and nephew Mitchell); mother-in-law, Beverly Hiebert of Morden, sister-in-law, Lawanda & Ike Friesen of Morden; brother-in-law Murray & Jennifer Hiebert of Pambrun, SK and their respective families. She was predeceased by her father-in-law, Dave Hiebert. 

Karen was born in Winkler, MB on April 9, 1965; the first of three daughters. She was baptized upon confession of her faith on May 22, 1983 in the Winkler Evangelical Mennonite Mission Church.  Karen graduated from Grace General Hospital, School of Nursing on June 26, 1986. Immediately following, she began her very successful nursing career at Morden District General Hospital. Karen’s passion for caring for others inspired her to volunteer within the community as a Winkler Emergency Services ambulance attendant for many years. She also taught ambulance training to new recruits. On May 15, 1999 Karen married Rodney Hiebert. They were blessed with 20 years of marriage. In 2001, with the merger of the Morden and Winkler hospitals, Karen started working on the Medical Ward and then Emergency at Boundary Trails Health Centre. In 2006, she successfully completed the Surgery Program and became a surgical nurse in the Operating Room at Boundary Trails. She found this challenging yet very rewarding and continued to work up until February 14, 2019 - when cancer made her body too weak to continue. After thirty-three years of caring for people, Karen found it very difficult to be a patient. “I’m the one who should be looking after you” was said to many nurses who entered her room. And, even during this difficult time, she continued to teach and encourage nurses, heath care aids, other staff members and volunteers.  Approaching retirement, Karen didn’t know what she should do, so she asked God for direction. He decided to call her home. She accepted her diagnosis as God’s Will and continued praising Him through song. Being a skillful pianist, she never left her piano, or the chapel organ, without playing her favorite hymn: 

O Lord, My God…”How Great Thou Art”

Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday September 9, 2019 at the Winkler EMMC with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Karen’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Surgery or Palliative Care or to Cancer Care Manitoba. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements




#1 Don Hamm 2019-09-06 04:15
Rod, so very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness. Sending love and hugs!❤️
#2 Tina Wolf 2019-09-06 05:48
It is with heartfelt condolences to the family of Karen Hiebert
#3 Corinne and Kevin Grift 2019-09-06 08:50
We are so sorry for your loss.
#4 Julia 2019-09-06 09:20
Rod and family, our condolences to you and your family as you find your way through this difficult time.
#5 Gladys Pauls Krahn 2019-09-06 09:32
So sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. I have wonderful childhood memories of the many hours we spent together as neighbors on 8th St S. Condolences to the family.
#6 Anne Thiessen 2019-09-06 09:46
Jim and Dianne and family,
Sincere condolences in the loss of Karen.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
#7 Bob and Grace Fehr 2019-09-06 10:33
Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time,
#8 Arnold & Rish 2019-09-06 10:38
Rod and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Arnold and Rish
#9 Henry and Janet Wiebe 2019-09-06 10:45
Rod and family...sending our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers.
#10 Carol Van Niekerk 2019-09-06 13:24
I am so sorry for you loss Rodney . Thinking of you and Karen’s parents . She is a beautiful person .
#11 Cheryl Penner 2019-09-06 14:24
Rodney I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was such a compassionate person and blessed many through her nursing career.
#12 Bonnie Gerbrandt 2019-09-06 14:56
Rodney , God Bless you , comfort you and carry you in this most difficult journey. Karen was an amazing woman and the beautiful way in which you cared for each other was an inspiration to me and many others . I will always treasure her words of encouragement in the midst of her painful struggle . Blessings for each day .
#13 Walter & Marilyn 2019-09-07 09:43
To Rodney & the Giesbrecht family: We are saddened by the news of Karen's passing! May God's strength & peace be yours as you grieve this great loss. We send our love and assurance of continued prayers for you all.
#14 Shirley Robert 2019-09-07 11:39
Giesbrecht family:My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sorrowful time ,hugs to all
#15 Brenda Dow 2019-09-07 13:17
Thinking of you all as you mourn the loss of Karen. I had the great priviledge of working many shifts with Karen during part of my nursing career. Karen was a great role model in so many ways. RIP.
#16 Maurice Butler 2019-09-07 18:25
Rodney and family my sincere sympathy and condolences at this time of loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Maurice.
#17 Helen Redding 2019-09-07 19:16
As a coworker of Karens, dating back to the Morden Hospital days I want to convey to you my heartfelt condolences. You are travelling a difficult journey and will be praying for you.
#18 John Ingrid Friesen 2019-09-08 00:05
Dear Rodney And Giesbrecht families, we are so very sorry for the loss of beautiful Karen. Your world has forever changed. We extend our sympathies during this time of grief.
#19 Geraldine&Richard 2019-09-08 09:38
Rodney we’re sorry to hear about Karen, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#20 Lorraine Keen 2019-09-08 10:16
Rodney, so sorry for your loss. thinking of you and your family
#21 Rudy and Betty 2019-09-08 18:35
Rodney, our thoughts and prayers go out to you! So sorry for your lose! We pray for strength and peace as you move forward at this difficult time! God be with you! Take Care!
#22 Randy & Karla Warkentin 2019-09-08 21:16
Rodney, we are so sorry to hear of the loss off your beautiful wife. Praying you’ll know God’s comfort and peace.
#23 Zahid Zehri 2019-09-09 12:40
Sorry to hear about your loss. My sincere condolences to your family.
#24 Shelley and Cameron Friesen 2019-09-09 13:54
Rodney, we are so very sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
#25 Jessie Wiebe 2019-09-11 01:22
"I’m sorry for your loss. May God ease this painful period for you, Stay strong."
#26 Esther Driedger 2019-09-11 15:16
My deepest sympathy to you Rodney in the passing of Karen. I had the privilege of working many shifts with her in her nursing career! She was a great role model.
#27 Henry and Bonnie Lynn Nikkel 2019-09-12 04:10
Rodney we are so sorry for your loss, saddened and thinking about you and our times with you.
God send you peace and comfort. We send you our love and prayers.
#28 Henry and Bonnie Lynn Nikkel 2019-09-12 04:16
Rodney we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace and comfort.
#29 Michelle Turnbull 2019-10-09 07:20
Worked with Karen for a number of years and remember her as kind and devoted to her patients and a pleasure to work with. Rodney, Diane and family I cannot imagine the pain of saying goodbye and wish you peace.

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