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Private funeral service will be held at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Saturday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment at Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mary's memory to the Winkler Senior Centre.

Mary Peters (nee Unrau)

April 7, 1921 - June 12, 2020 

Mom was born a fragile three pounder into a family of nine siblings in the village of Neuenberg not far from Winkler. Her parents had to put her on the oven door to keep her warm. But she did not remain fragile and became a force to be reckoned with. At age 16 she went to work, she met Abe at 19 and they were married soon after. Dad had worked the farm at Rosenbach and now Mom worked along with him. Soon the children were born and besides the farm work, Mom cared for the children, did the wash, and hung many diapers on the clothesline. She carried all the water she used from the creek because there was no running water those early days. Mom baked bread, made pickles, canned fruit, vegetables, meat and tilled the garden. All of us remember her garden and her baking, especially her buns. Even her great grandchildren today make bread, buns and cookies with her recipes. When Dad died, life on the farm became too much for Mom and she moved into town where she also had a big garden. Mom now became active in a church choir and began work at the Senior Centre which she enjoyed for 25 years. At the Senior Centre, she became the project coordinator for Waffle Thursdays and the Noodle Project which made mountains of noodles to sell. She retired at age 90. She also got the travel bug and twice visited family in England. While there, she explored England, Germany and Holland. Back in Winkler, she traveled with her church choir to different parts of Mexico and worked with a mission in Texas for several months. Mom was a woman of faith, and when any of us were in crisis, we would ask Grandma to pray for us because her prayers seemed always to be answered. Mom found it very hard to let go of her house and garden. After an assisted living experience did not work out for her, she moved into Salem where she died at the age of 99 years and two months. Mom was laid to rest beside Dad in the Winkler Cemetery. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Abe Peters, daughter, Mary (Cliff), son, Abe. Those who continue to remember this amazing woman are her daughter, Jesse (Stephen) in Victoria, daughter-in-law, Justine, Steinbach, son, Fred (Helen) in Winkler, son, Jim (Karen) in Winnipeg, and the many grandchildren and great grandchildren that Mom enjoyed so much. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the Winkler Senior Centre. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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