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Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service. Interment to follow at the Chortitz Old Colony Mennonite Church Cemetery. Donations may be made in Maria's memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care.
Maria Goertzen (nee Hildebrand)
1939 ~ 2020
Suddenly on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Boundary Trails Hospital. Marie Goertzen, age 81 years went to be with the Lord. Maria Hildebrant Goertzen was born in Waltheim, Mexico, to Cornelius and Margeretha Hildebrandt on June 28, 1939. Mom was the youngest of the family and predeceased by all her siblings. Mom was two weeks old when her birth Mother passed away. Mom was raised by her Father and her brothers and sisters. At the age 8 her father passed away and was then adopted by her half-sister Catherina & Abraham Froese. Mom was baptized on May 26, 1958 at age 19, in Neuenburg, Mexico, by Bishop Isaac Dyck of the Old Colony Church. Mom married the love of her life, our dad Peter Goertzen Oct. 5, 1958. They were blessed with 8 children, 6 daughters and 2 sons. Mary & Bill Fehr, Tina & Abram Friesen, Marge & Henry Banmam, Ann & John Banman, Nettie Wiebe, Nellie & Grant Toews, Peter Goertzen, Cornie & Darcie Goertzen, and their families, which consist of 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Mom was survived by 2 Sister-in-law’s, Trenja-Mum (Katharina Hildebrandt) and Marie-Mum (Maria Goertzen). Mom was predeceased by one grandchild Jonah Goertzen in 2001.
In April 1975 Mom & Dad immigrated from Mexico to Manitoba, Canada and resided in Rosetown. Mom was strong willed and hard working. Along with raising 8 children, Mom also worked out of the home, cleaning the Old Colony Mennonite Church & the Blumenort Mennonite Church in Rosetown. In the later years Mom got into painting, along with teaching us children to work hard, and most important teaching us about our Lord Jesus Christ. When Mom retired, she found love of cross stitching, embroidery and needle work to pass the time, making sure every child got a detailed cross-stitching picture before she was done. Mom was a vibrant/active hard-working Mother, with a great sense of humor! Mom became a diabetic only in her later years with her health declined slowly in the past years. Mom was not one to let on that she was not feeling well and fought hard not to go to the hospital. In the last couple of weeks her health was deteriorating rapidly, and on Thursday morning July 9th, Mom said I am ready to go to the hospital. The combination of urinary tract infection and intestinal blockage along with her diabetes was thought treatable with intervenes and medication. Suddenly on Friday July 10, at 3:00am, Mom became unresponsive. They moved her to the ICU, only to find out that the infection was a lot worse than expected. Mom passed away peacefully, with Dad by her side Sunday July 12th at 5:15am. Mom and Dad celebrated 62 years of marriage.
We as a family would like to thank all the Doctors and nurses at Boundary Trails Health Centre for their loving care they gave our Mom. Also to Wiebe Funeral Home for their help in this tough time, and to the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church, for making it possible to have the funeral there. We also want to especially thank Bishop Peter & Susan Elias, Rev. John & Lena Wiebe, Rev. Herman & Helen Bueckert, the song leaders and the serving group, for serving us in this much needed time.  
Mom we love you. Thank you for being a great Mother. We will miss you dearly. We will leave you with this verses:
-  2 Timothy 4:7, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
- Psalm 103
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements



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