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Private graveside service will be held. Donations may be made in Elma's memory to Back to the Bible.
 
  

Elma Kehler (nee Fast)

1936 - 2020 

On Thursday August 6, 2020 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Elma Kehler (nee Fast) passed away after a short battle with cancer. She leaves to mourn her passing four children, Art and Lorna Kehler, Wanda and Lawrence Dyck, Wes and Kim Kehler and Violet and James Funk, 11 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Rachel and her husband, Jake as well as one brother, one sister and three brothers-in-law. 

Mom was born on February 21st, 1936 to Corny and Anne Fast in Hague, Saskatchewan, the third child in a family of 9. Mom married dad on June 20th, 1954 and they lived in Winnipeg until 1959 when they moved to the farm near Kronsthal. Here Dad farmed and had a shop on the yard while Mom was kept busy with the family. She taught Sunday school and VBS and played piano for various groups. She also wrote the RNK News for the Red River Valley Echo for many years and in 1983 she served on the Rhineland municipality history book committee. After living on the farm for 38 years, mom and dad retired to Winkler.  They enjoyed 16 years of retirement until Dad passed away in 2013. In March of this year, Mom was diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

Two things that were very important to mom were her faith and her family. You have heard the saying, “Bloom where you are planted”, well mom certainly did that. She lived out her faith by serving God wherever he called her. She prayed for all of our families daily and we will miss those prayers. During mom’s last days at home there were two plaques hanging above her bed. One read, “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” It was evident she believed this by her attitude. Even though her health was failing day by day she continued to trust God. Many times, she commented, “God has been so good to me.” The other plaque read, “The love of a family is Gods greatest blessing”. Mom’s love of family was evident even as her health failed. She recognized everyone who came to visit, whether it was a child, grandchild or great-grandchild, she knew each of us by name, and told us how much she loved us. Mom appreciated the many care givers she had, both at home and in the hospital. Although we will miss mom, after watching her struggle, we are thankful that she is now at peace with Jesus. 

Private graveside service at the Winkler Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Elma’s memory to Back to the Bible. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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