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Private funeral service will be held at the Winkler EMMC. Viewing will be from 1PM-6:30PM on Saturday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment to follow at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Due to covid-19 restrictions, the guest list needs to be restricted to an invitation basis; however the thoughts, prayers, and support of family and friends are deeply appreciated. Donations may be made in Corney's memory to Back to the Bible Canada.
Cornelius (Corney) Hildebrand
1947 ~ 2020

On August 19, 2020, Cornelius Hildebrand, age 72, beloved husband of Clara Hildebrand, passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre with her and Kim at his side.

Cornelius was predeceased by his parents, Henry W. and Maria Hildebrand, his brother, John, and sister, Tina, at birth.  He is survived by his wife, Clara, children Kim and Pat Loewen, Sheldon and Janelle Hildebrand, and grandchildren Alison, Briana, Ethan and Tressa.  Also left to mourn are his sister, Linda, brother, James, and their families.

Cornelius was born on December 3, 1947 in Winkler, Manitoba.  His childhood as a son of a school teacher meant many moves throughout Southern Manitoba.  As a child he accepted Jesus as his Saviour and later was baptized at Lowe Farm upon the confession of his faith.  While living in Lowe Farm and attending High School, he met the love of his life and never looked back!  During these years he worked for a farmer, as well as at Rosenort Concrete and at Municipal Hospitals as an orderly.

Corney attended Elim Bible School from 1966 – 1968 in Altona.  He then went to the U of M and earned a Degree in Agriculture.  While working on his degree, he married Clara Anne Hiebert at the Bergthaler Church in Plum Coulee on June 13, 1970.  With Clara teaching and him studying it was very busy, but it was a good life!  Adding more joy to their lives, Kim was born during his 3rd year of university.  Rosenfeld was their next home as he began a career in his chosen field at Kroeker Farms.  Later Winkler became home and they settled into life on 9th Street, during which time Sheldon was born.  He also transitioned to what ended up being a 35-year career at Grandeur Housing working in the Purchasing department.

Raising a family included many hours of playing ping pong, floor hockey, playing catch with a baseball, football or Frisbee, downhill skiing and teaching Sheldon how to drive the old GMC truck with the 3-on-the-tree transmission.  Great family times included road trips to the east and west coast, camping, house boating and fishing.  As grandparents, they also enjoyed supporting their grandchildren by going to concerts, musicals and volleyball games when they were able.

Through many years of her ill health, Corney was the caregiver for Clara, showing his faithfulness to her in a way that truly fulfilled their marriage vows.  In the past number of years various health struggles surfaced to challenge daily life and resulted in the need to move into Buhler Active Living Centre.  The two years at BALC have provided a new community which they enjoyed together and the opportunity to use his musical talent as songleader for Sunday church services.

While Corney would have liked to spend more years on earth, he was at peace the reality of going to heaven as his cancer pushed him to his finish line.  We know he is with Jesus and this is our comfort as we anticipate seeing him again someday in Glory.

We as a family would publically like to recognize and thank the many people that have supported Mom and Dad throughout the years and especially in the past several years of Dad’s declining health.  We would like to thank Mom and Dad’s Support Group who have faithfully been a source of strength and encouragement through the many years of Mom and Dad’s health issues.  We would also like to thank the many people who have selflessly given Mom rides to the hospital to visit Dad and the many people who visited both of them.  We thank the staff and residents of Buhler Active Living Centre who welcomed Mom and Dad into the building and have helped to make it home.  We thank Dr. Dyck of Eden Mental Health Centre and the caring staff who helped Dad recover from his mental illness.  We thank Dr. Chudley and the many nurses and medical staff that looked after Dad at the Boundary Trails Health Centre as well as the doctors and staff at the CancerCare Manitoba for doing their best to deal with Dad’s cancer. We thank the staff and volunteers at Boundary Trails Health Centre who organized and made it possible to have outdoor visits during the Covid restrictions as well as the nurses in the Palliative Care Ward that took care of Dad so thoughtfully and respectfully in his last days.


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