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A private funeral service will be held. Public viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Wednesday, October 21 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment will take place at the Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in Katherine's memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. 

Katherine Wiebe (nee Friesen)

1922 – 2020 

Mom was born on November 25, 1922 to George and Anna Friesen. She was raised on the family farm in the Weidenfeld area together with her two brothers. Mom loved school but had to quit at an early age to take care of her ailing mother. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith in 1942 in the Sommerfelder church. On July 22nd, 1945 she married Jake Wiebe on her parents’ yard. They lived with Mom’s parents for the first year and then moved to Horndean where Dad was the manager of the Co-op store. In 1958 Mom and Dad moved to Plum Coulee where they had purchased Crossroads Service which they owned and operated as a family business until 1985. It was here that they raised all four children in the house that was attached to the store. Although Mom was in the store a lot, she was very particular about her home and it was always very neat and tidy. Mom was a very good salesperson and we always joked that “she could sell snow to an Eskimo”. She loved nice clothes and had impeccable taste in clothing even when she was already in Salem. She was also a very good cook and baker and loved to bless others with food. We as family loved it when Mom would call and say, “I baked buns this morning. Do you want some?” Mom loved all kids and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was “Granny” to many children that were not even her own grandchildren. She loved nothing more than playing with her grandkids and her great grandkids when her health still allowed it. 

Mom loved trips and camping. Growing up we remember the annual trip to Detroit Lakes and all the food she would prepare. Mom and Dad really loved travelling and camping. It was never too much work for Mom to get everything ready for a camping trip and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. In 1985 Mom and Dad built their retirement home on River Ave. in Plum Coulee where she enjoyed her flowers, especially the roses. Mom finally had time to spend on hobbies and began a number of activities including taking piano lessons, knitting, paper tole, puzzling, and reading. They moved to Winkler in 1997 where they made many new friends at the Winkler Senior Center and enjoyed all the socializing. In December 2013 Mom and Dad moved to Crocus. Mom has had many health issues over the years, and we were all amazed how many times she survived another crisis. After Dad passed away in December 2014, Mom had a series of falls which started the journey to personal care. In 2017 she was transferred to Emerson Personal Care home and then to Salem Home later that year. Although she was no longer able to attend the Plum Coulee Bergthaler Church services, she really enjoyed the chapel services at Salem. Mom longed for the day when Jesus would take her home and her prayer was answered on Saturday, October 17th, 2020. 

Mom is survived by her daughter, Ruth (Bill) Thiessen and their children, Merlin with Johanna and Sam, and Brendan (Karen) with Keera and Kylee, son, Dennis ( Betty ) Wiebe and their children, Curt and Jen (Ben) with Wyatt and Lincoln, daughter, Carol ( Ron) Neisteter and their children, Chris (Sharlene) with Caleb and Zack and Bryan, daughter, Rhonda (Glenn) Banman and their children, Tyler (Vanessa) and Holly (Tim). She was predeceased by her husband, Jake, her parents, two brothers, one sister in infancy, two sisters-in-law and one granddaughter-in-law. 

A private family memorial service at Wiebe Funeral Home in Winkler, MB with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Mom’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. We want to thank all the nurses and caregivers at Salem who took such wonderful and loving care of our Mom. We are so grateful! We also want to thank all our friends and relatives for their support and prayers as well as Wiebe Funeral Home for their compassion and care. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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